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DIY Table Saw Fence #1: Table Saw Fence

2452 days ago by Hutch | 238 comments »

This is my old tablesaw fence. It is a little hard to see from the photo, but I cracked it trying to “micro-adjust” it. So I started to look for an aftermarket fence, of which there are some really nice ones out there. I just didn’t want to spend quite as much as they were asking because I have a previously owned Central Machinery tablesaw. I also was curious to see if I could come up with my own fence. I was worried about two things with most diy fence systems that...

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Accurately heat treating small tools

643 days ago by lwllms | 18 comments »

Let’s see if I can write this without getting real technical. It’d be a good thing because I don’t have a PhD in metallurgy or physics and I don’t fully understand a lot of what’s happening in heat treating tool steel. Like water, tool steel exists in several states. Water can be vapor, water or ice. Tool steel is similar. In its soft state tool steel is made up of ferrite and cementite, iron molecules and iron/carbon molecules. When heated to critical temperature, around 1450° F, th...

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Curly maple leg vice for English "Nicholson" bench.

1370 days ago by Matt Stauffer | 25 comments »

I’ve been working on this bench for I guess 2 months now on my days off. It’s southern yellow pine. I dug around the shelf for at least an hour picking out boards at Home Depot, but could not find any without knots. Not one. Must be an Alabama thing. I decided that a wood screw was in order for my phantom vintage bench, and found one at Lake Erie Toolworks. I didn’t want to invest so much into a vice screw, but I could not find a vintage screwbox on e...

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Nicholson Bench #10: The Top

935 days ago by mpmitche | 2 comments »

Over the last few days I was able to get the top on my bench mostly complete. I started by working one face of the boards with a jack plane to remove twist and flatten the boards. I broke down and dressed the second side with a power planner I borrowed from a friend. Once all the boards were dressed I laid them out on the table and planned the edges square and put a little spring in the boards. The spring allowed me to clamp up the assembly with only one clamp as I don’t...

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Split Roubo Workbench #1: I have put this off for far too long

890 days ago by lysdexic | 127 comments »

Ok, so let me get this blog started before I get so far behind that I put it off – forever. It is undisputed that the most important tool in the woodworking shop is a proper workbench. I don’t have one. I will not rehash the nuances of workbench design but after reading Schwarz’s and Scott Landis’s books, I had my heart set on a Roubo bench. I am not alone as several LJ’s have posted wonderful roubo benches. At first I wanted to build this… I r...

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V8 Degree wedge powered workbench #1: Some Features and Operational Videos.

726 days ago by shipwright | 24 comments »

While this is the beginning of my construction blog for the V8 Degree bench, I’m not actually going to get into the build just yet. There are a few more features that I didn’t want to clutter the project post with and I’ve added a couple of demo videos on the vises. I thought it would be best to start with a full view of the bench and its operational features first and get into the construction process in the next segment. This photo shows the dog hole inserts that hide a...

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You've got to see this mirror finish on soft pine!!!

717 days ago by woodshaver | 34 comments »

I was putting a finish on a headboard I was working on and just out of the blue I thought what if I rubbed some Salad bowl finish (bees wax and mineral oil) on some raw sanded pine and then let it dry and spray it with lacquer. My common sense told me the lacquer would fish eye or bead up and it was a dumb idea. I always use sanding sealer under Lacquer! Well I did it anyway just to see what would happen! I did all this by hand…..no power buffing at all. I sanded to 400, stained ...

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