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Shop built Sliding table for Tablesaw #1: Building a sliding table for my Grizzly tablesaw

11-22-2014 10:19 PM by Todd Swartwood | 5 comments »

I have been wanting a sliding table for my tablesaw for quite some time. The thing that has kept me from starting this project has been the bearing system. I also have been researching a shop built CNC, and that is where I got the Idea for my linear bearings. This is the sliding Table mostly done This is the bearing system I decided to use: To make these bearings I started with some 3/4” aluminum I found at the scrap yard. First I cut all the aluminum 2”...

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Video Woodworkers I Watch #4: John Heisz, Rhymes with 'Nice'

11-22-2014 07:25 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

I believe I first found John's channel on YouTube while looking for videos about clamps. At the time he had just made a pretty decent bar clamp and a superb hand screw clamp. His projects aren’t so much furniture as jigs, shop made tools and clever experiments involving woodworking and some metalwork. I like John’s no nonsense attitude to the grief he’s received from the YouTube trolls. He’s a fountain of information on thinking a process through and doing things i...

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Axe handle #1: The beginning

11-22-2014 05:01 PM by Sergeich | 3 comments »

Another little project. This summer I found in my fathers garden shed an axe without a handle. It was pretty rusty. I cleaned it with a metal brush and saw this:The stamp says that it was made in 1982: I thought it would be nice to make a new handle.For a handle a took this board.Drawing the future handle shape I thought it was maple, but it was dark in a room and later I understood it was beech. Sawing the shape on a bandsaw Sawing the chicks (for I was going to make a 3d knob on...

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first end grain cutting board #3: Starting the finish

11-22-2014 02:06 PM by Lucasd2002 | 2 comments »

After sanding up to 220 and rounding over the upper edge, last night I put the first coat of finish on the board. Following the wood whisperer preferred method, I thinned my salad bowl varnish. I used turpentine to thin the varnish (because that’s what I had). Everyone seems to use paint thinner. Did I screw up? Will the turpentine smell go away? Should I not use turpentine for later coats?

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first end grain cutting board #2: Second glue up

11-22-2014 01:00 PM by Lucasd2002 | 1 comment »

After planing, sanding, and trimming, I ended up with this. Then, I cut equal size pieces on my cheapo table saw and it was time for a dry fit (alternating the orientation of every other piece). To try to make the fit a little better, I “jointed” the mating surfaces trying to remove high spots. This involved clamping my plane in a workmate and sliding the piece over the blade. Second glue up. Finally, there was block planing and sanding. Then sanding. Mo...

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The Pickering project #1: The Pickering project #1:

11-22-2014 12:26 PM by Michael Anthony Zelonis | 3 comments »

Day one on my new commission, a 6 to 8 seat live edge dining table. The log is about 75”, the 3 slabs are 2 3/4” thick, and vary in thickness from 28 to 39” wide. With the amount of cut off branch growth we expected some interesting figure, but all the spault was a complete surprise! Pieces will be sent to the kiln for 5 to 6 weeks next Saturday, along with a load of holly a friend of mine and I have acquired. In future posts I will share the working drawings for the table d...

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first end grain cutting board #1: Initial glue up

11-22-2014 04:54 AM by Lucasd2002 | 1 comment »

All of this wood is from scraps from a local custom cabinet maker. I don’t have a planer and I should have spent more time trying to make the pieces more uniform. The board will have: maple, walnut, cherry, mahogany, and alder (may be forgetting one).

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Lessons Learned

11-22-2014 02:30 AM by Alan | 5 comments »

So for the past week, I have been working with another woodworker on some raised-panel cabinet doors my mom contracted him to build. I have learned many things, albeit not the things I expected to learn. First, when you’re building fine furniture, you need to pay attention to grain from the very beginning, right from when you start your layout and marking out. Thinking about what grain is going to go where from the outset will save headaches later, and also make more attractive pie...

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Looking for a new home for this vintage lathe

11-21-2014 11:54 PM by Bob A in NJ | 10 comments »

! Looking for a new home for this vintage rockwell lathe. Trying to sell/ trade this for cash or equal value of $250. Located in somerset, NJ. If you have a truck, 2-3 strong friends that can get this out of a basement, please contact me. Thanks. Bob This machine runs on 110 volts.

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Just Stirrin’ Things Up

11-21-2014 07:52 PM by handsawgeek | 4 comments »

At my age, 20/20 is hindsight. - handsawgeek In the handsawgeek blog file reside a number of entries which I have written over the past few weeks that I would consider as filler material. These are ‘waiting in the wings’ for those weeks in which I don’t really have any significant shop or project progress to report (I’m thinking lathe stand), but still want to maintain a weekly blog schedule. Cut and paste…(sigh). This is one such offering….. Ev...

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