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Extremely Average #293: I read a great book...

11-18-2010 05:42 AM by Ecocandle | 3 comments »

Hello All, I just finished ‘A Reverence for Wood’, by Eric Sloane. It was delightful. Tonight’s blog is my review. I think that most woodworkers would enjoy this book. Thanks, Brian

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Shipyard Memories #7: The Smaug Blog: Wood Boatbuilding 101, Interior and Stepping the Mast

11-18-2010 04:41 AM by shipwright | 11 comments »

The interior of the boat was completed before launching, unfortunately without any progress photos so I’ll just show some finished shots here. Interior woods are Red cedar deckhead, teak cabin sole and salon table, yellow cedar beams, knees and sparring (ceiling) on the hull and largely Honduras mahogany trim. The bulkheads are 3/4” marine fir plywood. In the salon and galley areas they are sheeted with 1/8” ash and in the forward cabin the bulkheads are veneered with red o...

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Book Bench #2: Mortises, Tenons & a Finishing Fiasco

11-18-2010 03:34 AM by spunwood | 2 comments »

M & T With two tenons per leg, I created the dillema of chiseling 8 mortises. I do not yet have sharpening stones and my skills with mortising are a bit lacking, so I decided to simplify and just do two by hand and cut off 6 tenons. This meant alot of sanding to even up the top of the legs so that the bench top would sit evenly and be supported throughout rather than by just one or two of the leg tops. But I am so happy that I kept two mortises. They came out well despite some te...

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Built-In Bed #5: A Thin Veneer of Civilization

11-18-2010 03:19 AM by Scott R. Turner | 2 comments »

After work today I headed for the garage/workshop to veneer the plywood edges of the large panels. But first I moved everything to the edges of the garage and swept out the sawdust and shavings. It was a sizable pile (with a few Fall leaves mixed in): I trotted it out to the compost bin, which gets plenty of green waste but is always happy for a some atomized wood. Each of the large panels for the built-in bed has three-ply thick raw edge like so: Today’s pro...

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Just for Fun... #36: Well, not exactly...

11-18-2010 01:05 AM by littlecope | 16 comments »

No Fun here!! This is all Business!!Being the resident Handyman (and Box Maker) at the Restaurant, it was inquired of me whether I thought I could make a sort of “Suggestion” box, so the customers could offer up any comments or criticism…The Requirements are that it has to be wall-hung, that it needs to lock, and that it needs to be large enough to fit a certain sized comment card… I requested some 3/8” Walnut from the Owner (or any Exotic that caught her eye) an...

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Wheelchair Woodworking #2: Time to move on.

11-18-2010 12:59 AM by Jamie Speirs | 17 comments »

I write this with a heavy heart.I thought twice about sharing this, but then I realised that it is important to share the sad with the glad. About ten years ago I was approached by the local Authority to see if I could take a young man with a Learning Disability.I never promise that they can do woodwork until I have interviewed the person. When I have the interview all my other “Jolly Rogues” will be around at a distance appearing busy. We have a close knit wee team and it is i...

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Shop song of the day #10: 11/17/10

11-18-2010 12:34 AM by Raftermonkey | 7 comments »

Widespread Panic, Love Tractor. Face melter begins at 3:42 min. “WheeeeHooooo!!!!!”

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Mountain Dulcimer Project #1: The Plan Hourglass Style

11-18-2010 12:00 AM by Jamie Speirs | 6 comments »

Something that I’ve always wanted to do is make a musical instrument.I would alo like to be able like to play the instrument that I make.My final inspiration came from seeing Jon’s wonderful Dulcimer. It to me looked absolutely wonderful and a perfect Dulcimer.Next step was to find out more about them.I on;y learned ho to pronounce the name after Jon & Gordon (two of my Jolly Rouges) said it half a dozen times.Although the Appalachian dulcimer appeared in regions domina...

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Book Bench #1: The Project & The Legs (profiles)

11-17-2010 07:31 PM by spunwood | 4 comments »

The Project In Mid/Late September a friend of ours mentioned to Stephanie that she was looking for something like a window seat with book shelves/storage…sans window. I jumped at the opportunity to try my hand. I had a plan by William Draper, a PA craftsman from an August 1996 edition of American Woodworker, pg. 32 (off of google). I had been really wanting to try my hand at the bench. I loved the profile, the simple style, and the chance to hone basic skills such as mortise &...

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Evolution #5: Seeking outside influences

11-17-2010 06:40 PM by StevenAntonucci | 3 comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I am back. If you want to be a great woodworker, you need to learn to find outside influences. It is certain that we all start by developing tool skills and following plans, but somewhere along the way, we want to develop our own style. How can you do this? The best answer to this question is to stop looking at other woodworkers and seek outside influences! It may sound counter-intuitive, but all great artisans have to develop the...

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