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New Sharpening System.... Maybe? #1: Less Plugging in Leads to Plugging in

05-24-2017 12:44 PM by HokieKen | 6 comments »

This will likely be a couple-of-entry series but I thought it might be of interest since sharpening, love it or hate it, is a necessary chore for most of us. So, here’s the background… I’ve gotten serious about woodworking in the last 3 or 4 years. My background is as a machinist so working with wood is a very different medium. In the last couple of years, I have learned to use, and appreciate, hand tools more than ever before. I’m not a galoot purist by any str...

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Plantation Shutters #6: Using Summit HVLP sprayer for 1st coat of Poly

05-24-2017 02:47 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

I bought this Summit HVLP sprayer over a year ago (ok..maybe 2) when it was on sale, knowing one day I will jump into the spraying of finishes. I used it for the first time ever today. I’m glad to have purchased this easy no frills HVLP sprayer kit because the upper echelon advanced (Earlex, Fuji, etc) sprayers have a lot of options that are beyond me at this time. It’s only 1 stage and everything made of plastic but it works and is a great introductory device. Longevity is n...

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Commissioned #1: Live edge bench

05-23-2017 11:04 PM by usmcdeerhunter | 0 comments »

Got asked to build a live edge bench by someone at work. Still need to add a wedged through tenon cross beam and put some finish on it.

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Work shop #1: New shop

05-23-2017 10:58 PM by usmcdeerhunter | 8 comments »

Started to build a new workshop about a month ago.

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Pine Pantry Cupboard #1: start up

05-23-2017 10:27 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Well, been awhile. Rescued some old 2×4s from the backyard, cut out the bad parts, and then resaw the rest.Was a few boards, but not what I needed for this project. Seems the Boss wants a larger Pantry cupboard….. Trip to Menards for a few boards. 4 1 x 8 x 6', 3 1×4 x 6’, and a pair of 1×10s by 6’. atched up the 1×8s and glued them up into two panels.. These will be the sides of the cupboard. The two skinny boards used to be one of th...

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Building a 25' Ply on Frame Cabin Cruiser #11: Leveling frames

05-23-2017 09:16 PM by AlTriolo | 2 comments »

Still not feeling well but a little each day and we’ll get there. I am using tie-downs to accomplish three goals: secure the boat to the jig, reinforce four wheels (the wheels are strong enough but my screws aren’t!), and level the frames. I secured a tie down to eyes screwed into two wheels. Because this is done on both sides, I can level the frames not only front-to-back but side-to-side. Everything will be as square as I want it to be.

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Farm Bed with Storage, Queen

05-23-2017 07:39 PM by clperdue4342 | 6 comments »

Farm Bed with Storage, Queen I modeled this farm bed after a design I found on Ana White’s website. I made some modifications to eliminate the pocket hole joinery. I’m not a hater of pocket holes; they just seemed inadequate for this project. I did finish the bed, but I never got around to the night stand.

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Current Project #35: Glue-up du jour

05-23-2017 01:15 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

Oh no! Dave might post a project soon!

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Caught in the act! Fluorescent shop fixture WARNING!

05-23-2017 12:36 PM by woodshaver Tony C | 31 comments »

I HAVE NEVER SEEN A FLUORESCENT FIXTURE DO THIS IN MY 70 + YEARS!!! I was out in the shop doing my thing when my wife called me on for lunch. I closed the garage door and enjoyed my lunch with her. About 15 minutes later I went back out into the shop and smelled something strange! I noticed one of my fluorescent fixture lamps were flickering and buzzing. (Yah..what’s new!!!). I got on my folding step stool for a closer look and HOLY SMOKES! the transformer was melting straight throu...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #22: Rotary File/Hole Chamfer tool

05-23-2017 12:16 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

In looking around for the best buys on the tools I actually have to buy versus make to repair bowed string insytruments, I encountered a tool that I haven’t missed having—yet. Seeing that it’s looks like a counter sink bit on a handle, I made one. The handle is a turned spindle that I saved from a piece of furniture for just such a use. I just had to shorten it and drill a hole in one end to accept the counter sink bit on one end. I glued it in with epoxy and...

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