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Homebuilt CNC Router #3: Routing Large Mortises

2321 days ago by SPalm | 13 comments »

OK, I had 8 rather large mortises to cut for the feet and top of the trestles for a new workbench and thought my little tool would come in handy. It did a handsome job, so I thought I would share. I also did my first video, just the camera on a tripod, 5 minutes of routing. Boring unless you like this sort of thing. I thought this would be a good time to explain some of the things that need to be decided, even for something this simple. Unlike hand routing, you actually have to...

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Corner Bookcase "Lazy Susan, Rotating Center", Challange 04

2321 days ago by pappyjohn | 3 comments »

Hello All, Here’s my attempt at entering the Bookcase Challenge. My plans are for a Corner Bookcase Unit, with a Rotating Center Section. It will be constructed in two sections, Top and Bottom. These will be subdivided into three (3) sections, with the two (2) outer areas having Solid Oak framed Glass Doors with a golden color grill work attatched. The Top Middle Area will be the Rotating Lazy Susan Bookcase, it will be primarily of four (4) sections. Two larger areas for ...

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2322 days ago by jgourlay | 7 comments »

One day I just got fed-up after having mis-adjusted a marking gauge. I said to myself “self, I am sick and tired of always having to adjust my gauge for the mortise chisel width”. Took a lot of work—haven’t regretted the time spent a bit. I didn’t really know how to use a spokeshave before I began this: I do now!

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FWW Build Off '08 #1: So... it begins!

2322 days ago by RusticElements | 6 comments »

I know, I’m crazy trying to do this with only 2 weeks before the deadline but… I picked up the maple today. I was charged for 16BF, but I think it’s really a little more. Of course, it’s clean, so it’s actually less. While I was there, I picked up my usual supply of “random blocks”. This stack cost me only $20! So, what am I making? Well, I wouldn’t be attempting this with only a 2 week deadline unless I already had the mold made from t...

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Being Freed Up. Seeing wood and woodworking in a new light.

2322 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 18 comments »

Ok, I promised myself and my wife that I would quit typing so much and work in the shop more. So, I’ve been fairly quiet, only admiring all of the growth of LJ, and the projects and blogs a few times a day quietly. This growing bunch of folks has been truly inspirational for me. But, when I type too much, I don’t make things, bills come in the mailbox, upset spouse, thus the silence. After all, what I have to say isn’t all that important anyway. Something else my wife t...

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Honey Do List #3: Toybox in Progress - Finger out of commission

2322 days ago by cpt_hammer | 3 comments »

Well, I’ve been working on my daughter’s toybox for the past couple of weeks. I have the base and the bookshelf top assembled and now I’m adding trim pieces to hide the plywood edges and assembling the toybox lids. However, this weekend, when I was attaching my Kreg pocket screw drill bit to the drill, I got my pinky between the bit and the sleeve (why was it still in the sleeve? Don’t ask). It took 4 1/2 hours in the ER at the local hospital to get 4 stitches, te...

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My DW735

2322 days ago by flink | 7 comments »

Well, this weekend I made some progress on reorgnaizing my basement. I moved some 2×10x14 foot lumber destined to replace some damaged floor joists from workstands dividing the basement to a dead space along side the wall next to my tablesaw. Now that the lumber is moved, I had room to finally unpack my DW735. All I can say is wow. I can’t wait to run some nice maple through for the faceframes of my kitchen cabinets. I am curious, though. Why did Dewalt ever think that this t...

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RaeLynn's office #2: Threaded Inserts

2322 days ago by Topapilot | 3 comments »

I had read on the G+G Yahoo group that the handles for the file cabinet should be attached to the draw face with a machine screw into a threaded insert. My practice attempts looked like this: The problem was keeping the insert aligned with the drilled hole. If it tipped at all, the insert would jam and break. What worked was to take a long screw, cut the head off, thread on two nuts and the insert and chuck it in the drill press. Then I could lower it straight into the hole and tur...

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Hi Everyone, thanks for the welcome

2322 days ago by mctiger | 5 comments »

I look forward to listening and talking with all of you about our woodworking world. Thank you for the welcomes! I am an old timer, and I enjoy making toys, shaker-style furniture, and finish carpentry work.I started woodworking about seventy years ago in my father’s little shop. He was sort of a jack-of-all tradesand we worked on lots of different projects, mostly with hand tools. I came to really appreciate clean, sharphand (and later machine) tools, because my father insisted that I ...

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Bookcase for the Challange

2322 days ago by GaryK | 21 comments »

Well, here is my entry for the bookcase challenge. It’s meant to be constructed using standard frame and panel construction using solid wood, exceptfor the back which would be plywood. I have never seen a bookcase on wheels before, so that dictated the smaller size. Too heavy and itwouldn’t roll very easily on carpet. The advantages to a bookcase on wheels is the ability to move itfrom room to room or around the room without having to empty it. The reason for it opening ...

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