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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #2: Materials and where I got them.

10-29-2013 02:21 AM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I suppose a good place to start this blog is to list the materials I have been using and where I was able to find them. Some of the stuff is basic and some took a little searching. I will try to remember everything (it’s really not that much stuff). First stop: McMaster-Carr This is a really great website, if you haven’t spent any time on it, try it. It got me thinking of lots of new projects. Here are the links to the material I purchased from them. saw plates- http://ww...

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #3: Slotting the Saw Back

11-02-2013 03:25 PM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I feel this is the part of making a dovetail saw that holds people back. I first thought that it would require a machine shop or ordering a dovetail saw kit in order to get a good product to use for a sturdy spine. It took some trial and error (still making some errors) but this method is working for me. You will be able to tell by my setup that there is plenty of room for improvement and better jigs, I plan to upgrade my setup sometime soon but right now I am enjoying the build process too m...

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Modifying the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig #1: New Life for the Pocket Hole Jig

11-14-2013 04:48 AM by MT_Stringer | 1 comment »

Some of you have probably seen my Pocket Hole jig set up (pics shown below). It works great. I have drilled hundreds of pocket holes with it. But, therein lies a problem. When I am drilling holes in panels such as plywood cabinet members, I have difficulty reaching around or over the panel to operate the clamp. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have scraped my arm. That is not good for a guy with thin blood. So, in the words of Tim, The Tool Man Taylor “So I rewired it!” :-) I know ...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #1: Joinery Details

06-16-2014 06:14 PM by Gary Rogowski | 4 comments »

Joinery is the art of knowing what wood to remove and what to leave behind. Reductive & simple, yet seductive in its intricacies balancing negative space with strength. Take too much wood away and you leave no strength. Take too little and you’ve compromised the tenon. You are the joinery designer/ engineer. There are several important details to know about wood and its properties. Double a board’s measure in height and it is twice as strong as doubling a board in its width. Hmm. Wood ...

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A collection of 50 woodworking blogs you may not know about

04-26-2014 01:13 PM by JSB | 3 comments »

Woodworking inspiration is all over the place. And the cool thing about the internet is that the inspiration is available to everyone for free. One of the best and most dense places for woodworking inspiration is of course here on LumberJocks. But what if you’re like me and want more. I can’t seem to get enough of other people’s woodworking perspectives lately. So, I’ve put together a list of 50 woodworking blogs that you may not know about. For those who are intereste...

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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #7: Cross Cut Sled - Winging It!!!

02-23-2014 03:08 AM by DIYaholic | 22 comments »

Besides motivation, energy and time….I need a cross cut sled. I’ve checked out most of the various sleds and “Super” sleds here on LJs, from the basic to the multifunction/multipurpose sleds. All these possibilities led to a paralysis by analysis situation. Since I was worried about how accurate my “first” sled would be, I decided not to over complicate things by making a “super sled”. I figured why put so much effort into something I wasn...

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Shop Notes #8: Murphy's telling me to do this! Screwed up again!

02-21-2014 09:32 PM by DocSavage45 | 12 comments »

Been rehabbing my office furniture for my little office. No money, just time. Got some advice from A1Jim as to how to go about finishing the piece. Don’t have dyes, or money to buy it. Sanded out nicks and groves. Sealed the top. Didn’t match the desk design. So I did a test piece of Rustolium espresso. Test board matched colors in desk. Sprayed one coat on desk top. Neutral finish showing grain patterns! Success. Next day thought about two finishing options. Water bourn...

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Chisel Mallet Angles Made Easy

03-30-2011 06:31 PM by swirt | 26 comments »

I’ve seen several posts here on LumberJocks related to someone making a mallet for chiseling (not the round ones for carving) and wanting to know what the best angle is to put on the head. I put together a complete mallet making post that includes an angle method recommended by a few old Timber Framing Books as well as some woodworking magazines. Here is the complete source of this post which includes making the mallet from start to finish, and in case you are only interested in the...

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Making an Adjustable Try Square

10-24-2013 01:18 PM by Tim Dahn | 22 comments »

Making an Adjustable Try Square is a pretty staight forward build, here are the parts: I chose rosewood for the handle, approx. 4” X 1/12” 1/2” Some brass, 5/16” rod,1/4” rod and 1” flat stock (about 1/16”)Brass inserts and screws 8-23 X 1 1/2” long. The handle must be flat and square if you want a square that is square on both the inside and outside reference. Check the width with calipers and get it exactly the same on each end, then...

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Ebook: Mission Furniture by H. H. Windsor [1909]

10-06-2013 11:27 PM by WoodDweller | 7 comments »

Here is a scan of the book “Mission Furniture” by H. H. Windsor [1909]. Its got plans and illustrations for many a design. I see more than one I would like to make. Part 1: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23770/23770-h/23770-h.htm Part 2: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23991/23991-h/23991-h.htm Part 3: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23666/23666-h/23666-h.htm

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