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Elvenwwod Designs #3: The middle of the middle?

02-25-2014 10:22 AM by drpdrp | 0 comments »

Okay things are coming together nicely in terms of improved workflow. Here is an updated layout: A lot of the wood storage was from a bunch of pallets I reclaimed and didn’t know what to do with. I am burning my way through that stuff and was able to tighten it up a bit. Then I shuffled the 4 drawer file cabinet and that 20×42 work bench. I can now access everything and there is a lot of room to move around. In the long term I ...

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Old Sargent Planes #6: Sargent #409 with a Brass name plate.

03-16-2014 03:03 PM by Don W | 6 comments »

I saw a posting on Ebay that looked like this: Besides the upside down lever cap, something looked different. I thought the logo looked brass, so I contacted the seller. These Sargent planes with brass inserts were produced in limited runs sometime between 1927 and 1939. I put a max bid and won it for the exact max amount. How lucky is that? This is the first time I’ve seen one on eBay, and there were 3 at the same time, all different sellers. Talk about coincidence. A #407 had a...

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Making a Woodpecker Feeder

04-01-2014 02:38 PM by Daris | 0 comments »

Here was a recent project that I completed. It’s a woodpecker feeder. It’s very similar to the ones you can find in the big box stores. It makes a great gift, and can be done in just a couple hours. As always you can check out my website at: to see more projects, videos, and a list of Free Project Plans    Youtube Link:

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Springtime Herb Planter

04-20-2014 12:42 AM by cpine | 2 comments »

New video: Making this herb planter. Special Shout Out to RedBeard for the inspiration for this project!

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thoughts on cutting boards

05-12-2014 10:38 PM by Texcaster | 3 comments »

Before coming to LJ I had no idea of the work being done with cutting boards. If I lived closer to the source, I would have a small collection to hang on the wall. Some of mine. Two users and a benchtop I’m antiquing. 32mm bamboo ply. I won’t cut on this because of the glue content. Bass neck off-cuts. I didn’t continue the light / dark edging, it has problems. It’s now a drinks tray. More bass neck foolery T...

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Workshop #29: New Bandsaw Stand

06-27-2014 08:44 PM by clieb91 | 2 comments »

I bought my old Craftsman bandsaw off of Craigslist a sometime ago and it came with a metal stand with some nice retractable wheels. You see it here in an old shop picture. It has done a great job but I was constantly tightening the screws holding it on the stand and when I moved it into place next to my new lathe I soon was tripping over the splayed legs or killing my ankle on the wheel locks. So I finally took some time to get a new stand built for it. the best part is that I...

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Scenic Woodturning Courses

08-11-2014 10:41 AM by stefang | 9 comments »

Every year my local tool dealer puts on an 11 day cruise here in Norway which caters to woodturners. The cruise includes free turning courses held by internationally known American, English, Norwegian and other woodturners. A lot of tools including bandsaws, sanders, turning tools, etc. are taken with. The cruise starts in Stavanger and sails to HonningvĂ„g/Norkapp (land of the midnight sun). It’s probably pretty expensive, but surely a lot of fun for those who can afford it. A great way...

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Maloof Low Back Chairs #3: Scraping and Sanding

09-01-2014 11:17 PM by Dave G | 4 comments »

After what you saw last time I got busy with the cabinet scrapers. I used three, primarily. The most useful was a very flexible straight one to get into the chair seat and flex around the leg curves. I had to use a french curve scraper on some of the seat curves. And a medium flex straight scraper was pretty handy too. I sharpened them all at the beginning and resharpened the flexible one once. I spent 9 hours scraping. Then I started sanding: 180, 240, 320, 400, 600 grits. ...

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Tool Tip #16: Pull saw at work

10-20-2014 11:12 AM by robscastle | 4 comments »

I have a small pull saw and its a great asset in the wood tool kit.Today I was making a Walnut Key Holder and in the production of it I needed to cut a small piece from the key to square off the key stop. As it was right in the radius of the key slot I decided to see if my pull saw would do the job. This is a close up of the final result. I was very happy with the result, and with a little sanding later it will look OK. So there you have it a pull saw at work and the results...

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Building a Goat Barn #15: Cordwood Walls at last!

11-11-2014 05:19 PM by David Bareford | 6 comments »

My wife and I have been interested in building with cordwood for almost 5 years now. Initially, we planned to use the technique to build our Washington home ourselves but we found great home that was already built that saved us the work. Cordwood masonry is a centuries-old technique that uses short, debarked logs (like you might use for firewood) set in mortar to form structural walls or else fill in a timber frame structure. It’s a great way to use woods that otherwise would not be ...

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