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Works in Progress #2: beatin' up my oak

06-24-2010 05:36 PM by tyskkvinna | 8 comments »

I’ve gone through and painted all of the pieces.. and have sanded about half of them. I’m amazingly unhappy with the cherry, overall. It’s just …... not what I wanted, I guess. It’s very flaky? Moreso than the other cherry I’ve worked with. Guess I can’t complain – I got it for free out of a burn-pile from a cabinet maker, so obviously it wasn’t a “great” piece of wood to start. Here is that piece of oak again. Re...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #21: I have no business mixing business with friendships

06-24-2010 12:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Everybody I know warns that business and friendships don’t mix. I have heard that from others for many years and I have also had experiences with it. Once (many years ago) my best friend and I decided to have a little craft business together when our kids were babies so we could do something at home and make a little extra money for ourselves. That almost ended in disaster, as we disagreed and mis-communicated on a couple of issues which resulted in a few years of us not really talking...

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Allow me to introduce myself

06-24-2010 11:54 AM by MostlyHarmless | 27 comments »

Hello Lumber Jocks! Yet another unexperienced, developing craftsman has arrived to lean on this community and hopefully contribute in a positive way. I’ve signed up here because I’ve found that I’ve been browsing the forums more and more lately and this community looks helpful and friendly. I’m very much a DIY kind of guy and will naively accept any project that I’m completely unprepared for, just for the chance of getting my hands dirty. Last year I boug...

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View David Craig's profile

So you want to be a woodworker eh?

06-24-2010 11:24 AM by David Craig | 33 comments »

Anybody else find the term “woodworker” a little too simplified? Three years ago, I get a thought in my head. “It would be cool to make my own furniture, toys, and items for the house..” So the tool purchases start. I pick up a mitersaw, table saw, router, drill, the basic power tools. Five minutes after I start, the next thought in my head “I would like to cut one board that is somewhat square looking…” And thats when it really begins… Yo...

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Shop Renovation #4: Almost back to where I began - new photos

06-24-2010 06:21 AM by HokieMojo | 4 comments »

Sometimes, to go forward, you need to take a few steps back. The last couple entries documented the steps backward; removing fixtures from walls, piling everything in the center of the garage so I could work around the edges, losing my tools in the mess, etc. In this post I start to put things back together. Here is my updated to do list: To Do (bold items are complete as of this blog posting): 1) Clean up and trash unused items/unusable scrap2) Consolidate everything in the center ...

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SHOP VERSION 2.0

06-24-2010 06:00 AM by bfd | 22 comments »

I have spent much of my freetime recently organizing, overhauling and simply cleaning out my shop. Now for some of you who have viewed my shop here on LJ you may have thought that it was already organized but I wanted to increase my closed storage and clean things up a bit. The storage came way of a recent commision I did. I recently did some custom walnut fronts for a client who was redoing her kitchen. To save money she put in IKEA Kitchen cabinet cases and had me do all custom drawer a...

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Starting up a workshop the second time around. #6: Chop Chop Chop

06-24-2010 05:56 AM by David Kirtley | 0 comments »

Well, I now have all my through mortises chopped. Thankfully, that will probably be one of the last times I will have to chop a mortise on floppy sawhorses. I will soon have a bench instead. Not too bad though. About 2 hours to do the 8 through mortises. So about 15 min each one. This included marking and a lot of fiddling and repositioning the sawhorses. I tried several techniques. I tried some with just a chisel and mallet chopping style. That was fine as long as I was only going about ...

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Double lacewood rocking chair #1: Day number one - Do a bunch of work!

06-24-2010 05:31 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 9 comments »

So i’ve been building the Sam Maloof, Hal Taylor inspired rocking chair to the point that about all I do is build these chairs and I love it! I’ve decided to market them locally as well as on the internet, so far i’ve done small, medium and large in soft maple, walnut and lacewood or a combo of walnut / lacewood. I want to be able to offer different rocking chairs as well as chairs and tables but let’s not get ahead of our selves here. Anyways i’ve decided ...

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Extremely Average #173: A Day To Remember

06-24-2010 05:22 AM by Ecocandle | 0 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I did a lot of work on my little walnut box I am building. When it finally came time to write my blog, I had lots of ideas for ways to go about telling the story. I also considered talking about the stuff I got from Lie-Nielson today, or some more about my hand planes. There was even a purchase of a new 45 degree Freud Chamfer bit. I thought about pointing out that I had some factual errors in my piece from two days ago, I cut a goove, not a dado. A clever reader poi...

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My maple coffee table #1: Sketchup model, ideas welcome please.

06-24-2010 05:06 AM by DrewM | 6 comments »

My wife asked me if I could make a coffee table for the living room and after she bought me the planer for my birthday I can’t say no. So I spent some time on Sketchup and showed her a view models and this is the one she likes. She likes simple grain patterns and a darker finish. I think maple with a nice darker cherry stain would be a good choice. I don’t have much experience with finishing wood but that will have to be the focus of another blog entry. Well anyway here is a pictu...

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