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Hand tool cabinet #4: Final sanding

776 days ago by Tim Dahn | 7 comments »

After getting the hinges installed and fitting the doors, today I sanded the cabinet and doors to 400 grit. I hand sand 80, 120, 180, 220, 400. Lately I have started using a cabinet scraper and found I can skip the 80 and 120 grit. Once I reach 400 grit then I switch to Gray Scotch Brite Ultra Fine Pad and a shop vac removes all the dust….all of it. The pad scrubs the dust out and protects the surface from the shop vac nozzle. See the difference? Next go over i...

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Dado set up grade.....

916 days ago by lilredweldingrod | 24 comments »

When I bought my Dado set, it came in a cheapo cardboard box. As heavy as the set is, every time I use it, I expect to pick up a ruined set of dado blade4s off the concrete floor. Well today I decided to make a dynamite box for it out of oak. I even used strong backs on the lid. Maybe I’ll even pack them in sawdust just like dynamite. lol I don’t have the hinges I want as yet, but I want a set of black rott iron that comes up the side of the box and at lest half way over...

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Build a cheap, rough and tumble workbench

938 days ago by Stevinmarin | 29 comments »

A lot of people have been asking about building a workbench. A workbench is really the most important part of any wood shop. Here’s a workbench that is quite sturdy and will last for years. If you are just getting into woodworking, it’s a simple first project. If you are already woodworking, this can be customized in a lot of different ways. It ain’t pretty, but it will take a lot of abuse, which, in my mind, is what a workbench should do.

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A strong, stable and collasible worktable

1002 days ago by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler | 15 comments »

Having a good workbench is a luxury beyond hope for my shop. It’s a 20×28 floorplan, but its full of machines and I have to garage our car every night. What to do? I needed something strong and stable, good and flat, but something I could get out of the way after a day’s work. It also needed to be light enough for me to handle. 50 years ago I wouldn’t have much trouble with heavy parts, but now, its definitely an issue. After quite a lot of modeling in SketchUp...

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How to make rain with a bandsaw & Eliminating bandsaw bladedrift

1386 days ago by stefang | 52 comments »

Last Monday I bought an 18” Woodfast bandsaw and I had to tell you folks about it because you will understand how glad I am to get it and you will appreciate how many more cool things I can now do with my woodworking because of it. The first part is about getting it into the shop. I thought you might enjoy seeing the hoops I had to jump through, especially if you have been through it yourself. The 2nd part is about blade drift which may be a little controversial, but I will do my best t...

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Tool Mod #1: Handscrew Dogs

1404 days ago by swirt | 19 comments »

If you have 3/4” bench dog holes on your bench and a couple of handscrew clamps then in 10 minutes you can merge the two into a very flexible and powerful clamping system that works with small boards, long boards and even irregular pieces. I’ll let the photos tell the story … and keep in mind, the modification to the handscrew does not prevent you from using it as an ordinary handscrew too. I use them on my workbench and my sawbenches. Clicking on any ...

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My Hand Tool Journey #1: The Journey Begins

1618 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 21 comments »

stefang offered a challenge the other day for us to create a blog on hand tool use. That was good timing, because it’s been on my mind for some time now. This will be a series in several parts—I don’t yet know how many. If you are lucky, I will have the sense to know when to quit. If not—Well, I suppose you may stop reading and go do something worthwhile—Like work in your shop. I hope you stick around. As I’ve stated before, I grew up working in my Dad...

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The Zen of Card Scraping

1638 days ago by Todd A. Clippinger | 25 comments »

I was making some veneer panels in the shop. I had resawn the lumber, matched the grain, and glued up the 1/8” thick pieces. After all this I had to scrape the excess glue from the joint in the middle of the panel. Outside was a cool but sunny autumn day here in Billings, MT. The double doors face south and I had them open. I started scraping the veneer panel glue joints and all you could hear was shhhhhhck, shhhhhhck, shhhhhck. The veneer panels are made of curly maple and th...

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Hand Chopping A Mortise Tutorial

1639 days ago by stefang | 62 comments »

I described how to hand chop a mortise in a recent comment. Another LJ member asked if I would do a blog with photos on it. I learned this technique some years ago from an article in Woodworker’s Journal by Ian Kirby a master English woodworker who immigrated to the U.S.A. Some time ago. His method is quick and accurate. I hand chop mortises when I have so few to do that it isn’t worth the effort of setting up my mortiser attachment to my combination woodworking machine and/or ...

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