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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #10: Marking Tool Swap Fall 2018

11-10-2018 12:41 AM by Bill Berklich | 9 comments »

Still not focusing on the Tool Cabinet, I joined the LJ Fall Swap. My first one and let me tell you the guys in the swap are expert. Knowing the everyone has most of the standard marking tools I looked around the shop and my eyes landed on a set of pinch sticks. Just poplar stained with Dychem (for metalworking) and coated with Wattco. The sliders are just 3/4” square steel tube drilled and tapped. But a great starting point because I figured that most people don’t have/use...

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Tool Gloat: Brass Purfling Channel Cutter

10-18-2018 10:18 AM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

This is essentially a specialized cutting gauge that is used to cut a thin channel in the edge of a violin so that laminated purfling can be inserted. There are several types of these available, but I wanted this one made of brass. Even though I’m not even close to creating a violin, at least I have a tool to help spur me along on my journey. The tool above the cutter is a thin specialized chisel used to dig out the material after the cutter digs the path. This gives...

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Handy tools #7: Post drill

08-26-2018 03:51 PM by Dave Polaschek | 14 comments »

I got a post drill a while back. Traded Mos a spare laser engraver and some pictures of dead presidents for it. If you don’t know, a post drill is basically a hand-powered drill press, and I’ve had a few projects where such a thing would be handy, especially since I haven’t managed to find a completely straight 3/16 or 4/16 auger bit yet. Anyway, yesterday morning I headed up to Siwek Lumber bright and early and came home with four “stud grade” 2×6x104” studs. Screwed one ...

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Mahogany twin screw clamp

08-06-2018 12:18 AM by Dave Rutan | 7 comments »

I’ve thought of making one of these for fun, so today I finally did it. Who knows what great uses I’ll find for this clamp?The wood is mahogany and the finish is boiled linseed oil. This is an old style clamp that does not have reverse threads on half of the rod. It may be a bit dodgy to use, but it was made by me. I originally intended to make 3 of these, but I fudged the wooden parts for two of them.

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Having a win with a broken thicknesser

06-08-2018 08:34 AM by Woodworkingbythebay | 2 comments »

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/p9zxnqp.jpg! ks.com/p9zxlbu.jpg! About 3 weeks ago a purchased a second hand Ryobi thicknesser (one of the green ones) model RAP1500G from a bloke who said it hadn’t done much work. Unfortunatly for him when he tried to give me a demonstration the drive belt perished and the high adjustment sounded like a broken coffee grinder. I ended up buying it for a heavily discounted price of $75. Here in Australia these planers retail for $549 so ...

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Laguna 20” helical planer question

05-12-2018 06:13 PM by dqcustom | 0 comments »

Hello!I’m wondering if some of you fellow LJ could give me some advice on a new planer. I have a Dewalt DW735 and am in need of a 15” or 20” with more power. I came across a used MPLAN2010-0130, Laguna Tools 20” Planer w/Shear TecII. 4 PostLagunafor $2,500 (new 4,000) Is this a good one to have if anyone has experience with it? Is there something else I should and could consider for this price tag? I was going to buy a new 20” HH jet for $3,500. Or an older machine most likely wi...

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More tools in the shop #3: Grizzly jointer.

03-26-2018 07:23 PM by Plasmon360 | 1 comment »

Got a Grizzly 1018 heavy duty jointer for $400. It is 1.5 HP with a 3 knife system. The feed tables are 8 inch wide and 65 inch long. It was wired for 220V (can be rewired for 110V) and motor sounded normal. Came with 1) Jointer pal for setting knifes (seems never used)2) Dispoz-a-blade holder and knives (never used)3) Extra set of dispoz-a-blade knives (never used) Before buying this jointer, I quickly made sure the outfeed and infeed were not warped or bowed with a straight edge. Surf...

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PanaVise Restoration #1: #380 Base and #303 Standard Head

02-20-2018 11:16 PM by twoblacklabs | 6 comments »

A few months ago, I traveled to Ohio to pickup an Incra LS Positioner off of Craigslist (less than 100 miles). The nice fella took the time to give a tour of his extravagant basement shop. (Wish I had photos to share). A retired engineer, he took great pride in his shop. He also gave me a box of junked Panavises as he didn’t have time to do anything with them. Not one to say no, I took the box with no clue as to what I would do with them. In fact, until he showed me the box, I had never...

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #32: Brass violin crack clamps

02-13-2018 02:06 AM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

This is my violin posing with a set of violin crack clamps that I made with brass rod and plastic cut from a 1/2 inch thick cutting board. These function like flexible, light-duty bar clamps. I’ll meed to make another, smaller set since many of the instruments I repair are fractional sizes. Oh, no! Not more clamps!

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Shopmade Luthier Tools #30: Scraper, well sort of

02-08-2018 01:15 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

I wanted a set of small scrapers on the cheap, so I made a set out of a dollar store saw blade. The quality probably isn’t like the ones made from real tool steel, but they do work. I’ve adjusted the shape of these since making them to reach certain areas of instruments.

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