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Divided Light doors #1: Divided light doors

2139 days ago by Les Hastings | 12 comments »

The bow front vanity that I just posted has an upper portion with tall glass doors on each side with a curved bonnett going between them. I’ve been making the parts for the doors for a couple of days or so now. Finally getting started putting some of the muttins together. Sorry I’m going to blog how I go about this, it would be kinda tuff to explain I think. There is a lot to it. I just thought I would share some pictures of some of it with you all. There will be two doors lik...

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Bookcase Challenge04 #3: Building the lighting section

2139 days ago by lightweightladylefty | 2 comments »

Building the lighting section was a little more challenging. I used a 2¼” stock crown molding to trim out the area where the fluorescent light would be. I needed a ledge on which the lighting panel could set, so I routed a narrow piece of oak using the rail bit and cut off the “lip” and glued it into a dado I cut into the back of the crown molding. I also cut a dado into the main carcass and inserted a “lip” into it as well. We want to be able to remove this bookcase without d...

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Visit to KenCraft Company

2139 days ago by Greg Wurst | 5 comments »

I had a day off and decided to head up to Toledo to get some red oak at KenCraft Company ( I had asked about shipping it to me south of Dayton and shipping would be about $80. So, I decided to just make the trip and see what they had. An excellent selection and very good prices. I picked-up 50BF or Red Oak, a couple nice pieces of Sapele for a full-length mirror for the inlaws, and a $5 box of random scraps that are great for small projects. Worth the trip and I&...

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Walnut Tallcase Clock #6: Walnut Tallcase Clock #6

2139 days ago by Charles Mullins | 5 comments »

I thought I would give an update on the Grandfather Clock build I am currently on. Here is a picture of the Clock Face My wife has painted for me. We decided to stay with a floral and bird style face for both the color and simplicity. We still have some borders and signatures to put on before sealing. I also have stained the case trying to duplicate the color of old walnut. Here’s the hood. The case is below. I have rubbed in a coat of BLO and pumice as a filler. I’m now ...

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Applying a Varnish

2139 days ago by Olaf Gradin | 2 comments »

In the process of refinishing my dining room table, I’ve learned that I am not very good at brush-on finishes. I should have known, as I hate painting too. The table itself wasn’t an indicator as it was actually pretty easy. A broad, flat surface; it’s hard to screw that up. However, after it dried, I did notice that I had a small hair or two stuck in the finish. Blast! The real hard part, however, was the legs. They’re fairly complex, though largely broad and f...

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"Recent Article about Zongkers Custom Furniture" By Ted Cushman

2139 days ago by Dennis Zongker | 10 comments » Zongkers Custom Woods IncListing #717 Listed on: 08/08 WOODWEB Content Editor, Ted Cushman, Interviewed Dennis Zongker in September 2008 One Piece at a Time Cabinetmaking is a tough, competitive business, and furniture-making is a challenging craft. So in the world of woodworking, it’s pretty rare to find a business that can succeed at both. But that’s what Zongkers Custom Woodworking ( is doing. From th...

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Day Bed #1: Intro and drawing

2139 days ago by TheSandman | 0 comments »

I’m seeking sage (or rosemary) advice on making a day bed. First on the design, and then on the selection of the type of wood. Since this is my first blog post, I don’t know much how this will show, so bare with me. Here is a design drawing I did. It’s a three sided view (front, side, top) There are many things that affect the design. Primarily my perceived ability, in which I would consider myself a “less than experienced” woodworker. And Secondly my equipme...

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Quest for a unique cribbage board #2: Making a steam box

2139 days ago by Heyz | 4 comments »

As a recap in case you haven’t read the first post, I’m trying to build a unique cribbage board while keeping with the traditional layout. My idea, have an inlay for the track. Difficult & challenging? Probably. Fun and exciting? Definitely! I think I read everything on the internet about steam boxes before I did this, and I still didn’t learn it all. I figured bending will be the most difficult thing about this, so better get started on it early. I still haven...

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Lessons Learned #5: Cutting guides make the world go 'round

2140 days ago by sry | 6 comments »

As a beginning woodworker without a large shop full of tools, I’m was at first skeptical about my ability to get by and produce interesting things without tools like a table saw or band saw. One of the things that’s really helped me get by is the cutting guide. I built a massive 8’ long cutting guide for my Ryobi circular saw, which makes it about 1000 times easier to chop up plywood without being dependent on the table saw I don’t have. I decided this evening tha...

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My woodworing ideas and tips #15: Box making tutorial continued - doing the bottom

2140 days ago by Betsy | 3 comments »

Time to put the bottom in the box. On a typical box project, I cut the bottom groove before I cut the mitered ends. The reason for this is just safety and ease of pushing through the blade. You can see here that the chance exists to pop the piece off the table – it the miter were not there, that chance would be eliminated. This picture is exaggerated as it’s hard to make the piece do the flip at the same time as taking the picture. The box material I’m using is small ...

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