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Matt's Cradle

10-27-2014 03:08 PM by JerryLH | 5 comments »

Hello, my name is Jerry, I’m retired and live in the country with my wife. I ‘very much’ consider myself a beginner furniture maker. This is the third cradle I’ve made – this one is for a Great Grandson. There are no metal fasteners in this cradle. This cradle is made from trees I cut from our property, eastern red cedar and elm – both considered trash trees. I have a small bandmill which I use to saw the trees into something I can us...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #33: Simple is Complex

10-27-2014 02:25 PM by Gary Rogowski | 7 comments »

All projects need refinement, lightness, simplicity. I tell my Mastery students often in a critique to lose 10% of their design. Sometimes 20%. Mass is not always required for strength. Careful engineering is required. Where can you remove material? Adding lightness and simplicity is a difficult chore. How much work do you need to do to make something simple? How do you know what is unessential in a piece? Where do you stop? Make copies. Make models, drawings. Try one thing and then ...

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Ultimate China Cabinet #1: The Start

10-27-2014 02:08 PM by bkseitz | 0 comments »

Beginning of this year my wife asked if I would build her a cabinet for her china and dish collection. I think she was channeling Martha Stewart as she has several sets of 16 place settings (i.e., needed to build a super-sized china cabinet). The original objective was to have flush mounted doors with push open doors. Below is the carcass building sequence. The project uses 3/4 birch plywood and 1×4 boards with adjustable feet for the base. I used my assembly table to cut and as...

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Assembly Table #1: Stage One

10-27-2014 01:38 PM by bkseitz | 0 comments »

Prior to upgrading my Tablesaw with an outfeed table I used my assembly table with some bench cookies on risers to cut large sheet stock. [I still use it till I build and infeed table for cutting plywood long ways]. However, the assembly table was designed to do more than that. With t-tacks around the perimeter and in the middle, the table acts like a hold-down system for my dovetail, Kreg, and conceal hinge jigs. The tie-down steady large pieces for assembly. I’ve used it with gre...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1432: Anticipation

10-27-2014 12:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I must admit that I awakened today feeling a bit overwhelmed. As I thought of all the things I need to accomplish today, I sit here this morning at my computer wondering how I will ever get everything done. I even considered not writing here today, but since I haven't written in the past two days I really didn't want to miss again. After all – I think that by putting my thoughts into writing each morning, it really helps keep me organized and grounded and sharpens my focus on wh...

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Expressing Love Through Woodworking #2: Pine Needles, Storm Windows, and Rosemary

10-27-2014 12:40 PM by nomercadies | 3 comments »

This is a twist on the “Baking Pies” observation I made earlier. The homes along the street where my oldest daughter lives are close together.Her neighbors argue with dirt about who witnessed more during the creation of the universe. As dirt and the neighbors grow even older my daughter worries about the female neighbor stepping out of one of the family trucks and into a window well next to the driveway. The well is quite close to where the neighbor lady stumbles around as she searches t...

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Old Planes

10-27-2014 05:52 AM by pbyrne | 11 comments »

A dear friend was going through her attic and pulled out two boxes of her great grandfather’s hand planes. She and her husband were discussing what to do with them, they decided to give them to me their carpenter friend. I am humbled by her generosity. When I get them in shape I will make her a thoughtful gift. Tonight I opened the boxes and began cleaning. Here are the two boxes As you can see there are a lot here. So I begin to go to work on one. I have discovered quickl...

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Clamp Cart #1: Quick Frameup

10-27-2014 02:58 AM by bkseitz | 1 comment »

I keep hearing you can never have too many clamps. I expect that’s because I always misplace these or are left in a pile to be sorted out. I was watching several videos on YouTube on clamp storage. Steve Ramsey redid his storage putting clamp racks behind a door. No such luck in my shop. Someone had made the “ultimate” clamp and wood storage cart, however, a 30” x 96” cart is out of the question also. However, several of the ideas from that build and a ...

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Somehow it all came together #28: The live addition to the shop tour

10-27-2014 02:00 AM by Mike Merzke | 2 comments »

Here is the live addition to my shop tour.

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Somehow it all came together #27: Just a couple updates and the Scrap Bin Challenge 2014

10-27-2014 01:36 AM by Mike Merzke | 0 comments »

Another entry from Somehow it all came together.

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