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Blog series by spaids updated 10-11-2010 07:15 PM 13 parts 15651 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: TSDC The Sawdust Chronicles Desktop Organizer

05-28-2009 08:36 PM by spaids | 4 comments »

I have almost finished my TSDC beginner woodworker contest entry. This has been a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time. The 30 day dead line sounds easy enough to meet yet I’m struggling to make it. I have pushed myself a bit with this project. I came up with an original design and then, with the help of a friend and my wife, I realized that I should burn that and come up with a second original design. My second design is more well received by my panel of personal critic...

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Part 2: Start cutting wood

05-29-2009 03:54 PM by spaids | 5 comments »

Weekend three: (pause for dramatic effect….) Wood gets cut! There up on the top shelf is an old walnut board a friend gave me. Its just been waiting around to be useful someday.There is also some oak on there that had a project assigned to it when I bought it. I might use some of it for this. The drawer sides and back are going to be oak. You can see some hardwood floor scraps on the bottom right shelf. I might just make the drawer parts from that. Its a very shallow drawer (sh...

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Part 3: Weekend four.... its lives.

05-29-2009 09:53 PM by spaids | 2 comments »

Ok I got some parts made. Time to start building this thing. I am going to attach the sides by putting the three panels in dadoes and gluing em. Well two rabbets and a dado but whos counting? My problem is on the two front sides I need to make stop dadoes. I’ve never done that before. What do you mean I can’t cut this on my table saw? I cut everything on my table saw. Well not stop dados tough guy your gonna have to learn this on the router. OK fine but that means I need a...

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Part 4: Holey blog post!

06-01-2009 04:57 PM by spaids | 1 comment »

I know that I do not yet have the skill to place these holes with the necessary precision to have the 14 or so dowels line up between two pieces. I can however do this well enough once so that any small discrepancies in the layout will be virtually undetectable to the average human. With that in mind I made a template. But like I said, I’m not that good yet so first I made a template to help me make a template. The narrow piece is a hole guide. Those two holes are 1/4” ...

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Part 5: Finishing my TSDC contest project (the drawer)

06-02-2009 03:24 PM by spaids | 2 comments »

All thats left now is making a drawer. I have some oak on my rack but I also have some oak flooring that is plenty big enough for the small drawer. That finish is very hard. Its “special” and you should resaw this stuff off before using it. Don’t run it through your jointer or planer. After I slice the finish off with my bandsaw, milling this stuff was very easy. I cut them a hair long and to the correct width. These pieces are 1/4” thick. I’m...

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Part 6: The Sawdust Chronicles 30 Day Build Contest Winners!

06-18-2009 04:16 PM by spaids | 9 comments »

Hey guys I won! I won the grand prize which was 1st dibs on the four available prizes. I chose the block plane. Technically the block plane was the least expensive of the prizes BUT it will be sharpened and tuned byJoe Hurst-Wajszczuk. As a rookie, having a plane that I KNOW is finely tuned to perform to its highest ability will be invaluable. I will now have a bench mark to gauge all my future hand tool sharpening and tuning. Thanks to Rick Waters, Eric Pearson, Neil Lamens and Joe Hurst-Waj...

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Part 7: The Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge 2010

09-07-2010 07:03 PM by spaids | 1 comment »

I entered a project in Ricks contest which was fun and personally challenging. I am going to take a shot at Ricks third contest ending this October. The entry deadline has not yet passed so anyone interested should check it out. I have a project idea that has been on my mind for a long time and with so little shop time I decided that this will be my 2010 build challenge entry. This is not the final sketchup that I’m going to build but it is very close. You can’t see very well in this dr...

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Part 8: TSDC 2010 Build Challenge Cont..

09-07-2010 07:31 PM by spaids | 4 comments »

Here you can see what I’m thinking as I experiment with design and dimensions. I think the thin versions are too thin but also the thick versions are MUCH to thick. I didn’t see just how too thick they were until they were next to versions that were to thin. I am also on the fence about how I’m gong to mount the top. I have decided that I will use figure eight clips and screw the top to the base. I’m leaning toward the version where the top supports are crossing ...

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Part 9: Still working out the design

09-08-2010 06:50 PM by spaids | 2 comments »

I am having my doubts about building this in the 30 days that I will have available. 30 days works out to be more like 16 to 20 hours. I am still working on the design (I am not counting design time) and I am adding curves and little details that are gong to mean templates and more time. The Greene and Greene updates should be obvious.

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Part 10: Hey I got started :)

09-20-2010 01:53 AM by spaids | 4 comments »

I didn’t think I’d be able to get started until October but I was able to put in about 3 hours today. I printed some full size patterns of the parts that have curves from my sketchup design. Then I spray glued the patterns on some half inch mdf and cut those out so I would have templates and be able to make exact duplicates. You can see that I also got 5 leg blanks milled. Your thinking, dude 5 legs for a 4 legged table? Well I thought that it would be easier to mil...

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Part 11: WHY? Why must I SUCK at this?

09-29-2010 05:29 PM by spaids | 3 comments »

ARRRGGG! Well I have come to the conclusion with the help of advice from the proprietors of the contest (The Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge 2010) that my design requires a laminated top. I knew that movement would be a problem but I hoped there was a trick I was unfamiliar with. There is no trick. If I want a “framed” top on my little table I either leave room for movement and accept that or I laminate. And let the sucking begin. Uh… that sounded odd. Anyway. Fir...

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Part 12: Laminate the top. take 2

09-30-2010 04:48 PM by spaids | 2 comments »

What you can’t see in this pic of the first one is that it waves like the ocean. The only stock I have left is too narrow to make the pieces I need so I had to buy more wood or come up with something. I decided I could go with 8 triangle pieces instead of 4 square pieces and still use the stock I had. Although I cut the triangle as close as I could before I resawed it, I still needed to make a 45 degree shooting board to get the edges nice and tight. I just cut the end off of...

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Part 13: Progress and continued frustration TSDC Build Challenge is challenging

10-11-2010 07:15 PM by spaids | 3 comments »

I got some progress on my little table for The Sawdust Chronicles 2010 Build Challenge. It seems with every step I take I feel the frustration of compromise. This is not going to be perfect. Thats always the goal and I have yet to make anything were every cut was perfect. I wonder if I should be focusing on improving my skills or figuring out ways to circumvent my lack of skill with ingenuity? But if I found a way around my lack of skill problem would that just mean that my “skill&...

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