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Upgrade your Harbor Freight bar clamps with these easy enhancements

09-21-2015 01:36 AM by Marty Backe | 5 comments »

I was never a fan of the cheap aluminum bar clamp. They would twist like a pretzel when any decent amount of clamping pressure was applied. Then I read what Paul Sellers had to say about these clamps, where he offered an easy upgrade path that turned them into decent medium duty clamps. You don’t always need the strength of a Bessey type clamp. In this video I demonstrate how I perform the ‘surgery’. I recently bought two more Harbor Freight 48” aluminum bar clam...

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HHWW: Project Candidates - Stuff I Might Make One Day #3: Japanese Toolbox

09-20-2015 06:30 AM by Ted Ewen | 0 comments »

Pretty little box with a clever lid. Definitely on the list of projects.

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Spirals #4: Assembling the jig

06-01-2009 09:03 AM by degoose | 30 comments »

Drill two holes in the fence . one a little larger.. to take 1/4 ” bolts . Mark these positions on the base and drill these holes to attach the fence to the base. One bolt is held with a nut and other with a Knob.[for adjustment in fine tuning the fence if necessary]. Drill two addition holes in the fence to accept 1/4 ” bolts for tightening the bridge clamps.[These holes got through the fence only] Refer to the photo.In his pic you may see that I inserted a bearing to serve as...

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How to build a Desktop Art Easel

02-01-2012 04:20 AM by WoodJediNTraining | 4 comments »

How to build a Desk Top Easel Recently I built a desk top art easel for my mother for Christmas, She requested one from Santa, but since he is busy making toys for all the boys and girls, the task was up to me. This Easel is a great gift for the artist in your life. A fun build and a beautiful piece. The easel is made of Walnut and Oak it features two trays which can hold all of your paint supplies, as well as a paint pallet made from birch. The brass hardware and Oak Splines really set...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #8: Cutting the Corner 45 Degree Angles

03-11-2013 04:58 AM by Boxguy | 20 comments »

A Quick, Accurate Way To 45 Your Corners If you build boxes at all, eventually you tire of cranking your blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees and back…I did. So I built this simple jig, and now I can cut all 8 ends of a box accurately in about 5 minutes, AND STILL LEAVE MY TABLE SAW SET AT 90 DEGREES. Assumption: I am assuming that you have already laid out the board for your sides and have cut all four sides of your box to length. Short side, long side, short side, long side...

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Saw blade storage box

11-26-2012 12:53 AM by Marty Backe | 5 comments »

My table saw blades have been stored on the sides of my workbench for as long as I can remember. Inconvenient to access, and a hazard to the saw blades, I knew this was not the optimal solution. Awhile back I finally got around to making a compact storage box that can hold 16 saw blades. This video shows the box as I describe its construction and use:

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Jigs and Fixtures #3: Shooting Board Basics - VIDEO

01-13-2008 08:46 PM by mot | 35 comments »

WayneC, Bob #2 and I, have had some conversations about shooting boards. The conversations don’t last long because we all agree with eachother. It’s really the death of conversation. However, some of the hand tool posts have netted some good questions on what a shooting board is, how it works, what it does and how you use it. I put together a 15 minute overview of the basics of the shooting board. Please note, the shooting board is a tool that will have unlimited uses in yo...

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2 DYE 4

06-16-2009 06:33 AM by trifern | 53 comments »

I have had numerous requests for a how to blog about my dyeing techniques. I use water base aniline dyes. This technique the dye is applied using 20 cent sponge brushes and cheap paper towels. I typically work from the darkest colors to the lightest, creating layers of color. This piece is turned from fiddle back maple. My apologies for not taking a photograph prior to applying any dyes. The first coat is black. I apply the dye liberally inside and out. I then wipe the outside with a...

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Krager Woodworking jigs #1: A universal jig for precise finger joints and small wedges

05-10-2012 01:38 AM by Dan Krager | 9 comments »

Here is a video I made about a universal precision box joint and small wedge jig. Quick and easy to set up, cheap to make, it replaces the tedious one at a time process usually done. The insidious “creep” of finger joint jigs is eliminated. It safely makes small wedges precisely and cleanly. Thank you for watching. The last 10 seconds got truncated due to a time limit on Photobucket. Better way? <div></div>

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miter devider

09-24-2009 03:26 AM by patron | 16 comments »

this is a jig i made years ago, it devides any angle for miters .the circles have mesh teeth that rotate both sides together .i originaly used sand paper , but it wore out quick , and the circles slide singularly .i found some rubber “v” grooved mat , and glued it to the sides of the circles so they mesh , ( it’s not the best , but it works for now )i had to re-cut parts for this new improvement , as there wasn’t room for the mat . it is registered to the table with d...

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