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Saw Making #7: Panel Saw from a Great Neck 26" Saw

01-24-2018 03:29 AM by AgentTwitch | 3 comments »

This installment is taking an inexpensive handsaw and turning it into a panel saw. I have wanted a Lie-Nielsen panel saw for some time (actually a pair of them in rip and cross cut configurations) to live in my non-existent tool chest that I hope to someday build. They are beautiful, and like all of Lie-Nielsen’s products, they are very well made and reasonable for the precision and warranty they offer. I have no reservations buying a quality tool like LN, I just dont have the money...

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4 String Dulcimer Build #8: All but finished

11-21-2016 01:32 PM by Dave Rutan | 7 comments »

[Above] With the whole instrument put together, it’s time to attend to a few details. First I sanded the whole thing, rounding over the sharp corners. Here I’ve used a very thin bladed back saw from my modeling tools to score the locations on the nut and bridge for the strings. These are just marks for now. The final fitting of the strings will be done last of all. FYI the two notches are supposed to be close together. It’s a dulcimer thing. [Above] On the ...

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4 String Dulcimer Build #6: Frettin' over the finger board

11-18-2016 10:03 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

[Above] With the fingerboard otherwise finished, it’s time to cut the fret slots. This is actually the most important part of the whole process as the position of each fret makes the difference between musical instrument and a nice wall hanging. I looked up 3 separate fret calculators online and they all gave me the same answers. Using milimeters and my true to life meter stick, I marked the location of each fret on the wood, starting from the nut end. [Above] I’m us...

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4 String Dulcimer Build #5: Friction Tuning Pegs

11-15-2016 09:17 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

The last time I made a dulcimer I tried to buy guitar tuning machines to put on it to tune the strings with. I was thwarted in this because the music shops, at least the brick and mortar ones near me, IE LOCAL BUSINESSES don’t sell the to ordinary folks off the street. They will happily bring your instrument in and install them and charge you for that, but they won’t just exchange money for a tuning machine. So I had to buy them off of eBay and install them on my custom made mu...

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4 String Dulcimer Build #4: Fingerboard

11-14-2016 09:55 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

After cutting a new fingerboard stick from my mahogany, I proceeded to mill it, etc. Roy Underhill stated in his video where he shows, sort of, how to make a dulcimer, that the fingerboard is the key. You can stick a fingerboard on anything and it will work, but it needs to be correct. [Above] After cutting the stick to correct size, I marked it up according to the instructions. Several things get done to the fingerboard, and I already learned how to avoid a few problems from my las...

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4 String Dulcimer Build #2: Planing and Some Fitting

11-09-2016 01:04 PM by Dave Rutan | 11 comments »

[Above] Here I am planing the pieces down to thickness, top, bottom, sides, and fingerboard. This was the nicest day of the week, so I was able to do this outside. [Above] Finally making the brace for the inside of the instrument. It’s just a piece of pine. The circular cut outs are to allow sound and air through from one part of the dulcimer to the other. The band saw and I actually got along pretty well on this part. [Above] Here you can see the sides dry fit int...

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Pallet Coffee Table Build #1: Glue Up!

11-08-2016 10:17 AM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

Starting a pallet coffee table build. To see most recent progress search for #palletcoffeetablebuild on social media or subscribe to my YouTube Channel for the latest.

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Building Dave's Bar Clamp #1: Supplies and cutting

09-28-2016 10:19 AM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

[Legebla en Esperanto] I recently built two more of my wooden bar clamps. I decided to take photos along the way to show how they are made. These are made of 1×2 pine. Most of my bar clamps are of a very similar design. I’ve used them. They haven’t broken and they hold wood together during glue-ups. Using a stronger wood would make the clamp… well, stronger. N.B. I made these with basic hand tools. Using better tools will yield a more professional looking proje...

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Easy Made 2x4 Kitchen Bench!!!

09-24-2016 01:43 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 3 comments »

Well after 7 years of building my kitchen table, the benches are finally finished. Made from 2×4’s to match the table and stained a minwax special walnut. The overall dimensions are 73” long, 18” deep, and 35” tall. Click here to view on YouTube.

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New Shop! #11: Finished (Years Later)

07-29-2016 02:24 AM by Ryan Haasen | 7 comments »

Let me first apologize to those of you who were following my shop build back in 2012 – I forgot to post the finished product! I suppose my incomplete blog is the result of a combination of excitement with my new shop and just being busy with woodworking, school, and life in general. I know that if I was following a build and they failed to post the complete shop, I’d be a little ticked off! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the shop. I will beg...

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