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New Shop! #4: Building supplies have arrived!

08-02-2012 03:54 PM by Ryan Haasen | 2 comments »

Last week the 32’ x 12’ bi-fold door arrived from Manitoba. We used the mini Deere excavator to unload it and walk it to the shop. Some relatives from Holland were visiting and assisted in the moving of the door. Yesterday the building supplies arrived for the additions onto the shop. From what I saw, the was just trusses for the roof and tin for the exterior, so I imagine supplies for the walls are yet to come. They say the building will start by next monday at the latest. ...

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J. Kellogg Jack Plane

09-01-2012 11:26 PM by nobuckle | 13 comments »

Today I visited a local thrift store. While I was there I picked up an old wooden jack plane. Here it is; As you can see it’s in pretty rough shape. I have to clean it up and make a new tote. The sole is not as flat as I’d like it to be and neither of the sides are square to the sole. I began to clean it up a bit and found a maker’s mark. After some magnification and some investigation I discovered that it was made by J. Kellogg of Amherst Massachusetts. I came to thi...

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Shop & Tool Growing Pains #1: New House, No Tools

10-23-2012 04:19 PM by pendledad | 3 comments »

This blog is aimed at documenting my thought process about this hobby and I hope it can server as a guide to newcomers looking for help. Let me give you the background … We lived in Charlotte, NC for 6 years. We had my son, and were pregnant with my daughter when the neighborhood “turned”. Driveby shooting, armed home invasions, police helicopters, etc… Needless to say, we decided to move back home. We’re both from New England, so coming back was good f...

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part 4 chest restoration #1: Restoring chest part 4

11-10-2012 04:48 AM by andyboy | 4 comments »

Building up top drawers. My shed has warped the sides of the cabinet with the heat. Hopefully not a problem!

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Restoration. chest of drawers part 4 #4: Chest restoration. The final chapter.

11-26-2012 08:13 AM by andyboy | 6 comments »

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A Guitar for Daniel #2: Physical manifestations of thinking things through

12-12-2012 06:03 PM by Dan Lyke | 0 comments »

This project has a huge mix of frustration and reward because I’m trying to be a facilitator and enable Daniel to build the guitar. It’s way too ambitious a project to simply be a teacher for, to walk him through the steps of every tool set-up and every element of design (especially when I’m learning much of this myself), and yet it’s not my guitar. So I try to encourage him to set up and do a design or a cut by himself, and then take a deep breath and accept the outco...

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My 5 projects #10: Progress on the knock down bench, pallet crafting the whole thing. Some nice legs.

01-13-2013 05:21 AM by derosa | 1 comment »

I’ve been wanting to get going on this project for quite a while and have finally made a little more progress. I now have most of the design in my head and have managed to collect a good portion of the wood.Last three days have been spent milling down some of the stock for the legs and making the cross members. Each leg is 3”x2 7/16x whatever the height is, didn’t actually measure that so I don’t know. Height is based off my current table which is between 3-4 inches lo...

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Getting my tools ready #4: Need some help for the next step /220 single phase GFI?

02-22-2013 06:55 PM by DocSavage45 | 7 comments »

I will have to put new wiring in for my 220 single phase 1023sl grizzly bear. Thats the next step so I can make hardwood rails for my “too short ” dollies. I have GFI’s in line on all 110 circuits. It appears that I can only get a 220 GFI cuircut breaker? Will be going to my second home..My favorite “Box Store” to pick up some electrical hardware. Will I have to mount a 220 single phase gfi in the panel? Thanks

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CNC Chevalet #2: Robots do my bidding

03-09-2013 07:06 AM by zombolina | 6 comments »

After quite a bit of time breaking down and tweaking the 3D model and then jumping throught some hoops to output correctly formatted vectors of (hopefully) all of the parts, I was finally able to take everything into Vectrics Aspire in order to generate the tool paths. Did a pen test first, and then changed the layout, so hopefully the lines will sand off. Here’s the 3/4” sheet: (anyone know how to upoad photos right side up?!) Today had me wishing for a vacuum ho...

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As The Lathe Turns #22: Learning To Adapt

03-23-2013 01:54 AM by William | 11 comments »

I am always trying to think of little lessons to give out as I learn all of this. Today, I want to share what I believe to be the most important lesson I’ve learned about wood turning. Adapt. If something goes wrong, set it aside and think on it a while. Then adapt it to do something different. If you’re wondering what made me think that one up, read on about today’s adventures.First up today was a piece of bloodwood. I think this is a beautiful wood. I had a tiny piece of s...

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