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Old planes

07-25-2010 12:43 PM by Kathy | 11 comments »

After a very frustrating day in the shop I decided to do some cleaning up and found these old planes. I believe the Victor belonged to my grandfather. It’s possible the Companion one did also but it may be newer than that. I am not at all sure where we got that one. I was able to find some info online about the Victor and it appears it is quite old. Looking up the Companion I got all kinds of crazy stuff on being a companion. Not what I was looking for! Any tips on how to ref...

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Quick Tip- Hand Plane Setting

07-25-2010 10:18 AM by bigchopperoo | 6 comments »

Here is a quick video on an easy setting for your hand plane blade after you’ve removed it to sharpen.

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My 21st Century Bench Revisited #4: My 21st Century Bench Revisited #4

07-25-2010 06:29 AM by fineamerican | 1 comment »

4th Down and time to puntI decided that there was no reason to continue on with the bench top I was working on in “The Glue Dance” post. I didn’t like the feel of that bench, and not to mention the glue up didn’t go as planned. This time, Ive selected some Mahogany that sat outside for a unknown amount of time, and its now “Sun Dried Mahogany” if you will. Today I moved planks around and ended up with a very cool looking book match on one end that Ive deter...

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Potato cannon carriage #1: Frame/axle and elevating arcs

07-25-2010 06:12 AM by JJohnston | 11 comments »

Recently, I thought I would try to get my nephew, 9, away from his video games, so I proposed that we build a potato cannon together. Grandpa was not very keen on the idea of us firing it handheld, so in order to placate him I agreed to mount it on a carriage. I chose the 105mm Howitzer as a model. This is pretty typical as light artillery pieces go, I think. I scaled various relative dimensions from pictures, and once we got our cannon built, used those relative dimensions to size the...

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Built In bookcase #1: Case work....

07-25-2010 05:36 AM by Estley | 7 comments »

So I started my first big project, the top three units are for books, the bottom is for drawers. Right now I just got the casework done, next I’m going to start on the frame. At some point I’ll make the drawers for the bottom unit. For the top three units first I cut down the ply and then pre-stained (wipe on poly) before assembling. The biggest hurdle so far is that my table saw is not useable yet, so I had to cut EVERYTHING with a circ saw. Hopefully the rest of the stuff I n...

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Extremely Average #204: Not to Worry

07-25-2010 05:14 AM by Ecocandle | 2 comments »

Hello All, Some of you, who read my blog, may be aware that I live in Martelle Iowa, which is on the southern edge of Jones county. If you have been watching the national news you may have heard about the damn which broke today. I am pleased to say that Martelle is not affected by the flood. I am sad for those fine folks in Monticello, as they have been hit very hard. Tonight I am late with my post, because I was having so much fun in the shop, I just lost track of time. I have made...

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Mikros Kosmos #14: I've always wanted a ceiling like that.

07-25-2010 05:10 AM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

I finished out the stair-room today. Oopmh, that was a lot of wood in such a tiny room! I couldn’t find a mirror, but when I do, I will take a photo behind the stairs pointing up. The trim goes all the way around, on all four levels, even though only dust bunnies will be able to see it. I couldn’t let it be unfinished. The pattern on the ceiling is very big, but also very non-invasive. It’s pale blue and white, which evokes the feeling of the sky. I’ve done i...

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Tool Musings - Thoughts about tools and working with them. #5: Made from scratch.

07-25-2010 04:54 AM by David Kirtley | 2 comments »

Well, I am going to build another bow saw. I don’t need another one but this one will be more special to me. Last time, I used the hardware from Grammercy. This time, I made my own hardware. This is what the Grammercy hardware looks like: I picked up a metal lathe a while back and finally took it out of the packing crate. The lathe is a little 7×10 from Harbor Freight. I decided that my first project would be to make another set of pins for a bow saw. It is pretty simple ...

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Getting the blanks ready

07-25-2010 04:26 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 5 comments »

Finally got some time to break one of the big pieces of sugar maple up into turning blanks. Here are the five big blanks that I chainsawed from the log. One of these will be turned into an Indian style pot, three into hollow forms and one into a large platter. The tall blank is 20 inches across. These will now go into the shop and get trimmed to size on the bandsaw. Here is the blank that I will turn into an Indian style pot. It was cut to size on the bandsaw, turned between cent...

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New "Antique" Lathe Stand #3: stand up

07-25-2010 01:28 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

The second piece of old fashioned book binding equipment (nearly 2” thick Maple!) going into this project: Removing metal hardware before running through the tablesaw. The mortising for it, done almost entirely by drill. threaded metal rods run through both ends, cross grain. for rigidity? structural integrity? aid in glue up? Didja guess #2? Ok, so I knew this one had a split in it, but I didn’t know how bad. Luckily the plan was to rip off both edges, lik...

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