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Japanese tools #1: Japanese hand plane KANNA setup

07-29-2011 01:30 AM by mafe | 28 comments »

Japanese hand plane setupFitting, tuning and sharpening. If you are looking for ‘ready out of the box’ just leave this blog now!This blog is for those who want to understand their tools, to trim, adjust and become the master of your tool.It is not a show off, not a tool gloat, but two basic Japanese hand planes going from useless to being used. Reading Toshio Odate’s inspire ring words in his book ‘Japanese woodworking tools their tradition spirit and use’ where ...

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Sectional Couch / Sofa #1: Design and tools

01-05-2012 09:10 PM by chris | 1 comment »

Well, let me start by saying this is my very first post. I love designing new furniture (Dressers, Couches, Tables, Cribs, Shelves, Beds, Etc.) and have found it a real joy building what I design. I unfortunately do not have any professional tools or many tools in fact, but I do what I can with what I have. Money doesn’t grow on trees… So, my objective is to try and help you and myself build fairly inexpensive furniture while still being good quality in appearance and st...

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Tips for Picking Saw Blades

12-15-2009 10:42 PM by knotscott | 44 comments »

-updated 2/4/2015 Good blades are analogous to good tires on a high performance car…they can ultimately determine or limit the resulting end performance. There are a number of different factors that should be considered in saw blade selection. Decent quality is essential or you’re sunk from the beginning, so skip the cheapos even if they’re a “good deal”. Two inferior saw blades that cost the same as one decent saw blade are still inferior. It’s sort of like ...

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SAWMILL LOCATER: Find a Sawmill Near You

10-06-2008 04:44 AM by TreeBones | 11 comments »

I have been building a database of sawmills and put it together as a Sawmill Locater where you can search by state to find sawmills that provide custom cutting services and sell specialty lumber. Locate a mill near you or many will ship lumber if you find they have access to exotic or hard to find species you might be interested in. Please follow this link to search by state: http://portablesawmill.info

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Ridgid Lifetime Warranty on cordless tool batteries ... really!

12-27-2011 08:47 PM by Jim | 19 comments »

In 2005 my batteries in yet another cordless Dewalt drill had gone dead and I was faced with the annoying prospect of tossing yet another perfectly good drill into the bin due to the fact that it’s cheaper to buy a whole new drill kit rather than just replace the batteries on my perfectly good current model. This really rubbed me the wrong way, I hate having to throw perfectly good equipment away like this. Same goes for Laser and Inkjet printers. I decided to try something different...

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Japanese tools #14: Japanese toolbox - finish drawer, wood nails and final details.

06-11-2012 09:39 AM by mafe | 46 comments »

Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 Here we are part three of the build.Last blog we made the drawer lock parts and other stuff, now it’s time for drawer parts and the nailing of the box. This was where we left last, right there on the floor. Drawer parts ready, front with wood lock made. And here is the drawing I made for the drawer, following traditional Japanese cabinetmaker ways. The drawer back gets its rabbet.And I get to test my Veritas mini shoulder plane (it works fantast...

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How I Make a Lazy Susan

10-01-2008 05:36 PM by WoodMosaics | 33 comments »

Now before I get started on this little demonstration of how I do it, let me caution you on a couple things. IF you try anything like this, take the plate that your saw blade comes up through and close that hole completely up with a thin piece of wood. Make sure it is even with the top, with no gaps and no lips to catch the pieces. You want it smooth. Then with a “Hollow ground plywood blade” come up from the bottom so you have no gap between the blade and the wood. You may have to do this a ...

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Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #4: Glue Up and Trimming The Blank- The Final Steps

10-06-2008 01:45 AM by lew | 14 comments »

Before starting this section, I forgot to add to pix into the previous post. This is the spacer strip used to reposition the blanks for the second cut. The spacer goes between the blank and the fence. This shows the blank seated against the rear stop and the blank is labeled to assure it is not reversed during the various cutting operations. I found it easier to glue if I oriented the blank with the diagonal cut facing up. I use an old restaurant cutting board as a gluing wor...

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Jack the lad......

03-25-2007 07:08 PM by Philip Edwards | 10 comments »

Hi FolksFinished off the Jack plane yesterday. I was pleased with how well this plane came together – either I was lucky or the Wood Gods were smiling….. ;)I was interested to compare how it worked and felt next to my favourite wooden Jack. Pretty good feel, lightly than the original (which surprised me) but a good action. The wedge works real well, too. Just a light tap to lock it firmly in place. Nice!The tool chest base unit is coming along, too. I bolted on the wheels earlier ...

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Plywood as Flooring

01-31-2010 04:59 PM by John Steffen | 11 comments »

I’ve been weighing plywood floor as an option for the main floor of my home (and possibly the second floor and even attic when I finish it). And I was even more inspired by AllorNoThumbs project here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27373 The first problem I run into is that I have just over 1000 square foot per floor. I’m not sure I can handle ripping 35 pieces of plywood and running over 200 pieces through the tongue and groove process. Let’s not forget finishing 100...

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