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Donna's DragonFly Harp Project

12-29-2010 02:18 AM by Donna Menke | 13 comments »

Hi Guys-I’m starting to make another harp and I thought some of you would be interested in seeing how it goes- as it goes.Why am I designing my own harp? I wanted to see if I could modify the Limerickplans I used for the Rainbow harp I made in 2007. I wanted the soundbox smaller,and I wanted it to be self-supporting and as tall as the Heartland DreamWeaverthat I have and like. I took aspects of lots of different harps and put them alltogether and this is what I came up with. I also want...

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What's the big deal about a riving knife?

12-28-2010 09:25 PM by Furnitude | 5 comments » With thanks and apologies to Purplev:

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #5: Bjorn's Master Control

12-28-2010 09:12 PM by Lee Barker | 7 comments »

He’s the only boy in this tribe’s generation, and boy howdy does he like guy stuff. Trucks, construction equipment, and being around his dad’s job, which is operations manager of a resort water park. Big valves and gauges and switches! The only money expended on these five projects was $5.00 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to score some switches and knobs and stuff. That made up about 1/3 of the dashboard; the rest was just around the shop in boxes and drawers. ...

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #4: Breyer's Horsey Books need a home

12-28-2010 09:02 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Maya has taken a shine to the Breyer series and needed a place to keep them. A little leather embellishment seemed just the ticket to enliven the blandness of the maple plywood. The boots are figured maple. The inside piece of the boot is horizontal grain in contrast to the outside piece, just for visual interest. Maya is not a cowgirl but that could happen down the trail. Right now the broader interest is animals so I didn’t want to overdue the western theme, but just a bookcase...

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #3: A Magic Box for the Princess

12-28-2010 08:54 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Lily was born a princess; Walt Disney just provided a little context. The box is clear eastern pine, the feet and top are figured maple. The coin on the top is set in epoxy resin, as are the key and the jewels in the bottom. Some of the jewels are costume, others are fresh water pearls.

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #2: Juni's Step Stool with Special Compartment

12-28-2010 08:49 PM by Lee Barker | 1 comment »

Juni’s over 2 and is a climber. Having spent a couple of months in a spica cast, she is compensating by being everywhere at once. I thought, as a grandparent, I ought to help her get new places, taller ones! The material is juniper solid stock, waterborne poly finish. Dimensions: 16 inches wide, steps 6 inches high, tread 6 inches as well.

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #1: Emily's rocker

12-28-2010 08:45 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

First, a warning. For some reason this year the kids got into the dressup clothes and so a lot of the pictures in this series show people, tall and short, with some adornment, sometimes bizarre. Emily: Fourteen months old, barely toddling. I decided on a rocker, and in the construction two things unfolded: It became an exercise in materials-at-hand which translated to a nice tour of some hardwoods, and (2) it didn’t have a farm animal head (rejected early on) or a nic...

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A Favorite Tool...The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

12-28-2010 08:19 PM by Bob Simmons | 13 comments »

We often read reviews of tools at the time when the tool is just released. However, this review is of a tool I have steadily used over the last 2 years and it is quite simply a joy to use. The Wixey digital angle gauge has the ability to take the woodworker’s skills to the next level because it is easy to use along with being very accurate. No longer does the woodworker have to rely on the less than accurate gauges of a table saw or a miter saw to approximate the angles to be set. One c...

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Who's headed to The Woodworking Show in Baltimore January 7 - 9, 2011?

12-28-2010 07:36 PM by acanthuscarver | 15 comments »

The show season is nearly upon us here in the east. I’ll be trekking out to some of The Woodworking Shows again this year and I’m wondering if any of my fellow Lumberjocks will be there? I’ve got a couple of new demos geared up for this show season but you’ll have to come to the show to see and participate in one. Let’s just say one of the demos will teach/test your basic carving skills. The show is always a good time. It’s even better when I get to t...

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One Down One to Go

12-28-2010 07:20 PM by nobuckle | 0 comments »

Whew! Made it through another CHRISTmas. Not that it was bad or anything, it’s so busy that a couple of days rest is needed afterwards is needed. I hope that you and yours had a great time celebrating the season. Another year has gone and another is upon us. Can you believe it? In my last blog I discussed how I was in the process of gluing up one of the pedestals of our dining room table. Well, here is the finished product; Side by side Refinishing this was more daunting...

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