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By Hand and Eye

By Hand and Eye

03-02-2015 01:27 PM by SirIrb | 39 comments »

I saw so much talk in the furniture forum for this book I had to get it. The book arrived Saturday and I immediately began reading it. I had heard that this was a book you have to read while in the shop working on layout. This is true. But because I have yet to get some dividers (hint: buy some dividers because they are the backbone of the whole theory of the book) I read it with a glass of brandy in my chair. I finished it Sunday and turned back to page one to begin again. Basic book geek...

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Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

03-02-2015 01:28 AM by DW833 | 2 comments »

I took this class at Woodcraft of Orlando this week. Cost is $105.It is taught by Mark Behrens and runs from 10am – 5pm. I started turning recently and had no idea how to use the tools. I find it difficult to transfer skills I see onlineand dvds for turning to real workshop turning. So I wanted to attend a hands on training class.With few other options for local training, I decided to try this class.Attended a beginning woodworking class at a different woodcraft years ago and foun...

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Wood Handbook: Wood As An Engineering Material

Wood Handbook: Wood As An Engineering Material

02-18-2015 04:33 PM by Leroy5 | 6 comments »

This free E-book is a must-read. http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fpl_gtr190.pdf

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Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

12-20-2014 04:44 PM by JoeinGa | 14 comments »

As I age, I find my grip just isn’t as strong as it used to be. Simply opening a pickle jar is sometimes a pain and this carries over into my shop as well, especially during the colder weather. Several years ago I had several glue-ups fail while making cutting boards and upon close inspection I realized it was because the clamps could have been tighter during the gluing process. I had also noticed that sometimes my hands would slip on the smooth wooden handles of my Jorgy clamps. N...

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Project EVS Vacuum pump

Project EVS Vacuum pump

11-28-2014 03:04 AM by iminmyshop | 5 comments »

There are many different kinds of vacuum presses. Wading through which you need can be daunting. Buying a vacuum system can also be costly. I went with the EVS Project at http://www.veneersupplies.com/pages/DIY__Vacuum__Press.html. These pumps require putting some parts together and some very simple wiring. I had never done this sort of thing. I’m a woodworker, not an electrician and had no idea what a manifold was. But everything I read about the company from its customers was very po...

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Wooden Spinner Swivel

Wooden Spinner Swivel

05-06-2014 10:28 PM by ca8920 | 2 comments »

A few weeks back I made some wooden spinners and posted pictures of the spinners as a project. After posting pictures of the spinners I received several questions about the types of swivels I used. After testing several types of swivels I decided the sealed ball bearing swivels were the best and didn’t gunk up or break down. Below is a Cabela’s like to the Sampo type swivels I ended up using. They spin very easily due to the internal ball bearing. Chris http://www.cabela...

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Cool little shop accessory

Cool little shop accessory

04-16-2014 07:32 AM by Whiskers | 7 comments »

Well, I didn’t get flamed on my first review and yesterday I went to the HD to pick up a order and also picked up some rare earth magnets for this puppy. Than it occurred to me maybe some of you might like this as well. I bought it just under a year ago and I find it to be handy as heck. Don’t be fooled by it’s boast of being extra large, it is really quite small. Any smaller and it would be near useless, but it perfect for holding a couple pencils and pens, a 6” co...

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Absolutely the Most Useful, Inexpensive Marking Tool...

Absolutely the Most Useful, Inexpensive Marking Tool...

02-06-2014 04:37 PM by DeLayne Peck | 14 comments »

What is it? Ordinary old sticks of school chalk. I use it constantly all over my shop and on project-after-project. Chalk cuts down the chaos, bungling, confusion, memory lapses, searching, waste and mistakes that haunt every shop. My shop for sure. Here are some of my routine uses: Noting the arrival dates of lumber for drying and acclimation. Planning and marking the intended use of and dimensions of new lumber. Laying out initial cuts and dimensions on sheet goods. Noting dimensi...

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Outstanding chest hinges from Nathan's Forge

Outstanding chest hinges from Nathan's Forge

02-02-2014 12:52 AM by mpmitche | 3 comments »

I recently completed a six board chest and needed a nice set of hinges. Being disappointed with what I could find at the local retail outlets I looked around the internet and was pleased to find Nathan’s Forge. He customized the hinges to fit the 5/4 boards I used, delivered them quickly, and provide great looking matching screws for mounting. He even included a complete set of two lengths of screws. The detail of the hinges is great with the top edges chamfered nicely. The pair ma...

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Great hinge for cedar chest

Great hinge for cedar chest

12-27-2013 09:28 PM by CharlesA | 2 comments »

I forgot to take a photo of this hinge installed in a cedar chest before I gave it to it’s intended recipient. This is a stock photo. This is a well engineered solution when you want a hinge that will hold the lid open and you want a soft close. It comes with directions for a 70 and 105 degree openings, but you can adjust for other size openings with trial and error or good math skills. I followed advice from the forum and used a piano hinge coupled with two of these. I had trim a...

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