Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'tip'

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Plane Sled #1: Planer Sled for Thin Pieces

11-25-2015 05:20 PM by Jim Jakosh | 9 comments »

I have a job where I need some thin stock ( about 1/8”) and my planer does not crank down that low for some reason. I also have some blocks that are about 6 1/2” square that I resawed for this project and they spin around in the planer because they are so short. I have often thought of using a sled to carry them through the saw and now I really need something like that. I planned to put a rail on the back for the cutter to cut against ,but the rollers push the wood through a...

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Butterfly Dining Table #5: Split Top Sliding Assembly

11-24-2015 11:27 PM by Guy Dunlap | 2 comments »

After the base assembly is complete, I start working on the sliding mechanism that will carry the split top. I use maple for some of the parts, and walnut for the slides that will be attached to the table top when I complete it. Although not very complex, it is a design that demands precision to work correctly. 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 Inst...

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Hints and Tips #17: DIY Small Sanding Spindle

11-20-2015 02:32 PM by Dave Rutan | 7 comments »

I needed a small sanding spindle to sand the small corners of a project I’m working on. My store bought sanding spindle is too big and I didn’t want to go out and buy one, plus even the smallest one in the store is too big. [Above] I found a 4 inch long piece of aluminum rod. It’s a little bigger in diameter than 1/4 inch. I used a hack saw to cut a slot down its lengthy about 1-1/2 inches long. [Above] I cut a piece of sandpaper about 2 inches long to fit ...

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Countersink From Screwdriver Bit

11-19-2015 08:26 PM by Tom Howbridge | 1 comment »

Using an old driver bit I made a counter sink by cutting of the ends and grinding a blunt point on one end, then I filed a flute along the ground edge, I used a cheap bit as its a lot easier to work with and sharpen but a good quality bit may hold a better edge. I found it worked really well with an impact driver a drill driver, high speed low speed, it worked quite well even for large headed screws, dry for yourself to see if you can create one just like mine or even better ! WATCH THE...

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Clean and Wax a Table Saw

11-16-2015 05:15 AM by Mike | 10 comments »

In this video I’ll show you how to remove rust and debris from your table saw’s cast iron top. This technique can also be used on any other cast iron tool surface. I’ve used this method for quite a while and it works well even in humid environments. View on YouTube

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Shop stuff #13: A simple and beautiful finish

11-13-2015 08:37 PM by JimDaddyO | 0 comments »

I have seen variations of this all over. I don’t think the ratios are overly critical. The results are wonderful. I think I may have found my “go to” finish. Replace the BLO with mineral oil for a food safe finish.

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Got some Bradford Pear logs, and a really big Saw

11-13-2015 01:40 PM by ChickenChaser | 5 comments »

There was a storm that knocked down a neighbors Bradford Pear tree. I tried spliting it, but that was a disaster. I had recently picked up an old one man cross cut saw from an estate sale for $15 so I re-sharpend the teeth to 90 degress for a rip pattern. It worked an I eventually got threw, but it took forever. I found that a 6 ppi 26” Pannel saw did the job much more efficiently. Just a little tip I wish someone could have told me before I spent all that time on the cross cut saw.

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Woodworker's perfect DIY Christmas Project.

11-12-2015 09:58 PM by Gbluee | 4 comments »

This Christmas make yourself the best shop addition DIY gift. Download the Blueprint PDF file here.. Watch the complete built and tutorial here..

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Splinters of thought #8: Mind your own Beeswax

11-11-2015 03:05 AM by bearkatwood | 1 comment »

While I was in Portland I got to see the master class graduation at the Northwest School of Woodworking and all the beautiful work they had created. I had time to see Portland a bit and got to go to the famous Powell’s bookstore. I went to an apple festival in Estacada where I got to make my own apple cider. While there I was able to watch some carvers working on a large tree stump that was to become a totem of a kind and some little kids trying out some old woodworking. I saw an ...

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My Push Blocks and Push Sticks

11-08-2015 04:03 PM by PCorl | 0 comments »

I have uploaded a video of what push blocks and push sticks I use in my shop. Not all table saw accessories are created equal. Please watch my video and see the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to push blocks. Here is the link to the video:

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