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Sphere Cutting Jig for the lathe #1: Sphere Jig

09-16-2015 09:47 PM by Jim Jakosh | 28 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 | 31 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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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings

05-23-2015 01:18 AM by Patricelejeune | 9 comments »

Last time I posted I had glued down the boxes bodies with the inside already french polished I worked on gluing the marquetry panels to the trimmed to size lid My favorite moment is when you see it glued down right way up for the first time, it appears slowly while you remove the paper This glueing of the marquetry on both side had to be precise has they had to be perfectly centered as well as the right way up as when you open the box the owner will appreciate to g...

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Thorsen House Cabinet #1: Project Overview

11-24-2014 01:51 PM by EläväPuu | 2 comments »

Hello everybody! </drnick> This is my opening post on Lumberjocks with a new project which I have seen done several times previously. I can squarely lay the blame for this one on Joe McGlynn, whose own derivation of the Thorsen House dining room cabinet planted the seed for my own attempt. I’m aiming to document my thought processes and decision-making through this blog, so hopefully it should bring something new to the table other than snapshots of work in progress. As of writing...

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