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Home Built 13" Jointer #5: Motor Mount

02-01-2016 04:13 AM by Ger21 | 1 comment »

With a 50lb motor, I needed a way to mount it securely, and also have a way to adjust the belt tension. I came up with the motor mounted to a block, that would key into another securely mounted block. Two carriage bolts hold the motor in place, and the keyed slot keeps the motor parallel to the ground. I started by gluing up two blocks of baltic birch, to get 1-1/2” thick. I did a lot of measuring to make sure the pulleys would line up, as my CAD model was off a little (5/16”...

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Harbor Freight Dial Caliper Review

02-01-2016 04:10 AM by Marty Backe | 8 comments »

I recently bought Harbor Freight’s $20 dial calipers. I wanted some mechanical calipers that I could kick around the shop without having to worry about batteries or dust. These turned out to be much better than I expected. Here’s my review.

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In-Law's Renovation #1: Work in Progress

02-01-2016 04:07 AM by AnthonyRH | 1 comment »

So the in-laws approached me about converting my wife’s old bedroom into a retreat for her dad. They wanted to do cheap yellow pine paneling on the walls and ceiling, and maybe a simple bookshelf or two. The purpose of the renovation was to try and capture the essence of a Colorado log cabin, which is a place where he has always felt comfortable. The room was carpeted, with hardwood underneath, and the walls were a blue-green color, with a unicorn wallpaper band around the top few in...

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For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #10: Belle Starr Update, Progress on the Repairs

02-01-2016 03:47 AM by shipwright | 20 comments »

Winter is not the best time to be repairing a shipwrecked sailboat in the Pacific Northwest but my sailing buddy and fellow boatbuilder Michael has been plugging away whenever the weather and his other commitments would allow.When I last checked in we had got the big hull damage closed up and there were just a few small holes left. September October January I am pleased to report that she is now all sealed up and pretty much ready for paint both inside and out. The paint, ...

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Home Built 13" Jointer #4: Base Cabinet

02-01-2016 03:41 AM by Ger21 | 0 comments »

As with most of my projects, this is going to take much longer than I thought.I started the base by cutting the front and back panels on my CNC router. They’re not square, and they had odd shaped cutouts, so this was the best method. I even drilled holes to accept t-nuts to mount the blade guard. The side panels were cut on the table saw, and then I used the CNC for the cutout for the dust hose.I wanted a chamfer on the outside corners, which didn’t leave much room to screw...

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Antique Hand Planes #1: $50 for five hand planes

02-01-2016 03:12 AM by AnthonyRH | 2 comments »

So the wife wanted a date, and since we are at a somewhat remote location, that involved a 180 mile drive to drop the kids off at her parent’s house (we don’t have a good sitter lined up any closer). I wasn’t too excited about the prospect of putting 400 miles in on a Saturday after being sick with the flu all week, but we were promised a minimum of three kid free hours, which was the most time we’ve had since our youngest was born almost a year ago. We decided to g...

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Milling large Totara log with Alaskan attachment.

02-01-2016 02:54 AM by andyboy | 6 comments » Hi guys. Check out what I have been up to lately. Great fun!!!

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Shop Remodel #40: Putting On The Ritz

02-01-2016 01:57 AM by bearkatwood | 4 comments »

So It is a good thing this will be the last week of my remodel.I currently have orders for; A music stand, 6 dining room chairs, a bench and chair for the library, 31 snake canes, mountain top cane heads, walnut sofa legs for an upholsterer in Portland and I need to finish up the candle stick holders, not to mention anything I want to build for a gallery. WOW! So today I put the door trim on; I need to do some paint touch-ups on the door frame, I got a little wild with my bac...

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Building a Fishing Rod Holder

01-31-2016 11:35 PM by beahan | 0 comments »

One of my coworkers wanted a fishing rod holder, so I designed and built one for him. I built the entire thing out of pallet wood. It made the project take much longer than it should have, but the wood was free. I also incorporated dovetails for the front of the drawer. They didn’t come out perfect, but I am happy with them since it was my very first attempt at making the joint. Let me know what you guys think. Here is the video of me making it: View on YouTube

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Paint box for my daughters artist area.

01-31-2016 10:50 PM by mafe | 15 comments »

Paint boxfor my daughters artist area This Christmas I gave my daughter a easel, she had a specific wish and so I decided that where I could bring her some of me, was in making her a box for all the paint gear. She is quite dedicated, spend many hours in her room painting with a deep focus and in a meditative state of mind.Nothing less than wonderful. I have made her a jewel box at a ealier time and as some of you know I have a soft spot for the Japanese crafts, so I went in that di...

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