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Machineshop benefits in woodworking #4: demonstration of shop made plunge base

05-02-2016 06:27 PM by hobby1 | 2 comments »

Hello, I’ve been working on my plunge router base, for my bosch colt palm router, and it is now completed. here is a quick 4 min. demo. of it being used in making a plunge groove in a piece of stock. Also: here is some pics of the completed project. This was all made from scrap material, and the main cylinder, is made from some 3” aluminum round bar I have in my metal bin, so nothing was purchased for this project...

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How to Stabilize Spalted Wood #1: Building a Pickle Jar Vacuum Chamber

01-23-2016 02:48 AM by bondogaposis | 3 comments »

Spalted wood is beautiful stuff, most woodworkers will agree to that. However it has its drawbacks due to the spalting process is caused by fungi attacking the wood cells. Spalted wood is essentially partially decomposed wood and therefore has soft spots and ink lines and spongy areas that make it unsuitable for some uses. I have some spalted apple that I want to use for tool handles, in order for this beautiful wood to hold up to the abuses I put my tools through I will have to stabilize ...

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Delta 46-715 Lathe - Spindle Pulley Rebuild

12-14-2015 04:15 PM by denverdan | 3 comments »

The Delta 46-715 lathe is a beast with over 300 pounds of woodturning machine. However, it has two Achilles Heels. The Spindle Pulley and Motor Drive Pulley. These pulleys are called Reeves Drives and they enable the operator to variably change the speed of the lathe while its running.(For an interesting brief history of Milton Reeves, The problem is…Break one of these pulleys and you’ll quickly discover they’re obsolete. We...

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Japanese tools #1: Japanese hand plane KANNA setup

07-29-2011 01:30 AM by mafe | 28 comments »

Japanese hand plane setupFitting, tuning and sharpening. If you are looking for ‘ready out of the box’ just leave this blog now!This blog is for those who want to understand their tools, to trim, adjust and become the master of your tool.It is not a show off, not a tool gloat, but two basic Japanese hand planes going from useless to being used. Reading Toshio Odate‚Äôs inspire ring words in his book ‘Japanese woodworking tools their tradition spirit and use’ where ...

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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 | 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 | 7 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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