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A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success

11-11-2007 11:27 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 17 comments »

A Scrimshaw Art Journey: A Lumberjock’s “Short Version” of the Techniques for Decorating a Powder Horn by: Mark A. DeCouwww.decoustudio.com (This writing, photos, and artwork are protected by copyright by M.A. DeCou 2007-2010, all rights reserved, please ask permission before using any part or component.) =============================== UPDATE 9-25-2012:This past summer I had four students at the John C. Campbell Folk School class on Powder Horn Building and Scr...

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How to Build a Sofa/Couch #3: Finished springs, starting on the Back Rest

05-24-2010 06:45 AM by dakremer | 25 comments »

So far I’m done with the “8-way hand tied springs” as you can see from the pics below. I think I tied over 300 knots for the entire thing. It must have taken me like 5 hours just for the springs (if not more). My fingers are killing me – jute twine is not very forgiving. Anyways I tested it out and it is VERY sturdy. It seems to be working exactly like its supposed to. I then constructed the back rest. This was the part that I was least confident about. Not sur...

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The joys of rust hunting #4: Show off your latest find(s)

06-15-2014 12:13 PM by Don W | 2769 comments »

I’m not sure if this has been done before, but here is a spot to show off your latest acquisitions. Whether its a flea market , garage sale or yard sale or craig list find, show it off. A 12 1/2 base with a Sargent #42 like new cutter A type 2 Sargent 307 A cool infill (rosewood and steel) And a Sargent made 3409 branded as Marshall Wells Hardware. (I need to research this a little more)

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1911 Automatic Rubber Band Gun with working slide.

12-27-2013 01:08 AM by Nick_R | 16 comments »

This is a long project and I was asked to put together a HowTo blog. I will do my best and have taken lots of pictures. My project is located HERE Three Guns For Christmas A few words and warnings. First if you use this blog to build rubber band guns for children you must paint the tips bright orange. These are very realistic and could get a kid shot or killed. DO NOT MAKE THESE FOR CHILDREN unless you make sure they are easily identified as Toys. Please please please This is not an eas...

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Shop Storage Solutions #8: Mobile Tool Cart (with photos)

03-13-2011 05:53 AM by HokieMojo | 15 comments »

This post relates to a project I’ve been designing in my mind for a couple of years. I’ve had a lot of trouble figuring out exactly how I wanted to configure everything on my cart to effectively utilize 4 bench tools (miter saw saw, band saw, drill press, and bench grinder) while still fitting a lot of storage underneath and remaining mobile. Here is what I built It is about 3 feet tall (not counting the casters) is 4 feet wide, and is 20” deep. I used about 1 1/2 sh...

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Lining Your Jewelry Box With Felt - Tutorial

01-29-2010 08:57 PM by stefang | 42 comments »

I had finished my wife’s jewelry box with the exception of putting in the felt lining. I’ve never done this before and I wasn’t looking forward to it, but now it’s done and since I’m pleased with the result, I thought it might be helpful to others in my situation to relate my experience and hopefully help someone out. There are folks out there who I’m sure are a lot better at this than me, but I haven’t seen any posts on this, so here goes. Below is a...

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Thicknessing drum sander - shop made

02-25-2008 11:09 PM by YorkshireStewart | 59 comments »

I’ve had a fancy for a thicknessing sander but a 10-20 inch model costs the equivalent of $1000 US over here and there’s no way I can justify that sort of spending so I looked into making one of my own. There’s no shortage of help to be had on the world-wide-web. The links I found useful include: Dominic’s Woodshop Kawika Ukulele Sander Ray Lanham Woodcentral Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery Mother earth The Woodshop Art Herrick Luthiers’ Friend Nick’s drum S...

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Another Cutting Board Design

07-12-2010 05:00 PM by SPalm | 27 comments »

I am in the process of building another board and thought I would share my thinking process along with some build pictures. When I came up with the design for the Steps board, I was thinking about how one draws a 3D box on a piece of paper. You draw a large square, and then add small mitered edges to one corner to give the appearance of seeing it slightly from the side. Making these miters out of two different woods adds to the shadows, which adds to the effect. I did this for the Steps b...

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How To Build Your Own Powder Horn; Some Simple Steps w/ Photos of Finished Scrimshaw Covered Horns

11-12-2007 07:31 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 8 comments »

Birth of a Powder Horn 101: A Lumberjock’s “Short Version” to Crafting A Powder Horn By Mark A. DeCou (All photos, text, and design is protected by copyright November 12, 2007) www.decoustudio.com =============================== UPDATE 9-25-2012:This past summer I had four students at the John C. Campbell Folk School class on Powder Horn Building and Scrimshaw Artwork. We had a good time together and accomplished some great work. Click the Widget Picture to go ...

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The most expensive wood in the world?

07-01-2010 09:28 PM by Div | 41 comments »

I just looked through the latest price list from one of our local timber merchants. The most expensive wood listed is African Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon). It is also known as Mozambique ebony or Congo wood. It is listed at a price of ZAR440 000 per cubic meter. ZAR is South African Rand. We use the metric system, same as Europe, so let me Americanize….One meter = 39.37”. A cubic metre equals 39.37” x 39.37” x 39.37” = 61023.38 cubic inches…. A board foot is 144 cubic inches…. T...

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