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The Workbench #1: Initial Thoughts

01-30-2009 09:24 PM by Wayne Precht | 2 comments »

I have what’s probably a typical shop for the hobbyist furniture maker: a largish room in the unfinished half of a basement of a middling sized house. It’s not huge, but not really tight either. Like everyone in this position, space is at a premium. So in considering my latest workbench evolution, I had to decide exactly what size made the most sense. My current workbench has some advantages, it’s 10’ long, it’s built solidly and sits under a west facing wi...

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Turning slippery slope #8: Mechanical question about the lathe

02-19-2009 03:15 AM by Betsy | 8 comments »

Got a question about the “play” (for lack of a better description) that exists after you snug down the tail stock. Once it’s snugged down and then you dial in the final little bit with the top crank – how much play should you have? It seems like I have to really crank down onto the tail stock lever to get it to not move the minute I try to do the final crank. I’m not sure if I need to adjust something on the lathe or if I need to be more forceful securing the ...

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Museum Bench Project #2: Construction

03-08-2009 08:22 PM by kewald | 0 comments »

In the interest of saving my hands from doing this twice, please follow the progress at my website.

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the humble house workshop #6: Cheap saws bad, cheap planes good

05-19-2009 01:45 PM by kiwi1969 | 9 comments »

Only did about two and half hours today which meant I got the dovetails and all the mortises for the slat done. Is this time about right for hand tool work? Love to know if it is as I felt I could have done better. ....Another thing that i,ve discovered since I started doing hand tool work is the importance we place on the handplane seems to be a little overdone. My previous postings show piles of shaving that have come from out of the box Stanleys but in these simple projects once the initia...

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30 Projects in 30 Days #3: Week 1 in Review

06-06-2009 10:35 PM by darryl | 2 comments »

Well it’s day 6 of my 30 Projects in 30 Days challenge and I’ve just completed my fourth project. I did not expect this challenge to be easy, and so far I have not been dissappointed! In an effort to make sure no one is getting bored with my continued wine bottle stopper collection, I thought I would push myself to try something new. I’ve been thinking off using the open segmentation technique for a little while now, so I spent the past couple days putting this together t...

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My Shop

06-29-2009 03:45 PM by Bill Akins | 6 comments »

I was recently honored to be chosen shop of the month at Highland Woodworkinghttp://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodnews/archive/wn46.htmlI was also chosen to be shop of the week at the Woodwhisperer sitehttp://thewoodwhisperer.com/bills-humble-shop/I have a very small shop but I am very proud to show my shop at these two sites.Bill

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Spray Booth #1: Spray Booth Current Setup

07-18-2009 03:35 PM by VerteramoFurniture7 | 4 comments »

Hello Everyone, This is my first blog I have ever done. When I was adding pictures to my workshop page I noticed that I did not have enough room to show more than one pic of my spray booth. In this blog I will show you my current set up. In future blogs I will talk about what I want to do to the spray booth in the future. Hopefully I will be able to post some more blogs in this series as I upgrade the booth. Ok so lets start with where it is. Our house we bought has a garage that u...

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Briefcase #2: Cutting, sanding, finishing and glueing

08-04-2009 09:38 PM by Chris Wright | 2 comments »

So, now I’ve got the bulk of the work done on the case. Where I left off in my last blog I had cut the sides and glued the top together. Now, I got the top down to the right size. This was a little tricky because I wanted to keep the joint pretty much right in the middle of the panel. Once it was to size it was time to route a cove along the edges so I could fit them into the slots I cut into the sides. I used a cove cutting bit that I filed the guide bearing post off of so I wil...

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The Kitchen Project #2: Door #2

11-30-2009 11:07 PM by End_Grain | 0 comments »

Well just finished my second door. Reduced the stiles to 2.25 inches. For the bottom double panel I simply put the frame together and then moved the one rail until I liked the size, measured and then added 3/4” to the measurement. I like this one better but then again it’s not my kitchen. I’m just the unpaid help, ‘Ya mule!’ I have one remaining fit problem on the upper rail that as I ran it through the shaper I was kicking myself before I even finished. Oh...

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Pet Peeve - 1

12-30-2009 06:19 PM by richgreer | 16 comments »

Whenever you buy a router, table saw, lathe and some other tools, it is common to get one or more wrenches for changing bits, blades, chucks, ... These tend to be some of the cheapest most poorly made wrenches I have ever seen. The wrenches that came with my lathe literally spread further open when I applied moderate pressure, making them completely worthless. I had to spend over an hour with a Dremel grinder to correct problems with the wrench that removes my arbor nut on my table s...

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