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Making an infill plane #1: The beginning

10-05-2015 07:37 PM by Longcase | 2 comments »

I am in the process of making a set of three shoulder planes , those being 3/4”, 1” and 1 1/4” wide.After doing quite a bit of research I finally decided to base my design on the Spiers shoulder plane. I used Solidworks to design the plane, Now the Solidworks file was transfered over to the waterjet and the side plates were cut out of 3/16” cold rolled steel plate. Next the plates are ground perfectly flat on the surface grinder. Now I had to ...

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HHWW: Jigs and Tool Mods #1: Router Surface Plane - A Jig for Precision Trimming

09-22-2015 07:53 PM by Ted Ewen | 2 comments »

I saw this as I was trying to understand routers and the myriad bits and bobs that go along with them. I thought it a clever idea and wanted to keep track of it, and I reckoned some of you might think so too, so here it is. A Jig for Precision Trimming by Nick EnglerFrom The Ultimate Router Guide: Jigs, Joinery, Projects & More from Popular Woodworking, David Thiel (ed.) Once upon a time I had the brilliant idea to use a strip...

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Sphere Cutting Jig for the lathe #1: Sphere Jig

09-16-2015 09:47 PM by Jim Jakosh | 25 comments »

I have a job in the future to make some perfect spheres and I could do it with a template and lathe tools but I have often thought I’d like to have a jig to swing the arc to cut spheres. so I decided to make one that will cut convex spheres and concave pockets. I had some sketched but then started looking at what was commercially available and found the Carter Perfect Sphere jig. I followed that design since they had put in all the engineering and all I had to do was determine the size...

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All the information you may want or need on shellac.

08-21-2015 03:04 PM by FredRoman | 2 comments »

All, Started a blog and wanted share with you a recent blog post on Shellac. Link:

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Making Plane Blades #2: Etching a Logo

08-17-2015 06:32 AM by bobasaurus | 5 comments »

(Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for anything done with this information, proceed at your own risk.) I like to etch my logo onto plane blades using toner transfer and salt water electrolysis. This technique is commonly used by knife makers to put a makers mark on their blades, and is pretty simple to do. I start by making a logo in a program called Inkscape. This makes a “vector” image that can be scaled to whatever size I want without becoming blurry. I then invert ...

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Automatic Dust Collection Design #1: Introduction

08-16-2015 08:09 PM by kinger | 8 comments »

Back in November of 2014 I posted a project showing the system I had made to control my shop-vac for automated dust collection. You can see the project here: After posting, there were several people asking me for the schematics so they can build their own. So instead of only posting the schematics I drew up, I though it would be a good idea to provide a little additional explanation for everyone else that might not have as much experience with electronics. I don’t believe its ...

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My Home Made Thickness Sander #1: The Drum

01-19-2012 05:40 AM by lew | 11 comments »

When making my rolling pins, I use the thickness planer to bring the thin strips down to 1/8” thick. Unfortunately, if the grain in the wood is not uniform- or there are knots- the strips shatter. This wastes a lot of wood and doesn’t do the planer any good either. It seemed to me a thickness sander would be perfect for this process. Well, Craig’s List wasn’t producing any results and I couldn’t afford a new one. Time to take action!Starting with what seemed to me to be the most critical/diff...

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Building Big Blue, a Home Made Wood Lathe

07-29-2015 02:34 PM by woodshopmike | 4 comments »

Some of y’all may remember the post a few years ago about the wood lathe I built. I’ve been meaning to write about the “how & why” of this project for some time and I finally got around to it! I talk about the motivation to build my own lathe, the expenses, design process, & of course building the lathe in addition to other things. Per the norm, the post can be found on my blog. I hope you enjoy the read!

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Hollow and Round Moulding Plane Build

06-22-2015 09:17 AM by Mattyboy | 6 comments »

After the frustration of eBay, Etsy and tool dealers, I decided to experiment with making my own hollow and round moulding (OK, I’m American but I like the Brit spelling better) planes. Some of you will think I’m a heretic for this, but I made pairs of #6, #8 and #10 by laminating parts together. I am writing this in the hopes it will inspire others to do the same. What follows is the sequence of a typical build. Since this is an experiment and I’m not trying to make p...

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Home Made Tools and Jigs #1: Self Centering 1/2" Dowel Drilling Jig for the Invisio - Hinge

05-29-2015 08:27 PM by Jerry | 29 comments »

Made from $12.00 worth of bronze bushings and a shaft collar. The shaft collar has a set screw that holds a 1/8” drill bit in place, so you would need to use 1/8” axles for your hinge pieces. The largest bushing has an inside diameter of 1/2”. The second bushing an outside diameter of 1/2” and an inside diameter of 3/8”. The shaft collar has an outside diameter of 3/8”, takes a 1/8” drill bit, and uses an allen set screw that takes a 1/16R...

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