Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'skill'

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Splinters of thought #7: How Do You Measure up?

10-30-2015 01:01 AM by bearkatwood | 5 comments »

Recently there have been articles discussing tape measure maintenance, selection and how to use them in the shop. My opinion is to use them at the cutoff table for large crosscuts with a radial arm or chop saw, and leave them there. There should not be a dedicated place in your woodworking tool cabinet for a tape measure. The closest I would come would be a fabric tape to measure curved work. I worked in construction for a while and used a tape for everything, I just don’t see their pla...

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Shop stuff #9: Blade cleaning

10-29-2015 07:30 PM by JimDaddyO | 3 comments »

I was watching one of the You Tube channels I subscribe to and found a neat way to clean saw blades. It works very well and I had one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moments. A great tip I got from the TabLeft Workshop channel that I tried.

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the never ending organinzing and improvements #2: I SEE IT BOARD. THE ORGANIZATION TOOL.

10-29-2015 02:17 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 0 comments »

Part of every workshop success is being organized and having templates on hand to trace and cut out, my shop is no different, for the longest time I kept my templates stuffed in a box, as of lately I have been getting request for shelves, rather than dig out these templates I created the “I SEE IT BOARD” this way a person can see the options that are available, it will be easier for me as well because I will be able to grab what I need and when I am done I can easily put it back ...

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Splinters of thought #5: Don't get all bent out of shape

10-27-2015 02:02 AM by bearkatwood | 1 comment »

Sometimes in woodworking you need a shape that just won’t work because of short grain issues, stock availability, design concerns etc. It comes to a choice of steam bending or bent lamination. When choosing bent lamination there are some concerns to consider. The First consideration is the form you wish to use to use for the glue-up process. I normally hate MDF with a passion, but for this application it works well. I have used cdx and a/c plywood, solid wood, and phenolic plastic t...

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Butterfly Dining Table #3: Curved Rail Joinery

10-26-2015 09:42 PM by Guy Dunlap | 5 comments »

After I take the rails of the bending forms, I true up one edge and then rip them to size. I layout for the angled cuts on the curved ends, and then cut them with the miter saw. All the joinery for the curved rails are then cut with the Festool Domino. I also go through my clamping strategy for when I’m ready for glue up. As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To get updates of this build as I go along, please follow me on Instagram –

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Build A Krenov Style Cabinet On Stand #5: Build A Krenov Style Cabinet On Stand Pt.5

10-24-2015 11:11 PM by wdwrkr631 | 2 comments »

Hello Everyone,Just uploaded the last video for the Krenov cabinet on stand build. This build was a lot of fun and had a lot of firsts for me. All in all I think it turned out very good. Here is a link to the video. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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10-23-2015 06:00 PM by Lazy_K | 2 comments »

just sort of a progress report I am making 2 stools for Rittenhouse is tots rectilinear walnut. dullthe other is more interestingthey wanted pale or white wood “like pine” and a square cabriole leg. Obviously pine would not do, but I have this nice white beech on hand… I’ll post these under the finished projects when I get them done. If any of you are leary about making a cabriole leg like this, let me tell you, it’s dead simple...

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Kanna Setup Video

10-23-2015 10:59 AM by Mitch Peacock | 2 comments »

Had a lot of fun producing my video on the setup of my first Japanese plane (‘Kanna’). It’s tempting to leave the entire process in, and much easier too, but for the sake of viewer sanity I cut out periods of sole and bed scraping, and blade lapping, etc. just leaving enough to show the methods. It still runs to twenty minutes, but hopefully anyone interested will stick with it to see the results! I can’t figure out how to embed it here on the page, but you can w...

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Butterfly Dining Table #2: Bent Laminated Lower Rails

10-19-2015 08:06 PM by Guy Dunlap | 5 comments »

In this video, I create the form to bend the walnut for the bent laminated lower rails. Then I resaw the walnut, thickness it, and use the form to create the radius for the the rails. You Tube Link – As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To get updates of this build as I go along, please follow me on Instagram –

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Bye gone Era #1: The Radial Arm saw, the unsung hero

10-12-2015 12:24 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 4 comments »

I remember growing up as a kid, walking into my uncle’s wood shop, the fresh smell of sawdust in the air, the beautiful sound of his radial arm saw cutting through a piece of lumber, the versatility of this wonderful machine, there wasn’t a single thing this saw couldn’t do. Every piece of moulding in my Uncle’s house was made on that saw, every door frame he built, he used his radial arm saw, he ripped with it, he cross cutted with it, he did all his dadoes and rabbet...

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