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SketchUp and Plugins for woodworkers #1: Comp2LayerScene

09-14-2012 11:35 PM by ktkoh | 3 comments »

I have written and released a sketchup plugin that helps organize your drawing components into separate layers and creates a scene that is meant to be used as a 2D dimensional drawing that can be printed. Note that this only works on Components not on groups. This should not be a problem as I think all the experts suggest that each part should be a component because of all the advandages they add. Currently this plugin is available in the plugin forum You will need to regester to be able to...

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Dust Collection Issues. #1: 100% improvement for $100 and a couple of hours.

09-07-2012 12:44 AM by shipwright | 22 comments »

Last winter Steve (kizerpea) posted this home built canister filter. It caught my attention because I had a large DC system in my Canadian shop that employed a bag filter. Having just done a canister conversion on my HF DC in AZ (how’s that for acronyms), I was all ears especially the part about using truck filters. .... FREE truck filters. It has taken me a while to get around to it but today I was at the point where that &%^$#&^# dust bag needed to be cleaned. I HATE clean...

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Segmented Bowl - 1st try

04-26-2009 02:33 AM by Woodhacker | 15 comments »

Until recently my lathe experience has been 50 or so pen/pencils, a few miniature goblets, and a couple small 5 inch bowls over the past few years on a Jet mini lathe, enough to want to try other lathe work. This past fall I was fortunate to have the opportunity to acquire a PM 3520B, but due to other work and priorities I’ve not had a lot of time to use it yet…and that’s “killing me”. So this blog documents what I consider my first significant lathe project. Recently a partially segmen...

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Four layers ball #2: Tool bit

08-25-2012 01:17 AM by Yuri | 7 comments »

The idea is to do holes and internal cuts with just one tool. Here is what I did:5/8 spade bit is painted black to make a drawing on it..Made all the cuts with dremel using cut-off disks. On left is a tool holder (was a bit a challenge to make it from steal).one cutting side.other side.left side of the tool has cutting edge on the bottom.Centering the tool. .First cut almost as deep as 2 inch.view of the “undercut” after i made a few holes. Hopefully the end result will be show...

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For you Epoxy users, here's a great source you won't find in HD or Lowes.

08-06-2012 05:13 PM by Blackie_ | 7 comments »

For those of you that use Epoxy for your woodworking, Hobby Town USA has several variations of timed setting Epoxy along with the mixing bowls and brushes. They have 6 min, 15 min, 30min and 45 min these are two part bottles that come in 6 oz and 9oz bottles. I have two local stores in the city I’m in so I’ve not purchased on line, seems as though the website you have to enter a mile and your zipcode in order to pull up a store before purchase once you’ve add the prod...

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Making a Penn spice cabinet using mostly hand tools. #10: Half-blind DT pictorial.

04-18-2012 11:09 PM by JeremyPringle | 5 comments »

Hello again, welcome back. In the last week I have been making the drawers for the spice cabinet. There are 14 in total. That meant there was A LOT of sawing and planning to get all my drawer sides and back to thickness and width. Since I have gone through that process already, I did not feel taking pictures would be very important. Even though I have covered dovetails already, since I am going to be doing it for the next week, I decided to do a more detailed pictorial of the process. ...

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Easy. Elegant Wooden Box Hinge #1: I could kick myself

06-23-2011 07:26 AM by shipwright | 58 comments »

A few months ago I spent many many hours trying to perfectly align a set of “box joint hinges” for my project ” A Little Cabinetree” After I finally got them working I installed them on the edges of the MDF sides and doors and then veneered over the whole works. The only good part was that there were enough left over prototype parts that I could make a hinge for my next project from the cast-offs Then this week I was making a tea box for a friend and when...

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Dave's Wide Drum Sander Build. #11: Off to the machine shop... And the scrap bin.

05-23-2012 03:19 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So my pulleys came in last night, and they both are keyed. I installed the pulley onto the shaft for the motor, no biggie. Just had to tap it into place with the rubber mallet. The drum end pulley also has a keyway, but the smooth rod doesn’t. That bothers me, a LOT… I know it shouldn’t, but I am going so painstakingly carefully through this build that even that small detail is REALLY getting on my nerves… So a few calls made in my area to machine shops. I was actua...

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Greene and Greene Curio Cabinet #2: Planning for cloud lifts

05-03-2012 11:05 PM by DynaBlue | 2 comments »

The Greene and Greene cloud lift is a detail that really stands out on this cabinet and makes it different than many of the other Arts & Crafts cases that I’ve seen. They really add a nice dimension to the cabinet and make it a stand out piece of furniture. That said, they are not the easiest things in the world to create so here is how I went about making them. You probably noticed in the picture that all the cloud lifts line up around the cabinet and misalignment will rea...

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Building a drum/disc sander #5: Table assembly

04-06-2012 04:55 AM by WoodenSoldier | 3 comments »

Still working on the drum sander table. Coming along well, though I’ve broken a few taps and bits requiring me to scrap a couple of parts.So the table is two pieces of 3/4” MDF laminated together. I glued T-nuts into the sides to hold the side bars. One end of the table has a mechanism to adjust the tension on the conveyor belt. The side bars of the table are made from 3/8×1.5” aluminum bar stock. I machined the slot out using an end mill. The tension is a...

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