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Automatic Dust Collection Design #2: Opening the Black box

08-22-2015 04:35 PM by kinger | 10 comments »

In the last post, I described the inputs and outputs to the system but left the main guts for this post. First, lets define a couple features which we should try to build into the black box: The shop vac should turn on when a tool turns on – this is a simple one but its the base functionality to which we build off of. Provide the ability to run small loads off the system without turning on the DC. Provide the ability to connect multiple tools to the system, all which can indepe...

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Ambulance Bookshelf

08-22-2015 03:13 PM by PCorl | 0 comments »

I recently made a small bookshelf that resembles and ambulance. This type of bookshelf can be changed to look like just about any type of vehicle. I made a video of the project and it can be viewed at: I hope you enjoy the video. While you are at it, please check out my other YouTube videos on my channel, paulsmessyworkshop Thanks, Paul

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Expanding Trivet

08-22-2015 03:06 PM by PCorl | 0 comments »

I recently posted a video on YouTube on how to make an expanding trivet. This trivet is easy to make an a good way to use up some hardwood scraps. Check out the video at: While you are at it please check out my YouTube channel at: paulsmessyworkshopThanks, Paul

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Refinishing Projects #1: Joye's Coffee Table

08-22-2015 06:58 AM by Mark Wilson | 10 comments »

This is what happens when I do it right. Know this: Nothing (NOTHING) comes easy for me. Joye, my friend and neighbor, Bonny’s and Clyde’s Mommy, had this coffee table for years. The years showed: Scratches, dents, rub spots, dull, faded, dead finish. She wanted the top refinished. Just the top. So, I began with the legs. Some Howard’s and some 0000 made them look pretty good, without taking away any of the aged character. The top looked like this, in ...

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What He Was Looking For

08-22-2015 05:11 AM by Mark Wilson | 7 comments »

They weren’t shiny enough. I know. In the eyes of a woodsmith, such as we, they were beautiful. But the guys who put years of work into their show buggies insist, as do the judges, that bedboards appear as though there’s a sheet of quarter-inch glass lying on top. Which they do now. He handed them over to someone else. A word about the someone else: He’s a guy who spent thirty years restoring and refinishing pianos. His current gig involves building and finishing furniture f...

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Working with recycled timber #49: OSB Ute Box

08-22-2015 03:39 AM by robscastle | 2 comments »

I had to get moving on this project due to my original box just about expiring. The OSB is part of the Smiths packing crate I hauled home, I have never worked with this material before so it was all a learning exercise for me as well! The markings on the OSB indicate Norbord Sterling OSB2 so it should be OK. The replacement box is slightly bigger due to maximising the OSB sheet dimensions I had. First up I cut all the sections needed I may not use the narrow strip...

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Age of Refinished Antique Chest

08-22-2015 01:52 AM by niftynoel | 9 comments »

I’ve almost completed refinishing this old chest, and I’m curious to know from experts out there, just what era it might be from. I simply stripped it and coated all wood (pine) with shellac and 3 coats of General Finishes top coat. We bought it from a furniture restorer / antique dealer south of Lapeer, Michigan in 1976. I always assumed it was a carpenter’s chest, but I am now not so sure. It is clearly hand hewn, uses wood pin joinery, and what seem to be hand wrought square nails. •...

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Another exotic wood source #2: Cabinet shop closing

08-21-2015 11:44 PM by ralbuck | 1 comment »

I am not sure that I should put this here; bot, hope it helps someone. GOING OUT OF BUSINESS (Boring) image 1 image 1image 2image 3image 4image 5image 6image 7image 8image 9image 10image 11image 12image 13image 14image 15image 16image 17image 18image 19image 20image 21image 22 © craigslist – Map data © OpenStreetMap 27660 SE Hwy 212 (google map) datesthursday 2015-08-20friday 2015-08-21saturday 2015-08-22 start time: 8 am •safety tips •prohibited items •product ...

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Simple 1/2 doughnut chuck

08-21-2015 11:41 PM by poospleasures | 6 comments »

Have been thinking of making a doughnut chuck to help hold some of the bowls I turn. I have seen many good examples here on LJ,s. As I am pretty simple and did not want to spend a lot of time making a large disc and several rings. Thought of a way to use my flat jaw with homemade extension jaws for the back half of the doughnut chuck and just made one ring for now which will fit many of the size bowls which I need to do the bases on. There is reasons to have the safety of afforded by the o...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #54: Hitachi C10FL Acquisition - Part 3 (Assembled)

08-21-2015 11:39 PM by Paul Bucalo | 2 comments »

Assembly was finished late this afternoon. Tests showed I could achieve 90 degree accuracy between blade and table top, but from front to back of the blade in relation to the miter slots I was at least a sixteenth off in the back. Still some vibration after startup. Not having been run for a year has made some of the pivots a little stiff. As it was, I had to lube the angle pivots. A little more TLC. The manual doesn’t explain how to deal with blade to miter slot adjustment. A search on...

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