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Not-so-Stair Saw

05-04-2015 05:30 AM by Alan | 2 comments »

I need to know how to get ahold of Tom Fidgen, Christopher Schwarz, Roy Underhill, ... uh… and Mark from Bad Axe Tool Works? And probably the guys from Two Guys in a Garage Toolworks all at the same time. Here’s the problem. I’ve been working on this stair/rabbet/dado saw project for like a year. It was supposed to be this wonderful multipurpose tool that I could use for anything from grooving bookshelves to making raised panels. I bought this great piece of mahogany c...

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Guitchair #3: Refinished the top slat, ready for poly

05-11-2015 05:40 PM by CueballRosendaul | 2 comments »

I finally got around to re sanding the top slat on the back where the water mark had caused the stain to really soak in and make a nasty looking spot. I draped a sheet over the chair for a couple weeks and let the stain dry completely before working on it again. Here’s what it looked like when I started: I first gave it a few good wipes with lacquer thinner to remove what stain I could with chemicals, then I masked off the upright sections and hand sanded starting with 100, then ...

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05-15-2015 12:42 AM by Blackie_ | 10 comments »


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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #5: Fitting the Plywood Hull Panels

05-18-2015 03:25 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview The frame is complete and it’s time to apply the 1/4” Marine Douglas Fir plywood hull panels. The plan accounts for nailing these panels in place without glue and sealing them with epoxy later. My plan is to apply 2.3 ounce fiberglass cloth to the inside surface with a coat of epoxy before applying the panels. The potential advantage is a very durable/waterproof inside hull surface. The disadvantage is that I must fit the panels prior to final application and I h...

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HandWorks Event 2015 #3: Mary May and one sweet carving mallet!

05-21-2015 01:32 AM by CharlieK | 4 comments »

Mary May is a fantastic woodcarver. I met her very briefly at the Handworks event last week. A friend of hers makes these brass mallets to her specifications. They have just the right heft and they look beautiful! Of all the really cool tools at Handworks, this is the one thing that I just had to have. It is the most comfortable mallet I have ever seen and I am really glad that I got one The ends on each of these mallets had hand carved embellishments and each of them was a di...

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05-25-2015 12:27 AM by Blackie_ | 13 comments »


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Chevalet de Marqueterie #5: Wife: What on earth is that Thing?

05-27-2015 04:47 PM by TobiasZA | 4 comments »

When I told her that it is going to be a “Chevalet de Marqueterie”, she told me not to swear at her! I have managed a bit more progress yesterday and today, and to me it feels that it looks a little more like the thingy that I set out to build. Quite a bit still to go though….. metalwork for the saw frame, the saw frame itself, the foot pedal system, cleaning up here and there, and then the tuning…..I am feeling somewhat daunted by the tuning part, but am sure th...

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Kitchen Utensil Box #3: Cutting the joinery

05-31-2015 02:16 AM by JSOvens | 2 comments »

So here comes one of the more exciting parts of the project: the cutting of the joinery. If you saw the first post in this series, you would have seen the interlocking mortise and tenon style joinery I planned to use. Since I accidentally cut the Padauk posts 1/2” too short, I had to redo the sizing for the mortises and tenons. To make the rest easier to follow, I will repost the image of the test run here: I began with the mortises, since they are generally easier. I have not ma...

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Photo Shop Tour

06-07-2015 02:31 PM by LaneBros | 2 comments »

I was recently contacted by Jay Bates to do a shop tour article for his website. Here is what we came up with:

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Whirligig Renewal -Fiddler

06-14-2015 09:26 PM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

One thing is sure, if you leave something outside 6 months of the year, it’s going to need maintenance. My very first whirligig, the fiddler came in last year looking pretty sad in the paint department. His bow arm also needed some repair. So I removed the arm and made a new one, using the old as a pattern. Even though it’s made of thin plywood, it has held up pretty well due to my using oil base paint on it. Now that I have a thickness planer I’m likely to just use s...

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