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Pine Toy Chest #1: Design and Milling the Wood

02-26-2015 05:15 AM by HappyHowie | 4 comments »

I am making a Toy Chest for my daughter Candace. Well, it is actually for her two girls Lola and LuLu. This project has been an adventure. This toy chest I am making it after a blanket chest that was featured on a cover of Fine Woodworking. I have modified the magazine’s plan somewhat; for instance I am going to add a base to my chest. Since this will be a toy chest I am also looking to purchase a nice hinge that will make the lid safe for small children’s use. On my lumbe...

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Joinery Bench #2: Stanley #8 and Stanley #40 all set to get to work on roughing lumber.

12-14-2017 06:34 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I had a rough time with the Stanley #8: the frog wiggled, was not square, was not flat, chip breaker is either not original or something else but I had to take off 1/8” of chip breaker so that both blade & breaker would retract fully. Was a good learning experience on how to make things right with a plane. For the Stanley #40, it had original squared blade. Took time to figure out about camber but I went with 4” at a 30 degree bevel angle. How to ensure you are close to y...

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Workbench #1: Vice Screws

03-01-2015 02:28 AM by kokayak | 2 comments »

Starting to work on the hardware for the Holtzapffel bench I am planing. Going to DIY my own wagon vice as I can’t afford the Benchcrafted Cadillac. Use Enco had a sale on Acme rod so I bought 3 3’ sections of 3/4” 6tpi acme rod, nuts and 3 hand screws. I only plan on using 12” sections of rod for the Moxon style twin screw and the wagon vice. The handwheels came without a hole bored in them so I drilled them out to 5/8” then used a grinder to take a short sectio...

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shop re start the new RMR #5: shop building series

12-20-2017 08:51 AM by DsRMR | 0 comments »

Well hello all. It’s been a min since i have even signed in here. The real world has had me going through the wringer again. I was injured at work and had surgery on my hand last Saturday. not sure what the final outcome will be but have a cast on for 7 more weeks then PT and see how L&I finishes me off… Good news is i have made some progress on my shop how ever short lived it may be. See my landlord is also my ex boss that fired me after i filed the first L&I claim he has...

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Christmas Gifts #3: Finished Toy Machine Shed! Christmas 2017

12-26-2017 09:44 PM by HandyHousewife | 3 comments »

Whew! We made it, just in the nick of time! 10 minutes to midnight on Christmas Eve we put the last touchup paint on it in preparation for the big day. Spoiler: The boy LOVED it! :-) Details: Roof and floor: 1/4” plywood Trim: 1/4” thick poplar that I sawed strips about the thickness of a popsicle stick with the bandsaw and glued on. Walls: 1/2” thick plywood. 5 tiny hinges for the roof, wish they were white, but too lazy and not enough time to paint them. ...

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Child Safe Timber Teething Ring question, assistance please!!

01-09-2018 06:08 AM by crowie | 15 comments »

Child Safe Timber Teething Ring question, assistance please!! The internet suggested “Hard Maple” but I believe that’s a USA timber; BUT what can I use in Australian Timbers please, thank you. Cheers, crowie

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Benchtop Bench & Vise #4: Trestle Base - Upper & Lower Stretchers

01-12-2018 10:24 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

This is where I started the project with building the platform base. Its made with Kiln dried 2×4’s and this section is a piece of 2×4 cut down the center that way both sides on the base only needed 18” of 2×4. As you can see in the diagram below this piece is mortised out to receive the platform risers or legs. I centered the mortises which I drilled out on the drill press, hey are not through mortises the mortise is about 1” deep. This piece...

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Dust Collector Shed #2: We have a door!

01-17-2018 02:25 PM by FrogHouse | 3 comments »

Wow. People actually read my first blog post. Not sure I was expecting that. Thanks to all that read it and a special thanks for those that commented. Before we continue, here are a few photos of it in progress. When we last left the shed (and when I say ‘we’ I mean ‘me’), the shingles were up the OSB in place and three walls were wrapped in Tyvek. The next thing needed was a door! I purposely covered the entrance when I put up the OSB. I built the door structure and installed it on th...

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Handtool Basics #5: Who is the KING of the Butt Joint?

01-22-2018 07:58 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 0 comments »

Hey Guys, I did a quick little deep dive into the ins and outs of common butt joint techniques. I looked at biscuits, Mortise and Tenons (both hand cut and machine cut) Festool Domino Floating Tenons, and the Kreg Jig. I broke down how long it takes to make these joints, how consistent they come out, how easy and repeatable they are, and how strong each joint is. I break down (with lots of data) how much they cost in both money and time invested into each joint from the perspective of a...

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The Essential Craftsman

02-03-2018 12:40 AM by IantheTinker | 7 comments »

Hey folks, I just wanted to point out a YouTube channel called Essential Craftsman. It is run by a man named Scott and his son, Nate. Scott values craftsmanship of any kind very highly. He has been a logger and has been a contractor for many years. I have found him to be a wealth of both knowledge and encouragement. He is currently building a spec house and is filming every step of the process. I think many of you might enjoy his channel. P.S. He is also a really good blacksmith with lots ...

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