Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'idea'

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Random Musings #1: Just finished having a "think."

07-27-2011 01:29 PM by SSMDad | 5 comments »

While I was just reading a review of a book here I started thinking about the nostalgia and admiration so many of us have for how wood was working in the ”old days.” I’ve seen a lot of comparison and puffed chests amongst the hand tool, power tool, and hybrid tool camps (to which I fall under since I like to use both). It seems to me that the best practice (can’t get away from IT terminology) is to use whatever type of tool does the job best. Sometimes it’s a...

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What to do with a half round window.

07-26-2011 02:20 AM by rcs47 | 3 comments »

We’ve all seen, and many have those half round windows. But what can you do? Buy a fabric, plastic or wooden fan louver? Why not build a wooden fan louver? Its really not that hard. I start by making the outside frame to fit the window. I draw one line that will give me 1/4” clearance inside the window opening. I draw a second line the thickness of the frame marking the inside of the frame. Because this is a simple curve, I didn’t need to build a complete two part form. I just need...

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How to grow your own work-shop / shed.

07-25-2011 09:21 PM by murch | 9 comments »

I needed a work-shop for my new lathe so I decided to grow one from scratch.Here’s how to go about it.First of all, go down to your local hard-centre or garden-ware and buy a packet of shed seeds. Next, get your apprentice to water the seeds The following morning when you come down for break-fast you will see how your new shed has grown. Over the course of the next few days you can slowly turn your new shed into Heaven. This is a happy bunch of projects / yokes in their...

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It's Beginning to look at lot like Christmas #1: A bandsaw box inspiration

07-25-2011 09:18 PM by Kerry Drake | 3 comments »

A couple nights ago I was laying in bed thinking about a particularly nice pine glue up cut off I had sitting out in the shop. Every time I’ve gone out there recently, it catches my eye. I had a rare burst of creative inspiration and a thought came to me on what I could with it. My wife loves snow men, so this should be something she will like. I am planing to make 3 drawers, if I was braver I would cut the drawers out, tape them back in place, and turn it so that it w...

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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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