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New Tools Are Cool #1: DW618B3

01-26-2012 09:30 PM by JoeyG | 12 comments »

I have to replace, upgrade, and get some new tools for a set of bookcases I will be beginning next week. I have been building boxes and other small projects in my garage/shop for the last two years and have made due with what I had. Now that I am branching out and getting back into cabinets I have to change around my shop. This first episode is the replacement of an old 1 1/4HP Craftsman router I inherited from my step father. It had seen better days before he got it used, but I used it...

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Marking Gauge #1: Getting started

03-13-2012 06:03 PM by Chuck | 1 comment »

While sorting through the free wood I picked up last week I had the idea to make marking gauge and set a few pieces of walnut aside for it. I cut out the marking gauge with the band saw and then planed the faces smooth. I used a drill and cleared most the waste before chiseling out the mortise for the beam to go through. It needs a little fine tuning on the fit. I am going to have to make sure that the beam is square with both faces I plan on using a xacto knife blade instead of th...

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Kill the Treble #12: Affixing the Cat's Eye

04-06-2012 06:30 PM by thebenchroom | 0 comments »

Walking around my bench more times than I remember puzzling over one of the coolest touches I’ve seen on a bass guitar. The “Cat’s Eye”, something I’ve only seen on basses made by Carl Thompson. I’m almost sure he invented this trick and if not the technique the name for sure. Unfortunately I hadn’t seen a cats eye until I had already begun shaping my bass and just in my general knowledge of woodworking, this is something that should be done before the rasp even comes out. I’m working a f...

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Safe Cracking #1: Pie Safe Adventure

06-23-2012 12:53 AM by Milo | 0 comments »

I’ve been banging around trying to make this pie safe since well before Mother’s Day. School has been the primary reason I haven’t finished it, so I thought maybe I’d blog about my adventure… First off, I found a pie safe idea I liked on Google, in the SketchUp repository there. But I wanted to make a single door, so after getting a lot of Sketchup help from folks on Lumberjocks, I started with this… The only measurement I had to work with was...

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Not Just Another Plane Day

07-08-2012 04:29 PM by benchbuilder | 2 comments »

As most days that I don’t have a project to work on and being retired, I go to the shop to make shavings with my #5 or #4 and past the time. This gives me great stress relief and just plain fun as well as trying to learn the correct method of planing. I have watched all the videos, read all the blogs, I have gotten some good results so far. I was getting flat smooth cuts and had learned to sharpen a plane blade razor sharp .This morning was different, the temp outside has made it near ...

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Measure once...cut twice! Doh!

07-22-2012 10:14 PM by mnpete | 2 comments »

Who knew those darn table saw blades had a kerf?!

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Tool Finds #1: First Great Estate Sale Find!

08-06-2012 12:17 AM by Chris P | 4 comments »

So I have recently gotten into woodworking and after being given a book dealing with only working with hand tools I have become pretty infatuated and decided to start to do a lot of “hand tool only” projects. This coupled with a budget and my wife’s infatuation with everything antique and vintage we have started to hit the flea market/estate/yard/garage sale circuit. Today was my first awesome find. This guy was a woodworker and it showed with a shed full of tools. I end...

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My First Workbench #8: Day 8: Still gluing the top...

08-20-2012 11:37 AM by RaggedKerf | 2 comments »

To see this post with pictures, please click here! Nothing nearly so exciting as yesterday’s progress for today. I got up early and glued up section number 3 of the top and did nothing else until the early afternoon. That’s when section 4 got glued up—-the best, smoothest one yet! It was going to be the back of the workbench, but because it looks so nice, I may make it the front! Then I decided to try my hand at smoothing out the tops of the individual sections to see if that w...

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Madrone Burl doesn't crack sometimes

09-04-2012 07:48 PM by OregonBurls | 5 comments »

I soaked this Madrone in water for about one year and then a other year just in the weather. This block was one among many. Everything around it checked except this one. Go figure! (on pun intended). But this block is one of the nicest looking blocks I have seen in a long while. Greg at oregonburls

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Frame saws - bow saws. #5: Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping (blog)

09-23-2012 12:25 PM by mafe | 8 comments »

Swans and bones – Frame saw for copingParts and Swans Part three. Last blog ended with a good tobacco, the hardware, the turn handles and the side handles ready, now it is time to finish the frame. With the hardware and frame in place, the frame can be completed.So I place the piece of wood in the middle and am ready to mark up the width, and add length for the tenons.Since I want the frame sides to end parallel, the saw before tension will have to tilt a little towards the bla...

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