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dw's shop tips #1: 3-4-5 rule.

07-02-2011 02:38 PM by Don W | 3 comments »

You want to square your project. Its to big or to small for a square. Maybe you can’t reach one corner to do a corner to corner comparison. Use the 3-4-5 rule. The rule state simply if one side of a triangle is 3 and the other side is 4, the diagonal measurement will be 5. This can be inches, feet, millimeters, miles, arms lengths, anything as long as they are all the same. Any set of numbers divisible by these will work. Need longer, double them for 6 – 8- 10. Use the ru...

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SPOON CARVING #2: Regarding wood slection

07-12-2011 05:35 PM by Spoontaneous | 6 comments »

I had posted the following in the first part of the ‘blog’ (comment section) and someone was kind enough to suggest that it might be easier to find posted as a new segment/addition. Now that I have been educated, I will post the upcoming tools discussion as Part 3 and the step-by-step as future segments. A little bit about wood selection: For NON-functional spoons the choice in wood is completely open, although there ARE considerations. If you plan to carve in great deta...

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SPOON CARVING #1: Spoon Carving FREE_FOR_ALL (aka collaboration, forum and even class)

07-01-2011 07:03 PM by Spoontaneous | 81 comments »

A while back I was asked if I would be willing to destruct… uh, I mean, INSTRUCT a class on Spoon carving. Since I have been told on numerous occasions that I ‘have no class’, I am going to, instead, call this a spoon carving ‘collaboration’. A forum of sorts, where anyone that wishes to participate can ask and answer any question, offer or receive any advice and most of all, be a part of the creative process. Obviously, the goal will be to CARVE A WOODEN SPOON. Simple enough, right? ...

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Workbench - Start to Finish #1: Design

07-07-2008 08:44 PM by beaudex | 3 comments »

I started woodworking in my early 20s (many year ago). Prior to this the only real exposure to woodworking I had was building remote controlled model aircroft out of balsa. I started by taking a year long rough carpentry course at a local community college. What does this have to do with workbenchs you wonder.. I believe a well designed workbench starts with your experience with workbenches. Thinking back I have had the oppourtunity to use a few workbenches and there are a few things I discov...

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The American Craftsman WorkShop #16: Sheet Goods Organizer

01-04-2010 10:09 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 22 comments »

Increased Efficiency Through Better Organization My shop environment is always shifting and evolving. The goal is to create an efficient space to work in. My shop is not large by business or commercial standards and many hobbyists enjoy a work space as large as mine. But large shop or small, as a business I have to focus on efficiency to make money. A Couple of Problems One of the biggest offenders for this disorderly disaster was storage for sheet goods. The goal is not to bec...

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The American Craftsman WorkShop #15: Reorganizing the Shop - Complete (this round)

10-12-2009 03:25 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 29 comments »

Grandkids And The Studio Furniture Movement The space-time continuum changes when you add the grandkids factor to the intended work progress equation, but that is OK. Rita and I had a couple of the grandsons for the weekend and they spent some time in the shop with me. I went out to the shop Saturday morning with the 2 boys in tow (ages 3 and 4) and thought that I would finish my organizational efforts in just a few hours – silly me. It took me all morning just to install the ceil...

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LJ Woodworking Awards - Winter 2010 #1: Announcement

12-04-2009 10:29 AM by Martin Sojka | 32 comments »

The LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Winter 2010 is just a month away. This year we are focusing on just one category. The goal is to highlight the creativity of all of our members (regardless of skill level) through the use of materials that are available to all woodworkers. And here it is: Yin Yang – the dark and the light. Where would one be without the other? Create a project that uses colour (dark and light wood, stains, etc.) to convey how contrasts work together to make the whole....

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Wood Whisperer Out Feed Table #1: Inspiration, Research, and SketchUp Drawing

11-29-2009 06:13 AM by Brad_Nailor | 16 comments »

Well I have been so focused on getting my new old Unisaw tweaked and settled in it’s new home I forgot that I need some essentials for it’s operation. I wanted to fire it up and try and cut some big slabs of birch butcher block to test its power, but I realized one thing…they are big pieces and I don’t have an out feed table! So, basically I cant cut anything bigger than 10 inches…and what fun is that? So I was browsing through the projects and came upon this pro...

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