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Great Hogmanay & Guid Ne’erdy for 2011.

12-30-2010 02:14 AM by Jamie Speirs | 11 comments »

Great Hogmanay & Guid Ne’erdy for 2011.That is another year but overA year full of plans projects dreamsFriends old and new beside you Find courage to look at the bright side.Those plans projects and dreams not yet started.May we all have the health to choose which we do? “A man was walking along the shore with a friend.He was throwing stranded Starfish back into the seaThat won’t make any difference, there are thousandsIt will make a difference to the ones I throw back Let...

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Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #1: Intro and first step of cleaning & rust removal

12-29-2010 11:51 PM by Dan | 10 comments »

There are many good blogs, articles and web pages out there that give you all you need to know about restoring old hand planes. Most of what I learned I got from other peoples advice. Even though there are many resources out there for restoring planes I found myself learning new tips and tricks from each and every one of them. I decided to do a series of blogs on my methods for restoring planes. Most of what I discuss you may all ready know from reading other blogs and sites but hopefully I c...

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My Journey Into Woodworking #9: Some times it can't be helped

12-29-2010 11:21 PM by Steve | 1 comment »

I haven’t posted in a while. We’ve been putting on a small addition. All windows pretty much and it will be where I do my finishing so there will be good ventilation. Unfortunately to do the electrical work I had to trash my shop. Now I’m not exagerating, I mean trashed! In the end there was an 18” path through it and a messy one at that. Some times it can’t be helped. The only good side is it gave me a good reason to finally do the revamp of the shop layo...

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Make THIS your New Year's Resolution!

12-29-2010 11:19 PM by KnotWright | 8 comments »

I’m a volunteer fire fighter and part of our district is Interstate 10, I see all sorts of PREVENTABLE accidents, its such a shame when a life is cut short by the actions of someone who just didn’t think it could happen to them. Believe me it CAN happen to you, please remember this the next time you get behind the wheel of your car, or get in a car with someone else! Let’s make 2011 the year we ALL get home safely. Thanks DON'T TEXT and DRIVE

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New Carving Vise or Workholder - Made From Junk

12-29-2010 10:18 PM by helluvawreck | 14 comments »

I haven’t carved anything for a couple of years other than a little whittling while I was up in the mountains last month. I’ve carved in fits and spurts for a good many years but only a week or so at each time. I’ve never been able to stick with it because of time constraints so I’ve never become very good at it but I sure would like to stick with it this time since I’ve got a little more time, now. I would really like to get good enough to decorate some of my f...

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Christmas Gift of a Tool From my L/J Friend

12-29-2010 09:45 PM by rivergirl | 17 comments »

GI will take this opportunity to thank my dear friend David for a lovely lovely lovely Christmas gift. David has sent me a Ryobi jigsaw- to help me along in my woodworking struggles. This lovely newfangled device will replace? Or just push aside the VERY ANCIENT craftsman jigsaw that my sister found in the trash in Las Vegas and gave to me. So I am terribly excited and very grateful to my friend! Hugs and kisses to you David! Now I am going to pack up a little box to send to David t...

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DragonFly Harp #1: Planning, planning, planning

12-29-2010 09:44 PM by Donna Menke | 5 comments »

Hi, I’m Donna Menke and I enjoy making things out of wood. You can see more of my projects and links to other woodworking and carving blogs on my web site: www.woodworks-by-donna.comI have some nice cherry wood on hand- so I’m going to make another harp similar to the last one, but with a few variations. Stocks above, and view of grain below.This is the harp I made from plans from MusicMakers back in 2007, out of walnut boards. http://harpmaking.blogspot.com/Here is the rough stoc...

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Review of the Laguna Tools 2 HP Mobile Cyclone Dust Collector

12-29-2010 08:03 PM by Marty Backe | 23 comments »

I recently joined the ranks of woodworkers that use a dust collector. In my case I purchased a 2 HP mobile cyclone unit from Laguna Tools. The following two videos show my experience purchasing, setting up, and using the dust collector. Although I’ll be keeping the dust collector for reasons explained in the video, in the end I wish that I had bought a competing product from another company. In this second part of my review I wrap up some of the frustrations that I’ve expe...

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Learning Curve

12-29-2010 08:00 PM by DaveLeHardt | 6 comments »

There’s one lesson I seem to keep relearning, and that’s how much trouble I have working with sheet wood, MDF in particular. Not only is it bloody heavy, for the life of me, I cannot get a square corner cut on it, or get it cut to the right length/width. Well, I canif I can fit it on my tablesaw. And that I think is the problem. I’ve tweaked out the saw, miter gage (mostly), and fence so that I can get reliable cuts from it. But if I can’t fit the piece on the table sa...

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Machinist Toolbox #10: Wrapping it up - Lee Valley Style

12-29-2010 07:51 PM by PurpLev | 8 comments »

Not much to say, nor anything to show in this post. Just received the locking hardware from Lee Valley which was the last thing I needed to finish this build at this point. I thought about making the locking set myself, but seeing the set LV offers it just didn’t make any sense so I just ordered it from them with the Free Shipping they offer this week. arrived in 2 days and installed today – very nice set, and works like a charm. The set I got is this one: And can be foun...

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