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The Workshop #3: Bench Rehab

05-19-2010 03:00 AM by efsavage | 1 comment »

I decided my bench was solid enough that it wasn’t worth replacing, so I put a new top and back on it. Top is 3/4” MDF with 3 coats of polyurethane, which seems to be enough that sliding a bench tool across it doesn’t dig anything up. Back is just basic pegboard with 1×3 back supports.

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Dovetail....Need I Say More?

05-19-2010 12:56 AM by HighRockWoodworking | 5 comments »

Dovetail… is there another word in woodworking that brings more reaction and sense of nostalgia? The word alone has come to mean craftsmanship and brings back memories of the past. For myself I picture an old master in his shop taking time to layout and mark each tail, meticulously cutting with smooth strokes of the saw, marking and cutting the pins for a tight fit, and then adjusting the cuts with a razor sharp chisel to make sure the joint comes together perfectly. The amazing part is th...

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Clock Update - Hurry Up and Wait!

05-19-2010 12:27 AM by NewPickeringWdWrkr | 5 comments »

Progress being made on my clock project – Ironic that I’m having to continue my learning of patience on a project to make a time measurement piece. Check out my progress here to read about my exploits as I reflect and continue this project. Here are also some additional pictures I decided to not include in the blog.Rear side of the face & frame assembly. There’s a gap between the face and the lower rail of the frame to allow the pendulum to swing freely. Note that ...

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Making money with woodworking projects

05-18-2010 11:44 PM by Hisingwooddesign | 2 comments »

Check this article out on projects you can make money with. If you ever wanted to make money on the side with your woodworking or even start a fulltime business this is a list of projects that will work Click Here

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Patience is the easy way out

05-18-2010 11:11 PM by ackychris | 3 comments »

My current project is an end-table with a maple top, two wide pieces edge-glued. I’ve been working on flattening it, using a long sanding block and some 60 grit because the troublesome grain played havoc with my planes. I finally gave up on the planes after tearing one side all to hell and putting some serious divots in the other side. I picked the lesser of the two evils, and scraped all the divots out. Of course, scraping just transformed the badlands into gently rolling hills and...

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A bit of a scrape

05-18-2010 10:45 PM by Div | 5 comments »

Yesterday I had a client walk in the shop with some clear Pine boards and the request to joint it up into an L-shaped kitchen countertop, 24” wide. Work is work and I told him to come and collect tomorrow. In between other work, I planed the boards and noticed they were somewhat resinous but didn’t give it much thought. This morning I took the tops out of the clamps for a few passes through the drum sander. When I noticed sticky dust on the exit side, I knew I had a problem.When I opened the ...

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Going to local shows. #16: Making a debut.

05-18-2010 10:18 PM by degoose | 6 comments »

The Brisbane Timber and Working With Wood Show starts on Friday. I will be at the show all three days… so come over and have a chat… Making it’s debut at this show will be the new banner for Torque Workcentres…..designed by Stuart Lees of Stu’s Shed This banner is 2000 mm by 850 mm [ nearly 7 feet high by 3 feet wide… or just under actually]There will also be a large banner at the rear of the site… so you will not be able to miss us… And the fa...

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05-18-2010 10:14 PM by stevenmadden | 3 comments »

My SawStop (ICS31230) arrived last weekend and is now up and running in the shop. It was shipped with the upgraded blade guard/dust collection and lockdown throat plate (the red version). Anyway, I will do my best to give a review after I have had some time to enjoy the beast. I have included some photos of the big day. Unloading: It only took six guys to lift it! ...onto the mobile base… ...rolling it up the driveway… ...and home at last! Thanks ...

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The Most Exotic Bonfire Ever

05-18-2010 09:07 PM by Blake | 17 comments »

As a semi-anual tradition (on an as-needed basis) I clean out my shop and load my truck with the un-lucky wood scraps that don’t make the “cut”, and either take them camping or to the beach for a very exotic, very expensive bonfire. So last week my wife and I camped for two nights at Pfieffer Big Sur along the coast of California. This is about 6 months worth of scraps awaiting there fate: A partial list of whats in that pile: Highly figured 8/4 Quilted Maple...

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Building a Credenza #4: Completed Dovetail Joinery

05-18-2010 08:13 PM by Blake | 20 comments »

This is where I left off last time: Chopping the tails I cut most of the waste out with a coping saw and then clamped down the tail board to my bench to chop out the rest: First it is necessary to test the sharpness of your chisels… yep they are sharp. (I accidentally grazed my chisel when I reached across my bench for a pencil) After chopping the tails: The two sides of my case: Transferring the tails to the pins I had a little bit of a dilemma ...

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