The Woodshop Shed

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

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GrandKids game table

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GrandKids game tableI made this table for my grandkids for Christmas. The top has a chess/checker board on one side and Lego plates on the other. 4 drawers for storage and the chess/checker board top is epoxy coated for durability. The wood used is Cherry and Walnut for the table and drawer fronts. The chess/checker board is Padauk and Walnut with a Purple Heart border. The table is ~32” square and 24” high.



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Bike & Scooter Rack For The Kids

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Bike & Scooter Rack For The KidsMy garage was slowly being overtaken by bikes and scooters, and I decided to do something about it. I tried to come up with a design that would be easy to produce as well as produce a bike/scooter rack that would be easy for my kids to use. Using 2×8s and 1×8s, I created this kids scooter and bike rack which can accomodate the variety of vehicles in my garage. It's all held together with wood glue and brad nails. The strategically-placed miters help with slide bike and scooters into the rack. Check out the video to see how it all came together. Let me know know you think. And if you want step-by-step instructions to make your own, get them here: http://bit.ly/2S40WWk



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Molding Plane - warped to useful

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Molding Plane - warped to usefulI received this beading plane as part of a package deal, it came with the wedge and iron, but it had no boxing and was unusable in it's condition. As I have quite a few good beading planes, I decided to experiment with it and figured I had nothing to loose.This was my first experience with steam bending, and I wasn't concerned with an adverse outcome should I somehow destroy the tool.Picture 1 shows the final outcome, a viable beading plane that will be a “user”, but more importantly I've determined I can save a few other planes in the same condition – warped.The other pictures show: how warped it looked from the heal, how warped the maple boxing I made contoured to the plane, how warped the body is compared to a ruler, my “steam box”, and the clamp-up after steaming.My steam machine was a roaster set to 450 Degrees, I left the “soup” to boil for an hour and a half, with the plane setting on a wire rack to keep it out of the water. The wire rack was a dollar store napkin holder:
The clamp up was between two 2X4's, with plastic card shims to over bend and help avoid what is referred to as spring back when the clamps are removed. I let it cool for 24 hours just to play safe. The shims are the leftover gift cards, old AAA member cards, AARP cards received in the junk mail, etc.
Final result, a useful plane with nice straight boxing.



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