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Artist Interviews for Museum Fine Woodworking Exhibition

11-26-2012 12:47 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 6 comments »

Hey Guys! Since my last post about showing in the fine woodworking exhibition with my Frank Lloyd Wright inspired prairie chandelier, the Museum of the Rockies has posted the artists’ audio interviews online. You will find them at the Museum of the Rockies website. To hear an artist’s audio recording, just click on their name. Each person tells a little about themselves and the work they have on display. Here is a list of the artists I am showing with at the Museum of...

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Radial Arm Router #1: Home made

11-24-2012 02:09 PM by Mork | 4 comments »

Here’s an interesting and very useful tool I made. The title is a bit misleading because the arm is not radial but never the less it resembles a radial arm saw. The horizontal slides are 1”-inch bars with linear bearings and the vertical is a dovetail slide. I had a local fabricator make the parts after drawing the plans in Sketchup (thanks to americancanuck for help with Sketchup). All the parts are very expensive if you had to buy them although I got them free from some printing...

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Accurately heat treating small tools

11-22-2012 09:16 PM by lwllms | 18 comments »

Let’s see if I can write this without getting real technical. It’d be a good thing because I don’t have a PhD in metallurgy or physics and I don’t fully understand a lot of what’s happening in heat treating tool steel. Like water, tool steel exists in several states. Water can be vapor, water or ice. Tool steel is similar. In its soft state tool steel is made up of ferrite and cementite, iron molecules and iron/carbon molecules. When heated to critical temperature, around 1450° F, th...

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Split Roubo Workbench #25: Workbench Bling Yo

11-10-2012 01:12 PM by lysdexic | 23 comments »

Every bench needs some bling. Check this. It is all in the way we accessorize. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————...

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Dye Another day #1: Cut method

11-10-2012 02:46 PM by BritBoxmaker | 14 comments »

I’ve been experimenting with spirit based wood dyes, as in the project ‘Any Colour You Like’. Mainly though I’ve been working with black. The long term aim is to see if I can substitute black dyed woods, such as Sycamore, for Ebony in my projects. Ebony is really expensive. I think this is mainly because of it’s overuse and therefore currently restricted supply. I use spirit based dye as this doesn’t raise wood grain in the same way water based dyes do. Thi...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #6: Making Great $5 Band Clamps!

09-08-2012 07:49 AM by Boxguy | 25 comments »

Overview: If you are going to make boxes there is no substitute for good band clamps. They pull all eight joint cuts together and tend to average out any cuts that are slightly off. I use two clamps on each box. They are expensive to buy, but cheap if you make your own. When in use, they look like this. These are really cranked down to pull all the joints tight. (A big thanks to Derrick who patiently helped me picture each step in this process.) Hint: To make this a quick read j...

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Micro-Adjustment Mechanism #1: How it Works

11-01-2012 05:49 PM by DaveFFMedic | 1 comment »

My homemade micro-adjustment mechanism was featured in my Super Accurate Crosscut Sled project and it generated a lot of interest. Thank you everyone! It was awesome to make it to the daily top three! I have posted a YouTube video showing how my mechanism works. You can view it here.The big error, see if you can catch it, is my left-right mix-up. Thank you for watching. I’ll be glad to answer any questions about how this works. The next posting in this blog will detail the cons...

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Birth of a 4-axis CNC machine #1: T-slot comes home

10-25-2012 04:25 PM by DS | 20 comments »

I’ve been planning a 4-axis machine in my head for more than a decade now. Every time I go to put it on paper, I get another idea and end up trashing all my notes. I have a pretty good idea what I want and the materials I can acquire on the cheap will dictate most of what ends up becoming my completed machine. I want to be able to do 3 axis machining on a small basis, but also a 4th rotary axis for doing and carving on turnings and 3-D objects. I’ve found a lot of good c...

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New Torsion Box Assembly Table Videos

06-05-2007 07:47 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 8 comments »

Hey everybody. I know I have mentioned a few times that I would soon have a video coming out for a torsion box assembly table. Well, that time has come. There are two videos: The Torsion BoxThe Base Downloadable plans, a text writeup, and shortened video clips can be found on Finewoodworking.com’s site at:http://finewoodworking.com/thewoodwhisperer(just click the featured videos in the right column) Thanks and enjoy!! marc

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Radial Dovetail Box Construction

10-18-2008 11:15 PM by Woodhacker | 18 comments »

Some time ago I posted a blog about a dovetail joint I came up with. I call it the radial dovetail. It incorporates handcut dovetails, but rather than using the traditional 1:8 ratio for the dovetail angle for hardwood, each side of each tail varies and is drawn from a perspective point. Then the sides of the box were contoured to blend with the dovetail design. Here’s a picture of the nearly completed box. It is made of curly maple, Carribean rosewood, and hickory.I like to think of t...

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