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Jeff Miller writes a solid instructional manual for woodworkers

Jeff Miller writes a solid instructional manual for woodworkers

08-02-2013 11:04 PM by jusfine | 6 comments »

This is the first Popular Woodworking book that I have really found entertaining. Some of the previous ones I have read have been quite elementary and didn’t offer much substance. ”Woodworking with Body, Mind and Senses”, this book is a good addition to your library. Jeff Miller provides some basics in the first few chapters so the understanding of working wood fibers is clear, then moves on to sharpening tools, techniques, safety, jigs, tool use, etc. then brings it a...

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Freud insert router bits

Freud insert router bits

02-04-2012 10:35 PM by vipond33 | 22 comments »

This is a review of Freud insert router bits but also a review of these bits in general as there seems to be some re-branding of the tools going on. I have bits from Freud, Amana, CMT and Dimar, some with identical bodies. Regardless of manufacture, having one of these bits would be an important addition to any shop. You can achieve perfect glass smooth surfaces on any wood, even going completely against the grain. Fluffy, curly snowflakes of shavings will hang in the air while you work an...

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So you want to be a Manly woodworker....

So you want to be a Manly woodworker....

09-16-2011 05:19 AM by WayneC | 13 comments »

I have been getting more interested in carving utilitarian items lately. I have been carving some spoons thinking of branching out some. I picked up this video to get a broader overview of working with green wood. First of all I would say this is an excellent video that exceeded all of my expectations. Jogge takes you through making a dough bowl and a wooden spoon from beginning to end. He demonstrates selection of materials and then takes you through every step demostrating tools, ...

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“The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov”

“The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov”

08-28-2011 01:36 AM by Don W | 12 comments »

A few months ago I found the 1975 version of “The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking James Krenov” at a flee market. It was well worth the $5 I paid for it. There are newer reprints that I haven’t read, but I’ll assume they are similar. This book is probably the first woodworking book I’ve actually read cover to cover. There is usually a chapter or section I’ll skip because of non interest or “I already know that”. This book isn’t perfect, it has some flaws...

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One of the Best books I have read on Wood Finishing

One of the Best books I have read on Wood Finishing

05-29-2011 06:56 PM by Ken90712 | 21 comments »

While I try to grow, and become a more experienced finisher I have ran into some roadblocks along the way. Like most of us have, I’m sure. A few Lumberjocks recommended this book by Bob Flexner. I must say I will always keep this book close. Another fellow LJ posted the words below as well and I agreed so I used his review as well. Thx, Jeff. Most everyone would benefit from this book. While this is not a tool, this book has earned its spot as one of my most useful assets in my shop....

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The rasps that do what I always assumed rasps should do

The rasps that do what I always assumed rasps should do

05-18-2011 12:25 AM by moshel | 14 comments »

After trying almost every kind of file I can locally source here (mostly metal files, but also some Bacho and Nicolson) and being very disappointed with the results i got, I ordered these from toolsfromjapan.com. These files are different. very different. instead of having solid steel “blade” with sharp bits punched or machined on it, they look like a lacework of razor sharp saw blades. because of the openings between the blades, they will not clog, even on the most difficult t...

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Hammerite Rust Remover Gel - A Product Review

Hammerite Rust Remover Gel - A Product Review

03-24-2011 08:46 PM by Brit | 18 comments »

Recently I posted a restoration story of an old Skinner 6” sweep brace (you can read it here if you missed it) where I used Hammerite Rust Remover Gel. Since people showed a lot of interest in this product, I thought I would do a proper review as I use it to clean the saw plate on a wonderful vintage Spear & Jackson hand saw. You can read all about this gorgeous piece of English heritage here. The gel is available in three sizes: 75ml, 100ml, 225ml and 750ml. I bought the largest size ...

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Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

Lathe Duplicator for Mini Lathes

11-22-2008 06:33 AM by Karson | 16 comments »

I’ve got this Penn State Lathe Duplicator I have mine mounted on a Ryobi Mini Lathe. I believe that it works for many brands. It’s not an all inclusive duplicator like the Vega. If you can make a pattern in something about 1/16” thick then you can fit it into the holding mechanism. Here are the Penn State templates This is a brass pattern of a small spindle that I’m making. The spindles are for a Vintage Sleigh I’m making. You mount your blank in the...

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Kerfmaker uses

Kerfmaker uses

06-15-2010 05:09 PM by tenonitis | 10 comments »

I broke down and bought one of these gadgets despite the high price since I planned to give it a lot of use. It works as advertised but I had a different application in mind than cutting half laps or kerfs. I wanted to use it for its opposite function, one not advertised, making tenons. I understand that Bridge City plans to introduce a new tool for this purpose, but I think they don’t understand that the Kerfmaker can already do this. The key is to invert your thinking and instead of u...

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