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Craft Mall #1: Initial Inventory

07-24-2009 01:40 AM by Russel | 23 comments »

A combination of the 30 Projects in 30 Days challenge, my buddy Rustic setting up business in a craft mall, and stuff with no place to go caused me to seriously consider setting up in a craft mall myself. And with that consideration came a decision to do so. And, that decision resulted in going through my “stuff” and finding out what I had for inventory. When I am not making a piece of full size furniture I make smaller items; boxes and pens mostly. I tend to give away a lot...

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It pays to chat about the weather

07-23-2009 10:48 PM by dustbunny | 10 comments »

So I’ve seen many posts about wood gloats, now I finally have one of my own. I struck up a conversation at work with someone I don’t really know, the best topic, the weather, as usual. This summer Connecticut weather is more like Seattle weather, it has rained almost every day. I asked her if it was raining out, and she said yes, but not like last Friday. She then tells me that a tornado touched down in her backyard and she lost about fifteen trees….blah blah blah. On my ...

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Modified FWW Workbench underway.

07-23-2009 04:38 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

First off, I’d like to thank Marc Spagnulo (The Wood Whisperer) for giving me a clue about Lumberjocks. Had no idea this site existed prior to seeing the lj widget on his site… Now on to the business of my entry… I have been working on my own copy of the Fine Woodworking Getting Started in Woodworking design workbench, with a couple of either brilliant, or brilliantly stupid modifications. Not sure yet… Basically speaking, I love the base dimensions, but the t...

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Project concepts & ideas #1: Alternative to cyclone dust collector?

07-23-2009 08:43 AM by TheLandYacht | 11 comments »

OK. As I’ve understood it, the point of a cyclone DC is to slow the air movement down to allow the dust to fall into a receptacle before the air to move into the blower. Am I right on this? So, my concept is this. Instead of a hard-to-assemble cyclone setup, just a 5gallon bucket, with a smaller (1 gallon or so?) bucket mounted inside of it…with the below modifications. Lets see if I can describe my concept well enough not to need pics & sketches. So. A 5 gallon buc...

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A Visit to the Sawyer

07-23-2009 08:27 AM by Jay Neale III | 5 comments »

Tim Marko pointed me toward a local sawyer so I could get more hardwood for less money, and boy, did he send me to the right guy! Fritz Hannaman lives about 10 miles from my house, out on a little country road outside of Mansfield, Texas. I picked up all the wood you see in the back of my truck for $43. He even threw in a bunch of black walnut off-cuts I can use to make candle holders or parts for pretty much anything, and didn’t charge a dime for them. He said he was going to us...

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First Real Project Blog #1: Wood Identification

07-23-2009 07:30 AM by HokieMojo | 4 comments »

I’m planning to blog a VERY small project here but unfortunately, I need some help before I really get started. As an incentive for your assistance, I’m going to post a bunch of pictures which you will find below. I recently purchased the material for my project from and individual on ebay. I basically bought a box of thins/cutoffs of various unidentified exotics. I need so help identifying what I’ve got (if you are up for the challenge. Below is a photo of all the ...

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I'm gonna be a Star!! #3: Chip carving #1

07-23-2009 06:09 AM by kolwdwrkr | 11 comments »

So the chip carving has begun. I thought I would share a little bit of how to with you. I don’t have my entire pattern figured out, but I did choose this pattern for each of the points. So lets get started. You can purchase chip carving knives if you feel it is necessary, but I just use an old timer I’ve had since High School. It has 2 blades. The smaller blade is just fine for this type of work as long as you have it sharpened. Trace your pattern onto your piece by usi...

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Workbench #4: Base is almost finished. Top is on the base, upside down. Time to build the twin screw vise

07-23-2009 05:51 AM by Rob Drown | 5 comments »

It has been a while since I posted stuff, so first I’ll catch up. I finished the mortises and tenons and assembled the legs and stretchers. The legs are very square and stable but the mortises are not as tight as I would like. They are going to take some fixing. I have put the top on the frame up side down so that I could attach the vices easier. I built a large standard single screw vice and mounted it as the end vise. It didn’t come with instructions, so I must have taken t...

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Wood Gloat #3: This one is for you Karson

07-23-2009 05:01 AM by degoose | 17 comments »

Karson my good friend.You asked me if here in the land downunder we had any branches.Let me tell a little story.. Once upon a time a few years ago a fellow I know came upon an accident.. a semi trailer [18 wheeler in your parlance] had run off the road and hit a tree.. the tree was a Moreton Bay Fig….[ficus macrophylla]The truck was a write-off but the only damage sustained by the tree was that one of the branches had broken off.My friend,,,being a resourceful bloke…turned up wi...

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Redwood - what to do?? #4: Hello Birdseye!!

07-23-2009 04:44 AM by brukilla | 5 comments »

The grain on this redwood burl is amazing. This is a great motivator for the rest of the end table project.There are a couple of spots to touch up with some more light sanding, but I think I got it down to a reasonable level for the time being. I am interested in popping the grain and I have found a lot of information about Potassium dichromate being a good agent for burls of this type (safety, safety, I know and plan to adhere to the precautions). I am rethinking the design for the tab...

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