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Tiller #2: Shaping

11-21-2013 07:37 PM by Porcupine | 4 comments »

The point I am about to make is obvious to most experienced woodworkers, but it was not to me for years, and my work suffered. I think the first time I saw this in print was a blog entry by Chris Schwarz, so its not my original idea. This idea is especially applicable to curves, but valid for all woodworking. When working wood, one should be mindful to move from coarser, less accurate tools and progress to very fine tools. With that in mind, I approached the shaping of the tiller in this sequ...

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Bass / Guitar Players pedalboard build #7: Pedal Board for bass done. Some mistakes, some success.

11-08-2015 08:10 AM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Well, I finished up the pedal board, more or less, and here it is in its matte black glory! Construction is 1/2” reclaimed plywood that was from Hurricane Ike wreckage (Still going through that stuff). It is butt jointed, glued, and screwed. The finish is matte black high temp barbecue paint (I had it, and I didn’t want gloss as this will be on stage so it needed to kind of hide…) It helps me arrange my cables to where I am not kicking them when I try to activate t...

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Baby Tender #7: It's off the molds!!

05-23-2010 03:48 PM by mpmitche | 3 comments »

I finished up working on the rockers and got them attached last night. The rockers and bottom are all finished in shellac so I don’t have to turn it over again (I hope). There is still quite a bit to do but at least it looks like a boat now. Here are some pics.

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Woodworking as Farming

07-06-2010 12:52 AM by TheGravedigger | 5 comments »

Woodworking as Farming I began woodworking somewhere in the mid 1980’s. My first stationary power tools were a Craftsman bandsaw and a ShopSmith clone made by TotalShop. Electric sanders, drill, router, and lunchbox planer followed in rapid succession. These tools, along with their various accoutrements and attendant necessities, gave me a new power: I could now shape wood to my will. I could unload a pickup-load of oak, poplar, pine, plywood, or what-have-you, and in what seemed like...

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A Word on Shop Safety

12-10-2008 06:36 PM by Chris Wright | 5 comments »

So, we are all aware of the inherent dangers involved in woodworking, and if you are unaware of these dangers then you really need to pay attention. For those who are a little squeamish then I recommend skipping past the image, there’s some blood. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, that of all the possible things that could have happened here, I am very lucky. This happened about 2 years ago now. I was cutting a thin strip of wood on the table saw, I was using a push stick b...

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New Bench #2: The Plan 1.2

12-17-2014 04:36 PM by Rhoots | 1 comment »

Well I think I’ve designed this thing to death. This weekend I’ll buy the timbers for the base and get the drying started. That will probably take a few months.In the mean time, I have a few other projects to do; Tool Cart, Garden Table, Planer Trolley. Here’s the link to the final design in SketchUp: Workbench

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Need some help from wood turners.

03-06-2012 08:22 PM by Alan Hart | 5 comments »

My son is 12 years old and wants to turn pens. I have a lathe and have turned a few pens and a couple of other things just trying to learn. We (he) turned a couple pens this past weekend but I’m not sure if we’re doing it the right way. Is there a good book or DVD that explains how to turn pens, all kinds. After that I think he might want to get into turning other things like bowls and vases, is there a good book or DVD for that. I really want to teach and learn the correct and sa...

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08-02-2010 05:20 AM by AnnaEA | 12 comments »


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Learning #1: Learning Hurts

01-31-2012 10:09 AM by GlennsGrandson | 8 comments »

Beginner woodworker. At work tonight (x-ray tech), very slow, browsed, browsed, browsed LJ’s. Have several scraps of hardwood from fellow wood workers I’ve recently met. Decided to make one of the several “wine bottle boards”, so I grabbed a piece of Ambrosia Maple and some walnut. Made some thin Walnut inlays, routered out the Maple, set the inlays in, cut my angles (looking real good at this point), I don’t have any forstner bits (cost), and then proceeded t...

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Old tools #1: One mans junk is another WOmans treasure

12-12-2008 02:26 PM by Andraxia | 15 comments »

Being the only driver in the house, I am the one who gets the joy of hauling a trailer load of rubbish to the local tip. I had backed up the trailer to the hopper (who said a woman cant reverse a trailer????) and a young (mid 20s) man was unloading his rubbish into the hopper from his boot (trunk) of his car. I was chatting to him whilst I spaded the junk into the hopper. He was clearing out his granddads shed who had just gone into a nursing home. He was about to throw a box of stuff i...

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