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Level floor for garage workshop #3: Building the border, piece by piece

03-04-2015 12:58 AM by jciccare | 4 comments »

I began constructing the perimeter by setting up the laser just high enough that the beam—representing the top of the joists / bottom plane of the flooring—just nicked the high (NW) corner. I Sharpie-d a blue line where the laser’s red sweep met the walls and studs. The results were in line with my earlier mockup. To accommodate the wide range of vertical offsets from concrete to joists, I used several approaches around the perimeter. At the southwest corner is a s...

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Split Top Roubo Bench Build #5: . . . and more gluing and planing

03-03-2015 11:44 PM by ic3ss | 0 comments »

This morning I was out in the shop by 10am, eager to go. Motrin is a wonderful thing. I took the now full width back half out of the clamps and grabbed a glue scraper and went to work. I was able to only get a little bit of the glue runs off, so I switched to my jack plane. I had a bit of an alignment issue with these boards so I had some fairly high spots to flatten out. I did the bare minimum with the plane until I was worn out, it didn’t take long. Then I mustered all of my st...

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Level floor for garage workshop #2: A mockup to check the concept and show the "client"

03-03-2015 10:16 PM by jciccare | 0 comments »

My goal was a level floor supported by 2×4 joists. But the concrete floor’s compound slope steepens even more toward the highest (northwest) corner. If I started the joist frame in that corner, the finish floor would start 4.25” off the concrete at the highest point (3.5” joist + 0.75” ply). That would cut into my desired minimum 8’-0” headroom—and I’d pay that 3.5” penalty over the entire 12’ x 28’ shop area, with a st...

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funny bird house - Zwitscherkasten oak

03-03-2015 08:57 PM by Friedel1 | 2 comments »

The idea came from a neighbor. He had an old “bird feeder” very rot and yet functional. I offered him this bird box rebuild. I then built many of them:-)First of beech. Ha! Evil mistake! Well, at that point I knew even less about wood properties, but that beech is so bends I never expected.So I built one from the remnants of a corner seat in oak, 19 mm, finger-jointed. As always, not screwed, not nailed … .just dowelled. The Domino system by Festool is just great.A carpenter swears by Lamello...

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Custom made thumb screws

03-03-2015 05:35 PM by ToddJB | 7 comments »

I recently just participated in the Dovetail Layout Tool Swap where I made a few items for LJ AgentTwitch. On the marking gauge I had made a couple of thumb screws and a few people were asking about them, so this blog will show how they were constructed. I have a lathe, but I’m a relatively new turner and don’t have all the bells and whistle yet, so I’m sure there is a fancier way to achieve this, but this is what I had – a 2×4. Traced a hockey puck – ...

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The big 5-0

03-03-2015 05:28 PM by jbschutz | 6 comments »

A while back I noted I had missed my 3 year anniversary as a LJ-er. This a little more important…..Barbie and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on March 6th, on Kauai, at our favorite B and B, near Poipu Beach. We arrived at the B and B, the evening of March 2nd, and found our room adorned with wine, chocolates, flowers, and cards…..thanks to our two sons and their families. So, for the next 11 days, we will be soaking up sun and surf, barely remembering the cold of M...

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03-03-2015 05:23 PM by Bill Schonfelder | 2 comments »

Been busy struggling to hang onto my job. I hope any of you who have been following me understand. It is a very scary situation for us in the Oil and Gas industry on the manufacturing side of things. I am not sure when I will be able to contribute again to this Blog or make any new designs. I hope you all understand and appreciate your patience during these trying times. I am sure this is not just located to my situation but to a vast majority of Americans throughout these United States.

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Level floor for garage workshop #1: My goal is "plane"

03-03-2015 05:05 PM by jciccare | 1 comment »

I’ve always been a DIY-er on a modest scale, tackling home repairs and small projects within the limits of my ability. No workshop other than sawhorses and a WorkMate, and basic tools to match—a no-frills circular saw, Sawzall, handheld electric drills, levels, wrenches, files, C-clamps. My Ryobi 10” contractor table saw is only thing resembling a “wood shop tool”—I bought it to reconstruct the rotted-out tapered drain floor of a small outside window well...

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Peterbilt truck #15: Lights on the roof

03-03-2015 04:25 PM by Dutchy | 5 comments »

The pieces become smaller. Her are the pictures from the roof lights. First put some dowels with CA glue in a piece of padouk: After sawing: After sanding the crude form: Turning on the lathe. This with the greatest caution I turned with…...sandpaper: When it was done I realized I made 8 but needed 10. My disc sander was mounted on the lathe and I didn,t want to do a conversion. I put one piece in my drill and made a light on the discsander. This was much easier and fast...

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ScrollSaw Information and Resources #66: American Girl Furniture patterns

03-03-2015 02:18 PM by jerrells | 1 comment »

Hello woodworkers I have a question. I have turned a lot of my attention to creating furniture for 18 inch dolls, like American Girl. I have the book by Dennis Simmons, “Making Furniture and Dollhouses … ” and it seems to be the only printed resource for patterns. I have every copy of ScrollSaw Woodworking mag that contains a pattern for this. I have searched the internet and “YES” I have seen all of the suggestions about using ratios to change patterns to fit...

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