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Winning is not everything.....

06-12-2010 12:55 AM by degoose | 41 comments »

Remember the thrill of discovering that people wanted to pay you to make things from timber … the first sale… how gratifying that was.. Last year my good friend and compatriot, Col, entered a few boards in the local Caboolture Show… and won first, second and third prizes This past week, while working in the shop, I realised that the Caboolture Show was looming… How good would it feel if I won a prize? Hey, that would be a great buzz.. Enter a few of the t...

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Michigan LJ Sawyer visit

06-12-2010 12:46 AM by SteveMI | 4 comments »

Four of us got together for a visit to small independent saw mill north of Lansing Michigan. Everyone left with wood. Stories were swapped. Rain didn’t start until after we left. Jockmike got a real beautiful slab that I am challenging him to post a picture of. Rest of us just got beautiful wood planks. Steve.

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Playset #2: The basics

06-12-2010 12:10 AM by Roostermiester | 1 comment »

In this pic you can see the timber walls are in, the posts are up and I’ve started laying the decks (ran out of deck screws that day so I started the bottom railings). It was a little shaky when standing on the deck until I installed the railings, then if firmed right up. I expect it to do more so as things are added. For the playhouse area I’ve layed down the PT lumber with the intention of putting in hardwood flooring once the playhouse is build (left over from a previous job...

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Wood Gloat installment #1

06-11-2010 11:48 PM by CampD | 1 comment »

We had heavy Thunder storms with tornado warnings move thru last night. Woke up to find had half an ash tree lying across the drive. So seein the top was gone I might as well cut down the tree and turn it into boards. I was planing on cutting down about 1/2 dozen 16-20” dia cherry’s to start the drying process. so I’ll add this ash to the mill run. Trunk is 24”dia and got 2 good lengths, 1-8’ & 1-7’, rest will go into the firewood pile. first 2 pic̵...

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A Salad Bowl set of maple & walnut #1: The Cutting and Assembly of Staves

06-11-2010 11:11 PM by Bob Simmons | 7 comments »

As you can see my first maple segment is cut. The dimensioning of the material¬† has been taken care of and the compound mitresaw has the necessary angle. I use a Wixey digital gauge to ensure the accuracy of the sawblades’s angle. The stop-block on the right is clamped into place to maintain a consistent width for the segment.¬† (Note:I always use scrap to test the accuracy of the segment’s angles. I do this by cutting 1/2 the amount of bowl segments and taping the outside perimete...

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Musket Ball in Wormy Chestnut

06-11-2010 09:27 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 7 comments »

Ok so I am posting this with no picture right now but I just had to tell everyone. I was in NC yesterday planing some wormy chestnut board that I am using for my next project and found something really cool. The wood came out of my great grandmothers old house and we know that it was at least 120 years old. Before planing I looked the wood over to make sure there were no nails left but after a few passes I noticed that one of the boards had a shiny spot on it. I though it was a nail but a...

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"Don't Stress" glue ups... an update

06-11-2010 07:35 PM by dustbunny | 11 comments »

I used the clamping glue up board- For the wave cutting board I could only use it in one direction because two sides of the board have the wave.The convex rows are beyond the concave rows so if I clamped it in that direction the wave rows wouldn’t line up. For now I give this jig a 3.5 star rating out of 5 stars.I have a few issues to fix-Smitty mentioned about not being able to micro adjust the clamp- that is I made a few different thicknesses of shims to place ag...

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The Impossible #2: Mission Impossible

06-11-2010 06:50 PM by BritBoxmaker | 35 comments »

I’ve accepted the mission and the secretary has already dissavowed all knowledge of me (for all you MI fans).Armed with my plans and two sticks of wood (one Sycamore, 50mm square. One Purpleheart, slightly bigger) I enter the arena of ‘The Impossible’. I feel someone is watching me. Is it the ghost of the great M.C.Escher or has the medication worn off already? No its you lot. Quiet at the back. ThreeSpeed, the mad professor is about to start. Here is where we begin P...

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Scroll Saw Contest

06-11-2010 06:39 PM by ScrollSawVideo | 1 comment »

After viewing a You Tube video where the woodworker made a guitar from popsicle sticks I had a good (hopefully) idea. I decided to sponsor a contest that incorporates the sticks and the scrollsaw. The rules for the contest can be seen on my website After seeing my contest idea, my longtime friend, Sheila Landry has decided to team up with the event. Sheila is an expert designer and scroller and posts here often. We are not trying to sell you anything, we just want ...

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A journey into the workshop. #60: Air Conditioning a windowless garage workshop.

06-11-2010 04:07 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Okay, The Royal Sovereign 13.5K BTU Unit rolled in on UPS yesterday, and was installed at the hottest point of the day. Installation method is / was. (This WILL change soon as I have trim, and hardi board coming to update things). Bottom 14” sheet rock removed from post between garage doors. This stuff is saturated from 26 years of humidity, combined with no water seal on the sides of the doors until 6 months ago, removal was just pushing slightly in until the bulk of it crumbled awa...

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