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Woodwork Biz/Getting Started #3: Item Two - Getting the Word Out

02-17-2011 05:19 PM by billb | 4 comments »

Item two involves notifying everyone you know about your new business. Before starting this I would make up some business cards that clearly state the work you do. Make them clean looking and avoid anything that might confuse people about the work you do. I have made some excellent cards on my computer using simple software and biz card stock but you can also purchase them and even get some for the price of shipping from a company called Once you have the cards, start by fa...

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A Woodworker's Greatest Strength

02-28-2011 12:00 AM by Bob Simmons | 7 comments »

A few months ago it was titled, The Practice of Woodworking. After going back and making a few revisions it is could now be known as Mastering Practice to Perfect Woodworking Skills…or A Woodworker’s Greatest Strength. .... The above woodworking article was written a few months ago. It’s as much about the mindset of woodworking than any physical aspect of the craft. In this case this post is not about any specific project, tool, or technique. However, the subject matte...

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Oak 6 Panel Door Swap out

03-23-2011 04:45 AM by Grandson_Of_Rue | 2 comments »

My home was built with white 6 panel hollow core interior doors. I have long hated them. Thus this project was born. I also hate cheap brass lock sets and hinges. (On a side note I hate my builder – no one takes pride in their work anymore) I know that my doors are all Mastercraft. I started by purchasing a Mastercraft 6-panel Oak door. I scrapped the frame, finished the door and hung it. I did this to avoid the need to drill the lock set hole and mortise the hinges. I considered ...

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Eagle Head progress report

04-04-2011 04:41 PM by Rustic | 15 comments »

Well, I am almost done with the Eagle head. Just a few details to add including the tongue. Then a finish. This has been a very fun project to do. I have learned soo much. So without further a due. Thanks for lookin. I am going to put a clear finish on it to bring out the beauty of the wood.

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Discovering Wood #5: Bradford Pear

04-18-2011 07:30 AM by DocT | 6 comments »

While I have been posting duplicate posts of my blog Discovering Wood here at LJ, I have decided to post a text only version here. I try to post picture heavy blogs, and the extra time involved in re-posting the pics is frankly not a good use of time. Please visit Discovering Wood the complete post with pictures. Bradford Pear I apologize for the infrequent posts, but I’ve been doing a great deal of research lately. I am still trying to wrap my head around the statistical information...

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Outdoor Morris Chair #9: Added side slats and created a lot of blocks

05-02-2011 03:17 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 1 comment »

I think I am done for the day. I got the side slats on the two chairs. No big tricks there except that the crown is still there on the side tops. I cut the slats at 7 degrees to match my earlier mess-up. Slats are leveled at bottom side so they will be even. After all, if I have to do something to flatted down the crown I might as well fix the slats which are slightly too tall at the same time. The spacing of the slats was pretty close to what was specified in the book except that I...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #338: "De-Bugging" and Some Project Progress

05-13-2011 12:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Well, it looks like help is on its way. After Verna’s suggestion of trying Avon Skin So Soft to combat the black flies, I also did some reading on the subject and found that many of the other commercial brands of insect repellent used basically the same formula. I remembered that I had received a gift set of SSS for Christmas and dug it out to see what I had. Although I didn’t have the oil in the traditional form, there was a tube of gel oil. I thought I would experiment to se...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #362: The Weekend of a Thousand Excuses

06-06-2011 12:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

There are so many things that can get us off track when we are doing something. It takes a certain amount of discipline to stay on course sometimes. Especially when we are not completely confident in ourselves. Those of you who have come to know me through this series know that from time to time I get this way. I truly appreciate your wonderful support yesterday, and I did make progress, but unfortunately not the amount of progress that would have made me happy. It feel as if I have be...

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Machinist Toolcart #2: Measure twice, Cut Once, then measure twice again, and cut once more.

06-20-2011 04:14 PM by PurpLev | 12 comments »

Its been a while since the previous post mostly because I wasn’t sure I was happy with the original design. I went to the local lumber supplier that carries mahogany plywood and bought the 3/4” material for the carcass and baking. While there I had them cut the 1/2 full sheet to 2 halves (2 quarter sheets) so it’ll be easier for me to transport with my car (don’t have a large truck anymore). With the 2 pieces now sitting in the garage, the original design seemed ...

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Machinist Toolcart #7: a Trim and a Shave

07-20-2011 04:11 PM by PurpLev | 5 comments »

Now that the construction of the carcass was finished (as far as I can think) it was time to trim off the excess of the face frames (front was already done, and just had to do the back). I trimmed off the back as I got home from work. I used a block plane for that and brought the carcass into the house to continue working on it later at night when I get more time: can still see the burn marks from the TS. Nothing that a good shave/scrape wouldn’t clean right off: Later at ...

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