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Setting Up Shop #1: A stroke of luck

06-21-2011 11:23 PM by DonnyBahama | 17 comments »

I recently got very lucky; I’m really excited about this and thought I’d share the story. To provide a little background, I used to have a nice garage workshop in our house in San Diego. The centerpiece/anchor of the shop was a Grizzly 1023S cabinet saw. But when we lost the house (mortgage adjusted up by over 50% at the same time that my wife became disabled and we lost over 1/3 of our income) the saw went into storage for 3+ years until financial necessity (combined with the ...

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Restoring History-Auburn Tool Co Try Plane #5: Disapearing ink

07-07-2011 05:41 AM by RGtools | 10 comments »

I noticed something odd about the patina of my plane the other day. It’s signed in some way but the cursive ink is illegible at this point. I would like to bring the signature/note out somehow. I have heard that you can use a type of acid to lighten wood that will not affect ink (good for fixing old rulers where the boxwood has darkened) but have never messed with this. If I did this I would like to darken the signature, then restore the original patina on the tool. Any ideas?

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Daily Update #85: Boats Boats and More Boats

07-21-2011 02:07 PM by Chris Davis | 6 comments »

I think I’m turning into a ship builder. I have built four “boat beds” over the last several months and working on an order for three of them now. More info on how to watch us build them below.Standard add portholes in April Changed headboard in June Pirate in June Pirate in July Now I’m building three for a customer. I have the parts cut out and will be building on them today. Watch the progress: For more building pictures see my Current Projects l...

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A journey into the workshop. #84: The weekend plans, that I am aware of...

08-05-2011 08:45 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

So my weekend is looking pretty full… But assuming I get even half of it done, I will have accomplished a lot… My pile of honey do’s that are scheduled for this weekend are… #1. Tune up on the Saturn. Meaning… 1a. Change spark plugs, 1b. Change spark plug wires, 1c. de-gunk the Mass Air Flow sensor. 1d. Clean and oil the K&N air filter. It will take at least a day for this to dry, so I will drop in a temporary filter just to be able to use...

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A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! #9: The first turning... an awl

09-17-2011 08:12 PM by FreddyS | 3 comments »

Hi everyone, my lathe is not finished yet as I didn’t take the spindle drawing plan to the metal lathe guy, but I couldn’t stop thinking about using it so I went ahead and turned an awl: A smaller tool rest was built to ease work with smaller wood pieces: The finished awl together with an old awl with the more usual handle shape, couldn’t copy it as the wood length was too small to maneuver, and a small wood blank the same size used for the awl (1×1 x3”): ...

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Greene & Greene Inspired Crib #4: One Panel Done!

10-18-2011 05:01 AM by Alan S | 2 comments »

Since last time, I finished fitting all the slats and the center panel: I started out by fitting the tenons in the bottom rail. Then I marked at the top how long and at what angle the top tenons should be. After much thought and planning, I finally was able to glue the whole thing up. Here’s the result! What do you think?!? There’s still a lot to do, but it’s coming along nicely! Alan

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Roubo-Moxon Bench Build #17: I'm Calling It Level (Enough)

11-02-2011 03:47 AM by Eric | 7 comments »

Phase 1 is complete. The bench is mostly flat, and is mostly level. I could talk about the various parts of the top (and the bench in general) that aren’t great, but then I think, “If I was reading the blog of some struggling woodworker who rarely gets shop time and builds a Roubo/Moxon workbench and then complains about the various imperfections of what is essentially just a ginormous wooden tool, I’d yell at him to shut up and be content and start making stuff!” S...

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Bent-Lamination Dining Room Table #1: Building The Form/Mold

11-17-2011 12:03 PM by JordsWoodShop | 6 comments »

In this video I discuss the project we are about to embark on, we look at how to go about making templates and how to build a form/mold for doing lamination – visit for more woodwork related goodness

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Craftsman 6" Jointer, model # 103.20620 #1: My First Jointer!

12-19-2011 06:20 AM by jboehle | 10 comments »

I picked up this beauty for only $75 off Craigslist this weekend. Everything seems to be in good shape except for nicks on the blades about 4” out. It’s missing the blade guard for when you move the fence in, but other than that has everything else, as far as I can see. The power switch is attached with duct tape, but I will remedy that as well. Now for the tool p0rn!

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It's that time again

01-13-2012 02:25 AM by sawblade1 | 2 comments »

Hey Lj buddies I need your votes again to help me get a 25,000 dollar garant visit my facebook page at Click the vote button you will be redirected to vote Thank you all greatly because of guy’s like you I have made all the way up to 363 Letks make Impressions Woodcraft #1

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