The Woodshop Shed

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

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Fairy Tree Doors

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Fairy Tree DoorsSteve Good pattern. The Fairy Tree Association of southern Virginia contacted me to build Fairy Tree houses for new faires moving into or neighborhood. I have been contracted to build 12 units. the doors are done for 4 units. I am waiting for the indoor plumbing to be completed before installing the front doors.



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Scrap wood cutting boards

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Scrap wood cutting boardsDecided I needed to start burning through my scrap pile over the next year or so in preparation for moving so my daughter and I made a few quick cutting boards. Walnut, maple, curly maple, paduak and Purple Heart. Sanded to 320 then raised grain and re sanded to 400 then applied a few coats of tried and true.



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1st cnc project!

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1st cnc project!I recently finished a maple table (posted a couple of days ago). Because of the size of the table, I thought it might be handy to have a matching lazy susan, so, with the gigantic table out of my garage/shop, I was finally able to set up the Yeti smart bench cnc I bought about a month ago. First project – cut out the circle for the lazy susan. It worked! The square walnut dowels are in keeping with the theme of the table and will also serve as little grab handles to spin the turntable. 16 diameter.



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Textured Jewelry Box

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Turn a single board into a heirloom. Jewelry boxes are some of my favorite pieces to make. There is so much versatility in the design and use! And, they give you a taste of all kinds of woodworking processes (though …Source

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Jointing with a Planer

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Jointing with a Planer I across some wonderful oak boards for a small table I wanted to build. The problem was the boards were too wide for my jointer, and I didn't want to rip them any narrower. I solved …Source

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Wood Bows

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Wood BowsIt was mentioned I didn't have any of my bows in my projects. I guess I never though of posting bows on a woodworking site, but they are all wood, so I guess that makes sense.The first picture is a White Oak, Ash Backed Bow with Bloodwood Handle and Power Lam I just finished. The second is the handle section. 50#@28” drawNext is a white oak with walnut back reflex deflex bow. Again 50#@28” drawA reflex deflex in the formNext is one of my favorites, a walnut backed with maple. 64#@28”draw, although at that weight these old joints creak when I shoot it. It will likely end up going to someone younger.Last one is a 3 piece take down. 50#@28”More of my diy stuff at ( plenty more bows arrows and other cool stuff )
https://www.diy.timetestedtools.netI still have some bows that were made back in the 80s and 90s. Some I can't remember if I made them or my father did. Some we built together. About a year ago I decided to give the bow and arrow making another run. I'm still at it.



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Great Saws from Harvey

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  Harvey Tools recently released a new line of shop tools aimed at the hobbyist under the Ambassador name. We got a chance to put both the 14“ bandsaw and the C200-30 table saw to work in the shop, …Source

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Bellamy Eagle and Half Hull

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Bellamy Eagle and Half HullI previously uploaded a Bellamy Eagle, .. this (picture) is of an earlier carving (not necessarily better) that is included with a half hull. The half hull was completed years before the eagle carving and was designed as a setting for the telescope which was an instrument of a (former) family member who navigated the great lakes and and the St. Lawrence River. The pair seemed to me to be appropriately displayed together, though the half hull is an ocean going sail ship, and the telescope was used to navigate on fresh waters bordering on Canada. For those interested, .. half hulls were used for hundreds of years (instead of computers and drawings) as a means of assuring the people who actually build the ships, could handle and make (relatively) accurate measurements of the placement and shape of hull. As an aside .. if you're interested, .. half hulls, from Europe and the US are likely available “on-line”, though my original source for that pictured was actually extracted from a “blue-print”. Yeahh – I know most of you have never heard of the term , ..



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Flocking

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Take that special drawer or box to the next level. Flocking is a two-step process that involves spraying tiny fibrous particles onto an adhesive-coated surface. Imagine spray-on velvet. This is a great medium for sprucing-up the inside of jewelry boxes, …Source

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Oh Canada

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Oh CanadaAnother “rescue wood” project … a friend asked if I had any use for an old cutting board she was about to throw out. It was a nice, large, thick, end-grain maple block. So with a respectful hat-tip to its early life as one of Canada's National trees, along with a little slicing & dicing … and a few free floor scraps of lathing from Home Depot …



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Entry Bench

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Entry BenchMy wife picked up an old painted table and wanted it turned into an Entry Bench. It turned out to be made of Pine the beetles had turned blue. Made to her specs. She finished the bottom with stain and the top with Poly. Got to use my Kreg jig on this one.



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Rose bowl from Cherry

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Rose bowl from CherryI found a very nice rose pattern while searching on Google and thought it would look good on a bowl. Bowl is segmented cherry; approximately 12” x 5”. Flowers and leaves are colored with ink markers.



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Natural Edge Slab Table from Monkeypod Wood

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Natural Edge Slab Table from Monkeypod WoodIt's been a few weeks since I posted but have been working on this beauty. Check it out.https://youtu.be/DteQ-mRCpAoBobMarch 28, 2021



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stairs project what will i do

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stairs project what will i dowooden stairs what will I do but so far only rendre
I'll send when I dig up
I greet everyone who cheers for Slovakia



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Entertainment Center (WIP)

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Entertainment Center (WIP)Just a work in progress. Bought a new TV and figured might as well build my own entertainment center. Since my garage is still lacking all the bells and whistles tool wise, I'm still stuck using prefab boards. Will upload the finished pics once the staining and poly are done.



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Canes & Walking stick

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Canes & Walking stickHello everybody.
There I posted few sticks I made on leisure time, a few that I have made in the past are already on the road somewhere, ( given to perfect strangers walking alone ) anyway the walking stick is made out of a maple branch found in my back yard after heavy rain and winds, there is one made of walnut with a lot of curly design and a tiger maple for the head, last one made out of red oak leftover found in my shop recently, and dressed as a folk art dragon,
I had fun , keeping busy, and looking forward for the next project,,,,already on my carving bench. All of those are made with a rotary tool hand painted in oil with a glossy varnish for the outdoors.Have a nice day , play safe in your shop and don't forget to make saw dust.



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Charcuterie Board / Cutting Board Set

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Charcuterie Board / Cutting Board SetMy brother-in-law in Missouri asked if I could make a Charcuterie Board for his daughter in Texas. She wanted it big, so decided to make a Charcuterie Board for serving and a Cutting Board with juice grooves, ( their request ), for cutting the food up. This way she wouldn't have to worry about marking up the Char. board as bad. Made them out of the same wood to keep it looking more like a set. The Char. board is 17 1/2 X 31 1/2 inches, and the cutting board is 15 1/2 X 11 1/2 inches. They were both 1/2 inch larger in both directions, but after trimming etc., ended up the measurements stated. The char. board has Purpleheart, Claro Walnut, regular Maple, wavy Maple, and a really heavy marked Bird's Eye Maple. Was finished with five coats of Wipe on Poly with a day between each coat and sanded or buffed between each, then waxed. The hand holds were hogged out with a forstner bit and finished with my osc. spindle sander, then routed to round them. The cutting board was made with the same wood as the char. board. Juice groove was put in using the jig I made on my projects page. It was then soaked/sealed in a mineral oil, bees wax combination that I use. I put rubber bumper feet under the char. board to make it easier to pick up.



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Friction-Free Resaw Fence

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Re-sawing a board is tricky. Most blades drift, so that you must angle the board to get a straight cut. Standard bandsaw fences can't be angled to compensate for drift, so many folks use a single-point fence instead, like this …Source

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Tiny art deco cabinet for tea bag holders

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Tiny art deco cabinet for tea bag holdersI finally got this delivered today. They were very happy with it.This tiny cabinet was built as a thank you gift for a supply of walnut given to me several years ago. It is designed to store the tea bag holders shown in the first photo. I worked with the recipient to come up with the basic shape and I proposed the Art Deco styling.The case is made from the walnut I had received. The hinges are from Brusso.The discs are spalted maple and the black accents are ebony. The spalted maple comes from a remnant from building a picture frame several years ago. The walnut in that frame is from the batch that was given to me. That will give you an idea of how long I have had this walnut.In the back one can find a surprise envelope.Inside the envelope is a small card detailing the history of the walnut, maple, bag holders, and the construction of the cabinet.There is a lot of detail in a small project. Fortunately I enjoy detail work and I had a lot of fun with this one.The closed cabinet measures 5 3/8” wide by 4 5/16” deep by 5 9/16 tall.There is a 11 chapter blog of the build which runs from February through mid March.



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Heirloom Awl

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Heirloom Awl Metal and wood are the basic ingredients in most woodworking tools. As woodworkers, we're familiar with working wood, but what about metal? Actually, the level of metalworking required to make some woodworking tools is pretty basic. If you've …Source

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Clear Mini Try Square

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Clear Mini Try SquareI was told it was nigh-impossible to do this, so I had to try it. The challenge is getting the getting the angles tight and accurate. It was deceptively challenging.One cannot simply route an L-shape out of plastic because it will leave an inner radius on the inside angle which cannot be fixed with chisels, like you can when working with wood.Creating a crystal clear edge on cut plexiglass without coming out-of-square is quite a challenge and took several jigs. Once I had figured out how to do that, it was a simple matter of using WeldOn/SciGrip #3 solvent to chemically join two edges at a 90-degree angle.The result is great and I can make them faster now, but the first one was definitely a real challenge.I initially did this because I had to determine the feasibility as well as the strength of an edge-joint in acrylic. I am pleased to say that the resulting square is extremely strong (I have dropped it several times—once from a height of 4'—and it has remained intact).



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Tiny Push Block

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Tiny Push BlockThe smallest push block I have ever created.Made from cell cast acrylic (Chemcast) with a silicone drawer liner glued to the bottom and an acrylic drawer handle welded to the top (using WeldOn/SciGrip #3 solvent).This helps me route super small objects on the router table.NOTE: Clear Gorilla glue does not have a strong hold on the silicone. I can peel it off if I want (desirable) to replace if/when necessary. If you want a strong hold, use DevCon Home silicone glue.



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Bluetooth speaker - recycle DIY (post)

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Bluetooth speaker - recycle DIY (post)Bluetooth speaker
recycle DIY.Portable Bluetooth speaker from recycled stuff and a cheapo China Bluetooth amplifier.
Ever since being a boy, I have loved pulling things, here me as a boy, making a string controlled theatre out of trashed TV.
And some weeks ago someone threw out a big modern flat screen TV, so I had to dig in, brought it up to my apartment and went bananas…
I removed the LCD and will use the screen as a big photo lamp.Read more in the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/132328
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1. Bluetooth speaker.
2. The speakers being tested.
3. Building a box.
4. The amplifier.
5. Paint stand.
6. Back side.

Recycle speaker I build some years back:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/70686Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even some recycle.Best thoughts,MaFe



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Quick-Change Turning Tools

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Tool: Beginner Set of Tools Shop Now  Manufacturer: Jimmy Clewes MSRP: $743 A recent weekend of turning with Jimmy Clewes in Las Vegas led me to a new, favorite set of turning toolsJimmy's signature set of turning tools. …Source

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Bit By Bit

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If it were up to me, I'd be able to divide myself into two parts. Editor's note: this article appeared in the April 2020 issue of Popular Woodworking One would focus on my family, health, and career, and the other …Source

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Heart shaped band saw box

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Heart shaped band saw boxJust a little box for a friend. The drawer face is birds eye maple with a purplle heart pull. Note these band saw boxes involve a lot of sanding.



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What to do with a pile of scraps

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What to do with a pile of scrapsOver the course of a few projects. Where I've had to rip a plank for width….I soon wind up with a pile of strips….some of the shorter ones get used as cauls, then thrown out. Had a stash of longer strips….decided to cut them down a bit. Distance between the bandsaw's riser, and the blade was ~ 12”, or so…..started running all the strips in the shop through that space…..anything that was too short, or too knotty, trashcan. The rest were laid out on the bench. Edges that needed jointed..were. Was finally able to glue up a panel.Cleaned up, edges squared up….had to re-glue one spot….wound up with a panel of many colours…5/8” x 10-1/4” x 11”....bandsaw to cut the rounded corners.., edges were given a slight round-over. Waiting on Coat #2 of Mineral Oil to dry. The only cost of this project, was that $2 bottle of Mineral Oil.I think I found a use for all them scraps…Thanks for looking in!



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Sliding Bench-light Block

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Having light precisely where you need it at the bench makes it easier to see what you're doing, especially for jobs such as laying out joinery, cutting dovetails and other detail work. This sliding block holds the stem of my …Source

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GUSTAV STICKLEY: AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN -a Delightful Documentary by Herb Stratford

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Gustav Stickley is perhaps the most nationally and internationally-recognized name among American furniture designers and manufacturers. His seminal contribution to the rise of the American Arts and Craft Movement is unprecedented and has earned him an honorary seat at the …Source

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Walnut & Resin River Coffee Table

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Walnut & Resin River Coffee TableMade this coffee table for a friend. Everyone seems to like the epoxy river tables.



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Rabbit Hutch for Indoor and Outdoor

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Rabbit Hutch for Indoor and OutdoorLooking for a cute, interactive pet to add to your home. What about bunnies? These creatures make great indoor pets. But before getting the rabbits, they will need a hutch to live in. To solve this problem, I've made detailed plans on how to build a DIY rabbit hutch that could be used indoor and outdoor.Check out my website for more info and pictures at” TheDIYPlan.com



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Noodle Board

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Noodle BoardWanted to try my luck on a noodle board. Makes a great place to make biscuits!



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Finish Compatibility

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Discover what finishing products work well together. I'm sure you've come across cautions in woodworking books and magazines instructing you to use a compatible product - stain, filler, glaze, finish - and you've wondered, What is compatible, and what isn't?…Source

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Router Bits For Every Shop

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There are router bits that I use on a day-in, day-out basis on many of my projects. However, there probably aren't as many as you might expect. I find myself using a few unique bits for most of my operations, …Source

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4 Simple, Shop-Made Router Jigs

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Improve your router techniques with these four simple, shop-made router jigs that are easy to use and just as easy to build. I'm a power-tool woodworker. Sure I use hand tools for some parts of furniture building, specifically when cutting …Source

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2021 surprise swap

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2021 surprise swapThe box is made from ambrosia maple using the Incra ibox jig. My first box using the jig and I find extremely easy to setup. The scrollsaw blade holder is 1/4” Baltic Birch and is a Steve Good pattern. The pen is a blank from Lost River Pen he cast blanks for all branches of service. I got the idea for the pen because recently I made two Air Force pens for my brother and nephew who retired. When I saw ozarksawdust was an army veteran I couldn't resist making him the pen as a thank you for his service.



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Lighten Up

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I've struggled for a long time to adequately light my garage for woodworking. I've added fluorescent and LED work lights in the areas where I do the most woodworking, but overall brightness was still lacking. I stumbled upon some adjustable …Source

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Halo - a Mechanical Marble Machine

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Halo - a Mechanical Marble MachineThis is Halo, a fully mechanical, spring-powered, dual track, eddy current limited, wooden marble machine. To get it started, just wind it up. A hidden lever pops out from the large drum at the bottom of the sculpture to give you plenty of winding leverage. A ratchet and one-way pawl keeps the sculpture from back-driving while you wind it. To keep the spring from unwinding too quickly, an array of magnets spins in close proximity to an aluminum disc. This induces eddy currents, loops of electric current that generate their own magnetic fields, fields which oppose the fields of the magnets moving through them. Essentially, this acts as a silent, self-regulating magnetic brake. The faster the spring tries to make the magnets spin, the more resistive force they encounter. Essentially, this mechanism keeps the lift ring moving slowly and at a near-constant speed. Marbles are picked up from the base of the sculpture and travel up with the ring to the top, where they are dropped onto a switch that determines which track each marble will venture down. The marbles move in and out, and up and down as they make their journey down the tracks.To see Halo in action, you can see a video on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvQgzEcX8I8If you'd like to build your own, plans are available on my website: www.derekhugger.com/halo.htmlI'd love to know what you think of it.-Derek



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Spartan Helmet carving

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Spartan Helmet carvingMy first project carving. I came across an interesting drawing on Pintrest, and decided to make these out of some basswood I picked up recently. One of my sons follows a streamer called “Spartikus” and he has a logo that looks like this, including the shape of the sword damage to the eye.Probably one of the most interesting experiences, was working to create the shape and the carving, and then literally taking a hatchet to it to create the damaged scarring look to it. I found the basswood very soft and easy to shape, and it was probably a good choice to make the deep dent type details here.The finish was a first attempt at a “dry brush” technique. I was trying to give it a grimy, worn look, and highlight the contours and detail.



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Long auxiliary fence

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Long auxiliary fenceLong auxiliary fence and bed for the router tableGoing to cut a flagpole.We'll see how this works out.



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Home Office Tour

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Home Office TourHere is a link to a video I made showing my home office in the corner of my shop.https://youtu.be/CgA8p1cYAoQThe office is 10×10 ft and you'll probably see lots of the things I've posted in there.



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ADB Staked Chair

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ADB Staked ChairThis is a smaller version of a Staked Chair for my Grandson. The seat and crest rail are made from Port Orford Cedar, the legs and back spindles are Pine Dowels. The Spindles are 5/8 and the tops that go into the crest rail have 1/2 tenons, which I made by hand using a marking gauge, chisel and sandpaper. The seat was saddled using a scorp, pullshave, spokeshave, card scraper and sandpaper. The finish is Tried and True BLO/Beeswax.The last pic shows what happens when I hammer in the legs to hard. Luckily I had enough Cedar to make another seat blank.Another problem I have been having is ruining the crest rail when I am steam bending it. I have followed the directions from Chris' Book, including building the bending form, but I have either cracked or crumpled 4 out of 6 attempts.
Not sure what the issue is yet but I am still investigating. Here is a pic of the bending in action.The board in the form actually crumpled on the inside bend. I had to use a spokeshave the length of the inside edge to get rid of the damage.Since this chair was resized to fit my grandson's proportions, I moved the back spindles closer together and made them longer as well.I am hoping he enjoys it.



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A Couple of More Gnomes

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A Couple of More GnomesI just can't seem to stop making these little guys. The painting on the big one was done by my wife.



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Black Walnut wall cabinet

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Black Walnut wall cabinetBlack walnut wall cabinet. Steve Ramsay design, I just finished his course. I'm a newbie to woodworking six months ago hadn't built more than a shelf.This piece features exciting grain patterns and a pleasing linear blend of heart and sapwoods.Was fun to build. To finish it I used grain filler and sanded to 320. She got several coats of amber shellac. I enjoy shellacking, and I like the warm look amber brings over darker woods. Eventually I lightly sanded with 600 grit then applied paste wax with 0000 steel wool and buffed it out with a cloth.For the doors I sanded to 600 grit and applied boiled linseed oil. I wanted the doors to pop a little more, especially since they were made from a real nice curly figured board. They then got the same amber shellac and paste wax finish.Maybe cutting boards next I dunno. Sure is fun!



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Marquetry Ornaments - Christmas in March

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Marquetry Ornaments - Christmas in MarchGetting a jumpstart on Christmas. I needed a small project while waiting for more wood to arrive so I made a couple of ornaments.



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Simple Door Bucks

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Simple Door BucksHello everyone. I pray that you all are well. We've all heard that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, in this case I didn't invent squat! As with many of you, I had a need and looked to others for a solution to that need. In this case the need was to stand an interior door on edge so that I could do some hand plane work to it. Thus, the need for the door bucks. These door bucks are not my design. I'm simply copying someone else's work. I like this design because it's super simple (cause I'm super lazy) and the bucks can be made from stuff you probably have laying around the shop. As usual, I made a video of the build. Maybe it will help you should such a need arise. Take care.
Pic 1- The door that I need to work on
Pic 2- Each base piece is 24” long
Pic 3- Scrap material that was used for the uprights.
Pic 4- Attaching uprights to the base
Pic 5- The completed door bucks
Pic 6- The door bucks in use



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adjustable height jewelers bench

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adjustable height jewelers benchThis is a project I worked on last year during the lock down, but the location i was going to put it was being used as a paint booth so it was stowed away until today. It's an adjustable height jewelers bench from 34” to 41” tall. I used a surplus Dynalift hydraulic table lift and re-plumbed it with 3/16 copper brake lines instead of the plastic tubing it came with so I could make the tight bends and hide all the lines inside the upper 1”x2”channel iron frame. The frame is constructed from 2×2 square tube steel with 1”x2” steel channel cross pieces. the cabinet is 3/4” prefinished Maple ply that I edge banded all the raw edges. This was the first time I had done that much edge banding what a pain. The top is 1 1/2” x 27” x 60” birch butcher block. I have some additional pics of the bench pin clamp and the lower drawers which have various tool holders that mount on french cleats. Not sure why the pics are upside down they are fine in my photos folder.



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Milwaukee Installation Drill/Driver

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Tool: Installation Drill/Driver Shop Now  Manufacturer: Milwaukee MSRP: $179 (bare tool) I use mostly 12-volt cordless tools in my shop. Modern technology helps you do a lot with lighter, more compact tools. But it wasn't until I needed …Source

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Pegged Shoe Rack

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This simple rack uses no nails, no screws and holds up to 15 pairs of shoes.Source

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Daughters loft bed

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Daughters loft bedI built this loft bed for my daughter to save on space!



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Stabilized Maple Mallet

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Stabilized Maple MalletThis mallet is stabilized hard maple. I rough-turned the blank for the head, and stabilized it with Cactus Juice, then finish turned it.The handle is also hard maple. The head is not glued to the handle … the handle is a 1” diameter shaft that goes all the way through the head and is held is place by the two stainless steel screws, making either the head or the handle replaceable. For a good grip, I wrapped the handle with hockey tape (per Rob Cosman).The overall length is 9 inches. The head is 4” in length, 3” in diameter, tapering to 2-3/4”. Total weight of the mallet is 16.25 ounces.



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17 Router Tips

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A router can be one of the most versatile tools in your shop. We've brought together a few of our favorite tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your router.Source

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Two Edge-trimming Tricks

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I make a lot of shelving from hardwood plywood, covering the panel edges with 14“-thick solid-wood edging. The edging, which is oversized in length and width, is trimmed flush with the plywood panel after the glue cures. …Source

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Arts And Crafts Style Bathroom Vanity

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Arts And Crafts Style Bathroom Vanity This is the last of four bathroom vanities I converted to the Arts And Crafts style.
This is what the cabinets looked like before.
I built the rails and styles and inner slats from wood from cabinet doors of other cabinets I converted, and the inset drawer fronts from the old overlay drawer fronts.

I added an arch at the base that gives it an interesting detail.

Here I'm installing the arch. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to screw in. A lot of upward force had to be applied to seat the screws. I'm glad square drives were invented.
I made a jig to cut compound angles on the columns.Ebony screw covers and faux tenons were used on the top and bottom of the columns to conceal the screws.
I cut the shape of the columns out on the band saw and finished it with a oscillating drum sander, file and sand paper.
The face frames are sanded stained and finished with 3 coats of oil Minwax Poly Wipe On.

The doors, drawer fronts and columns were stained and finished with minwax Spray On Poly.
Attaching the columns, gluing and finishing the ebony.
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Hickory Custom Cabinets

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Hickory Custom CabinetsI've been working on these for the last 8 months or so. The house they go in was pretty slow to get finished, and I got started right away. Worked out well since I'm a bit of a slow worker. I did not apply the finish; I took them to a local finishing shop. This was a great choice.I'm also working on the kitchen cabinets for this same house, which are almost complete. I'll do another post for them.Below are some more pictures of the same units, but different views.



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Exotic Wood Serving Trays

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Exotic Wood Serving TraysI decided to keep myself busy during the pandemic by creating a series of exotic wood serving trays. I made a total of 71 of these things. They basically consist of arms laminated from 3 pieces of hardwood and shaped in 5 different profiles; decks for the most part made from exotic veneers edged in solid Wenge; 6 of the trays have special hardwood decks; and bases which are scooped out to either fit in your lap or sit on a flat surface. The rest can be seen on my website www.BeBopWood.com.



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Router Lift and cabinet

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Router Lift and cabinetOnce again my son bought me (us) a Christmas present project. A router lift and cast iron top from Rockler. My part of it was to build the cabinet for it. I found a nice piece of maple for all the faces, and on the ends I gathered up some nice colorful pieces I had been saving, sliced it down on the bandsaw, and glued it on. The back is just plain plywood. I don't have many 1/2” router bits yet, but I have a place to put them when I finally do. I had been wanting one of these for a while, just too cheap to get it myself. When my wife saw the end panels, she put in a new order for a bathroom cabinet with the same look.Thanks for looking



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Woodworking in America: Katie Williams

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Katie Williams, a woodworker from South Carolina. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? I was originally interested in doing historical preservation, but felt I needed to …Source

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Small Size, Big Features

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Tool: Excalibur EX-16 Shop Now  Manufacturer: General International MSRP: $499.99 Cramped for space? If so, this compact scroll saw from General International may be just the answer. The Excalibur EX-16 will easily store on a shelfit's only 15″ …Source

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Avoid Painting Your Frame and Panel Doors in the Middle of Summer

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Last August we moved into our new home in New Jersey. The house that we purchased was built in the late 1960s and was still endowed with all of its original exterior and interior elements such as the original kitchen, …Source

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PALLET COASTERS

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PALLET COASTERSPallet coasters, each, made of one piece of beech, dimensions 120×80x12mm. All cuts and grooves were made on tablesaw and router table, sanded on disc sander. Finish wood oil.



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laundry room makeover

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laundry room makeover Hey Lumberjocks,
This is a work in progress. My first real venture in to something above garage cabinets. I decided to rip out old particleboard laundry sink cabinet and replace it with a custom made cabinet. I chose Birch for the 1/2” plywood carcasses and Birch for the cabinet face and door trim.Following the same construction method, the larger cabinet, top and bottom, was installed in to a small cubby and will provide tons of storage as there was nothing there. The doors and drawers insets are also Birch, but a lesser grade and they do not show as well. Should have went with the 1/2” Birch for the insets as well. Next time.I used all soft-close hardware and BLO oil on everything except the door/drawer insets. Applied wipe-on Poly U to everything and steel wool between 2-3 coats. Next up cabinets on the opposite wall. PS this room will get a full set of door trim, baseboard and crown molding when I'm done with the construction.
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Western Red Cedar screening fences for the garden.

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Western Red Cedar screening fences for the garden.15 Mar 2021I was encouraged by my wife to replace the existing garden fences, sorry no photos, I made 25 years back. She was re-landscaping the yard as part of her pandemic anxiety release and I had to comply.The originals were made from Western Red Cedar 2×4's. A bit rustic. Now my plans for the replacements would also require (WRC) BUT… This is hard to come by in Arizona and quite pricey. I had a good deal from Home Depot (yes I know, I know) and the price seemed fair and with free shipping. I ordered six 4×4 6 foot posts. Eight 2×4 8 footers. The wood, in cardboard boxes arrived very wet! Shortly after unpacking the 4×4 (WRC) posts began splitting.Here's the plans and finished images of the fences.I selected the posts and rails for the first fence. I milled the 2×4's to 1.5×3 inch, cut 1.5 in tenons on either end.Mortised the posts to receive the rails.
Working with (WRC) is interesting since I've not worked much in softwoods, the fragrance for the freshly milled wood was intoxicating, it was pretty easy to make corrections using clamps on the wet wood.
Making SlatsFrom the 2×4's and leftover bits of the legs I was able to produce the slats of 11/16 by 3 by re-sawing the wood. This led to making double wide slats of book matched pieces. The slats were milled further by planer and time saver to produce the final dimensions. The wide slots were milled to 5 in wide.
Corrective Keys To bind the wounds in the (WRC) I massed produced over 30 'keys' using a template with plunge router. The bulk of the cracks were easy to hide using these 'keys' to stabilize thee wood plus the worse ones were turned toward the walls.Used the 'keys' for decorative and structural items on the wide slats.Fitting and AssemblyAfter preparing the slats, cutting the tenons and boring the mortises I proceeded to sanding and dry assemble. Once this is done all pieces were given a generous coating of DAPS Boiled Linseed Oil. This will help keep the color and prevent water damage over the years.I added a 'rail top' to help redirect any rainfall on this piece with 20 degree slopes. Once this is done all pieces were given a generous coating of DAPS Boiled Linseed Oil. This will help keep the color and prevent water damage over the years. Tenons secured using 1/4 in Walnut pins or 3/8 in cherry pins.Added mahogany one piece post caps with a copper pyramid. Used liquid nails to attach post caps and top rail cap.
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Miter Gauge Shooting Board

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While I have a shooting board with a 90 fence, any other angle requires fussing with wood, screws and a protractor. In a moment of desperation, I cut a groove down the center of an old bench hook that …Source

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Hat/ Belt Rack made using a Big Box Filagree

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Hat/ Belt Rack made using a Big Box FilagreeHi guys,Looking for a real simple that looks great and very useful? Tons of possibilities with numerous hooks and woods available.Check out this short video how to make one.Thanks for watching.Bob
March 15, 2021https://youtu.be/GHiEZPANMXU



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Simple Scroll Saw Piece - Proverbs 22:6

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Simple Scroll Saw Piece - Proverbs 22:6Simple Scroll Saw piece I made for my wife. Just a 9×11 x 3/4 piece of maple.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child…



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Kenworth Dump Truck

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Kenworth Dump TruckContinuing my quest to make legacy toys for my granddaughters, I just finished building the Toys & Joys Kenworth Dump Truck (Pattern number 58) for Brianna. It's made of pine and poplar with hardboard accents, and finished with Watco Tung Oil.I formed the box bed by laminating three pieces of 1/8” hardboard and edging with 3/8” x 3/8”” pine. I love the detail of this plan especially the hydraulic lift mechanism under the dump. For added strength, the cab guard was attached to the box using 1/8” dowels. I also built a storage box from 3/8” plywood to protect the truck for generations.



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Why Portable Planers are Better

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While we lust for a 20″ monster, most woodworkers would be just as well off (or better) with a 'suitcase planer.' When I started woodworking in about 1993, I wanted two things: a table saw with a decent rip …Source

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Wooden Tobacco Pipe

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Wooden Tobacco PipeThis wooden tobacco pipe came together very nicely with some scraps of Tiger Maple.



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Full and mini workbench

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Full and mini workbenchI took a week of vacation while the wife and daughter went on a girls trip. I was trying to figure out how to use my time, so I decided to completely remove my old shelf workbench and build my version of a real workbench. But, I challenged myself to stick to a few criteria. I had to do it for less that $100, it needed to have a solid wood top and I had to finish in a week. I allow myself to use any scrap wood laying around the shop. It took a week and about $100 in wood and parts, but I built a sturdy bench with bench dog vice and mini workbench. I do not know why I set this challenge other than to see if I could so something.These are my new workbenches; Dr. Evil and Mini-me. Dr. Evil was a challenge to say within budget with the price of wood these days. I spent about $70 on wood, $8 on two 3/4” dowels and about $12 on hardware and vice parts. Both made out of spruce top and Douglas fir base. The legs are 4×4s and the rails are made of spruce. I had some spruce left over from an old coffee table that was flooded and warped. I spent a day jointing and planning that wood for this project. The top is laminated spruce 2z3s. I would like to have gone with 2×4s but those put my over my challenge goal. The legs are joined via a combination of pocket screws and dowels. The dowels were a challenge. The top is attached with some simple L brackets. I wanted to be able to replace the top in the future if needed.I build the vice with a 3/4” threaded rod, two fender washers, a couple of cotter pins and a nut. It works amazingly well. I figured it was just going to be something I would do for now and order a nicer vice later, but I used it for another project this weekend and it worked so well, I will not be replacing it anytime soon.During this project I had a lot of scraps and waiting around time, so I built a wooden mallet. I also refinished my little 7oz hammer I call little hickory. All-in-all, it was a great vacation.



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Small Mesquite Table

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Small Mesquite TableThis is a table I finished early March of 2020 just prior to shutdown due to Covid. Two of my wife's girl friends were on their way to Florida and stopped in Tucson for two nights. They were our last and only guests for 2020.I had started a small table to go beside our bucket chair for a place to sit morning coffee cups or evening wine glasses. It sat around without finished legs for about 6 months.With the girls coming I had to finish it fast. I had the oak for the legs and base and a piece of padauk for the top of the legs. A fellow shop member had a mesquite log that he gave me a disk off of. It was about three years dry.It came out ok but the base “feels” too heavy to me but time was limited, and once it was done…. you know the drill.The picture of the table upside down shows the padauk disk I turned and the tape numbering the holes for orientation. I had to laugh when I turned it over today to take the pics.



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Cherry End Tables with Granite Tops

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Cherry End Tables with Granite TopsI built these at the same time as the Cherry Nesting Tables, since they followed the same design. They reside beside the chairs we sit in in the evening, as we read or watch television.They're solid cherry, with ply side and back panels. Joinery is loose tenon (and grooves for the panels). Finish is a coat of commercial sanding sealer followed by 2 coats of satin pre-cat lacquer. It's not really visible in the picture, but the legs have a degree of chatoyancy that I'm very happy with.The tops are 3 cm granite (seafoam green) and match the fireplace mantel in the family room, where they reside. I had hoped to locate some 2 cm granite, but didn't have any luck. Then I stumbled on a fabricator who had lots of scraps of 3 cm he was willing to cut and polish for a very reasonable price. So reasonable, in fact that I chose to build two tables when my original intention had only been for one.Why granite, you ask? Because I hate coasters, and I almost always have a drink beside me when I'm sitting in the evening, most often a glass of sweaty ice water. I wanted the tops to endure all the abuse we would heap on them for years to come.I waffled for a long time on a means of attaching the tops to the tables: Silicone? Construction adhesive? Drill pockets, fill them with epoxy and screw into the epoxy? It wasn't until I got the granite home and set one of the pieces on top of a table that I realized I didn't want to attach them. The epiphany came as the realization that as long as I could devise a means of registering the tops on the tables and prevent them from moving that would be enough; they weren't going anywhere. In addition, the tables would be far easier to move if we could do so as two “lighter” components.I'd already pocket screwed some baltic birch cleats to aid in attaching the tops. I simply embedded 1/4” dowels in these.Then, with a 5/16” diamond bit, I drilled corresponding recesses in the underside of the granite.The granite slipped over the dowels with a satisfying thunk. Absolutely no wiggle.Anyway, I'm sure some will think I'm a bit daft for incorporating granite into an end table, but I'm happy with the result.As always, comments, questions, and constructive criticism are welcome.Oh, one final word: I'm not a joinery snob. The loose tenon joinery already makes these tables pretty much bomb-proof, so when it came to attaching the cleats, the pocket screws were quick, easy, more than sufficiently strong, and just fit the bill.



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Wheel table

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Wheel tableThis wheel was part of an old elevator system in a mill building I work in and dates back to the 1850-1860's. I thought the wheel with it's combination of steel and wood might make a good project so I got permission to dismantle. It was a bit tricky to get down because of the sheer weight but it all went rather smoothly. I got the wheel home, put it on my workbench and started to carefully brush off and clean the century of grease & oil. I was really psyched to see this reddish patina underneath. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with it and with the help of my wife we came up with this upright table design.I originally was going to try and make some type of a wood base for it and went through a bunch of design options. One day I was looking at a project of Christian Becksvoort's on IG and saw some beautiful metal hinges he had forged by Dereck Glaser, a metalsmith from Winthrop Maine. I check Dereck out on IG and was really impressed with his work and that led me to his Etsy site (DGForge) where I purchased a few items and wrote him about working on this project with me. We started the collaboration back in July of last year and with the travel restrictions it was all by email that we worked. The wheel is a beast at 85lbs and the Jatoba table top I made is another 40lbs so Dereck had to take my final design to have the wheel suspended by a curved base and also build a support for the table top. I think his work on this was just perfect…strong, simple and just a bit decorative with the curved legs.So after almost 8 months of planning and collaboration, I met Dereck up in Freeport Maine last weekend to pick up the base and it was really great to meet him and see this “thing” we've been emailing about for so long. I can't say enough about Dereck and his work….a real pleasure to work with him and see the project through.I got home that night and immediately dry fitted the wheel into the base and put the table top on and it fit like a stone in a pyramid…perfect!The steel parts of the wheel I put a linseed oil mix on to give it a sheen and protect it. The outer part of the wheel which is all wood, I lightly sanded and put a coat of clear oil on. The Jatoba top is 15 1/4×45 and just under 2” thick. I bevel cut the ends just a bit and used Tried and True varnish oil as a finish.This project was a really special one for me…not my usual.
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Table Saw blade holder

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Table Saw blade holderCame across this great saw blade holder on utube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3HZzibLTQs. I added a french cleat so I could keep it out of the way most of the time. When I need to change a blade I bring it to the saw. 1/2” ply alternating with 1/4' mdf. When you get more blades you can just add another slot on.



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Cherry burl bowl

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Cherry burl bowlCherry burl bowl I made, found this burl at a flee market, couldn't,t pass it up. Turned out beautiful. Finished it with polycrylic clear matte by Minwax. I like finding pieces of wood , burls that some would just put in the firewood pile.



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AmericanKestral marquetry

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AmericanKestral marquetryMy next picture isn't going to have so many little dots. Those take a long time.



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Bookcases from reclaimed lumber

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Bookcases from reclaimed lumberThis is the finished bookcases that I made for my step daughter. The wood was reclaimed from the demolition of a 150 year old home. The co-worker who did the demolition was going to burn it in a wood stove if he could not sell it. I purchased it immediately. The average size was 1 3/4 thick, 14” wide by 14 feet long.This is one of the boards, notice the saw marks. I thought that it must have been cut by a pit saw. The next year my wife and I visited the Mercer Musium and there was a vertical saw mill displayed, over 3 stories high. In the description of the display It listed Huntingdon County as the location of the saw acquisition. At a class reunion I was taking to a class mate who does a lot of local history studies and he said that the saw mill was from Saltillo, the town were the house was demo. The wood was attractive and I wanted to show the grain more but my step daughter wanted it dark.



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Don't Get Foiled by a Broken Chisel Handle

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Whether you are into new socket chisels or old, sooner or later you're going to have to replace a handle that is worn out or gets lost. Here's a little trick I came up with to help you get …Source

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Drawing Strategies for Design

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It will take more than one drawing to get it right - and that's OK. My best days in the woodshop are with my 4-year-old grandson, Seth. He's just tall enough to see over the benchtop and quick to …Source

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Three Bin Card Carousel

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Three Bin Card CarouselThis is a different version of the card carousels I make for playing Hand and Foot. They usually have 5 bins but I experimented with 3 bins..with the side bins each holding 4 decks and with the discard bin elevated in the middle. It is mounted 3” lazy Susan bearing.It is 6” x 10 1/2” x 5 1/4” high, made from cherry and finished with semi gloss lacquer.This is the last project from the Arizona shop for me! We usually get the native woods….Mesquite, Pecan or Pistachio but someone scrapped some raised panel doors and all the panels were cherry.
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Jointer Mallet

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Jointer MalletHad 50+ year old Japanese maple that fell 7 years ago. Cut it up into 5' pieces and left on the ground to spalt. Last summer milled it up. Had this 1 chunk with crazy grain and neat spalting. So made my 1st mallet styled after the one Paul Sellers makes.



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How to Flatten a Workbench Top

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Is it necessary? And if so, what are the best techniques? Like any tool or machine, a workbench requires accessories (jigs, fixtures, appliances) and occasional maintenance to actually do anything of great value. A bench without a bench hook is …Source

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Walking stick, curly maple

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Walking stick, curly mapleA curly maple walking stick I made from that large old maple. 36 inch's long. The curly grain just sparkles.



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Fast-Track to Flat Stones

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Tool: Dia-Flat Shop Now  Manufacturer: DMT MSRP: $220 Flat stones are Essential to good sharpening. The Dia-Flat from Diamond Machining Technology (DMT) is certified flat to within .0005″ and makes quick work of flattening waterstones or oilstones. I …Source

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Shorts-Cut Jig

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When I need to cut a bunch of small, equally sized pieces, I install this simple jig. It holds short pieces securely during and after cutting, so they don't get caught by the blade and thrown around the shop. My …Source

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Picture frame with feet

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Picture frame with feetWas working on some frames and decided to try adding feet to one of them so I could have it sit nicely rather than hang on the wall.Thanks to corelz125 I have a “new to me” block plane that I used to chamfer the edges (thank you!)
I may be hooked on hand planing. Played around with it for a while after I finished up with the frame.Stained the oak with onyx General Finishes, then one coat of High Performance mixed with stain, and then two coats of High Performance semi gloss.



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Wood and Resin Wall Hanging

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Wood and Resin Wall HangingFrame is Popular with wood inly. Acrylic Resin with Mica filling the frame.



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Air Force Woodshop

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2008 issue of American Woodworker I share my workshop with about 12,000 others. It's the military woodshop at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB), in Nebraska. Military woodshops exist on large bases …Source

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Oak Sideboard

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Oak SideboardThis project was begun several years ago and then left to fester. I resurrected it last summer and completed it before fall, but couldn't bring it into the house until now because of The Cat.The spousal unit wanted a sideboard for the dining room and was ready to press the button on a Wayfare brand MDF shrine with the vinyl woodgrain finish (gak!).She also knows how to press my buttons so of course I had to quickly commit to building a “better” sideboard.I started to design my own but was feeling less than motivated and started looking through web images and magazine back issues. I liked the lines of a sideboard by Gregory Paolini described in FWW, May 2015. The article was fairly brief, but the exploded diagram had all the dimensions I needed to make it work.The Paolini sideboard from FWW May, 2015:

Notice the changes where I added some styles to the backstop and caps on the rear legs.There were several things I wanted to change and FWW was having a sale on plans so I went ahead and bought them for this project.Normally I don' t work from plans (my own or others 8^), but what the heck. The digital downloaded FWW plans were basically detailed measured drawings, cut list, and a Sketchup model. No “instructions” which I didn't want since the magazine article describes the process. The plan helped as a check list for things, but in a pinch the magazine article would have been sufficient. I don't yet have the patience to learn Sketchup so the included SU file was not used.The DetailsBuilt from quarter and rift sawn white oak, simple finish of natural Watco danish oil and satin Mohawk pre-cat lacquer. The drawer boxes are solid maple. Door and side panels are QSWO veneered plywood.Dimensions:
Body is 51” wide x 18” deep”
Height to table top is 40”The build is mostly frame/panel with some nice features to make assembly easier (or harder 8^)Dive in head first and then hit some road blocksI build a number of the sub assemblies with the intention of pre-finishing since it would be a royal pain to do this all after assembly. The article had the unit fully assembled before finishing and left out any finishing details.
The way the project is assembled required a lot of masking so I could pre-finish and leave areas unfinished for good glue bond. This was complex so I just left it for a while and “pondered” it. This ended up going on for a year as I moved on to other things 8^)The sideboard was “rediscovered” during my semi-decadal cleaning (sweep the floor and put tools away) so I got back to it.Design Changes
The legs are made with 1/8” thick veneers applied to a core of stacked layers. This allows for the legs to have great grain on all faces without any outward signs of how it was done. I have used this method on several of my past project tables with great success.From and earlier table:
Oddly, the Paolini sideboard leaves these unsightly leg cores exposed at the top of the rear legs.
Simple enough to hide with some caps:
He also used single panels in the sides. I didn't have any veneer that wide and I didn't want to mess with seams so I split the panels.
I also went with a more Greene & Greene style in the top with raised breadboard ends (versus flush) and the obligatory ebony plugs and splines.
The backstop is redesigned to use shorter panels for better stability.
For the door catches, I was at a loss as to what would work and what would be in the way. I finally opted for using magnets embedded in the door and a stop block in the carcass.
I also added a few holes for adjustable shelves (still to be made).
You can see the 1/4” thick oak board at the bottom is set in place to expand to the side. The original design specified to just drop it in without any attachment (inviting warping). There was also the problem that the plans had this board expanding front to back. Since it also serves (per the plans) as the only door stop, the expansion/contraction would seasonally mess up keeping the door flush when closed.The drawers have solid maple boxes with HB dovetail faces (Leigh D4)
The hardware is from House of Antique Hardware (Mackintosh).The rear panels are solid (1/4”) ship lapped boards. Unfortunately the plans sized them without any consideration for expansion and I glued up the center section before realizing this 8^( Hopefully it will not explode!
The end sections have enough room since I cut the leg mortises a bit deeper.
The plan has some mix ups (errors) in what they list as rails and styles. The biggest error is where diagram and cut list have the lower shelf 1” shorter that is required. I wasted a 4'+ piece of nice oak because of this and had to use a less attractive piece with the made up 1”. I notified FWW about these errors but I doubt they will change anything.It's these small details that can make or break a project, fortunately I figured out all but one and the humid season will tell me if that was a killer mistake.The CatCan't forget to explain this.
We are holding onto the kids cat while he gets settled, This cat likes to get on top of counters and hork up hair balls and this sideboard would certainly turn into a favorite horkorium. I can't find any info on how pre-cat lacquer and cat vomit interact so better safe than sorry.Well, the kid finally took back his cat so I have the all clear to bring this sideboard into the house.Enough rambling, questions and comments always welcome!



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DIY Drum Sander - StumpyNubs version

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DIY Drum Sander - StumpyNubs versionI built this drum sander more than a year ago but just dropped a motor in it this past weekend. I feel like this is something to make and then totally redo based on your experience. I'd change a number of things but won't go into great detail. But, it works! For the next few weeks until my Supermax arrives I'll play with it but then maybe I'll turn it into a true sand flea or something. I thought I'd get a motor easily but finding a +1hp motor for a good deal was not easy. By the time I spent $200-250 or so on parts and then thinking of spending +$200 on a motor for a hand-operated and not so accurate DIY tool I figured I'd just buy the real thing. I ended up using my grandfather's radial arm saw motor. I was using the saw as a disk sander and bought a real disk sander and took the saw apart. It was too bulky. Still was fun to do the build and it kept me busy.



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Big, Book Box

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Big, Book BoxA big Box for a Little Man, Memory box for 1st Birthday. Approx 13 1\2” X 12” X 6” made from Black and White Wenge with a Maple front. Finished with a few coats of French Polish and wax.



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Couch side table using repurposed granite top, one day build.

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Couch side table using repurposed granite top, one day build.Today I decided to finally use that piece of granite I had and make a side table for the couch. Started in the morning and had poly finish going on by mid afternoon. It's simple, rails, legs, and put together with pocket whole screws. Before anyone asks, the top is sitting on the base. When I get some silicon I'll stick it on. Right now it's heavy enough and doesn't move.I've got a very short video of the build here should you care to view it.



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$100 Router Table

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As easy to use as it is to build. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the March 2008 issue of American Woodworker. Adjusting for inflation, the correct title would be “$121.49 Router Table” Sometimes, less really is more. Take …Source

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Safely Rip Thin Strips

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Tool: Thin Rip Tablesaw Jig Shop Now  Manufacturer: Rockler MSRP: $34.99 This tablesaw jig allows you to rip consistent thin strips safely and accurately. The jig clamps in the miter slot to the left of the blade. After …Source

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Military Time 24 hr Wall Clock

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Military Time 24 hr Wall ClockHi:Just today I completed a 24 hour clock (military time) for my son and his family. He's a Major in Canadian Forces.The clock was made from the lid of a wine barrel. Although the clock's hands are not showing in the photos, they were included in the package I shipped out. The clock movement attaches to a recess on the back of the clock. The movement has a 7/8” stem, and will have 8” hand attached.Dimension is 20” diameter. Clear finish. White Oak.



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Thin Strip Cutting Jig for T.S.

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Thin Strip Cutting Jig for T.S.I need to make a lot of thin strips soon and I got tired of using my primitive set ups for cutting them on the table saw and decided to make a real jig. I used whatever scraps I had and turned the knob. I put some quick reference marks on the side but I'll check anyway to make sure it's the right thickness. Pic 5 shows the last piece less than 1/32nd.
I used a old ball bearing from the bandsaw so it glides smoothly. I've seen others use it and it's a great idea. I also got to use my MCLS wood threader again, boy I love those threaders for threading wood. I used it for the bottom glide for the miter slot and for the knob with some epoxy. No need for threaded inserts. Very simple to make. Why did I wait so long.
Finished with OB's shine juice and waxed. I don't know how many of you guys out there have one but if you don't you should think about making one.
I hope this helps out some of you jocks.
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The 7 Myths of Polyurethane

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All levels of finishing are burdened with myths, but the types of finishes used by amateurs and sold in home centers and woodworking stores suffer the most. Myths about polyurethane are a good example of the problem.Source

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Music Box

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Music Box“Relatively” recent project of cherry wood. Design took years to evolve, months to mature the design and size and two years to complete the display. As with my “aquarium”, besides the materials and individual design, the display and association with other objects were as important. Some would suggest the “display” needed the “staff (staph)?” to provide structure and organization to the final result, .. but I'm (in no way) a musician, my wife is, and it was more important (to me) to express the free flow of music as it is experienced by the listener. Some would suggest the display was a little too noisy (double entandre (sp?)) but (as always) that's their problem. Enjoy! I should get around to uploading another in a couple of weeks. Expect variety!



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Creating a Cord Channel for a Lamp Base

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Creating a Cord Channel for a Lamp Base I recently ran into a turning dilemma when my wife asked me to make her a quick, inexpensive lamp base. I decided that a two-piece base would do the trick, attaching a …Source

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DIY turning tools

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DIY turning toolsI have my grandfather's lathe from around 1962. I have a bunch of tools but no slow speed grinder. I tried to sharpen the tools with diamond stones and they work OK. Then I saw the carbide tools but didn't want to spend $120 a piece for new tools. I bought the carbide inserts for $15 a piece. I had stainless rods lying around and used some thicker maple I had from a primitive cutting board. I wasn't sure how I was going to drill deep 1/2 holes acutely so I routed the wood before hand and then exposed the hole after turning. I really wish I had a live tailstock. I did the black lines by making a small groove and then pushing a wire in until it smoked as I saw someone else do. The ferrules are a connection piece from the plumbing section. The biggest pain was drilling and tapping the holes for the inserts. Two broken drill bits and two broken taps later I got the second one finished. They work pretty well.



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Floating Corner Shelf

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Floating Corner ShelfFinally finish up with a corner shelf for the bedroom TV, I was asked a little over 3 years ago to build one. Told her I needed to have a shop first, but she is happy now.3/4” plywood for top and sides, 1/4 for bottom and built up trim to closely match the furniture trim. Measures 27” against the wall and 39” across the corners, 4 1/2” height. Had to paint it to match the furniture also. I will use a french cleat to mount.Thanks for viewing



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Big Spoon.

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Big Spoon.Carved this for daughter-in-laws birthday. From a tree I was pruning – Myrtle I think. Should have included something for size comparison as its a bit of a monster – 45cm long (nearly 18ins). Lovely wood to carve but took a long time to dry even after most of stock removed.
Axe, rasp and gouge. Sanded to 400 then salad bowl oil. She seemed to like it.



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Clamp rack. perhaps the best ever. just maybe.

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Clamp rack.  perhaps the best ever.  just maybe.Very simple and most customizable. Many clamps work best on only one support. Some are slippery and require 2.



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Finished Up Another Cutting Board

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Finished Up Another Cutting Board I made this one on commission for a friend and coworker. Walnut, Maple and Padauk. This was my first time using Padauk. I had a bit of a problem when finish sanding. The orange dust was coloring the Maple. I had to sand more carefully and use the shop vac while doing so.



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9/11 memorial

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9/11 memorialBuilt this for a friend who owns a fire investigations business. Live edge maple table and maple back, was a honor to do this.



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Improved Dust Collection for Belt Sander on Total Shop

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Improved Dust Collection for Belt Sander on Total ShopThe Total Shop was a short-lived “knock-off” of the well known ShopSmith back in the 1970's. It's a hog for room – a bit over six feet long – but makes a great sanding station with 6” x 48” belt, a 12” disc and good sized cast iron work tables. I also made a drum sander for “thicknessing” instrument wood which replaces the belt sander when needed – see my first project on LumberJocks at https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/291370.The belt sander has a 1.25 inch dust collection port (now plugged) and an open cast-aluminum chute which was marginally effective. This upgrade includes an enclosed shroud for the dust collector, and a 2.5 inch hose connection to move more air. 1/8” underlayment was attached to raise and extend the chute by tapping threaded holes for 10-32 machine screws in the cast aluminum. I can now connect directly to the overhead 4 inch duct with the single 2.5 inch overhead dropped shared by the router table, planer, and jointer in the center of the shop.The table saw, jointer and band saw for the Total Shop have been replaced newer stand alone tools, but the lathe, and horizontal drill are still used on occasion. Just can't get rid of this beast.



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Handle a silicone flipper with the aid of a Domino Joiner (DF500)

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Handle a silicone flipper with the aid of a Domino Joiner (DF500) The following steps were followed:
1. Pick color-matching wood
2. Cut a mortise 10mm deep on a handle blank with a DF500 (4mm cutter, set at 20mm depth)
3. Drill and chisel the mortise to final depth (about 35mm )
4. Bandsaw and sand handle to desired shape
5. Sign work
6. Epoxy glue wooden handle to flipper
7. Spray a few coats of polyurethane.(Here's a previous project of handling a frying pan using the lamination method: https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/416139 )



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Federal Furniture

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Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period of choice. Federal furniture has much to offer woodworkers. In addition to the traditional joinery, there is …Source

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RYOBI 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Power Tools Review

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Tool: Ryobi One+ HP Brushless Series Shop Now  Manufacturer: Ryobi MSRP: $99+ I recently had the chance to sample the new line of ONE+ HP Brushless Power Tools from RYOBI. Like most brushless tools, they are more energy-efficient …Source

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Plywood Storage Boxes

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Plywood Storage Boxes I wanted to try out my jig making abilities, so I built a 1/2 box joint jig loosely based on William Ng's build video on YouTube. Instead of making my own runners, I mounted the jig to the fence of my Incra 1000SE miter gauge. A little trial and error and I came up with a workable version and bought a new Freud Super Dado stack dado set and went to work cutting lots of box joints. Glue up was a little tricky as the plywood swelled a bit and took some persuasion to assemble. I learned that you really have to get the fingers flush with each other in order for the box to square itself up. Had one of the first ones a little sloppy and the box ended up slightly out of square. Lesson learned. The bottoms of the box are 1/4 ply in 1/4 dados 1/4 from the base of the panels. Some sanding and a little filler to fill the 1/4 square holes left from the dados for the bottom panel, a couple of coats of spray satin poly, mount the hardware and done. I plan on making at least 8 more for my workbench. Nothing fancy but they look great and will last a long time.



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Planter Box on Wheels

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Planter Box on WheelsHave you ever wondered how to get your kids to eat more vegetables? If you get them involved in growing their own plants, they tend to take a much bigger interest in eating their leafy greens. But before planting, you need to get a planter and fill it with dirt. To save money, why not build your own DIY Planter Box on wheels? You could even have kids help you, just like we did with a school that our kids go to. Follow this simple plan that I've made with step-by-step instructions on how to build it.Check out my website for more info and pictures at TheDIYPlan.com



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How to mill exposed tenons for drawers with a Domino Joiner

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How to mill exposed tenons for drawers with a Domino JoinerA dovetail alignment jig is used to transfer tails to pins in hand-cut dovetails. The same jig can be used to make dominoed drawers. Here are the basic steps:1 – Secure mating boards to jig (for 6mm dominoes, set depth to 28mm for 3/4” stock)—pretend no mortises in the image
2 – Plunge to mortise in tight setting
3 – Remove side; reset depth to 20mm and mortise face board (endgrain) again
4 – Dry fit
5 – Glue, clamp and check for square
6 – Six new jigs (bases) are ready. Fences will be added.Original use:



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Power-Carved Side Table

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Turn a log into a sculptural statement piece. PROJECT #2101 Skill Level: Intermediate Time: 4 days Cost: $200 Have you ever come upon the opportunity to get some logs either due to a downed tree on your …Source

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Press Stock to Fence With Wheel Board

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I use this inexpensive and easy-to-make jig to press a workpiece against the fence of a band saw, but it would also be useful on a table saw or router table. The design consists of some scrap wood, a furniture …Source

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Accent table with Padauk

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Accent table with PadaukPadauk, padauk, padauk… a beautiful blood red-hued wood that I fell in love with years ago only to find that along with the beauty of its hue quickly ages quickly. I had collected some board feet of it and made a traditional mortise and tenon base construction with leftover rustic maple and added my signature router cut butterfly's on the tabletop.
Conclusion: after doing trial finishes for UV protection- UV wins. I am satisfied with the construction and finish- so now I have her completed and let it patinaI have placed it in my art room where I add projects as they are finished-



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How to Brush a Finish

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Putting some sense back into a simple task. For most people, the first experience brushing comes with oil or latex paint, or with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. Each of these coatings is relatively easy to brush. Paint is easy because …Source

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Timber Frame Dog Kennel

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Timber Frame Dog KennelLink To Youtube Timelapse Of Timber Frame Kennel BuildIt has been two years since our last dog passed and my wife an I decided to get two Golden Retrievers. We needed a safe place to keep the dogs while we ran errands so we decided to build a 10' x 14' Timber Frame kennel. This was also a good project to work on while in isolation due to Covid-19. It took approximately 5 months to finish the timber frame. I still need to add a smaller dog house inside, run a water line and install landscaping. The timelapse in this video just covers the timber frame build.Where I live in North Florida, Longleaf Pine is the least expensive and most plentiful wood species available. The disadvantage of Longleaf is it's Janka hardness of 870 compared to Eastern White Pine with a Janka hardness of 380. The other disadvantage is the Longleaf pine oozes a lot of sap as it dries which shows up through the Mahogany stain I used.For this project, I opted to use a chainsaw to cut the large, deep mortises. A chain mortiser would have been easier and more accurate, but I could not justify the expense for a detached dog kennel structure. I did not have a lot of experience using a chainsaw, but I became more efficient and more accurate over time. I tried to use an electric chainsaw to limit the noise and fumes, but ended up breaking three different models after an hour or two. I finally ended up buying a small 14” Echo Chainsaw to finish the work.The most unique thing about this project was the use of a Boom Derrick to handle the large beams. The largest beams weighed approximately 400 lbs before cutting to length. The Boom Derrick was constructed using the instructions from the Army Field Manual “FM 5-125 Rigging Techniques, Procedures and Applications”. I cut and stripped the pine poles used to construct the Boom Derrick from my property. I spent approximately $500 total on rigging materials which compares favorably to $500+ per day to rent a boom crane. I initially used a 2500 lb winch and remote from Harbor Freight, but it burned out approximately a third of the way through the project. The winch was under powered and slow to use. I ultimately just connected the winch line to my pickup hitch to lift the beams. In the video, you will see the flow move from left to right with the boom covering most of the range. The raw pine beams are on the left. The boom moves the beams to the saw horses on the slab in the center where they are cut and stained. Finally, the beams are moved to the finished area on the right. The Boom Derrick took about 2 days to construct and rig. Overall it worked much better than I expected. It easily cleared the 14' height of the structure when attaching the rafters.I will do a second, shorter video after the entire project is completed with an interior dog house, water line, landscaping etc.



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Rocker

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RockerMaloof inspired rocker. I bought the plans, so I can't claim design of the piece. The only part I can claim is the build execution and the decisions regarding how to sue the grain to best effect.



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Powermatic Celebrates 100 Years With Commemorative Tool Line

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When you've been around for 100 years, you're allowed to celebrate yourself, and that's just what Powermatic is doing. Throughout 2021 they will be releasing seven tools to commemorate their centennial anniversary. First off this spring will be special editions …Source

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No Poop on the Loop sign

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No Poop on the Loop signWe live on a street that's called a loop and which actually is a loop. It's one mile around, and a lot of people walk their dogs. Beginning some time last fall, either someone new moved into the neighborhood and never learned to pick up their dog poop, or one of the existing residents stopped picking up, but there's been a lot of poop both in the ditches and on the street.So back in January, after I went into our ditch to pick up some recycling that had blown out of a neighbor's bin, and stepped in some (fresh, not frozen) dog poop, and then tracked it into the house, I decided it was time to take action. Rather than standing in the ditch with a sand wedge and blasting out of the bunker every time someone walked past with a dog, I decided that maybe a nudge would suffice. So I bought a Dogipot Bag Dispenser and got permission from the neighborhood HOA to put that and a sign on the corner of out lot, near an intersection on one end of the loop.I also had bought Chris Pye's Lettercarving in Wood: A Practical Course and got busy learning. Mostly I needed to learn to carve Os that looked good.First was finding a piece of wood. I had a fairly clear piece of alder, and from carving my previous sign I knew that alder worked pretty well for me.Next was carving the letters. I did the smaller script letters with a V tool, just tracing along pencil lines, but the larger letters were incised with gouges at a 45 degree angle. I ended up using 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 sweeps to get the Os looking the way I wanted. Probably could do it with fewer tools, but that would've taken more time for learning…Then I painted the letters with Real Milk Paint Aqua paint, which looks like a nice turquoise, which fits, since we're in New Mexico. That's photo 2. I think there were four coats altogether.Photo 3 shows the circle and slash carved with a #7/14 gouge. I used some 1Shot Bright Red lettering enamel to paint that, which is photo 4.Then I put three coats of Cabot Satin Spar Polyurethane on the sign, hoping to lock everything in.Today, the post went in the ground, and the sign and dog-poop-bag-dispenser got attached to the post. Done!I've already gotten compliments on it from a couple neighbors. Hopefully it'll encourage folks to pick up after their pooches, but time will tell.



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Sewing the Seeds of Woodworking, Part 2: How to Create Fast and Efficient Multiples.

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Read part 1 here. While thinking about ways to manufacture the butter knives fast and efficiently, and also to maximize the use of wood and avoid waste as much as possible, I came up with a layout configuration that …Source

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Outside Vessel Sink for a client using padauk

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Outside Vessel Sink for a client using padaukHad built some cabinet doors for the client out of cedar for an outside counter and later they wanted to replace the sink. I had milled some Padauk from a log which I still haven't built a furniture piece with but had some offcuts so suggested a vessel sink for a focal point in the area. Turned out well I think.



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Shed in the back yard for finishing and currently wood storage.

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Shed in the back yard for finishing and currently wood storage. Wanted a separate space for spraying and finishing the projects. I was able to pick up some salvaged 2 by 6's in the desert of redwood that was once decking for a pool. I also got the framing from a removal job I did inside a garage so started out with part framed. I milled the redwood I salvaged to 1-inch lap boards for siding and 1/4 inch shingles for other sheds. I wanted it to fit the backyard at the time. Added an attic to store milled wood from logs, but since found that boards are heavy am looking at another solution. Thought it would be a good project to increase my skills. Some of the pics were of another shed closed off under the eves to store all the gardening and other garage items so the two-car garage could be just the shop. This was mostly during the downturn, and now the prices are skyrocketing in the area. I look at so many of the posts on Lumberjocks with big acres of land. Finally starting to get into building furniture for real with all the milled lumber I have so the idea of starting again on a shop doesn't appeal to me. Love the acres and the ability to build a bigger shop and possibly a Kiln.



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Centennial bed of Mahogany

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Centennial bed of Mahogany The mahogany bed I made from door jams off of Craigslist. Real excited till I was told it was not really mahogany but Honduras Mahogany. The design came from Popular Woodworking. I had to purchase a couple of pieces of new Mahogany to finish. Used Tung oil and the support boards for the mattress is made from pine gotten from a set-piece from one of my shows. Learned a lot on building this. The inserts were fitch I also got from craigslist that used 1/4 in the ply to laminate to. One of My first pieces of furniture. I also built two night stands to go with it from small pieces of Mahogany.



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Jigsaw Cushion

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The next time you use your jigsaw, forget about hauling out the sawhorses or cantilevering a hard-to-hold workpiece off your bench. Extruded polystyrene insulation board, the rigid pink sheets used in housing construction, makes sawing easy, whether you're cutting a …Source

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Oak burl, Boxelder burl

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Oak burl, Boxelder burlA couple of burl bowls.
The oak I no longer have so these are the only pics I have.
I really like the Boxelder. One of my favorite bowls.



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Walnut Eagle Carving

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Walnut Eagle CarvingEagle carving from walnut burl. Walnut root ball as a base.



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Veritas Small Scraping Plane

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Tool: Small Scraping Plane Buy Now  Manufacturer: Veritas MSRP: $139 Sometimes a wood's grain direction is so unruly that planing just gets you in trouble-tearout is inevitable. Faced with this situation, the hand tool to pick up is …Source

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Masonic Wall Plaque

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Masonic Wall PlaqueWalnut Masonic wall plaque. Scroll sawn emblem. Square is red oak, dividers (compass) are white oak and letter “G” is yellowheart. 10” X 11” with blank brushed brass plate.



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Wooden Fishing Lures

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Turning the body is half the fun. When I picked up Silvio Calabi's book Antique Fishing Tackle, my interests in fishing, antiques, and wood turning met head on: Now I'm hooked on making wooden fishing lures. I know this …Source

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New Kleenex Box

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New Kleenex BoxJudy wanted me to make her a wood Kleenex box for the larger/regular size box of tissues. I needed a fairly simple project to fit in with my other ones, plus had some wood from the two tables I am currently in the middle of.As you can see from the pictures that this will not fit a big box of tissue!!I had laminated some 6/4 maple, walnut and a strip of padauk that was just barely long enough to make the box. I ripped on the bandsaw, planed and sanded close to final thickness. Did not bring the sketch with me to the shop that morning. I knew the dimensions so cut the first long side. It was Exactly 0.5” too short; oops, dang, shoot
So the big size box was out of the question. So the smaller Kleenex box was the plan going forward.The large boxes are shorter than the regular ones. So too short for the small box.The second picture shows my solution to increase the height.To form the mitred corners I laid out two strips of Frogs Tape a couple of inches longer than the four sides. Aligned the sides almost tight, put glue in the joints and folded it up. The mitres came out tight.Jude is happy with it and I am too. I still have a walnut piece large enough for a lid for my next attempt.Dave



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Second furniture project, plant stands w pine, poplar, sapele

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Second furniture project, plant stands w pine, poplar, sapelePocket screws, easier than joinery but hard to get really square joints. The other main job was to see how to joint boards (small ones) without a jointer or table saw. Planing two boards side-by-side made them match pretty well. Though its hard not to over-do the last inch or two on the ends, leaving a gap when glued … now I know, could also make boards a little long and trim off the ends after glueing.
And staining is still mysterious, need a lot more experimenting before putting it on final structure.
That B&W poplar board just called out to me, still think its pretty good. And sapele is just a great wood. Wipe on poly, 4 or 5 coats, hope this is good enough for plant-stands. This was fun and lots of learning, and mainly, it just about justified all the $ of rearranging garage into workshop, to my in-house gardener AKA Management.)



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Rolling Lumber Cart

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Rolling Lumber CartI built this rack to hold my lumber based on plans I found on the internet. Will work out pretty well in my small shop, I think.



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