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Shop Tools #3: Chisels

05-31-2007 06:41 AM by WayneC | 4 comments »

I spent a little time in the shop this evening working on putting some of the old chisels I have back into working condition. I have a newer set of Marples that I normally use, but I am trying to get sets of older chisels together. For example, I want a set of mortice chisels and perhaps a set of the old Stanley 750s. I’m giving them a light cleaning and removing any rust, regrinding edges, and sharpening. The handles are still loose. I want to get some measurements and add them ...

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Thorsen Table #4: Down to the Wire

05-31-2007 05:15 AM by cheller | 3 comments »

I am going to cut it very close on this. If I didn’t have to work tomorrow I’d be fine, but I do have to work. I expect it’ll be 9 or 10pm before I get pictures posted – and it’s possible the finish will still be wet! This project has pushed me and has brought out the perfectionist in me. I cut the legs twice – because I wasn’t happy with the mortises on the first set. And given the opportunity I might recut a couple of the other parts as well....

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A Workbench's Progress #3: How much wood will $80 buy?

05-31-2007 05:07 AM by TheGravedigger | 7 comments »

I decided at this point that I should install the front and end vises with their wooden jaws prior to surfacing the top. So, my son and I (remember, 150 pounds or so) flipped the benchtop on its back, and I made sure the vise mounting spots were relatively flat and square to the edges. Then it was time to construct the wooden jaws, and obviously, whitewood would never do for this application. The only logical choice seemed to be maple, which is not available as a locally-produced wood. ...

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Back on Track...

05-31-2007 04:12 AM by RobH | 2 comments »

Well, I took last Friday off in order to make it a four day weekend, and I was able to get some things done. I did get the top done for the sharpening cabinet. Now I am ready to mount the grinders to the inserts. As I was positioning my main gridner on the insert I realized that I would not be able to mount a Wolverine jig to the table in the current configuration. The grinder sits too far back and is not high enough. I can fix it to move forward, but if I adjust the height any at all th...

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Twas the night before the knife...

05-31-2007 02:19 AM by Greg3G | 16 comments »

Well here I am, the night before the knife. Surgery on my shoulder is scheduled for very early tomorrow morning. Emotions are running through me in every direction, eager to have it done, scared of the outcome, terrified of the inablility to work either at the day job or in the shop. First let me explain what is going on. I spent a number of years in the Army and during that time, I had dislocated my shoulders a number of times. That said, they didn’t have the technology at the time to tel...

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A Second Experience in Building a Burial Casket (aka Thorsen Table Challenge Entry)

05-31-2007 01:30 AM by Mark A. DeCou | 12 comments »

—————————————— UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE:After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a long thread of folks wanting to build their own casket, or wanting to build one for a close friend or family member. There are many reasons a person would build their own casket, including saving money...

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"Tree Standing" --by RusticWoodArt

05-30-2007 01:56 PM by frank | 3 comments »

Tree Standing ....and there i stood in the stillness of abstract noise opprobrium, where steel puffing dragons smoked firesticks of exhausted fumes, and as i watched the steely feely fingers desiring appetency for ostium, till i knew twas past my hour of angiosperm blooms…. —-if you think me any the wiser before my now, then one must know that i was sadder back then before my exile, when all my substance was but a pressed expression of zachun, as if i could have stayed among...

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Table Challenge #5-#5

05-30-2007 05:11 AM by jockmike2 | 13 comments »

2 days left and I got a finish coat of stain on tonight, after my wife got home from work and helped me get a burl. The city dumps trees and compost and dirt about a quarter mile behind my house and my cousin is on the DPW. So I have free access to all the fallen trees in the city. The other day I was back there with the quad checking out my lumber and noticed a big old maple burl I could’nt pass up. So I started working on it with my chain saw. I never finished it through the holidays ...

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A Workbench's Progress #2: How to use a half-gallon of glue on one project.

05-30-2007 05:02 AM by TheGravedigger | 9 comments »

Now I needed some wood. Since low cost was a priority (the vise hardware was setting me back enough as it was), I decided on basic whitewood studs. I know SYP would have been better, but if I was going to screw up, I didn’t want too much money involved. Besides, I reasoned, if it became unusable in a few years, I would have gotten my money’s worth, and could simply build a new one with better materials and more experience. The vise hardware and jaws would be reusable. So, h...

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Kitchen Remodel #3: Buffet / Hutch Cutting the Stiles and Rails

05-30-2007 04:28 AM by Karson | 5 comments »

The continuation of the Buffet / Hutch build. Today was a busy day, just not in the shop. Lunch with my wife, pick up the kids at school, etc. So when I got into the shop it was after dark. I posted a blog on Hardwood Lumber GradingThis is why. My best friend, who I moved away from when I moved to Delaware, and I went together to purchase some wood that was rated as Select. I was unable to go pick it up, but he went and picked up the wood. If I had been there I think I would have walke...

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