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Wooden Puzzles of your Dreams

04-03-2013 01:09 AM by rance | 9 comments »

I got dragged off to another site today and wasted too much time browsing their wooden puzzles. Then it occurred to me, other than Gene’s many games and a variety of nail puzzles, Are there any puzzle makers here on LJ? Do they socialize with regular woodworkers? I am very fascinated with puzzles, but I’m not much good at solving them. I do have a keen desire to want to know how they are constructed, but the information seems to be as tight of a secret as a magician’s ill...

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LumberJocks Scrap It Out #1: Announcement

10-13-2011 03:50 PM by Martin Sojka | 28 comments »

We’ve seen it before – scrapping over grease boxes, smallest bandsaw boxes, and even coffee spoons. Yes, indeed, some scrap wood plus some ingenuity and the results were masterful with a whole lot of fun in the process. Now, the challenge is on to get your scraps together and, with a day or less time in the shop, create some balance: something that balances (from spinning tops to bottle balancers, to … whatever your scrappy little heart desires! And what are we sc...

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LJ Challenges #6: It's A Balancing Act

09-13-2012 03:50 PM by MsDebbieP | 10 comments »

  It’s all a balancing act – whether is it a ball on a seal’s nose, a man on a tightrope, the magic balancing belt, or … well, what can you come up with? Create a project that has at least one component that balances. How The Challenge Works1. Create a project with some component that balances.2. Post it as a new project.3. Tag the project as: challenge-144. Have fun. DeadlineAlthough there is no “real” deadline, as this is an open challenge, projects f...

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01-23-2012 08:45 AM by JAcker | 2 comments »

Anyone heard of Enzo Mari? About a year ago, when I first started thinking I would get some tools and get serious about woodworking, I thought it would be cool to make a dining table. So I started looking for plans. After a few searches I gave up on reading the text and just started looking at the pictures. And then I saw THE TABLE There it was, beautiful and ready to build. If only I had the plans. I read on, and learned that in 1974 Enzo Mari presented an exhibit of 19 pieces of e...

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Heritage Wood, Heritage Projects - Honoring it's past, present, and future

10-14-2010 07:14 PM by Schwieb | 7 comments »

This is a topic that I have made reference to on previous project posts. It was my LJ cyber friends Mads in Denmark, Div in South Africa, and others whose posts over the past months have moved me to try writing a little more about this. So what is heritage wood? For the purposes of this post, we’ll loosely define it as a piece or pieces of wood that have been saved for some lengthy period of time. Perhaps received as a gift; inherited; collected; or salvaged. Perhaps it belonged ...

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Disposable KerfMaker

06-14-2011 08:35 AM by rance | 31 comments »

Well, yes, the Kerf Maker is a very clever jig. I have a different take on its manufacture. I see a reason to have several, NO, Wait… Why not make them DISPOSABLE? :) I had a need to use one today so why not make one. Here it is:  I used a stick of about 1/2” square pine. Yeah, Pine(or is that Poplar?). And some double sided tape. Cut the stick in half. (I’m kinda protective of my tape. Can ya tell?)  Then stick both halves together with the tape. &n...

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Easy. Elegant Wooden Box Hinge #1: I could kick myself

06-23-2011 07:26 AM by shipwright | 61 comments »

A few months ago I spent many many hours trying to perfectly align a set of “box joint hinges” for my project ” A Little Cabinetree” After I finally got them working I installed them on the edges of the MDF sides and doors and then veneered over the whole works. The only good part was that there were enough left over prototype parts that I could make a hinge for my next project from the cast-offs Then this week I was making a tea box for a friend and when...

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Cutting board build blog.

04-12-2010 04:10 PM by Sinister | 32 comments »

I recently uploaded pictures of a cutting board ( and several fellow LJs asked me to show how it was put together. Subsequently, Patron quickly deduced the process and wrote a nice blog showing the step by step process for how to achieve the pattern. I encourage anyone who is interested to take a look because he has some nice pictures outlining the process. I thought I would add a short amendment to his blog de...

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