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Blog series by curliejones updated 12-11-2013 02:39 PM 4 parts 5718 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Solid core door topping the bench

10-05-2012 11:46 AM by curliejones | 7 comments »

Greetings, fellow LJs. I have a puzzle that needs a solution. I built a workbench that I particularly want to roll into place for TS outfeed. I hope to soon delineate the steps taken and justify decisions to help the next guy not do so much planning. The “opportunity” before me goes like this: I have a very nice solid core door for the workbench top and a piece of hardboard for the sacrificial top. After reading the “two-sided tape” tip several times, I bought a roll. ...

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Part 2: Table knife marking tool

06-20-2013 01:50 PM by curliejones | 3 comments »

I have most of the desirable properties built into this marking tool. Spear point, beveld only on one side, sharp (for now), easy to reach into dovetails, and somewhat comfortable. I picked this knife up yesterday at a resale store for a quarter and found the conversion much easier and faster than I expected. I began with a very thin bladed stainless table knife that has just a little flex to it. The thicker blades were certainly more prevalent in the array of knives at the store. I cut the...

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Part 3: Shop made tools - saddle square?

07-25-2013 11:02 AM by curliejones | 1 comment »

OK so I just learned a little while ago that a saddle square exists and is sold. Please register your opinion on why some folks buy a “saddle square” instead of joining two pieces of scrap together at a 90, let’s just say 1/2” thick, 1-1/2” wide, and then cut to a 2” length with your table saw? A quick check on the back side of the board with your try square would tell you if it is holding a true 90, would it not?

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Part 4: Electrical outlets

12-11-2013 02:39 PM by curliejones | 15 comments »

Ah the winter doldrums in Louisiana. Too wet to dig footings so I’m trying to nail down some electrical details. I’d treasure some advice on the following – I plan to run a couple of 220V circuits for future growth while I’m wiring the shop even though I have no tools or utilities requiring that now. The new shop will be designed such that part or all can be insulated and heated/cooled other than naturally. One bit of advice I came across was to place four-plex boxes a...

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