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Life hands you a big lemon...

07-21-2011 06:15 PM by Transition | 6 comments »

Since it has been, and is predicted to be, hot as a kiln in the Northeast, I thought I might take advantage of it and dry some rough cut, green lumber. I sealed up the ends fairly well. Using it for a segmented bowl, so I’m not to worried if it checks a little. Good idea? Bad idea? We’ll see… And I also set out some mint tea to brew. My wife and son drink it straight. I prefer mine with a little sugar and Bourbon.

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Bowl Lathe

07-19-2011 02:12 AM by gpastor | 2 comments »

Thought I would share a picture of an old metal lathe that I cut down the bed to make it a bowl lathe. I sold it before I ever got to use it.

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Capture a video screen shot as a project aid

07-16-2011 05:58 PM by stanley2 | 1 comment »

I’ve been quiet for a long time on this forum but have been active in the shop. Having met Sam Maloof 6 months before his passing and wanting to replicate his iconic rocker since first seeing it in FWW issue #42 back in 1983, I am making it now using Charles Brock’s instructions including dvd. The video is full of critical information that is not covered in Brock’s manual (understandably so) and being a senior my memory is often lacking. I’m using Cyberlink Power ...

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07-14-2011 10:32 AM by EMVarona | 1 comment »

1. Used two metal parallel arms of the same length. This makes possible a wider range of size variations since the router tray can be moved along a longer distance in relation to the template. Furthermore, lifting the router is easier when moving the stylus to a new position. The earlier version of this router pantograph is found here: 2. One problem noted in the original set up is the tendency for th...

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Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #7: Yet Another Update

07-12-2011 06:39 PM by lew | 22 comments »

Thought I would add a couple of additional “discoveries” on making these rolling pins. One of my obvious problems is that I always over think or over engineer everything. The Trim Jig is one of those examples. It now hangs, useless, along with so many other jigs that I have abandoned for a better way. Trimming the glued up inserts is easier, faster and less hassle if done on the band saw. No jig is require and the table saw blade height does not have to be changed between opera...

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Hot shop

07-09-2011 05:37 PM by Transition | 18 comments »

It gets a little warm in the shop during the summer. So for comfort I wear shorts. What I have found is that, as I work at the lathe, some of the copious amounts of sawdust gathers in the gap between my shoes and socks. With some woods (esp. Black Walnut for me) this is a problem. Mix the sawdust with sweat, grind into my skin over a couple of hours, and I end up with contact dermatitis (itchy, inflamed skin) on my ankles. It’s not serious but it is annoying. So I think I’ve...

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So I have this old beam from an 18th century house....

07-07-2011 05:54 PM by Transition | 6 comments »

So I have this old beam (pictured) from an 18th century house in which an aquaintance grew up. I’d love to turn it into a gift for him and his new bride. I believe that the beam is red oak. It is 6”w x 3”d x 36”l (39” if you count the tenon). I was thinking of cutting off a slab, turning five 4” bowls/vessels from the rest, and displaying them on the slab. But I thought I’d post it and solicit suggestions. What would you do with this piece?

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Oland Tools #1: Make your own Tools

07-02-2011 04:04 PM by jamsie | 6 comments »

I was reading “Around the”, when it said it was cheaper to make your own Oland Tools for roughing out bowls. I had a fallen tree, (sycamore) so now I can make a load of bowls (!) for next year. So I reckoned this would be good for the bowls.So I got some 5/8” cold steel, enough for 2 tools around 15” each.I drilled out 3/8” on one end, 2” deep, and I drilled and tapped the holes in the side. I turned the wooden handle, and made a steel handle...

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Router Sled for Flattening End Grain Cutting Board

07-01-2011 06:04 PM by Mauricio | 10 comments »

I glued up a cutting board with a table saw that was not properly aligned. As a result I had a glue up that was relatively flat on one side but way out of whack on the other side. The flat side was a huge pain to flatten with my little Ryobi belt sander even with 40 Grit belts. The rough side needed about 1/8” of wood that needed to be removed over most of the board. This is no joke with hard maple. It would have taken hours. My lumber dealer referred me to a cabinet shop that...

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Dewalt Table Saws? #1: DEWALT DW745 10 in. 15 Amp Compact Job Site Table Saw

06-28-2011 06:05 AM by WoodShopGirl5 | 6 comments »

Ive been doing woodworking for almost 3 years now in high school. Ive made a variety of quality projects like chessboards, boxes with cedar lining, clocks. I want to buy a table saw to use at home, but I dont want to spend a lot. I want it to be of decent quality though to do precise cuts. Im looking in a price range of $200-$450. Im thinking about this DEWALT DW745 10” Compact Job Site Table Saw. Its about $370. Would this be worth buying? Is it good quality??

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