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Thoughts on Using Aniline Dye to “Pop” Curly Maple Veneer

42 days ago by HillbillyShooter | 9 comments »

“Popping” curly maple is something I’ve wanted to try for some time, so I decided to test it on drawer fronts for a slant cabinet I built last year. My buddies at O-P Hardwood were out of curly maple so I ended up using curly maple veneer. The aniline dye I chose was W.D. Lockwood Early American Maple Yellow from Tools for Working Wood. There are great instructions for the preparation and use of this dye on the web site. The main two things I’d emphasize are: (1) use hot, distilled wat...

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Workbench #7: Leg vise

48 days ago by yuridichesky | 17 comments »

Got sick a little and can’t work in the shop, so it’s time to blog :-)...In total I spent quite a bit time working on leg vise, but to my excuse I had to built most of the parts from scratch except for Jim Ritter’s (aka Boatman53) chain mechanism . I’m more than happy with this chain-driven vise and highly recommend it. Jim, thank you a lot for all your effort to send your kit up here to Russia!...Ok, leg vise implies that there must be something done with the leg to...

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Shop Stuff #5: Machine Cut Through Dovetails

55 days ago by SPalm | 28 comments »

Simple, Fast, Easy, Thin Pins, Variable Spacing, Looks Hand Cut, Simple Set Up, Tastes like Chicken. I have been playing around with dovetails for the last couple of weeks. I have tried many methods of making them, as complete hand cut ones are just too much work for me. I own a commercial Leigh dovetail jig but I have never been happy with the look or the futzing that it took to set it up. So this is what is working for me, all ideas are cobbled together from other designs. I cut the pins...

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Season of shop upgrades #5: Jointer or Planer Sled - A Test

62 days ago by PJ72 | 1 comment »

Why build a planer sled simple, I don’t have a jointer. While I have had some success edge jointing with the table saw and router, a jointer has been on my wish list for some time to give me face jointing capability. For example, I wish I could have one, I wish I could afford one, and I wish I had room for one. Garage/Shop Conundrum Given my limited space and need for tool mobility and tool storage in order to park the cars in the garage, I have considered various options on ...

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Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs #7: Grids

60 days ago by MyChipCarving | 3 comments »

Creating Your Own Patterns and Designs – Grids Carving a grid is a great way to showcase your talents. Drawing them the old-fashioned way like I did for a long time, using a t-square, ruler, and compass, is time consuming and tedious. I’ll show you how fast it is to create a grid using the Pattern Wizard in this lesson. Download your free Pattern Wizard trial here – http://rapidresizer.com/index.php/164You will need this to follow along in this lesson series. Scroll do...

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Making Ornaments #2: A Quick Detour for Tool Making

60 days ago by woodshopmike | 0 comments »

I know what you’re thinking. Mike, it’s the second post of this series and your derailing already?! I think this is a great opportunity for two things. One, for me to make some small hollowing tools & two, for me to show you how I made them! Not all ornaments need to be hollowed. In fact, all of the ornaments I’ve made to date have not been hollow. I’ve not been too worried about the weight of them since they’re always less than an ounce and I’v...

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Intarsia #17: How to make Intarsia, Video series

64 days ago by TripleB | 3 comments »

Hey Lumberjocks! I’ve grown to love making Intarsia, and it’s much easier to make than it looks. I decided to let others see just how easy intarsia can be. I put together this 7 part video series on how to make a simple Intarsia sea shell so that those that might want to try can at least get a nice taste of it. Once you have the basics down, than you can take on just about any Intarsia pattern there is. Click on the picture below to go to the 7 part series and also get a free p...

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End table set - build #3: Preparing for ebonizing

78 days ago by Ottacat | 0 comments »

After reading several articles on ebonizing I decided to stack the odds in my favour by using the two-part process outlined in the article in Popular Woodworking. The article indicates to do an initial preparation of your wood using a bark tea made from Quebracho bark. This adds a lot of extra tannis to the wood which are what later react with the vinegar / steel solution. This seemed logical given using just the vinegar and steel solution works best on woods with high tannin content such as ...

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The Furniture Begets

82 days ago by Darrell Peart | 20 comments »

Much of my work is spawned by my previous work. I like to call it “The Begets”. One design begets the next and in turn that one begets the next one – and so on. The line of begets can be rather long and intertwined. A beget starts out as an idea. The idea is usually some shape or theme found in my environment. These ideas are not available upon demand. They are most often spontaneous and come uninvited. They are a gift. Once an idea has solidified and the initial design is co...

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Video: SketchUp Drill Press Table

89 days ago by JSB | 7 comments »

Here’s the design process of my latest project in sketchup. It’s a drill press table with a locking adjustable fence, 4 drawers, and a removable sacrificial insert plate. Project video and free plans soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjK9cInrbJU

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