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Tips for Picking Saw Blades

12-15-2009 10:42 PM by knotscott | 35 comments »

-updated 1/27/2015 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 clunkers even if they’re a “good deal”. The saw’s end performance is largely determined by proper setup and blade selection. Saw blades are analogous to tires on a performance car. You don’t have to spend big bucks to get a good blade, but more expensive blades typically increase your chanc...

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Sketchup As A Woodworking Design Tool #2: The Virtual Woodshop

12-08-2007 07:06 AM by Brad_Nailor | 17 comments »

Hey everybody! I was just reading and responding to someones forum topic about shop design, and I remembered that a while ago I downloaded a Sketchup component library that contained models of most of the power equipment you would find in a wood shop. I got it from the downloads/components page of the old Sketchup (pre Google). I don’t remember who did the modeling but they graciously put it up there for anyone to download and use. Here is a couple of screen shots of the stuff thats in...

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Woodworking Tips #1: Free Cam Clamp Plans

04-15-2008 05:15 PM by Obi | 21 comments »

For those of you who believe that you do not have enough clamps, I found and posted free cam clamp plans here . Easy to make and cheap. most of it can be found in your spare stick bin. Have fun. UPDATE After making over 10 I posted a few after I’ve used them all to clamp fret boards when you need a lot of claps and need a lot of pressure to make sure that the fret boards are clamped tightly so you have no gap anywhere. You can see them here

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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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Making a Small Wooden Box #2: Spline Jig

08-13-2007 11:33 AM by Don | 25 comments »

In my opinion, one of the most difficult joints to make is a miter joint. Although they are very attractive, they have almost no inherent strength, and require a high degree of accuracy to get all four corners of a box or frame to meet without gaps. To ensure that they remain closed, I use a spline of some design to strengthen the joint. A number requested additional information on the Miter Spline Jig I use when making boxes. I can’t take credit for the design of this jig, but for t...

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Tools #1: Festool Domino and Dowelmax Comparison on Simple Joints - VIDEO

05-17-2007 08:12 PM by mot | 37 comments »

Hi Folks, There is alot of Domino support and bashing, as well as Dowelmax support and bashing on various woodworking forums. Typically the owners of the tools talk about them like they are just about the second coming. The detractors talk about their excessive (relative) price. The Domino “won’t pay for itself.” The Dowelmax is no better at 250 bucks than a beadlock is at 50 bucks. Usually stuff like that. If you read close enough or care, many of the supporters an...

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Expanding Table

03-14-2008 02:48 PM by toyguy | 28 comments »

I came upon these little videos and was truly amazed. The engineering and craftsmanship that went into this project is just unbelievable. I thought I would share it with the lumberjocks community where I know it could be appreciated. ENJOY !

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Carving a Ball and Claw Foot

05-09-2008 04:58 AM by John Fry | 25 comments »

First I want to thank everyone who visited and responded to my last project blog; A walnut sofa table with Jacobean influences As always, your comments AND critiques are welcome! I recently completed a commissioned wing back chair for a very petite lady. It has a lot of carving detail so I though I would post one of the carving elements as a tutorial because this was almost a “project” of its own. This chair has ball and claw feet on the front legs, and the clients liked the unde...

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

12-27-2011 08:47 PM by Jim | 16 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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Making a Small Wooden Box #3: Lid and Trays

08-21-2007 04:12 AM by Don | 16 comments »

This past week has been less productive than I would have liked. I’ve been struggling with a flue, thus operating at less than full capacity. I worked in the shop last Wednesday, and took some pictures showing the installation of the splines in the spline slots shown in my previous episode of Making a Small Wooden Box. Unfortunately, my photo card was corrupted, so I lost all of those pictures. Today, I will show you the continuation of making the lid and a start on one of the tra...

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