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Drill Clutch, Use them or lose Them?????? #1: Drill Clutch, Use Them or Lose Them?????

12-12-2009 09:21 PM by Tony Z | 25 comments »

Here’s a quick poll for everyone. Almost all cordless drills now come equipped with a clutch with up to 20+ settings. Does anyone out there use them???? I keep mine set on the most powerfull setting, or on my drills, the setting with the picture of the drill bit. If I need some finesse, in driving a screw for example, I just take my time and feather the trigger. What are your thoughts? I will post the results after I get enough responses. Please answer with the following answers: A. ...

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Hand Tool Journey #10: First Hand-Cut Dovetails

12-12-2009 07:58 PM by Blake | 14 comments »

I finally got a chance to practice hand-cutting dovetails. This is the first time I’ve made a cut with my new Japanese dovetail saw and use my new bench too. I started out with a couple scrap pieces of pine: I drew the tails: First cut… didn’t follow the line so well. It will take some getting used to. Here are all the cuts. Some are pretty good and some are pretty far off the line. This photo is AWESOME. Because as you can see, I did a beautif...

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Segmented Christmas Tree Ornament

12-12-2009 07:04 PM by darryl | 11 comments »

After completing the Segmented Vessel, I decided I’d make the segments on my next piece a little thinner than the 3/4” previously used. Since we are all in the Christmas spirit, I thought I’d make a new ornament for our tree this year. The segments in this piece are 1/4” thick, and this piece includes a total of 92 segments. Here’s the before picture of the ornament blank glued up on the lathe. After turning, sanding and the first coat of wipeon polyurethan...

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Chicago Lumberjocks Meetup/Woodworking Show December 2009 #6: The First Day

12-12-2009 04:48 PM by kshipp | 10 comments »

That is our booth setup. Keith Shipp (no relation but it sure is a small world) was able to bring a big TV and laptop from work so we could show people LumberJocks. We had a Powerpoint presentation we could run all the time to try to draw people in. We also figured out the Internet thing… Anyway, we were able to get on the site live and show people around also. We had a lot people stop by and pick up buttons. Some people that stopped by said they had been to LumberJocks before b...

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The Craftsman's Path #65: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Rough Shaping the Arms

12-12-2009 06:26 AM by Mark Mazzo | 4 comments »

With the shaping of the legs completed. I moved on to working on the arms. The rough sha;ping is done with a jig at the table saw and a cove-cutting process. Take a look at the post at my blog for details and a bunch of pictures of the process. Thanks for reading!

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Torsion Box Assembly Table #4: Finishing the Box

12-12-2009 05:58 AM by Morton | 2 comments »

I put on both skins, the hardboard top and even picked out some rough-sawn cherry to finish the project! I created 3/4” plywood squares to just fit inside of the torsion grid. I placed a row of them in line with my front vice in order to have more depth for potential bench dogs (1/2” MDF + 3/4” Plywood). I also attached a double stack (1.5”) to the bottom skin, where the bench vice lag bolts will attach. This should give plenty of support for those pieces. I...

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New toys #1: New toys

12-12-2009 02:52 AM by Webb | 4 comments »

The thumb is healing nicely; still encased in protective armor but I have a doc appt on Monday so that should get removed then. The great thing about all this is the loml decided that we should go on a safely shtick in the workshop (I even tried talking her out of it in the name of fiscal prudence and the recession – no dice) – so now I also have a dust collector and a SawStop PCS on the way – looking forward to that. No projects or any fun activities to write about thoug...

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Jewllery chest #1: The plan so far

12-12-2009 02:19 AM by paulcoyne | 3 comments »

well only 2 weeks till christmas and i have a plan i want to make my girlfriend a jewellery chest to hold all the expensive and lavish jewellery i have been buying her ;)i have the gifts i want to get her all decided but as an extra touch i want to make her something special as she is always so supportive and loves looking at the stuff i make. well this time i want to design and make something for her, i have a rough idea of what i want to acheive. a maple box with propably 4 drawers wraped b...

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Just a quick question????

12-12-2009 01:54 AM by Huckleberry | 6 comments »

As I am healing from this back deal,l and can do more, and not to mention the economy, I have been doing lots of computer work. I came across an add about making making bunk beds. The company is 1-800bunkbeds. I am curious (as I am one that would buy anything if a sales man looks my way what can I say I am weak when it comes to spending money.) has anyone tried this or known anyone who has or is doing this? I talked with the guy who “owns” the company and I have to say it is...

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Just for Fun... #7: A word or two about sanding...

12-12-2009 01:29 AM by littlecope | 15 comments »

Those who read Part #6 will recall that two days ago I left off here…I went into the shop yesterday set to begin making the panels for this, the latest small box. But it was one of those days, and we’ve all had them, where my ambition level was at a low ebb… I didn’t have unlimited time to work either, other things to do, you know? But I did see something within my reach, with the time I had, namely, Sanding... There, I’ve gone and said it!! After reading numerou...

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