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Old Guys are great to have around

10-23-2013 08:16 PM by natenaaron | 14 comments »

I bought a Freud Diablo Dado set. Took it to the shop, took all the pieces out and… instructions. Who the hell makes something out of metal, meant to rotate at monster speeds, has MANY sharp edges, and does not include instructions? Apparently Freud does. Oh, sure they have a chart, but that chart is not a set of instructions. So, I leave my shop and go ask the guy down the way if he knows how to use it. Nope. Never fear, we’re men. Between the two of us we believe we ...

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Modifying the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig #2: Designing the new jig

11-14-2013 05:15 AM by MT_Stringer | 1 comment »

Something I had on hand is a piece of 1/4 inch aluminum plate 3 inches wide x 12 inches long. I decided to mount the cylinder on it. But first, I made an exact duplicate out of 1/4 inch mdf so I could figure out how and where to mount everything. After removing the clamp mechanism that came with the jig, I commenced to measure and drill mounting holes in the mdf. I don’t have a picture, but I used the original nuts that were used to secure the clamp. I used JB Weld epoxy to pe...

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Challenge #1: Case Mitre's??

12-02-2013 01:49 PM by grayman | 4 comments »

I am struggling with case mitre’s for boxes. Yes, I have built a mitre sled; it doesn’t work for pieces that must be mitre sawn on the “flat”. It’s fine for frame pieces but when it comes to anything greater than the 10” table saw can handle, as in a box, no matter how accurate I gage blade tilt the corners simply won’t pull together square. I can burnish the corners but that doesn’t provide a dead square and tight 90’ corner. It simply co...

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Rhykenology #7: Weird aluminum planes

12-21-2013 03:53 AM by toolmike | 1 comment »

Aluminum block planes are some of the strangest of planes around. They appeared for a brief period during the wars, and maybe again in the 1950s. Two of the strangest are the UTIL and The BOSTON – from unknown companies.

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Keep sake box #1: First Marquetry Post since AFSM

01-08-2014 12:44 AM by sandhill | 11 comments »

I’m real rusty and haven’t had a chance to do a project I wanted to do since I returned from AFSM a year ago so I thought it was about time. I decided I needed a JIG to cut Dove Tail splines, it just popped into my head so here is the JIG in the first picture. After I made the JIG I needed some way of trying it out so I thought why not a box I had not planned of even putting a top or bottom on it at the time. I found some QUILTED MAKORE that I had been carting around for the last ...

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Sculptors, diamond cutters, and woodworkers

01-24-2014 01:46 PM by Farrout | 1 comment »

While sitting in the shop contemplating my next project, it occurred to me that the three have a lot in common. I’ve never thought of myself as artistic, I won’t even buy a scroll saw. But I do have a few pieces of lumber that sit in the corner of my shop that I want to make something out of.I go over in my mind different ways to make cuts to produce finished pieces.Diamond cutters take a raw stone and take pieces away until they create a polished gem.Sculptors take a piece of ...

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Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room #14: 5 minute time lapse

02-09-2014 09:58 PM by MarkTheFiddler | 10 comments »

Howdy, I’ve still got a whole lot more blog to do but I felt like showing you all that it is not as time consuming to upholster furniture as it seems to be——through this blog. ;) I don’t expect that anyone to knock a chair out in a few hours (Unless that’s your job – then you need to do better than me. ;) ) Anyhow, I enjoyed making this for you. It’s the second chair. I still need cover-ups, skirt and cushion. Not finished yet. ...

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Sculpted driftwoood coffee table build #2: Finishing Touches

03-17-2014 01:29 AM by scruboak51 | 1 comment »

I’ve made good progress this week on the base for my coffee table. After splitting the larger chunk of wood down to size and doing some rough sanding, I decided to cobble together enough stuff for my router jig and set about getting ‘root’ side of this base leveled out. The router jig may not be the best tool for this procedure. I’ve seen guys work wonders with a steady hand and big chainsaw. But it does work well enough and it’s quieter than the chainsaw an...

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Rock-n H Woodshop podcast #48: DIY Full Size Bed

05-13-2014 05:57 AM by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop | 1 comment »

This is just a quick and affordable way to make your own full size bed that will last for years.Full video build can be found here:

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Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #1: You can never have enough clamps, especially parallel clamps

06-04-2014 07:04 PM by paxorion | 3 comments »

I think I have a problem. I love clamps so much that it must be infectious, that my 2 year old daughter gets excited when she sees clamps. My wife has pointed out that I probably have more clamps (built up in 2 years) than her parents keep in stock at any point in time (they run a hardware store…). I’m in denial that I probably have enough clamps to get this hobbyist through most projects they I may undertake in the near future. Recently I have begun building up my supply of w...

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