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Shop stuff #67: Upgrading the shop

12-04-2016 10:40 PM by JimDaddyO | 0 comments »

After the coffee table build I took some time to get a bit further along on the shop itself. Doing it a bit at a time is not really the recommended way of doing it, but it is what the budget allows. This is a long term project and I throw a little at a time into it. I never heard of a shop being truly “done” anyway. I didn’t think I had enough footage for a video, but it turns out I had more than enough, so there will be another update in the near future. View on You...

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Shop stuff #66: 2003 MIM Fender Stratocaster

12-03-2016 01:18 AM by JimDaddyO | 0 comments »

I have quite the back log of footage. So I figure I will keep mixing it up and putting out different themed videos instead of concentrating on just the coffee table build (where I am sitting right now writing this). I have done a couple of guitars for this guy, so he must be OK with my work. This 2003 Strat was one he bought on Kijiji and sent it over to me to get it working the way he likes them. A bit of wiring, lots of cleaning, and a bunch of adjustments later and the guitar is just a...

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Jigs and Tools #2: A Bee's Knees Wood Bender Thingy

11-29-2016 11:31 PM by GnarlyErik | 10 comments »

In a long career, I’ve used all sorts of rigs to bend wood, from steam boxes, steam jennies, wood boiling rigs, rosebud torches played on wet rags and heat guns. Some time ago I built myself a propane fired steam-box for bending things like boat frames and plank ends. But it is so big and gawky it mostly just serves as merely another shelf in my garage workshop. I’m on a kick building stringed musical instruments right now, which requires bending extreme curves in thin and narr...

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DIY Simple Self–Centering Doweling Jig in 30 minutes

11-29-2016 04:41 AM by CrazyRussianWoodShop | 5 comments »

Hello Colleagues, In this simple project I decided to combine to simple devices into oneIt literally takes 30 min. to make this jigHere how it worksHere is a 3 min. instructional video with the jig’s dimensions:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fltq6UL8jLQ Happy Woodworking!

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Dovetail jig enhancement #1: PorterCable dovetail jig enhancement

11-26-2016 05:27 PM by swandog | 2 comments »

I had a need to create a bunch of drawers. I wanted to use baltic birch plywood for the drawer boxes and I wanted to have them dovetailed. The problem I faced and maybe others too is tear out of the plywood. I was always fumbling with a way to clamp a backer board tight to prevent tear out. I came up with a solution to attach “clamps” to my porter cable 4210 jig and use it’s structure. Here is one of the clamps I made. If I remember correctly I think it’s 1 1/8&#...

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Cherry Projects #1: Box - Planning the Project

11-22-2016 06:16 AM by Cathie Zimmerman | 2 comments »

Hi! It’s been a little but since I’ve posted. Now that Phoenix, AZ isn’t so hot I can get back out in the shop comfortably more often. More time equals more projects. More projects means more experience. More experience (to me) means more creativity and more exploration. So, cherry is on sale down at Woodworkers Source on the I17 frontage road between bell road and union hills. It’s about $5/bft so I bought about $50 worth; I’m tempted to go and buy more nex...

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Life happenings #5: Off topic, but things that need doing

11-20-2016 06:25 PM by JimDaddyO | 2 comments »

It’s a work shop, not just a wood shop. There are things that need doing on a seasonal basis around the home. Getting the winter tires on the car is one of them. Now that the summer tires are off, I can give them a good cleaning and inspection. I am trying to make the chrome look as good as it can using a method I saw a few guys doing on You Tube. Not 100% successful, but the rims look much better. View on YouTube

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Shop Tips & Tricks #19: The Art of Middles of Symmetries

11-20-2016 03:12 PM by GnarlyErik | 3 comments »

I don’t know why I did not think to include this as a part of my blog about centerlines since it is very closely related. I will call this notion ‘The Art of Middles of Symmetries’.  Simply put, all symmetrical shapes by definition have a ‘middle’, or centerline. Stating that notion as a corollary to centerlines, you might say: “All symmetrical shapes have an EXACT middle centerline.” Take advantage of this simple fact by using it when laying out ...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #18: The Zen of Sandpaper and Sanding

11-19-2016 01:34 AM by GnarlyErik | 5 comments »

Many wood workers will already know these things, but for those who do not, here are a few pointers and shortcuts about sandpaper and sanding – things I’ve learned after decades of wearing my fingerprints off. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘NO SAND FINISHING’, and never let any smooth-talking paint salesperson tell you otherwise! Almost all woodworking projects need finish work. Most finishes require smoothing before the finish is applied. Normally, that means SANDING ...

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A journey into the workshop. #111: New video. Changing shop light bulbs in a messy shop for safety, and trying to figure turquoise out.

11-15-2016 03:52 AM by dbhost | 12 comments »

So my latest video is out here https://youtu.be/HTBscFGKJ5k I am going over changing out my 8 year old shop light bulbs for safety sake, and I include a 360 degree view that you might find interesting… I apologize in advance for the audio as I was in a hurry and forgot to use my audio recorder / lavalier mic. My on camera audio pretty much stinks. Trying to clean it up made it worse… Not in the video… Yesterday we went to the Houston Gem and Mineral show and I pi...

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