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Bench #1: The idea and project start

04-26-2010 05:15 AM by Dave T | 0 comments »

This is going to be a small display bench to fill in a small wall between the dining room and living room. Not really designed to seat a person, more for display items (ie. my wife’s dolls or bears, something along that line). I drew up the plan in Sketchup, it’s going to be about 34” in height floor to top rail, about 26” wide and 13” deep. The seat will be hinged and a small compartment will be framed in under the seat. Have no idea what is to be stored the...

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Kids Rocking Chairs commision #2: 3 more

04-26-2010 05:02 AM by Dave T | 1 comment »

The client liked the prototype and wants 3 more. So I have been working on this lately. Have all the pieces turned and fitted, made a couple of small changes from my prototype per the clients request. Finally into the home stretch on these and getting them all assembled. Chair 1 and 2 are still in clamps, chair 3 I have to remake the crest rail for. Had a couple of goof ups I just couldn’t fix on it.Chair 1Chair 1Chair 2Chair 3

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production time and big mistakes

04-26-2010 04:28 AM by sawblade1 | 1 comment »

This weekend was a lesson in taking your time and not rushing through a job :(This Saturday started off with getting the usual four chairs worth of lumber and in bounding it through my wood planer all went well except I started getting antsy trying to get production time under two hours per chair, well that was impossible considering I had already spent 35 minutes milling lumber :( The haste makes waste principle accelerated as I made more mistakes and tried to rush to fix these, only to mak...

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Router Table Gloat!! - Bosch RA1181

04-26-2010 04:20 AM by Mark Whitsitt | 5 comments »

Going to have to write a review another time, but just wanted to gloat about the deal I made on the Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table at Home Depot I discovered that this item was being clearanced in my local store for $129 (regularly $179 – $190), plus I had (yet another) Harbor Freight 20% off any single item coupon, which HD honored (your mileage will vary…). So, I picked up a fairly nice starter table for $103 + tax. Plus, it’ll work great with my Bosch 1617EVSPK ...

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Garage Workshop Transformation #1: A Loooong Way To Go

04-26-2010 04:03 AM by John Steffen | 11 comments »

Today marks a good day to start documenting my garage’s change into a work space. My table saw finally arrived. It has been sitting in my dad’s machine shop for a few months. While it was there he built a rolling base for it. My dad and I (mostly my dad) spent the day wiring up the garage for the 220 needed for the saw. So here it is… To call it a mess at this point would be a gross understatement. When we moved in the fall it was a catch-all for things we couldn&...

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Multi-use clipboard box: Woodworking in iambic pentameter

04-25-2010 09:08 PM by Stevinmarin | 28 comments »

Hi guys, This is a neat little clipboard that holds stuff. Not sure what to call it! Reminder: There’s still time to enter the Mere Mortals Sweepstakes!

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Prep for Finishing

04-25-2010 08:48 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 2 comments »

the years I had many different methods and idea about how to get a project ready for finishing. Like any other part of woodworking we all have our own way of getting to the finishing stage. Some smooth every part and piece with a drum sander, others use a jointer to clean the face of boards, and there are those that prefer hand tools and use a smoothing plane. The smoothing plane takes some practice and I do enjoy using hand tools on my projects but it is definitely a lot more work. No...

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From wood butchery to wood workery #3: Getting closer without doing as much - that measure twice cut once stuff works!

04-25-2010 03:55 PM by Woodbutchery | 0 comments »

So I’m on to the next project for my wife, a set of benches to fit around one nook of the back patio. After some discussion we settled on three benches, two approx. 5 foot and one 7 foot (Hurricanes here in Houston, when we get ‘em we turn the benches over so they present a low profile behind the brick wall). I set up the design on Sketchup, then started the build. A few things to note: First, I replaced my old cross-cut sled with a new version. It’s simpler, sits...

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Mom's kitchen Cabinets #6: Base cabinets installed......

04-25-2010 02:18 PM by bluchz | 1 comment »

Finally got the base cabinets installed. This is the 2nd longest kitchen build in history!!!!!! The granite guys have been called and hopefully i can start on the upper cabinets as soon as the size is decided. There is talk of making them go all the way to the ceiling,(9’ or 10’) but i think it would make the small kitchen smaller. Here are some pics.There is still some touch-up painting to do and Toe kick to install. The floor was out of level by 2” in spots so there were a...

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From Logs To Lumber #8: Got a couple of large Black Walnut Logs

04-25-2010 05:43 AM by alaskan79 | 2 comments »

The guy that my dad brought the saw mill from has a tree service. About a month ago he called me up to see if I wanted some Black Walnut logs. It didn’t take me long to say yes. The largest one is 34” across on the small end inside the bark and 8 feet long. The other large one is the next log up from the butt log. It should have some nice figure to it because it split into 3 at the top of it and the 3 small logs are from where it split. The guy that I got them from wants the 3 sma...

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