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David Barron Tools Dovetail Guide

David Barron Tools Dovetail Guide

01-18-2013 01:40 AM by rdwile | 10 comments »

I bought the David Barron Dovetail Guide last summer when I ordered a couple other things from David. I played with the guide and watched David's YouTube video on how to use it. So then I figured I was ready to cut some dovetails! I tried it out to get the hang of it on some scrap and then moved right into cutting the dovetails on my Tommy Mac Tool Chest. The fact that this was my first dovetail project ever in carcase construction is a testament to how easy this guide its to get used t...

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Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise.  What's not to like?

Hand cut dovetails--faster, cleaner, more precise. What's not to like?

03-25-2014 03:54 PM by JayT | 33 comments »

Like many woodworkers, I wanted to learn to make hand cut dovetails, but struggled with getting a precise joint. After some disappointing early results, I was ready to either quit or get some help. Somewhere along the line I had seen a blog post that linked a David Barron video where he used a magnetic saw guide. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of the 1:5 guides and hope that helped my joinery. I know that traditionally dovetails are 1:8 or 1:6, but since the ratio is fa...

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Plane Restorers Take Note!!!

Plane Restorers Take Note!!!

01-17-2014 02:09 AM by poopiekat | 20 comments »

After seeing some plane restorations by LJ ‘ToddJB’ back in December, I was glad to see someone asked him how he got such a terrific surface on the sides of his planes. His ‘workhorse’ as he referred to it, was a simple burnishing wheel! He claimed it would take a plane from rusty to shiny in one step! I had to have one of these, a hundred of my planes are in queue for restoration, and it’s taking me forever! So, I purchased a 3M burnishing wheel, the exact...

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Tame the Waterstone Mess: A Simple Solution

Tame the Waterstone Mess: A Simple Solution

04-17-2011 06:51 AM by thiel | 11 comments »

Gang, This tray from McMaster (http://www.mcmaster.com/#food-service-trays/=bwr90d) will improve your life and make you a better person. A small one is $15 and a godzilla sized one is $35. Here’s how: —It is a waterproof tray whose antiskid surface will perfectly and TOTALLY immobilize a waterstone.—The low lip on the edge of the tray is lower than the top of most waterstones, so you won’t bang your blades or hands into its edges (I have Nortons and here is ...

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Simple Green PRO HD excells at cleaning saw blades

Simple Green PRO HD excells at cleaning saw blades

12-06-2010 09:46 PM by pintodeluxe | 16 comments »

I heard that soaking carbide tipped blades in simple green can leach carbide from the metal. I emailed simple green and a rep confirmed that the standard simple green should not be used to soak carbide tipped blades. He recommended two other simple green products that have no such problem: 1. Simple Green Pro HD 2. Simple Green Aircraft parts cleaner I found the simple green Pro HD at my local Home Depot. It is the purple stuff and is sold in a 1 gallon concentrate for around $13. I...

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My First New Tool For New Shop - What is it?

My First New Tool For New Shop - What is it?

04-03-2008 06:42 AM by ND2ELK | 31 comments »

I bought a solid oak cabinet at the prison industries auction 2 years ago. I brought it home and hung it in the garage. I am starting to clean out the garage where my new shop is going to go. I was taking the screws out of a brace on the bottom of the cabinet. While holding on to a 2 X 4 fastened on the side of the cabinet, it felt like it moved. I got to looking and this is what I found. It is a Prison Shank!!!!! You figure out what it could layout.

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Heating the shop

Heating the shop

04-07-2009 11:29 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 23 comments »

5 year update:After about 5 years this heater is still working, still heating my shop up to shirt temperatures quickly and costing me about $100/yr to run when I use it often. Needs blowing out with air each season but still starting and running well. Summer is arriving. But, winter will be back. If you live in a cool climate I’d like to share my experiences with shop heat with you. I see a lot of people in blogs who say that they’d like to work but it’s too cold or they ...

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Heavy Duty wheel casters

Heavy Duty wheel casters

04-25-2009 05:49 AM by Don K. | 8 comments »

Like many, I make mobile base’s for all of my shop equipment. I have used plastic, rubber metal etc. And while they serve their purpose, they have many short falls. The plastic and metal ones hang up on every chip of wood and piece of trash on your floor, and have terrible locking systems. The rubber ones while they do roll much easier across the floor, still have the same lousy locking system, and develop flat spots when they sit for a extended time. Recently while I was at my ...

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Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

Makes a great hybrid saw mobile lift, many other possibilities

04-18-2010 11:03 PM by hypnos | 5 comments »

I recently bought a new Jet ProShop and I needed a mobile base due to my wife wanting to park in the garage. The high price and lack of really good reviews for any mobile base I could find to fit the proshop necessitated some inventiveness. This Central Hydraulics lift fit the bill, it just needed some longer lift runners. Some poplar and 1/4” machine screws brought it to the length I needed to span the base of my table saw. I will be adding bottom braces to my outfeed/assembly table th...

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Bar Keeper's Friend - Great for surface rust removal

Bar Keeper's Friend - Great for surface rust removal

07-08-2013 06:35 PM by Cereal4Dinner | 20 comments »

I buy most of my tools used, and that usually entails cleaning up metal surfaces that have been left sitting. For tables and other flat surfaces, I use Bar Keeper’s Friend since it is a mild acid that breaks up rust pretty effectively and it’s cheap. I’ve uploaded some before and after pics of my bandsaw table. It doesn’t clean/polish the table 100% but it definitely makes huge difference. 20 minutes with a green scrubbing pad followed up with some paste wax, and t...

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