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Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #4: Question 1: Warped plywood, what to do? Question 2: Best plunge router for table use.

01-05-2010 08:43 PM by Jim Bertelson | 24 comments »

Question 1:I have cut out a 48×31 inch section of 3/4 inch ply. As far as I can tell, it has a warp side to side, with the high point in the midddle of the 48 inch dimension, 3/16 inch at the middle in back, 1/8 inch in front. One out of the other three 4’x4’ sections has only a 1/16” warp prior to cutting, pretty negligable I would think. I really don’t have access to any better grade of plywood that I know of in this area. I think I should cut the base boa...

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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #25: Face Frames for Beginners

01-05-2010 07:42 PM by gizmodyne | 7 comments »

Chicken or Egg? Face frame cabinets are traditional in old houses like mine. A shot of my dining room. I have received some questions about why I started with the face frame rather than the cabinet boxes. Which is kind of a chicken or egg, pins or tails first type of question. If you do the math right it doesn’t matter as one should fit the other. Or build one to fit the space and build the other to match it (my actual method). For me cabinet building is interactive. I have ...

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A journey into the workshop. #36: The strange things we do to clean up...

01-05-2010 06:52 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

So I’m out in the shop last night… working on clearing the piles of stuff off of my assembly table / bench. Let’s see, I have a couple of surplus closet shelf brackets, and I have a 48” long piece of 12” wide 1/2” plywood. What kind of trouble can I get in with that right? Well inspiration, or stupidity led me to mounting the brackets, with their bottoms 1/8” higher than the top of the molding for the entry door to the shop… 4 wall anchors...

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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #24: Corner Cabinets Part 2: It all starts with rough lumber. Sigh....

01-05-2010 06:25 PM by gizmodyne | 2 comments »

I ripped and rough cut up my old fir beams. We had to take this picture several times to get a shot where I wasn’t making the angry woodworker face. My poor little 10 amp Black and Decker circular saw was not cutting it. The blade kept coming loose (that’s bad). I eventually switched over to my Craftsman 11 amp and got the job done. I start by surveying the board with my metal detector. Usually I spend a few hours pulling nails, but a I am getting impatient and there were s...

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My 2007 Table Saw Blade Comparison

01-05-2010 06:16 PM by knotscott | 9 comments »

This is a revised saw blade comparison I did in 2007. It includes general purpose blades, crosscut blades, and bulk rip blades. The general purpose blades are grouped and compared to each other based on cut quality in various materials with different types of cuts, feedrate, and their ability to do many things well. The crosscut blades were judged more on cut performance and freedom from tearout than versatility or feedrate. Inversely, the bulk rippers were evaluated more on feedrate and ab...

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Drill press help needed

01-05-2010 05:57 PM by paplou | 14 comments »

I have an old craftsman drill press that you have to slide the table or drill head up and down. Has anyone out there come up with a IDEA how to raise or lower the table with out busting a gut. the drill works great and can’t aford to buy a new one. Any ideas would help.

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Drill Press Table - Rockler, Grizzly or make my own

01-05-2010 04:11 PM by richgreer | 18 comments »

I just bought a new drill press (Delta’s 16.5 inch floor mount) and I want a drill press table. I could make it myself, but I see almost exactly what I want on the Grizzly website for $32.99. The materials I would need to make my own would cost close to that. Here is what I don’t understand – - Rockler also offers a table that looks to almost identical to the Grizzly model for $99.99. That’s a huge price difference. In general, I like Rockler. Their se...

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Daily Update #26: January 05, 2009

01-05-2010 03:50 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

What’s happening in the shop for January 05, 2009 . Getting the Batmobile for the finish shop. I’ll then start on a Contempo murphy bed a couple bookcases. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at or Watch us live:<div></div>

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Asian influenced coffee tables #1: Started milling table top

01-05-2010 10:32 AM by childress | 5 comments »

So awhile ago I was given a nice lot of wood. In that lot was a good size slab of myrtle for a coffee table. It measured about 20 X 36 X almost 3” I’ve been messing around with sketchup and have decided to make two tables. So, today I ripped the slab in half on the bandsaw. This way, I can resaw the two planks and get two bookmatched table tops After jointing and planing, I was amazed at how beautiful this wood is. ALOT of ray fleck in the quarter sawn (which is most...

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Plane restoration #3: Stanley/Bailey No 6 second plane part #1

01-05-2010 09:01 AM by Alonso | 10 comments »

I came back from work today, after a very long break of 17 days, it was a really hard day since I had it to get use to wake up early deal with the traffic, the boss etc, I was literally dragging all day long, and to my surprise I found that the second No 6 I got on ebay was already waiting for me to start the restoration. Let’s take a look what I got. I think I’m having some kind of attraction for highly abused and damaged planes, I really love to see the restoration process being...

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