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New Workshop #6: Shop is done and I'm moving on in

09-09-2010 04:42 AM by jcwalleye | 13 comments »

It’s been a couple weeks since the shop was completed and I’m starting to get time to enjoy it. Here are a couple pictures of the epoxy master floor going down. Here it’s being spread with the notched squegee included in the kit. And then rolled. Got the hydronic heating system in and running and none too early. The mountains around here have gotten snowed on 4 times in the last 10 days and it’s not melting off. Here’s a pic of the hot water heater, circ...

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Bowling Alley Workbench #15: Falling Off the Wagon... (vise that is)

09-09-2010 04:06 AM by PurpLev | 28 comments »

Hard to believe, I know. It’s been over a year since I announced the workbench complete, although there was always that missing part, that loose end that had to be tied off in order to officially declare it a complete project. Not only was it a loose end (literally, the vise screw was hanging loose in it’s slot), but it was a missing integral part of the bench that I kept on wishing I had setup and functional. The Wagon Vise to hold down boards for planing flat and similar work...

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Workshop Ramblings #7: What a year!

09-09-2010 02:09 AM by brianinpa | 4 comments »

Been gone for a while and haven’t been too busy in the “wood” shop. Too much time spent on a new old hobby of mine. Before: After: When I was diagnosed with MS I decided that I had to do the responsible thing and sell my motorcycle: boy what a mistake. This Spring I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. I had a deal that was too good to pass up fall into my lap so I bought a 1981 Goldwing that needed very little work. I have been enjoying it so much tha...

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09-09-2010 02:04 AM by lumberdog | 7 comments »

A few months ago i started looking for some kind of plan for a grinder frame using a 22’ stone wheel, i couldn’t find a plan but i found a couple of photos but they were not appropriate for the early 1800s time period.So i came up with what i think is close to what was built in the era.It is made out of oak,maple,ash and the water box is made of red ceder, it is put together with hand made square nails. The stone started out at 22” but i had to take 1/2” off to true it...

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Irwin Chisels - New to Wood Working

09-09-2010 02:03 AM by Muhamad Sara | 13 comments »

Hello Everbody, I’m brand new to wood working and new to lumberjocks and so far everybody on here has been wonderful and welcoming and I just have a quick question. I’m planning on buying my first set of chisels and I’m thinking about an Irwin 4-piece chisel set. I’ve read many reviews about Irwin Marples Blue Chip chisels but non about this set of Irwin Marple chisels. Are these good chisels? Heres a link:

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Fishing Nets Made My Way

09-08-2010 11:47 PM by Greg | 8 comments »

I wanted to share my experiences in making landing nets with you. This is from an article I wrote for the August 2010 edition of On The Fly, the newsletter for the Fly Fishing Club of Orange County. Building the Perfect Landing NetBy Greg Madrigal Like many of you, I started fishing when I was very young, and something about it never let go of me. Growing up with 5 sisters left our family with little to no money most of the time. Work for my father was hard to come by growing u...

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Dovetailed Utility Box #1

09-08-2010 10:53 PM by helluvawreck | 8 comments »

Last Saturday, after making four practice corners with hand cut dovetail joints, I began making a box with dovetails. I planned on doing the four sides and checking the fit of the dovetails. Then I would cut two 1/4 inch dadoes near the bottom of each side with pins paralell to the bottom edge just above the pins. In the two sides with tails I would cut a stop dado in the same position and parallel with the bottom edge. These would be finished off with a 1/4 chisel so that the dado would not ...

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Tips for dealing with Flea Markets

09-08-2010 10:24 PM by swirt | 5 comments »

I ran into this while searching for some details on one of the saws I just acquired. It is a collection of tips that originated on the old tools email list more than 10 years ago. It is generally geared toward old hand tool enthusiasts, but much can be applied to modern tools as it deals more with people than with the actual tools. The tips focus on a flea market setting but also apply to garage sales and estate sales. The people targeted include significant others and the people sellin...

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Timber Shows... #5: Looking out...

09-08-2010 10:20 PM by degoose | 2 comments »

If you were standing in the middle of the Torque Workcentre stand at the Canberra Timber and Working with Wood Show last weekend this is what you would have been looking at… out over the two TWCs…. we did take three but one went to it’s new home early on the first day… and the display table with what was left of the display items I took… they sold well too… You may have noticed the two TV screens that were playing the TWC DVD on a loop…. there wa...

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Dovetail Practice Session #1

09-08-2010 08:58 PM by helluvawreck | 9 comments »

Last week I received my Veritas dovetail saw and planned on having a dovetail practice session this past Labor Day weekend. Saturday, after straightening out my shop, I got out all of the tools that I would need and laid them on the work table near the front vise. I always have plenty of maple at the plant so I had brought home several pieces of soft maple that had been surfaced 4 sides to 3/4 in. x 5-1/2 in. I planned on making 4 practice corners and to take a break after completing each ...

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