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Learning to design #3: Next sketchup version - thanks DaveR!!!

10-01-2009 01:36 PM by mtkate | 11 comments »

Dave’s suggestions from my very first post on this gave me great ideas – and simply trying to replicate what he did was a fantastic learning experience. You can click on the image to get the whole thing. I was able to play with sketchup on my commute to work back and forth yesterday, and woke up early this AM to fix some errors I made. The key to success was making groups which I wasn’t doing before. I was very pleased when all the pieces finally fit together. M...

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Throwing in the towel #4: Found a job today!

10-01-2009 07:40 AM by Myron Wooley | 20 comments »

My old employer threw me a bone today and hired me back. It’s a contract position for a year or so, at a lot less than what I was making when I left, but believe me, I’m grateful for the job. Now I can look at my shop as a hobby again, instead of the reason for my misery. It’s a whole different outlook. Providence.

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Low Entertainment Center #4: Prefinishing and Final Assembly

10-01-2009 07:19 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

An important aspect of building furniture that many new woodworkers overlook, is the importance of finishing BEFORE the project is completely glued together. That’s the primary focus of this part of the series. A few of the topics covered in this part: How to deal with color differences between plywood and solid wood trim. Raising the grain and applying water-based dyes. Theory and application of wiping varnish. Creating shelf pin holes for adjustable shelving. Applying ang...

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15 minute dust separator #1: Idea and initial test

10-01-2009 05:31 AM by clasher | 5 comments »

I recently purchased a Dust Deputy to add to my shop vac so I wouldn’t have to spend as much time emptying and cleaning the filter on my vacuum, I’m very happy with it and was considering purchasing another for my father’s workshop when I started wondering whether I could build something cheaper. The Thien Cyclone Separator Lid was just about what I wanted but I couldn’t help imagine I could make something even cheaper and simpler (willing to sacrifice a little effic...

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tragedies #2: National Lampoon's Economic Downturn Vacation

10-01-2009 05:02 AM by Gary Fixler | 20 comments »

I work in video games, and it’s seemed this year to be pretty immune to the recession. Kids always want their video games, and when you can’t do much else, like building that addition, or moving to a new place, picking up a game or two to play away the misery is a comforting alternative. Or so we thought. Looks like it’s finally trickled up, or down, or sideways, and as such, we had The Meeting today. While not officially laid off, I’m on ‘forced vacation&#...

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Misc. #1: Hello from South Dakota

10-01-2009 04:49 AM by Northerner | 4 comments »

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!i have been on the net since 1992, i have been a member of many forums of all types,i have designed a few websites for myself and others and i hate to admit it that this ismy first blog. i just don’t know that much about them but from what i can tell its just anelectronic diary of sorts? anyway, i’m 43 and retired on disability as a machinist. i used to be into golfing and alsocompetitive archery (SD indoor champ BHFS) but now i’m just a...

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Is this good? and strong enough for veneering work?

10-01-2009 03:43 AM by RBWoodworker | 2 comments »

I am about to purchase this but am trying to find out if this particular pump is good for veneering work and forms? I have seen pumps that deliver 6+ CFM and think that’s good..anyone familuar with this stuff, can you please advise asap..I’m suppose to look at it tomorrow..I want the best I can afford and for it to last and work well..

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TILE WAITING FOR A FRAME #4: walnut oak frame alcohol dye and oil stained

10-01-2009 03:24 AM by Dan'um Style | 14 comments »

really jazzed up oil stain. dry in about an hour ...couple hours later …...

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Woodworking vacation #18: Day three - dovetails with Frank Klauz

10-01-2009 02:53 AM by Betsy | 5 comments »

It only keeps getting better and better. Today was a very interesting day – not just for the woodworking but for the conversation and friendly interaction. Kelly always has a “reception” on Wednesday evening – just sit around a talk with one another with some wine or beer and some great finger food to share. Tonight was extra special as we had a well known woodworker drop in for some chat. Don Weber dropped by and it was fascinating listening to him talk about his work...

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A journey into the workshop. #13: Got the tool stacking system in place.

10-01-2009 02:01 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Simply put, I took sheathing grade ply, cut it into 18×24” panels, drilled holes and counterbores for mounting hardware for my bench top tools, and mounted that all up on Rubbermaid adjustable closet shelf hardware… The panels are sized so that I can simply clamp them down to my workbench and get to work, which is awfully handy since that is where the dust collector is plumbed near… Now to dismount the old mounting boards from the tool stands, and get ready to t...

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