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A Simple Bird Cage Awl #1: Starting with High Quality Steel

02-08-2016 03:04 PM by bondogaposis | 3 comments »

I like making awls. I have quite few around my shop in various sizes and configurations. A few years ago I decided to make an awl in the bird cage style and it has been my all around favorite ever since. I have no idea why they are called bird cage awls. Perhaps they were a critical tool for making cane bird cages in years gone by. Here I am going to make another one. I start out with a bar of O1 tool steel from McMaster-Carr. It is 3/16” square in cross section. This is the ide...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1693: Some Bunny's Been Busy Designing!

02-08-2016 02:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

My goodness! What a fun and productive weekend I had. I think I must be a little crazy because it seems the more directions I am going in at once, the more things I want to do. It may sound 'corny' but I feel so, so fortunate to be able to work doing something I love every single day. You must all think I am kidding when I say I can't wait to wake up and get started each day, but that is truly the case.On Saturday night, I probably only slept for a couple of hours because my head ...

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Album of patterns and carvings #3: progress

02-08-2016 10:47 AM by FancyChip | 0 comments »

Thank you for looking!

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Restorations #1: Mysterious bench plane.

02-08-2016 12:44 AM by Combo Prof | 10 comments »

I picked up this bench plane (after bargaining) for $10 at our local antique store. It has no makings. The iron has no markings. The unusual lever cap has no markings. It is 1/2 inch shorter then a Stanley 5 but has the same width. The knob is small, smaller then any I have seen. it measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter and is 1 13/16 inches high.The iron is 2 inches wide (as expected). Help me identify it. Here are some pictures.

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Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 31 Inside Sanded, Ready For Filler

02-07-2016 10:51 PM by farmerdude | 5 comments »

Not much to report. I’ve been sanding and scraping on the inside of the hull. I did what I could with the random orbit, then the scrapers. Neither would work in the points, so I just grabbed a piece of paper and did them by hand. It’s not perfect yet but that doesn’t matter because I have to sand it all again after filling the gaps. By the time all the little things are done, the inside will be smooth and ready for glass. I did not do fills today because the snowblowe...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #62: Tuning a Rabbet Plane

02-07-2016 07:33 PM by Paul Bucalo | 1 comment »

Last year I acquired this rabbet plane from a computer client. I finally got around to honing the iron and tuning the setup. I ended up eyeballing the iron angle in a Veritas Mk II and came close enough that the new edge would work for this plane. It took a while to get the skew angle eyeballed and locked down. I put an ever-so-slight beveled on the corners. Wood plane are still a bit of mystery (black art!) to me. It took a lot of fiddling and guess work to figure out how to make the ...

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One dollar burnisher

02-07-2016 06:27 PM by Sergeich | 6 comments »

I used to sharpen my card scraper with a screwdriver. But I was not satisfied with results. A good manufactured burnisher costs in my place about $40. Thats too much for me. But what is a burnisher? It is a rod of polished hard steel and some handle. No more. It reminded me a HSS drill bit shaft. So I made my DIY burnisher from 8 mm HSS drill bit, gluing it to self made handle from beech with epoxy glue. Sharpening my card scraper on a water stone: Here I use wooden block to kee...

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Shop Made JIGS #2: Saw Blade Storage

02-07-2016 08:26 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

I used a Woodsmith plan to build this simple saw blade storage bin. I had all of the material I needed in my lumber rack. I also intend to build a wall rack to store more of my saw blades; both 10 inch table saw blades and some circular saw blades. Besides this I also need a safer way to move large sheet goods around in my shop so tote and and sled. I will get to those in the next day or so…

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Shop Made JIGS #1: Tenon Cutting JIG using Rip Fence

02-07-2016 08:15 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

While taking an online course, it was suggested that we use spacer blocks to cut the width of the tenons. The instructor gave us a reference to a magazine article that built a JIG across the Biesemeyer table saw rip fence. This is a wide fence. My table saw has a narrow fence; therefore I decided to make my JIG with two cross members over my fence as shown in the embedded image below. Tall Tenon Cutting JIG riding on my table saw’s Rip Fence. (Note: this image is right-side u...

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Sander Rebuild #6: Last Installment: Table Support and Table

02-07-2016 07:23 AM by OldGuysRule | 4 comments »

I spent massive amounts of time using the most used tool in the shop ”The Rocking Chair” to figure this one out! Now remember I’m a cheap-skate and had to come up with stuff on hand to build this! While sitting and contemplating just how to build a table support, I noticed up in the rafters a piece of half inch square tubing that I had forgot I had. It was in the rafters because it was about fifteen foot long and bent in a couple of spots. I remembered putting it up the...

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