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Blog series by Gary Fixler updated 10-11-2010 09:51 AM 7 parts 26525 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: Found a way I like to cut straight-end, non-through rip and crosscuts in plywood

03-14-2009 11:18 PM by Gary Fixler | 0 comments »

This is probably a common technique, with a name, but it only occurred to me today. I gave it a shot, and it worked out really well. I’m going to use it from now on for non-through cuts, and by that, I mean rips and crosscuts that don’t go from one end to the other, but do cut through bottom and top of the ply. Basically, once I set the blade height, and fence, I run the cut up to a 2” mark I make from the leading edge. Then I back it out, flip it over, and measure the di...

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Part 2: New way to clean my borer bug eaten Eucalyptus - wire wheel brush

04-21-2009 01:26 PM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

Previously:Wood IDs #6: Found Eucalyptus tree in LA - part 1 of 3Wood IDs #7: Found Eucalyptus tree in LA - part 2 of 3Wood IDs #8: Found Eucalyptus tree in LA - part 3 of 3 It’s a bit labor intensive getting all the bark and Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer bug excretion cleaned off the Eucalyptus tree I cut up into logs from a nearby neighborhood. It dawned on me a couple weeks ago that I could use a wire wheel brush in my drill press. I’ve used the technique to brush up aluminum ...

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Part 3: PVC tube with hinged doors as lathe dust collector

02-08-2010 04:21 AM by Gary Fixler | 7 comments »

I was watching a YouTube video of a guy in Downtown Disney turning a baseball bat, and noticed he had a pretty simple and cool dust collection setup that’s easy to make, simple to use, and low-profile. Check it out. I’d embed the video, but I’m not sure how to cue it up to exactly the right location as I can with a link.

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Part 4: Sharpening up my little Buck Bros. 3" block plane

03-07-2010 04:36 PM by Gary Fixler | 3 comments »

No [new] pics or videos in this post, but I thought I’d drop a note for posterity to say that I’m excited about my future of hand plane work and the setting up of parts and sharpening of irons that comes with their use. I own this tiny block plane (lucky review #777!), which was very sharp right out of the blister pack, easily making full width, full length curls from the edges of whatever boards I threw at it. I’m very much a set-it-and-forget guy, usually dreading o...

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Part 5: Greasemonkey script: Flickr LumberJockifier

03-30-2010 11:48 AM by Gary Fixler | 5 comments »

Something that’s always important to me is efficiency. I’m a weird mix of lazy and hardworking. I’ll spend 10 hours coding up something that will save me days of work later, mostly because I get bored of having to do the same steps over and over again. I post a lot of pictures here on LumberJocks, and my method is usually to pop off a tab with Flickr in it, move that new window to a separate monitor, then in my new post back in the first window type !()!: on its own line whe...

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Part 6: tattoo removal via handheld sander

07-22-2010 01:53 PM by Gary Fixler | 12 comments »

It’s mildly gruesome, if very low-quality – fair warning – but here’s a page with a video of a unique use for the Black & Decker Mega Mouse (the one with the comfort gel pads on top) – sanding out an unwanted tattoo. The guy laying on the ground and having his left pectoralis major sanded to a vivid crimson seems unaffected by it, but also seems a little surprised when he sees it, stating “Wow, that s**t pulled me open pretty good.” Indeed....

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Part 7: George Lailey commemorative bowls

10-11-2010 09:51 AM by Gary Fixler | 14 comments »

You guys really liked my last blog post about the Jarvi Bench, which made me happy as it was my 200th. I thought I’d follow up with a simpler process video I recently found that also makes me quite happy. In this one, a man named Robin Wood recreates the techniques used by one George Lailey, who died in 1958 at 89 years old. Robin spent 5 years researching Lailey’s techniques, recreating the very simple, entirely foot-powered lathe (a “pole lathe”), hand-forging all...

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