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Daily Update #12: December 9, 2009

12-09-2009 02:59 PM by Chris Davis | 2 comments »

What we are doing in the shop for December 09, 2009. The 41 school bookcases are being delivered this morning by Paul and Donald. When they get back they’ll work on some drawers for three different bed pedestals. I’ll be working most of the day on a loft bed. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at or Watch us live:<div></div>

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Tri State area of NY, NJ and PA?

12-09-2009 11:38 AM by Joanne | 16 comments »

He everyone,Hope I am doing this right. I am looking for other woodworking members who live in the Tri State area of NY, NJ and PA. Are there any out there? I thought it would be fun to talk to others who live in the area and maybe even get together once in awhile (or more often if wanted)Joanne, Port Jervis, NY

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More Stocking Stuffers for the Thrifty

12-09-2009 07:58 AM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 6 comments »

When the holiday season comes along we often find we have more to give to than we afford – especially this year. Big expensive gifts are out of the question this year, but a small bargain gift may be appropriate to let someone know you have not forgotton them. After all any gift given, however small will be appreciated.I have listed some very inexpensive items that are very usable. Take a look and see if any of them fill your needs. This item would be great for the well heeled “...

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Setting up my shop #2: French cleat /hammer time.

12-09-2009 06:05 AM by CoolDavion | 8 comments »

As I had posted previously I’m adding a french cleat storage on one wall of my garage to store all of my tools.I’m in the process of building tool holders First up is some hammer holdersA hole in a scrap of ply. I drilled about 90 – 95% of the hole in the board and then removed some of the material to fit the handle. A couples hammer up on the wall And a holder for my tape measures, A couple mending plates with a spacer to set them off of the cleat.

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Setting up my shop #1: Getting started

12-09-2009 05:21 AM by CoolDavion | 3 comments »

So currently I’m out of town on a business trip, so I thought I start this blog. In our hour, the previous owner had made a built-in “workbench” and storage closet in the garage, made out of 1×4s 2×4s OSB and chipboard (stamped as flooring underlayment). I tried to make it work for about 5 years, but did not like it. It had pegboard on the, but that was mounted on 1×4 s so the 3 holes around the edge were useless. There was a metal work vice (mounted on the...

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The Straightedge (video) #1: Working with Melamine

12-09-2009 02:16 AM by Brian Havens | 15 comments »

This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!) Here is the link: Working with Melamine

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Compass Rose Inlay #1: Creating a Compass Rose Inlay

12-08-2009 11:55 PM by Jon3 | 16 comments »

I decided to dress up one of the serving trays I’m making with a compass rose inlay. I used the excellent instructions of Mike Henderson. I used Walnut and figured (birdseye) Anigre veneer, and I’ll be inlaying the rose into a curly maple raised panel. I have most of the tools Mike mentioned, but I created some others, like a veneer cutting board, a cheap MDF 22.5 degree triangle. I also created a ‘veneer jointer’ out of some sandpaper and plywood. I...

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Sewing Center #4: Finished Just in Time

12-08-2009 09:29 PM by SouthpawCA | 0 comments »

OK … so all the trials I had with the finish have been overcome. However, next time I do anything with poplar I’m going to use milk paint. All in all it turned out pretty nice and it is being used already. Here is a pic of the finished project. More will be added to the Projects page.

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YAWB #1: Dog Hole Placement

12-08-2009 09:21 PM by minntc | 6 comments »

Welcome to yet another workbench project. The first question I have that I haven’t seen a whole lot of discussion on is placement of bench dog holes. I see a lot of benches that put them 2-4 inches from the front of the bench, but wouldn’t a better placement be in the 4-6 inch range, if not more? Placing them 2” in would probably make it easier to work on smaller stock, but placing them 6” back or more should give you more flexibility for larger stock as well, witho...

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A Buyer for my Jewelry!

12-08-2009 08:45 PM by Blair Helgason | 4 comments »

For the last month or so I’ve been making rings and pendants to make use of some scraps I had around the shop. They’ve actually been turning out pretty well ( so I brought a few pieces to a local boutique called Chi Chi Home. They were very happy with what I showed them and said they’d be interested in selling them. I feel really lucky to have my stuff in this type of store. The owner has a very keen eye for design and I take it as a hug...

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