The Woodshop Shed

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

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Bandsaw Log Milling Table

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Bandsaw Log Milling TableIt's been 5 years since my last post. Some new career demands made continuing my woodworking hobby not practical…until I retired 1.5 years ago. I retired where my last career move took me, northern Illinois. My wife and I have a place out in the country on several acres that are heavily wooded. I'm surrounded by ash, walnut, black cherry, maple and hickory. It's taken me a year but I've created a new basement wood shop from all my old equipment that was in storage. This includes my Laguna 14/12 bandsaw. I've created a log milling setup for this bandsaw. Now I'm milling my own lumber. This is a really exciting new dimension to my hobby. This was a bit of an extemporaneous design. Several design changes as I began using the setup. Anyway, works like a charm now. I was inspired by several YouTube videos showing various approaches. The key elements of this thing, IMHO, are: the embedded roller balls on the top, the miter slot the length of the table for obvious reasons, the wheel/track setup on the front edge (pic above) to add stability to the moving sled AND prevent the sled from tipping when cutting a thick (8/4 plus) board that hangs over the inside edge of the table, the reinforced leg assemblies with extended length feet for table stability.
I'm a complete novice at this right now. My stash of logs I've accumulated over the last 4 years is 60% ash logs, around 12-20 inches in diameter. The rest is hickory, cherry and a little walnut. I've got a large box elder that blew over 2 years ago, about 30 diameter at chest height. I'll be cutting that trunk up later this year. My bandsaw can handle up to a 12 inch wide resaw. I splurged and bought the Laguna Resaw King blade. It ain't cheap!
All the ash logs I have came from felled trees that had been dead since 2009. Most ash trees succumbed to the Emerald Ash Bore beetle infestation at that time. So these logs are SOMEWHAT seasoned. However, as one of the pics shows, the freshly sliced up boards show 27% moisture. I have noticed that for 4/4 or 5/4 boards the moisture content has dropped to less than 10% in a manner of a few weeks. I'll have to research drying strategies for this new part of my hobby…..
The Sketchup model for this log milling table can be found here.



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The Maker Workstation

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A modern workbench system Project #2109 Skill Level: Beginner Time: 1 Week Cost: $400 Most workbenches come with a little history. This history is personal. My very first woodworking project was Tom Casper's clever and simple, “Workbench …Source

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Wedge Edge Vise

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I frequently need to clamp wood on edge to saw tenons or work the edge of a plank, but I don't have a traditional woodworking bench. While studying at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, I worked at a traditional …Source

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Unity Cross

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Unity CrossI saw this on Facebook and had to make one. Now I have made 3 to fulfil some requests. It is a bit more complicated than it looks with all the half lap joints, but I would consider this a wonderful skill builder if you want to, well… build your skill at half lap joints. It is also nice because you can make it by ripping down a 2×4 so with lumber prices the way they are it is a nice little inexpensive project.Side note, I stay on the FB group because I occasionally get a nice idea from it… buy they way people treat each other makes me really appreciate the LJ community.Best to all and stay well.



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Like a Swiss Army Knife

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Like a Swiss Army KnifeA new shop cabinet using Rockler's double hinges.



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My parents' urns

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My parents' urnsWhen Mom died unexpectedly at the age of 98 a few years ago, Dad asked me to make her urn. I sized it to fit the plastic case which the crematorium used.
Never having had a great deal of success with long ripped miters, I decided to use contrasting corner posts. I laminated a photo of Mom wearing her wedding gown for their 75th anniversary invitations the previous year to insert into a groove I cut into the front pillars.
The sides are made of maple, corner posts are from walnut, and the top is bass (or maybe poplar, I don't remember). The sentiment was printed using a laser printer and polycrylic.When Dad passed away late last year less than a month from his 103rd birthday, the family asked me to make his urn. I used the same design I had used for Mom's but used some sugar maple for the sides which Dad had cut for firewood a few years earlier. He thought it was too pretty to burn so he resawed it with his chainsaw and gave me a few pieces. I laminated two photosone from a couple years ago and one when he was much youngerjust 89. We ultimately used the much younger one.
I ended up resizing Dad's urn since it didn't fit into the waterproof container in which it was placed for burial. I was able to cut down the sides and bottom, but had to remake the top so the sentiment could be centered correctly.
It was a privilege and honor to be able to make my parents' urns. They were blessed with long lives which is an affirmation of the promise made in Scripture: Honor your father and motherwhich is the first commandment with a promiseso that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:2-3 NIVL/W



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Shop-made Pinch Rods

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One of the most accurate approaches for checking a case or other assembly for square is to compare the inside diagonal measurements for equidistance. The easiest way to do this is using pinch rods - a pair of sticks clamped …Source

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Ford Hot Rod C Cab T-Bucket Van

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Ford Hot Rod C Cab T-Bucket VanFord Hot Rod C Cab T-Bucket VanAfter the fun of making a detailed Ford Hot Rod C Cab T-Bucket for myself I knew I needed to make a similar version for other children to play with.https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/418923So I started again with the basic Van T-Bucket body though without the rear opening door and a less complicated drivers cabin, bench seat, button steering wheel and bead gear shifter.The engine took me nearly 4 hours on the original toy so this one was simplified, just radiator, blower and zombie pipes with a strip down the centre of the engine block.The wheels are shop bought as are the furniture button lights on the front and rear bumper bars..
i made the headlights and secured with a 1/4” bamboo skewer.The finish is my home made wipe-on-poly.The chassis is Spotted Gum, the engine is Merbau,the roof is American Oak, the drivers seat is Cyprus Pine, but I haven't a clue on the sides.This one has gone to the local shop.
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Simple Shaker Shelves

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Clear finish updates the look of this classic design. This modified Shaker design, downsized from a set of creamery shelves, is adapted from a Shaker Workshops catalog. To ensure our 34“-stock would not bow under the weight …Source

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New Facebook Page for Slab Table Builders

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New Facebook Page for Slab Table BuildersHi GuysLooking for new members for a new page I created, please sign on and add your photos!ThanksBobhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/3652323494836345



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Another Bowl of Grapes

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Another Bowl of GrapesA nice little piece of walnut and some scraps of Koa I brought back from Kaua'i led me down the path to anorther bowl with grapes. I also used the Koa to create a contrasting rim with some interest. The Koa has wonderful highlights and plays well with the walnut. The bowl is about 5.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall, with a foot covered in soft tan leather. The vines are oak and the grapes are koa plugs, cut from thin stock and inserted in three layers.



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Practicing weave

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Practicing weave I have to do a better job at making the wood grain consistent. But this was another old attempt that I'm finishing up 9 years later



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Clear Up Scuffed Blade Guards

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After years of use, I could hardly see through my table saw's guard. While at a car show, I heard that polish for renewing aluminum wheels also worked to clear up old headlight lensesso I tried it on my saw's …Source

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Geometric Design

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Geometric DesignA beautiful Spring day here in NC, might as well be creative.Woods: Padauk, Maple and Mahogany.Backer board: Enameled hardboard.Finish: Gloss lacquer.Frame: Pine with Tung Oil finish.



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Tips For Using Shellac

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Make friends with this beautiful, versatile finish Recently I was asked to judge a woodworking show. One of the best pieces was a wonderfully constructed grandfather clock. Unfortunately, a quick brushing of polyurethane ruined the clock's appearance. The clock's creator …Source

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Making an Adventure Chest with Shaper Origin and Workstation

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Sponsored by Shaper Tools. Cutting dovetails with Shaper Origin and Workstation is a very precise and adaptable process you can use on all kinds of casework, drawers, boxes and more. See how we built an Adventure Chest in the …Source

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Weave board

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Weave boardI made this board in 2012 but finally finished sanding it today. Here it is all oiled up



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Czeck Edge Carbide Birdcage Awl

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Tool: Carbide Birdcage Awl Shop Now  Manufacturer: Czeck Edge MSRP: $74 The first thing you notice when you grasp a Czeck Edge Hand Tool birdcage awl is how well it fits in the hand. The cocobolo handle is …Source

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River Dining table for a Craftsman Home

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River Dining table for a Craftsman HomeOak Table with a barrel vault base. River Table with Blue and Teal to match the owners color palette. Solid Oak with custom laminated arches.



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Making laundry fun???

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Making laundry fun???Made this laundry rack to help the Mrs. be able to hang laundry. When she's finished it folds back up against the wall out of the way.



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School desks

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School desksWhen this past year started I made new school desks for the kids. It has definitely been a trying time as I'm sure it has for everyone. Just used plywood and some poplar. Take care.



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Ford "C" Cab Flatbed Trucks

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Ford "C" Cab Flatbed Trucks Ford “C” Cab Flatbed Trucks I'm thrilled to say that I've had to make another couple of my trucks for the local shop.These are the ones that Dutchy did a plan for adding it to his website as a free download.https://dutchypatterns.com/links/https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/417603While the plans are first class, but I'm just a toymaker and have as per usual personalized the build as I went.Couldn't have made the trucks without Handy's assistance, he keeps me focused.Just so pleased the shop sold the trucks and some lucky child has a good strong hand made wooden toy truck to play with, that's my real reward.



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Dining set

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Dining setI posted the table in January, finally finished some chairs and a bench. The bench has a floating top like the table. The chairs are cherry, curly maple and walnut with upholstered black leather seats. I made a few prototypes to figure out the angles and find out what was comfortable, then used the final prototype to make templates. The back legs and spindles were shaped with the templates and pattern router bits. The aprons and leg joints are mortise and tenon. The chairs are finished with three coats of Arm R Seal. I wanted six chairs so I cut parts for seven in case I messed up something. Everything worked out and I ended up with seven chairs. The upholstery was the hardest part, I'll get someone else to do that next time.



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Tablesaw Cross Cut Sled

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Tablesaw Cross Cut SledI decided to build a cross cut sled for my table saw. After watching numerous YouTube videos of crosscut sleds, I decided to build mine based on James King's ultimate crosscut sled. It is a beast, 36 wide and 27 deep with aluminum miter bar sliders. It utilizes removable zero clearance insert plates, 4 in total, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 for dado sets. A set of Powertec T tracks and fence cap, a couple of Rockler hold downs and top it off with a KatzMoses stop block and I'm in business. I squared the fence using the 5 cut method with the final results shown in the last photo. It works great so far. Used it to square off and do the crosscuts for another end grain cutting board that I'm making.



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Pill Box

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Pill Box A couple boxes for daily pills and keep the cats safe. Walnut box with various wood veneers for marquetry lids. There seems to be a direct correlation between age and number of pills to take!



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Table Saw/Router Table Cart Modification

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Table Saw/Router Table Cart Modification Over the course of last year I have focused in on upgrading the table saw/router table cart. It all started whit the fence system. After shopping around an looking at the few options for fence upgrades I chose to go with the Vega U50 Table Saw Fence System, witch has a 50 inch rip capacity. This has made a big difference in ease of use and repeatability of this old Craftsman 113 saw. (Ironic that the fence cost 3 times as much as the saw lol) I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking a fence upgrade and the do make a 36” version if space is a concerned. Also one nice feature of the fence is the metal plates on it to attach the extension wing. That made the process straight forward and relatively simple, Just a top with some bracing for support.With that completed I turned my attention to the router table wing. Since I had to remove the original I decided that this was as good a time as any to splurge on a router lift. While the router plate I was using worked it left a lot to be desired and was had quite a bit of vibration in it when using large diameter router bits. So, I chose the JessEm Rout-R-Lift II witch is the least expensive lift I could find and as far as I can tell the main difference between it and other models is the top is made from 3/8” hard board instead of aluminum. Since I have been using it for about a year now I have been very pleased with it and would certainly recommend it to anyone else who like me can't justify paying for more expensive models. I then added the aluminum 3/4” miter bar channel witch has been a great modification for using jigs and such. I am still using the original fences I made for the router so I don't have to worry about tying up the Vega fence every time, but the Vega fence dose reach the router and works great with it. To turn the router on and off I added a generic paddle switch and wired an old 15' shop vac electrical cord to it, so it can be plugged in no matter where it is parked in the shop.With everything back in working order I turned my attention to an outfeed support wing. The Vega fence made this rather easy as I could attach a 2” X 4” board to the under side of the square metal tube and then affix a framed plywood top to the 2” X 4” and add some plywood supports down to the cart base one either end. Then I routed the relief dados for the miter slots of the table saw.The last four thigs I did were adding a pice of 3/4” PVC pipe to the left side to hold the miter gauge, added a shop vac hose fitting to the back of the saw cabinet fore easy hookup dust collection, closed off the back of the saw with 1/4” plywood and card board to help the dust fall to the vacuum hose (I got this idea form rockusaf here on LJ https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/414473), and added some wooden holders for the router table tools and throat plates. I did add a magnet to hold the wrench in its slot and it works great.As for the original base cabinet I am still very pleased with how I originally made it. The shelf over the drawers is a great place to store jigs and push stick's. The cheap 5” amazon casters still make moving it easy and it locks in place very well. The dust bin door was worked out very good but some hinges would make its use more convent (maybe another future little upgrade).While I would like to have a big cabinet table saw and dictated router table, this option (even with the expensive upgrades) is still a lot more affordable and work very well in my weekend work shop. Price break down Saw $100, Fence $350, Router Lift $162, Casters $26, Paddle Switch $10 and I think the router was on sale for $80 when I purchased it 4 years ago. Everything else was left over form other project (plywood, drawer hardware, ect.) And the good thing about doing thins this way is didn't have to buy it all at one time, spacing it out over a few years.Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions or upgrade suggestions you would recommend,
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Rosewood curly maple box

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Rosewood curly maple boxBox in rosewood and curly maple. Banding is ebony
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Split Bench Hook

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  A bench hook is an indispensable workholding device for crosscutting. The traditional bench hook is made of a base, a stop or rest and a cleat. It is usually used against the apron or front edge of a workbench, …Source

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Recipe Box

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Recipe BoxMy oldest granddaughter just eloped and the women in our families are throwing a celebration shower. I had not made her a recipe box yet, but the ladies want to give her their favorite recipes and I was called on to supply the box.Everything but the lid is made from the chestnut tree she climbed as a child that had to be taken down a few years ago. The lid is made from a veneer that I made from a nicely figured piece of maple firewood that my brother in law gave me.I cut the sides so that the grain matches at all four corners. The splines are walnut that I got from my father's stash when he passed away. The bottom is a piece of myrtle wood (I think) also from my father's stash. So the box is a true family affair.I'm particularly proud of the top as it was trimmings from a board that was used as a top for a larger box that I made a few years ago. It was pretty, but too thin to use for anything at the time. I had set it underneath another board to try and keep it flat. I had forgotten it but found it when looking for something special for the lid to this recipe box. I bought a little 10/20 drum sander last year and was able to sand this piece down to less than an 1/8th of an inch, then glued it to a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with a slightly less attractive piece of the same maple on the bottom. I really like the way it turned out.I struggled with the finish, just like always. It's lacquer sprayed with the cheap Harbor Freight gun. I love the way the gun sprays compared to a rattle can, but I always sand through. I'll bet I spayed nearly a quart of lacquer before I quit sanding through. I used 400, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500 grit before polishing it with some Nu Finish Scratch Doctor. I'll wax it in a week or so.It may not be the fanciest box I've made but all in all, I think this is best fitting, finished box I've made to date. It's my best work for one of my favorite granddaughters.Thanks for looking at it.



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Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

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Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)Latest Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) that I sent off to a customer this week. 3.5 inches (87mm) tall. Carved from basswood.Claude



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Super Glued

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SUPER GLUED After making a small repair with super glue, I put the tube in my pocket and forgot about it. Later, when I saw the tube's cap sitting on my workbench, I instinctively reached into my pocket and discovered …Source

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Retracting Headboard

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Retracting HeadboardOur house is super tiny, so we're constantly looking for places to use a little more space. We like a little room/cabinet at the headboard, and have armoires on either side of the bed, so we figured that a headboard that rose up out of that space would give use room for another shelf, and still allow the cats a hiding place.Here's a video of it rising and retracting. I used a Jarvis standing desk lift, trimmed the feet a little bit to make it fit.The top and door panels were from a piece of olive that someone who'd had a tree cut down gave me back in 2016:
I surfaced it with a router sled:
Hung the shelf from the desk lift assembly using some steel straps:
And built the door panels up as one piece to make it easier to track grain continuity:



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Framed Madonna

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Framed MadonnaA 16-year-old student back painted the Madonna. Pretty impressive when you realize how that has to be done. The teacher wanted it framed and, through my daughter, found out that I was a woodworker. Long story short, I agreed to build the frame based on the design that they asked for: “We hope you can make it look like a stained-glass window. When I first saw it, the Plexiglas was rectangular, so I told them, “Of course, I can.” Then they added a couple of interesting complexities. They wanted me to follow the arch and build the frame to fit the new form. Then they asked that I an LED back-light, with a dimmable remote control that can change the LED shade from sunlight, to cool light or warm light. Well it took some planning, but I eventually got it done. Taught me about LED light strips, flexible molding and a few other things.



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Record Cabinet Take 3

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Record Cabinet Take 3Just wrapped this up. This was the latest in a string of record cabinets that I've made, and this is the one that's turned out the best, it was also the most complex because of the dividers, and the challenges of working with walnut vs. Sapele.I got about 2k for the cab, and I have to be honest, for the work, it wasn't worth it. I milled down the lumber from rough cut, planed it to 5/8ths thickness, glued, flattened, cut dados, round over, put together. I gotta ask, for those of you who know, what type of time should be spent on something like this? I think my challenge is that I don't have a drum sander, so flattening the panels so everything is smooth is done with my Rotex and with old Stanley hand planes, since the panels are too wide for my planer.As to why I had to flatten the panels, I think I need to do a better job selecting my rough cut lumber, but some of it warped a little after milling, and even after resting for over a week, they never really fully flattened out.Either way, the client was really happy and sent me that picture of the cabinet all dressed up after delivery.Anyway, look forward to the feedback!



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Magnetic-mount LED Work Light from Lee Valley

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Tool: Magnetic-Mount LED Work Light Shop Now  Manufacturer: Lee Valley MSRP: $36.50 I have a perfectly good light for my workbench, on an attachment that slips into the dog holes. And, it has a magnifier, which is becoming …Source

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Repairing a Slippery Vise Mechanism

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Two years ago I wrote about the ordeal of finding spare parts for the popular (but now discontinued) US-made Jorgensen rapid action vises. Unfortunately, after many years of smooth operation, the vise's steel acme screw will eventually erode the threaded …Source

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Generic owl

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Generic owlA generic owl, loosely based on the colouring of a barn owl.
Carved from Meranti and painted with Jo Sonjas, coated with satin (would of preferred matt) water based varnish to stop any yellowing of the paint.Decided to try and do a more carved look with the feathers being noticeably carved. I thought that it would lessen the painting time, which it did.
It wasn't hard but took a lot of thinking that I didn't have at the time.
This project took far longer than anticipated as I had a major flare up and was out of action for a number if weeks. Thankfully it's off to its new home being well received.Generic owl
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Hot Rod

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Hot RodA 1934 Ford chop-top coupe, sort of. This project went well until it didn't. For one, I learned that my 1/4” forstner bit makes a bigger hole than my 1/4” drill bit (both employed on a drill press). The forstner bit did something I've ever seen before – it pushed a segment of grain out of place (see photo of the front end). Didn't pay attention and used a segment of 2×4 that has a runny sap deposit in it. May have to apply aerosol shellac and just keep this one as a demo. Mostly pine of course, with walnut wheels and oak axles.



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Authentic Sloyd Tool Cabinet

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This reproduction is a fun build and a great gift for a budding woodworker. Project #1922 Skill Level: Intermediate Time: 3 days Cost: $200 Hand and heart lead to life. was an early motto of the North …Source

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Better Shop-made Dowels

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I have to admit that I'm not very fond of dowel joinery. I've repaired too many old dowel joints over the years to trust them. Part of the problem is that a dowel hole in face grain offers only about …Source

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Wooden Block Sets for my Kids Preschool

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Wooden Block Sets for my Kids Preschool I made these basic 5 Piece wood blocks sets (4 rectangles and 1 square) out of A leftover board of tiger maple. They fit perfectly in a sandwich bag, and I am working on a printout to put in it.My wife thinks it would be tacky to say they can contact me to get custum wood toys, and direct them to my online shop. I was planning on putting in a set of those cheap crayons, and mainly use the (pitch book) to have a few little patterns, and other color the building blocks with your kids kinda things.I make everything out of hardwoods that are sustainable, I was thinking to highlight that. I make a lot of toys and would like to break into selling them.



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Display Stand

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Display StandI normally carve, usually my own designs, or unusual (interesting) “other” designs (modified) that inspire me. However, my Pastor requested that I come up with a way of creating a Christmas tree “display” for Poinsettias that could could be used for a Christmas sermon. He left it up to me, but he would have been satisfied with a bunch of card board boxes, on which to display an array of Poinsettias. However I couldn't abide the the “minimalist” idea he would have accepted. The pictures are from the results of his challenge and my unwillingness to do the minimum.The display is used twice each year for Christmas and Easter. (I post this now be cause Easter is over, and you now have a year to recreate (if inspired) the structure.) As an aside, .. our Pastor is violently allergic to Easter Lillies, so I can't provide a picture for this event other than “mixed” flowers for this Celebration.The design, resulted from modifications of a design that I created to display my carvings (and from a ceramics class that I participated in shortly after I “retired”.) It had to fit under the Cross in our Sanctuary (with the “flowers” not obscuring the central purpose of our being there,) and had to take the form of a Christmas tree. It also had to hide (as much as possible) the supporting structure.The result was (I agree) a bit over engineered! To assure the structure would not damage the wall behind the display, would provide adequate “stepping” that would assure proper offset between each step to allow for the “flowers” to both be displayed without damage and still retain a balance that allowed between one and ten (fully loaded) potted flowers to be displayed was a real challenge.What I ended up with was a structure that could stand alone with about 50 pounds of load at the top without damage (tipping couldn't happen), and could hold 200(?) pounds on each of the bottom two shelves without damage, as long as the loads were centered.The details of the design I'll provide to anyone interested.



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Glue Cleanup in Tight Spots

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Glue Cleanup in Tight Spots Glue squeeze-out can be difficult to clean up in tight spaces such as beads and grooves because you can't wipe the area very effectively with a damp rag nor insert a chisel to slice away …Source

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Farmhouse Dining Table

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Farmhouse Dining TableA dining table is the center of so many happy memories. It's the spot where the family gathers for holiday meals, birthday cake, and after-dinner chats. You could either buy a table or make your own. Building your dining table may seem like a big project, but it is pretty straightforward. You can build one for yourself and even a few more for a profit. See the step-by-step plan on how to build a DIY Farmhouse Dining Table.Check out my website for more info and pictures at.co TheDIYPlan



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The Times, They are a-Changin'

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Even in wood finishing. One of my favorite songs back in the 1960s was Bob Dylan's, The Times, They are A-Changin'. This theme applies today to what's happening in wood finishing. It's natural for us to believe that the way …Source

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Easter baskets

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Easter basketsI made a few baskets that I just happened to finish last week
I made a couple of scroll saw baskets. Larger one is poplar with cherry slats, unfinished about 17”x11”. The smaller is maple with cherry slats finished with slightly amber shellac ~ 7.5”x11.5”x6”tall. Made 2 more maple baskets but gave them away before I took pictures :-) curly maple ~ 8”x12.5”x5.5” tall and a slightly smaller 7.5”x11.5” x 4” tall. Same Steve Goode pattern, just different thickness wood and percent size of the pattern



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Forstner Bit in a Hand Brace? Sure!

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Trying to bore with a Forstner bit using a hand brace is a nearly impossible task. I've come up with a solution that works fast and effortlessly. Drill a pilot hole to whatever depth you desire, then place the …Source

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Hancock Shaker Village Daybed

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Recreated from a photograph and measurements, this design feels both modern and timeless. One of the things I have come to admire as a furniture designer-maker is the timelessness of works created long before us. I am continually impressed by …Source

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Pickup truck ramp for moving equipment or piano

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Pickup truck ramp for moving equipment or pianoI made this ramp to load a piano into the truck. It is made from 2×10 SYP eight feet long with two aluminum brackets rated for 700 pounds each. I added two five foot sections underneath to add more rigidity, plus the two side rails. It worked fine with a 500 pound piano plus four people pushing and pulling.The ramp also worked well to span steps going into the house, so we didn't have to lift the piano off the ground.



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Napkin holder

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Napkin holderMade a napkin holder to replace a metal one. Made from curly maple and purpleheart. Used finger joints for the corner joinery.



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Make equipment dollies or piano dollies using workbench casters

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Make equipment dollies or piano dollies using workbench castersThese dollies are made like piano dollies which you can rent to move pianos. I had a piano to move but also wanted to move my equipment around the shop. You can lift up one end of the cargo to slip the dolly underneath, then do the other end, then wrap a strap around the bottom and press the lever to raise the cargo up about 3/4”. For the piano, I used a 2×4 on the angle irons to raise the piano to over 2 inches to make it easier to get past door sills and similar obstacles. You could also move your workbench or other heavy equipment with these dollies.In photo 3 the wheels are up.
In photo 4 the wheels are down.
To move irregular sized equipment like the band saw, I used wood as wedges to keep the dollies vertical.



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Celtic Cross

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Celtic CrossThis project is 8 1/2”high x 5”wide x 5/8”thick. Cut from a nice piece of Cherry and sits on a Maple base. Finished with a shop made varnish blend. Maybe a little late for Easter but there's always next year.



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Class Box

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Class BoxThis is a simple box but actually was VERY fun to make. I joined a local woodworkers guild (x-mas present from my wife!). Full open shop, amazing to have so many resources, and people who know so much there to use anytime I want. Well in joining they also offer classes. So I took the “Rough to Ready” class. Started with a piece of Hackberry, about 6”x3”x4'. This was the first time I got use a bandsaw, a jointer, and dado blade set (as well as 1st time useing saw stop tapsaws). 6 hrs went from that piece of wood to the box pictured.Simple small box, 45's (this is one of the only times I've gotten 45's to line up perferct, LOL). No finish on it yet. The knots give a great look I think. Since I know nothing about Hackberry I have no clue on finish. Thoughts?Once again thanks for looking!



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Assembly Table

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Assembly TableJust finished, almost, a new assembly table. Put it on locking wheels and height to double as an outfeed table for the Delta. Still have to screw down the top in the morning. It's designed to add shelves and/or drawers for storage under.It's just 24 framing with 3/4 smooth plywood top, nothing fancy. I think I should put some kind of sealer on the topshellac, water based poly, or ???



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Charcuterie Board - Leaf Design II

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Charcuterie Board - Leaf Design IIThis is a new version of the leaf charcuterie board. The first version was a little too small, so I made this one a couple inches wider. I also aligned the grain better, and exchanged the osage wood for sapele which I think will age better. It will not fade in color, and incredibly beautiful. I used the same finish of mineral oil and bees wax.



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Router table build

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Router table buildHere is the router table I built for my shop it's all done except I'm waiting on some clear 2 1/2” dust collection hose. When that comes in I can complete the dust collection to the fence. Thanks for looking



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3M Pro Grade Precision Keeps Improving

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Tool: Pro Grade Precision Sanding Sheets Shop Now  Manufacturer: 3M MSRP: $4.79/pack Everyone knows using the right tool for the job is the way to go, and that rule definitely applies to sandpaper. 3M has been one of …Source

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Contemporary barn door

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Contemporary barn door This is actually quite a large door approximately 5'x7'. I wish I knew about Titebond 2 Extended glue when I built this. It would have made it a lot easier during glue up.



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Tile Display Board

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Tile Display BoardMy wife had recently made 4 ceramic clay tiles with a southwestern motif and wanted me to make her a board to mount them on. She just wanted a flat board to glue the tiles to.Had some 6/4 walnut left over from the end table that is shown on my latest blog. This presented an opportunity to use the new milling machine. Used a spiral router bit but from the top side of the work piece. The thickness walnut was perfect to inlay the tile into.This piece also had a great grain pattern plus had one side that was left as a live edge.We both participated in the finishing process. Used two coats of Deft Brush on lacquer (wiped on and wiped off) plus about 4 coats of spray Deft Satin lacquer.Dave, Vancouver, WA & Oro Valley, AZ



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Rolling Dust Collector

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Rolling Dust Collector I've recently moved into a much smaller shop, requiring me to downsize everything to fit the new space. My previous dust collection system was based on the same Jet 1100 system, but it was mounted to the shop wall and piped to each machine and workstation. The new location is a shared garage, where I have had to put everything on wheels to allow it to be moved around. A 4” flex hose makes the connection from dust collector to machine.This stand is principally 2x stock, on four flip up wheel assemblies. The original Jet blower now has a second stage using an Oneida Super Dust Deputy cyclone and final dust removal with a Wynn Environmental .5 micron filter assembly. A 20 gal Oneida can collects the large particles and a standard 5 gal pail handles any fine dust dropping out of the filter assembly. Both are easily emptied through the side of the stand. I eliminated the Jet Vortex drum in order to save space, and so far, it doesn't seem to have any negative effect.The whole configuration is easily moved between my different machines or out of the garage to work in the driveway. First attempt was to repeat attaching the collector to one wall of the shop, but that didn't work in the new shop, as the noise transmission into the rest of the house was way to bad, so the free wheeling stand came into play.I use this collector on a number of machines including a 13 in planer, a 16-32 drum sander, and a good size lathe – and it handles everything without a problem. More info is on my Instagram site @oceanside_woodcraft. This was reasonably easy to build using standard construction materials, some heavy steel angle braces, a half sheet of 3/4 plywood, and a whole bunch of screws!



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Maine Coast Workshop: Pressing On

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A global pandemic derailed William Brown's 2020 plans for his new woodworking school, but he's not giving up. When I last spoke with William Brown, it was January 2020 and he was getting ready to launch a brand new …Source

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Shaker Coffee Table USMC Shadow Box

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Shaker Coffee Table USMC Shadow BoxSelf explanatory right? All padauk materials. Even the backing is 1/4”x8” pieces floating in place. It's got dominos, pocket screws and glue. Top is held on by figure 8 fasteners and the glass is laid in place. All my stuff from the 10- years of hoarding gear and uniform stuff. Waiting still on one button. I took pics anyway. Rah!



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Solid ash and cherry step stool

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Solid ash and cherry step stoolBasic step stool. This was my first shot at through mortise and tenons.



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Tail Vise Clamp

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After years of wishing my old workbench had a tail vise, I realized I could make one of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master bar clamps do the job. All I had to do was reverse the sliding lower jaw (it's …Source

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Kitchen ceiling cloud

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Kitchen ceiling cloud I built and installed this ceiling accent cloud for a client who I had reworked many of the kitchen cabinets. The cherry panels help highlight the cherry butcher block counter top. It is a large piece centered over the island.



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Plans vs Proportions

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Adapt a furniture plan with your eye. I think of plans as sort of a roadmap. They were a big part of my early work as a machinist and later as a woodworker. We had an unwritten rule in the …Source

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Celtic inspired basswood carvings

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Celtic inspired basswood carvingsI started drawing and carving celtic knotwork onto basswood with a set of palm carvers and a carving knife. Lots of fun!



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Spiral Stair Case

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Spiral Stair CaseThanks to another post I saw on LumberJocks I made a stab at building this. It turned out awesome. At this point it is a little over 6 years old. Still just as strong as ever.



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Bandsawn Dovetails

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Hand-cut appearance with half the fuss. If you've labored over hand-cut through dovetails, you'll be amazed how much faster they can be cut on the bandsaw. You get all the benefits, including strong joints, classic appearance, the ability to use …Source

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Shop Made Try Square / Tri Square

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Shop Made Try Square / Tri SquareThis is a shop made square I made recently. I went into the scrap bin to build this one so no cost involved. Walnut & Curly Maple were used for this project. Give this one a try. It was an easy build & you could save yourself some money building rather than buying.



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Benchtop Dust Collection

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Tool: Benchtop DC Personal Dust Collector Shop Now  Manufacturer: Oneida MSRP: $599 Dust really is the bane of the power tool woodworker. It's also hazardous, especially if you spend much of your time woodworking. Dust collection on stationary …Source

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