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Roubo-ish Workbench #6: draw-BORING is anything but

02-10-2013 02:16 AM by John | 9 comments »

my first adventure into the wonderful world of DRAWBORING was a great experience. it was not difficult and the results are amazing. drawboring is pegging a tenon into a mortise with the peg-hole in the tenon shifted slightly toward the shoulder causing the peg to tighten up the joint I used red oak 1/2” dowels from lowes. I took my time going through all their stock to choose the straightest grain dowels. the ideal would be to make my own from riven white oak, but the red oak work...

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Clydesdale and Colt - Intarsia Woodworking

03-11-2013 03:29 PM by Chris Mobley | 2 comments »

A while back, I saw a pattern done by Kathy Wise of a Clydesdale horse and a colt. I really liked the design for several key reasons. The detailing in the face was beautiful. I especially liked how the nose was shaped. I also liked how the hair on the hooves of the Clydesdale was done. At the time, I did not have a reason to do the piece, so I set the pattern aside for the perfect occasion. A customer saw a recent horse project that I had completed and wanted a horse done for their wif...

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Tools #1: Hand Planes

03-25-2013 08:36 AM by john111 | 4 comments »

I just started to recondition my first hand plane! I am not going to say restore just yet because I am not confident in my restoration process. I basically have just taken it all apart and cleaned it up. It was pretty rough when I picked it up off Ebay. I got it for 6 bucks and about 12 for the shipping. So for about 20 dollars I think I picked up a good deal.So far I sanded it all and polished the screws frog ext. I left the adjusting knob on and polished that the best I could. I didn’...

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High School Woodworkers in Texas. What do you think?

04-10-2013 05:06 PM by Pimzedd | 4 comments »

These are photos of the woodworking projects that were entered in the Texas SkillsUSA (formerly know as VICA) Skills and Leadership conference this past week. As you can see from the first photo, there were a large number of projects entered. The projects were judges by a group of about 20 professional cabinet makers. The students are enrolled in Cabinet Making and Carpentry classes. All had to compete at a district level and receive a blue ribbon at that level to advance to state. Whil...

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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #5: Drilling Holdfast Holes

05-12-2013 08:03 PM by grfrazee | 6 comments »

Happy Mothers’ Day everyone! Finally got a chance to go back to my parents’ house for the weekend (i.e., the location of my shop). Went into the shop and this is what my bench looked like: Looks like my dad has been at work in the 2.5 months I’ve been away. No surprises there. I made a pair of holdfasts in a blacksmithing class last fall. When I made them, I tried to round them down to about 3/4”. Since they aren’t necessarily a standard size sha...

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Buffalo Band Saw Manual #1: Bandsaw needs a tune up

06-19-2013 08:14 AM by ken33 | 1 comment »

Help Needed…..I just bought a Buffalo 14” bandsaw and I am in need of a manual if anyone knows where to get one or has one. If you have one, PLEASE email me at Also, I need a 92” blade for it…any suggestions as to where I can find one???

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Dovetail Calculator #1: My First Post in a Long, Long Time!

07-09-2013 05:39 AM by Andrew Wood | 1 comment »

So… Being a programmer, and having a few spare hours at work I decided to create a simple dovetail calculator tool using Microsoft Excel (and VBA coding) – here is my first version of this: Office 2010 Excel Document here: 2003 Excel Document here: When I have more free time, I am thinking of having the measurements display on the screen, so you could print out the results. Any thou...

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Ukulele Build

07-26-2013 02:11 PM by James | 6 comments »

My buddy is leaving our unit and moving to Camp Pendleton in a few months. I asked him what HE wanted (because nobody ever asks you what your preference is) and he said he wanted a guitar. I told him I couldn’t do that. I joked and said “what about a ukulele?” He jumped at the chance. I mentioned that it might not play. Who knows what the spacing and measurements are. I know you can buy kits but anyone can glue up a kit. That’s not a challenge. So I ordered plans, some...

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Maybe the beginning of a larger project #22: No brushes, so worked on the mast mount

08-12-2013 02:36 AM by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

I couldn’t find any brushes and I don’t like shopping on Sunday so I thought instead of painting I’d just work on the mast mount. Now I’d initially had this really complicated mount in my head (a dark and scary place at the best of times:-) but after a bit of advice, from shipwright, on how strong the step would need to be I simplified my plan. So I squared up a piece of Douglas Fir I think I got from my Dad before evening leaving the College, so its a well t...

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Training #1: CNC Jamboree

09-13-2013 07:21 AM by DigitalFabber | 2 comments »

What is a CNC Jamboree? We started out like a lot of you as hobbyist CNCers and in time became very serious about the craft, art, use and function of CNC equipment. Our goal here at CNC Jamboree is to offer affordable and valuable training to everyone. To share new hardware and software and introduce you to patterns & projects that will blow your mind. We will also share machine demos that will help you realize what a finely tuned and maintained CNC machine is capable of. The sky is no lo...

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