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Shop Tips & Tricks #2: Dividing a line or space into equal parts

12-04-2012 06:43 PM by GnarlyErik | 19 comments »

I’ve heard people say ‘What good are learning things in school if you don’t use them?’. After my lifetime of careers, I realize you never know what may be useful to you later. One of my most useful high school classes for example, was a one-semester class in typing – a ‘fill-in’ course – way back when they taught ‘Typing’. I guess it is called ‘keyboarding’ if anything similar is even taught today. Geometry was another, which at t...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #1: Shop Tips

12-03-2012 10:03 PM by GnarlyErik | 13 comments »

In the past, most old guys like me jealously protected their shortcuts and tricks to guard their job from competitors. I’ve seen many old fellows actually turn and place their bodies in front of their work to keep someone else from seeing how they did something, and they were not too bashful about doing so either. But, a lot of the old knowledge is disappearing now and some hard-learned things may disappear forever. I’ve learned a few tricks in my six decades of work related experience, and w...

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Dance on a Volcano II #3: The big cover up

11-28-2012 07:38 PM by BritBoxmaker | 5 comments »

Well the top pattern was successful and now I have this board which I need to attach the black, outside layer to. The finally visible pattern part of this board is, with the board flat like this, a square of 116 mm sides. So I cut a piece of 18 mm MDF to this size. The arc patterns emerge out of this area mid-way along each side and the three arcs total 24mm wide. So I marked 24 mm midway along each side of the square. These marks, when aligned with the arcs on all four s...

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Entryway Arts & Crafts Mirror & Storage Bench #5: Corbels, Arc, Mortises & First Dry Fit

11-27-2012 02:37 AM by Steve Erwin | 3 comments »

Using my Sketchup model as a reference I drew the shape of the corbels onto the prepared stock, and cut it out roughly on the bandsaw. Then with sandpaper and a card scraper I smoothed them out to their final shape. I forgot to take a photo of the setup for drawing the arc, but basically I bowed a piece of plywood to the correct vertical distance at the center point of the arc and traced the curve with a pencil. Cut it out roughly on the bandsaw, and smoothed it out with sandpaper. Th...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #15: Wooden Screws - The Last Word

11-20-2012 03:02 PM by Mauricio | 39 comments »

Ok you are probably as tired of hearing about wooden screws as I am of trying to make them. This will be brief. New method picked up on this blog. Pretty self-explanatory. This method has much less room for error than my previous method. Basically, a lead “screw” I laid out and cut by hand attached to my blank via a coupler I made. I made it octagonal so it looks like a nut. The lead screw uses the same “false nut” the tap uses to advance the whole thing at th...

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The Maloof Library Series #14: Sculpted Dining Chair Arm Technique

11-20-2012 12:51 PM by ScottMorrison | 5 comments »

Here is a great little video showing the steps involved on how to make one of the arms for my new Template Project: “Building a Sculpted Dining Chair.” You can see that it is a very useful little trick. I hope you find this clip entertaining (it sure was fun making it). (The music is a real “toe tapper”)... Enjoy!

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Entryway Arts & Crafts Mirror & Storage Bench #3: Tenons

11-19-2012 03:07 AM by Steve Erwin | 0 comments »

Marking the TenonsI chose to start with the top rail. I used my precision double square to set my marking gauge to the correct distance, and scored the shoulders of the tenons, then the cheek cuts. This particular part is going to have an arc cut into the rabbet in which the mirror and backer board will live, so there’s a little extra meat below the tenon. Ordinarily a tenon wouldn’t be cut this small. I’m not sure if it’ll end up being a problem or not, but this i...

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tutorial #3: horizontal curve top box

11-18-2012 11:47 PM by patron | 22 comments »

for this box here for dark woodstape the edgeto see the pencil line bandsaw on one sidethen parallel that on the other(just one side for the bottom) router a rabbet on the inside edges(i used a 1/4” set back bit) top and bottomready for the sides the sides in placeand a rabbet to glue to the ends were rabbeted into the front and backand their tops beveled to matchthe sides first cut shorterand the rabbet cut downso it flows with the front and back curvefor a design...

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Replacing belts on a porter cable drill press

11-17-2012 06:11 PM by Jason™ | 10 comments »

Recently purchased the Porter Cable drill press from Lowes about a week ago and have been interested in replacing the stock belts that come with this machine. I am having trouble justifying if the ½” Link belts that Rockler sells will work with for me. I know that alot of others on here have purchased this same press and am just curious about getting these belts for mine. The stock belts on this machine are made by Haimen: Front M26 Rear M24I measured the width of these belts which w...

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Making a Cello #8: Flattening the Rib Assembly

11-15-2012 09:42 PM by PhiltheLuthier | 1 comment »

Before the major work of today there was some minor repair to do. One of the joints between a C rib and lining was not up to snuff. Exhibit A: To fix this I soaked some paper towel in water and laid it on the offensive joint in order to soften the glue. After a long while soaking I squeezed it a few time with my fingers to get it moving, then clamped it up again; the result being something much more acceptable. Once dry the flattening begins. First with a block plane to bring...

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