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Recovery projects #4: Back at it a little bit

10-02-2008 03:15 AM by Betsy | 5 comments »

Well – I’ve managed to get my first scroll saw project done. I’ve been off LJs for a while simply because I can’t be on the computer so much at home when I spend so much time on it at work. My neck just won’t tolerate the computer use. But that’s getting a bit better. I am now allowed to sit in a chair and move around a little bit without my neck brace and I’m allowed to sleep without it. So that’s all good. I can go about 2 hours before my neck...

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down and out momentary #2: ....up and running

11-03-2008 02:42 PM by cobra5 | 6 comments »

Down & out? Not any more, I’m back and and catch’n up. trying to build for family, and friends while working my regular job is hard. the demand is out there, my recenct injury has been a learning expencive lesson. its been a busy year so far, working at nights as a security officer, and getting up early in morning for a few hours, then staying in the shop all day on my days off to keep up with the request of everyones dream of what they would like built. The economy is kinda s...

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Inside Picture Framing #5: Spacing around frame components

12-03-2008 07:31 PM by kewald | 0 comments »

All parts of the frame package (backing board, mounting board, mats, art, glazing) need to be spaced away from the edge of the frame so that natural expansion/contraction of each part does not cause bowing or cracking. In general, there should be 1/16” space on each side and 1/8” space at the top, more for large frames.

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new lathe for Christmas

12-28-2008 05:37 PM by woodsmithshop | 6 comments »

I have been needing a lathe with a longer bed length than my Deltas 36” can provide, I want to turn some Shaker chair legs. so after a few months searching, I found that Woodcraft had a Rikon lathe that would take on more than one bed extension to make the total length about 54”. I checked out the reviews on this lathe, most of them were not that good, next I found the Jet JML1220 lathe, it has a 20” bed and by adding the 28” bed extension the bed is almost 50”...

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Rockin' Ride #3: Router Work

01-14-2009 06:04 AM by kshipp | 2 comments »

Refers to project posted here. I started this project out with the SketchUp design so I printed full-size templates to make my pieces. My original idea was to use 1/4” hard board as a pattern for a pattern trimming bit. I cut out the hardboard on the scroll saw and then cleaned them up with my spindle sander. I tried to use the pattern bit on a practice dog dish stand with some leftover wood and didn’t have good results. I think my pattern bit is probably not the hig...

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Unisaw rebuilt project! #4: Order a new/use motor!

02-04-2009 04:56 AM by Beginningwoodworker | 10 comments »

I found a good deal on motor a friend is upgradeing to a 3HP Motor in his Unisaw so I offer to buy his 1-1/2 HP Rockwell Unisaw Motor for 150 bucks plus shipping cost. Will have more pictures once it arive and is install.

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Old Power Tools #1: Antique Sears Craftsman Jointer

02-24-2009 08:27 AM by GaryCN | 17 comments »

I have a few very old tools, This one was not in the view of my workshop photo’s. I’m somewhat proud that I acquired it at a garage sale for about $25 ten years ago and it is still working. I made the stand,that has a chip collection basket in the center door. I did purchase it without any motor. I’m guessing that it was made in the early 1960’s. The nameplate does say Sears Roebuck and Co. Simpson-Sears LTD.

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Hand Tools doings #26: Finally sharp!

03-29-2009 11:28 PM by Betsy | 4 comments »

While I’ve had a modicum of success sharpening my chisels, I have finally got the hang of it and actually got my chisels sharp enough to cut the fine hair on my arm and pare end grain!!!!! Yippee!!!! My pictures stink (those digital cameras still take talent!). But you can make out that the fibers are cut not crushed. I used a combination of methods – some I used my WorkSharp and some I used my waterstones. I think my waterstones came out just as good or better than ...

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Swapping #1: Maple

04-17-2009 01:44 AM by lumberjacques | 3 comments »

What about a wood swapping area? For instance, I have access to ALL sorta Maple, but not to, for instance, Oak, or other types of wood. maybe swapping chunks via snail mail would be a good idea.

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First cabinets #2: Face frames completed

05-24-2009 11:14 AM by Mark Gipson | 14 comments »

The weather has been kind to me again today and I was able to get outside and do some more work on the cabinets for my shop and kitchen.Today I built and fitted the face frames to both kitchen cabinets. Here are some construction details for those interested. The cabinets sides and bottoms are 3/4” Thai plywood, the backs are 8mm ply (the wood here is mainly in metric sizes).I used my router to cut dados in the sides for the bottom which was then fixed in place with glue and s...

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