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Anyone use the Pomodoro Technique?

08-09-2018 08:03 PM by Out_In_The_Shop | 14 comments »

I find myself having a bit of a hard time staying focused some days and I’ve been looking into ways to be more productive with my (limited) shop time. On Instagram today April Wilkerson mentioned using the Pomodoro Technique and it piqued my interest big time, basically it’s working focused for 25 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break, after 4 of these 25 minute focused work sessions (each session is called a pomodoro) you take a longer 15-30 minute break. It seems to be exactl...

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Shop Notes #21: Single Task Table Saw Sled

08-03-2018 11:32 PM by Steve | 1 comment »

I’ve built quite a few different table saw sleds over the years but been happy with only a few of them. At the moment, the one I use most is a large version based on one I saw in a magazine recently. It came out pretty square and has T-slots for hold downs, which can be handy at times. For precise work, though, I found it to be a bit cumbersome. I cut a lot of quarter inch tenons from 1” x 1/2” stock for my jewelry cabinet doors. There are two doors per cabinet, so 8 join...

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Shop stuff #132: Roubo build Part 4

08-02-2018 11:30 PM by JimDaddyO | 1 comment »

Finally! The slabs come together as one unit. My first try at a draw bore loose tenon joint. It was an interesting experience with a lot of groaning from the tight fitting tenons. I could not tell this part of the story in 8 to 12 minutes. It had to go just over a half hour, but I think the story is worth telling. View on YouTube

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Shop stuff #131: Roubo build part 3

07-25-2018 10:35 PM by JimDaddyO | 2 comments »

Facing the consequences of inexperience with working with slabs this big and a bit of carelessness I carry on and get the slabs ready to join them edge to edge. I decided by the end of it that since I have no real “plan” other than a picture in my head I will push on through and fix things a bit later. Long hot work but they finally get to the point where I can start joining the slabs in the next video. View on YouTube

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Shaker Style Cupboard Using Only Hand Tools

07-25-2018 10:22 PM by wrenchhead | 0 comments »

I made this shaker style country cupboard using only hand tools. It has been a while since i did some traditional woodworking and wanted to improve my hand tool skills.This is also the first big project with my new workbench and was a good way to put it through it’s paces. This was a fun project and it gave me the opportunity to make a lot of different joinery (and gave me a good work out). Thanks for watching! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnlrl-T2diY&t=1s

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Keeps breaking belts

07-22-2018 09:06 PM by geppetto | 7 comments »

I have a 352VS Porter Cable belt sander that keeps breaking belts at the seam. I believe I’m using quality belts (Gator) but they keep breaking with very little use. Any suggestions on cause?

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Shop stuff #130: Work on the shop finished.

07-16-2018 08:15 PM by JimDaddyO | 3 comments »

Picking up where we left off last time. I build a torsion top to replace the old table and make some improvements to the function of the mitre saw. It also gives me a place for some future drawers. Then I get everything put back in place and the shop functional again. View on YouTube

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Across the Bench from Charles #4: Campechy revival

07-01-2018 01:46 AM by Monte Pittman | 7 comments »

If any of you follow Charles’s videos, the current group is worth paying attention to. Background, a gentleman came to the shop with a bunch of parts for 3 chairs. The wood was from a tree on the family property that had been milled and air dried. So these chairs carry sentimental value. But after cutting the pieces he realized that he had made “some” mistakes. So in hopes of salvaging them, he brought them to Charles to finish. The style of the chairs is a Campeache (Thomas Jefferson chai...

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Completing the H5 Mandola

07-01-2018 01:08 AM by Tomy Hovington | 0 comments »

There we are, the Mandola is now completely done and it’s a beauty. The finish is a mix between the Beast and The Wildfire.(Two of my most popular finish). Stunning Quilted Maple Back and sides, Abalone Inlay, Heavy Bear Claw figure on the Sitka Spruce Top. She’s gorgeous and she sounds AMAZING! Videos are up on my YT channel of this build and here is the last one where you get to see her up close… https://youtu.be/SPGdnfhaG0U

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Across the Bench from Charles #3: Devil's in the details - Part 2

06-30-2018 12:37 AM by Monte Pittman | 6 comments »

Box bodies were cleaned and sanded. One note sanding, if you damage your sandpaper on ROS sander like this, I recommend to change it. I have had it leave gouges in the wood. (IMHO). Profiles were cut on top and bottom plates. But remember that every surface needs to be properly cleaned. So for the round cuts, you can use a dowel of matching radius or get a set of these rubber profiles. Wrap sandpaper over it to clean the profile. Do not roll it over the square cut edge...

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