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FIRE! #1: Oh, s@&t! Not again!

10-22-2007 09:50 PM by Myron Wooley | 13 comments »

It’s been almost exactly 4 years since the Paradise fire- 10/26 to be exact, and San Diego County is on fire again. We got a reverse 911 call to evacuate this morning. Packed up the kids and pets, and got my family to safety. I laid hose all around the property, and I’ve been on firewatch ever since.The family came back about an hour ago, and everything is OK so far. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather until this is over. The wind is a vicious Santa Ana. single ...

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Filter for air conditioning in shop

10-22-2007 09:38 PM by GaryK | 8 comments »

I am not going through another summer without an air conditioner in the shop. It’s not just for the coolness but also to cut down on the humidity. I am hoping someone here can suggest a solution to the filter to keep all the sawdust out of it. I have a dust collector which I am going to “box in” to one corner of the shop with some kind of filter for the air coming out of the “box” due to all the air being sucked in. Second I have a dust filter/air cleane...

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Workbench Project #3: Tage Frid time!

10-22-2007 08:52 PM by Jon3 | 7 comments »

I don’t have access to a 24” planer or drum sander, so I figured I was on my own. Much googling later, I found the Tage Frid method for levelling a benchtop in situ with a router. Linky I grabbed me some cheap, but cleanly joined poplar, built out my custom rails and router sled, bought a big honking flat router bit, and set up to flatten! I took a very thin pass across the top, just barely touching the top of the cup in the bench. This operations throws up a HUGE a...

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Time goes by! Lets prepare to level that sucker

10-22-2007 08:44 PM by Jon3 | 1 comment »

As I have a small shop, my workbench must be my Workbench, Assembly Table, Mini Lathe Stand, Vacuum Press table, drafting table, beverage table, and much more, so I wanted to do 2 things. Get it properly flattened, trimmed out, fastened to the base, and get a good vice attached. First, the original bench was split using a crappy circular saw, and wasn’t amazingly straight. So I set up my infeed and outfeed roller stands, lined everything up, threw in my 24T ripper, and ripped a nic...

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Workbench Project #2: Making a base. Alternatively, learning to hate home depot.

10-22-2007 08:38 PM by Jon3 | 2 comments »

So, way back (9 months) in my woodworking infancy, I knew little of the wonderous joys of rough lumber, jointers, and planers, so I bought the lumber for my workbench base from home depot. 1×6 maple. I dug through the pile at the borg to try and find the straightest and cleanest pieces of the lot. I thought I had done well, but I was to be stunned later. I got it home and laid it out. Since there’s certainly no maple 2x lumber at the borg, and I didn’t think a 1x base ...

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Homebuilt CNC Router #2: Simpler, Stronger, Prettier

10-22-2007 08:30 PM by SPalm | 44 comments »

The next and final version. I needed to address some of the problems that I noticed from before. Complexity needed to be reduced. Some of the racking and shifting needed to be addressed. I wanted to remove the concept of keeping all the skate bearings so tightly pressed against the rails. And it needed a face lift. So I came up with a new (is anything new?) design. I kept the leadscrew and motor combination along with the torsion boxes. I got rid of the box below the gantry to ...

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Workbench Project #1: The workbench project begins!

10-22-2007 08:27 PM by Jon3 | 4 comments »

NOTE All of my photos have been migrated to a new provider, and the links in my posts are likely out of date. You can find the photos here. I actually began this project around 6-9 months ago, when I got into woodworking, and I did some of the original work then. It is surprising how far I’ve come in what I know to do, and not do, since then. I had a leftover benchtop that I picked up basically free from family friends. It was not pretty! It had a fairly thick finish on ...

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Woodworkers Help Save the Children #4: LumberJocks Unite! (comic)

10-22-2007 06:52 PM by Martin Sojka | 6 comments »

Thanks to John - gizmodyne for this special comic! ... you can get the flyer here

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Good Morning World

10-22-2007 01:49 PM by brad | 1 comment »

My three day sabbatical has come to an end. Rested and eager to tackle another week. Looking forward to trying to find time to get into the shop. Everyone have a great week and keep those blogs and projects coming.

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Reviews - Tools #2: Router Depth Gauge

10-22-2007 01:24 PM by Dekker | 2 comments »

I got this tool last year as a freebie when I made an order from Rockler, and I just tossed it in my router table and promptly forgot about it. But now that I needed to do some precision router table work, I finally got a chance to use it, and so I’ll give a bit of a review. Though I’m sure there are other examples of the same concept, this one can be gotten from Rockler for $5.99. Though they illustrate the gauge being used directly on the router, it is also useful for ...

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