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Quick Tip #7: Work Holding Part 1

09-26-2016 04:04 PM by Kent Shepherd | 6 comments »

Last time I promised a blog on work holding. This subject has almost become an obsession with me the last few years. I got tired of making do with c clamps and other ways to clamp something firmly and safely. I grew up in a shop where safety was not always a big priority and as a result saw numerous accidents over the years. Working in production for years influenced my thinking to do things safely, but yet maintain a certain amount of speed. In the next few blogs I would like to share some ...

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Grinder Sharpening Station for lathe tools #1: Lyle Jamieson design sharpening station

09-03-2016 03:08 AM by Jim Jakosh | 29 comments »

I’m putting this here because it is not really a wood project although it has some wood on it. I promised a friend of mine I’d make him a sharpening station for his wood turning tools. he sent me home with this new Rikon grinder he had just bought and I did the rigging so he can sharpen gouges and other tools just like the one we saw at the Lyle Jamieson’s seminar in 2005. The grinder is a slow speed 8” grinder with 1” wide wheels. I made a plate to mount it ...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #17: Making Painting & Varnishing Easier, Cleaner and Cheaper

08-06-2016 08:30 PM by GnarlyErik | 5 comments »

Today it occurred to me while working in my shop, I have used a little trick for decades which is handy, saves money, is neat and tidy, and costs almost nothing. I didn’t think to pass this on before. To make up for that, here it is now: Using paint or varnish out of a can is always kind of a messy operation. This is not an issue if you are going to use the whole can of paint, but if you only want part of it for a smaller project, it is. You pour paint out of a can into another conta...

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Plywood Chevalet #3: Hammer Veneering .... Won't be long now.

07-13-2016 04:47 AM by shipwright | 18 comments »

The plywood version of my chevalet design is officially a success. It cuts really nicely, is solid as a rock, and can be put together considerably more economically than a solid wood model and with less woodworking experience. ...... but it looks like plywood. :-( Well it did until today anyway. The new owner of the prototype ( one of my recent students, Kendra) came over today and made a very good start on hammer veneering it with some pretty 1/16” mahogany. She hadn’t done a...

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Scoops #1: How I cut one-piece scoops

05-17-2016 12:59 AM by Jim Jakosh | 17 comments »

I wanted to do a video on making scoops but my camera is not set up for what I want to do so I’ll do it in pictures.The first thing you need to do when making a scoop is to determine the volume needed and then calculate the dimensions needed . The Volume is Pi x R squared x depth. For this one the target is a 3/4 cup scoopThe volume of a cup is 14.437 cubic inches. 3/4 cup is 10.828 Cubic inches. I want a 3”ID scoop so the formula is 10.828cubic inches= ( 3.1416×1.5...

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Card scrapers #3: Card scrapers from sawblade - make your own

03-01-2016 11:43 PM by mafe | 15 comments »

Card scrapers from sawblademake your own Sometimes we need sizes that you cant buy, like here when I was making some spoons.Also this is a chance to recycle an old saw blade and most of all to make some tools. ;-) I had this saw blade in a scrap box for quite some time, not the ideal blade since the steel are quite hard, so an old saw would be better, the type of saw you can hand sharpen, but this did fine and was quite thin so it gives a good flex on the small scrapers. First step w...

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Shop Built Belt Sander Project #5: First Improvements: Lathe Tool Sharpening Jigs

02-29-2016 11:18 PM by Lazyman | 3 comments »

One of the things that inspired me to make a belt sander was seeing YouTube videos of the Sorby Proedge™ Sharpening system. I struggled with getting consistent edges on my lathe tools and had messed up one of my bowl gouges more than once. I knew that I would not be able to get good results on my lathe unless I got better at sharpening and if it wasn’t quick, easy and repeatable, I would wait longer than I should to freshen the edges. The Sorby Proedge™ system is crazy e...

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DIY Mobile base for Powermatic lathe

12-25-2015 11:50 PM by Julian | 9 comments »

I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10” on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material...

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Wood lantern MaFe version. #3: Fascinated by the shadows it throws...

12-22-2015 01:15 PM by mafe | 12 comments »

Wood lantern.fascinated by the shadows it throws… Part three. At my visits to the Danish Frilandsmuseum, I fell in love with the old traditional lanterns.The simple way they were created and the few materials.Also they can be made all by hand or with power tools – from recycle materials or all new.Kind of right up my Alley. This was where we left last part, the lanterns bodies are ready.Now we need doors and glass. Back to the table saw, sawing the joints for the doors...

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mexican tile 'cut and switch' #1: simple stacked cuts - tutorial

11-10-2012 12:25 AM by patron | 34 comments »

this is how this box tiles were done the box is here and as a received gift here started with 4 different woodsall the same size and stacked them 4 colors in each pile and made a holder to run them random freehand thru the bandsaw with a pressure ‘thumb’ on it after cutting thru them curvy to the same corneri switched and glued all the 4 different colors togetherand cleaned them lightly on the disk sanderso they would be flat for the sled with a square stopand...

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