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Hints and Tips #14: KISS System Dust Collector

10-02-2015 05:07 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

I don’t like the idea of breathing in dust while running my machinery any more than the next guy (er, woodworker.) A few years ago, when we finally stopped using our last box fan, I hid it away, having an idea to re-purpose it down the road. So a few weeks ago, I decided to take another step towards a safer shop. I dug out the fan and cleaned it up. After checking that it still ran OK, I went out and bought one of those filters for forced hot air heating systems and installed it on...

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Hints and Tips #13: Spalted Log Breakdown

09-30-2015 07:34 PM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

This is a 2 foot section of a 12 foot long branch which I dragged off our bank this week. I speculated that if it wasn’t too rotten that it would have some spalted wood in it. After cutting it in half on my band saw, I discovered I was right. [Below] I screwed the half log onto a board with an edge overhanging the board. More imortantly one edge of the board was clear of the log as well. This is so that the board will be flat to the table saw and the edge of the board will r...

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Easy Table Saw Jig That Has Many Uses

09-30-2015 02:12 PM by PCorl | 1 comment »

I use a simple method to make jigs that fit over the fence on my table saw. In this video I show that method and also some uses for the jig. The video can be found at: . I hope you find the information useful.

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eCabinets cut list in excel #5: Create a excel UserForm to print eCabinets worksheets Part1

09-27-2015 01:13 PM by ScottM1 | 0 comments »

Hello everyone here is my latest video on working with eCabinets cut list in excel. In this video I show you how you can make a excel user form that will automatically create a check box for all of the visible worksheets in the master workbook that I am building that will allow you to select the ones that you wish to print. Here is the link to check it out.

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How To #1: Dovetail Keys

09-26-2015 05:42 PM by Canadian Woodworks | 5 comments »

In this video you can see how I typically make and install dovetail keys. Dovetail keys are used to keep a crack from opening up any more, they also add an artistic touch visually.

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Hints and Tips #12: DIY Bench Cookies

09-21-2015 07:24 PM by Dave Rutan | 10 comments »

Somewhere recently I was watching a video where Bench Cookies were mentioned. I then ran down into my shop and poured out the contents of my ‘wood wheels’ which are mainly the plugs I save from my hole saw. I had 4 plugs about 2 inches in diameter and close to 1 inch thick. I pulled out a place mat that I saved from the trash. It’s made from shelf liner material. I glued the plugs onto the placemat with contact cement and trimmed them out. Now I have 4 bench cookies...

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Window Treatments #1: Installing an Ikea window block-out roller blind

09-16-2015 08:15 PM by Joseph Garcia | 0 comments » Item: Tupplur - Block-out roller blind, white Curtain BlindsDetail: 39” x 77”, screws are not includedCost: $20.00Installation: $15.00Total: $35.00 / $38.00 with taxesSetup: 1 Hour – For a custom width installation. Measure the inside width of the window.(For example 33-1/2” wide from inside of the left side to inside right side)Measure from the roller end and mark the rod with a pencil 4...

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Four-Poster Captain's Bed #3: Creating the shop workspace

09-16-2015 07:37 AM by RobII | 0 comments »

I spent over a third of my recent life in a small home with a single-car garage. One year for Christmas or my birthday, my wife bought me a set of Simpson Strong-Tie brackets designed by them to be all you needed (metal-wise) to build a shop bench. You got to pick the dimensions and, in part, the layout, but the bench would have a top surface and a shelf. I never got to build it while married to her because she kept filling up the garage with yard-sale junk. I had a narrow path from the g...

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Hints and Tips #11: Get a Grip on Your Spray Cans!

09-16-2015 01:04 AM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

Some of us use spray cans of finishing products to protect our projects. Using a spray can while holding down the button with an achy finger was challenging at best. Then I saw these grips for spray cans in the paint section and bought one. I can’t describe what a difference the grip makes. It makes a can of spray behave like a spray gun. You get great control over aiming and starting/stopping the spray. There seem to be grips made by many spray paint brands as well as a few generic...

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Beginners Start Here!!! #3: Cutting/Milling Tools For Beginners On A Low Budget Continued

09-11-2015 10:56 PM by TObenhuber | 0 comments »

If you have started collecting your tools as the funds become available, you might find yourself looking like this more and more. At least I hope you will. It’s really a great experience. Credit to Nick Offerman Woodshop “The Dusty Proprietor” (Photo by Emily Shur) As for continuing down the road of cutting and milling. You will probably inevitably find yourself looking for your work horse. Most likely 1 to 3 horses of raw electrical power to be more accurate. ...

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