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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #13: Time for the wrapping paper!!!!!!!

12-15-2011 10:28 PM by JoeyG | 7 comments »

Here is a sneak peak before I post the finished project. I want to thank everyone once again for joining me as I made these boxes. They will have more meaning for my wife and daughter than I can share here. They represent a once in a life time opportunity that they spent together. It is said that swimming with dolphins is one of the most healing things you can do for the spirit. I agree with this, but we cannot all swim with dolphins, so remember that making something for those you love...

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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #12: The finish is nearly done

12-15-2011 04:57 PM by JoeyG | 5 comments »

Sometimes it can be difficult to recall the steps on takes and where I start and stop on this blog. I also tend to switch steps around sometimes depending on how the project is going. My next step after the first coat of poly on the lids and sides was to flip the box, put 2 coats of poly on, sanding with 400 grit paper in between coats and applying my label. I haven’t invested in a branding iron yet so my solution is to use double sided carpet tape and a business card. I will find...

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Epoxy Inlay #5: peace turtle

12-15-2011 04:14 PM by JoeyG | 1 comment »

I thought you guys might like to get a early look at the peace turtle with some finish on it. This is one coat of poly. I still have a few more coats to go, but with a little luck and no runs it will be finished today and I’ll get the official post up in the projects section. Thanks for joining me with these inlays. I hope to see what everyone else does with this type of inlay.

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Building a custom mounting box for my VHF Radio

12-14-2011 04:18 AM by Sailor | 2 comments »

I needed to install my VHF radio in my Montgomery 17 sailboat and I wanted it to be mounted into a bulkhead. To do this I needed to build a little box insert to bolt the radio to. It turned out nicely and was a fun project. I made a video of it mainly for other sailors in a simular position but figured I would share it here since it is woodworking.

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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #11: first coat of poly

12-13-2011 09:26 PM by JoeyG | 4 comments »

This is a quick one. I sanded everything down to 220 on the orbital, then went over it with 220 by hand. I am still not sure about the handles so I will wait to see what it looks like once the first coat dries. After that it is just a sanding with 400 and recoat until I’m happy with it. Below I show the cup sprayer I use. Nothing fancy but it does a good job. You will also see a couple other boxes that will be gifts as well. I try to always do as many at the same time as possible....

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Shop Made Jigs, Fixtures and Solutions #3: Hexagons, Octagons and Math...oh my!

12-13-2011 05:07 PM by DaveTPilot | 1 comment »

Hello Guys and Gals, It has been a while since I’ve been on the site, or in the shop for that matter, due to the busy shedule of my new job. I just recently started working in the shop again and it feels great! As some of you may know, I love building shop made jigs and fixtures as well as finding inexpensive solutions to woodworking challenges. I am in the process of building a dovetail jig from plans in a ShopNotes issue. The jig uses threaded knobs. I didn’t have any in t...

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Routed Sign Making #1: Routed 'Sign Making Class'

12-13-2011 04:51 AM by 3DBMe | 13 comments »

We’re going to use a Dremel router to make a sign with recessed lettering. I suggest barnwood because of the contrast between the weathered surface texture and ‘fresh cut’ letters. I also have enhanced the letters by burning (pyrography) the edges of the letters for increased readability. Of course you can scale up to larger routers if you chose. Stock: Barnwood 2”x10”x24” Suggested material and dimensions Safety: Goggles, F...

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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #10: last steps before the spray booth

12-12-2011 07:14 PM by JoeyG | 8 comments »

My next step is to put a piece of raw cedar inside the box. It servers two purposes. First it is the stop to keep the lid from opening to far and hitting the back of the box possible messing up the finish. Second is to fill the box with that wonderful cedar smell. Now it’s time to cut those nails off. I don’t get closer that a 1/16 or so to the box. 80 grit paper on the sander takes it down quick enough. Next comes the right angle grinder with a flap sanding disc. ...

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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #9: handle, lid, and finishing the inside

12-12-2011 01:49 PM by JoeyG | 3 comments »

Above you see the handles attached. After deciding the general shape of the handle and the location I drilled holes and inserted dowels, then glued them up Next I slide the nails back into place and mark where the handle falls on the side of the box. Once the area that needs to be removed for the handle is marked I use a flush cutting saw (my best cutting saw) a coping saw, and a sharp chisel to remove the material Then I reinsert the nails and check for a good f...

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Obelisks #1: Cutting Process

12-11-2011 10:06 PM by Jim Jakosh | 10 comments »

Obelisks are fun and easy to make and great use of wood from a project that would otherwise be discarded. I made a few and have had some LJ’s ask how I do it, so I thought I’ll take a few pictures and save a few thousand words. I start with a rectangular block with a square base. I find the center on one end and draw line from that center to the corners at the other end. I bandsaw down the lines being careful to always stay outside the line. It is better for finish sanding than a...

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