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Hand Tool Journey #41: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #7... Cleaned Up The Saw Plate.. Is This Worth Saving?

3 days ago by Airframer | 8 comments »

I am going to present this question to the group. Saw restoration and sharpening is not an area I have really spent much time in yet so I am far from an expert. So I ask is this saw plate worth trying to sharpen up or should I explore other options? I WOULD like to use the original plate if it is at all usable but like I said.. I’m hoping some folks who are much more knowledgeable on the subject will help me out here. First some before pics… Post Evaporust.. ...

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Wheelchair Woodworking #20: O wad some Power the gift tae gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!

3 days ago by Jamie Speirs | 6 comments »

Ok it’s no Shakespeare, it the reel stuffA local boy, randy poet hud mair Mistresses than Tim can tellYou widnae want your daughters seeing the likes o him behindYe Olde Bike Shed ” Well he is our National Bard for awe his sins :)I think this verse comes fae “to a Louse” If I’m wrang? Blame mytruant officer for not catching me often enough. A wander.Right the gift to see ourselves….......I know I was going somewhere with this. I’ll load a picture and ...

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Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #3: Mortising the old fashioned way and a first panel glue-up

3 days ago by CharlesA | 1 comment »

We’ve continue on in the project. After crosscutting his first board by hand—getting him comfortable with hand sawing—He did a some rough crosscuts on the miter saw and some finer ones with the crosscut sled on the table saw. Here is his first cut on the miter saw. His commitment to doing the cuts safely is really comforting. The box has a small divided shelf held in place by mortises in the box. We’re doing them the old-fashioned way so he can learn to use ch...

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Schools are using wood off the construction site

3 days ago by Nels | 7 comments »

I’ve been working with rough lumber taken from school construction sites. Very dear to the architects/owners heart, but crummy lumber. Anyone have any great ideas for filling knot holes and cracks? This one is magnolia and cherry. Magnolia is a lot like poplar. It’s genetically similar?Maybe epoxy?

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1362: This and That

3 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I will start off today by thanking everyone for all the kind thoughts and notes and sharing their memories of Dirk with me. I found myself reminiscing about so many wonderful people, places and times and I found much comfort in that. I thought of things that I hadn't thought of in years, and I believe that is just how Dirk would have wanted everyone to remember him. I am sure that is how we will heal. I must admit that I had very little ambition yesterday. Those of you who know me an...

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Bent Form Guitar Stand #2: Main support and the arched back

4 days ago by Matt Nudi | 3 comments »

Alright so this is the build for the other two main pieces. The first is the bottom support that everything extends from the back. I realized just how strong these laminate bends are relative to the individual pieces and wow, the bend strength is amazing. So here’s the form/piece for that guy. It came out pretty good in my opinion. All the glue lines are nice and clean and it’ll be ready with just a little bit of sanding. The next step which had to wait until now is...

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Bent Form Guitar Stand #1: Beginning and Main components

4 days ago by Matt Nudi | 1 comment »

Well, I have been working on this project for a little while now, the good portion of the summer. This is my first try at doing a bent form project. I was inspired after seeing Ken Dixon’s project from last year as seen here. I found a really nice piece of curly maple lumber online that I was going to use for the project. It was about the right size and 5/4” to give me some wiggle room. I have never used any curly wood like this before so I was pretty nervous to start cutting i...

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Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #2: Entry Two: Adding some power tools to the mix, getting the first boards finished

4 days ago by CharlesA | 4 comments »

He really adapted well to the shop. He shows respect, but not fear for the spinning blades. He’s now ripped and cross-cutted a number of boards. After hand planing, using the thickness planer, and cutting the boards to size, we had the basic curly maple box pieces made After introducing hand tools on maple, he became a big fan of cherry. We had a long board that was bowed. He got a big dose of the fore plane to flatten that bow. It actually worked! Although he is doing the ...

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Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #1: Entry One--Learning Woodworking Skills

4 days ago by CharlesA | 1 comment »

My high school age great nephew is staying with us for a week to learn some woodworking skills. I gave hime a list of possible projects and we ended up with this ditty box:We bought the plans from the website, partially so they could be part of the educational process. We began with a tour of the shop and a the standard safety talk. He’s taking things quite seriously. We’re going to make the box out of curly maple and cherry. We start out learning some of the basics of han...

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Bridal chest #2: Side prep, box joints, and assembly

4 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 9 comments »

In the previous installment I prepped the wood and glued it up. This time it’s a little after prep, box joints, and glue up. With the biscuit joiner the glue ups became pretty well aligned. I had to do just a little planing and scraping.. .The the old reliable ROS and mirk sandpaper to it. I find it easier to pre sand panels before assembly. Then redo and finish them up after. .After a little thinking, I made a box joint jig for my router. The sides are 3/4” thick and the...

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