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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #2: Quality and Lack Thereof

08-14-2010 10:14 PM by William | 3 comments »


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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #1: I finally joined

08-14-2010 09:53 PM by William | 10 comments »


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shopsmith #2: Did my first turning with my shopsmith

08-14-2010 08:20 PM by Joe Watson | 0 comments »

I started my first turning. I am making a wood mallet for myself. took a laminated block of maple and started cutting away. i so far just have the head most of the way done. next is to make a handle. one question i have for all the shopsmith guys who might know the ER well. how are you supposed to move the belts the manual isnt real clear? It states that you move the belt to each pulley but doesnt state how. I am curious if there is an easy way to do this?

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Mounting Live Edge Turning

08-14-2010 07:39 PM by scrappy | 11 comments »

Just thought I would post a little blog on how I mount a Live Edge Turning in order to finish off the bottom of the piece. When starting your tun, you can use a turning plate or chuck to hold the bottom and turn the outside and inside. But when you want to finish off the piece, that live edge doesn’t give you anywhere to grip. I saw one of these mounts in the Mine is a LOT cheesier design, but only cost penny’s to make. Started with a scrap of wood, a ...

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Project SC #5: The long and winding road

08-14-2010 07:05 PM by BritBoxmaker | 23 comments »

Hello all. The first order of the day was to route the bottom pieces and the lipping slots in the inner sides OH! Problem. The lipping slots go right through the corner posts. I should have routed before I put these on. No matter there’s always the spare stock I always make. I cut the old posts off. Finish sanded and sealed the insides of all four sides and the top. As for the corner posts I made and glued new ones on. I made a bottom out of 3mm birch ply and glued ...

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Victorian Skater Pond Scene #1: Sophie and Claude in a One Horse Open Sleigh

08-14-2010 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

This is a project that I will show as an ongoing work in progress. When I was a little girl, my grandparents had the most wonderful Christmas decorations. They had some beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments from Czechoslovakia among other treasures. One of my all time favorite decorations that they had was a little skating pond scene which they placed under the tree every year. The pond itself was a round mirror and the figures were made of (what I now know is) painted lead. We would u...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #72: The Two Choices are 'Scratch' or 'Sleep'

08-14-2010 12:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, yesterday was pretty much a wash. I went to the pharmacy in the morning to get something to deal with the bites and the pharmacist said “Wow. Those look bad” (no kidding) He gave me some cortisone cream and told me that pretty much my only option was Benedryl. He said that it should clear them up in a few days. I told him that it really made me sleepy, but he said there was really nothing else that would help. So I came home and put the creme on right away and held o...

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Bean Bag Boards #1: The start to my Bean Bag Boards

08-14-2010 12:33 PM by Steph78 | 6 comments »

I’m making some Bean Bag Boards! We called the game Bags when I lived in Chicago but now that I’m in Phoenix I see down here they call it Cornhole. That sounds really funny to me. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the game its 2 boards 2×4 feet with 6inch holes in them and the point of the game is to get bean bags on the board or in the hole for points. Its really fun and addicting! So I’m making my first set. Its going pretty good so far except the legs. ...

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random #39: Lignum Vitae... hydroelectric turbine bearings?

08-14-2010 08:18 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

I’ve often heard that lignum vitae (Guaiacum spp.) is the strongest wood – some 3.5x harder than red oak – but this is darn impressive. As per the link: From the Army Corps of Engineers“The original hydro turbine bearings made of Lignum Vitae, lasted from 1934 to 2001. The Lignum Vitae bearing design kept the hydro turbine in service for sixty-seven years!Modern composite metal bearing materials such as Thoradon, Ryetex, Mycarta, and Phenolics are unacceptable mater...

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New Woodworker Workshop Setup #6: New shop-built air cleaner and a great deal on used tools

08-14-2010 02:50 AM by PocketHole69 | 10 comments »

Shop-built Air Cleaner I tend to do my woodworking once the sun goes down and it cools off, so to keep from waking the neighbors up I usually do it with the garage door closed. This was pretty brutal on my lungs even with a dust collector so I built myself a shop air cleaner. It’s built around a 1 micron bag filter and 2” pre filter from an actual commercial shop air cleaner (about $45), one sheet of 3/4 ply. The blower motor is a 12” squirrel cage blower that moves ...

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