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How to Make a Hammer Handle

06-12-2017 01:26 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 3 comments »

View on YouTube So hammers are something that we all use and quite frankly there’s as many different ones as there are people in the world. There’s a hammer for every job, and there’s a gorilla somewhere that knows how to use it. To keep it practical, hammers/handles are purely individual taste. I’m not a big fan of overthinking things like thickness/shape/curve/popularityontheinternet. There’s no wrong way to do it but there are ways that work better than o...

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Modern Computer Desk #11: Addendum: Modem/Router Shelf

05-15-2017 12:14 AM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

When I started working on the desk, we weren’t sure if we were going to place it out in the room (with its back visible) or against a wall. Ultimately, we decided on wall placement, and that led me to an addition: a small shelf tucked under the bottom rear of the desk to hold our cable modem and wireless router. The shelf is simple. It’s basically an 18” long by 8” wide by 3” high box with an open back and ventilation slots on the front and sides. The actual s...

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How to Make a Handy little Scribe

05-11-2017 02:04 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 0 comments »

View on YouTube One of things I absolutely hate to do in my work is to waste anything. Even if it only costs 2$ to purchase the materials I feel as though throwing away something that can be repurposed is like throwing that 2$ in the trash. To a certain extent there are things that need to be tossed, but when you can make something like a tool then I think it’s worth the while to take the time to make something useful out of that waste. Thus we have this little tool. I had wante...

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ATTN OKLAHOMA WOODWORKERS!!

05-10-2017 02:49 PM by Jace McDaniel | 0 comments »

So I noticed after looking on Facebook that there were no woodworking guilds in Oklahoma that I could fine so I’ve made a Facebook page titled woodworkers Guild of Oklahoma basically just because a lot of other states have a guild and my hopes are to build some networking and make some relationships with some other woodworkers locally because to be quite honest I don’t have but one friend who is a woodworker and he can’t do anything right now because of a personal injury. ...

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Modern Computer Desk #10: Final touches: drawer knobs and legs

04-29-2017 02:21 PM by Ron Stewart | 1 comment »

Finding the right drawer knobs was almost as hard as finding the legs. We started out looking for something unique in color/material/texture (colored metal, crystal, art glass, polished stone, etc.) or form (rectangular, pyramidal, etc.) The number of available choices is staggering. In the end, we circled back to something small (to better fit the scale of the narrow drawers), with modern, clean lines that match the rest of the desk: Omnia Hardware Ultima II 9035 knobs that my wife found onl...

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Modern Computer Desk #9: Applying the finish

04-29-2017 02:18 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

We wanted a smooth, non-shiny finish, so Danish oil (Watco natural) fit the bill. Before applying the oil, I sanded all surfaces using progressively finer grits, ending with 280 grit. To apply the oil, I followed the procedure in the YouTube video How to Apply Danish Oil, by Fabian's Tiny Workshop. He demonstrates the process very clearly. The only thing I did differently was apply the oil with a gray abrasive pad (similar to gray Scotch-Brite, I think) instead of a paper towel. That le...

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Modern Computer Desk #8: Building the drawers

04-29-2017 01:47 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

I have a confession to make. I’m a lazy drawer box builder. I have the utmost respect for those who create heirloom-quality dovetailed drawers, but I’m not likely to join their ranks. I use 1/2” plywood (birch for this project) for the sides, 1/4” plywood for the bottoms, and pocket screws and glue for joinery. I do route a 1/4” square slot 1/4” from the bottom edge of each side in which to float the bottom, but that’s as fancy as I get. I used two...

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Modern Computer Desk #6: Filling the gaps in the mitered case corners

04-28-2017 07:16 PM by Ron Stewart | 2 comments »

The gaps in the case corners was a source of wounded pride, but they were really easy to address using sawdust and glue. (I also considered burnishing, but reserved that for a backup plan. Fortunately, I didn’t need it.) I started by taping both sides of the gap to keep glue off the surfaces. Then I filled the gap with white glue. Next, I dusted the glue with wood dust and pressed it into the gap with my fingers. Finally, I rubbed across the gap with my finger to remove ...

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Modern Computer Desk #5: Assembling the case

04-28-2017 06:02 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

In my previous post, I mentioned that cutting the bevels was the scariest part of this project. The second scariest part was assembling the case so the mitered corners looked nice. The issue was alignment. I couldn’t use splines to align the edges (unless they were blind). I don’t have a biscuit joiner, so biscuits weren’t an option. With my dowel jig, I’d never align dowel holes well enough to make things work. In the end, I decided to sacrifice a tiny bit of dr...

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Modern Computer Desk #4: Cutting the bevels for the mitered case corners

04-28-2017 05:32 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

The scariest part of building this desk was making the 45-degree bevel cuts across the 24” wide top/side and bottom panels. In particular, if I messed up any of the cuts on the former, I would ruin the top and both sides in one shot. I have a nice crosscut sled for my table saw, but it will accommodate stock up to only 21” wide, so it wasn’t an option. I didn’t feel like making a special sled. I’d love to have a Festool track saw, but I couldn’t justify ...

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