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Ponderings #22: The End Result Versus The Process

2065 days ago by Tomcat1066 | 11 comments »

My hand tools have been a bit frustrating, and I think I know why. Partially because they need some more sharpening, but that’s not all. There’s a good bit more sitting beneath the surface, waiting to be exposed, and more and more work with wood has started exposing that to me. I think I’ve finally realized the issue, and now it’s time to deal with the long, expensive journey to fix that. Working outside like I’m forced to do, weather becomes a major factor...

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First woodcarving show #1: Charlotte Woodcarving Show

151 days ago by Michael Anthony Zelonis | 3 comments »

I attended the Charlotte Woodcarvers show last weekend, and it was amazing! I was mesmerized the whole 3 days with the great people I met, the awesome carvings, and the sense of fellowship and camaraderie that was everywhere to be found. I took many pics, and whittled them down to these. I named the artist when possible, and wish that more people had labeled their work after the judging so I could have given them credit for work well done. I also entered 3 piec...

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Workshop #7: Base (part 6) and the walls start to go up!

2201 days ago by Callum Kendall | 7 comments »

Today was a very productive day, as my workshop has realy taken shape. I had my friend James helping me today, which is a real bonus when lifting sheets of ply into place. We started off by fixing the plywood to the joists, using counter-sunk outdoor screws. Then we trimmed the overhang with a plunge router, with a 1” guide bit. After a quick clean up we test fitted the wall sections, its realy coming together now! Tomorow I will only be able to do a couple of hours work, as I am going ...

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Walnut kitchen countertop #6: applying finish

166 days ago by harum | 0 comments »

Have tried two wood stains from Minwax on a scrap piece of walnut: “special walnut” and “golden oak”. I guess they may differ on other wood species or maybe they age differently, but right now look exactly the same after a week or so on walnut. After trying a few options for edges, I selected a simple 1/8” roundover. Anyway, I routed grooves for a miter bolt on both glue-ups, stained them and will apply Waterlox tomorrow. The stained ...

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Lay out holes

604 days ago by jumbojack | 1 comment »

Just a quick little ditty about how I layed out equal spacing in a circle for this project

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New Book & DVD on the way

420 days ago by BobLang | 0 comments »

Both my new book Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: 14 Timeless Designs and my new DVD ””Build an Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock are on their way. The book is 14 of my favorite project articles from Popular Woodworking Magazine, built from 2004-2012. The original articles have been redesigned with larger images and additional text and images for some of the projects. The DVD is a start-to-finish build of my latest project for the magazine, a reproduction of a C.F.A. Vo...

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Red Oak & Black Walnut coffeetable #2: putting the finish on the legs, etc...

2564 days ago by woodchips | 2 comments »

i’ve decided to go ahead and finish the legs even though they are not attached yet. the method i plan to using to attach them won’t interfere with the finish so why not? i’ve posted more pictures on picassa webalbums to show progress and the beautiful finish that i love tung oil for. originally i had plans just to glue and clamp then screw the black walnut breadboards onto the endgrain, then i received some excellent and timely advice on NOT doing it that way. i cerain...

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House Built-in #4: Slow Progress

1708 days ago by Jimi_C | 0 comments »

Haven’t had a lot of time to work on this the last two weeks unfortunately, but I did make some progress today. I’ve attached the shelf standards (not shown below) in both cabinets, and cut the backs. I won’t attach the backs until the drawers are done, since I’d like to make access to anything I need to put on the interior as easy as possible. Today, I finished priming the first center panel, which is made of MDF, and glued up the first door. The second door fra...

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General thoughts #5: My veneering setup

194 days ago by Ottacat | 4 comments »

In my last blog entry I describe how as a hobby woodworker I use commercial veneers instead of resawing my own. In this post I wanted to describe my setup. Veneering is remarkably easy as you only need a few things your veneer a vacuum pump a vacuum bag a bottom platen and mesh I bought my pump, bag and mesh from VenneringSupplies ( They are also my main source of veneers. Here is my setup in operation: For a pump there are supplier...

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Finding out about a desk

2561 days ago by Dan Lyke | 2 comments »

My sweety procured a desk, under the condition that we figure out how to remove it from the house it was coming from, thinking that we’d use it for the wood. It’s got a typewriter lift, so it’s definitely pre-computers and probably pre-electric typewriters, and as we’ve dug into it, even though we don’t need a desk, we’ve started wondering whether we should cut it up for lumber or try to restore it. The vertical pieces are all solid wood, the top and dra...

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