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Hand Cut Double Dovetail Experiment

07-03-2008 06:48 AM by Woodhacker | 82 comments »

After admiring the double and double-double dovetail joints that are capable with the Incra and other jigs, I started thinking, “Why not try this by hand?” So this box is my first experiment with handcut double dovetails. It took me some time to figure out the joinery process, but once I realized a few things about this type of joint, it seemed do-able. It was quite challenging but also a ton of fun. It also does take some degree of patience and precision…which I’m still working on. In...

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"Art Box" Tutorial #8: The Handle

07-16-2009 04:28 AM by Andy | 8 comments »

Updated 1/15/12 At this point we should have an assembled box, with corner splines, a recess cut into the body for the lid to set down into 3/8”, and a recess for the medallion cut into the lid that is also 3/8” deep, and the medallion cut to fit.DO NOT glue in the medallion yet! Next thing is to make the handle.I like to attach the handle by cutting a mortise in both the handle and the edge of the lid and slipping in a thin strip of wood, aka a spline. The spline is a scrap...

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New Posting Rules

04-23-2008 11:37 PM by Martin Sojka | 57 comments »

As you may noticed I’ve added new posting rules to the site. You can see red “View the posting rules” link above each textarea. Just click on it to expand the latest version of the rules. These rules are not here to restrict healthy woodworking discussions. They are simply the reaction to some recent incidents and are focusing primarily on personal attacks, offensive posts, advertising as well as political and religious controversies. Note that these new rules will not be...

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RESTART to Starting Your Business #9: Patents and Your Gov't At Work! Read at your own risk.

08-17-2008 05:48 PM by Ad Marketing Guy - Bill | 3 comments »

Fellow Lumberjock – Lee A. Jeesberger started a Great forum topic on patents, when you have the time take a look. In continuing the small business startup series I thought you may find this interesting. Here is another chapter for you to consider. . . I was reading a forum thread on one of my favorite sites that discussed patents. I normally feel entrepreneurs should spend more time developing their business and marketing plans and less time worrying about how to get a patent. Th...

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Advice on Patents #1: Okay, it's not woodworking, but it's for woodworker's too.

08-13-2008 02:41 PM by Lee A. Jesberger | 54 comments »

Hi all; As woodworkers, I would say we are a pretty creative group. I doubt any us us have not had an idea to improve something, or develop a new tool, or idea to make an existing tool better. This creativity is a necessary ingredient to inventing anything, and is a characteristic of our hobby. Add to that the mother of all inventions, necessity, and with us being tinkerer’s, we’re almost forced to invent something. A lot of us have made our invention, for our own use whenev...

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"How's Your Underside Looking" --by RusticWoodArt

01-20-2007 04:22 PM by frank | 19 comments »

”How’s Your Underside Looking” Two important points of perspective that I have come to learn, is that by knowing how to discern before the storm, is then being ably prepared to circumvent from within the storm, when it is upon me, and therefore give thanks for the storm, since I am now empowered to manipulate my course through this situation of cause and effect. And so as workers of wood, one might ask how does ‘cause and effect’ relate to me….”...

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Taking Better Pictures #1: Cameras and Photo Editing

03-28-2008 03:38 AM by tpastore | 22 comments »

Hello fellow woodworkers, I have enjoyed looking at all of the excellent projects displayed on LJ. They inspire designs and urge me to make that next piece even even more challenging. All these project are shown to the world via pictures. A picture is your way of expressing the time and effort you have spent on a piece. It is important to take time on the composition and setup of your picture taking to optimize the quality of your pictures. After all, you have spent countless hours wo...

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Houndstooth Dovetails

11-30-2008 03:23 PM by Woodhacker | 27 comments »

Houndstooth dovetails use varying sizes of tails (or varying sizes of pins…depending on your perspective). I’ve wanted to try them for quite a while now. This blog shows most of the process I’m currently going through. To get the effect it seems to me you need more tails/pins per corner than one would normally think about. In this case like a few of my other recent boxes posted, I’m using Caribbean rosewood and curly maple. Most often, (when you see them at all) these are done by alte...

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Neil Lamens interviews famed marquetuer Silas Kopf

11-13-2008 07:44 AM by David | 7 comments »

This entry is a quick heads up regarding another great video interview by Neil Lamens. Neil & Gigi recently went on a road trip to East Hampton, MA to visit the famed marquetuer Silas Kopf. During the video interview, Silas made of a tulip that Neil “wove” in and out of the discussion. Silas took Neil on a shop tour and introduced us right hand and cabinetmaker Tom Coughlin. While discussing a current cabinet in production, Neil and Silas talk about traveling to visit hi...

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Radial Dovetail Box Construction

10-18-2008 11:15 PM by Woodhacker | 18 comments »

Some time ago I posted a blog about a dovetail joint I came up with. I call it the radial dovetail. It incorporates handcut dovetails, but rather than using the traditional 1:8 ratio for the dovetail angle for hardwood, each side of each tail varies and is drawn from a perspective point. Then the sides of the box were contoured to blend with the dovetail design. Here’s a picture of the nearly completed box. It is made of curly maple, Carribean rosewood, and hickory.I like to think of t...

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