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Going to local shows. #35: Torque about Tight...

05-24-2011 11:02 PM by degoose | 10 comments »

Well, the Torque went to the Brisbane Timber and Working With Wood show last weekend.. as part of the Gregory Machinery/Jet Australia stand… It was wonderful to be in such company… although the space provided was only just bigger than the Torque itself… It is amazing how you can adapt to the space allocated… if it had been bigger we would have filled it… but as it was it was tight fit. Can you see the Torque..?How about now? There it is? Ah this is...

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Meserizing Musings... a.k.a. Picking (splinters out of) My Behind.

06-20-2011 10:05 PM by Richard | 4 comments »

The expression, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is such a favorite topic, because it is good for the environment and therefore, good for us. I am constantly “repurposing” things… Straightening out nails, cutting splits out of scraps/castoff lumber and salvaging what I can. Now, with my mind focusing (read: obsessing) on netsuke and miniature carvings, I have a hard time turning loose of the splits/knots/nail holes away! EVERYTHING gets a second or third look before m...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #392: Setting Boundaries

07-06-2011 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Those who know me well know that I am fairly easy going. I have had my share of turmoil in my life, and I am at the point where I just like things to go smoothly. If I get pushed a little bit, I tend not to be reactionary, but rather think things through and consider whether it warrants fighting back or letting it slide. Most of the time I let things go. After all, is it really worth a conflict? I like being this way. I like the reputation of being even-tempered and cooperative. In m...

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AWFS - Las Vegas 2011

07-20-2011 11:37 PM by BillyJ | 7 comments »

Oh my – this is not the Detroit Woodworking show! Got in yesterday, met up with TulsaWoodSmith, and settled in to 100+ heat. However, the show was cool. Awesome tools. As a mat!ter of fact, I’m taking up a collection should anyone want to contribute. Cash please. There are many good conferences (I signed up for one), and the size of the center is huge. Several areas to visit. Again – please contribute to the Billy Needs More Tools Fund. Here is one of the first...

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Building my shop--part 6

09-01-2011 02:49 AM by RKW | 7 comments »

Now that I have done a little work in the shop I decided to update my blog. I have not installed a dust collector as of yet. That will hopefully come next year. For now, i am using a shop vac, and a broom. Other than that i feel very good about my set up. Most of the new stuff can be seen in the above pic. Lumber rack, bandsaw, and work table. The spindle sander is my newest tool. I threw together the stand this morning . I had planned on sitting it on the work table, which made ...

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This Old Bench of Mine - New Bench Stops

09-16-2011 04:45 PM by Tootles | 6 comments »

My Dad made this bench in about my last year of school, or perhaps shortly thereafter. It’s made of some scrap pine that he got from somewhere. He made the vice too, complete. It is an interesting design. We didn’t have enough wood for the full width of the top. So the bench has a recessed section at the back intended to place your tools out of the way allowing you to move the project over them while working. It can be quite useful actually, even if it is a bit more di...

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Computer Keyboard #1: Over my head...

10-02-2011 04:34 PM by Wes Grimes | 8 comments »

I was inspired by the Steampunk keyboards where people have stripped the keys off of vintage typewriters and modified existing keyboards with them. I really like the look of brass and wood, so I thought I would make my own keys of brass and take the circuit board out of a keyboard. I chose mahogany for the wood. Here is the current state of affairs:(the black swirl marks on the wood are just rubber from some clamps I was using to hold it down while drilling. That will sand right off) ...

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In 5 minutes, I'll be two years an LJ

10-17-2011 05:57 AM by nailbanger2 | 9 comments »

And I’ve loved every minute of it. Thanks to all that have commented and shown me the right way to do things. Thanks also to all that inspire me. LJ’s rocks! Now it’s time for beddy bye. Rock On!

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Where does lumber come from? #3: Harvesting the Rain Forest

11-01-2011 01:04 AM by dbkmd | 1 comment »

I just got an interesting post-reply to this blog: “I’m sure that was a great trip and I would love to do something like that but I also have to think about the cutting of the rain forest. I hope something was planted in their place.” I agree on all counts! The unfortunate fact remains, though, that these folks, the ones that are doing all the cutting, trimming, sawing, etc., are doing the only thing they know how to do in order to feed their families. They’re ...

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Arts & Crafts Living room #1: Short update on two projects

11-16-2011 06:43 AM by sandhill | 4 comments »

I shot this little video to give an update on the two projects I have been working on between running between VA. and Florida. If all goes well and we get through a few snags with buying the house up north I should have a video ready in about 2 1/2 weeks of the new shop showing what I plan on doing to get it ready for my tools and equipment. I sure hope this goes OK, you never know when your dealing with buying a house from Fanny May they have some of the stupidest guidelines I ever saw. I ha...

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