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homemade 12" jointer #1: This is just the thought stage

08-31-2012 03:23 AM by Cole Tallerman | 6 comments »

So i’m planning on building the same jointer in Matthias Wandel’s jointer plans but the only thing that im going to change, is instead of using spruce, i’m going to use maple. I can get it for almost the same price and it is a hardwood. (Any reasons not to use maple are greatly appreciated). Im also going to start with the exact same 12” delta planer that he used which i’ve seen multiple times on craigslist for under $100. (I am currently pursuing one). I think t...

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Workbench #1: Design Plans

06-11-2011 03:05 PM by CartersWhittling | 9 comments »

Hello. These are the plans I have for a new workbench. I think I have decided that now is the time to build a bench I won’t need to remake. I have done lots of studing on workbench designs and could not decide between the German bench and the Roubo because of the leg vise. I had some thoughts in mind to making a double sided bench and incorporating both bench designs. I soon came across the Edwards bench.

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Evolution of a Shop #8: HFDC Upgrade

03-06-2010 03:04 PM by Cory | 8 comments »

I have been wanting to get a trash can separator for my Harbor Freight dust collector since I bought it. I still don’t have the separator built, but I did make a great improvement to the unit, IMHO. I’m sure many of you have seen the stovepipe mod, or the Delta collector with room underneath the blower for a separator where the motor and the ring are in line. I wanted to try the same thing on the HFDC. The challenge is that the DC motor is really heavy and I wanted to keep th...

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Evolution of a Shop #9: Mobile Carts...A Godsend in a small shop

05-12-2010 04:40 PM by Cory | 13 comments »

I still park a car in my shop, errr garage, so I have to be able to move things around. Mobile carts and workstations are essential for me. Here are a couple that I’ve built. They’re all works in progress and I’m continually changing them. Planer/Air Compressor Cart: This cart used to house my CMS, but I built a dedicated bench for it and freed up this cart. The planer sits on top and my compressor is in the bottom. I lined the inside of the compressor...

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Job Pricing #1: How Much To Charge Excel Spread Sheet

05-05-2010 03:37 PM by billb | 26 comments »

I created a chart to use when pricing jobs and one of my readers, who is obviously a whiz with Excel, created a great excel spreadsheet to help him calculate job prices. His name is Mike Stewart and he generously shared this spreadsheet with me and I have been sharing it with others. So, now it’s available to all members of LJ. Just click on the link below and download it to your computer for future use. The yellow cell...

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Entertainment Center #1: Base Cabinet

12-21-2008 07:58 AM by DocK16 | 9 comments »

With flat screen TV prices dropping like gas and the holidays fast approaching the guys at Woodsmith Magazine were right on target with this months issue featuring an Entertainment/Media Center. I have been looking for unique set of plans for for an Entertainment Center for some time and this months issue arrived the day after the wifey and I agreed a new flat screen would be our Christmas present to each other. If you’re not familiar with Woodsmith check out their website which has...

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Starting Upper Cut Woodworks #1: Key Decisions, Goals, and Scoping

01-04-2010 12:58 AM by Matt (Upper Cut) | 3 comments »

So I’ve decided to turn my woodworking hobby into a woodworking business. When making this decision, I had to take a lot into consideration. I have a family, and a demanding (and rewarding) full-time job at Microsoft. So, here’s some of the key decisions I’ve made to scope the business and the reasoning behind them. Focus on my familyI have a great family that I love to spend time with. I’m not going to take on so many projects that I can’t continue to spend time with them. Kick butt at...

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Limbert Lamp Table - Stickley #240 #9: Finish Line

10-25-2009 09:40 PM by CaptainSkully | 7 comments »

I finally had a day to work on our stuff. With a little urging from my girlfriend to finish the fumed table sitting in our dining room, I bit the bullet and gave it a good shellacing. This was my first time using shellac. It’s pretty difficult to work with, as it dries fast and leave a build-up. I cut the Zinser Amber in half with denatured alcohol, and grabbed a beer for myself (I thought it only fair), and went to town on it. It gave it a nice, rich look. When that dried, I ...

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More finishing and dirty shop picture

12-14-2009 07:20 PM by John | 3 comments »

Hello LJ’s Almost done with pre finishing parts prior to assembly. I’m excited about gluing up this chair. I have been finishing with Waterlox Original in medium sheen. I applied the first several coats full strength to build up a film. A lot of the parts wound up with fat edge. I wet sanded the finish with 800 grit paper and mineral spirits on a prepin weapon sanding block. This removed any dust nibs and cat hair from the full strength coats of finish. It also levels the th...

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Hand Tool Journey #5: More Bench Progress

10-20-2009 09:47 PM by Blake | 14 comments »

Once I had my two larger bench sections glued up I ran them through the planer… And chopped the ends square I used my biscuit jointer to align the two laminated “slabs,” since after this glue up it will be too big to run through my thickness planer: Two slabs glued up: And now glued up with the tool tray: THE BASE I spent $18.00 on 4×6 and 2×6 Doug Fir for the base at Home Depot: A little shaping of the feet on the b...

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