The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Pen #11 Brushed Nickel Slimline with Knot

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Pen #11 Brushed Nickel Slimline with KnotI went looking for a Celtic Knot, but this is what I found. I don't know what to call it.
Finished with YG and CA.And now, because I've nothing else to say, you'll indulge me a little piffle.This is a tree. A real tree. A Carolina Pine, On Coronado St., South of Sunset. The power pole with the transformer is well away from the tree.A couple weeks ago, I was up on the bluff at Loyola Marymount University, on an incredibly clear day, when this tree demanded that I photograph it.Thank you. And, I apologize.



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Largest commission to date!

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Largest commission to date!I always told my wife that the tool purchases and shop upgrades were in case I became disabled.As I'm a long time Crohn's patient and now recent dialysis patient. Well back in '16 lost my job in telecom and with no replacement job offers to my liking began building.Be careful how you frame your spending, might come back to haunt!Back before medicare I had a home nurse that came every two weeks for my blood draw and dressing change. This nice lady noticed while exiting through the shop a pair of cedar chairs. She said she was remodeling a house and she wanted them as soon as she moved in. Since these were my first and sorta error filled I sold them cheap with the understanding she would sell me another set one day.A couple, three months go by and I get a call from her boyfriend that I met while delivering. He says he has a friend with a lake house needing to replace his porch chairs.Dude said he wanted six chairs and five tables!!!!Delivered them last weekend, wow nice place, not just a house acre and acres of hunting land along the Black Warrior River in West Alabama.



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How to make a keg to store honey.

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How to make a keg to store honey.Hello . Today I made a keg for honey storage, as well as a spoon for honey. I used bog oak and ash for making. The height of the barrel is 150 mm, diameter 110 mm. The length of the spoon is 180mm. For the finish coating, I used carnauba wax. The entire manufacturing process, you can see by clicking on the link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrHm_svp5hM&t=22s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2yjmHp3cIs&t=10s



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Keurig Coffee stand

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Keurig Coffee standKeurig Coffee Maker stand
This is one of the items I can cross off the honey “do” list.
Made from pine purchased at the local Home Depot, the thinness I achieved by cutting in half on band saw, passing through the planer and gluing together.



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Chip carved basswood box

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Chip carved basswood box Chip carved basswood box
3×6x9 inch box
Chip carved Gothic swirls on sides
Positive image maple leaves on top
Finish, 3 coats spray clear matte Rustoleum 2X
Followed by Varathane dark walnut gel stain.
Thx for looking
Marty



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Oriental Bowl

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Oriental BowlOriental bowl turned from Macrocarpa and Fijian Kauri 200 mm dia x 180 mm high, pattern can be varied in so many ways.Comments welcome



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A Pair of Simple Cabinets

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A Pair of Simple CabinetsSPECSTimeframe: 03-28 Jan 2019Wood Used: Reclaimed Pine, Hinges and Latch Hardware. Heck, even the Slotted Screws are second hand…Galoot Index: 7 on a 10 point scale. Material cut by hand saw and RAS, table saw and band saw. Smoothed and jointed w/ hand planes. Rabbets with the No. 78, smoothing with SW #4 and even the #9 mitre plane. M&T panel doors. Hinges mortised with chisels and #271 router. Hand planed mouldings, top and bottom.Cost: $0 for wood, hardware, everything. All salvage.NARRATIVEHello everyone!The last installment of the extended pair of blog entries (No. 1 Cabinet, and No 2 Cabinet) for this project showed how I got here, so I won't go into great (repeating) detail. The first build was on a whim, truly a build just to use moulding made with an old plane.My Dad insisted I make a second, so of course I did. :-)They'll likely be shop cabinets, that's tbd. Same as the finish. They may get brown sides and clear coat for front, or all get a milk paint treatment I haven't decided. I did enjoy the build, and blogging along the way. Please feel free to read those and comment, always appreciate input. Thanks for looking.



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Moxon Vise Bench

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Moxon Vise BenchI had been planning one of these for a very long time, but never could decide what to use. I had pretty much settled on using veneer press screws, but they aren't cheap. Shout out to PlanBWoodworks for the idea to use these killer dumb bell screws from Walmart. They are perfect and they were cheap.I carefully routed out a recess in the back of the face to capture the odd shaped nut. It works great. The shape also works very well for grip as a small “wheel” for tightening. I made simple white oak washers to give it a little spacing and take the force. Size is on the smaller size with 15” between the screws. That should be plenty for the work I intend to do. Everything works great! Can't believe I ever went without one of these.Woods are white oak and mahogany. I had some that fit perfectly and I wanted something nice in the shop. Finished with BLO. Now when I start my self guided dovetail apprenticeship I will feel special and skilled already :)



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Glass topped table

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Glass topped tableAnother fun project. The three curved parts making up the top are of laminated Cherry. A thin strip of Wenge was inlaid at the joints between the legs and the top.



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23rd Psalms

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23rd PsalmsMeasures 24” x 31”. 21 Lines of text.



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Drawing Board / Document Holder

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Drawing Board / Document HolderPrototype drawing board / document holder for reducing neck strain when reading, drawing, drafting, painting or raising a laptop screen. Over built to be used in a work place where bumps, drops, and heavy binders will be placed on it.



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3D Platter

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3D Platter3 D Platter 310 mm in diameter with Kauri outer segmented frame. Turned from Kahikatea, Kauri and Jarrah.Comments welcome



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Rustic Dining Table, Bench and Chairs

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Rustic Dining Table, Bench and ChairsThis is my latest commission project. The client wanted me to recreate the table, bench and chairs from the last photo. I made some structural changes and refined the pieces a bit. I would like to reiterate that I HATE the distressed look. I think that it is too subjective. I prefer a finish that is concrete.Anyway, everything was built from pine and I used simple half laps and a few mortise and tenon joints to keep the project in budget. I used a biscuit joiner to help in gluing up the top. The stain is colonial maple by Varathane. The stained pieces were given 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. The distressed look was achieved by painting everything white, and then rubbing a mixture of Minwax Dark Walnut and Minwax Classic Gray. I went back and very lightly applied some slightly watered down white paint as accents.The client was very happy. I was thrilled to get these pieces out of my garage!Thanks for looking!



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Twisted Bookshelf

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Twisted BookshelfMy wife found a pic of this bookshelf one day and I thought it would be great for my friend's daughter's first home homewarming present.Made it out of pallets and that took quite a bit of “pre-paring”
break down pallets and pull nails – whee!
mate up the boards to make longer boards, mill them to all the same thickness, and the married boards to the same width. I used my box joint jig to fingerjoint the ends of short board to make longer ones, almost 7 feet long overall.

and then glue the boards to make the panels for the sides and front. – 3 panels, two sides and one for the curved fronts.
Trim all the panels to the same length. Lots of making bigger boards from pallet boards up to now!cut the dados and rabbets (groves) dry fit the shelves and layout the twist cut on the front panel.
Dry fit everything, sand inside surfaces down, adjust everything for a nice fit – then glue it up.
Lots of sanding then, first round of staining.
a few days of staining, wait to dry, another few days of clear coating, wait to dry and buff sanding then, done.Go camping!



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Turned Toothpick Holder/Dispenser

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Turned Toothpick Holder/DispenserSo a friend asked if I could make him a toothpick dispenser. What he described was one of those things you see on the counter at a restaurant — you know, basically a box with a little roller knob on the side and made of sheet metal or clear plastic. But my friend wanted one made out of wood. He requested if I could stain it like dark oak. After thinking about, I asked him if I could go a different route, so I described what you see here. He said that sounded fine to him, but hoped I wasn't going to charge him too much. I assured him that he'd be happy with the price. Frankly, I don't plan to charge him anything — it was just too much fun making this — and it only took part of one afternoon and the material was scrap I had laying around. He's great friend and we play golf together a couple times a week when the weather cooperates and bowl together when it doesn't. I plan to give it to him when we see each other next in a few days. Hopefully, he'll like it as much as I liked making it.The main wood is black walnut and the top knob and center spindle are cherry. I finished the entire thing with paste wax.



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Arts & Crafts Hall Cabinet

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Arts & Crafts Hall CabinetI made this hall cabinet as a donation to auctioned off during the 2019 Reno County Cancer Council Roundup in February. Hopefully it'll bring a good price to help support all the work the Council does to help cancer victims in our area. I have a personal connection with cancer so I was pretty motivated. For the most part, I followed the plan described in the September 2018 issue of Wood magazine but I did take a few minor liberties to suit my own style. It was made entirely of QS white oak, so I did not use white oak ply for the shelf, and upper/lower panels as the article described. (It's incredibly difficult to buy white oak ply around here without ordering and I was reluctant to purchase something of that $$$ without seeing it first. But decent quality QS white oak rough-cut lumber is easy to come by.) Correction, I used 1/4” red-oak ply for the back. After staining, I finished it with 3 to 4 coats of polyurethane.



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Finest Bribe. Odin as traveler.

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Finest Bribe. Odin as traveler. Based on carving by @Bagushevich
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/394089 (second variant)Used this to bribe my friend who hosted the Ninth Yule Games. Cheating is encouraged so it's fine. Also won the craftsmanship award with this so win-win.Basswood with acrylic paint and sealant. The walking stick is bamboo (yes from a skewer :) )[And FWIW] Shot with Nikon D5200 w/Nikon DX 35mm f1.8 lens. Post processed w/ Abode Lightroom CC.Thanks for looking!



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When the bark beats the grain

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When the bark beats the grainThe bark just came out super cool on this.This won me Finest Prize at our Yule GamesBlack walnut finished with Tru-Oil
Leather pad for that soft touchThanks for looking!



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The Work/Life Balance of a Pro

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The notion of work-life balance seems to imply that work is, by definition, drudgery. It may well be, for people who hate their jobs.

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Super size Dog Crate

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Super size Dog CrateOur puppy quickly outgrew his crate and required something a little more, actually a lot more. So I came up with this. Its all done with 2×3 that were all jointed and planed. the stain is a mix of walnut and some classic American that I had left over the same with the paint the paint is a bunch of paint samples the wife collects but never seems to use for anything. and the last picture is one of my shop buddy who just want to hang out and help. Thanks for looking.



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Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair from Fine Woodworking

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Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair from Fine WoodworkingI saw a nice Rocking Chair that Mike Pekovich from Fine Woodworking presented in the last issue and having never made one, I thought I'd give it a shot.
Lots & Lots of curved and angled joinery and more mortise and tenon work then I've done in a long while.
And not having a machine for that made for lots & lots of drilling and chisel work…lol
He made his out of oak and I made mine from cherry.
I took my time and it turned out to be a really fun build. There are bending jigs you have to make for the rockers, and there is a whole class on upholstery for the cushion.
(I used a couple of patio chair cushions after I regained consciousness from looking at what a thick leather cushion would cost to make…holy smokes…lol)
I followed the instructions as best I could and only deviated when his plan called for use of tools or materials I don't have.
All in all it was a lot of work, but I have to admit that it sits super comfortably, and is a pleasure to sit in.
Well balanced and keeps rocking after you stop pushing for a long time.
I finished it in liberal amounts of linseed oil and then I let it sit in our Florida sunshine for a couple of days and boy o boy did that ever turn it a beautiful brownish amber which everyone here likes. Cherry is really cool that way.
I've included a bunch of process shots below in no particular order.
Thank you for looking at it.
And have a great day.
Then, the neighborhood gang showed up to see what was going on. A tough bunch but if you have a couple of bugs laying around to pay them off, they leave you alone…lol
If I ever start making more chairs, I'm going to invest in a nice mortise and tenon machine.

Gave my scrappers a good sharpening and that cherry turned out smooth as a baby's butt.

The bending form for the rockers took a day to make out of MDF and some scrap cherry for the base.
(currently on Craigslist because it's too nice to throw out and I don't have room for all the jigs I have now!)..lol

Then my grandson hung out with me for a while and to do some laps around the driveway.

This chair took a pretty good chunk of my cherry.
I'm going to have to make a run to the lumber yard when management isn't looking.
Enough pictures. You get the idea.
Thanks again and have a great day.
Eric



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My first small box

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My first small boxI have been wanting to make a small box for a while to learn the details of small joinery and the sequence in which things should be done. This is my first attempt and I think it turned out rather well for a first try. I used red oak and poplar since I am just learning and didn't want to spend a fortune on materials. The finish used was 2 coats of Danish oil.



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End Grain Cutting Board

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End Grain Cutting BoardSaw a bunch of videos from MTM Wood about end grain cutting boards and thought I would try my hand at it. It was fun to make and the video was excellent, though it is non-verbal. I made 4 of them and limited in size by my 13” planer. Gave the biggest board to my wife as a bribe for a 15” planer.



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Big Brother

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Big BrotherI had so much fun making my first scroll sawed nutcracker, I had to do another. I increased the size of the pattern 25% and so it is big brother…. He has more rank than little brother, so more glitz. Okay fun is over back to more serious projects.



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Momma and baby panda

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Momma and baby pandaThis fun mama and baby panda is smile maker for sure. Hand cut using a scroll saw no cnc in this shop! Cut from a 1/4” ply with a black backing and frame. Great for a nursery room, baby shower or the panda fan. Measures 12” h 10”l.



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Live edge conference table

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Live edge conference table Live edge conference table for a company in Louisville Kentucky Hand rubbed oil finish made with my new partners Red Dog chair co. ,the laser engraved design is by fat baby wood working in London Kentucky



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Shotgun Case

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Shotgun CaseI have enjoyed learning great information from so many of the experts on this site. I'm not at that level, but thought I would share my latest project.I was looking for a locking case to store my Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun under my bed. I keep my Sig P320 handgun in a Gunvault beside the bed, which is opened every night and locked during the day. I really like the electronic push button lock on this case, but couldn't find anything similar for my shotgun which would also fit into the tight space. So, I built one.I know that it can be opened with the right tools, but I think that applies to almost all cases of this type. It was a nice project to hone or learn new skills for making tight meters, dovetail joints, and hand chiseled hinge mortises. The wood is walnut and maple with 4 coats of Tung oil. The lock took some thought to install, since it's not meant for this application, but it works perfectly.I now have easy access to my shotgun in a case that opens very quickly, plus some new woodworking skills.



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Goblet of Marblewood

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Goblet of Marblewood11-1/2”
YG/HSThis is the Thing, during the making of which, I decided that I need to get better at keeping my tools sharp. I'm now the owner of a new grinder, and a Wolverine/Varigrind setup. It helped, and, I'm sure will help even more, once I've become accustomed to its use.I did try to go eccentric on this one. Here's what happened:I tilted the Thing in the chuck – just a little. Now, normally,when I tilt a Thing thusly, I stick a little magnet between the base and the rim of the jaws. In this case, there wasn't enough meat on the base to keep the magnet in place. The magnet is important because, as the the Thing wobbles about its central axis, the tool is skipping across while making the cut. Even with a very sharp tool, this imparts a lateral force against the wobbling Thing, which, for unassailable reasons, will tend to push the base back to its central-axis location. I tightened the chuck as brutally as I could, and this happened, nonetheless. So much for ducks-in-a-row on this piece. The “duck” I had coming along, when it moved, became the ziggurat you see supporting the captive ring. I mimicked the ziggurat in the base, and, just cuz I felt like it, added a little acorn between. Yes. I signed it, sorta. (I need to get better at finishing the bottoms of Things, too.Thank you. And, I apologize.



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DIY Floating Shelves

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DIY Floating ShelvesI made this set of floating live edge shelves for a client that loved my recent desk build from Sweet Gum. I made my way back to my local sawyer who had some of this beautiful black gum. I kept the live edges and also mimicked a live edge on the ends of the boards by cutting them irregularly and shaping them with a grinder. Check out my process here…https://youtu.be/rIv5v6NwpkU



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Purple heart ring with sodalite inlay

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Purple heart ring with sodalite inlayGood old purple heart that blunts your chisels. I've been meaning to do more inlays and found some sodalite that I crushed and used for this. Particularly dark purple heart, this one.



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LED Lamp

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LED LampWe used to submerge this LED remote controlled lamp into that square glass vessel.
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It worked well until the condensation inside the LED shorted out the electronics & you don't need to guess what happened next. This was because the vessel is filled with water beads, the kind that swell up from a pin head size to a pea size when you add water.
The idea came to put the LED underneath to get the same effect.
The bottom & top pieces of wood are out of the same piece, I think it's maple.
The hole in the bottom piece is at the same depth as the thickness of the LED lamp & slots were machined to fit the top & bottom to hold the glass in place.
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Finished with wipe on poly.
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Another HF Dust Deputy build

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Another HF Dust Deputy buildI know there are a lot of Harbor Freight dust deputy projects on here… But I think I approached mine a little different.Design goals:1) Do not spend a lot
2) Portable
3) Small footprint
4) Maximize airflowI did not want to buy/use a lot of adapters, so I tried to come up with a way to hook the fan directly to the cyclone. This will help save money and should minimize the resistance in the system.Instead of cutting the metal side plate of the fan to a 6” opening to match the SDD, I decided to make my own motor plate from plywood. My thought was to pattern match the bolt holes front the original cover and use my router to cut a perfectly fitting hole for the outside of the SDD. To get enough material thickness to match most of the top of the SDD, I ended up glueing a 1/4” and 3/4” piece of plywood together and later added another 3/4” later. This is a total of 1.75” thick of plywood motor plate at the top of the SDD. 6.125” diameter w my trammel made for a snug fit. I applied a little silicon on the SDD sleeve and between the last 3/4” piece of plywood and the motor plate to seal the top.I am happy with the direct connection between the SDD and the HF motor. The top of the SDD sits just a little below the blades of the fan. No extra long transitions or curved pieces between the two.The bottom of my DC is a sealed box to house an aluminum trash can. The one side has neoprene weather sealant on the inside and is hinged to gain access to the can to empty it. The frame is just stud grade 2X4's that I ran through the planner and table saw to clean up the sides and square them up. The door is a piece of 3/4” ply, the sides are 1/4” and the back is 1/2” ply. The various sizes are basically due to what I had in the garage. I glued and screwed all the pieces together thinking the glue would help make the joints air tight. I used a caulking gun to seal all the joints, also.The top of the box has a 6” hole to match the bottom of the SDD. The SDD is bolted and sealed to this directly. Once again, no transition pieces.The 2X4's making up the frame were sized so they would place my homemade motor plate just above the top if the SDD flange. I uploaded a couple pics trying to show some details of the motor plate.I currently have it discharging directly to my garage unfiltered. I made quite a mess making a device to help keep the garage clean. Even without a discharge filter or bag, there was no dust cloud when I vacuumed up large amounts of saw dust. I vacuumed up enough to fill the 33 gallon trash can almost half way. I was extremely happy with the performance of this setup. I was very surprised that the saw dust was captured in the cyclone and not blowing back into my garage.Right now, I have a HVAV 5” transition piece on the inlet, that reduces to 4” to fit my flex hose. I plan to use 5” ducting to bring the suction down to the bottom if the mobile cart and use 5” flex ducting to hook to my tools. I have a small shop that is more often just a regular garage, so I will just hook up to one tool at a time.The next stage is to build a discharge plenum. I'm going to line the inside of the plenum w old carpet to help muffle the noise. Initially, I am going to use my trammel to make a wood ring to match the HF filter bag. The bag will hang down below the plenum. Eventually, I would like to get a proper cartridge filter on the discharge.



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A bed fit for a queen

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A bed fit for a queen Or maybe just for a doll. An American girl doll to be exact. I tried to get this done for Christmas since I knew we were getting my daughter a doll. But I ran out of time and so this will be for her birthday next month. I found the plans on Ana white and was torn between building this bed or bunk beds and opted for this one. However I guess my wife decided to get our daughter two dolls. SmhAll built with scraps i had laying around, including the bed slats taken from a crib someone was throwing out. Finished it with two coats of some leftover trim paint and then prayed it with lacquer.Ended up being about 12” x 19”. Will have a neighbor make a mattress for it.



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Custom wood sign

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Custom wood signI sell at a crafters mall in Reno, Nevada. A few weeks before Christmas a guy called me up and asked if I could make him a sign for his sister. This is the sign I made.
The sign is 18 x 24 and was cut on a scroll saw. I bought piece of walnut and cut it five pieces. The customer wanted a raw edge on both sides of the sigh. I left the raw edge on when I cut the two side pieces. I ran all the pieces to be glued together on the jointer to get a flat edge for gluing. I used a biscuit cutter in three places on each edge. Put the biscuits in and clamped it together. I took a chisel and scraped the extra glue that had squeezed out of the joints. I sand it smooth with a belt sander and then cut out the letters on my 20 scroll saw. This was a real challenge, had to do some fancy manenevers to make some of the cuts. I was soar after cutting this one. I sprayed the sign front and back with 5 coats of exterior clear high gloss finish. Add D rings to the back. The customer loved it .



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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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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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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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STL181: Will a Jobsite Saw Cut It?

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Anissa, John, and Ben discuss small shop solutions, table stretchers, shop lighting, and their recent smooth moves

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Jewelry box

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Jewelry boxThis is my first time making a jewelry box. I hope my wife likes it when I am done adding the hardware and inner material.



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Pipe

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PipePipe… walnut and hickory. Gotta do somethin with cutoffs



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Ky barn wood

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Ky barn woodMade from wood of oldbarn



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Lathe Tool Cabinet

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Lathe Tool CabinetMy tool holder previous to this was hung behind my lathe so I had to reach over the lathe to get or return a tool. It dawned on me that this was an injury waiting to happen.

Took an end section from one of my first furniture projects from the 70's added a base with wheels repurposed from another item, some top braces, a hardboard cover. Then built the top cabinet from old paneling and 2by4's. Cut the old center drawer from the desk down to make 2 small sliding boxes (photo 5) inside the desk section drawers. Only expenses were the 4 hinges and hasp.



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Cedar Gate

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Cedar GateCedar Gate I built last spring. Clear Red Cedar. Domino joinery with TimberPro finish. The one cool thing I tried was drawboring the domino's. Worked great and I think helped with seasonal movement. Metalwork also by me. Finished with a patina and clear. Thanks for looking. Sako



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Craftsman Style Bookcase

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Craftsman Style BookcaseI mostly followed a set of plans to build this bookcase which I don't normally do, but I wanted to be true to the style and the plans were so close to what I had in mind anyway. I altered a few details. For example, I did not use shelf pins to support the shelves. I figured out where I wanted them and built in supports permanently at that height. Adjustable shelves are for store bought bookcases.The wood is sapele which I haven't worked with before. I liked it, but it tears out when going through the planer, so a lot of sanding was involved. The piece is not stained, it just has polyurethane semi-gloss on it. The wood darkens considerably with just that clear coat.



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Sketchup: Making Section Cuts to Show Inner Details

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Whether you are preparing working drawings from your SketchUp model or just want to see some inner details, the Section Cut is a powerful tool

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Curved lid box

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Curved lid boxI chose this plan from an old Woodsmith magazine because I thought the curved lid would look nice with some curly maple I had leftover.
This box is a relatively easy project except for the fact that I've been freestyling bandsaw boxes so much lately that my router table and dado blade have become foreign to me. I wasn't enjoying the build process all that much because of it but I had a feeling that the maple and sapele were figured enough that if I hung in there it would be worth finishing.
The rounded top was hand planed and I used dowels to fasten the sapele sides. A coat of Danish oil and wax to finish.
My local wood supplier had sapele in the cut off bin so I picked up a few pieces ….I really like the look and workability of this wood. I think I'll be incorporating it into some upcoming projects.



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USAF First Sergeant Going Away Gift

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USAF First Sergeant Going Away GiftI have the honor of putting together these going away gifts for the First Sergeants at our local Air Force Base. Anyone who has served in the Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force know what a tough job it is. The displays are cut from sanded plywood, trimmed out on the edges and then the sword is mounted on drawer pulls extended out on custom spacers. The plaque is screwed in with brass screws and the modern and vintage stripes are hot glued in place. Finish is Minwax polyshades Mission Oak, with three coats of poly over that. I love the way they turn out. Thanks for looking.



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Homemade Cap Iron Srcrewdriver 4

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Homemade Cap Iron Srcrewdriver 4Hello fellows at this time I would like to share one more cap iron screwdriver I just finished for a friend.
At this time I used a handplane front knob to hold the blade.This is by far the most easy to do in my opinion because more than 75% is already done ( a front knob itself).I choose one of my old and useless front knob.In Brazil we can find many handplanes at junk yard almost for free.Normaly you can save parts and screws and never the body.All rosewood.
To hold the balde with epoxy glue I made this round piece and cutted at half

The blade cutted from stainless steel plate (2mm thickness)

To avoid the blade to move in both direction I locked it in two grooves (1/8” chisel) and inserted the two semi circles and glued all together with epoxy glue.


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Oblique bonding of cracks

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Oblique bonding of cracksHow I glue cracked wood.Video. Sorry, no English version.



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First Bandsaw Boxes (and first LJ post!)

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First Bandsaw Boxes (and first LJ post!)Thanks to all the great tips I found here, I made my first bandsaw boxes… (well, actually, I started a pine one to get a feel for it but then moved on to these). I definitely need more practice, but pretty excited at how these little guys turned out. Gifts for my family… M was for my niece Margot, and N for my nephew Nicholas. Red oak (actually, I think it was something else and I don't remember! any ideas?), pine, and purpleheart. Not sure how they'll hold up mixing the soft and hard woods, but time will tell. Finished with boiled linseed oil. Probably going to make a bunch of these considering I live in a city and space is very limited. And no more hand-sanding stuff like this! Just bought a spindle sander.Thanks to all for all of the info here!



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I Phone Amp

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I Phone AmpThis was a simple fun project getting to use various tools and some pretty wood. I wanted to get a project that the Grand Kid can do and use lots of different tools. I knew as soon as his mom saw this she wood want one and she would send him over to make one… ulterior motives are not always a bad thing really. The thing works pretty well too… Channels all the sound out in one direction and amplifies it pretty well.



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Beam coffee table

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Beam coffee tableHere is a small coffee table I made for my sisters condoRight after I cut the wood to length she asked me to make it longer..
I tried my hand at a little wood lengthening…



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Steam Box

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Steam BoxThis steam box was built using 1×8 cedar for the box and 1/2 birch dowels to suspend the wood being steamed.
The steam generator is a propane fired turkey deep fryer. I added a water reservoir to replenish the deep fryer without removing the lid and the lid is held in place with spring clamps. I also tilted the steam box so that any condensate would drain back into the deep fryer.
The only wood I have steamed has been kiln dried 8/4 hard maple and cherry, with an hour and a quarter per inch of thickness. The results have been consistent and predictable with very few failures (less the one in twenty).
The video shows the bending sequence using a bending table, a Lee Valley compression strap and a boat winch to supply the force required to pull the wood into place. Its vital to get the wood into the compression strap ASAP and keep the compression on the wood until the wood cools which takes about an hour.
The end of the video shows the energy released when a 2×2 piece of hard maple snaps because of the bending load.https://youtu.be/mC7eEZQiauIThanks for browsing.



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Spalted Maple Monitor Stand

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Spalted Maple Monitor StandThe angle for all the cuts was 110 which I think gave it a nice mid-century look without being too difficult to implement or looking unstable.All cuts for the joinery and dados were done by slowly slicing away with my radial arm saw. It took a bit of planning for me to pay attention to the direction I was making the cut so the two halves would align properly



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Portable Metal Cutting Bandsaw Stand

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Portable Metal Cutting Bandsaw StandI need to cut some lengths of metal stock and started looking at ideas to convert a metal cutting bandsaw into a portable vertical bandsaw.Wow, tons of ideas and projects on Youtube. This is my version.Guys mainly make these out of metal but since I don't have welding equipment, I used some scrap 4” x 4” douglas fir and plywood to make this holder. Luckily I have a buddy who gave me a piece of aluminum of the new table.The saw features a “dead man” switch which shuts the saw off when released. Since you need two hands to hold the stock, I rigged the trigger on “hold down mode” with piece of angle iron. I turn the saw on and off via the switch panel on the right hand side.About 5 hours of work and $12 for the holding hook and switch panel.Bob
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Porch Swing

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Porch SwingJust finished this swing made with cider and cup cut in the center and fold up when not in use. My grand daughter love this one on her front porch.



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Entry hall table made from front door.

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Entry hall table made from front door. When I replaced my front door I decided to put the door to use as an entry table for my home.The front and back rails are from a piece of scrap ambrosia maple I have on hand. If I had been smarter I would have saved some trim and used that.
I mounted a USB hub in the deadbolt hole, and used the deadbolt cylinder guard to help mount the lamp.



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Kitchen island with wine rack, southern yellow heart pine top

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Kitchen island with wine rack, southern yellow heart pine top This was a commissioned piece for a friend who works with my wife. The heart pine was wide, 15” I think, and was harvested by a relative of hers. Always fun knowing you can't get another piece!
I haven't used pocket screws since this, I've graduated to real joinery now, but we have to start somewhere! Next time I'll cut mortises for the square dowels, those pocket screws probably took longer than mortises would have.
The base was framed with 2×6 and wrapped in 1×6 paint grade lumber. The legs (bought from Osborne wood products) bolt to the base from underneath. I mortised a threaded plate into the bottom of each.
She wanted it distressed and chose this pale blue color, I'm happy with the end result! I simply scuffed corners that would've actually worn over time and wiped those spots with dark stain.
The tops were finished with Howard's butcher block oil /wax blend, as was the matching cheese board (I had just enough leftover to make that for them).Thanks for looking!



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Pecky cypress mirror frame

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Pecky cypress mirror frame I made this for my wife a while back, just adding some projects! It's river recovered pecky cypress, 2×8”
Only titebond holding the miters, and on the back I glued a piece of 1/4” plywood (it overlaps the frame about 3” on all sides) to give it a little more structure. I hung it with an aluminum cleat. One of my favorite pieces and I see it every day!



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Walnut Jewelry Box

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Walnut Jewelry BoxI saw this jewelry box online, downloaded the plans, and thought I'd give it an attempt. Will give to my wife for Valentines day and I finished with a month to spare. Am happy with the finished product. The piece is made of walnut, with maple handles and maple boxes with a walnut face. Other than the top and base, all the parts are thin: 3/8 and 1/4 inch. There are 77 pieces of wood, 3 pieces of glass and two mirrors that had to be put together. I used Watco Spray Lacquer for the finish. First time I have used that. Hope you like it.



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First project for my wife

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First project for my wifeThis is a light-up moon shaped thing with my wife's name in it. It was my first project and the only tool I used was a scroll saw!



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lided vessel

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lided vesseloak
16.5cm dia.
mineral oil and high gloss laquer finish



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A Hole in One

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A Hole in OneCan't remember what I was looking at when I came across this, but thought I'd make one while I waited for some glue to dry.Definitely not hard to make, but my kids had a blast trying to figure out how to get the golf ball out.Made from a solid piece of cherry that I had cut up recently.



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Rudy Lopez lnspired Bowl

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Rudy Lopez lnspired BowlThis bowl is made from a piece of Rhodendrum brought to me from a friend in Washington state.
I turned him a bowl along the lines of one made by the wood artist, Rudy Lopez. It is 8” x 2 1/2” wide and finished with clear lacquercheers, Jim



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Flight trays

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Flight traysMade up some whisky flight trays to sell for Christmas at a local artisan decor shop. It's wonderful to see how much the figure comes out from a piece with a light swipe of oil before the finish coats. These were about 18” long and 5” wide. Made the depressions for the glasses with my CNC. Looks a little better with out the fostner dimple And I can fit the square glasses in a square depretion. My wife finds the vintage glass at area thrift shops.



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Grandma's Work Boot! Douglas Fir

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Grandma's Work Boot! Douglas FirFound a chunk of Douglas fir in the dumpster and decided to carve a work boot. My inspiration came from a long time ago when i was a youngster visiting my grandma's farm. I remember seeing her hoeing her garden and she had on an old pair of work boots that were throw-aways. To protect her feet she had on a heavy pair of woollen socks and was attacking the weeds with reckless abandon. The boots were well worn and wrinkled from years of wear.
The Douglas fir has some beautiful grain and colour so the high-cut boot has some good looks. When I got the wood, it was impaled with a large screw. I removed the screw and did not attempt to cover the hole.
Finished with a wipe-on poly urethane, I give you Grandma's Work Boot! Enjoy!The Bootman!



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Bookcase up-cycled into display cabinet/bar

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Bookcase up-cycled into display cabinet/bar Project was to take apart a hand me down bookshelf that sat vertical and use the parts as shelving and build a horizontal display cabinet and bar out of it.Materials: 1by 12 radiotta pine, 1/4 plywood, 3/4 plywood
Custom paint mix sprayed to blend bookshelf parts and new material.After cabinet was built a reciprocal saw was used to make the gouges to distress the piece to match as existing table.



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Projects built with friends and family

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Projects built with friends and familyMurphy bed: My buddy and I laid an oak wood floor and built the Murphy bed over a couple of weekends. They were fun projects which let he and I do a little something out of our wheelhouse. Bonus was he did all the finishing with his wife so I built and dashed. Win win in my book.Cutting board/ cheese display board:
The mahogany board was about 3 ft long by 20 inches wide so we have to saw in half to plain and rejoin the pieces to route cut the ends, route and finish. It was a fun project making it easier to justify bigger tools to the wife.Sliding door:
Built a sliding door around a mirror for my bother and sister in-law with ceiling mounted door hardware. The project was challenging because it was done with hand tools onsite and we had to open the ceiling up to provide structure for the rail. That was fun fixing the drywall over an eight foot length. Thank goodness for spray bottle popcorn texture.



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Pens for friends

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Pens for friendsFun little projects for gifts.Pens are pink ivory, Blackwood, padauk and a couple of acrylics.The case was modified to house the acrylic pen and wood burned and filled with paint to add the name.



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WOOD ANVIL 7" LONG

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WOOD ANVIL  7" LONGMade with colored plywood as an “easy to make” wood model of one I plan to make out of aluminum shortly. This took about three hours today.Bob A
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Black Locust Dump Stump find.

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Black Locust Dump Stump find.Found some Black Locust logs at the dump. Looked like discarded firewood, free, so I put on the lathe. Wow, it was very hard and knarley, but after stabilizing the knots with ca glue, and some internal bark, finished it with beeswax and mineral oil. Well worth it.



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My Grandpa's Suit Rack

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My Grandpa's Suit RackThis is a suit rack that my Grandpa made for my dad about 30 years ago. I am posting it for him because he has been such an important part of my woodworking journey. We enjoyed a lot of shop time together this summer and now that he is back here after spending some time at home in Iowa, I took these photos this morning and told him I was going to post it and he is so excited.He got the measurements for the suit rack out of a Penney's catalogue (remember Penney's catalogue??) and designed it from there. It is made from oak with dowel construction. As you can see he routed the edges and a tray for cufflinks or whatever on the little top shelf. It is still in pristine condition (dad doesn't wear suits anymore – haha) It stands about 4 feet.It is a treasure because Grandpa made it. Thanks for taking a look and Grandpa will sure love to hear your comments and critiques! :)



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New Cornhole Boards

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New Cornhole BoardsI have been wanting to play around with colored stain for a while now. The problem is that the dye the professionals use is out of my price range. So for this I found a water base white stain and I just added a little latex paint to it. Played around with the mixing until I found what I wanted and this is the result. I'm pretty excited as to how well these turned out.



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Rosewood and Spruce Acoustic Guitar

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Rosewood and Spruce Acoustic GuitarOver the last two years I have been slowly building this guitar. The back and sides are East Indian Rosewood. The top is bear claw Sitka spruce. Bindings are quilted maple. The soundhole rosette and end graft are olive. I finally finished it today. It sounds really good. Mistakes were made but I learned a lot from the build and look forward to making more guitars.I documented the build on my Instagram account which is the same username as here on LJs onoitsmatt if anyone is interested in the whole process.



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Christmas Presents

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Christmas PresentsJust a few things I threw together for the Holidays.



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Arrowhead jewelry

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Arrowhead jewelryI'm a USA Archery coach and recently experimented with creating some arrowhead jewelry gifts for some of the archers I work with. Various woods, cut on the scroll saw and then shaped, sanded and finished.



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Leg Vise with Yost Screw

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Leg Vise with Yost ScrewI have wanted to add a leg vise to my bench for a long time. I received a Yost 18 vise screw as a gift for Christmas, and today I was able to get it installed. I have a Roubo build coming up, and figured if I could install a functional leg vise on an existing bench, then including it in the build process should be at least a little easier.I cut down some 2×12s to 6 wide to fit on my jointer. After jointing and planing, I used my biscuit joiner and glued them back up. I laminated two 1 1/4 pieces at 10 wide. I ended up with a final width of 8 3/4 that tapers to 6 at the bottom. I also chamfered the top and bottom faces. I sanded to 220 grit and finished with boiled linseed oilMy bench legs aren't flush with the top so I planed a 4 wide piece of pine to flush everything up. Then, I used a corded hammer drill and Forstner bit to bore the hole in the leg to accommodate the vise screw. I bored the screw hole in the chop with my drill press.I cut a large dowel to serve as the crank for the vise. I also drilled holes in the screw so that the dowel is stationary and doesn't slide back and forth.As I am starting my new bench build in the next month, I have been looking into the usual accessories. The Benchcrafted stuff is incredible. I ordered their plans for the Split Top Roubo, but I am struggling with the price associated with their hardware. I have absolutely no doubt regarding the quality of their Hardware, but am finding it difficult to convince myself to drop $700 on vises.In the end, I am pleased with this vise screw, and know that it will only be better when installed as part of the build. I was impressed enough with the quality of the screw that I decided to order the Yost 17 end vise. I will report on that when I install it on my new bench.Thanks for looking!



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ARTICULATING ARM No. 2, Professional Model, Videos and PLANS

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ARTICULATING ARM No. 2, Professional Model, Videos and PLANSHere it is, my second articulating arm, made out of kiln dried oak. Basically the same as the first prototype, but now with its own post. In the prototype I worked out the mechanism, and found out that it was very successful. It could be rebuild from a better wood along with a few changes that I found out while making this model. Just because it is made of wood it is not weak in any way, and I think it would pretty much keep up with a professional metal one for the novice turner. The advantage is that it can be built very easily at a very low cost and do some turning that you have only dreamed of.
As an aid I video taped the process of making this one. There are two videos of over 20 minutes each, Part 1 and Part 2. and also a demonstration video of using this one. about 10 minutes. In these videos I have tried to explain all aspects. I will show the simple basic plans also in this post for easy reference if you choose to build one.Demonstration video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpDQcryQ5rs&t=24sPart 1 construction video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N07oHFxfhU&t=54sPart 2 construction video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4od5gQBvKOM&t=6sIf interesting in building one it may be an advantage to watch the demonstration video for the first one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ttXYMFW1gs&t=9sFor interest sake here are a few more pictures.The dimensions on these plans can be changed to meet your lathe size.Now I just have to make a completed project since the block I tried it out on was green wood and split. I cut this block from an old yellow cedar log today, hopefully I will have more success on this one.Thanks for checking this one out, fun to build and use. Hope this experiment will aid a number of you good woodworking folk.Comments appreciated. would like to know what you think of this idea.for interest sake here are a few more pictures.



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Vertex Pen

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Vertex PenI really like these Vertex pens from PSI – especially as gifts for guys. Rosewood turned very nicely on this one.



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Bowl of Cape Chestnut

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Bowl of Cape ChestnutThis is Cape Chestnut, though, when I laid the stick on the lathe last night, I thought it was Jacaranda.Crazy Jacarandas. I found one yesterday (January fifeth) that's started blooming.I had examined the stick last night. I awakened this morning, having been bitten by the Artist bug. I spent the next nine hours at this piece, as a man possessed.This is one of the most remarkable Things, ever. Pity is, the Gallery photos don't do it nearly the justice as the process photos. Not to worry: I have some.Thank you. And, I apologize.



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And yet another round

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And yet another roundI'm starting to think there may be something to this brewery craze…



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Cigar humidor

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Cigar humidor Built using Honduran Mahogany and Wenge
Cedar lined



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charcuterie board

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charcuterie boardWalnut and tinted epoxy.



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2 mirrors.

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2 mirrors.Here's 2 mirrors I made using local beetle kill pine and glass from a thrift store. Each frame is different and both hang on a French cleat. The one with wider frame is designed to hang horizontal or vertical.



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Ask WWGOA: Square Material Without a Jointer or a Thickness Planer

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How do I go about getting square material without a jointer or a thickness planer? I have a table saw, circular saw, and various cordless tools. Thanks in advance for any help.The post Ask WWGOA: Square Material Without a Jointer or a Thickness Planer appeared first on WoodWorkers Guild of America.

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WWGOA's Top 7 of 2018

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As we near the end of 2018, WWGOA is looking back at what videos and articles our community has found most useful. We've rounded up our top 7 most popular videos and articles, picked by YOU. Read below to see the best of 2018. 1. Wood Joints: Which Woodworking Joints Should You Use? There are

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Ask WWGOA: How to make an Angled Cut Without a Bandsaw

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I am working on a project and need to make an angled cut, but do not have a bandsaw to make the 70 degree point. I am thinking I can use my table saw with the blade tilted. Or, with it on its tall side and use the miter gauge. Any guidance or pointers?The post Ask WWGOA: How to make an Angled Cut Without a Bandsaw appeared first on WoodWorkers Guild of America.

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STL180: Designing Without Drawing

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Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss design process, vibrant painted finishes, maintaining Japanese chisels, and their shop resolutions for 2019

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