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Kitchen Remodel #1: Buffet and Hutch

2604 days ago by Karson | 6 comments »

My wife says I can’t do anything else before I start on her Kitchen. Well except for her hall table and ??. Of course there is also the Summer Contest. This is going to be a multiple phase project. I need to do something with the floor. We are on a cement slab floor and it is killing both of our legs. The kitchen had a Pergo floor when we bought the house, but we had a frozen water line before we moved in and the Pergo floor got curled edges, so it was all pulled up. I don’t...

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Tips for Building a Freestyle End Grain Cutting Board

243 days ago by JL7 | 18 comments »

Lately I’ve been building some end grain boards that don’t follow the “traditional” convention of the repeating pattern from one end to the other. Examples: I call them Freestyle boards. I put together a video that shows some cutting and gluing tips: I really don’t have a lot of detail photos of some of the more complex blocks but I will share what I have so far: These are some of the shapes: The diamond shapes were inspire...

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My Garage/Work Shop Makeover #14: New Drill Press Table

331 days ago by MT_Stringer | 6 comments »

For several years, I have had a small bench top drill press. I made a table for it out of 3/4 inch plywood. It worked OK, but just wasn’t as good as could have been. When I upgraded to my current drill press, I transplanted the table and sold the other press to a friend. Since I am building a rolling stand for the drill press, I decided to upgrade the table also. I chose the plan from Shop Notes Issue #94. Features of this table include the following: large work surface (15×...

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Clamp storage racks

541 days ago by Stevinmarin | 20 comments »

Here are a few methods for storing clamps in your shop. Download free SketchUp and PDF plans for this project.

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Custom Wooden Pull Handles #1: How to make custom Drawer Pulls

1385 days ago by bohnsai | 15 comments »

This blog is to show others how I created all the Walnut Pulls on my Clothes Hamper Hider I searched the Lee Valley and Rockler (among others) catalogs for hours trying to find something I liked for the furniture piece but didn’t find anything that suited my fancy. I found some maple and cherry handles that looked like they might work but I wanted walnut for contrast. Would you believe it? Walnut pulls don’t exist! So I decided to make some of my own. I went ahead and bought...

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How to Build a Sofa/Couch #1: Arm Rests

1513 days ago by dakremer | 8 comments »

DISCLAIMER: Before I start this blog, I want to make sure everyone knows that I am NOT a professional sofa/furniture builder. I just took on this project because 1) I needed a sofa and 2) because I thought it’d be really fun and satisfying if I built my own sofa. This is all my own design, and besides looking at a few pics on the internet, this is all my OWN method of doing it. That being said – for any of you professional sofa builders out there, I am sorry if I’m not d...

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Upholstered Queen Bed Construction Process #1: Upholstered Queen Bed Step#1

1638 days ago by Tango | 2 comments »

This started with a request from my wife to design and build a Queen Size Bed to be fully upholstered (Upholstery will be done by a pro..not by me). The style is somehow similar to the one on the following picture. I used Sketchup and came up with my own variation of the Bed. I’ll use MDF for the panels and Solid Pine for the frame and structure. The different colors of the components is for CutList. Today, I cut the framing for the Headboard and Footboard. Tomorrow aft...

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New State, New Shop #10: Clamp Rack

618 days ago by DrPuk2U | 3 comments »

I haven’t been blogging much lately – too busy. But I have made progress on the shop as you will see if you read this and the next blog I got tired of tripping over my clamps and having them all over the shop. I saw a couple of clamp racks on the web that looked good. Initially, I was going to go with one that was very simple but used a fair amount of wall space. Then I saw one that Stumpy Nubs created. I thought the general idea was good, so I copied his. Actually, I bou...

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Drunken Cutting Boards #1: Drunken Alice in Wonderland Cutting Board

1768 days ago by poroskywood | 40 comments »

Hey everybody, after a few personal messages here is my version of a how to on a Drunken Checker Board. I of coarse bow to the Chairman of the Board and pay tribute with beer. This is a Off-Checker pattern I call “Drunken Alice in Wonderland” The “serendipitous” nature of this piece is appealing in a far out sort of way. Here Goes… So first I prepare the Material. I am using Hard Maple and Walnut both are surfaced flat and cut 1” x 9” x 14&...

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Hand Tool Journey #13: Shop Made Dovetail Layout Compass.. Part 1

430 days ago by Airframer | 0 comments »

OK, so after my successful handle replacement I have the confidence to try something I have wanted to build up for a while. I need a layout compass and have been planning this out in my head for about a month now. Today was a day of trial and error. I don’t have any real plans drawn so this is a “make it up as I go” project. I spent the morning piecing together the hinge portion of the compass. I found some plans online and scaled them down by about half so they wou...

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