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Phew, shop reorg done.

06-25-2008 03:21 AM by Jon3 | 2 comments »

Well, it has been a long few months, but I’ve finally managed to clear some more space out in the shop and get things re-organized. It can be quite frustrating when you’re working on the shop itself, and not on actual projects in wood, but sometimes quite refreshing. I think I’ve gotten to the point where I want to put my hands back onto some wood, so I’ll be going through some of the projects that I’ve been sitting on, and get back into creating. In the mea...

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Hand Tools doings #25: A box for Callie - a left handed experience

06-25-2008 03:20 AM by Betsy | 10 comments »

There are times when you have to put everything else aside and do something more important. I have a cat—- this cat——- There are three things this cat knows for sure. One is when I’m coming with the flea drops – she runs like mad. Second – she knows when I have chicken and runs to me fast. And third – when I have a camera. I don’t think I have a decent picture of her. Callie is 21 and is fast approaching the end of her 9th l...

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This job is for the birds. . .

06-25-2008 02:26 AM by Sparky977 | 3 comments »

So I have been helping my dad frame a house while I am in between cabinet jobs. A few days ago, we noticed a turkey hanging out near the house. She didn’t seemed to be at all afraid with the noise and activity going on. Turns out, a farmer nearby had accidentally killed a momma turkey when harvesting something or other. Well, he took the baby turkeys home and his kids fed them and took care of them, then let them back into the wild. We figure that this hen was one of them. Turkeys...

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Operation Holtzapffel #9: Base almost done

06-25-2008 01:40 AM by Damian Penney | 10 comments »

So I’ve been making slow and steady progress on the bench, and bit by bit it’s coming together. Today I finished off all the mortises for the base, so just need to chamfer the edges and draw bore the tenons and drill some holes and the base is done. I invested in the Delta mortiser which did a great job and saved me a bunch of time doing the mortises. But I found the fence adjustment wheel to be pretty much useless, a micro adjust would have been great though, perhaps I ...

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Fame is Fleeting #1: What Happens When The Local Press Is Truly Desperate For A Story

06-25-2008 01:23 AM by BillCo | 1 comment » The cover and pages 32-35 are about some of what we do here.

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Garden Bench with Table #1: Sketchup plans

06-24-2008 07:28 PM by Greg Wurst | 16 comments »

I really liked a garden bench posted by steveosshop and decided to design one myself so I didn’t have to buy the plans: So, after getting some rough dimensions from other benches and eyeballing his project I came-up with the following design: Much the same as the original, it’s built with 2×4 and 2×8 lumber and 1×4 pine. Construction is butt joints and dowels, but you could make it mortise and tenon or screw and glue if you wanted. I wasn’t h...

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Dog Bench #2: New tools for a new project: Kreg Jig and Router Bit

06-24-2008 05:30 AM by kshipp | 3 comments »

It’s not that I think of new projects as reasons to buy new tools. As you know, it’s not hard to find reasons to buy new tools. I was thinking about making this dog bench and the best way to do it. I had read a lot of the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and figured I would give it a shot. I got a good deal on the Master System from Rockler and I have been very pleased with it so far. I’ll try to get an official review up soon but for an unofficial review I’d say 5 stars. I...

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Hand Tools doings #24: Excellent customer service

06-24-2008 01:35 AM by Betsy | 8 comments »

Well——- as you know I’ve been collecting my toolbox full of hand tools. I recently bought a low angle block plane from Lee Valley. It’s a good plane. The one I received however had a small problem. I could not keep the brass toe knob tight and after several strokes the mouth opening would change. Aggravating for sure. So after deciding I needed a solution I e-mailed LV customer service. We’ve gone back and forth with e-mails, me explaining the problem, them askin...

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Delta + Max Tool = Poor Service Follow Up

06-23-2008 08:46 PM by bayouman | 6 comments »

On June 17th, I posted the info about the problems I was having with Max Tool and Delta after I ordered a Delta Mortiser. Well, it’s only taken me a week to get the order cancelled and the cancellation confirmed. Today I talked to a manager at Max Tool in their “Customer Service” department and he told me that the order was cancelled. When I called on June 19th, he (it was the same guy) told me that he would first have to check with Delta to make sure that the mortiser ha...

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Children and woodworking #2: Mulberry trees, and berries!

06-23-2008 08:10 PM by Al Navas | 5 comments »

Well, not really woodworking, but there IS wood in them thar trees! From my blog this past weekend: Summers in NW Missouri involve many outdoor activities, including setting aside time to collect berries from blueberry bushes and mulberry trees. Our trees are loaded with berries! And the blueberries should be ready to pick in a few days, if wild animals don’t get to them before we do. This weekend we had wonderful weather, everything is green around us and, for a change, no storms ha...

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