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Hand Tool Journey #11: Crown Handle Replacement Surgery..

05-07-2013 01:35 AM by Airframer | 12 comments »

As mentioned in my Workbench Blog I was planning to replace the gents style handle on my 8” Crown Gents Dovetail Saw with a more suitable one. This will be more of a photo essay than anything but lets just say most the pics are of take 2 of this event lol. I am pretty happy with myself for getting the saw kerf cut free hand with nothing more than a scribe line and a HF flush cut saw :-) Sadly I was so “in the moment” that I forgot to take pics of the procedure. I hope ...

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what i've been doing #17: Journey with me and Krenov.

01-30-2012 07:40 AM by Dave | 39 comments »

I am a type of guy that will get a notion to do something and just go with it. I found a plan online of a Krenov plane using Hock irons. I don’t have a hock Iron, I do have an old two inch smoother iron from Providence Tool Co. So I choose to modify the plans a bit to see if I could get the thing to work. I know the Krenov style is one of the easiest to build.This will be a two part series and I am at the glueup. First the materials. The base of the plane is good old Mississippi swee...

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Traditional Sawbench

12-29-2011 02:50 AM by paratrooper34 | 9 comments »

Hi all. This is a sawbench project that I documented to show how easy it is to make these things. I am posting it as a blog to allow for more pics and detail. I already have one of these in my shop, but the almost total transformation to hand tools quickly showed me I need two of these. When working on another project which had 10 foot boards that I had to cut down, I realized the one sawbench just wasn’t getting it done. I made the first one about two years ago and got some pretty goo...

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Concrete Countertop Series #1: 1st Entry

11-15-2010 01:41 PM by Siegel_KenEvil | 15 comments »

After two years of pondering, I finally started a concrete counter-top. This will be going in a master bathroom. I have the mold construction complete. Next step is to radius off the corners and fill the small voids using caulk and/or bondo. I’m ordering a new product from Lowes by Quikrete called “Countertop Mix”. ( I’ll need two 80lb bags costing about $11 each. I calculated the finished weight to be a...

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Shop Journal #3: Groovy Grooving Planes

05-19-2011 09:15 PM by Brian Havens | 10 comments »

In the last shop update, I briefly mentioned a grooving plane that did not work so well. The idea was to have a tool that could quickly make the grooves in the bottom of draw and box stock to accept the drawer/box bottom. The new design really rocks, so much that I made three sizes (widths): 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”. Although these are intended for making the grooves on drawer and box sides, I have been discovering more uses for the flexible design of these planes: Shop Jou...

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Mike & Mads cutting gauge (blog) #1: Making the cutting gauge I (Tutorial)

03-12-2011 03:50 PM by mafe | 16 comments »

Mike & Mads cutting gauge (blog)A gift to a wonderful friend. Before I start the blog I want to share with you why this blog ever came to life and the gauges were made. The truth is I did not need another gauge, I have several, and I just recently finished a panel gauge also. Here on LJ I have meet many wonderful persons, and some I consider personal friends even I never had the joy of meeting them life. Each person for his or her qualities, and for a consistent dialog. One of...

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How to Build a Chevalet From Scratch #1: How hard can it be?

03-05-2011 06:18 AM by shipwright | 23 comments »

Update: See also Chevy II, The Canadian Cousin. and Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action I first saw a chevalet in Sorrento, Italy about ten or eleven years ago. I was very impressed with the machine and the work being done by the master marqueters there but never dreamed that I would ever find myself building one. Well, retirement has it’s ways of taking you places you never thought you’d be going. After a working lifetime of more or less “creative woodworking” ...

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01-29-2011 02:19 AM by alexis221woodworks | 4 comments »

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Great Woodworking Videos #1: Amazing Videos of a Master Japanese Craftsman at work

12-27-2010 06:39 PM by Blake | 41 comments »

I was clicking around the net when I came across these videos. They are some of the best videos I’ve ever found of a real Japanese craftsman using traditional techniques to build a project from start to finish. In this series of 5 videos he builds a beautiful small chest of drawers (most likely a jewelry box) using only hand tools. I am in awe at how the techniques he uses are so simple yet so effective. I wish I spoke Japanese. If anyone could repost these videos translated to engli...

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My, Second Published Article. In Woodcarving Illustrated

10-12-2010 02:57 PM by Dennis Zongker | 37 comments »

In the new Holiday Edition of Woodcarving Illustrated 2010 I have had the honor to have my “Stylish Box, #1” in this edition… it is an eight page article on how I assembled the box, carved the roses and it also includes templates. I hope you enjoy reading it

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