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Making Lemonade From Lemons #1: Fallen Tree

04-23-2009 06:15 AM by cotfessi | 3 comments »

This will be my first official non shop-furniture project so i thought i’d document it. I just finished up a lathe table from a design in shop notes, issue 10 this past weekend. I wired up the lathe Sunday afternoon then went inside to watch the hockey game… halfway through the second period – boom! There was a horrible noise… a drunk driver had swerved off the road and uprooted a maple tree in front of my house! It was 3:30 in the afternoon!!! Luckily no one wa...

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Preface to my Wood Gloat of the Day.

04-23-2009 04:10 AM by Karson | 24 comments »

Last Thursday I visited one of my local sawmills and I posted my Wood Gloat of the Day. There is a preface to that story: On Feb 12, of 2007 I visited that same sawmill and these three logs were laying in the yard. I found the mill owner and told him that that I wanted him to saw those logs for me. He said that he was going to keep them. I told him to don’t trim the edges of the boards. leave them on the board so that you could have natural edges if you wanted them. ...

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Lessons... #2: Inheriting Tools #2

04-23-2009 03:40 AM by Jim | 0 comments »

Well after finally figuring out how to use my router and router table (thanks to many a help from other members on here!) I got the stiles and rails for my cabinet doors grooved out. Then after being so pleased that I got the problem fixed and it didn’t cost me a dime, I THOUGHT I took special care in everything else I did to finish this project tonight, once and for all. And then I messed up the doors the same way as I did the FIRST time I tried to make them back before winter set in....

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Ridiculous Woodworking Books

04-22-2009 09:22 PM by Karson | 15 comments »

Popular Woodworking has started a blog on Ridiculous Woodworking Book Titles. A couple of the great ones are “A Price Guide to Lie-Nielsen Boxes and Packing Materials” “The Complete Guide To Honing Guides” “Interesting Uses for Rarely Used Tools” “How to win forum arguments; aka forum arguments for dummies by dummies” and for the women woodworkers kreg jigs guild to How to screw a stud. And for the political woodworker“Shooting...

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Hope Chest #1: Hope Chest

04-22-2009 07:22 PM by ManofStone | 3 comments »

Hello everyone, I am a beginner in woodworking. I have made a couple of mantle clocks courtesy of a Wood Craft class. I am now attempting to make a Hope Chest for my daughter’s 16th birthday. The exterior is cedar and the base is Paduak(sp?). I made plugs of Paduak to cover the screws. To gain some weight and solidity I placed a piece of 3/4” plywood at the bottom. The interior is covered in aromatic cedar. I am now trying to find a good finish for it. I have experimented with ...

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My Best Woodworking Assets

04-22-2009 04:57 PM by MyOldGarage | 10 comments »

Ok—I’ll rephrase my original posting which maliciously disappeared into the electronic void yesterday in a flurry of “don’t talk religion” messages. The crux of my message was the value of a lifetime partner, and because I quoted scripture in relationship to how I believe my deity taught it should be done . . . people were very offended. Get over yourselves. Again, I’m going to reiterate the message but put it into succinct woodworking terms. My ...

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Murphy Bed #9: Misc chores and things

04-22-2009 04:44 PM by Gene47 | 0 comments »

Yesterday was a day of taking care of all the things that get neglected when we are in the shop having fun. There has been quite a bit of rain here and it was finally dry enough to cut some grass. I have about 2 1/2 acres here, not all has grass on it but enough that it takes about 3 hours to cut it all. Then some new headlights arrived for our old 96 Ford Escort and I needed to put those in. By that time the day was pretty well shot. Today I have am going to clean off the front a...

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new creations #1: Cedar Root Wall Shelf

04-22-2009 02:57 PM by dougdeg | 1 comment »

After cutting quite a few stumps down for different wood projects, We would need to flatten the bottom side to have it sit flat on the floor for say a table base. We would just throw the scrape peices into a plie and they would become filewood. We then started to review these throw aways a little clooser some of them were quite unique in shape and size, I started to save them as they would pile up I took a few into the shop and showed Mary them and she started with her ideas what we could use...

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Advice for Wood Aquisition

04-22-2009 02:04 PM by robbinscabin | 4 comments »

Last June we had a horrible storm blow in. It knocked our power out for 4 days. During the storm a giant tree was uprooted and fell across our road. I’m not sure of the tree species as I have asked 3 people and got 3 different answers. However, the wood type is not what really interests me. I would love to get a few slices off the bottom of this tree for rustic large coffee tables or outdoor dining tables. But the tree was pushed onto a new neighbors property. He told my hubby at...

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04-22-2009 10:27 AM by Eric | 5 comments »

There’s a blog out there called Instapundit, written by a law professor named Glenn Reynolds. Instapundit used to be so widely read (may still be) that if he ever linked to another blog, that blog got such a tremendous volume of traffic that it sometimes gave them bandwidth issues with their host. That flood of traffic became known as an “instalanche”. Well in my short time as a woodworking blogger, I have found myself twice the willing victim of a Schwarzalanche. The fir...

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