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The EZ mitre technique

07-26-2010 10:55 PM by BritBoxmaker | 78 comments »

Hello all. Well I seem to have whet the appetite a bit so here goes for a ‘novel’ technique for making mitred boxes. Its a bit like making a box out of paper, like they showed you at school, using a ‘net’. Only in 3D, with wood and a tablesaw (not sissors). Well first comes the board Its made from alternating strips of Maple and Rosewood of varying thickness. I won’t bore you with the details on how to make it suffice to say that all the corners must b...

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First Cigar Box Guitar Builds #4: Gettin' close... very close.

05-22-2012 06:21 AM by Rick M. | 1 comment »

Old school dulcimer frets. Holes drilled, 12 gauge copper wire hammered into a staple, then pounded into place. I got excited near the end and just rushed putting everything together. The copper nut I had planned was way too high so I improvised with a piece of scrap ply, will go back and redo that later. The tail isn’t finished or glued. The strings aren’t cut. I used zither pins instead of machine heads (I had a bunch and thought, why not?). Here is a pic, semi-finished, ...

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End Grain Floor #9: Apron-Large tiles

05-14-2012 07:40 PM by Nate Meadows | 4 comments »

With the border complete I could now focus my attention on the apron…the area beyond the border. Here I wanted to do large 10×10 Pine tiles and then incorporate smaller one inch Hard Rock Curly Maple strip tiles that would mimic the grid square designators on the Old Sailing Maps. My father built, or I should say, is still building after 20 years, a timber frame mansion for my mother and he had quite a few left over sections of pine timbers. I saved a few and put them in my barn...

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Glue up problem - In an end grain cutting board, swelling of one species busting glue up

04-27-2012 02:25 AM by Kevin May | 6 comments »

I have an end grain cutting board made of purple heart and yellow heart. The blocks are squares, 1-1/8” square, about 1-1/2” long/thick, glued up with mixed patterns (making letters). The board was treated with mineral oil. It appears that the yellow heart pieces have swollen from absorbing the mineral oil, and have busting some of the glue joints. Has anyone ever experienced this type of problem? Thanks for reading and your comments. Kevin

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LJ Challenges #3: Shop Transformation - The Castle Clean-Up

04-24-2012 10:08 AM by MsDebbieP | 20 comments »

April 24, 2012(Thanks to Sawblade1 for this idea.)   A woodworker’s shop space is his/her castle!! This month’s challenge is to do a clean-up on the shop, reorganize and whatever else you want to do to transform your shop for the “before & after” photos. The Rules1. Post a blog showing the before & after photos of a shop transformation and/or clean-up. 2. Share with us what the challenges were and what your goals were. 3. Tag the challenge as ...

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Lessons Learned #1: Mistake # 1 - Proper Planning

04-24-2012 09:27 AM by Joe_M | 1 comment »

I’m not sure if this would qualify as a mistake or not, but I did learn a lesson. I had been building some cabinets over the last couple of months and they are all finally done. I have an upright that’s about 36w/16d/76h and three wall hanging cabinets that are about 46w/11d/33h. The upright and two of the wall hangers have doors that I put together. The carcass’ are all 3/4” red oak ply from Borg and the face frames/doors are 3/4 red oak with 1/4” red oak panels...

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Scraps to Coasters #1: Prep Work and the Glue Up

09-08-2011 04:42 PM by Doug McPherson | 12 comments »

I’m sure others have posted a project similar to this, so I’ll be brief on the description. This is just another great, simple way to get some use from those cut-off strips that accumulate in the shop. I start by gluing up several pieces side to side, first making sure that the sides are square and parrallel for a good lamination. I make each layer just over the sized of the width of what I want for the coasters’ width. ok. After they dry, I run them through the p...

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Marshmallow Catapult

04-15-2011 12:43 PM by Lockwatcher | 7 comments »

When I pulled this off of my cabinet, I did not expect so many would like to build these. Well, I took one apart so that we could make some notes – and then detail construction. Below: The marshmallow catapult in it’s finished form. As you can see below, the catapult concists of only 6 wooden parts & some miscellaneous hardware, all easy to build with handtools if need be. When we did this project with the scouts, we put it together as a kit that they could sand &#...

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Beautiful end grain cutting boards free project plan

11-25-2007 07:31 AM by dewoodwork | 95 comments »

Construct these beautiful end grainCutting boards Hello fellow woodworkers,In the spirit of sharing woodworking knowledge I am writing this tutorial for anyone interested in constructing these beautiful end grain cutting boards. Take a look at the photos of the four styles I have made, or create your own pattern’s and follow the steps I have outlined in this tutorial. Questions and comments are welcome, enjoy. For this board I used maple, walnut, lyptus and purpleheart. White oak, wa...

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Cutting board build blog.

04-12-2010 04:10 PM by Sinister | 30 comments »

I recently uploaded pictures of a cutting board ( and several fellow LJs asked me to show how it was put together. Subsequently, Patron quickly deduced the process and wrote a nice blog showing the step by step process for how to achieve the pattern. I encourage anyone who is interested to take a look because he has some nice pictures outlining the process. I thought I would add a short amendment to his blog de...

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