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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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By Hand and Eye

By Hand and Eye

03-02-2015 01:27 PM by SirIrb | 40 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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The Clifton Multiplane

The Clifton Multiplane

07-31-2008 09:36 PM by lethentymill | 5 comments »

A new Multiplane is quite an investment – when I started this series of projects five years ago I was still under the spell of this tool and Stanley still had a couple of cheaper alternatives which could be recommended for grooving and cutting dados.Five years on (running evening classes and producing the home learning course), how do I feel about them? The only successor to the Stanley/Record models that I knew was the Clifton – I have three old Stanleys and had one new Clifton; it was th...

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Made the switch

Made the switch

04-02-2009 06:43 AM by bayspt | 18 comments »

After using almost a whole tub (1lb) of SC Johnson paste wax in the last year or so, I caught Renaissance wax on sale at Woodcraft this month and reluctantly bought a can. I say reluctantly since the street price of this stuff is 26 bucks for 200ml or 7 fl. OZ. Little can for 26 or big ole pounder for 8. Ability to buy at Borg or local department store (blue, biggest in the world) or have to buy at specialty shops or order online. You can see my apprehension. But after the rave reviews b...

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HTC 2000 - 3000 Mobile Bases

HTC 2000 - 3000 Mobile Bases

11-26-2009 04:46 AM by ND2ELK | 10 comments »

Both the HTC 2000 – 3000 mobile bases are very will built. They seem to be strong and have no flexing or sagging under weight. The machines are solid when sitting on the levelers. Moving of the machines are very easy when the swivel casters are engaged. Because the frames are adjusted in 1” increments I shimmed them with wood strips so the machines would not move in the frames. I would recommend these for your shop and am pleased with them.

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The Texas Furniture Maker's Show in Kerrville, TX Rocks!

The Texas Furniture Maker's Show in Kerrville, TX Rocks!

12-01-2009 08:12 PM by Paul | 8 comments »

There’s only a few days left (ends Dec. 5th). But, if there’s any Texas Lumberjocks close enough to Kerrville for a day trip, it’s well worth your time. Some awesome work on display! I went yesterday and it has inspired me to continue to strive to raise the level of my work. You can see winner pics on line if you Google the show.

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Sun Brand Random Orbital Discs

Sun Brand Random Orbital Discs

06-04-2010 06:15 AM by tooldad | 5 comments »

Bought these at the wood show. We have gone through 6 boxes of them. However I didn’t count how many times a disc went flying. The velcro/hook and loop on the back doesn’t seem to stick that well. It’s not that the pad was worn out, one of the sanders we tried them on was new. For the most part they work, but you get what you pay for.

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The Best Woodworking Book I've Seen

The Best Woodworking Book I've Seen

06-19-2011 03:56 AM by BentheViking | 10 comments »

This is basically a woodworking text book, but I’ve read it cover to cover. First of all the book is huge. First half is introductions to everything about woodworking—tooling, wood species, joinery, finishing, designing projects, setting up a shop. It doesn’t go into anything with so much depth that you will be a master at it, but is great as a general reference and a must for anyone setting out in the woodworking field. The second part (as the title references) has...

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New Plane User's Required Reading

New Plane User's Required Reading

06-21-2011 05:47 AM by Manitario | 8 comments »

The first plane that I bought was a $25 big box store special block plane, that I thought might be useful to trim the edges of some boards that I trimming my basement with. Out of the box it did nothing more than gouge and tear the wood, and quickly was assigned a place of dishonour in my shop. That was a year and a half ago. Since then, I’ve learnt a little bit more about planes, and managed to tune it to produce some nice curly shavings from it after a lot of sole flattening and blade sharp...

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Old Masters Gel Polyurethane Finish

Old Masters Gel Polyurethane Finish

09-29-2013 04:00 AM by Purrmaster | 3 comments »

I got this stuff last summer and have used it on several projects since. Primarily on woods that are prone to blotching. I tried it after I read about it in a Bob Flexner book. I like it very much. It goes on and comes off with great ease. All you need to do is put some on a cloth and wipe it onto your wood. Wait a few minutes and then wipe off the excess. It will dry to the touch in a few hours. It’s not particularly smelly nor messy. It’s as easy to apply as boiled li...

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