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Hand Tool Woodworking #2: The mainstay of hand tools and woodworking in general Chisels

07-15-2017 02:29 AM by Rwolinski | 0 comments »

I am not sure what all the fuss and bashing going on now on the internet about Narex Chisels. I see article after article that A) they don’t hold and edge, or B) they require a lot of prep, or C) they just are a cheaply made chisel. Well in Reverse order:C: IN the grand scheme of things they are cheap, but not cheaply made. At roughly $13 a copy they are very affordable. Have good length, good balance, and I think they are pretty well made. B:) I have about 14 of these chisels ...

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WoodChick #2: My First Pen in 8+ Years

07-15-2017 12:18 AM by sfhipchick | 4 comments »

My favorite woodworking pastime is turning pens and I’ve turned about 25+ of them back when I was actively turning. That was over 8 years ago, and I was a bit nervous about working on a lathe again. Steve and I picked out a fairly boring piece of wood for me to practice on. Blond Acacia, nothing really going on, and if I killed the pen, no biggy. I would be using one of my new carbide tools. They are quite the departure from usual turning chisels so I was feeling a bit anxious but ex...

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Floating Serpentine Shelf #7: Applying the Finish

07-14-2017 07:44 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

Unlike most projects, finishing was by far the easiest part of this one. I just sanded everything to 280 grit and, in preparation, used every portable flat surface at my disposal to fill up half the garage. Then I applied three “coats” of Watco Natural Danish Oil over several days. I wet-sanded the second coat with 600 grit paper to try to fill in any corner gaps. The RevolutionPly didn’t absorb as much oil as most other wood (or plywood). I think that’s b...

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Floating Serpentine Shelf #6: Overall Structure (Odds and Ends)

07-14-2017 07:31 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

The overall shelf’s structure comprises several elements: A back panel that is a one-sided torsion box. Individual shelves that are torsion boxes and which are attached to the back panel with 3/4” dowels and numerous #14 wood screws. Short sides, also torsion boxes, that connect pairs of individual shelves with 3/8” dowels and glue. French cleats integrated into the back panel to hang the shelf on the wall. I had to make provisions for this structure throughout...

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Floating Serpentine Shelf #5: Completing the Torsion Boxes

07-14-2017 06:51 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

I had the assembled shelf/side torsion box skeletons and beveled skins. All that was left was gluing the skins to the skeletons, hopefully without leaving many gaping corner gaps. My biggest worry was keeping the skins from sliding around on the wet glue. To help with that, I used a trick I had read about somewhere, but never actually used. I hammered a few brads into the skeleton. Then I snipped off the heads with side cutters, leaving short stubs. To align each skin, I pres...

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Floating Serpentine Shelf #4: Cutting the Torsion Box Skins

07-14-2017 06:08 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

My original design for the individual shelves would have been significantly easier to build than the ones I actually built. I had planned to build the outer torsion box frames from hardwood, mitered at the front corners, with a rabbet in which top and bottom skins would sit. My miter saw would have made quick work of the mitered corners. Those plans fell apart after I shopped for lumber and plywood. I found some 1/4” birch plywood that looked pretty good (apart from being rotary ...

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WoodChick #1: Returning to Woodworking

07-13-2017 11:50 PM by sfhipchick | 6 comments »

My husband and I had a lovely, fully-appointed wood shop which was eaten to the ground by a wildfire a couple of years ago. After jumping through all the insurance hoops and finding a contractor, we finally have a new wood shop in place. It’s not finished but it is complete enough that we are now able to begin doing projects again. In the past, my interest was squarely centered on turning pens. I loved seeing the woodworking projects my husband did but I didn’t want to get invo...

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Toy costruction #140: Building the tender

07-13-2017 10:03 PM by htl | 3 comments »

Need some parts from Hobby Lobby or may make my own to finish the train, but just so much easier to modify HL stuff.So played with the tender today, which I loved doing it’s an easy one day project not counting the wheels. I wanted to trim out the edges with cherry but ran out, but it should be ok. And tomorrow will be starting on sanding all these wheels.Here's a blog of the last one I did and I like it a lot better. [step by step]

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Woodworking Skills & Stuff: #11: How to get a child in the workshop so he won't grow up dumb.

07-13-2017 08:58 PM by StumpyNubs | 4 comments »

A humorous look at today’s kids, and a perfect way to save them with woodworking. Enjoy! View on YouTube Subscribe to Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal- our free monthly digital magazine, and WIN FREE TOOLS!

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Floating Serpentine Shelf #3: Building the Torsion Box Skeletons

07-13-2017 08:52 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

(I actually cut and beveled the edges of the thin plywood skins first, then sized the skeleton parts to match, but I’ll describe the work in reverse order because it seems more natural.) Aside from wrestling with half sheets of 3/4” birch plywood (I had Lowe’s cut the sheet in half lengthwise so I could fit it into my Honda Element), cutting the torsion box skeleton parts was straightforward. All of them (aside from the ones in the back panel) are the same width, so I sta...

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