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Extremely Average #280: Dovetail Cutting

10-22-2010 05:11 AM by Ecocandle | 1 comment »

Hello, So I did the pins last night and tonight was very fired up for the tails. It didn’t go as planned, but I got some good photos. I am choosing to look at the positive. The Blog is Up, which is surprising considering the difficulties I had today. But I am still happy! Brian

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Lightbox for Lithophane display...

10-22-2010 05:08 AM by Arbo | 3 comments »

I am making lithophanes, and needed to come up with a display box that they could be mounted in and backlit for display. I drew up the following as a basic idea: I don’t have a jointer or plainer or table saw (just a CNC router) so I ‘borrowed’ a friends fathers workshop and bought some alder, and went to work cutting… and here is the actual item so far: It is 13” x 15” x 3.75” deep. I am staining them now (as can be seen in the ...

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The Basement #3: Flip Down Clamp Rack...

10-22-2010 03:39 AM by JL7 | 8 comments »

Previously, I stored my longer clamps up between the floor joists, which worked ok, except they were kind of a pain to sneak them out of the cleats. Recently I added on a bit to the shop so had a stretch of open ceiling. The idea of having a hinged clamp rack has been in my mind for awhile so what the heck, it not that pretty, but it is pretty functional….. With 8 parallel clamps and 8 “F’ clamps, it was a little heavier than I really imagined, so I have 4 black rubbe...

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Not exactly woodworking, but close enough. #12: Progress on the dust collection upgrades finally!

10-22-2010 03:09 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

I finally managed to figure out the template thing for the side inlet, and although the cut is a bit oversized, and high, some careful application of an angle grinder, a hammer, and more than a little clear silicone caulk, and I am in business with 5” in and out of the Thien separator… I go to a Wye fitting that goes to my branches…. You can see how I plugged the original hole for the 4” elbow, which was simply to tape over it with the aluminum HVAC tape. So far so goo...

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Cello#2 happy clamper

10-21-2010 11:35 PM by techyman2 | 4 comments »

So far so good. The mold has come out fine had some small adjustments to make to the corner block seats. I cut them too large to start with and then had to add on. the mold was sanded and sealed with water based varnish which is ok. the curved edges will be coated with candle wax to stop the ribs, sides, of the cello sticking when they are glued to the blocks. The prep of the blocks took some time as the wood was initially split with a cleaver to make sure the grain is running parrellel and a...

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Bandsaw upgrade....

10-21-2010 10:41 PM by lilredweldingrod | 8 comments »

Well while I’m waiting to find the new shop, I ran into a problem with my 14 inch Rockwell band saw. 5 inch cedar bogged her down. The original 3/4 hp motor just doesn’t have the ponies to get-r-dun.I was at a yard sale the other day and bought an old air compressor. I had to change the pulley to the smallest one Applied Technologies had for the shaft size, 7/8 inch.The new motor is a 2 hp 120/240v. This ought to make the old girl chew up anything I put to her. Both the old motor ...

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Hand honing your chisels and plane blades

10-21-2010 10:40 PM by stefang | 14 comments »

IntroductionI think most of us would agree that we would like to spend as little time as possible sharpening and honing our edge tools, but we do realize the need for really sharp edges to get nice clean cuts and also to maintain control of the cuts. An experienced woodworker is therefore almost always willing to do whatever it takes to get the edges he needs. My philosophy on sharpening is focused on speed, convenience and frequent easy edge refreshment (not beer Larry). The best way I...

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Tool Tutorials #1: Plane frog and cap iron adjustment

10-21-2010 08:53 PM by David Craig | 15 comments »

I have read a great deal of tutorials on plane tuning and restoration processes over the last few weeks. Before getting started on my plane accumulation, I wanted to be as educated as possible. Most tutorials contain excellent information on the basics of sole flattening, blade honing, frog flattening, etc. But, I find the information comes up a little short on why the advice is given to avoid newer planes (except LN), what pitfalls can be expected with a newer plane (i.e. record planes post ...

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Torque WorkCentre #5: Birds Beak Shelving

10-21-2010 07:54 PM by dustbunny | 16 comments »

About two weeks ago Hopdevil posted a question to the forum about shelving he had seen in the Martha Stewart Magazine. It is called birds beak shelving.Well thank you Hopdevil, a gun went off in my head. This would be the perfect project for the Torque WorkCentre.So off I went to my shop with video camera in hand and shot this remedial video showing how easy this project was to make. It was more difficult to get the camera and my mouth working at the same time so I think it shows how I really...

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Quest for a bigger TV #4: Frame of the Center Unit

10-21-2010 07:26 PM by JBfromMN | 2 comments »

This installment will cover the beginning of the case construction of the center unit for my Parents Entertainment Center. We had the Sketch Up drawing that I posted in the last entry. That was able to give us the dimensions for the different plywood pieces we had to cut. Also we used the sketch up drawing for where to locate the dados that were needed. It began with the 2 side pieces. We had to add the 2” oak pieces that are on the top of both sides. Those are biscuited in an...

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