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Power Upgrade #1: Power Poles

02-10-2013 09:50 PM by Nate Meadows | 17 comments »

Ok, first let me say Thank You! again to all of you Lumber Jocks for your kindness and encouragement! You guys are amazing! I don’t know how else to put it, you are truly amazing. You have all touched my life. So things here are busy. We are preparing to upgrade our electrical service to 400amps. I know there is a deep divide among the “overkill” and “sufficient” camps. Let me just get it out there that I am a believer in always preparing for the future. It is...

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Thoughts on the future of wooden housing #1: The first

04-11-2013 01:11 PM by ggardner | 3 comments »

For a very long time our ancestors have built their own homes using mainly wood. For some strange reason, however, in most places of the earth this trend has receded – nowadays we prefer to use the help of professionals to build our homes for us rather than do it ourselves. The art of self-build is still valued in many places, but that seems to be an exception, not mainstream. So, have we simply become incapable of building our homes ourselves? I have a colleague at,...

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sawmill time

04-25-2013 07:39 PM by wilbur23 | 4 comments »

So a friend of mine had 13 pine trees 60+feet tall that he wanted cut down.Biggest was 37 inches at stump. He asked if i wanted them for my wood stove and i replied no but i can cut them on the sawmill! His grampa planted the trees when he was 5yrs old. they didnt look like much to start out with but by the time they were all cut down and stacked up i had 13 logs 12.5 feet long and 49 logs 8.5 foot long. I plan on cutting them into lumber in the next couple weeks. I am figuring i will have a ...

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Paper Mold and Deckle #2: frame and support bars

05-13-2013 05:33 PM by mileskimball | 0 comments »

The first step was to mill the white oak and Spanish cedar to oversized billets and let them season a week or two in the shop. After final milling, I dovetailed the white oak frame by hand (good practice!) and set out to mill the airfoil-shaped support bars. My biggest problem was getting the dowel-end to be well formed. I got some great advice from the joinery forum about machine approaches, but finally ended up whittling them rough, then bringing them to a final shape with a homemade...

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Louver Door Repair #5: Fixed the Door

05-30-2013 12:23 PM by SquintyPolock | 2 comments »

I finished the door by opening the joint between the top rail and stile. I inserted the new louvers and clamped everything back together. I inserted 3” wood screws through the stile into the top rail and the mid rail and used some filler to hide the screws. A little more flat paint, and the repairs are seemless. Repair took about 15 minutes. Total Labor : 1.25 hours @ $32/ hr = $40.Total Mat’l: Scrap poplar, paint, 10% mark up = $3.30Total cost to client = $43.30 If ...

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Finding the right hand plane

06-20-2013 04:43 AM by parkerdude | 7 comments »

I’ve been looking to grow my hand plane collection for almost a year. A Stanley #6 kinda satisfied my tastes, I don’t make a lot of large projects, and nice Stanley #7’s and #8’s usually command premium prices. This #6 showed up on eBay, and I bid until I won. A whole $39.75 Man, this thing is HUGE! Well at least for me. It weighs just under 8 pounds. (from Patrick’s Blood & Gore website), and the sole and sides were evenly covered in rust. ...

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New machines for workshop #1: New machines for workshop

07-10-2013 03:28 AM by DW833 | 1 comment »

I’ve been using used and low end machines in my workshop since last year when I begin woodworking.Recently spent more time on machine maintenance than wood working. Decided to update the table saw and band saw to new machines. Updated the table saw to a Ridgid 4512. Some minor setup issues, but should be finished by the weekend with setup, squaring, etc. Did a test power on and it runs really smooth. Not even comparable to the older used table saws. Ordered Grizzly 14” A...

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Random Musings #3: Razee Dazzle Picture Blog

08-27-2013 01:24 AM by rhett | 4 comments »

Picture blog for a plane with no frog.

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1130: Some Time Away

09-14-2013 08:37 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

I am going to take a couple of days away from posting. Yesterday, my partner Keith’s dad lost his battle with cancer. Artie was a wonderful and kind man who was always loving and supportive and treated me like one of the family from the first time I met him. It has been difficult these past several months to see him struggle, and I am comforted in knowing that he is no longer suffering. I don’t know what else to say except that I love him dearly and I will miss him. ...

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just the way I see things.. #4: it's amazing what a little wood can do!!

10-02-2013 01:46 AM by woodworker59 | 2 comments »

I needed to do something to try and work my way out of the funk I was in..I was in a dark and scary place for a while..I did what every red blooded wood worker would do.. I made something.. Yes sir, I made a nice Coffin plane.. took me a few days to complete, gave me some much needed tool time, time for reflection, and direction, and sanding..and more sanding… quiet time, and sanding.. Through all this time of dust and dispare, I came to realize that most of what was bothering me was be...

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