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Shop-made Tool Swap

by Brandon
posted 04-05-2013 08:17 PM


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Dave

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#151 posted 04-12-2013 11:30 PM

Brandon can you put the elfster link up top. Before it gets swallowed up in the comments.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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bondogaposis

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#152 posted 04-12-2013 11:38 PM

I signed up.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#153 posted 04-12-2013 11:40 PM

I’m in.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Brandon

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#154 posted 04-12-2013 11:46 PM

Dave, the link already is up there.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#155 posted 04-13-2013 12:02 AM

Brandon… Good job pulling all this together. I’m in. I will most likely start this weekend ‘cause I know my time is going to get really crunched in a month.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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ksSlim

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#156 posted 04-13-2013 12:24 AM

Elfster confirmed Slim’s in.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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zwwizard

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#157 posted 04-13-2013 12:27 AM

Well I think I’m in! BUT I can’t see the page for the contest or if anybody is there.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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waho6o9

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#158 posted 04-13-2013 12:34 AM

I’m in for the June swap, yeppers.

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Marcus

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#159 posted 04-13-2013 12:40 AM

In.

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OnlyJustME

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#160 posted 04-13-2013 12:52 AM

Just signed in.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Dave

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#161 posted 04-13-2013 12:56 AM

Im in!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Rick M.

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#162 posted 04-13-2013 02:35 AM

21 people have signed up including me. Looks like a good one.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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jordanp

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#163 posted 04-13-2013 04:26 AM

Just signed up, This is my first tool swap was just wondering if we will find out who we are sending it to after the deadline or before?.

scratch that found you post Brandon

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#164 posted 04-13-2013 05:07 AM

Delivered by end of June, got it.

Signed up, and revved up!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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ksSlim

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#165 posted 04-13-2013 12:10 PM

Make it happen folks.

Extra points for shiney metal and sharp blades.

No deduction for wacky woods.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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terryR

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#166 posted 04-13-2013 12:41 PM

Anybody up for a good laugh this morning? :)

Yesterday, I made my first attempt at a marking gauge…red oak and walnut scraps…brass knob is stolen from my Marples gauge temporarily. (Looks like Mc-Master Carr has the exact same brass thumbscrew for $4.14).

Unfortunately, I did all the layout for the mortise in a hurry, so results came out sloppy and out of square. I read a tip on the www yesterday, where some dude took the piece to the drill press and bored 4 small holes near the corners of the mortise. Bad mistake to use my Ryobi drill press for this task…it’s out of square, and always will be.

So, the bar and fence are out of square by 4 degrees. Next time, no drill press, AND careful layout lines! just sayin’

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#167 posted 04-13-2013 01:36 PM

I would like to throw my hat in the ring. But this Elf website thing, I am not sure about. Maybe a bit of a skeptic, but no one (facebook) needs anymore of my info.

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Don Broussard

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#168 posted 04-13-2013 01:36 PM

@BrandonW—Thanks for taking the lead on organizing this tool swap. This is my first one, so I’m trying to lower expectations. I am all in with the elfster RSVP now. Looking forward to seeing the completed tools.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#169 posted 04-13-2013 02:06 PM

You don’t have to put your address in elfster, not required. Just wait till your sender contacts you for your address and give it to him/her directly.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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OnlyJustME

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#170 posted 04-13-2013 02:16 PM

no need for facebook either. i dont have one.

Terry, looks like good practice. I expect to see something spectacular from you now with all that practice. lol

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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LakeLover

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#171 posted 04-13-2013 02:41 PM

Thanks

I’m in.

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fatandy2003

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#172 posted 04-13-2013 09:34 PM

I’m in.

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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Mark Kornell

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#173 posted 04-13-2013 11:02 PM

I’m in.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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Don Broussard

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#174 posted 04-14-2013 01:31 AM

I’m getting ready for my first tool swap. I made a practice marking gauge today, also a personal first. It’s made of ash, and the knife is a filed-down ring shank nail. I realize that I need to practice my mortise-making skills to have a tighter fit on the beam. I also realized that the one I picked to practice is a little tricky with the captive wedge. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time shaping the headstock, nor did I finish the gauge. i was more interested in function than appearance. I’ll make sure that the one I send to another LJ is well-fitted.

Here’s a pic of my inaugural marking gauge:

I am already enjoying the motivation of an LJ tool swap. Thanks for the opportunity to expand my personal woodworking skills. I am looking forward to finding out who’s is going to get a new marking gauge from me!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dan Krager

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#175 posted 04-14-2013 01:43 AM

OK. I did the SketchUp of my idea for a marking gauge. It’s kind of a wild hair, but functional I believe. I think I will build one for myself, having talked myself into it. If any of you want to try it, you are welcome.

Good luck with this swap. I’ll be following along.
That premier gauge has a lot of promise, DonB!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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JayT

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#176 posted 04-14-2013 02:28 AM

Hit the hardwood dealer today to look at possible woods for the swap.

Came home with a stick of curly bubinga (amoung other things). Whoever gets the marking gauge is now at least assured of some gorgeous wood, no matter how poor my skills. And yes, I am also practicing on some other stuff first.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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derosa

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#177 posted 04-14-2013 02:34 AM

Signed up, I need one and need to make something fun. I’m more then happy to ship overseas if it means someone outside the US can be involved.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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GMatheson

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#178 posted 04-14-2013 02:47 AM

Just signed up…..that makes 30 of us now

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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Mauricio

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#179 posted 04-14-2013 02:52 AM

Don, most of us have never made a gauge so you have most of us beat no matter what it looks like. That said I think it will look pretty good once its cleaned up.

Pretty cool idea Dan, looks like something out of Star Wars.

I’m thinking I need to make a practice gauge too.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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RGtools

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#180 posted 04-14-2013 03:01 AM

In. I better get started.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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OnlyJustME

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#181 posted 04-14-2013 05:14 AM

Pics of the previous swaps getting a work out.

Got the mallet from Smitty and the marking knife and awl from Marty.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Brandon

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#182 posted 04-14-2013 05:20 AM

Nice, OJM. Way to make the most out of the swap tools. After this coming swap, you’ll be able to set up the layout lines with the marking gauge.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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terryR

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#183 posted 04-14-2013 12:57 PM

DonB, that marking gauge looks nice…like the captive wedge…I may try one of those.

OJM, I love that mallet way too much! Didn’t Smitty paint it? ;) It sure matches your awl nicely! If Elfster matches me to you, I’ll have to send ya a painted marking gauge.

DanK, that is over the top, man. A dozen wheelie cutters! Wow!!! :)

Question for all…how square does the beam need to be in relation to the fence? I’ve noticed the mortice on my Marples is sorta sloppy, but once the thumbscrew is tightenend all is well. I also saw this lovely Derek Cohen tool last night…

...and it appears you’d need a square to set it up? I dunno. Please teach me! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Dave

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#184 posted 04-14-2013 01:54 PM

Guys when I was refurbing my Panel Gauge. I paid attention to how the fence was tightened to the rail. There was a piece od coppe inside that as the adjustment screw was tightened it cinched up the rail square. I was not able to get it out for cleaning, that tells me it was press fitted in and is permanent.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Boatman53

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#185 posted 04-14-2013 02:07 PM

A knife gauge wants to be pretty square, or canted just a degree or so to pull the fence into the edge while cutting. A pin gauge doesn’t matter because it will score in both directions no matter what. If the blade is toe in on a cutting knife gauge it will want to wander out towards the edge, in other words constant attention in use.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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Boatman53

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#186 posted 04-14-2013 02:24 PM

For those skilled in making threads you do one like this.

Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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CL810

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#187 posted 04-14-2013 03:08 PM

I’m in. Noticed the spending limit is $100.00. I hope I won’t disappoint the recipient of my gauge, but there won’t be anything close to a $100 put into it.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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waho6o9

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#188 posted 04-14-2013 03:10 PM

No where near $100 here as well.

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Mauricio

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#189 posted 04-14-2013 03:18 PM

Great pic OJM! Maybe we should do router planes next, then you will have everything you need for setting hinges? ;-)

Wow Dave, very interesting detail. Who would of thunk it.

Nice one Jim I was just thinking of how I could use a wooden screw to make a gauge. A 2” screw might not be that convenient though

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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stan3443

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#190 posted 04-14-2013 03:59 PM

Just signed up . I’m in

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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Brandon

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#191 posted 04-14-2013 05:16 PM

The spending limit is completely irrelevant for our situation. You all can ignore it, unless you draw my name of course! :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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JayT

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#192 posted 04-14-2013 05:52 PM

Don’t know what’s wrong with you guys, I’m sure there will be $100 in the gauge I make, by the time you count mistakes, labor, remakes, practice, screwups, etc. :-)

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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Don Broussard

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#193 posted 04-14-2013 05:54 PM

I expect that the largest cost of my marking gauge will be the shipping cost! Unless, of course, I draw Brandon’s name . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#194 posted 04-14-2013 06:40 PM

I have started on mine today :-) It has already undergone 3 different revisions in the 3 hours of work this morning lol. Absolutely pumped for this swap. I can’t wait to get a name for the recipient!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#195 posted 04-14-2013 06:58 PM

I’m in! Will be spending a fair amount of time in May playing with this one.

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Marcus

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#196 posted 04-14-2013 07:29 PM

I think I’ll send the 17 rejects I make along with the final. Be prepared whoever my partner is.

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CL810

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#197 posted 04-14-2013 07:51 PM

JayT – you’re right!!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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RGtools

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#198 posted 04-14-2013 08:53 PM

I started mine today as well. I am new to the wood I am working with (which shall remain a secret for now), but it is a dense exotic I had stashed in my shop…and it is hands down the worst smelling wood I have ever worked with.

I have a bunch of brass around the shop for just this sort of thing…I hid it well apparently as I only found half of what I was looking for.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Airframer

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#199 posted 04-15-2013 01:10 AM

I have a question for the group.. is this done in a sort of secret santa type way or are the partners public knowledge?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#200 posted 04-15-2013 01:14 AM

I think it is more of a secret santa type. Once the sign up deadline has passed you will get a name to send your project to, but you won’t know who is sending you one.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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