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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #5: Tuning a Brace.

09-06-2011 02:06 AM by Brit | 25 comments »

During the restoration of RUSTY in Parts 1 to 4, I showed how to fix a couple of common problems. The first was scoring on the outside of the jaws caused by a rough finish on the inside of the chuck. In Part 1, I filed the jaws smooth again. In Part 2, I showed how to smooth the inside diameter of the chuck. In Part 3, I showed how to fix excess play in the sweep handle. However there are a number of other problems that you might encounter on a secondhand brace. In this e...

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Class On Kevin Rodel's Side Chair #1: Introduction

12-26-2012 05:34 PM by Grampa_Doodie | 6 comments »

This class will show you the steps that I took to build this really beautiful side chair designed by Mr. Kevin Rodel. Here’s a photo of just some of my chairs sitting around our kitchen table. I’ll be sharing several good things (and a few bad things) that evolved down in my shop while building ten of these gorgeous chairs. Hopefully you will walk away with a handful of tips that will make your chair building session a much more pleasant experience. I learned an unbelievabl...

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The Best Father’s Day Gift I’ve Ever Received

08-01-2014 04:24 PM by handsawgeek | 5 comments »

Since I was not engaged in writing blogs back in June when Father’s Day happened, I will take this opportunity to relate this story now, on the 1st of August. This tale begins back in 1990 when my three daughters were ages three, six, and seven, and I was a neophyte in the woodworking world, long before I imagined I would ever be calling myself something as stupid as ‘handsawgeek’. We were all in the garage; me putzing around with something (technical, no doubt), and the three of them u...

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The modern classification of woodworkery

08-01-2014 06:00 PM by giser3546 | 7 comments »

I follow a few of the popular woodworking you tube channels and I’m a little disappointed in the general direction of their work. I don’t mean to put down anyone else’s process or style, I admire anyone who takes it upon themselves to make something rather than using the run of the mill particle board disposable junk you assemble yourself with an allen wrench. However, and it’s a big however, I seem to have drawn a line in the sand delineating the difference between what have become a few di...

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Riverside Craftsman Bed in Walnut #2: Scope Creep

04-10-2014 06:21 PM by DGar | 4 comments »

Scope creep. At least that’s what they call this at work. So last night I was drawing out an outline and she says, “What about drawers? There’s so much wasted space under there!” Oy. So a platform bed would be easy, but neither of us like the look of platform beds. We like the space off the floor that you get with a normal bed, so the idea is to create one row of drawers in the space under the mattress. It would end up looking something like this (apologi...

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Making a dust hood for my Ridgid oscillating sander

01-12-2010 05:50 PM by SimonSKL | 17 comments »

After reading many favorable reviews of the Ridgid oscillating sander (model # EB44242) and with a 15% rebate offered by the manufacturer, I finally bought this sander as my Christmas present. The more I use it the more I like the sander. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it has better dust collection capability when the belt sander is used. The dust just got collected at the end of the belt and landed all over the floor. I thought there must be a better way to collect the dust. Here i...

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New Workbench #2: Tail / Wagon Vise Design.

09-14-2011 04:35 AM by Letorix | 7 comments »

Well figured it was time to start understanding and designing the tail vise. I have this model: Instructions for it are here. Here is what I have so far, wondering if a 12” end is a bad idea, also thinking I may be able to shorten it up some.Also thinking about the over all height, I see other benches where the vise is taller than the height of the table t...

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"Art Box" Tutorial #1: Intro

06-16-2009 03:49 PM by Andy | 40 comments »

Updated 1/15/12 How to make an Art Box by Andy Campbell Safety Be safe! Guards, etc…may not be visible in the pictures. This is written for woodworkers of all skill levels.But, please keep in mind that this is not woodworking #101. I am writing this in a step by step manner that should be easy for a beginner to follow, but some basic understanding of tools and terminology is required.I ask that the more advanced woodworkers be patient and not be offended. I don’t wish to test your...

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Bunk Bed Build #1: Glueing up and milling the legs

07-07-2013 06:11 AM by Mauricio | 21 comments »

Hello friends, I invite you to join me on my newest adventure. I’m building some bunk beds for the kids. I contemplating buying them but after going to pottery barn kids and seeing pine bunk beds for $1,400 I talked the ol’ lady into letting me make them. I mean they even had planner tear out in them and everything to give them that rustic look. I can do better than that! So here is the plan: The wood is HD 2×6’s. I bought some plans online just to validate what I...

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How to price my woodworking (and sell it) #1: How to price your woodworking to make a profit (and sell it)

05-30-2013 10:25 PM by huff | 22 comments »

How to price my woodworking?(And sell it) Part 1 So where do you begin to answer such a simple question; or is it that simple? I’ve heard this question asked so many times and I’ve heard so many one liner’s for an answer:• “Know your market”• “You can only sell it for what the market will bear”.• “I sell it for enough to support my hobby” • “It’s just a hobby, so what does it matter as long as you at least cover your material cost”.• Cost of materials x 2.• Cost of...

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