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Chicago Lumberjocks Meetup/Woodworking Show December 2009 #3: ShowOff Opportunity

11-25-2009 04:46 AM by kshipp | 3 comments »

ShowOff Guidelines 2009/2010 Registration: Online at Find the link on the home page! Drop-Off Procedure: When – Friday between 10:00 and 11:30 am Where – See the sign at the entrance to the show Upon drop-off, you will be provided with a tag to identify your project. Your entry MUST be labeled with your contact information and the last six digits of your driver’s license number. You will be required to show your driver’s license to retrieve your entry...

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Workshop Tour #1: The 10 minute tour of my workshop

11-25-2009 04:40 AM by GaryK | 16 comments »

Well, since everyone seems to be doing a tour of their shop I thought I would give one of my own. I am going to do it in three parts. 1. The main shop. – 10 minutes2. The dust collection system – 5 minutes3. And real quick tour of the attic and office – 3 minutes First let me tell you, I am not a videographer so don’t expect to see anything real exciting of fancy. Enjoy

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Entertainment Center #3: We have panels

11-25-2009 04:17 AM by Loogie | 5 comments »

If I had one machinery purchase to do over again it would be to buy an 8” jointer and instead of a 6” model. My desire to use wider boards on this project led to a lot of time with my hand planes. I planed one face of each board flat and then ran them through my planer to get them to the proper thickness. After laying out the panels I put the mating glue joints up in my face vise and planed them with my trusty Stanley #7. I feel that doing this always gives me a really great glue ...

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Making a honey dipper

11-25-2009 02:37 AM by paulcoyne | 10 comments »

Well i have my first xmas craft fair on sunday and the list of things to do is mounting up, looking forward to it but have a bit of work to do first, i suppose being made unemployed will aid my progresion. made a batch of honey dippers to sell and at the end of the batch was getting quicker and quicker so decided to record it, i am in no way a production turner and only ever recived one lesson in turning so i do a lot of things arse ways but thats just how i taught myself… cheers goo...

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Kite Camera Reel #6: Lighten Up!

11-25-2009 02:14 AM by CaptainSkully | 5 comments »

Here’s the two reels after I strategically removed about half the wood. It’s still strong, but a whole lot lighter to stuff into the luggage. We’ve addressed the canting keel problem of the camera, and we got our camera/enclosure in the mail today, so I think we’re set. I figured out how to invert .avi video, so we’re going to hang the camera upside down from the middle of the parallel linkage. Tomorrow, we’re going to jump on a boat for an hour and...

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My Hand Tool Journey #2: Hand Plane Use

11-25-2009 01:46 AM by Kent Shepherd | 9 comments »

In part one of this series I showed you many of the hand tools I have accumulated over the years. I guess having fantastic tools doesn’t mean much if you never use them. To be honest, I owned several of mine long before I really knew how to properly tune-up, sharpen, or use them. I guess having my Bridge City planes kinda of spoiled me, because they were so good from the box, I needed no skill to set them up or sharpen them. Then I bought a Leigh-Nielson low angle block plane. It too ne...

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Chair back joinery almost done

11-25-2009 01:45 AM by John | 2 comments »

Put in a good days work in the shop and man did it feel good. You know those days where it just flows. Today was one of those. I had an HVAC contractor come over today to look at the furnace so I just started chopping out mortises for the spindles while he worked. I used a mortise chisel for the first time and really liked the way it performed versus a bench chisel for that task. I finished the mortise and tenons for the chair back rails and stiles. In the picture its just standing upright on...

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Got my order

11-25-2009 01:29 AM by Xodus | 3 comments »

Purchased the Turnlock Sign Routing set and a 20 lb box of assorted hardwood scraps. My wife thinks I’m crazy for ordering scrap wood but I got some real nice pieces of walnut and ash that will i will be using for the chessboard I am wanting to start. I don’t have a bandsaw yet so I am going to be cutting down the boards when I visit my Grandparents over the holiday. I think my Grandpa is as excited as I am ;)

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Shaker side table #1: planning and Sketch up drawings

11-24-2009 10:29 PM by Mike Gager | 11 comments »

Recently my wife and i started doing some remodeling on our house and I found some old boards and thought that it would be cool to make something out of them. The wood is basically just several pieces of pine and some douglas fir 2×4s. Nothing really spectacular at all but hey free wood is free wood and this stuff is likely original to the house which was built in the 1930s so there is some history to it. Anyways ive been racking my brain on what to do with the stuff with several idea...

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A New Bench for Hand Work #2: Let's take it from the top

11-24-2009 09:51 PM by Sean | 8 comments »

I have known that I wanted to build a Roubo bench for a long while now. A few months ago, more than I want to try and figure out, I purchased enough 2×10x12’ hem-fir to build a bench 24” x 60” with 3” square legs and a 3” thick top. I brought the unwieldy 12’ long boards home and cut them all in half on my back deck then brought them down to the basement and stacked them temporarily (read improperly). It was at this point I undertook a wedding gift ...

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