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Medicine Cabinet #3: Door Panels

1898 days ago by Sandking | 0 comments »

Got some shop time today. Routed out the back of the doors, sanded everything down for painting and picked up the panel material at Lowes. FYI Lowes will cut the Plexiglas for free. Home Depot doesn’t offer that service at all (as a matter of fact you probably couldn’t find someone to even tell you where the Pexi is at Home Depot!!!) I had them rough cut the panels for me so I can just trim them on the table saw. I purchased a $4 plastic cutting knife to make the cross cuts. ...

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Medicine Cabinet #2: Door Process

1898 days ago by Sandking | 0 comments »

I finished milling the doors yesterday. The first attempt last weekend I screwed up and forgot to account for the 3/8” groove in the rail and stile bit so I was 3/4” short (ugh), so I had to mill some new stock and try again yesterday. This time I got it right, but for some reason I must have pulled my coping sled away a bit because half of the rails have a small gap where they meet the stile (again no worries thanks to bondo and paint). This is the coping sled I made for the...

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Amazing Tools #4: cedar shake saws

1898 days ago by Gary Fixler | 6 comments »

This is without a doubt the scariest looking sawyer job I’ve seen yet. Check out how casually he thrusts his unsupervised hand at the 4’+ tall circular saw blade! There are many more videos of people in this job with these saws on YouTube. Scary stuff.

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Electrolysis for Rust Removal and Plane Rehab Series #3: Lakeside No 4

1898 days ago by Sandking | 15 comments »

Here is a $7 garage sale find from a few years ago. I didn’t know anything about planes (not as if that has changed) but I think that this is a house brand for Montgomery Ward’s. This plane was in bad shape, lots of rust and the bottom had paint and junk all over it. It think it came out pretty good. Next steps are lapping the bottom and sides with sandpaper. The thing I don’t understand with the Electrolysis is the rust seemed gone, but it was covered in somewhat thi...

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Electrolysis for Rust Removal and Plane Rehab Series #2: Grandpa's Stanley 220

1898 days ago by Sandking | 0 comments »

My second attempt at electrolysis is on my Grandfather’s block plane. I think it came out pretty good. Last year I had taken some sandpaper to the bottom and one side to try and clean it up and never got back to it so it wasn’t in as bad a shape as the Lakeside No 4 I’m working on now. Before: After: I lapped the side a few times on some 120 grit I think next I will lap the bottom and sides on 120 grit up to 220.

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resawing #1: At last, a resawing jig!

1898 days ago by Gary Fixler | 7 comments »

I got 2 1” Timberwolf blades from Suffolk Machinery Corp. – 2TPI and 3TI – several months ago, and have been dying to try them out ever since. In that time I had several more projects, mom’s 10-day long yearly visit, my best friends’ wedding, a project I built for that (that I should post one of these days), and so much else. I didn’t want to use them until I had a resawing jig ready to go, so realizing that time was now, I jumped on it yesterday, later in ...

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hanging the doors, and some revelations

1899 days ago by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

Here’s my most boring time-lapse yet – sanding up the cabinet doors to flush the rails and stiles, and prepare it for finishing. Speaking of… something I’d heard whispered around here a few times came to mind the other day while trying to get extremely gummy stickers off the maple I used in this project: mineral spirits. It says right on the can “for cleaning surfaces in preparation for painting.” I wiped some on, and just like goop-off, the sticker goo wip...

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WorkBench #3: Base just about ready for glue up

1899 days ago by grimt | 3 comments »

It’s been a while but I finally finished the last tenon on the long rails. I couldn’t wait to dry assemble so I could get an idea of how it will look. Here is a photo of the base: The next picture is the base plus one of the pieces for the top. This showed me how high the bench will be. Using the heel of the hand measuring technique the bench sits just right which makes it a wee bit high as I want to add some feet. I’ll just need to make the feet 10mm and ha...

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Barrister Abomination #1: Getting started, not sure where I'm going

1899 days ago by BeachedBones | 5 comments »

I’m working at making something of a couple damaged and mismatched sections of barrister bookcase. The two sections are basically surplus from the “good” cases I have. These didn’t fit, one section was badly fire damaged and oddly repaired at one point. I thought I could make it a little better and more useful. This picture shows the fire damaged section, the side had been planed down in an uneven taper, about 1/4 inch or more was taken out of the original oak. ...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #2: Lofting

1899 days ago by MattD | 8 comments »

After about 12 hours of work, nearly all lofting is complete and I can finally start some construction! The famous boat builder and author, Howard I. Chapelle wrote in his aptly named book ”Boatbuilding” – ”There was never a boat built in which too much lofting had been done”. By lofting, Mr. Chapelle is referring to the laying out of the lines and drawing of construction details to full scale, a tedious practice he writes ”avoids much trying and fitting...

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