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New Video: Shop Tour, plus good news/bad news

02-06-2010 01:14 AM by Brian Havens | 12 comments »

If you prefer to skip my ramblings, and go strait to the Shop Tour video, click HERE Well, releasing my Router Inlay Basics video at the end of December, gave way to a tumultuous January, to say the least. I had planned to go right into the sequel to Router Inlay Basics: “Router Inlay Techniques,” but I decided that I needed to take a quick detour and makes some changes and updates to my website. That, however, turned into a slippery slope, taking most of my spare time in th...

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Why can't I turn this block of maple?

02-06-2010 12:24 AM by Marvin | 6 comments »

I found a bird feeder I want to make which requires a plate like piece top and bottom turned on a lathe.I have a 2 inch block of maple 8X8. I cut all corners so I have a octagonal shape. It didn’t work; too much gouging and bucking so i rounded it on a band saw. I am still getting the the gouging and tearing. Scary!What’s going on? I am on my slowest speed to reduce vibration of the machine.

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What if I wanted all my tools to be built in the USA?

02-05-2010 11:02 PM by richgreer | 34 comments »

Pretend that you wanted to build a new shop with all new tools and you insisted that all those tools be built in the USA. What kind of a shop would you end up with? I honestly don’t know. I don’t know where everything is made, but my intuition tells me that Shopsmith, Oneway, Kreg, and Incra are made in the US. I could be wrong. There may be more. Are there any table saws, band saws, miter saws, routers, jointers, planers, of drill presses made in the US? It is ...

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Tool Life episode 19

02-05-2010 10:55 PM by kosta | 5 comments »

In this episode I talk about different tool groups and if it is better to buy your last tool first.

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The Craftsman's Path #67: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Sculpting the Leg Joints

02-05-2010 10:34 PM by Mark Mazzo | 2 comments »

Time to break out the angle grinder again. After fitting the arms to the rear leg joints I did the sculpting of the leg to seat joints in my latest post on my blog. Contrary to what you might thik – you can be delicate with an angle grinder and a 36-grit disk! Take a look an let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

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Bathroom Remodel #1: Creative Bathroom Remodel

02-05-2010 10:24 PM by Dennis Fletcher | 3 comments »

Well, I was supposed to just replace the old vanity with some cabinets that they got from a friend, because the cabinets they got were in better condition than the ones currently in the house. Seemed pretty straight forward, nothing really difficult or interesting to see here, folks, so move along…..... Oh, wait, nothing fits right, go figure. Yes, their simple switch out turned to a bit more, but they are really enjoying it. I had to put together 3 cabinets, bring them out ...

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Mobile cart feed and finishing table

02-05-2010 08:44 PM by Tuuek | 3 comments »

I had an idea today for a couple of pieces I plan to make for my shop. Im sure its nothing new but I think it will be handy in my single car garage shop. I figure the mobile cart is handy and then why not add a table to sit on top as a feed table and finishing table. All of which will be mobile. Here are the quick plans I drew up. I didnt add measurements because right now I dont have a clue how big or small I want to make it.

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Working with River Recovered Old Growth Trees (Step back in Time).

02-05-2010 06:38 PM by WatchfulNine | 7 comments »

This week I embarked on a new Adventure, or maybe and Old one! I had the privilege of turning a piece of “River Recovered Old Growth Bullet Tree” that had been sitting at the bottom of a river in Belize for an estimated 150 – 200 years. When I first received my piece of “Old Growth Bullet Tree” from, I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. I did know it had been at the bottom of a river for 150 years and even though it had been vacuum kiln dried, it would be as we turners...

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Karate belt display #1: The Concept

02-05-2010 04:17 PM by WoodshopJoe | 3 comments »

I have afforded the opportunity to create a great piece for the local karate school. Both of my kids are in the program and my daughter is close to obtaining her black belt in karate. It has been a journey that has taken her nearly 3 years to complete and an experience that she will be able to draw upon for the rest of her life. As is always does, the karate school closes down over the Christmas break. When classes resumed after the first of the year, we came back to a redecorated interio...

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Workshop Upgrage 2010 #1: And so it begins...

02-05-2010 09:03 AM by Derek Lyons | 7 comments »

The big problem with my workshop for some time has been that is it untenable in winter and at the height of summer – it’s a garage with no insulation and no ceiling. That’s going to get fixed the weekend of April 10/11 – a bunch of my buddies are coming over and we’re insulating and drywalling the place. (Actually, drywall on the ceiling, 3/4” OSB on the walls.) I’ve got quite a few challenges to hurdle and things to accomplish over the next two ...

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