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Star Wars - The wooden side of the force! #1: Star Wars Poker Room

02-02-2013 09:25 AM by fuzzual | 27 comments »

Hello all! I am new to the forum, but i have been lingering for several years. My projects are a bit . . . unusual??? So i had not posted until now. I come from a long line of carpenters (sad to say my father and grandfather are vastly better than myself) so I use my knowledge to work on props, and the “not so typical” walls and furniture. All that bieng said, I thought I would share some of my projects with you and get some of your thoughts, or even make you laugh at the th...

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The Rust Bucket - Cleaning and refurbishing old tools

07-23-2011 07:28 AM by Lockwatcher | 3 comments »

This article first appeared on my website, Lockwatcher's Lair – I am duplicating it here to share my experience using this system with my fellow Lumberjocks. While not specificly “woodworking” this system can speed up the process of reconditioning old tools without destroying them. The Rust Bucket Let me first thank my good friend Dave, of Pearce Woodworking for this great idea. Dave had some used hand tools he needed to clean up and had located this method th...

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Pallet Harvesting

06-27-2011 02:40 PM by CptWingnut | 11 comments »

So this is my first try at a blog, and I figured I’d start with something that is simple and probably had already been done a number of times before. Regardless, I will probably learn more about blog making than you will about pallets. Pallet HarvestingFirst you have to find a pallet that is worth harvesting, craigslist is a good place to look, but I have had much more luck by finding a company in an industrial complex that receives a fair amount of freight. Target places that have h...

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QUADRANT HINGE INSTALLATION

06-20-2011 01:02 AM by Jake Brain | 19 comments »

I spent a lot of time looking on the internet for a Jig or fixture to use to install a set of quadrant hinges. The quadrant hinge is a complicated-looking L-shaped hinge that is use in the jewelry boxes that I make. It helps to remember that a quadrant hinge is simply a butt hinge with integral lid stay or stop.The arms of the hinge extend along the sides of the lid and base of the box and the internal stop bar extends from and recesses into a mortise in the box wall and lid. The jewelry box ...

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Woodworking Accessories Alternatives #6: Making a First Aid Kit

02-12-2011 09:19 PM by steliart | 7 comments »

Making a First Aid Kit All of us understand the need of a first aid kit in the workshop, so there is no reason to emphasize its importance here. But do we know what this kit should contain, or what would be needed in an unfortunate scenario. Here are some nice guidelines I found for those who have a first aid kit and those who need to make one for their woodshop. You can make a first aid kit in many ways. You can use any sealed container such as a tool box, a small tool plastic case...

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Killer Finish on Cherry (and other woods)

12-21-2010 03:34 AM by Alin Dobra | 19 comments »

Some people asked how did I get the deep, nice finish on my latest cherry projects. Some of you might know the answer: potassium dichromate. Since the information I see on the web about the use of this “magic substance” is inconsistent, I’ll try to give you my point of view and experience. WARNING: I am only offering my opinion without any implicit or explicit liability or fitness to a particular purpose. Use this advice at your own risk; I do not assume any responsibil...

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Easy Shop Table

01-14-2011 04:02 AM by Lockwatcher | 37 comments »

I started this project after building an assembly table from an issue of Wood Magazine (March 2010). The table was a lot of work (the torsion box top) but the main unit holding the table up was an easy build. That’s when I hit upon the idea of using the same design for a group of extra tables for other uses. I’ve built a number of these already, and am using one as a router table, a miter saw station, and a sharpening station. It is built using standard re-dimensioned co...

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Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #5: Bjorn's Master Control

12-28-2010 09:12 PM by Lee Barker | 7 comments »

He’s the only boy in this tribe’s generation, and boy howdy does he like guy stuff. Trucks, construction equipment, and being around his dad’s job, which is operations manager of a resort water park. Big valves and gauges and switches! The only money expended on these five projects was $5.00 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to score some switches and knobs and stuff. That made up about 1/3 of the dashboard; the rest was just around the shop in boxes and drawers. ...

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Lathe Stand Build

11-27-2010 11:23 PM by Eric_S | 5 comments »

Decided to build a lathe stand for my new HF lathe after hearing how flimsy the legs were that came with it and seeing them for myself. The plans are from PlansNow, http://plansnow.com/lathestnd.html and this stand isn’t going anywhere. Each leg weighs around 40 lbs and the top around 70lbs. Adding sand to the ballast adds another 60lbs. The lathe itself weighs 180lbs. I still need to buy new bolts for the lathe to attach it to my thick top and drawer slides so I can add the d...

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Secrets of the String Box Revealed #1: Intro and Invitation

08-25-2010 07:10 AM by newTim | 14 comments »

This summer’s projects have been boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. Somewhere along the way I got the idea of combining the wrapping technique with a simple inlay to see how hard it would be to align the lines all around the box. In other words, at the corners. Turns out it is not that hard to do. So I’ve been experimenting. I’ve posted the first completed boxes as a Project and will post more upon completion. The photos below give an overview of this technique and the pi...

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