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My Day in the Shop

08-31-2011 10:08 PM by alfa189 | 9 comments »

Wife and kids gone ALL DAY. I look forward to a beautiful day tinkering in the shop. But what to do, you ask? TURN PENS!! But before I do that, I want to build a quick little Band Saw sled (mostly to cut pen blanks quickly and accurately). Shouldn’t take but maybe 20-30 minutes, right? RIIIIIIIGHT. Looks like my son dove into my plywood pile and used every available piece as a shield, sword, bike ramp, whatever. Thus, all are dinged up. A little wood putty will fix it. Where ...

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Where does lumber come from? #2: More information - and pictures - on the Amazon trip

10-31-2011 10:06 PM by dbkmd | 1 comment »

I was thinking today (no, not more sanding this time, just thinking) about the project I suggested last week to go to see the processes involved in bringing our exotic hardwoods from the Amazon forests to our workbenches. It occurred to me that some of you may be interested in seeing some of the pictures that I took this summer. They might make it a bit easier to actually visualize what I was talking about. First, though, you may recall that I mentioned that there were snakes and insects i...

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Fantasy Football Trophy a la Lombardi #3: The Game Saver

11-16-2011 03:05 AM by chrisstef | 4 comments »

6 weeks left of the fantasy football season and its looks like im out of the playoffs. Barring a miracle ill be watching from the sidelines. If you’ve followed my last posts i took a chunk of fallen maple and, by hand, drawknived, planed, shaved, and shaped that log into a football. Well then i ran into a problem … my freshly fallen log had started to crack, check, and split. Then, coming in off the bench, the LJ faithful 34,000 strong, bail me out of another problem. We...

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EPISODE 12. THE AMERICAN WOODSHOP, with Scott Phillips. Scroll Saw Gifts....

12-01-2011 02:43 AM by Delta356 | 0 comments »

Hi all, In this episode scott gives 101 on using scroll saws and creates some really cool projects.Also he talks with an amazing scroller. At the end of this episode scott does something that you would never think he would do. You’ll have to watch the episode to find out. (MAKE A SPLASH WOULD YOU….)Hope you enjoy. Thanks, Michael FreyPortland, OR FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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Bent-Lamination Dining Room Table #6: Completing The Legs

12-18-2011 04:55 AM by JordsWoodShop | 0 comments »

In part four of our bent lamination dining room table project we finally complete the legs.We will look at how I go about cutting mortises using the drill press and hand tolls,we will also fine tune some tenons, then its finally onto creating the cross support and bending some dowels.Check out for more woodwork related goodness

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New Shop Helper

12-31-2011 10:17 PM by ~Julie~ | 11 comments »

Here’s my new shop helper… Happy New Year to everyone!

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Is this chair something special?

01-24-2012 09:34 PM by Don Butler | 9 comments »

I got this chair from a client who said it’s been in his attic for as long as he can remember. A couple of weeks ago I posted a question about what wood species it might be. The majority thought it might be mahogany.So, now I wonder about the chair’s origin and worth.It has some indications of being handmade. There is no makers mark, no numbers or old tags. I believe it was heavily upholstered in a style we used to call overstuffed.I’m pretty sure the seat was originally equ...

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looking for a good wood lathe

02-06-2012 06:40 AM by thatlabguy | 14 comments »

I am looking for a wood lathe but, have never used one and don’t really know what to look/ask for. Can you folks give me some pointers as to what to look for on a used lathe, what price range it should be in and the turning tools I will need to get started.I want to turn some of my old growth Juniper as well as mt. mahogany

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Putting things on hold for now while I work like a lunatic on the house...

02-29-2012 09:41 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

All because of the low interest rates, LOML and I are trying to refinance…. Now I have refinanced before, and it was no big deal. There was no home inspection, just a quick drive by… From what the bank is telling me, that’s all changed due to the lending laws that passed in 2009 and 2010, so now, in order to refinance our loan, to get a lower rate and more affordable payment, while keeping with our payoff schedule, we need to have the house presentable, as in staged fo...

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03-12-2012 12:02 PM by T. D. Reid | 0 comments »

Yesterday I assembled the foot and head boards on the Arts and Crafts Twin size bed. What a tedious job that turned out to be with 15 stiles on each. I had a clamping plan that didn’t workout very well on the foot board and I re-evaluated my plan when I did the head board and the new plan seemed a little better and it did go smoother. It’s just the fact that there are a lot of pieces that have to go together all at the same time. I think that the Queen size Arts and Craft bed that is my upcom...

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