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Workbench Build #1: Stock prep and Completed Towers

2295 days ago by SPalm | 17 comments »

I started working on my workbench and was able to spend some time on it last week while my wife was in Maine. It is a combination of ideas I gained while studying others, and I am sort of making it up as I go along. I used Douglas Fir as it was easy to find, and I was able to purchase some fairly clean pieces at the Home Depot. It was quite wet when I got it, and it has been drying for several weeks now. I milled it to almost final dimension and now it is drying some more, and what I thin...

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Project Number 2: Factory Cart Coffee Table #1: Getting started...

1402 days ago by JamieH | 0 comments »

I chose the Factory Cart Coffee Table from the October 2010 Popular Woodworking “I can do that” series as my second woodworking project after the sawhorses. I love the idea/design of the table so it was a no brainer. I ordered the Kreg K3 Master System jig for the pocket holes for the project. I also purchased a 5” Random Orbital Sander as well. I mounted the jig on a 2 foot piece of 3/4” plywood so it would be secure. I cut the pieces for the frame with my circular sa...

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My Drawer Storage Unit

929 days ago by Sailor | 5 comments »

I just did another video on my drawer storage unit in my shop. I figured I would share it with everyone! Thanks for watching!

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Tool Mods #2: Ridgid Bandsaw Stabilization Complete

954 days ago by AmandasHusband | 6 comments »

I’ve been working on this bandsaw for quite a while now. Early last year I replaced the belt and changed the tires and put a mobile base under her. Then, back over the summer, I bought some lead tape and balanced the wheels. I also replaced the stock blade with a 1/4” Olson one. The guy at Woodcraft talked me out of the Timberwolf. Why, I’ll never know. This thing barely cuts better than the stock blade. Anyway, back in the fall, as this thing is still vibrating too...

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Contractor Table Saw Dust Collection Upgrade

1317 days ago by Eric_S | 8 comments »

After cleaning up my shop my next task was I wanted to keep it clean. I did this first by building an enclosed router table that I already blogged about, and my next area I needed to improve was my table saw. All of my other tools have dust collection except for my uber cheap Ryobi BTS10S. I’ve made a few improvements for it with jigs I made a project about a while ago, but the one thing it was still lacking was dust collection. My wife, Ren, sewed a canvas dust bag for it that di...

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Homemade Bandsaw Blade Tension Quick-Release

2396 days ago by Blake | 37 comments »

Grab some popcorn… I made a movie!(Make sure the volume is up… it might be a little quiet) Story:I have been working really hard to tune up my bandsaw lately. I really wanted one of these:...for tensioning and detensioning the blade. But I am at the end of my budget and can’t spend another $150. I had seen pictures of a homemade version in a magazine and decided to make my own. I posted this to try to get ideas. Anyway, this is what I came up with and it works gre...

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Lighted shadowbox

1075 days ago by Stevinmarin | 31 comments »

Here’s an easy shadow box that may give you an opportunity to use some of that fancy wood you’ve been saving. I used a 2’ zerbrawood board. The rest is MDF. The light cost me 4 bucks.

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Arched Bed #5: Learning Curve

1799 days ago by newTim | 7 comments »

So after building the giant forms I’m finally ready for the first glue lamination. Since this arch section is made out of 8/4 maple I decided to resaw on the tablesaw. I used a thin kerf blade and set a Grip-Tite about 1/4” opposite the fence as a stop. I’ve turned the saw 180 degrees in the shop so I can keep the jointer out and have better (central) access to the dust collector. So far it is working great. As you can see from the pictures the form was large and the ar...

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Arched Bed #4: Temple of Templates

1800 days ago by newTim | 2 comments »

Yeah well you’ve got to name it something. There are three arches in this project. I figured I could use the middle arch as a form for both the top (cap) arch and the bottom or inside arch. The plan was to make a template of the middle arch and matching bending forms for that part using a jigsaw for the rough cut and a flush trim bit to make the plywood uniform. So back to the second entry in this series. Calculating by both Sketchup and the Chord/Rise equation gave an outside radi...

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What to do with a half round window.

1128 days ago by rcs47 | 3 comments »

We’ve all seen, and many have those half round windows. But what can you do? Buy a fabric, plastic or wooden fan louver? Why not build a wooden fan louver? Its really not that hard. I start by making the outside frame to fit the window. I draw one line that will give me 1/4” clearance inside the window opening. I draw a second line the thickness of the frame marking the inside of the frame. Because this is a simple curve, I didn’t need to build a complete two part form. I just need...

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