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New "bench' for a router table

12-13-2014 08:01 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Last summer, I picked up a router “table” by SKIL at a garage sale. $20 with everything BUT a router Later on, picked a B&D 1/4” Industrial all metal router. Managed to assemble the two together But, there were a couple problems. First, this thing is sitting ON my tool chest. Secondly, it is too short to set on the floor. Had some metal 3×3 from an old bed frame. Cut the two pieces down into four “legs” @ 27-1/4” long. Had some ...

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The Harbor Freight Experiment Series #4: Can you go wrong with HF freebies?

12-14-2014 05:02 AM by paxorion | 1 comment »

I decided to post a few (10) reviews of the usual suspect HF freebies I pick up. With an average of 2.8, I’d say you can go wrong fairly often with HF freebies. Here’s the list of reviews: 27 LED worklight/flashlight – 4 stars 3.5 inch 9 LED flashlight – 5 stars 25' tape measure – 2 stars 6 piece screwdriver set – 1 star Swivel Lens Headlamp – 1 star 6 inch magnetic parts holder – 5 stars 4 inch magnetic parts holder – 5 ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1563: "The Zone"

05-29-2015 11:30 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I had an amazingly productive day yesterday! It was one of those days that went somewhat like this:     - I had a plan     - I set a goal     - I stayed FOCUSED     - I worked     - I got the job DONE! It isn't that I don't always TRY to work like this. But most of us know that many days, we make plans to accomplish things and even with our best efforts, sometimes life just gets in the way. It happens to m...

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First time planing and hardwood

12-04-2012 11:28 PM by JSB | 5 comments »

I bought my Dewalt 735 planer a few days ago and finally had a chance to make some sawdust with it today. I salvaged some poplar from a few cabinet face frames during a kitchen remodel and thought they would be great to experiment with. One side of each piece had what looked to be a polyurethane finish. After cutting out all the nails, dowel holes, and staples I was left with about 3 board feet. I setup the planer for the first time and started running them through. Absolutely amazed at the f...

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Outdoor Morris Chair #19: Attaching the back

05-08-2011 12:19 AM by LegendInMyOwnMind | 0 comments »

We learned a couple of lessons when we attached the back. #1 – The 45 degree angle shown in the book for the back at the rear bottom didn’t really cut it. The cut needed to be deeper. That was pretty tough to fix once the back was already in place. For the second chair we were able to fix the back angle before we installed the hinges. #2 – Hinges can be a bear to install. We temporarily attached the two ends with drywall screws which we drove in partially. After th...

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The Secret Birthday Present #1: JENN DON"T LOOK

06-19-2007 09:38 PM by MsDebbieP | 14 comments »

My daughter’s birthday is fast approaching and I have had several ideas in the past month of what to make for her. I have gone from simple, to complicated, and now .. it’s somewhere in the middle. Actually, since it will be a variation of the Challenge Table, it really should fall into the easy category but I’m not that naive or confident to think that I will whip this together with a frustration and challenge or two. The first difficulty was deciding what to make it o...

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Carved Backyard Bear #2: The Chickadees' have moved on.

05-11-2009 07:14 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 5 comments »

We’ve been watching the Bear for over a week now, & the little birds haven’t shown up. I think the bear didn’t meet the proper specifications, or the bird building code. I also believe the Robins, & Squirrels may have scared them away. It’s sitting too much out in the open, kind of low to the ground. I’ve heard of birds starting a nest, & leaving it for a different location.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You ca...

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I'm Back!

09-24-2011 07:18 AM by Don | 2 comments »

I know I’ve been having a busy summer and hadn’t been on Lumberjocks in quite a while but I didn’t realize it had been nearly 6 months… I haven’t been doing much of anything in my shop for the last several months either but now that summer is nearly over I expect that to change real soon. This weekend or next I’ll be making a trip to Crosscut Hardwoods in Seattle to stock up on some Mahogany for my next Greene and Greene style project. I hope everyone ha...

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As The Lathe Turns #41: Walnut And Box Elder

06-29-2013 10:45 PM by William | 15 comments »

Today’s is not a very long post. The title pretty much explains it all. I have somehow gotten on a walnut and box elder habit. I don’t know why besides I like it. In my opinion, it is a beautiful combination of woods for some of my experimentation.I’ve always loved walnut. However, before a friend of mine in Alabama (Grizz) sent me a few walnut pen blanks, I’d never had the chance to work with it as much as I have lately. The box elder came from a friend who lives in I...

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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #14: What's the oldest thing in your shop you bought new............?

03-09-2010 03:17 AM by Jim Bertelson | 21 comments »

There is no contest in my shop, and I have alluded to it before….......the oldest thing in my shop is a study lamp I went to college with, in 1959. Bought new. Now here is a picture of that lamp….......... ......and I have said this before too, that was my study lamp, used throughout college, medical school, and beyond…....... still has the original bulbs. Either those are the best bulbs in the world….....or I didn’t spend much time study...

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