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Baby Tender #6: Cutting Plugs

05-15-2010 05:00 AM by mpmitche | 5 comments »

I bought a set of harbor frieght plug cutters and could not get the 3/8 plugs to fit my screw holes. The cutter burned even when going extremely slow in the white oak. I went to rockler and picked up another 3/8 plug cutter. I could tell from design alone it was superior. For one it cuts a tapered plug. Here is a pic of the rockler in the press and the junk one laying on the table. Needless to say the harbor freigth plug cutters are going in the garbage. I’m so glad I finally...

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Extremely Average #133: I will not be mocked...ok...maybe I will.

05-15-2010 04:50 AM by Ecocandle | 4 comments »

Hello all, After 3 hours of lapping on my 143 year old no 5, it is, well…still not done. It mocks me. But there are some pictures. And I have made a bit of progress on that tough old steel. Brian

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Birger Sandzen Stoneware tile landscape Triptych in Kentucky Coffee tree Arts and Crafts Style Pagoda frame #1: Bronze finished patinated tiles and frame design sketches

05-15-2010 04:18 AM by Dan'um Style | 3 comments »

..inprogress photos of frame design newsprint paper sketch..piece will be 42 inches wide..tiles are stoneware …with fired in ground glass textural, bronze acid patina,

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Visit with Jim Jakosh

05-15-2010 04:04 AM by Rustic | 5 comments »

I forgot to post this weds. Jim Jakosh invited me into his shop to see his sign making set up. He has an awesome shop or 2. The main part of his shop is in his basement and he does his turning in his garage. I would kill for a shop his size. Anyway, it was nice to visit with another fellow woodworker and also he and I are in the same guild together. Tuesday night at our meeting we went on a field trip to a guy who had an antique woodworking shop set up that was driven by a belt and pulley ...

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Brand Wars

05-15-2010 01:00 AM by Dustin | 29 comments »

Ok, so everyone has a favorite tool brand. What I want to know is everyone’s opinion on who has the best value. I have really enjoyed my Shop Fox machinery because they are not as expensive as Jet, Delta, and Laguna but it seems like they are just as nice. I have the 26” double drum sander, four shapers, a power feeder, 15” planer, and some other smaller stuff from Shop Fox so far. Who do you think makes the worst tools out there right now? I’d say Harbor Freigh...

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Trip to the lumber yard and planing my first board.

05-14-2010 10:33 PM by Cato | 3 comments »

Wow, this was cool. Old hat to most of you, but the first time I have used a planer. I got the DeWalt 735 a few months ago when it was on clearance sale, and also bought the rolling stand but I didn’t have any rough lumber to plane so I hadn’t used it yet. A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Steve Walls lumberyard about 20 miles from my house and picked up some furniture grade SYP and some white oak to start a couple of projects. Still don’t have a jointer yet, b...

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Tear out

05-14-2010 09:59 PM by Hisingwooddesign | 1 comment »

This week’s question comes from Sylvester in Illinois’. Hey Cody I’m building a dresser for my wife’s birthday coming up out of hardwood and have been running into some problem with tear out. I was wondering if you had any advice on how I can prevent tear out there have been many articles I’ve read online but several have countered it did themselves I’ve experimented with it a little bit but really can’t afford to waste any would do to the fact the hardwood is very expensive. Any advice ...

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Kayak Hanger #1: Boat storage in a too small garage

05-14-2010 08:52 PM by JohninSD | 0 comments »

I have 2 home built sea kayaks, one a Chesapeake 17 which is 17 feet long by 24” wide and the other a Sport Tandem which is 21’6” long by 22” wide. As my two car garage is also my wood shop/metal shop/motorcycle shop/bicycle shop/boat building shop/boat storage area I needed a way to store these two boats out of the way yet easily accessible. I kept them on a simple wheeled rack on the floor for a while, thinking it would be easy to wheel them out of the way when I nee...

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Canoe #8: Varnishing and Maiden Voyage!!!

05-14-2010 08:21 PM by Woodcanuck | 7 comments »

With all of the assembly in place we were down to getting the final finish on it. Just as it is all looking like it’s “this” close to being done, we get to revisit our friend the random orbit sander! I had thought that sanding the hull was a lot of work…but sanding the epoxy was an entirely different experience. Not only is the epoxy that much harder, but you can’t go too hard at it or you’ll get through the epoxy to the fiberglass. Once you hit fiber...

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Canoe #7: Final assembly

05-14-2010 07:25 PM by Woodcanuck | 4 comments »

With the fiberglassing complete, we finally get to add some of the detail work. First up, we have to install the inwales. In order to allow water to pour out of the canoe easily, you need to install the inwales with a space between them and the hull. The spacers are called scuppers. I love nautical terminology….you call that a what??? I wanted a contrast, but not so much that it took away from the cedar. I found that a strip of mahogany that I had kicking around would be just ...

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