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The Secret Birthday Present #4: Son's Skateboard

10-15-2007 11:42 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

After all the challenges I met to add the logo to my son’s skateboard, I have to say that I’m quite pleased with the result. The decal is a “window decal” purchased at Staples. I sprayed a coat of clear-coat on top of the printed decal to prevent the ink from bleeding. I attached the decal to the skateboard by placing it on a wet layer of waterbased wipe-on poly and then coated it all with several more layers of poly. I love how the wood shows through the “...

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Finishing Wisdom #2: Long awaited update

10-15-2007 07:02 AM by USCJeff | 3 comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve put some things I’ve learned in writing. I like the idea of blogs as a type of woodworking journal. It seems I see a lot of cool tricks and tips in articles and forget them pretty quickly. I just got to the point in my woodworking self-education that I now understand that finishing is really what makes the difference b/w good projects and great projects. I’ve done a ton of experimenting over the last few weeks and had a wide range of re...

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Hand plane journey

10-15-2007 03:59 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

As many of you know, I am trying to incorporate more hand tools into my woodworking. I’ve started reading up on hand planes and have bought a low-angle block plane to start with. I’ve decided that for myself and for anyone else who would be remotely interested that I would start a blog to document my progress (hopefully not my lack thereof). The first thing I’ve learned is that while it is very easy and useful to read everything you can get your hands on and ask anyone...

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Garden Shed ( progress pics )

10-14-2007 09:16 PM by john | 15 comments »

Hi everyone , Here are a few progress pics of my new shed. I had a few skids of 1/2” x 6” plywood lying around ( free wood ) so i decided to use it for the exterior walls .Then i will use 4×8 sheets of Chalet board over that and then trim everything with 1” rough pine.!50 percent of the shed is made from reclaimed wood.

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Rambling About Vision and New Site Features

10-14-2007 08:02 PM by Martin Sojka | 25 comments »

I was asked to write about the vision/mission statement in the sketchup repoistory forum thread. So let’s do it… I’m also going to ramble about the latest major feature requests – repository and wiki. As many of you know this website started as my personal project. I wanted to learn coding and website development in relatively new framework (Ruby on Rails). I also wanted to work on the non-client website… just turning all of my ideas into reali...

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Finally, My Dream Shop #6: Good to Go

10-14-2007 06:13 PM by Calgirl | 5 comments »

Well, the stumps are ground and we’re ready to start bringing in the fill and preparing the foundation this week. We have the permit and zoning approval. The cement sub came out and placed flags for the extension off of the driveway, and also to demark where the foundation of the shop will sit. My contractor says that it will take 4 trucks of fill for the driveway extension and the shop foundation. They are going to have to approach the shop on the grass beside the driveway and will...

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Furniture Restoration #13: Finished Chairs

10-14-2007 05:25 AM by Paul | 5 comments »

I had planned to get all three pieces of furniture to the same stage (the upholstery on) before applying the “gimp” which is a decorative flat braided trim that hides the nail heads. But I decided I needed the sense of accomplishment today that comes with “finished.” So naive as ever, I thought I would just whip out finishing the chairs and then move back to the settee – expecting to still make significant progress on the settee. Gimp goes on with hot glue ...

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Ornament 2007 #1: Design Planning

10-14-2007 04:37 AM by cheller | 1 comment »

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and relax. This is a long one. Earlier this year I posted pictures of a couple of the ornaments I’ve been making almost annually as a project. You can see them here. It’s time to start focusing on this year’s ornament. I started making an ornament/window hanging each year in 1996. I’ve missed two years – both because of work related time pressures. But every other year I’ve produced an edition of about 25 whic...

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Softball Bat #2: The Bats are Done

10-14-2007 03:33 AM by cheller | 8 comments »

At class Thursday night I finished both of the softball bats. First step was to burnish the bats using a dog’s chew bone (without the meaty center :-) ). This was done with the bats loaded into the lathe, but with the lathe off. With that completed it was time to coat the bats with oil (natural Danish oil). This was done with the lathe spinning at the slowest speed. And finally the bats were shined using handfuls of shavings (courtesy of the dust collection system). With the...

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Save The Children #4: A New Barrier; Need Some Help

10-14-2007 01:19 AM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

2 skateboards; 1 finished; 1 to go. Skateboard 1: logo was created using the Omni-Gel process and I think it has turned out quite well. Skateboard 2: I couldn’t get a photo copy today to repeat the process and my backup plan is a plastic window decal that you print on. The plastic is like the material used with overhead projectors. The back is tacky so it will stick to smooth surfaces but it can be removed and re-used. Test A: I printed the decal (it looks great) and I tried us...

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