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Marquetry Serving Tray #1: Introduction/Design

05-24-2014 11:50 PM by jmartel | 1 comment »

My mom approached me about doing something for my father for Father’s day. Only requirements were that it was to be something for their boat, and that it have the boat’s name on it. Other than that, I had complete creative freedom. I came up with the serving tray idea since they frequently prepare food down in the galley and have to bring it to the back deck for eating, and they currently just use some plastic serving tray. For the design, I decided that a prominent Compass ...

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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #1: Class Description

03-02-2011 11:43 PM by MyChipCarving | 75 comments »

Hello and welcome to the first (of many ;-) LJ Chip Carving Class.I’ll be leading you step-by-step through this class which is sure to be a lot of fun. Skill level: All levels! I will provide instruction every step of the way! Beginners are my specialty :-). Advanced chip carvers are welcome too. Who knows, you might learn something along the way. Age level: 12 years and up Tools, equipment needed: Chip carving knife (If you need a knife and order one from the My Chip Carving S...

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The end of my semester of Japanese Woodworking

05-19-2014 05:28 AM by siavosh | 0 comments »

On Saturday, I had my last session of Introduction to Japanese Woodworking at Laney College in Oakland, CA. It’s taught by Jay Van Arsdale, an active woodworker working professionally in the Japanese style in the bay area since the 1970’s and the author of a well known book on Shoji. His class is hands down the best woodworking instruction I’ve ever had. If you’re at all interested in hand tool woodworking and are curious about Japanese tools and live somewhere in t...

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Shop Skills #1: Cabinet Scrapers Exposed!

12-18-2008 04:55 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 52 comments »

The buzz about scrapers… Lately, talk of the cabinet scraper and the frustration that this little tool inflicts on a character has created some buzz in the LJ community. This simple, inexpensive, and very effective tool also frustrates me, but for a different reason. I see many people missing out on the joy of using this tool because they are fed too much information that clouds the simple truth. On the other hand… On one hand I appreciate the histories and detailed accou...

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Crafts Shows R Us #1: Part 1

10-28-2008 04:21 AM by closetguy | 6 comments »

I keep getting a lot of private messages from Lumberjocks asking questions about my boards and selling at shows so I decided to start talking about my experiences this year and maybe it will help those who want start the show circuit or are trying to decide if it’s for them. I consider myself a newbie at it since I just started this year and I know there are a lot of jocks that have been doing shows for years, so I don’t intend to write a “how to” guide, but document my journey into this car...

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Hand Saws #5: Hand Saw restore references.

09-10-2011 02:48 PM by Don W | 19 comments »

NOTE: I edit this and add sites from time to time. Also note I am not associated with any of these in any way. Also, just because its listed, Its not a referral, some I’ve used, some I have not. Use it as if you found it on your own. My Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying threadAnd Andy's Saw Talk A MUST SEE Andy's Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video Other Reference Siteshttp://www.cianperez.com/Wood/WoodDocs/WoodHowTo/INDEXHowTo.htm lumberjocks blogs...

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dw- Plane notes from the field #3: dw's Plane Resource sites

06-28-2011 02:46 PM by Don W | 14 comments »

NOTE: I edit this and add sites from time to time. Also note I am not associated with most of these in any way. Also, just because its listed, It is NOT a referral, some I’ve used, some I have not. Use it as if you found it on your own. Please take a look at my blogsPlane Restoration How to Tips for Setting up a bench planeAnd many more General:The mother of all Stanley information http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0a.htmlhttp://www.cs.cmu.edu/~alf/en/antique-tool-faq.txt ...

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How to use a Kerfmaker (trying to help out!) Blog.

09-21-2010 09:14 PM by mafe | 43 comments »

How to use a KerfmakerOk, many asked me this question, and I have seen it again and again on LJ. If you need to find out how to make one, you can see my Kerfmaker 'Brass'n wood'. Another fun gadget is the tenonmarker:http://lumberjocks.com/projects/39236 I’ll try to explain, as well as I can, feel free to ask questions if I do not make myself clear (I’m only human): Collect what is needed, in this case a base stock and two thinner side stocks, and of course a Kerfmaker...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #13: A Neatness and Precision

07-28-2014 04:31 PM by Gary Rogowski | 3 comments »

In Pete Dexter’s book Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok’s partner, Charley Utter, is thinking to himself, “He liked having a drawer, it was a neatness you could see just sliding it open.” Making drawers requires a precision and calm missing from some other jobs around the shop. Cleaning out the dust collector comes to mind. Or hand planing some misbegotten wood like a rowed grain khaya. Drawer building on the other hand needs careful measuring, straight parts, and clear thinking to do a good job....

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Glued up, Laminated, Sculpted, OSB, Rocker Build

03-03-2014 11:56 PM by luv2learn | 15 comments »

This rocker is a James Cole creation. He has been good enough to share his plans, for free, with all who would like to build this beauty. You can find them here The first thing I did was to save his plan pages using the”save image as” function since the plans are not in a downloadable format. Once I had saved all the pages I imported the two plan pages into Matthias Wandel’s Big Print software. Since Mr. Cole drew his plans on a 1” grid is was easy to scale them...

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