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Colourfastness #3: Two Months in the Sunshine

01-31-2018 11:41 PM by shipwright | 15 comments »

Well it has been two months now since I put my test piece out in the (winter) Az sun.Not a lot has changed but a few things are worth noting. 1) There seems to be little difference between the epoxy alone and the two with ten coats of uv filtered marine varnish. 2) The shellac alone has dulled noticeably but it has been the strip to watch for interesting change. 2a) The Amaranth is still very much redder than te under the other finishes and still appears “lit up” ...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #8: Cutting the Corner 45 Degree Angles

03-11-2013 04:58 AM by Boxguy | 21 comments »

A Quick, Accurate Way To 45 Your Corners If you build boxes at all, eventually you tire of cranking your blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees and back…I did. So I built this simple jig, and now I can cut all 8 ends of a box accurately in about 5 minutes, AND STILL LEAVE MY TABLE SAW SET AT 90 DEGREES. Assumption: I am assuming that you have already laid out the board for your sides and have cut all four sides of your box to length. Short side, long side, short side, long side...

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Wooden Planes #17: Another Swap, another block plane

07-08-2017 11:32 PM by Mark Kornell | 5 comments »

Made this block plane for the recent swap. The construction was basically the same as the previous blog posting. Laminated (sandwich) body construction with glued-in ears. Since that blog post I’ve made a couple more in the same style, learning a bit more each time. One thing I focused on was how the ears and wedge are shaped. I’ve been gradually working my way to a more traditional tapering near the mouth. The details don’t show up in these pics, unfortunately...

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Vintage Mission/Arts & Crafts style finishing technique on White Oak

01-30-2016 03:11 PM by CampD | 8 comments »

There was quite the interest in the finishing process I used on my Stickley styled TV stand. really only just gave the cliff notes version in its description. So with this blog, I’ll give the full detailed process I used to achieve that finish. It’s a time consuming process, more like it takes little time each day, but rather is spread out over numerous days. This process is not for those who feel the need to just get it assembled! Don’t fear, I worked ...

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Tips and Techiques #2: The Somewhat Invisible Hinge Tutorial

03-05-2015 03:49 AM by Jerry | 33 comments »

Okay, I was asked to post a how to for the, I guess I’ll start calling it “vanishing” hinge, since it’s not completely invisible. Anyway I struggled with posting this tutorial, because in this instance things went badly, but I think it’s just as important to publish the mistakes as the successes, because that way whoever reads this can see where the pitfalls are. So in the spirit of full disclosure, here goes. Okay, this tutorial is for 1/2” wood and dow...

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Making a toted coffin smoother

06-06-2014 12:26 AM by Wally331 | 14 comments »

Pics will be on in a few min- will edit when I’ve got em all, hang in there ;) After making my small cherry smoother which worked great, I decided I wanted to up my game and build a more traditional styled plane. I also wanted it to be toted and have a harder wood for the sole of the plane. I chose to use cherry again because it’s what I had and it is very beautiful. For the sole I chose purpleheart- mostly because its what I had, but its also extremely hard and it is actua...

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Handplanes #4: Custom Hand Plane Totes Stanley & LV Veritas

09-14-2014 01:28 AM by OSU55 | 1 comment »

I don’t like Stanley or Veritas factory totes. I made modifications to the drawings provided by Lee Valley. The result is kind of in between the two designs. I start with stock about 1-1/4” thick and end up slightly less. The designs adjust the tote angle, making the Stanley more upright and giving the LV tote a little more angle. The front lower and rear upper radii are smaller and the positions adjusted to affect the hand angle and provide more vertical room for larger hands. My...

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Carving a Welsh Love Spoon #1: Designing the Spoon

08-30-2015 01:49 PM by Brit | 17 comments »

On my woodworking bucket list, I’ve always wanted to have a go at carving a ball in a cage and a chain. With this in mind, I decided to incorporate these elements into my next spoon project (This will be my 4th spoon). So I grabbed a suitable piece of Lindenwood and sketched out my design. I went through a number of iterations before ending up with this. However, while I was ripping down the two sides of the spoon with my saw, it occurred to me that a caged ball and a chain were ...

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Wooden mug making process

08-17-2015 05:37 PM by mirock | 7 comments »

Hello there. Here is photos of the wooden mug making process And video here: Even more photos here –

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Handplane Performance Tuning #1: Sharpening Blades / Irons

01-13-2014 11:27 PM by OSU55 | 10 comments »

I have been fortunate enough to assemble and use an array of handplanes – Stanley Bailey bench, block, and specific use planes, oriental woodies of various sizes, Lee Valley Veritas bevel up and scraper planes, and some other assorted types. It took a while, as in 4-5 years of using, fettling, trying various methods of things and different plane designs to form up some conclusions from my experiences. I thought I would pass along these experiences, primarily with the lesser experienced in min...

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