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Wood and Tool gloat

09-28-2010 04:55 AM by Rustic | 9 comments »

During our 10th anniversary trip last week, we had some really bad storms roll through. They took out a tree that was on the motel’s property. It turns out that it was a basswood tree. The guy knew I was a carver, so I came right out and asked him if I could have a couple of chunks,( he gave me 8 pieces about 4 inches in diameter and 2ft long. That same day we went to an antique store in Beulah, MI, my lovely wife found a Stanley Baily #3 plane in excellent shape for $20.00. I was very ...

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Shop Renovation #3: And the Wall Comes Tumbling Down

09-28-2010 04:06 AM by Lenny | 27 comments »

Today was another big day for the shop renovation, perhaps even bigger than the skylights installation. I spent much of Friday night and all day Saturday, moving tools, disassembling my dust collection system and otherwise clearing the wall space. Then it was on to removing the T111 that I use on my shop walls. Since I had installed the siding with 8d nails, it was not a completely easy task to remove it. I was fortunate that John, my contractor, had cut through many of the upper nails wh...

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Custom Wooden Pull Handles #1: How to make custom Drawer Pulls

09-28-2010 03:34 AM by bohnsai | 16 comments »

This blog is to show others how I created all the Walnut Pulls on my Clothes Hamper Hider I searched the Lee Valley and Rockler (among others) catalogs for hours trying to find something I liked for the furniture piece but didn’t find anything that suited my fancy. I found some maple and cherry handles that looked like they might work but I wanted walnut for contrast. Would you believe it? Walnut pulls don’t exist! So I decided to make some of my own. I went ahead and bought...

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drill press motors etc..

09-28-2010 02:56 AM by joez | 8 comments »

Is there a way to make a cheap drill more powerful by replacing it with a better motor?

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Portable Mill

09-28-2010 01:34 AM by canadianchips | 8 comments »

I see my neighbor has his portable mill sitting in front yard. IT looks like a shop built band saw with a 24 ft sled. NO blade in it, small gas powered engine. Track looks usable, Wondering what I should offer him for this ? It appears to accept about a 24” diameter log. I am going tomorrow with camera and get some pictures.

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new garden gates #1: breaking down the doors

09-27-2010 11:23 PM by ajb | 2 comments »

There are two of these doors, both are in pretty bad shape.They would like them stripped and refinished. and they do want it done in that turquoise blue or green. the doors are solid and just a few spots of weather damage so got a gallon of stripper and ready to go.

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Evolving Band Saw Project #3: Developing the Cuttle Fish

09-27-2010 11:11 PM by wyeth | 1 comment »

I started by working on the body,tail and tentacles of the Cuttle Fish. The idea with relief carving is to create shadow patterns that make the objects appear more 3-D than they actually are. To be effective they have to be correctly lit – usually by unidirectional light from above and to one side. The final display situation for the carving needs to be kept in mind. Small changes in lighting will make a large difference in the final impact. I don’t want this carving to look to...

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How to make a Wild 'n' Crazy two-tone board

09-27-2010 10:09 PM by Mary Anne | 33 comments »

Sometimes the finished project looks harder to make than it really is. By request, here is a quick tutorial on making a two-tone pattern board. All you need is a bandsaw… or maybe a scroll saw. Start with two boards of contrasting woods squared and surfaced on all sides. ——Use double-sided tape to align and stack them. (carpet tape works great) ——- Cut random curvy lines through both pieces on the bandsaw. This was my first test of the Carter S...

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Tiger Maple #1: Suggestions

09-27-2010 08:20 PM by NJwoodCraftsman | 4 comments »

Any suggestions for finishing Tiger Maple? I am making a Queen Anne end table as a donation for “Race for the Cure” and I would like the table top to really pop. I know I need to seal and protect the top but I just want to do it right the first time. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks Roger

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New "Little Good Pieces" blog post - "Links With the Past"

09-27-2010 02:30 PM by TheGravedigger | 1 comment »

There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog – Links With the Past. It’s a quick look at the magic of old tools. Check it out!

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