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Accept Credit Cards With Square and Your iPhone

Accept Credit Cards With Square and Your iPhone

1114 days ago by odie | 29 comments »

I’ve seen this advertized today on LumberJocks’ pages. I’ve been using it for 2 months and absolutely love it. If you’ve read my blog “So you want to go pro” I complained about the outrageous costs for accepting credit cards. Square is a new company that has NO monthly fees as all other companies do. This uses a card reader (they supply for free) and your iPhone. Compare my experience below: Old Credit Card Company $56.29 / mo. if used or notAll cards ha...

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Lee Valley Square Hole Punches

Lee Valley Square Hole Punches

994 days ago by vipond33 | 23 comments »

This is a review of the Veritas Square Hole Punch, available individually or as a set of six, ranging in size from 3/16” to 1/2” by sixteenths. These punches are most often used for period work such as Greene and Greene style pieces where a raised plug is inserted, or for decorative pierced work (like the ones in my pictures) or for small square mortices. You could also use them as the beginning of much deeper mortises, using the perfect opening created as your guide for furth...

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Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

627 days ago by briant | 6 comments »

My Roubo Bench was finished back in 2010 and It’s been a dream to use with one exception, the Parallel Guide and Pin on the leg vise were a pain to use. I never seemed to have the pin in the right hole of the Parallel Guide. BenchCrafted, who made the hardware for the Roubo Slit Top Bench announced a solution for that problem. It’s called a Crisscross and looked promising, except to install it required way more modification and changes to the bench than would make it at all practi...

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Medium Density Overlay (MDO) Plywood for Jig Building and General Use

Medium Density Overlay (MDO) Plywood for Jig Building and General Use

1754 days ago by Jerry | 31 comments »

As an alternative to the less than ideal MDF, a cabinetmaker friend of mine recently turned me onto “MDO”, aka “Signboard”. It is made up of phenolic resin coated paper laminated between layers of ply (11 layers of wood in 3/4”) and twice again as many of the phenolic- resin impregnated paper. Its what roadsigns are made of, its waterproof, flat , flat, flat and did I mention waterproof? You wont find it in Home Depot or Lowes, I have looked. I have had success at many of the local lumbery...

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Wonderbar, where have you been all my life?!?

Wonderbar, where have you been all my life?!?

150 days ago by 7Footer | 14 comments »

A few weeks ago a co-worker and I were talking about axes and he sent me a video on YouTube called An Axe to Grind, its a documentary by the Adirondack Woodsman all about axes – care, maintenance, hanging, etc. It’s an hour long and I watched about half of it the first time, its very informative and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn the basics about axes. Anyway, about 4 minutes in he starts cleaning his axe and something caught my eye, he has these things called...

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Ancorayachtservice.com Chain Vise

Ancorayachtservice.com Chain Vise

507 days ago by lysdexic | 15 comments »

Chain Vise Kit As I was blogging about my split Roubo bench build using BenchCrafted hardware, Jim (Boatman53) offered me a prototype of his chain drive for the leg vise. This is a chain that goes from the chop, through the front leg and then down to the parallel beam. It is really clever idea that eliminates the need for the parallel pin. I’ve been using the chain vise for several months now and here are my thoughts. Materials: Obviously the kit comes with everything needed. I ju...

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Inexpensive great task light

Inexpensive great task light

155 days ago by EBpenguy | 7 comments »

I went to the recent Woodworking Show in Somerset, NJ and saw a really nice, goose necked LED task light at one of the booths. It was pretty slick, but almost $70 to buy. I had already overspent my budget and was not happy to pass on this! I told one of my woodturning buddies about it and he suggested I look instead at a similar light he had used from IKEA for $9.99. And I am glad I listened to him. IKEA sells this as the Jansjo desk lamp number 201.696.58 in black. It also comes in white...

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Scissor Table

Scissor Table

1678 days ago by ND2ELK | 24 comments »

This is a H-1485 U-Line standard Scissor Table. The table is 18 X 27 and has a 330 pound weight limit. They have bigger units that hold more weight. Because my shop is so small I had to figure out a way to store my sanders but be able to get them out when needed. When I saw this scissor table, I knew it would do the trick. I built the platforms out of 2 X 12’s for the legs and 3/4” fir plywood for the tops, all trimmed in 4/4 oak. I gave the platforms two coats of Watco Oil. I can...

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CHARLES NEIL BLOTCH CONTROL

CHARLES NEIL BLOTCH CONTROL

1543 days ago by a1Jim | 47 comments »

Hey friends and neighborsI received my can of Charles Neils Blotch control almost a week ago and I have been waiting to give it a try due to my work schedule I decided to give it a go on some poplar knowing it’s one of the worst woods to blotch when stain is applied.I sanded this six quarter piece of poplar as I would preparing for staining for all woods I’m about to finish going through the grits up to 220 grit as the instructions suggest. I then applied a first coat of blotch c...

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Help Making Perfect Inlays

Help Making Perfect Inlays

1083 days ago by RogerBean | 19 comments »

First thing I noticed when I opened the box, was that this is a quality tool. Machined and anodized aluminum, with the A2 corner chisel itself cleverly held in place with several small magnets. I first had the opportunity to use the prototype for this jig at Andrew’s workshop in Shropshire, England. I was there to learn, and when we got to the topic of inlay, Andrew produced a small flute case with a routed inlay groove pre-cut to use as a demo. He produced the prototype jig and said “...

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