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Back in Time #1: How I Built My Workbench a Story in Pictures

03-25-2007 09:01 PM by gizmodyne | 11 comments »

Some of you were interested in how I built my workbench. Here are a few more details. The TopThe top is 1 3/4” x 24” x 60” prelaminated maple. Super cured infrared style. From woodcraft. $200 The LegsHere you see the legs. They are made from 4×4 home depot material fir. I passed them trough the planer for a crisp look. They are biscuited with #20’s. In this pic. Witness me drilling out for the lag bolts and screws.The short one is setup material.Here I brea...

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Jack the lad......

03-25-2007 07:08 PM by Philip Edwards | 10 comments »

Hi FolksFinished off the Jack plane yesterday. I was pleased with how well this plane came together – either I was lucky or the Wood Gods were smiling….. ;)I was interested to compare how it worked and felt next to my favourite wooden Jack. Pretty good feel, lightly than the original (which surprised me) but a good action. The wedge works real well, too. Just a light tap to lock it firmly in place. Nice!The tool chest base unit is coming along, too. I bolted on the wheels earlier ...

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Handplane Restoration #5: Plane Blades

03-25-2007 06:11 AM by WayneC | 1 comment »

This morning I got up, threw my tool hunting pack and my son in the car and headed out to see what would come our way. We made our way across town to the local Woodcraft store, stopping at a few yard sales along the way. We did not find much of interest other than a trashed yankee drill that happend to have all of its original drill bits in its storage area. A buck later and we were on our way. At Woodcraft, I purchased a Hock blade and chip breaker for use the Record T5 hand plane descr...

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Cabinet Progress #4: Carcase Cuts

03-25-2007 05:28 AM by gizmodyne | 19 comments »

La BambaI hunted down a source for vertical grain douglas fir plywood for our our kitchen cabinet project. So after about a month of procrastinating and a little bit of nice California weather, I took off after work to Phillips Plywood. Photo from They are located in Pacoima. (Think Esau Morales, "Riiiiitchieeeeee!!!!!"). I called in my order and voila: $700 bucks lighter and thirty minutes later I was trucking home with 5 sheets of 3/4 and 3 sheets of 1/4. Nice place...

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Kitchens #2: What have I done!

03-25-2007 02:48 AM by dennis mitchell | 12 comments »

Haven’t been out in the shop much. The cabinets are built. Doors are done. Drawers about finished. It has been a nice and educational change of pace. This week I’ve been out installing prefabs. Yesterday I peeked in the house that was being built next door. The American people are just getting ripped off. The craftsmanship was very bad…very, very bad! The painter was touching up and we chatted for a while. He was just sick and tired of being treated bad. (he used the ap...

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Important: Moving to new server on Sunday at 1am EDT

03-24-2007 09:34 PM by Martin Sojka | 15 comments »

Since we need to get ready for the Challenge announcement in the Popular Woodworking newsletter this week it’s time to move to new server. The new server is located in the same Dallas data center as the old one and is maintained by the same company. However it’s much faster (running on new Core 2 Duo processor), has more memory etc. I believe that exciting time is ahead of us here on LumberJocks so we need to get ready for the growing popularity. The former upgrades were just t...

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Our Shop #4: Our Router Table

03-24-2007 08:46 PM by MsDebbieP | 12 comments »

Oh yes, oh yes, the saga continues. Review1. Last year we bought a set of templates to be used with a router on a router table.2. We bought a table/router combination from Sears. The adapters did not work with this model. 3. We ordered the special adapter plate for the “back up plan”. 4. It didn’t work. 5. We bought a “universal” plate for a table so that we could make our own table. 6. The “universal plate” doesn’t work with the Sears’...

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'This Old Crack House' #24: This Old Crack House…Murder She wrote,...said the note… that was left on my car windshield.

03-24-2007 12:25 PM by Dusty | 13 comments »

From day one, when she moved in across the street, I knew this was going to be an interesting neighbor. Simple friendly gestures, such as a wave of the hand, were completely ignored. She was unresponsive to my attempts to engage her in friendly conversation from across the fence when she walked from her car to the front door. It was as though I didn’t exist. I tried several times to break the ice because we are a very tight-knit neighborhood and want everyone to feel welcome. We also w...

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'This Old Crack House' #23: This Old Crack House…a short history lesson…her checkered past chapter

03-24-2007 11:35 AM by Dusty | 3 comments »

The previous occupants of The Old Crack House were only renters. According to Ms. D, they had lived there for over ten years. They knew the original owner and builder of the house who was a master carpenter. He built the house before this area became a city. Early records show that his grandfather had owned the land since the late 1890’s. He started building the house in 1920 and finished it in 1923. He had several acres and gave each of his daughters a lot and built them a house in wh...

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Ridgid Band Saw Vibration

03-24-2007 09:47 AM by GrandpaD | 4 comments »

I sent this e-mail to a fellow woodworker, but thought it might be of some use to others who have had the same problem with their Ridgid Band Saw. Well, last night I went home and couldn’t wait to test out what suggestions I learned from some of the guys. Here’s what I did. Removed the blade & spun the wheels. I noticed they returned to the same position each time; even when only turning them 1/4 turn. I marked the location of the spot and thought, “this thing is...

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