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My long awaited shop #3: Still waiting!

02-08-2010 04:43 PM by albachippie | 2 comments »

Just a quick update! The shop is still a pile of sections and timber taking up space in my garden! I am planning on demolishing the existing one in three weeks or so. One of my neighbors has kindly offered to store my tools for a few days during construction, which will be a great help. Just frustrating seeing the panels on the ground being no use to any body! I’ll keep posting progress

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Workshop Build #2: Preparing the foundation

02-08-2010 04:32 PM by ~Julie~ | 11 comments »

In May 2008, after a long winter and very wet early spring which delayed construction, we dug the trenches for the forms and the footings: Forms being built, leveled and straightened: Styrospan had to be laid under the cement foundation: We decided to heat the whole garage and shop floor with in floor heating which would be heated with the use of an outdoor wood stove. Since our home was already using hot water heating, the house was piped and ready to be switched over from ...

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Daily Update #35: February 8, 2010

02-08-2010 03:58 PM by Chris Davis | 1 comment »

What’s happening in the shop for February 4, 2010 . It was snowing and we just have sleet. Hopefully no more production time is lost. Continue working on Scholten’s Ross Murphy bed. I am going to try and start Barrett’s loft bed if I get a chance. This will be a fun one to build with stairs and lots of extras. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at or Watch us live:

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LJ Woodworking Awards - Winter 2010 #4: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

02-08-2010 02:05 PM by Martin Sojka | 40 comments »

Another outstanding LumberJocks Woodworking Awards event is over. The results are in and it’s time to officially announce the winners. The winning projects were selected from the record breaking 151 total submissions in an online voting held from February 1 to February 7. 252 votes were cast during this period. And here are the winners… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1st Place – 292 points 2nd Place – 217 points 3rd Place – 204 points 4...

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Stuff of interest at the Met #2: French Art Deco: Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

02-08-2010 11:32 AM by naomi weiss | 5 comments »

The combination of simple forms and complex marquetry makes Ruhlmann furniture pretty interesting. Though his furniture has a clean sleek look, he rarely used straight lines, favouring instead the more challenging execution of curves. For a better bio on Ruhlmann, see the site linked below. I don’t think i had heard of him before…His stuff at the Met blew me away, and since i didn’t have a camera, i took a little video on my Nano: Here is infomation provided by one of t...

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A journey into the workshop. #43: The stuff in the attic is done, so now back into the shop...

02-08-2010 10:12 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I finished up running the outlets for the lighting, and have mounted the 4 fixtures I do have in their final configuration, and the light is spread WAY better throughout the shop. I have 2 more fixtures to pick up still (next pay period), but I am not sure how soon I will have an opportunity to mount them. The side of the shop they are on, is currently housing the fencing material, still. Ah yes, the fencing materials, the bane of my shops existence for now. As you may recall from earlier ...

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Custom Cat Door

02-08-2010 08:17 AM by Ray Friddle | 5 comments »

Pet doors are cool. They let your little friend go in and out at will – so you don’t have to deal with them. The plastic cat/dog doors available never really appealed to me, but I liked the ability to give our cat freedom during the day and be able to lock up the door at night. So I set out to basically build a door within our existing door. Using a jig saw I cut out a small rectangular section from our door and saved this to use as the cat door. I squared up the small door pie...

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Router Mortising Jig

02-08-2010 08:16 AM by HungryTermite | 11 comments »

I saw a post on here at one point, and also in an old issue of shopnotes about a mortising jig for my plunge router that seemed quick and easy. Since I need to cut a bunch of mortises for the blanket chest I am making I figured I would make one. I made some slight changes to it by using acrylic instead of hardboard and I used fender washers under the wing nuts. The runners were made from scrap maple which was sanded smooth and coated with a few coats of wipe on poly. It seems to sit on ...

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Mahogany Kitchen Stool Project #1: Mahogany Kitchen Stool Project

02-08-2010 07:33 AM by sras | 19 comments »

Well, here we go. I have been working on the design and preparation of this project for 3 years. The final prototype was just completed. This is my second prototype. The first one was a quick (that is a relative term) mock up to see if I had the size correct. I built this out of scrap 2×4s and screws. Pieces were only roughly shaped. After building this, we determined that it was about a half inch too tall. The second prototype was built as a prelude to actual construction....

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Extremely Average #37: Henry Wood Detective Agency: Bad News

02-08-2010 06:01 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

The note simply said, “Went to the store for bacon, eggs, juice, and bread.” Luna wiped the sleep out of her eyes and looked around. The house was small but cozy. She hadn’t paid much attention the night before; she was too overwhelmed. On one wall was half a dozen photos of Washington DC. They were nicely framed and were quite nice. The other walls were mostly covered by book shelves. She ran her finger along the spines and read some of the titles, “Candide”, “Father’s and Childre...

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