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My Welsh Spoon Brit-Style #1: Sanding

05-06-2017 02:25 PM by TracyT | 3 comments »

As a very, very new carver, I looked for a project idea to hone my skills. I fell in love with the beautiful Welsh Spoon that the Brit did, and thought I’d try it based on the great tutorial that he posted. This is my modest thank you to all of you that take the time to share your knowledge. This is made from a piece of cottonwood bark that I found on a beach here in British Columbia. Cottonwood bark has gorgeous burls in the grain but it can be problematic if you discover a ...

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Smallder Desk #1: Small Alder Desk = Smallder Desk -- see what I did there?

04-24-2017 06:43 AM by SauceMan | 0 comments »

Hey all! I’m late to start this post because I’ve already made a fair amount of progress. I recently got a used jointer and a planer ($250 total, both Delta), and I figured there was no better way to learn how to use them than to make something with them that will likely fall apart under it’s own weight. So I decided to build a narrow desk. I need it to set up my computer in a room I use for VR and couldn’t spare much depth. Many store bought desks are too dee...

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Table Saw Restoration #1: Intro and Cleaning Up the Top

11-15-2016 01:44 PM by Jared Tohlen | 4 comments »

This is my first post or utterance on this site, so bear with me while I get in the swing of things… I’ve always wanted to get into woodworking so I can build useful and practical things with my own hands. Within the last few months I’ve come into a host of woodworking tools and machinery, most of which were simply given to me once I expressed interest. These items include: a Delta spindle sander, old craftsman dual disc/belt sander, a vintage Buffalo Tool drill press, a ...

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Musings of an Amateur - Building a Sewing Table #2: Sanding and Cutting the Table Top

03-05-2016 01:32 AM by JetDriver | 0 comments »

So I finally made it back into the shop courtesy of a nasty flu bug that knocked my wife flat and forced me to stay home from work. Given that my shop space is limited I had done some thinking about how to sequence the work flow and had decided that I should do as much cutting and sanding as possible before I start assembling anything. I am fortunate to have a 2 car garage so assembly space isn’t a big issue it just means forcing a car outside until I can get the project out of there. ...

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It Starts With a Workbench #5: Get this thing off the ground... with a vengeance

07-04-2015 10:20 PM by DocTux | 1 comment »

Started off working on my saw horses. I definitely appreciated the advice to build a saw bench, but it was going to be significantly more involved than the extremely basic set of stacking saw horses I did build. Plus it can’t stack, which was a huge detractor. I will likely build one later on, but probably not until I have a functional bench in place. This was the first time I had ever used a handsaw and attempted to do more than a rough cut to fit oversized studs in the back of my truck. It ...

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It Starts With a Workbench #1: Step 0: Get introduced to woodworking and become obsessed

06-29-2015 09:52 PM by DocTux | 3 comments »

Anyone who read my intro will know, I know basically nothing about fine woodworking. Transferable skills I have is the ability to work a saw, a driver, a nail gun, and lift heavy things. What started with an 8 minute video on YouTube and was fueled by having just binge watched Parks and Rec (Ron Swanson anyone?) not 3 weeks prior, has culminated in a regular obsession with woodworking. I had a mild interest in it after watching Parks and Rec as well as Rick Offerman’s stand-up comedy, a...

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New to this, in need of help!

04-10-2015 09:30 AM by LennonsDadsBeard | 9 comments »

This is my first entry and I am just starting out with wood working. For Christmas I had started making my fiancé a painters pallet. She is an artist and I wanted to make something aestheticly pleasing but also functional. I thought this would be a simple enough first project. I purchased a price of black walnut, kiln dried with a live edge. It’s a beautiful piece of wood. I mapped out my cups and began chiseling. All was well for a while but I don’t have the best tools as I ...

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Getting Started

12-23-2014 03:39 PM by averagedadworkshop | 3 comments »

So, this is an introduction to Jason. I am 27 years old and have always been active with some sort of project or another. My first experience with woodworking was in middle school shop class and carried all the way through high school where I spent as much time as I could in the wood shop. After high school the lack of access to a shop led me away from doing anything with woodworking and really any sort of projects at all. Then I got married and moved into my own house and the projects ...

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Rediscovering Woodworking #1: Making old tools usable with no space!!

10-20-2014 01:29 PM by Tim Royal | 2 comments »

I live in the urban San Francisco Bay Area in the smaller city of San Leandro between Oakland and Hayward in the East Bay. That means I have some advantages and some disadvantages when it comes to woodworking. The main advantage is the availability of free wood (hardwood pallets are everywhere and broken furniture on craigslist and curbsides) and good prices on old used tools. The main disadvantage for me is the cost of housing. Because of that I rent a two bedroom duplex with very little usa...

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Driftwood Fish #1: Bass almost completed

05-01-2014 06:35 PM by piddlinchic | 19 comments »

My first “real” carving and first time ever posting the process of a piece of work, so please just have patience with me :) The fish began with a piece of driftwood I found in the creek behind my house. It already had a nice curve to it, was fairly solid and had a natural “mouth” which I immediately thought would make a pretty cool fish. (sorry I don’t have a pic of the driftwood before I began sanding it some, I just wanted to see what it look...

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