Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'tip'

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Sauce's adventures in woodworking #3: Harbor freight clamp retrofit

02-18-2018 08:00 AM by SauceMan | 3 comments »

Hey, This one goes out to Paul Sellers… He says he uses cheapo clamps that he strengthens by adding a piece of wood inside to make them sturdier. So I bought 10 HF clamps for $130, and tried it for myself… Here you can see how easily these clamps bow and flex. In both cases I put very little pressure… So I cut some long pieces of wood and cut a slot into then for the protruding notches on the aluminum. I used oak and hard maple because I had scraps of bo...

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UV in the Shop #1: Hide Glue Fluorescence

02-13-2018 05:29 AM by Rich | 2 comments »

An interesting feature of hide glue is that it fluoresces under UV light. Most glues fluoresce to a certain degree, but hide glue really stands out. It’s a great thing to have in your bag of tricks when you’re cleaning off glue from joints, etc. Hide glue washes clean in warm water very easily. Unlike synthetic glues, you can even clean it off long after it’s hardened. One frustrating thing for me has been that its neutral color, a real benefit in woodworking, makes i...

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Shop stuff #116: Modding pipe clamps with built in cauls.

02-11-2018 02:42 AM by JimDaddyO | 0 comments »

When doing glue ups, it’s always hard to manipulate the clamp, plus the cauls, plus keep everything aligned. This helps with that if you work in a shop alone. I made them a bit wider too so it helps the clamp with stability when on a bench too. An easy project from pieces I had around the shop. View on YouTube

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Removing Bubbles in Epoxy Fill Using a Vacuum Chamber

02-06-2018 05:21 PM by Rich | 6 comments »

I’m working a lot with mesquite lately. It often requires a significant amount of epoxy to fill cracks and voids. I was having a real problem with bubbles that, after planing, were a nightmare to deal with. Initially, I tried to work on filling them with different hard fills, and had excellent results, that is until I applied the finish. There was a distinct difference in the way the Arm-R-Seal cured on the board and epoxy versus the fill. This was true with a variety of fill optio...

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Lathe chuck mounting method

02-03-2018 06:51 PM by LesB | 5 comments »

Most of my wood turnings are mounted on a Nova chuck and a lot of it is rough wood sometimes called firewood. Getting the turning started and mounting it on the lathe is often a multi step process. Techniques such as using a face plate mount with screws into the blank so the first chuck mounting spigot or dado (recess) can be made on the lathe or using an intermediate waste wood mounting disk glued to the blank, or by using a threaded spur center with the tail stock (a popular method), or som...

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Prevent your doors from freezing

01-23-2018 02:56 AM by woodify | 0 comments »

Mother Nature recently tried to keep me inside. So I busted out my heat gun and got to work.View on YouTube

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Japanese Inspired Picture Frame Greene&Greene / Shou Sugi Ban.

01-15-2018 10:10 PM by Gbluee | 3 comments »

I worked for 22 years in the steel manufacturing sector. 11 of those years were for a trailer manufacturing company. When I left I asked them for a picture file they had of the whole crew of one of the biggest project I was involved in while working there.I decided to make a Greene&Greene mixed with Shou Sugi Ban for the finish.I also made a video of the build and it is on my You Tube Channel. I’ll leave a link to it below:

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Jumbo Storage Cabinets

01-14-2018 03:27 PM by woodify | 0 comments »

I built two of these extra large storage cabinets to hide the junk in my garageView on YouTube

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Octave Mandolin #15: Making the Octave Mandoli Ebony Fretboard

01-09-2018 04:25 AM by Gbluee | 1 comment »

For those of you who follow the Octave Mandolin build, This is the latest video in the playlist… Check it out!!!

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Router table upgrade

01-03-2018 01:35 AM by Al Breit | 2 comments »

I just took my Kreg router table enclosed the router motor for better dust collection and added drawers for storage of router bits. I bent up an aluminum box to enclose the router with a 4” dust port. Added some extra holes for locking the spindle and a brass bar for locking the spindle height after adjustments. For the brass bar I cut a slot just big enough to allow the bar to fit through and a simple heavy duty rubber band to keep the lock leaver up right.

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