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My journey in workbench design #2: Final Sketchup Images

12-08-2007 06:37 PM by Mike Lingenfelter | 4 comments »

I spent more time with with Sketchup and have finished the base for the bench. I drew the stretchers up with through tenons. Most plans show using bolts on the stretchers. I haven’t decided which way I’m going yet.I also spent a day visiting my local lumber suppliers. I found a good deal on some Ash. Ash is a nice hardwood and has the stiffness a bench needs.For those of you in the Seattle area, you might want to checkout Compton Lumber. They are over near Crosscut Hardwoods...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #1: Im gonna try dovetails

01-05-2008 03:23 AM by Zuki | 15 comments »

Well . . . DW (Dear Wife) did not like my initial idea for the 2×4 project so yesterday evening she spent a little time surfing the net looking for things she would like to have in the house. She found a XXXXXX and asked ”can you make this?”. I said ”yes . . . but there are dovetails involved . . . and I have not done dovetails before.” I started to think twice, but I said to myself . . . ”self, one of the main goals of the LJ WW Awards is to challenge on...

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2 x 4 Challenge #1: Throwing My Hat in the Ring

01-23-2008 07:36 AM by mot | 27 comments »

Well, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this. I had to take a few days to ponder what Stewart did. It just made me want to come up with something entirely different that what we’ve seen. Stewart as well as quite a few other entries since, have really raised the bar, and in the words of a woodworker, whom I greatly admire, Neil Lamens , ”Challenge yourself!” Some coaching on this process has come from a grumpy old woodturner, too. To go along with the in...

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light blubs & safety

03-04-2008 06:58 PM by woodsmith | 20 comments »

I read that the feds are going to ban the sale of incandescent light blubs in order to conserve energy. I have always heard it was not safe to have only fluorescent lighting around power tools. I have two questions. 1. Is it true?2. If it is true what are we to do? I have always had both fluorescent and incandescent in my shop.

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building a tool chest #1: building a tool chest part 1

04-14-2008 03:17 AM by bryano | 8 comments »

Ever since visiting the Gerstner tool chest web site Ive wanted to build a chest like the ones they sell. A few months ago I was able to salvage some cherry from a dumpster. I thought I would use this wood to build my chest. I hope to document as well as I can the building process. I have taken some pics of what I have so far. In part one of this series I will show some pics of the project in progress. Any helpfull hints would be appreciated. top this is some of the veneer that i pl...

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Observations #5: What's in a Name

05-01-2008 01:44 AM by Russel | 15 comments »

Just a little musing here; nothing of consequence; merely a curiosity. It seems that those that create contemporary woodworks are often referred to as “artists” while those that create more traditional works are considered “craftsmen.” Now this is simply my observation, but I’ve seen it often enough for it to make an impression. The question is, “Why is that?” Does “art” mandate non-traditional? If utility is the objective of a piec...

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Computer Issue

06-23-2008 01:33 AM by Tony Z | 4 comments »

Certain aspects of the site work or don’t work, depending on if I’m at my home computer or work computer. I’m looking for a remedy. Everything seems to work fine on my work computer but if I click on a photo of a project at home, nothing happens. If I want to see a full size image of a project I have to right-click and “open image in new window”. So none of the slide-show type features of the site work at my home computer. Also, the drop-down on the “My Lumberjocks” tab does not drop down. An...

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Potato Bin #3: almost there

07-15-2008 03:01 PM by Timber_Cruiser | 3 comments »

Well, it is finally painted and today is an exciting day. It is hard to be at work and know that I get to go home and finally put the hardware on to complete a project, even if the project is to simply hold taters and onions. It is still a handcrafted piece that will be cherished for a long time. Hopefully, I will remember to take some pictures so when I am at my office next week I can post the pictures for everybody to see.

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Shop helpers

08-06-2008 06:20 AM by lazyfiremaninTN | 7 comments »

My time with the kids is limited due to divorces and work, but I think that I have instilled the passion for wood working in them. When they come to my house, it seems that the first questions are “when are we going to the garage and what are we gonna build”. I usually let them decide what to build. My daughter (6) got to digging thru the scrap bin and she was hit with inspiration, she wanted to build a boat. After helping her build 2 scrap boats, she insisted on painting them ...

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Constructing "Old 99" #8: The cabin

09-01-2008 01:10 PM by MrWoody | 0 comments »

On page 4 of the plan we have 2 assemblies, tracks and the cabin for the locomotive.I already made enough track when I built my other locomotive. If you want to see how it’s made you can go here.For the cabin we have a front wall, 2 side walls, a roof, a boiler door and some trim.I started with the boiler door. It’s a block 2 7/8”x2 7/8”x 1 1/2” with a rounded top.Then I cut the sides and front to size from1/4” stock. I marked and drilled the sides for the windows. I then cut the windo...

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