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Workshop #1: Performax 22-44 Pro

2395 days ago by Thomas Porter | 11 comments »

I’m going to be introducing you to my shop one tool at a time. I’m currently upgrading and making jigs/fixtures for a number of my machines and buying some great industrial tools in the near future. My shop is coming together piece by piece and I hope to show you the progress as I go. So here’s the first of my recent upgrades… I recently upgraded to a “Poly Belt” on my Performax 22-44 Pro from the original 100 grit conveyor belt. Most people don’t ...

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Entry Closet Project #8: The End is Here!

2395 days ago by Todd A. Clippinger | 31 comments »

Finished! Well it’s been a long journey and it did not end without one extra push. I finished installing the copper handles Monday by 11:30. There was a couple of scratches but I was certain I could buff them out. This is a skill that goes with the territory. I worked on the finish for the next six hours and I could not get the finish to blend. How to Remove a Scratch- After exhausting all other options this is what I resorted to today: Yes you are seeing it correctly...

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My journey in workbench design #3: More thoughts on Workbench Design

2395 days ago by Mike Lingenfelter | 11 comments »

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to which bench design would work best for me. I still like the first bench I designed, based on a Frank Klausz style bench with a few modifications. As I started to think about building the bench I knew it was going to be ambitious, in skill and time. I went back to the drawing board so to speak. I reviewed all of the information I had gathered in my workbench research. One bench started to standout and it was the Holtzapffel bench, which Christopher Sch...

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The Tool Gathering Odessy #3: I See No End in Sight!

2395 days ago by Tomcat1066 | 19 comments »

It’s true, the end is nowhere in sight. I may be gathering tools for my entire adult life. My #80 cabinet scraper got hear yesterday, and the last two of my Japanese chisels got here today. I have a D8 rip saw en route shortly, accompanied by a Warranted Superior saw that looks like a cross cut. I already have a dovetail saw, though I’d like to get a western style to play with. Everywhere I look, there’s more and more tools that I can easily foresee me needing. Lucki...

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Dusty's father was hurt while raking snow.

2395 days ago by Karson | 45 comments »

Dusty’s father was hurt while raking snow. Dusty’s message to me: “He is 82 and had a very very bad fall last night and is in very serious condition with several fractures, cuts, bruises, and other injury’s. He fell off a ladder while raking snow. He is in intensive care” May I ask for your prayers for my father? A second message had this information: “My father is in ic unit in St Cloud Minnesota, ( that is about 100 miles from me) in serious but ...

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So you want to go pro #6: Paying Your Way

2395 days ago by odie | 9 comments »

Well here we go again. Can you be a book keeper? Well, how about a good record keeper? When we started this little endeavor we asked, asked, and asked some more questions. Most of the questions, we asked our friend and tax accountant. He handles many businesses’ taxes and accounting problems in the state of California. I need to point out something here, accountants speak a different language than woodworkers. He was asked such questions as: ”what”, “what did you say”, and “what the hell does...

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2 x 4 Project #1: A one entry blog

2395 days ago by CutNRun | 13 comments »

Yesterday, I posted a taper jig project. The taper jig was used in my entry for the 2×4 Project. Before the taper jig was made, I had to locate a 2×4 to use. This was relatively easy. I knew a local lumber yard carried very high quality Douglas fir dimension lumber for use in finish work. I located a completely clear, tight grained 8’ board. The only downside was it cost substantially more than the typical big box store stud. Oh well, this is for FURNITURE, not being st...

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First Shop #6: Reflections

2396 days ago by YooperCasey | 5 comments »

So here I sit, less two wisdom teeth, browsing through Lumberjocks gazing at projects, reading the forum, checking blogs and taking stock of where I am at. My journey as an amateur woodworker has barely started and I have been exposed, through this site, to more methods, techniques and projects than would normally be possible even in traditional education. Now I’m not saying that the education I’ve gained here passes up what I would get at Inside Passage, or College of the Redw...

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Power carving burr selection (or, "Learn from my mistakes)

2396 days ago by schwingding | 18 comments »

So you bought a new rotary carving tool and need to buy some carving burrs, eh? Confused? I bet you are. The new power carver can easily become befuddled with the bewildering array of burr choices on the market. Hopefully this article will help you avoid buying the wrong burrs for what you need to do. Burrs come in plenty of different shapes, types, sizes, and materials. You can find them with diamonds, rubies, ceramics, and various oxides of all sorts. Then there are HSS, carbide, carbon ...

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Sanding #3: Don't sweat the small stuff

2396 days ago by schwingding | 10 comments »

As I’ve discussed in the previous two entries to this blog series, finishing is an important part of the “craftsmanship ” that goes into your work. We’ve talked about sanding flat stuff, round stuff, and now we’ll talk about sanding the small, detailed stuff. We will make a distinction between small items like a spoon and detailed items like a face carving, as they require different methods. I’ll also show you the actual products that I like to use in each ...

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