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05-18-2010 10:14 PM by stevenmadden | 3 comments »

My SawStop (ICS31230) arrived last weekend and is now up and running in the shop. It was shipped with the upgraded blade guard/dust collection and lockdown throat plate (the red version). Anyway, I will do my best to give a review after I have had some time to enjoy the beast. I have included some photos of the big day. Unloading: It only took six guys to lift it! ...onto the mobile base… ...rolling it up the driveway… ...and home at last! Thanks ...

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The Most Exotic Bonfire Ever

05-18-2010 09:07 PM by Blake | 17 comments »

As a semi-anual tradition (on an as-needed basis) I clean out my shop and load my truck with the un-lucky wood scraps that don’t make the “cut”, and either take them camping or to the beach for a very exotic, very expensive bonfire. So last week my wife and I camped for two nights at Pfieffer Big Sur along the coast of California. This is about 6 months worth of scraps awaiting there fate: A partial list of whats in that pile: Highly figured 8/4 Quilted Maple...

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Building a Credenza #4: Completed Dovetail Joinery

05-18-2010 08:13 PM by Blake | 20 comments »

This is where I left off last time: Chopping the tails I cut most of the waste out with a coping saw and then clamped down the tail board to my bench to chop out the rest: First it is necessary to test the sharpness of your chisels… yep they are sharp. (I accidentally grazed my chisel when I reached across my bench for a pencil) After chopping the tails: The two sides of my case: Transferring the tails to the pins I had a little bit of a dilemma ...

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Built-In Bookcases and Mantel Surround #2: Getting Things Underway... Bookcase Mock-Ups

05-18-2010 07:35 PM by Jonathan | 3 comments »

Day-1 Mock-Ups: Down in the basement. A pile of wood at my side. Checklist:wood…checktablesaw…checkleather gloves…checkeye protection…checkiPod…checkconvictions…check Take a deep breath. OK, that feels better… (besides, the air is still clean!) Turn on tablesaw. Done. Crosscut 4-pieces of plywood to 44” long for the sides of the bookcases, and the other 4-pieces to 37-3/4” long for the shelves.Ripcut plywood to 10.5”...

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Built-In Bookcases and Mantel Surround #1: Project Overview.

05-18-2010 06:44 PM by Jonathan | 0 comments »

About a week ago, I finally began the built-in bookcase and mantel surround project for our living room that I’ve been talking about in a lot of other posts. I need to post less and work more, I think ;) I originally started a blog on it here: but have since decided to start over. You can check out that initial blog for a couple of pictures of the space the project will be going into, as well as my thoughts on everything from several months ag...

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Help with wood identification: Claro, or not Claro, that is the question

05-18-2010 06:11 PM by Brian Havens | 9 comments »

Help! After releasing my video last week on turing wood from locally felled trees, I got a call from an old friend (actually my former boss), after he saw the video. He asked: “Hey Brian, I got this Walnut tree I cut down some time ago. Can you use it?” Now when one says Walnut tree in Northern California, this most likely means a “Hind’s Walnut”, better known to woodworkers as Claro Walnut. Everything about this wood says Claro. It is from an area that...

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My site issues...

05-18-2010 04:25 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 1 comment »

I seem to have found a major error in my web site! I have asked everyone to visit my site and comment and am doing a random give away once a month for one poster to my site…. but I just discovered that my comment section has not been working! I seem to have everything working now, so please stop by and comment and let me know what you think. Chris Adkins Follow me on Twitter!

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small shaker style table

05-18-2010 02:52 PM by lumberdog | 8 comments »

Here are some photos of the construction of my small shaker table, it measures 271/2”W x 19”D x 22”H.I used cherry and maple. Legs are tapered from 1 1/4” to 7/8” on the inside edges. tenons mortises glue up corner bracing, and the dadoes i cut for the clips that hold the top. assembled, notice the bead on the bottom edge of the apron. finished, three coats of linseed oil and paste wax. I am in the process of building another one, but a littl...

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Making your own parting tool

05-18-2010 02:14 PM by David Craig | 12 comments »

Been awhile since I have had any quality time in the shop, so I decided to invest some vacation time and I will be taking a week off next week, with the emphasis being on shop time. So I have been getting my ducks in a row so I can have a somewhat productive week. Last week involved a little wood gathering (that deserves a whole ‘nother post…), I have my sharpening system and chisels arriving today, and I have been scouring books and mags to try to come up with some projects. Sinc...

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Hand Carved Box part 2

05-18-2010 10:33 AM by bigchopperoo | 0 comments »

Hey did you like part one? Don’t answer. I get enough hate mail. Well here’s part 2 of our four part series.

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