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Rocking Chair Build #5: Starting to shape the seat

1045 days ago by Topapilot | 3 comments »

I threw caution to the wind and took my new Kutzall to my seat. Most of this is by eye, which is a leap of faith for me, but I think it might turn out ok in the end. I strongly suggest doing all of this work outside! I moved in later when the sun was on me and now my shop is covered in dust. I felt I had one “good” side, and one less good, so I made a template of the good side and transferred the shape to the other side. And I saved the template… Much san...

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Refurbish Powermatic Table Saw #5: Finishing Up: Repairing the Fence and A New Push Stick

1030 days ago by bch | 6 comments »

The fence, having been stored outside in a shed for two years, had dried out and the two side boards had shrunk enough that both boards had fallen off while transporting it home. The bumper rail was also separating from the ends and would not stay down with just a press-fit as intended. I chose to glue the ends of the bumper down with CA glue, only at the ends where it was separating: After the glue dried I enlisted my assistant to dismantle the lever for cleaning, rust removal, ...

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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #3: Bottom Detail

1015 days ago by JoeyG | 0 comments »

Here I have laid out a design for the bottom detail that I liked, cut it out with my jig saw, and finished up with a 1” drum sander on my drill press. I have a few more boxes to do this to but hopefully I will have a box to show how tomorrow. I am also going to try to remember to take pictures of each step. Thanks for taking a look.

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Foster Planer Restoration #4: Let em fly boy's let em fly

1000 days ago by getlostinwood | 3 comments »

And she makes some very pretty shavings, not having ever made a paper thin curl with a hand plane (although the new GI is inspiring me to get started) I think the feeling and giggles that were coming out of me must be how the hand tool guys feel when they hit that zen moment. My daughter was laughing quite hysterically as I shoved wood in, measured it and then smiled an evil grin. This may not be heaven but is pretty darn close. The chance to take a machine to the bare bones, clean it up, put...

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Workshop Development #36: Sliding Miter Saw Dust Hood. Success and failure...

983 days ago by dbhost | 2 comments »

Over the weekend I cobbled together, out of scrap in my shop, a quick and dirty sliding compound miter saw dust hood. Materials are cast off 3/16” tempered hardboard for the back and ramp, 5/8” Aracuo ply for the top and sides, screws, nails, and of course 4” S&D PVC. I made a measurement error on the width, even after measuring 3x, and ended up about 1” too narrow. But I can slide it back and forth as I go all the way with miter cuts… I still have t...

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Panel Raising Plane #2: Cutting the angle

958 days ago by brianl | 1 comment »

After sawing off the sides, it’s time to see about cutting the skew of the blade. After some deliberation I decided on angling the blade 20 degrees. It’s not a large angle, but I felt that a more complex angle would cause a hard time when shaping the blade. Cutting the frog section was easy. Things got interesting when I was cutting the relief on the nose-piece. Two complex angles – thank god for bevel gauges.I also started thinking about the slitter. I’ve se...

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X-Mas Brace Restoration

945 days ago by laxbograt | 3 comments »

Well I got some antique tools for Christmas this year one of them was a Lakeside Brace. Before: Here are the steps to the process I used. 1) I started by disassembling everything as much as possible. 2) Gave everything I could a nice bath in Evap O Rust overnight, couldn’t quite get all the way to the middle hand section, but it did wonders on everything it touched. 3) I wrapped the small section that I couldn’t get in the bath in paper towels soaked in Evap o r...

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This economy ?

933 days ago by Doug Scott | 29 comments »

I”m sure most of you have had time to watch TV and what the news stories have been reporting, New york city tested someone to TRY to live on 50.000 a year and now in Miami Fla, they are talking about someone that can’t live on 75,0000.What kind of life style do these people expect to live on in this economy, Some of us have to cut back and do without luxuries. That means living like some of us poor people live all the time.I have been brought up with this pounded into my head,...

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Oak Boat Bed #5: The Finish

910 days ago by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

I got it built and ready for the finish. The customer requested that we do a two tone color. They really want it exactly like the saw on our web site (see example). I tweaked the colors a little bit but for the most part it is standard Minwax colors (see color chart). I used Red Chestnut and Golden Pecan. When using stain you can not tape off. There is not way to get a crisp line. You’ll always have some bleeding. I just had to stain parts as separate pieces and assemble them ...

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