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Woodworking as Therapy #7: Frustration does not equal therapy :-(

1012 days ago by Betsy | 9 comments »

Frustrated—- can’t find my camera to show my issues—rats and double rats. First I still can’t get my handles for my serving tray to come out right – they just don’t fit – arg! So I start to think to myself—okay Betsy – you just can’t do anything but square things sooooo off I go to my cutting boards. Well that’s not so good either. I sanded all 6 of my cutting boards—- they feel good to the touch, sanded through ...

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Woodworking as Therapy #12: First generation cheese board

997 days ago by Betsy | 5 comments »

Slow day in the shop today but was able to cut my first generation board cut. I can certainly see how these can be addictive to make. The design possibilities are mind boggling. Have not quite figured out the second and third generation cuts yet – but will get there. Here’s my board just clamped with no glue at this point. I imagine I’ll only glue up two or three sections at a time, you get off kilter just a little and it would spoil the effect. I’ve also alm...

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Turning with Son #1

968 days ago by Maplenut | 11 comments »

I haven’t turned any wood since I was in grade 8 woodwork class. It’s about the age of my oldest son is now and I thought I’d try including him in a project. Both learning to turn wood again and engaging my boy have proven challenging. Anyway. I value the skills attached to woodworking, although I’m no craftsman, I get a kick out of trying to produce good woodwork and truth be known, there’s nothing I’d like more than having my sons in the shop wi...

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No longer waiting for winter.....and my first anniversary!

955 days ago by jbschutz | 8 comments »

Well, winter finally arrived a couple of days ago…..6 inches of snow and -2 degrees F. Not so bad, but I was getting used to the idea of skipping winter this year. On a more pleasant note; I just celebrated my 1st year with LJ. I have enjoyed being a part of this great group of men and women, craftsmen and artists, with a common, yet diversified interest in things wooden. I have “met” so many great people in the past year and have even managed to meet a couple in person.Th...

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My First WorkBench Build #3: Flattening the bottom of the top

931 days ago by BerBer5985 | 0 comments »

I haven’t had much time to work on the bench since I did the glue up of the top, but tonight I finished tuning up my jointer plane which still needed the bottom lapped and the back of the blade lapped and sharpened. Then I tuned up my ugliest #5 which will now be reserved for fore plane duty with it’s sharpened 8” radius camber blade that I did tonight. Then I went work flattening the bottom. It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s 99% which is good enough for me for the...

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919 days ago by Sawdust2 | 5 comments »

My old (like 50 years old) Craftsman compressor gave up the ghost last week. So I bought a passable one from Northern Tools and decided it was time to wire my shop for air.I took my old air hose and a bunch of T’s and connectors and brackets and ran hose around the shop I will soon have air within arms reach throughout the shop. I’ll take pictures when I’m done.But right now I’m feeling pretty good about it. Lee

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The Creche (manger) #3: The Star of Bethlehem

896 days ago by greg48 | 4 comments »

OK, this blog is actually a post script to the finished project that I posted earlier this week. I thought that it would be nice if I crafted a wooden star to put on the top of the creche during Epiphany (visit of Magi). I’ve included a JPEG of the sketch up model because I don’t know how to imbed a downloadable file.....Anyway, I had hoped to use 1/2” thick material, probably poplar or a softwood. Cutting the angles of the four pieces does not concern me nor does marking...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #665: Good Days

872 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday was a good mix of fun and work. It was a beautiful day out with warm sunshine and cool air. My kitty Pancakes definitely has ‘spring fever’ and is anxious to come out on the small deck with me and sit. I don’t let my kitties outside at all, except on the deck when I am with them. After growing up in Chicago and seeing the horrible things that happen to outdoor cats, as well as hearing stories of pets here that are either harmed by other animals or vehicles, I...

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solid-door workbench #2: Making the base of the bench, note pipes in stretchers!

857 days ago by ChrisMc45 | 3 comments »

Putting together the underpinnings of the bench, I used some of the ideas from C. Schwartz on Roubo bench, mostly about mass. I did not do true through-the-top timber framing, but did use drawboring on the end assemblies because they are permanent. Stretchers length might change in the future. I chose not to whittle my pegs from stock, but used dowels and a belt sander: To pull the whole end-assemblies together, I used my biggest drift. Schwartz had a good article on putting shop-made...

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Wood Gloat #18: Who painted the timber purple...

840 days ago by degoose | 16 comments »

Purple heart…I still get people wanting to know how I get timber this colour….do I paint it..or is it a stain? Those of you who have used purple heart know that it is naturally purple…but when you dress or sand it… it goes brown… If as most of you know you leave it in the sun or UV light in the workshop… hey presto… back to purple… This piece was partially covered to prevent the whole board from turning Purple. Here are a few sho...

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