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Wood Turning #1: buying a Lathe

12-14-2009 07:12 AM by hardwoodman | 3 comments »

Hello everyone! First I would like to start off at saying this web site is the best site I’ve ever been a part of. You don’t know the filling on how we fill about woodworking and advice from fellow woodworkers. Well back to my question; I’m looking into buying a mini-lathe and was wondering if there is anything that I should look out for.Do to the fact that I am unemployed and have very little money to spend. I want to buy a chuck so I can learn to make bowls and other thing...

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Phone Holder

12-14-2009 07:10 AM by Ron Henricksen | 6 comments »

I finished another project but most of you will have no idea what it is. I recently bought a box of sample woods to play with and see what they were like. I decided on a project and my first attempts with it were dreadful. What I learned was that not all hard woods are as hard as others. When making small projects this one is only about 5” x 3” it is really much easier when you work with really hard stuff. On my second attempts, I discovered Curly Maple which was getting the job ...

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Garden Fences

12-14-2009 06:45 AM by Rob | 1 comment »

540 feet of privacy fence. I bought the panels from Home Depot, but I made the gate doors.

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Cutting boards in progress #1: Cutting boards in progress

12-14-2009 04:14 AM by Dusty56 | 4 comments »

Using up some scraps here…..just made the basic boards today. Tomorrow I hope to work on the corners and edge treatments and juice grooves and then get them soaked with Mineral Oil : ) Thanks for looking ! Ooops ,sorry …... Where to add photos here ?

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Wooden Planes, 2pc #1: Inital Saw Cuts and Shaping

12-13-2009 11:51 PM by Rob Drown | 4 comments »

I’m Starting to build 4 Wooden Planes. 2 Smoothers, a Jack and a Jointer.

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Wall Street Journal Blog Article - "A Handmade Tale"

12-13-2009 11:18 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 7 comments » By Katherine Rosman | Photographs by Christopher Griffith Just figured the folks here would appreciate this article: Extract below – link above goes to the full article. Artisan stands for quality. “The craftsman is a haughty figure,” says Matthew B. Crawford, the author of “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work.” “He does what he knows how to do well. If he finds an audience, that’s great. But fo...

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HELP How to use Farming Square

12-13-2009 10:38 PM by jim1953 | 23 comments »

Iam Building a New Shop And Want to Build My Own Roof Rafters the out side is 28ft by 28ft I want a 4/12 Pitch with 1ft over hang Iam going to use 2by6 how long do I need I need HELP with the square THAHKS Jim

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Production jig for multi business card holders

12-13-2009 09:29 PM by Bob #2 | 14 comments »

I sometimes get requests for things I have made one of and find that making a second one is as time consuming as the first and prone to the same errors.To avoid this I try to make jigs that take the guessing out and speed up the process when the need arises. Special thanks to Dusty56 who inspired me and helped me get up and running on this project. To follow this build please see my blog here:

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First Box #7: Glued up, back to the table saw

12-13-2009 07:47 PM by Bret | 10 comments »

Lacking a band saw, I had to turn to my table saw to cut the lid free once the box was glued up. I used a combination of masking tape and a Bessey band clamp to hold the box together while the glue dried overnight. Using a full-kerf blade (since it was already installed for cutting the key slots and since a thin-kerf blade would only have saved me 1/32” of wood) I cut the lid free from the box and was surprised by how well it worked. Apart from the burn marks that I’ll have t...

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Here's What Has Invaded My Shop #2: Completing the Face Frame and Carcass

12-13-2009 06:30 PM by Scott Bryan | 16 comments »

As part of the Introduction to Woodworking 101 continued I introduced Jon to the part of furniture construction that most woodworkers truly enjoy- sanding and glue-ups! This is a picture that was taken about a month ago of him sanding the right side of the vanity. With this glue-up, using biscuits, the face frame is being attached to the carcass. This was a challenging glue-up given the number of biscuits involved and the size of the cabinet. It was helpful to have two of us working...

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