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Cutting Board Primer #2: Face Grain

11-08-2015 04:39 AM by Betsy | 5 comments »

Simple First While there are infinite number of ways to make and styles to attempt there are basically only three varieties of cutting boards: face grain, edge grain and end grain. Face grain is the easiest and also the least durable. Having said that, some of the prettiest boards are face grain and if the board is properly cared for it can last for ages. As an example, my father made a board for my mother when they first got married. That was 73 years ago. My brother still uses that board...

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The ABCs of Table Saws

09-21-2012 09:00 PM by knotscott | 25 comments »

Making Sense of Table Saw Classifications -Buying a new table saw can be a little confusing to an inexperienced buyer. The models, brands, manufacturers, and types of saws are in a constant state of change. What was true just a few years ago may no longer apply, so it can be difficult to get reliable information even from seasoned veterans if they haven’t been keeping up on the trends. Even seasoned veterans may be surprised at how rapidly the marketplace changes. To help simplify your purcha...

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The Bargain Saw Blade List is Back!

07-04-2013 01:09 PM by knotscott | 20 comments »

Forrest WWII, Infinity Super General, Ridge Carbide TS2000, Freud Fusion, and Tenryu Gold Medal are all great saw blades. It’s hard to go wrong with any of them if you’re willing to plunk down $80-$130. Try getting a good blade with a budget in the $10-$40 range, and the odds of getting a good one fall dramatically. No need to despair….for those who missed out on the great Leitz/Irwin, Leitz/Delta, Onsrud, Delta 7657, and CMT clearance deals in recent years, below is list of current deals tha...

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Banquette build....my first furniture attempt #3: My third child is stained and ready for protection

12-01-2015 05:57 AM by Woodchuck4 | 0 comments »

I call this my third child because as I’m nearing the finish line with this we have had two children, my wife quit her job to stay home with the kids, and I’ve gone through a job change (with promotion). With all that has gone on this poor project has had more off time than on, but now I am so close to the finish line I can taste it. Since the last post I got all of the final little cuts and finishes buttoned up. I was still struggling with the stain but finally found...

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Tips and Techiques #2: The Somewhat Invisible Hinge Tutorial

03-05-2015 03:49 AM by Jerry | 33 comments »

Okay, I was asked to post a how to for the, I guess I’ll start calling it “vanishing” hinge, since it’s not completely invisible. Anyway I struggled with posting this tutorial, because in this instance things went badly, but I think it’s just as important to publish the mistakes as the successes, because that way whoever reads this can see where the pitfalls are. So in the spirit of full disclosure, here goes. Okay, this tutorial is for 1/2” wood and dow...

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The Building of the Bulge....

08-11-2013 08:53 PM by JL7 | 28 comments »

Awhile back I built on of the “bulge” cutting boards that was inspired by Scott’s post: Here was my original post: I’ve been planning for awhile to build another and wanted to try a little different technique. And there is a silent auction coming up next week for my Sister’s battle with cancer, so this will be part of that. Here is the current board (on the left) along with the original: What I learned building the second one, is that the...

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Finishing Tips #6: Homemade Blotch Control Instructions

02-07-2015 06:04 AM by pjones46 | 12 comments »

Many people have contacted me concerning the specific mixing instructions to make homemade blotch control and specifics as to its application. So here they are. Mixing instructions Glue size is most commonly made of a watered-down, water-based, PVA adhesive. If you do plan to make your own, try something on the order of 10 parts (or a little less) water to one part Gorilla White Wood Glue. The ratios may vary with species and porosity of the wood. Use: Distilled Water (Can be purc...

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Making a Wooden Hinge For Your Box - Tutorial

01-26-2010 11:28 PM by stefang | 53 comments »

While the rest of the world is going forward I seem to be going in the other direction, ie; wooden hinges. I bought a book from FWW back in 1998 showing router projects and techniques culled from past magazine articles. There was an article there by Rob Cosman.which included a method of making wooden hinges. This is the type of hinge in question shown on my box below. ““ ““ Main Problems producing a hinge using Rob Cosman’s method In Cosman’s a...

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Building a wooden shoulder plane #1: First you gotta do some thinking...and find iron

05-20-2011 10:05 PM by Div | 23 comments »

During the recent posting by Bertha on the hand planes of our dreams, the issue of wooden shoulder planes came up. I had some requests and PM’s to blog on the making of a wooden shoulder plane so I will give it my best shot. Be warned, I work in the metric system so measurements are in millimeters. For those who use King George’s thumb to measure, dividing by 25.4 will at least give decimal inches. I’ll gladly answer any question but have patience: No computer will survive in my dusty worksho...

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Building a wooden shoulder plane #2: About body parts and even a mouth...

05-21-2011 10:31 PM by Div | 31 comments »

24 hours later and I’m back in my favorite chair! It sounds like some has already sourced plane irons in many different ways. Good! Bertha is ordering a brandnew blade, Derosa found some old plane blades at a local junk store and his Dremel with cutting disc is eager to go! Grittyroots has some old molding planes and wants to use an iron from on of those. Bearpie in Jacksonville has some old worn out metal cutting saw blades about 1/8” thick by 2” wide and 18” long. Good ide...

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