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Large Scale Model Trains #2: Getting Started

10-24-2014 08:30 PM by MrRon | 1 comment »

When I build model locomotives, I always work using engineering measurements. That’s because being a retired mechanical engineer, I’m comfortable working in thousands of an inch. You can use any system you wish; it doesn’t matter whether it’s metrics or fractions. I build scaled down versions of actual prototype locomotives, but you have to have someplace to start. I start first by deciding what scale I want to build in and what locomotive I want to model. My scale of preference is 1-1/2” to ...

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CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #7: Sanding and gluing

10-24-2014 06:46 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

This project is almost finished. If I’m lucky the three main components of the baskets will be glued together tomorrow. Here’s what was done in preparation for that today. SandingNobody really cares about sanding. I’m just using the opportunity to brag about using my new drum sander today. The bow-ties for the bottoms were cut and glued in yesterday and I used a block plane to level them to the surface. Now it’s time for sanding and I’m using my drum sande...

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Current Project #17: Cajon. Installation of the snare

10-24-2014 03:11 PM by Dave Rutan | 8 comments »

Since this cajon is all but finished, I thought I’d post something about the snare element that goes into the box. I came up with this myself, but my wife says it’s nearly identical to the professionally made cajones she’s seen. I guess I just got lucky. Without the snare, a cajone will sound basically like a base drum—boring. The snare gives it some dynamic and pizazz. The snare has to be attached to something and adjusted once installed. My cajones ha...

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Making a Longboard (Skateboard) Video

10-24-2014 01:54 PM by Brandon | 10 comments »

In this video I combine two of my hobbies—skateboarding and woodworking. Whereas traditional skateboards stack layers of veneer one on top of another (akin to plywood), this longboard is made with a vertical lamination construction, which means its essentially a giant cutting board with wheels. I used maple and cherry in its construction. To be honest, it is not a board I ride very much because of its one-dimensional shape, but it was a fun project to build. I filmed the build last y...

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Water stone vs. wet or dry paper

10-24-2014 01:20 PM by rayn | 4 comments »

I am going to mount wet or dry paper on glass to sharpen chisels what is the paper equivalent of a 800 and a 4000 waterstone in paper? What grits (series) do you suggest in wet paper to sharpen chisels? ThanksRay

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1431: Inspiration

10-24-2014 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

I am often asked how I can keep coming up with new and different ideas. When I think about it, I realize that it isn't really a conscious thing that I do. Actually, it seems that when I try the hardest to think of something to design, it tends to be when I have the most difficulty thinking of something that I really can get excited about. It is funny how that works. Lately it seems that I have more ideas then I have time. For a designer, that is a good thing. While we sometimes feel ...

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Rehab Rigid TS3650/ Experimenting with electrolysis #1: Rehab Rigid TS3650/ Experimenting with electrolysis

10-24-2014 01:41 AM by CudaDude | 14 comments »

I was given this TS a few weeks ago and was thinking I’d just part it out because I knew I didn’t want to mess around with sanding the table that was covered with rust. Then I remembered about electrolysis for rust removal… I have never attempted it, but read about it and figured I didn’t have anything to lose. My first thought was to get a little plastic kiddie pool to submerge the table in, but in a town with only a old NON-Super Walmart, it ain’t happening t...

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New Woodworking Forum on Rooms

10-23-2014 11:39 PM by siavosh | 0 comments »

Facebook today released a standalone app (requiring no facebook account information thank goodness) called Rooms ( for iPhone. I created a woodworking room/forum for fun. If curious, you’ll need to download the iPhone app from the app store, and use the below image as a invite. Just an experiment with the latest technology :)

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Large Scale Model Trains #1: An Introduction To Building Large Scale Model Trains

10-23-2014 09:26 PM by MrRon | 6 comments »

This is a forum devoted to those who work with wood. Woodworking usually means building or restoring furniture, wood crafts, even house construction. I have asked this question in the past; do I qualify as a woodworker? As I build large scale train models. The reply was; “if it’s made of wood, then yes; it’s woodworking”. I would like to elaborate more on what I do. I know most are not interested in trains or train models. My projects are quite different from the traditional woodworker, but ...

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French Cleat VS Peg Board

10-23-2014 07:55 PM by bdatkinson | 9 comments »

I am about to redo part of my work shop. I currently have a pegboard system for hanging my tools. Ive seen alot of things showing that some people like using French Cleat systems. Has anyone used that type of system and recommend French Cleats? Anybody like one of the other?

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