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My bandsaw miracle

03-09-2018 06:27 PM by stefang | 19 comments »

Best Bandsaw advice?There is a lot of bandsaw information out there. Many ‘experts’ and lots of contradicting advice. Why is that? Well, I think it is mainly because most of us who own and use bandsaws are generally not all that satisfied with the results we get with them. This blog is more philosophical than tutorial, but it might provide some insight if you are frustrated with the quality of your bandsaw cuts. So what do most ‘experts’ agree on? Everyone seem...

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Improved Taper Jig

03-08-2018 10:19 PM by wrenchhead | 3 comments »

I made this taper jig to replace the old metal one i have been using. This is a simple table saw jig that makes cutting tapered legs much safer. I have been cutting all of my tapers at the band saw because I wasn’t comfortable at the table saw. This jig will definitely speed up the table leg making process. Thanks for watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOlFJyplq6U

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Machine base leveler #1: DIY Leveler

01-05-2018 04:04 PM by Julian | 2 comments »

I saw this on a Craigslist post. It is a homemade table saw, mobile base and the owner welded the bar clamp heads in the corners. I thought this was a clever idea and worth sharing.

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A Simple Bird Cage Awl #1: Starting with High Quality Steel

02-08-2016 03:04 PM by bondogaposis | 3 comments »

I like making awls. I have quite few around my shop in various sizes and configurations. A few years ago I decided to make an awl in the bird cage style and it has been my all around favorite ever since. I have no idea why they are called bird cage awls. Perhaps they were a critical tool for making cane bird cages in years gone by. Here I am going to make another one. I start out with a bar of O1 tool steel from McMaster-Carr. It is 3/16” square in cross section. This is the ide...

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A Twist on The Wood Whisperer Crosscut Sled Slot Repair

10-17-2017 05:14 PM by Rich | 3 comments »

I needed to repair the slot on my crosscut sled (actually three of them) after aligning my table saw. The blade widened the slot enough that the zero-clearance feature of them was gone. I decided to give The Wood Whisperer's epoxy fix a try. After doing the first sled, a small parts one I wouldn’t mind re-making if this screwed up, I found that the bottom of the slot was perfect because the tape held the epoxy perfectly level, while the cleanup on the top surface (where the boards ...

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Spill plane - old English beauty

11-22-2016 11:06 PM by mafe | 27 comments »

Spill planeold English beauty I usually don’t share my buys here on LJ, unless I restore or use them in a blog, but this one I think is worth it.This one just arrived with the post today and I was all smile and joy, after opening the pack and seeing this wonderful old well used tool, making beautiful spills. A spill is according to Wikipedia:A spill plane is a device which creates long, spiraling wood shavings or tapers which are used to move fire from one place to another. They w...

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Bridge City Tools: TenonMaker TM-1 #2: Kerfmaker Shop Made JIG

10-23-2016 01:16 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

Since Bridge City Tool Works do not have their KM-1 Kerfmaker in stock and they are without any indication if they will be making others, I have decided to make a similar jig in my shop. I have just a few more steps to complete this kerfmaker jig. 1) cut 1 inch off the top piece and glue it one end of the bottom piece. 2) With the top and bottom pieces fitted together drill a hole through both piece centered on their width and 1 1/2 inches away from the glued end. This hole w...

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Sliding Dust Manifold

02-06-2016 01:06 PM by Navaar | 2 comments »

My workshop is a small garage with a low ceiling.I waste a lot of time unplug & plugging-in my dust extractor. My main tools are:- DeWalt DW745 table saw- Bosch GCM12GDL mitre saw- Festool TS55 track saw- Mirka CEROS 650CV 150mm orbit sander I wanted to make a simple/cheap device to transfer suction to each tool in turn, I came up the the following which I could fix to my garage ceiling: Next a quick sketch in my notebook: I had some white showerboard which I thought would be...

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Printing on Wood (Transfer Using Acrylic Polyurethane)

10-21-2015 05:07 AM by TheCrafsMan | 26 comments »

I wanted to share this method because I’ve tried many of the available printing-on-wood techniques, including citrus solvent transfer (don’t use acetone, by the way) as well as Liquitex and Mod Podge. Acrylic Poly Finish (aka “acrylic polyurethane”, “polycrylic”, etc.) is not only cheaper than the above, but you end up with a cleaner image because it is less prone to rub off during the paper-removal stage, it is clearer, and it dries much faster. As a...

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Tree Identification Video

06-03-2015 04:09 PM by PeteCollin | 6 comments »

Hello All, I made a video for my forestry website. I sometimes get questions about how to tell one tree from another, so I went over how to ID several important species of hardwoods. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E-mgku40-0

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