The Woodshop Shed

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Updated my router bit drawers

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Updated my router bit drawersSorry for the sideways pics. Rockler had a sale on these router bit inserts that hold either 1/2” or 1/4” bits. Thought I'd try them out. Love 'em. They hold securely. I still have room underneath for misc stuff or bits that are too tall. The other drawer isn't quite done. Waiting for another shipment of bit inserts. Lol



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Tic Tac Toe Toliet Paper Holder

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Tic Tac Toe Toliet Paper HolderPosting this crap work for others to share. :-)Saw this project post last year, thought it was cute idea; then made the classic mistake to share with SWMBO. Project was added to the commandments or my work project list.After finishing up SWMBO's Christmas present (Stocking Holder), was rewarded Christmas day with a formal review of my project list and status of priority projects.
This toilet paper holder floated to surface. :-)Super simple project with half lap joints. One unit is made from Anigre and other from American Black Cherry. Depth is 4.5” as max cut depth on 8” dado stack was 2.25”. The openings are 5” square.The WWW has several how-to posts on this project and different opening sizes are used. Having OCD and being an engineer; made a couple trips to store and actually measured toilet paper rolls. What I learned was: Median diameter is ~4.65, while monster expensive plush rolls are ~5.0 in diameter. Every brand I checked except one was less than 4.5 in wide. Hence, using 5×5x4.5 boxes seemed about right to me.The Anigre was rift sawn and some faint ribbon figure, in an otherwise ugly yellow/cream colored wood. Person that gave the wood to me, called it white sapele; as I was buying a bunch of sapele. Took some work to figure out it, but learned that in Africa Anigre is just about as useful for stained projects as popular is here in USA.Wife initially wanted to have Anigre wood dyed to match a Claude Monet print in one bathroom, instead of white wood. After making a bunch of color samples from dyes, shellacs, poly, and danish oil:
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She chose dark brown as seen in 1st picture above. :-0)
Decided to dye the X's with red Transtint for contrast. Both pieces have 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss as top coat.The second unit I made from cherry as same finish schedule used on Christmas stocking holder, and is detailed in that project post.Making the second one was actually harder than 1st. The lap joints are ugly and have gaps. Had issues with Rocker flip stop; really stupid design of the stop introduces play every time you flip it up. Will be posting a 0 star review on that piece of junk soon.
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Hope you like.
Flush it if you don't :-)Thanks for reading this punny post.



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Knife collection Display with Cherry Frame

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Knife collection Display with Cherry FrameThis is my attempt for a way of displaying knifes of 4 to 6 even though I placed some larger ones in for testing. The entire frame is cherry with a 3:4 back board for the knife holding. The over all size is 3 deep and the frame is 20.5 x 27.
After I had cut the back board I cut rows of 1/2 strips for the 3/8 magnets epoxied in place – for holding the knifes with a 3/8 dowel for supporting each handle side bracing. (Picture three).
I had to ensure that the knife blades faced left so the handle logo showed, a mistake I almost made but caught it before mounting the backboard the frame.
The front panel is made of cherry also with plexiglass insert and I finished with Zinser sealer with light sanding.Hope my WWII buddy likes it when presented he has over 80 knifes much more than my small collection that I had to scrap together for the picture shown.The case will hold 28 knifes ….



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