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One of those days

09-28-2014 07:21 AM by OldWrangler | 16 comments »

Did you ever have one of those days when things go too well? I had a day today that would make a “puppy pull a train” Local church was having an Art Show, supposedly just for artists who paint. Nothing was to be sold but the painters could take orders or make arrangement to sell their display work after the show. Last week I checked in to see if there would be any way for me to get a table and show some of my stuff. Well, I hit it off with the woman in charge and showed her some p...

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Just for Fun... #88: The Lid (Part Two)...

09-28-2014 04:30 AM by littlecope | 14 comments »

After the milling was done, it was time to rip the stock into narrow strips… But how many? And at what angle should they meet?It was desirable to have a lighter color for the first and last slat, because they will contrast with the box sides as well as the other slats… So the number of them will have to be odd… The ideas were taken to R & D, where elaborate plans were drawn up… Remember this? The make-shift Compass was again used to re-draw the arc…One of ...

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Just for Fun... #87: The Lid... (Part One?)

09-28-2014 02:38 AM by littlecope | 10 comments »

The Mystery Project continues…When we left off, it had the bottom added and the lid section cut away… The idea here, is to make the “Roof” very similar to this, only properly fitted… While Wood was being selected, a few minutes were devoted to doweling the corners and closing it up for good…You may remember that the cut-offs were saved and they helped out a lot! Firstly for setting the depth for the dowel hole… And then secondly, they were ta...

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Fuming a Small Box With Household Ammonia #5: Penetration of the Fume Darkening Into the Wood

09-28-2014 01:57 AM by Roger Kimmel | 1 comment »

Since the ammonia fume diffused through the finishes so easily, I started to wonder how far it penetrated the wood. I had assumed the fume darkening would be a thing film, so I planed one of the edges to see how far it would go. I planed and planed, and found out that the fume had penetrated 1-2 mm through the face grain, and up to 10 mm on the end grain. You can see this in the planed edge shown above. The fumed finish on oak can easily stand up to extensive sanding. As always, please t...

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Fuming a Small Box With Household Ammonia #4: Fuming Through the Finish

09-28-2014 12:50 AM by Roger Kimmel | 0 comments »

After noticing that the inside of my box picked up some color right through the Danish oil finish, I decided to experiment. I finished an oak stick with one coat of polyurethane varnish (right) and Danish oil (left). I left the center unfinished. The oak darkened nicely beneath the finishes. The Danish oil appears a bit darker than the varnish, but the image exaggerates this somewhat. Nice to know that you can sand and put at least one coat of finish on before fuming. I’d test it ...

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Finishing my bottom

09-28-2014 12:19 AM by BenhamDesign | 1 comment »

Many times as furniture makers, we will put a finish on the underside of a tabletop to prevent it from warping or cupping. The theory being, if you put the same finish on the top as you do the bottom the moisture transfer will be equalized on all sides, helping to prevent wood movement. Regardless whether or not this theory is true, there are other reasons to finish the bottom of your tabletop.Continue reading on my blog to see the real reason why I finish the bottom of my tables.

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Lie-Nielson tool works tool show at Hearne Hardwoods

09-28-2014 12:14 AM by Lazy_K | 0 comments »

Hi, I’ve always wanted to go to a tool show. but they always end up 6 or 8 hours away, this one was @ 1 hour away and 15 minutes from my in-laws house ( so we stayed over night and my father in law went with me). well; some pretty swell tools, I want this saw by Blackburn tools and I want the shooting plane by Lie-Nielson which you can almost see at the left back of the bench in this shot; some nice planes and interesting wood at interesting prices ...

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How to Square, Flatten, & Dimension Rough Boards with Hand Tools {10 Steps}

09-27-2014 11:45 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

In the above video, and in the below 10 steps, I teach one of the most basic and essential skills in traditional woodworking: how to square, flatten, & dimension your own rough lumber into finished boards. To build quality traditional furniture, you need to start with perfectly flat and square lumber. Some people achieve this with power jointers, planers, and table saws. While the electrical power route is more economical for a commercial woodworking workshop, I prefer the safet...

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Kids Workbench Build #9: Wagons(vise) Ho!

09-27-2014 08:14 PM by Airframer | 2 comments »

Hiya, Last week was all about the leg vise and this week I focused my efforts on the wagon vise. My helper hasn’t been privy to this part mainly due to it being rather machine heavy. We still have melt downs when machines are running (to be fair so do I sometimes lol) so I was flying solo for all that follows. I hope to get him out there tomorrow for more shop time but till then this is what we have. It started with this.. Then I went about making the wagon sled the same ...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #26: New Life for a Harvey Peace No 45 Panel Saw

09-27-2014 03:25 PM by Brad | 8 comments »

I found this Harvey Peace saw buried under a bunch of rusty ones at an estate sale. The nib and handle lambs tongue set it apart from the others. So even though it was covered in rust… …and caked with what appeared to be glue… …it came home with me. I’ve never owned or used a Harvey Peace sample before. This 8ppi specimen measures 22 inches long. Good. I can always use another panel saw. I took a minimalist approach to my rehab, choosing to sand off decades of g...

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