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MDF Spline Cutting Sled #1: The Sketchup Chronicles

03-19-2011 07:43 PM by Brad_Nailor | 16 comments »

I was flipping through a catalog the other day and happened upon a spline cutting sled that this company was selling. I really liked the design of it, so I went on their website and learned all about it, watched videos etc. The only problem was, I didn’t want to pay the (what I thought was) high price for something that I could probably make myself…not to mention I’m broke, and cheap, and have enough scrap materiel’s lying around that I can make it almost for free. I...

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Wagon Vise #1: part one of wagon vise build

11-24-2014 03:35 PM by August McCormick Lehman III | 4 comments »

after using the the bench i recently finish,ive been running into situation that required a way to hold your work piece while planing it.i was given a wood for my bench and plywood,it was my very first bench and i out grew the capability of the bench right away.and found my self building jigs just to hold my work piece,.and it became a pain every time i wanted to do some work. this is the bench i made anyway from all the suggestion of all LUMBERJOCKS and reading the blog workbench smack d...

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Workshop Build #24: Wall - Mounted Bins

08-18-2010 04:44 PM by ~Julie~ | 11 comments »

I posted a question in the forum section here two months ago asking what others did for organizing all their screws, hooks, etc. in their shops. Some people suggested buying plastic bins, others said use jars or bags. I had a plan in a magazine full of shop storage and tool cabinets put out by the Woodsmith/Shop Notes people and so I decided to make my own. Unfortunately I felt like one of Santa’s elves with the assembly line of parts. It seemed to take forever to make all the b...

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Frame saws - bow saws. #4: Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping (blog)

09-22-2012 01:14 PM by mafe | 14 comments »

Swans and bones – Frame saw for copingParts and Swans Part two. Last blog ended where the swans and bones handles were finished, now I will move on to the home made hardware. Found this interesting link it might give some thoughts. A standard brass screw app two inch long.The head is cut off. The end rounded, this can be done by hand, but yes I am lazy… Ok, back to the hacksaw, cut down the middle. Then half way down on the side. Bravo!!!We have a blade hol...

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Thickness Sander from an 8 x 4 sheet of plywood

03-21-2013 04:46 PM by Jim Rowe | 15 comments »

This is my first attempt at blogging but I thought people might be interested in the approach I took. Getting hold of consistently dimensioned timber for making boxes has always been a challenge, especially when small thicknesses are required and when the timber is hard to come by (expensive and scarce). I have seen many examples of beautiful boxes here on LJs from makers who have either made their own thickness sanders or have bought commercial equipment. For me, buying a ready made thick...

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Project No. 2 - Small prototype Japanese inspired toolbox (i.e. pencil box?)

06-28-2013 04:22 AM by siavosh | 7 comments »

This is my second project and I had to overcome some personal pride to post pictures of what even I can tell is something that doesn’t quite meet LJ standards. Yet I figure there’s only room to go up from here. This was done on/off over a few weeks on nights and parts of weekends. I had to also figure out the tools I needed along the way and track them down on craigslist, eBay, and the big box store. Ever since I saw the Japanese style toolboxes in Toshio Odate's book, mafe's b...

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Scrapwood Stool #1: Laminating a Seat

09-15-2014 05:02 AM by siavosh | 0 comments »

I had a bunch of cutoffs and leftover pieces from my last few projects. I didn’t want to throw them out or keep them around indefinitely under my couch, so I came up with the idea of laminating the pieces together to make the seat of a small (low-level) Japanese style stool. Here is some design inspiration I found online—simple and pragmatic design. And here is me working out the lamination: First time I’m making anything like this, glad to stat...

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Scratch Stock

09-17-2011 09:12 PM by nobuckle | 7 comments »

I have recently embarked on a journey to make hand tools by hand – for the most part. This scratch stock is a design I saw in one of the most recent Shopnotes issues. The one in the magazine is made from tiger maple, I have no such material. This one is made of walnut. The blades are made from the leftover backsaw blade that I used for my card scraper and burnisher. Each blade was cut to width and lenth with the help of a cutoff wheel, then they were shaped by hand using a grinder and f...

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Video: IMO The Best and Easiest Way to Finish Pine

01-20-2013 05:09 AM by JSB | 4 comments »

In my opinion this is the best and easiest way to finish pine projects. This isn’t the greatest demonstration but hopefully I was able to show how easy it is to finish pine. The product I am using is Zinzer’s Amber Shellac. I suppose you could get similar results using a shellac compatible tint or dye for brown tones but I have not tried. I have never messed up a project using this method. The video is a little on the long side so I do apologize. I would love to hear any comments,...

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Improved two stage dust collector mod

07-31-2014 02:25 AM by Praedo | 0 comments »

I wanted a dust collector for my garage workshop. A single-stage collector just wouldn’t do it: I had to have a dual-stage with a large bucket for chips. I have a two-car garage and two cars to park in it, so all of my equipment must be mobile and have a small enough footprint to fit around the perimeter at the end of the day. I didn’t have the budget for a true cyclone, so I decided to modify a regular single-stage dust collector. I wanted the chip bucket to have a large capac...

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