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Blog series by dbhost updated 05-10-2012 06:13 PM 27 parts 53580 reads 116 comments total

Part 1: Resawing a dry 2x and watching it twist....

03-17-2011 08:20 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

I am working on a project for another forum, and I have to resaw some 2x construction grade stock for that project. Mind you, I have no moisture meter, but the stuff has been in my garage/ shop now for 3 years, if it is ever going to be dry, now is the time… Anyway, so I get the stuff all set up, get the band saw set up, and the board i started working with was straight as a… well board when I started. Unfortunately when I finished, you could almost watch the thing curl up like a ...

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Part 2: Washer toss game board started.

05-12-2011 02:34 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

A friend of mine swung by the house yesterday to borrow a couple of my large coolers that I use for hunting, to pick up mud bugs for a party this weekend. He hasn’t been over to the house / shop in next to forever, and seems to have forgotten the projects I have been putting out. So upon being rather surprised by my shop, he asked… “Could I trouble you to make a washer toss game for this weekend?” I said sure, you get the material to me ASAP, give me a couple of...

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Part 3: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet under way!

05-18-2011 02:34 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

In my seemingly never ending quest for shop organization, not to mention skill building, I am well underway with the construction of my clamshell cabinet. The design is the one in the Wood Magazine Best Home Workshop Ideas special interest publication (2009 issue, same thing as 2011 issue). At this time, all of the plywood pieces are cut to size, and I must say that I am a HUGE fan of stop blocks now. My recent move of my miter saw to the strong tie workbench, has permitted me to clamp sto...

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Part 4: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet progress...

05-18-2011 04:04 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Okay so I am not sure where I left you dangling last night. So here is the status as of now… The 3/4” dadoes on the doors are done. I managed to find a void in one of the door pieces that the dado tore out. I am thinking about patching it, but it is small enough I might just be able to conceal it behind the hinge… IF I have to, I will make a new door panel, but I don’t think I will have to… I am now ready to move on to cutting the dadoes in the case sides, ...

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Part 5: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet. Wascally Wabbets...

05-19-2011 05:13 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Okay I couldn’t resist. I finished the rabbets tonight and ran my dadoes. There was one mistake in my reading of the plan, and it was a doozy that made the choice of this being the cabinet for my small parts bins for me… I cut the dado for the back in the wrong spot… After much consideration, I opted for functionality over pretty in the joinery. Brass screws were given consideration, but opted against due to cost and durability issues… This had to after all, be d...

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Part 6: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet stand still

05-20-2011 08:04 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I have been running myself too hard and too fast all week. Last night it caught up with me… I got home with a splitting headache, and no desire to do anything but lay down and rest my tormented eyes for a couple of minutes. After LOML figures out I am feeling lousy, she lets me just lay down, gives me a cool damp cloth to cover my eyes, and just lays down with me to talk… That was at 5:30 P.M. Next thing I know, it’s 10:00… And I’m hungry… Of co...

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Part 7: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet. Adjusting the piano hinges....

05-22-2011 05:36 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Well, the doors are assembled, and the piano hinges were installed. I did NOT follow Wood’s recommendations and wound up paying a stupid price. It appears that alignment is crucial on these hinges. I tried concealing the barrels in the cabinet, thinking there would not be an issue with alignment, but indeed there WAS an issue with alignment. Upon final assembly I was unable to close the doors. OOPS. Next up was to reset the position of the hinges. Upon repositioning, I am able to clo...

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Part 8: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet. Dry fit done, on to glue and finish...

05-23-2011 01:54 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Now that I have my dry fit and adjustments done on the cabinet, I have moved on to the glue sand and finish stage… I am not sure if it is my square that is off, or if there is something funky with the lumber, but measuring corner to corner, everything is dead on. using plastic architects triangles everything checks out fine, but my Johnson try square doesn’t show a square corner anywhere… I feat this may be a problem I am just going to have to live with… I hate i...

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Part 9: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet progress... Trying to stifle obscenities...

05-23-2011 04:24 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

I knew better, I knew better but my cheap instincts told me to try it anyway… I am talking about using lumber from Home Depot… I KNOW all they sell is junk. But a $25.00 sheet of 3/4” “cabinet grade” plywood is just too hard to resist… They know my weak spots… There is nothing more infuriating than getting everything lined up just right, and dead square… Getting it all glued together, and then having the lumber MOVE on you… ...

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Part 10: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet progress... Loaded it up last night.

05-25-2011 04:06 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

After getting the doors / cabinet lined up better by hanging it, I decided to load it up to see what that did. And as I suspected, the doors now open and close no problem now. I have also come up with a startling discovery. This thing is ROOMY. It doesn’t have quite enough peg board in the configuration I left it in for all of my peg-boarded stuff, but it is quite spacious. part of the impetus behind all of this mind you, is that when I moved my miter saw to the now extended stron...

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Part 11: Wood Magazine Clamshell Cabinet #2 started.

06-02-2011 09:17 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

In the beginning, there was plywood, and the man saw plywood, and said, let there be a cabinet… And it was, and it was good. So the man saw the cabinets that he had made, and said to himself. I need another one just over there, and it was, and it was good. When the man had seen the cabinets he built, and the storage problems he had solved, he rested… Oh if only it were so easy! In my rendition, it would be more akin to… Man makes first cabinet, learns from hi...

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Part 12: Wood Magazine Clamshell Cabinet #2 progress continues, already thinking about my next projects.

06-03-2011 08:50 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So last night I got the inner doors assembled (see my previous blog entry in this series for photos). They are nice and square, glued and screwed together very solidly. I have a LOT of cutting and dado-ing left to do, but I ran into a bit of a quandry after assembling the doors last night… I ran out of screws… Actually I need more than just screws to complete this project. In order to fully pull this off I will need… #1. Another sheet of peg board. I COULD re-use th...

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Part 13: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. dadoes cut, now on to the rabbets...

06-07-2011 04:39 AM by dbhost | 9 comments »

The parts are cut do width, and the dadoes are cut. I have the door sides and case tops / bottoms cut to width, I now need to cut the rabbets, and cut the door tops / bottoms to size. Progress is going much quicker on cabinet #2 when I am actually working on it, I have learned from my mistakes I believe. The overall height has been reduced 1/8” by my error, but at least I will be able to make up for that error… I will have to wait until the weekend to get the peg board and hing...

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Part 14: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Case done. On to the doors.

06-13-2011 03:57 AM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Okay, no pics didn’t happen. Observe cabinet #1 mounted on the wall in the picture behind it (the reason I framed the photo this way…) This case went together dead square, with no argument whatsoever. Go figure… After fussing with swapping between countersink and driver bits on the last case, I got my hands on a Ryobi “Speed Load” chuck, and countersink set (I busted countersink bits, and needed new ones). The new set allows quick release and insert of ...

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Part 15: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Doors done. Almost complete...

06-14-2011 03:06 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

The doors are completed, the inners are mounted. I am running out of time for tonight, so I am hanging it up as it were. I need to mount the doors, and cleats, mount the catches, sand and finish this thing… I am so close I can taste it…

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Part 16: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Mounted up. Just need finish and catches.

06-16-2011 05:49 PM by dbhost | 13 comments »

Well, there it is, mounted up on the wall, and ready to be loaded, almost. I still need a set of magnetic catches for it… At the pace I am going, I won’t apply a finish to it, which won’t really matter much. My strong tie workbench has no finish, for the last 10 years and it is holding up fine…

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Part 17: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Not done, but loading it up.

06-19-2011 07:26 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

I have, for expediency sake opted to not finish the cabinets. They plywood just sucks the Watco oil up like a wino sucks up Night Train, so instead of using good oil for bad plywood, I am just going to leave it bare. The only thing left to do is the magnetic catches. So for now I have started loading it up. The doors stay closed on their own, and the catches are really not 100% necessary. I now have my wall peg board empty, which is a great sigh of relief for me. I now get to move on to remov...

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Part 18: Anxiously awaiting delivery from MLCS to finish this one off...

08-17-2011 08:19 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

As I have mentioned before, I have wanted, for a LONG time to build a proper urn for my beloved Labrador Retriever Deacon who passed on last year. I am in progress on the project, and one part of the project that I do not have the equipment (nor experience) to do is the contrasting dog bone inlay in the top. So off to www.mlcswoodworking.com I went… I am now anxiously awaiting delivery of the #9177 inlay bushing and bit set. I did not order the bowtie or other templates, as I am going t...

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Part 19: The inlay set has arrived. Pattern laid out and cut for the template.

08-19-2011 07:34 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

In what little time I had to work with it over the last few evenings, I have drawn up the pattern for the inlay in 3/16” tempered hardboard. cut it out, and started sanding it smooth. I am close, but not exactly where I want to be with this template, a little bit more work and I should be right where I want to be… Now comes the fun part… Setting the depth for the plunge router base… This has never been a process I am particularly fond of. The idea is to start the ro...

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Part 20: Attempted router inlay fail. Retry, fail again, get a cup of tea...

09-19-2011 10:55 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

My weekend was nothing more than a source of woodworking frustration. I knew better, but I did it anyway, tried a new to me technique on some nice curly maple instead of dirt cheap scrap oak… Router inlay is completely new to me, and something I wanted to do. I am working on an urn for my beloved Labrador Retriever Deacon, and I wanted to inlay some dog inspired patterns, as well as cut in a recess where I can clear epoxy in his last ID tag and shots tags. He was one of those dogs th...

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Part 21: Not exactly fine woodworking. The water heater stand.

10-14-2011 03:59 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

I while back I had replaced my TALL 50 gallon water heater, with a Whirlpool 50 gallon heater from Lowes, upon installation I found it was substantially shorter, and thus, much larger in diameter. No problem on the height, but the diameter has posed a quandry as the new heater overlaps the original stand base. In the time since installing the heater, I have ripped out and replaced the sheetrock that got soaked, and in turn molded. and killed all the mold in the studs, re-rocked almost everyth...

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Part 22: More work on the water heater stand...

10-19-2011 06:53 PM by dbhost | 17 comments »

Again, not really fine woodworking, but instead more household carpentry…. The gaps between the 2×4s are now all caulked up, as are the recesses where the framing nails were driven. I am ready to hit this with some quick sanding, and then prime it… Of course my agenda for the night got changed as the Halloween decorations came out of the attic last night… So instead of the work that I need to get done, I ended up putting strings of pumpkin lights up, as well as a pla...

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Part 23: Christmas Tree Stand. Starting the glue ups...

10-24-2011 04:20 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Upon taking down our 10+ year old artificial tree last year, I heard a terrible snap of plastic… The base died a terrible wrenching death.. Well, the rest of the tree is in simply too good shape to just let it die like that… And now that the holidays are rushing up on us like a Linebacker, I decided it was time to get busy… The design is a simple block with a hole bored in it for the tube (trunk) of the tree. So problem #1. What to do for a block? Well, I had some e...

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Part 24: The artificial Christmas Tree Stand is underway...

10-26-2011 04:08 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

I should sub title this entry “fun with 2×4 scraps”... I have an artificial Christmas Tree, or as my Hebrew and Messianic friends would call it, a Hanukkah bush… I may have mentioned this, but upon my Christmas decor tear down, which much to the consternation of my HOA, happens the second weekend of January in my home, a family tradition I will not break to make my HOA happy… anyway when we were tearing down the tree, the original plastic base snapped, and l...

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Part 25: From lumber rack, to wedding gift...

04-21-2012 10:04 PM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Just spent the last hour in the shop cleaning, trying to find the top of the workbench. Too many drywall cutoffs, cans of paint, and trim cutoffs in there. I REALLY need to clean this mess up! But alas, the wedding deadline marches on! Working space on workbench cleared. CHeck.Working space on table saw cleared. Check.Working space on drill press cleared. Check.Locate just the right piece of walnut for the project? Check… Sadly almost all of my stock is 8-10” wide, my jointe...

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Part 26: Got the shop clean enough. Time to start on the wedding gift, and I have a week to go!

04-25-2012 09:17 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

This is dreadful. I have a TON of work to do to get this done. Walnut coaster set it is. I have the lumber selected, and edge jointed. No I did not face joint it first. I wanted a straight enough edge that I could run along my TS rip fence, and THEN face joint it… I need to head to the craft store as well. I need to grab a compass of sorts that I can lock an Xacto knife into so that I can cut 2-3/8” cork disks with it. I figure at this size it should handle soda cans, beer cans...

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Part 27: Wedding coaster project scuttled per Groom's request...

05-10-2012 06:13 PM by dbhost | 1 comment »

I haven’t updated this so far, but my brother specifically requested after I was well on my way with the project. They newly wed couple had only one specific request… Donations to the building fund for their Church… I can do that… But now I have all these little coasters cut up and ready to be finished… Oh well.. It was a fun trip anyway!

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