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Weather Station #5: I am repelled...

1957 days ago by newTim | 5 comments »

So here’s a little advice. When you are working with matching sets of magnets, great care should be taken to make sure to set them in place so that the poles do not… Oooooops! Dag-nab-it! #$%^$#&*! Yup, you guessed it. How embarassing is that? I glued the magnets in backwards so they repelled each other. What to do? What to do? How am I going to fix this mess? Should I throw it away and, gulp, make a new part? Is there a way to reverse polarity? Turns out there i...

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Weather Station #4: Initial Glue Up

1957 days ago by newTim | 1 comment »

I thought the piece needed a little pizazz so I added ebony strips to the top and bottom. Ebony and maple look great and I think it added alot to the overall look. Next came sand, sand, sand… then a fairly straighforward and uneventful glue up, except one little thing. Check out the next blog entry to see a major screw up. Besides tape I also used a countersink bit to bevel the edges of the upward facing holes to help control squeeze out. It seemed to work pretty well and by the lo...

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room remodel #2: crown molding

1957 days ago by snickles | 3 comments »

yay, got the crown molding done a while ago. just haven’t posted. what an ordeal that was. I was trying to cope the edges instead of just creating miters. The first issue i ran into was that the miter saw i was borrowing wasn’t able to hold the wood in the correct position. I tried to make a miter box to accommodate, built the entire thing (with some help) and then realized that i couldn’t get the cutting angle right. Frustrated, i go back to the miter saw, built my own fenc...

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Back At Teaching...This Time With Wood #1: Introduction

1957 days ago by PGreene | 6 comments »

I have embarked on a pretty important project and I guess it was worthy of blogging about. I’m not sure how many people will read this, but I’ll have it for myself to appreciate I guess. For the past five years i have been a high school teacher and track coach. This year i have returned to Graduate school to earn my masters degree in school administration. Since I have been back in college I have had a lot of time in the shop and it has been really enjoyable. The down side is...

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Pelicans #1: Sanding Pads and Pelicans

1957 days ago by Allison | 13 comments »

I am working on a couple Pelicans that I am hoping to incorporate into a “big picture” somehow. They are done completely in hardwoods and I was thinking of perhaps sharing how I sanded little pieces such as these. I have already started and as you can see I still have pencil marks for an eye on one. However when I brought my camera into the shop to show how I was going to sand these lil’ pieces I noticed how dirty, (dusty, sawdust, etc.) my little sanding pads were. They are...

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Roubo #4: 3 bags of chips later...

1957 days ago by Jon3 | 4 comments »

I started yesterday grabbing all of the appropriate width and length stock out of my stash. I used up nearly every 8 foot piece I had. I could have easily done it with 7 footers, but I decided, if this is the ‘Last bench I’m going to make.’ (until I find a better one) then I ought not to short-change myself. Here I am midway through the process. I didn’t take a great deal of photos, because, by the time you’re on LJ, you’ve probably already surfac...

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Wooden Scraper Plane

1957 days ago by joey | 0 comments »

Winters been long and without a shop, or a job to keep me busy I have had a lot of time to revisit all the woodworking magazine and books that I own. not to long ago on one of my sleepless night I ran across a article in a Fine Woodworking book on Proven Shop Tips by Jim Richey based on their methods of work section of their magazine. It was an article on a home made wooden scraper plane by Brady C Blake from Redwood Miss, and based on his ideas I came up with a version of my own, I plan o...

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My First Rocker #1: Preparing and planning

1958 days ago by Betsy | 10 comments »

I’ve just about have my cabinet project done and since I have no interest in watching a finish coat dry I’m going to start getting all my things together to do my first rocking chair. I’ve looked a long time trying to find a chair that I thought I could do and that would still be a bit of a challenge. A Maloof chair seemed like too much to start with – those joints are amazing. Since I have no room for a rocking chair in my house – I thought I would use this as m...

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FWW Cricket Table 2

1958 days ago by twobyfour16 | 2 comments »

So, the cricket table has a triangular top with 3 rounded (arched?) drop leaves. When the leaves are down, you have a triangular table. Up, you have a round table. Also, it has a triangular shelf on the bottom. By the way, there are only 3 legs on this thing. Another genius move on my first attempt – why keep the angles simple? No, I had to make it hard on myself. The triangular part is made of 3/4” thick material, 3 smaller triangles glued together to make a larger tri...

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1905 reproduction in Mahogany and leather

1958 days ago by titmas | 2 comments »

this is my latest project. my client wants 5 reproductions of this chair originally built by S.Karpen & Brothers from Chicago in 1905 in quartersawn or pattern cut Genuine Mahogany, all i have to go on is the actual chair itself. it is to be an accurate reproduction with the addition of a fully cushioned seat(as seen in the b&w photo) and a finish that is much darker than the condition of the original. this one was refinished much lighter than the original was (as seen by the unde...

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