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Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #10: Finished Some Benches

1920 days ago by Matt | 5 comments »

Early Saturday morning I was out in the shop putting the finishing touches on the New Fangled Bench. The wife came out and said, “You need to get some shelves up.” She also said I needed a bench for my lathe, most likely, so I could finishing turning some bowls I roughed out late last summer! With that, it was off to the BORG to get some lumber for shelves and the new bench. Here are the benches in their completed states. I added a small shelf to the front of the lathe b...

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Grumbles from the shop #5: Taxes!

1920 days ago by dennis mitchell | 25 comments »

Yep that time of year. Folks are having tea parties. The economy going south. I get to see my year end, bottom line, financial worth. I don’t think it will impress anyone. It sure made me wonder. This self employment gig has cut my income in half. Maybe I need to tell you about one of my heroes. I have this buddy. Plays a mean guitar. He also is a craftsman. Does some very nice, high end, upholstery work in an 8 X 12 shop. A few years ago he was telling me how he “just gets byR...

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Murphy Bed #6: Face Frame Assembly

1920 days ago by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Thursday I spent most of the morning researching for a spray gun then did some sanding and got what I have done so far ready to assemble. Friday I got some small things finished up getting ready to make the final push to complete the outer case for the bed. Before going out to the shop I confirmed my order for a new HVLP spray gun and it should be here by the first of the week. I then attached the frame structure to the face panels using construction adhesive and screws. Then ...

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Murphy Bed #5: Face Panels

1920 days ago by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Had an enjoyable day but again what day is not enjoyable when you get to spend it making sawdust? The first thing I did today is finish out my location jig so that for all future beds I will be able to align the pieces in the jig mark all the locations and do a quick check with the ruler and drill and cut. The first pic shows the jig with all of the holes and locations finished and properly marked. The second one shows the jig in position to lay out the opening for the Left Panel Lockin...

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How I built my shop contruction begins #1: Challenges

1920 days ago by wdkits1 | 5 comments »

I encountered many challenges while building my shop. For one , I was still working full time at my electrical job and working out of town alot so I could only work on the shop during the weekends. Plus I was still processing orders for intarsia kits at the rental shop which meant that my building time was limited to night work. With very limited time it took many months to get anything done. Setting the 6×6 posts was no problem but hoisting the6×8 beams was a real challenge workin...

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Beads Box #3: Handcut Dovetail Carcass

1921 days ago by PurpLev | 7 comments »

Finally after getting the table saw and tuning it, I’m able to get back on track with woodworking projects… I still dont have my router table, so using the incra fence wouldn’t be possible to get the dovetails done. I read “The Bandsaw Book”, and it had a really nice Jig for making dovetails on the bandsaw with handcut look and fit, but with the automation of a machine and jig. I really liked the idea, and figured I’d use that technique. unfortunatel...

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Murphy Bed #4: Part 4

1921 days ago by Gene47 | 1 comment »

Last time I got a mite confused on laying out the hardware on the side rails and came very close to making a boo boo. Before I got too far I went back to the DVD and watched a segment that cleared things up. You put the left rail on the right and the right rail on the left with the top facing away from you. It is very important that the hardware gets mounted correctly in relation to a 1” dia hole that is bored thru each side rail. Once I got all that figured out I and done I tran...

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Let's play ball #3: Completed baseball bats

1921 days ago by Matt Vredenburg | 2 comments »

This is the final entry for the baseball bats I made for my nephews. I understand that little leaguers can’t use wooden bats and that probably good considering the weight of these bats. I don’t think my nephews will be able to get a swing around on a curve ball do to the thickness and weight of maple. I understand the bats will find a nice spot next to their display of sports trophies. This project took me about 3-4 hours complete (over a few weeks) and if you have a lath...

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laminating wood

1921 days ago by David McCoy | 3 comments »

I’m going to starting a project were I’m laminating wood together to make stool. I need a slow drying glue because assembly might take some time. I need some suggestions.

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Tatami Bed

1921 days ago by dave33 | 16 comments »

Well, I’m starting another project. I don’t think I’m at the skill level many of you are here. I’m do this as a hobby and still consider myself a beginner even though I’ve done various small projects over the years. My current project is to build a Tatami Bed. I saw Brian Havens bed and some online that were ridiculously priced. It looks so simple to do. Well, i guess for woodworking people but not to the average joe. I’m selling my home and I hate my curre...

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