The Woodshop Shed

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

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A Table for the Gazebo

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A Table for the GazeboStanding just over 25” tall ( 25-1/2”) top is 19-1/4” wide, by 32” long. Legs have a bead running down the outside corner, and are tapered on 2 faces. Aprons have a bead along the bottom edge. Top has bread board ends.Has a full depth drawer ( for them LONG place mats?) half blind dovetailed front corners, dado to house the back of the drawer. Legs were a glue up. Top was a 4 board glue up, before the bread boards were tongue & grooved in place. Single metal handle on the drawer. Drawer front was ripped away from the top and bottom guide strips.Stain on the Ash is called Gunstock, by Minwax. followed by 2 coats of clear gloss poly. There be a build blog somewhere about this table. Hand tools where I could, power tools when it made sense. No hard fast rules.Table was for a place to set my beer down, when I am out sitting in the Gazebo this summer. Table will come back into the house this fall, and spend the winter and spring indoors…...Thanks for looking in!



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Charcuterie Boards - Version 2 & 3

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Charcuterie Boards - Version 2 & 3During my last week in AZ I roughed out 3 charcuterie boards and brought back to WA to finish. Can you believe it all 3 were identical in size 4 days ago. 16.5” long x 12.5” wide.Roughed the two Sapele, Maple and Padauk boards to the point of only needing sanding and finish. This included the routed out edges on the bottom side.The third board was laminated and thickness planed in AZ but not routed out on the back. It had strips of maple, walnut, sapele and a middle strip of padauk.My BIL had the exact Freud 3.25” x 0.5” deep cove bit that my AZ shop has. BIL has recently had surgery and said why don't you come here and use my router table and bit and entertain me during my recovery. So I took him up on his offer to mess up his shop (of course I would clean).Routed out the bottom of board 3 a bit at a time, when I was almost down to the full depth cut router starter making funny noises so I immediately stopped. Router had a screw lose its purchase into the router table edge. It tilted and cut deeper than desired. It made a mess of the end grain Cove cut.So I glued a backing board in and used longer screws and went back the next day cut the ends off with the bandsaw, re-routed the ends, and started to do the sides. Then had a large tear out in the maple. Triple darn.So ripped the maple off both sides of board 3, beveled each bottom long side. Final size 15.25” x 10”. I will probably put it in the community sale for a price that will pay for the lumber, say $20 and remake it.Boards are being finished with GF wood bowl finish. Bigger boards have two coat. Board 3 has one coat.These are going to be Christmas presents for our daughter and daughter in law. Board 3 was supposed to be ours for our WA home.



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Douglas Fir Tumblers / Cups

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Douglas Fir Tumblers / CupsI made 11 of these from an 8 foot Douglas Fir 4×4 with an interesting wavy grain pattern. They are 5” tall and 3.25” across. They hold about 14oz – perfect for a bottle of beer plus a bit of foam.I should have had 12, but I destroyed the first one working out my process. They look simple, but it was very difficult boring that large hole through end grain. I settled on using successively larger forstner bits on my lathe, ending with a large 2.75” bit that shuttered and shook as I worked it down. I found that blowing a continuous stream of compressed air into the hole as I pushed the bits in cleared the chips and kept the bit cool enough.I coated the insides with epoxy and the outsides with General Finishes Bowl Finish. I then let the finishes cure for more than a month before using them. I gave all but these 4 away. And for those that I gave away, I included a little “users manual” (see photo).I have one more 8 foot 4×4, so maybe I'll make 12 more some day.



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Birdhouse Cage

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Birdhouse CageNot sure what to call this but my daughter wanted her ceramic birdhouse hanging in something like this so we call it a birdhouse cage. Made from a bunch of scraps and sprayed with black satin. And now being changed to flat black.
The top is cut on a 45 and reinforced with wood nails. The legs are screwed through the bottom. I used a large brass cup hook for the hanger. 14'' tall x 7'' sq. The finale was made on the lathe, just something to top it off.
Turned out the way she wanted it and that's what matters. (except for changing the sheen)
Last pic was taken sideways on purpose for a long side view.



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Thinking of the Past

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Thinking of the PastJust finished scrolling this today. I have always been a sports car fan…. even in my teenie bob'n days. When I was in the service I saved all I could because when I got out I wanted a sports car…. This is the one I purchased. Paid cash, I think it was a huge sum of around $3160. 1966 Alpha Romeo… I was going to buy a Triumph TR4, but the sales man said, before you buy that TR4, lets take this Alpha for a spin… Oh my what a sweet driving sports car.. I fell in love. So this was my first.. Unfortunately, I was not mechanic enough to keep it running as it should and there were no mechanics anywhere near where I lived that had ever even seen one let alone work on it. But anyway… My first sports car.. the car I proposed to my wife in… She may have married me for the car,, but she has stuck around for 54 years so far…Next on up to scroll is the 1966 Sunbeam Tiger I owned…. My most favorited car I ever owned…. Poor man's Cobra…



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Sure Shot

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SURE SHOT When I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, I decided to make a cradle. Nine months seemed like plenty of time, but naturally, I finished building the cradle with only a week to spare. …Source

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New Grandson Baby Rattles

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New Grandson Baby RattlesMy first grandchild, a boy is going to be four months old. So, I decided to test the waters on something new. Four baby rattles because I didn't know if I'd blow any of them out. Variants of Paduak, Walnut, and Maple. With 21 BB's inside each bell.(And yes, I made the bowl and the table in the picture)



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Torsion Box Assembly Table and Workbench

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Torsion Box Assembly Table and WorkbenchI built a Torsion Box assembly table, to give me a flat surface to work from. The top also doubles as a workbench in my small shop, with an end vise and set of dog holes to add additional work holding.The overall bench is 4896 and about 36 tall.If you are interested in how I built it watch the video belowThis assembly table features a torsion box top to provide me with a dead flat sturdy workbench.A woodworking vice and bench dog holes for a great work holding experience.Electrical outlets on each side for quick access to power your tools when you need to.Flip-up mobile base to keep your work area flexible.I have already put it to use on quite a few projects and love the large work surface, along with its flexibility to go from a workbench to an assembly tableThanks
Brian Benham



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Wedding Memory Chest from pecan

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Wedding Memory Chest from pecanJust finished this chest for my nephew and his to-be spouse. Dovetails, Watco dark walnut oil, with lacquer finish. Laser engraving by my local trophy shop.



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Curly Maple Bowl

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Curly Maple BowlGot a curly maple turning blank from my local Woodcraft. Made it into this simple bowl for a friends 60th birthday.



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1932 FireTruck

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1932 FireTruckI came across a picture of a 1932 Firetruck, so from that picture and several other 1930 era firetrucks I modeled this using both Aspire and Rhino. Size is 20” long x 8 wide. I took some red tint and put it into so clear varnish and sprayed it on to get the Red color but to still show it was made out of wood.Gary



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Refinished Antique Dropleaf Table

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Refinished Antique Dropleaf TableWhen the COVID pandemic hit, I set up a workspace in the corner of the living room to work from home. My desk was an antique drop leaf table that had come from my grandmother. But that table had MANY years of use, abuse, neglect, and Lemon Pledge build up. So I stripped it down, sanded out the worst dents, and put on 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. The top is a fairly thick veneer, I think it's mahogany?



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Maker Workstation Furniture and Accessories

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Accessories = Versatility The Maker Workstation Overview Building The Top Building The Base Furniture & Accessories A key feature of the Maker Workstation is versatility. What makes it work is the precision grid system that's the foundation …Source

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Large Bowl - Dogwood?

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Large Bowl - Dogwood?Ran across a large stump on the side of the road from a tree removal down the street. Picked it up, and it sat in my backyard for a few years. When I finally decided to do something with it, it had checked and cracked a lot. I was tempted to leave the cracks open, but my wife thought she might want to use it to actually hold stuff. So I filled all the cracks and voids with epoxy and CA, then finished with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish. I am guessing it is dogwood based on the wood tone and the bark of the stump – but don't know for sure. 11” diameter, 6” tall.



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posted at: 12:00am on 27-May-2021
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Earrings from a Italian Cypress cone!

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Earrings from a Italian Cypress cone! I know every one wants to make some earrings so here is what I used to make these.First you find an Italian Cypress tree and during the fall of the years these little cones will be ready or almost ready to fall to the ground…and if you go around picking them up off the ground, chances are they will be rotten and won't work.. ....so I pulled them off the tree and put them in the freezer for a month or so. And if you might be wanting to plant some of the seed they won't sprout and grow unless they been in the freezer for a month or so.. I thought I would out smart the seed so I just let them sit in the shop for a year then planted a few hundred and not a one sprouted!!!! didn't know this to start with but learned the hard way….. and that was going to google and seeing what was wrong????? Each cone has 50 or more seeds so yes there are enough from a few cones to start a forest. The earring clips came from Hobby Lobby so this part is cheap enough. So if someone is wanting to get in to jewelry making these have been accepted and are easy to give away, I meant to say easy to sell for lots of money!!! So if interested I will tell what I have learned on making these cones last while swinging on a persons ears! Last picture is a have to to make earrings out of these cones!!



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3 carved owls

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3 carved owls Three Hand carved owls. Carved from pine and making the feathers stand out a little more than I normally would do them. The customer didn't want them painted but didn't like the yellow of the pine when sealed. So I stained the wings and gave a light cream wash over the front of the body. A grey wash was done for the feet. Coated with a white wax for protection
I love how thier talons turned out, next time though I will make them splayed out a little. It was a early mistake taking too much timber off when using the bandsaw. But hey, you learn from your mistakes !
The owl measures approximately 12cm high cut out of a 7cm square length of timber.3 carved owls
https://youtube.com/shorts/wUpKRjRfY_g?feature=shareMore photos etc. on my social pages.



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Why I Adore My Machines

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Grab your torch and pitchfork; the hand-tool guy has a table saw. Editor's note: this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking People react with shock and horror when they learn I have electric machinery in …Source

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Pileated Woodpeckers Whiligig

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Pileated Woodpeckers WhiligigThis is a whirligig with a couple of woodpeckers poking holes in a pecan log. The birds and all the frame works are made from mahogany with Delrin bushings for the rod and black nylon cams to work the birds. I mounted it on a bearing so it swivels to catch the wind. I had to use cams because I don't think I could have formed cranks on that 3/16” steel rod to be exactly across from each other and small enough to go through the log.The woodpeckers are mounted onto aluminum plates epoxied into the log .I put gun bluing on the steel rod to help keep it from rusting in the future.The prop is 17” across.Cheers, Jim



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Just another Mesquite Knife Block, but he brought a friend along.

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Just another Mesquite Knife Block, but he brought a friend along.25 May 2021Replaced the knife block last week. Nothing real special except:Used mesquite that was once a mantel piece I'd done for us years back. It was my first attempt at mesquite and it showed. I replaced the mesquite with braziillean cherry years later. The old mesquite piece has been languishing on a back shelf for years.So now the mantel piece wood is back but in a better form.Fairly simple. I cut 4/4 stock to approx 3.5×10.5 and milled to an even .875.Stacked 5 of these, glued and trimmed to 3.5×4.375×10.25. Resawed a couple of remaining blanks to make the .25 side cheeks for the block.Once dried and milled. I used the tablesaw to cut the slots for the knives. Attached the newly make cheeks and prepped for oiling.First off I need to trim the end of the block so I could make a foot for it to stand on. Measuring down 1 inch fro the rear top I scribe a 45 degree to the bottom. Barely able to cut this with a cutoff saw but it worked.
I sanded both pieces to a 600 grit attached with glue and a pair of cherry locking inlay keys.
Sanded and added 3 coats of Watco natural oil.The 'little friend' with the block was steak knife holder of the same mesquite made 15 years ago. Same idea and methods used for this as well. It just needed a refreshing.Thanks



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10 Sanding Tips To Make Stain Look Great

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  If you're unhappy with how your stained finish is turning out, the problem might be in the way that you're sanding. Follow these tips and you'll be good as gold! Go E-Z on the R-O Random-orbit sanders employ a …Source

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Cedar Presentation Box For A Co-worker

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Cedar Presentation Box For A Co-workerGuy at the place I work asked me if I could make him a cedar box to put a custom knife he had made in. He is going to present it to his son on his upcoming wedding day. Told him I would if he was willing to put the lining in himself…he agreed. Gathered up what scrap pieces of cedar I had and this is what I came up with. Finished with spray lacquer. We traded on it…he got the box and I got …you guessed it, more cedar… lol Side note…hauling 12 foot cedar boards is interesting when you have a 4 foot truck bed…



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Hammock Stand

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Make bent laminations on a big scale. One sweeping curve, 18-ft. long: that's the essence of this dramatic stand. Making up that curve are dozens of thin pieces of constructiongrade redwood, all glued together to make an extremely strong beam.…Source

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Cedar. Boot

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Cedar. BootMore cedar wood in my wood cache. This boot is a brother to the last post.Finished with my homemade shellac/alcohol mixture. With the cedar boot being so porus, the mixture penetrates deeply and dries quickly. After a six-coat application the boot shines like a mirror. To top it off I put on a light coat of vegetable oil and polish it for a beautiful shine,



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Resin filled walnut humidor

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Resin filled walnut humidorThis is a rustic walnut humidor lined in Spanish cedar. The knots and cracks are filled with clear resin.



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Wagner Meter Offering Free Webinars

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Wagner Meters recently announced a new webinar that explores the What, Why, and How of Wood Moisture Testing. In just an hour you'll learn how to prevent moisture-related problems in wood, choose the right moisture meter, learn to take accurate …Source

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Bowls, bowls, and more bowls

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Bowls, bowls, and more bowlsFirst, the juniper bowl in the middle of the first photo isn't going anywhere. That's the very first bowl I ever carved, and I gifted it to my lovely better half. The others I've put out on local arts and crafts sites on Facebook. The rest of the photos are individual shots of each of the bowls.The four bowls surrounding the juniper bowl in the center are beetle kill pine harvested locally and on our property. The more I work with this stull, the more unexpected colors pop. Most beetle kill pine has the blueish stain on parts of the piece, but, for some reason, the stuff I've been working with has a whole lot of other color, too. I'm liking it!I use an angle grinder with multiple different tools (not at the same time, of course) to carve out and then shape the bowls in kind of a freeform style. That's followed by sanding using both power tools and my arthritic hands (ouch).Thanks for looking.TZH



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My Wife been wanting this for years.

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My Wife been wanting this for years.Its been almost five years since i posted anything on lumberjocks. Two years ago i was out of work because of my knees. I was placed on disability. My job had me climbing upstairs every day and my knees finally gave out. So I just retired. My wife been wanting a place to store her yarn. She use a cloth shelf but did not like the way it looked. I worked a little in my shop but nothing to big. So i built this and decided to put it on this site. With the lumber prices and every thing going up i just went for it. I am planning on building more things in the future. Thanks for viewing.



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What's in the box?

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What's in the box?YES!What is in the box?It's an old wine bottle box from an old work colleague that I've repaired for a specific and special use!A CROWE CREATIONS hot stamp logo.For years I've signed and dated my toys ACC but never had my own logo.A fellow woodworker who did the graphic artwork for me, a combination of Handy and Crow Cams.CNC Creations did the stamp for me which has turned out awesome, if I do say myself.This was my first attempt at hot stamping my new logo on the repaired wine box.It takes 15 minutes to heat up with the 175 watt electric iron and I've worked out now, only 3 seconds to make the stamp.



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ATV

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ATVJust got done with this one. It is a Toy & Joys plan. Fun build , but plan has three mistakes in it Wrong measurements. and you wont know tell you come to glue in the next pic. and it is over an inch to small. I had to cut it apart three times. but I got it right in the end. I let them know about it and they said they would fix the plans. I hope they do. I made 2 of them at the same time ,not a happy camper cutting them apart to fix them. Made out of walnut Maple red hart for the tail lights And cherry. Go to ESTY.com and search wooden wonders , wisconsinwoodchuck to see all of my toys there are some new ons that are not here.



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From an Antique Salt Cellar, My Version?

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From an Antique Salt Cellar, My Version?If I can find the original picture I used for this project I will post it . It was or is called a salt locker or something like that but I never heard of one so we keep chocolate candy it it.I made the lids swivel to get inside and the original picture only had one lid so they were the lift off type so I had to drill a hole in the pole from one end to the other, so that called for me to construct a fixture for the wood lathe and use the metal rod for the swivel end of what you see so that plus a few other things caused lots of labor before i got what I wanted. Lots of small bits were used with the Dremel with the flexible shaft.
This turned out better than I had planned before I started for there lots of unknowns involved. I used just clear lacquer for I had some filler in a few places and did not know how the filler would stain out so I took the easy way out this time..



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Ash Bathroom Vanity Base

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Ash Bathroom Vanity BaseThis was the final piece of furniture as I furnished my custom sauna suite. Check out this video for a quick tour of the sauna suite. You can see more about the sauna suite build by checking out my blog entitled, “Furnishing a Sauna Suite.”There's nothing fancy about this vanity. This piece basically supports the marble counter top and sink I bought from Menards. It's a clean, post frame and panel construction made of ash solid wood and birch plywood for the panel inserts. It's a similar style to the benches I built for my shower/changing room. I didn't mess with drawers or shelves. We'll add a small set of plastic drawers and store them inside the cabinet. I finished it with three coats of satin Marine varnish.



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Mulberry & Walnut Lidded Box

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Mulberry & Walnut Lidded BoxMulberry and Walnut lidded box … about 3” tall and 2” in diameter, finished with Tried & True Original.This is actually an practice piece for a new end-grain hollower I put together. The cutter for the tool is actually a 3/8” 2 flute HSS ball nose double end mill ($6.25 + S&H on Amazon). I drilled a 3/8” hole in a piece of 12” long, 5/8” rod from the big box, drilled & tapped for a set screw. I use in one of my 5/8” handles.This tool can be very aggressive (mother of all catches!), but can also produce finish cuts that require little or no sanding. It is for end-grain ONLY, and would be deadly on side-grain turnings.



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A couple cross cut sleds

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A couple cross cut sledsThis project started from wanting a bigger cross cut sled in hopes of replacing my GIANT Dewalt sliding miter saw with a much simpler miter saw. So I watched some videos, read some articles, and settled on a modified design from Bourbon Moth Woodworking.Materials are baltic birch plywood, cheap Home Depot MDF, some T-track, and hold downs. Super simple but super handy to have around.First two images are of my big sled. Its 30” wide with 18” on the left and 12” on the right. The inside depth is 17-1/4 so I gained 3” on what my big sliding miter saw can do and this sled is WAAAAY more accurate.The second sled is a remake of my small sled that fits in a drawer. I only made it because I had enough pieces left over. I did not have quite enough MDF to do the fence and I wish I had. The fence is just ever so slightly crowned and had I used the MDF face I could have shimmed it.One thing I didn't see Bourbon Moth…seriously weird name…do with his design was add any sort of chamfer for saw dust. Since the fence sits behind the MDF bed I chamfered the MDF where it meets the fence. Its working out quite nicely. I used the big sled to make the small one and didnt get dust or chips interfering with cuts at all.
The forth image is of a material support runner I made from the last of the materials I had left over. It has a couple notches to accept 123 blocks. For long cuts set the fence an inch larger, drop in the block, and make your cut. It has a couple magnets that keep it firmly against the square tube of the rails.And what good is a cross cut sled if they aren't accurate? Well this is where that 1/2” MDF face came into play in those results. First up the small sled is averaging 0.003” to 0.005” out of square. So for wood working pretty much dead on as far as I'm concerned. However…If you can't read the image the caliper is reading 0.0005” out of square on the large sled. I seriously doubt that is accurate because that's a Husky caliper and I'm not that good but i got the same measurement twice. I used the 5 cut method to get the results for both sleds and all I can figure is I used a machinists straight edge to shim the MDF on the large sled to make sure it was bang on.The last thing I wanted to point out is my design leaves a bit of an ass on the sleds for a couple reasons. Most of the force you apply is on the fence and after time I assume that can effect accuracy. Also it makes a very nice SAFE place to put your hands.
That's all for this one. As always I probably way over thought this project but I had fun and made something super useful.



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ISOtunes PRO Aware Review

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Tool: PRO Aware Shop Now  Manufacturer: ISOtunes MSRP: $129.99 Every once in a while a new product comes along that's a real game-changer in the workshop, and the new ISOtunes PRO Aware headphones is one of those tools. …Source

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Herringbone pattern serving tray

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Herringbone pattern serving trayMy wife had been wanting a serving tray for some time, and I think she felt she couldn't buy one because I always told her “I could easily make you one”. Well I finally got around to it. I made this tray as a Christmas gift for her.It's made of walnut (the same scraps I salvaged from an old discarded end table, which I used to build my valet tray). It was a lucky day when I discovered the walnut in that old end table.I didn't have enough pieces of that scrap walnut that were long enough to do anything meaningful with, other than cut into a bunch of little “bricks”. So I took advantage of the small pieces by gluing them up in a herringbone pattern, and was very pleased with the end result. Hard to tell from the pictures, but light reflects differently off the different bricks with their alternating grain direction, making the pattern pop.It was fun to polish up some small scraps and offcuts in a project like this, and my wife loved it!



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Uncle Sam

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Uncle SamA customer contacted me and wanted me to carve an Uncle Sam for her, similar to one I had carved some time ago. Here's a pictorial of the process.First, I laid out the pattern front and side on a block of wood, then cut it out on the bandsaw. The completed carving is about 10.5 inches tall, not counting the base.Next is rounding off the corners and beginning to carve the basic shape. I have also drilled a hole for the separately carved hand. I have re-drawn the key feature lines on the carving, as well.The basic shapes are carved and I'm now beginning to add details.Carving the hand is next. I draw it on a small piece of wood. The extra length gives me something to hold onto as I'm carving.Carving is complete and the hand is glued in. I can now begin painting. I paint the lightest colors first, as a dark color can easily cover a light color, but rarely the opposite…Painting is complete! I sent these progress photos to my customer as I shot them so she'd know I was actually doing some work on the carving.



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Mental Health Action Day

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The Covid-19 pandemic has effected nearly everyone, in one way or another. And we know that being stuck at home, away from friends and family has been hard on everyone. That's why Popular Woodworking and Woodsmith magazine are happy to …Source

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Buffet/ China Closet in Oak

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Buffet/ China Closet in OakAfter attending a neighbor's open house, I was awestruck by the starkness of the interior. We've been in our house for a very long time, and no longer see the encrusted accumulations of cookie jars, teapots, miscellaneous papers and collection of creams and ointments that populate every square inch of horizontal surface. The wife and I came to the conclusion that we could either de-clutter (difficult), or just create a cabinet to house it all, (easy).So this project will further our goals, 1.) to rake off all the crap and hide it in a new piece of furniture, and 2.) to strive to avoid buying any of the materials going into this project. From my pile of roadside salvage came the doors, upper and lower, and sheet goods and cutoffs primarily from H4H Re-Store. I resisted the urge to just go out and buy new hardware, when I have 2 rollaways top and bottoms full of perfectly good hardware and fasteners. Even the stains and finishes are as much as 20 years old, but they performed like fresh, new material. Even the amber shellac was 8 years old!! I avoided the use of this stuff for fear of it not drying right, or whatever.All to say that I'm trying to observe the mantra of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Yup, I put a dent in my lumber pile, and made something worthy of houseroom. In fact, I was able to free up some space for 47 half-sheets of Arborite and Formica!! So I'll be doing some laminating projects next, which should chew up a bunch of old crates and make even more room.Oh, and this cabinet is 40” X 14” X 86” high, with adjustable shelves. It will get used well, I'm reassured.Hope you like!



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5 more cutting boards

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5 more cutting boards5 more gifts.Sorry for side ways picture



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A flock of birbs

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A flock of birbsI've been carving birds lately (or birbs, since they're cute and small). First is ash (not recommended for beginners), next is cherry (better, but the curly cherry scrap I used had some interesting grain to work with), and finally juniper (not bad, but brittle).Carved with various Morakniv knives, ranging from a sljd knife to their 8cm long Basic knife. Then sanded, generally with 60, 120, 180 and 220 grits before being finished with BLO and shellac.Ruler in the background for those who want to know how big they are. They're generally small enough to be held in a hand.



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Lathe cabinet

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Lathe cabinet My father-in-law passed away and I inherited some things from his shop, including a couple turning tools. I'm comfortable in my own shop, but I've never turned wood before. But, I figured, he'd be disappointed in me if I didn't learn somethingso I jumped in and bought a latheand, of course, gotta have a place to put it so.The carcass is plywood that I had lying about. Assembled with pocket screws and some dadoed joints, as is my convention. I try to finish all my shop furniture differently so I can learn from it. I'm usually a clear finish guy, but I did this one with General Finishes milk paint. The drawer fronts are are walnut, with some epoxy inlay, and finished with Odies.I installed my 8 slow speed grinder on the end, and bought a Wolverine sharpening jigbecause I'm lazy and enjoy accuracy! After a few quick trial turns, I've found I surely need a near-at-hand tool rack to hang some tools on for a given project, so I'll add that at some point, I want to do some practice first, but I intend for my first 'live' project to be a set of drawer pulls to finish out the cabinet.Already I can see the appeal to turning, I'm very much looking forward to working on the skills to bring it into a useful part of my shop. This one's for you GlennI'll make good on it.



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Regluing Doweled Chairs

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Bob Flexner walks you through all the steps in repairing an antique factory-made chair that is glued with animal hide glue.Source

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Endgrain cutting board

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Endgrain cutting boardI made this endgrain cutting board in woods class. I used cherry and mahogany for the strips. I used linseed for the finish.



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Cross to hold baseballs

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Cross to hold baseballsMade this cross of cedar to hold baseballs. It is for a gift to an athlete graduating at a Christian school.



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33 Days for Dad

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It's time to give every Dad his due with a month full of top-flight woodworking prizes. From May 18 through June 20 (Father's Day), Popular Woodworking and its sponsors are giving away a prize a day to celebrate dads. To …Source

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Quick Sroll saw stand

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Quick Sroll saw standJust slapped this together



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Veritas Side-Clamping Honing Guide Review

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Tool: Veritas Side-Clamping Honing Guide Shop Now  Manufacturer: Veritas MSRP: $39.50 When I saw that Lee Valley has release two new honing guides last month I knew that I have to give them a try. I love honing …Source

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Child's Step Stool

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Child's Step StoolMy niece asked me to make a small step stool, so her 3 year old could stand at the counter at help mom cook. I found the plans for this Shaker style stool in the FWW site and it seems to fit the bill. Unlike the FWW version, I used some nice cherry instead of pine, and went for a Danish oil finish instead of paint. I like thinking a piece I make might be an heirloom someday.The plans call for the part to be assembled with screws, and while that generally doesn't really fit a fine piece, I decided to go with that, but used brass screws for a bit of pop. I had a jar of #12, 2 inch screws from my grandfather's shop – which likely date back to the 1940's – that turned out to be nice accents.Like several of my projects, I made router templates for the shaped pieces, so I can duplicate the piece if needed.



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Woodworking in America: Curtiss Buck Carr

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Curtiss “Buck” Carr, a woodworker currently interning at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? I started woodworking by …Source

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Bicycle Table

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Bicycle TableMy best customer, Shawne, always has a unique project for me to make for her. This one is a bicycle table with a skim board for the top. She brought over the board and the bike and a photo of one she saw for me to duplicate.
There is some wood on it so it qualified for a wood project. I had to strategically locate the blocks for the front and back onto the board by sanding all the finish off in those areas and gluing them in place to accept the mounting screws. I drilled through the handle bars and the seat to fasten the board on. There is also a machine screw through the front of the steering column to lock the front wheel so it cannot turn.The base and the board block are all ambrosia maple finished with clear semi gloss enamel. The real wheel support is formed from 1/8” x 1 1/4” flat steel and screwed to the base. It is really stable with that small of a base on it.Cheers, Jim



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Dado trivets

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Dado trivetsPlayed around with making some dado trivets (adapted and inspired by 33custom at this link).Mostly left over cherry from my kitchen table. Also little aspen on the one. Ended up using mineral oil as that is what I had on hand. Others suggested danish oil – maybe for a future trivet. I've been using mine (second picture) and it seems to hold up fine and no marks on or by hot pans/pots. Almost makes me feel like a real cook…or not! Others are gifts. Fun to customize each one. Nice to use scraps for something useful.



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Sea Chest

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Sea ChestSea chest – made the sides from more than 10 years worth of scraps. Walnut, cherry, red oak, white oak, sapele, padauk, African mahogany, wenge. Made the four sides as edge glued – like cutting boards. Then box joints at corners. Base and top are sapele. Top has breadboard ends using 3 glued dominos in the middle with a dominos at. the sides (glued to main part of top, but not glued to breadboard ends.) Screwed ends of breadboard ends to main part of top, and plugged.Bought the compass rose medallion and inlayed it in the top. Bought the beckets (rope handles) on etsy. Used Rockler torsion hinges.Finish is Osmo Polyx-oil.Slideshow of build: https://youtu.be/QQfvCUHXY20



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Sanding Storage/Organization Cabinet

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Sanding Storage/Organization CabinetFinally, after laterally years of frustration, I decided it was time to once and for all build that Sanding Cabinet to store and organize all my sandy stuff. I started with a Plan I found in a September, 2005 Wood Magazine.I liked the plan, but it was not big enough for all the supplies I have accumulated and it did not have storage for my sanders. So I made it a little deeper, used peg board on the doors so I could hang tools or supplies on them, doubled the door bins on the inside of each door, added an extra storage shelf and added a shelf for storing my sanders with a way to keep the cords organized. To mount it I used a French Cleat.Cabinet construction is done using Kreg pocket screws and Tight Bond II. Doors are made with Whiteside Rail and Style bits and the panel is pegboard. The door rails and styles are select pine; Cabinet is 1/2” plywood; cabinet back and top (Easy way to hide the Kreg joinery on the top) is 1/8” hard board; and all the exposed plywood edges are covered with veneer tape.Really Happy with the results. Life is much easier now that I do not have to look in multiple locations when I need sanding supplies.Wayne



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Spalted Sycamore Dining Table

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Spalted Sycamore Dining TableThis is to date the most satisfying and rewarding projects I've ever done. A little over 2 years ago, I helped mill 2 sycamore trees that had fallen in my town. I stacked them, covered them, and waited until a few months ago to begin building the dining table of my wife's dreams. When I uncovered the stack, it was much to my surprise that the wood had spalted and added significant figure to a rather dull grain that comes with sycamore. I first started by turning the legs (of which I had never done before), then move to the stretchers and support braces for the base. Next, I worked on the top, the top is 84 by 44 and fits 8 very comfortably. The final steps included finishing with poly and inlaying c channel on the bottom to keep it flat. I am very proud of how this project turned out so I figured I would share.



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1:20 scale " Aussie Monster, " Quad Road Train.

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1:20 scale " Aussie Monster, " Quad Road Train.This wooden model has the, ” WOW ! ” factor just for its sheer length as it is all of 2.9 metres, ( about 9 1/2 Ft ) in length, and based on a Real Side-Tip Quad Road Train ( For those who do NOT believe such a thing exists,- hop onto You Tube & type in, ” Port Hedland Road Trains. ” ) – Some even comprise of SIX Trailers in length !!
A real Quad Road train stretches all of 175ft in length,- as more than one impatient traveler has discovered to their dismay.
Anyway,- enjoy the photos of this impressive wooden model.



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1/15 scale Aussie Kenworth SAR & Tri-axle Float, ( Lowboy )

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1/15 scale Aussie Kenworth SAR & Tri-axle Float, ( Lowboy )When your friend's own an Aussie Transport Company, & their yard is, ( literally ) just down the street from where you live, then designing & building realist Wooden Models of our Aussie Trucks & trailers is soo much easier, and even better when ALL the crew LOVE my creations and always invite me into the yard to take as many photos as I wish !
This model is based on a real Kenworth SAR, hauling a Tri-axle Float, ( Lowboy ).
Set to 1/15 scale, and measures 53 inches in length x 6 1/2 inches wide.
A local truckie/trucker here offered me Aust. $2,500 for this a couple of years ago,- But NOT selling as its one of my display models !! ( Only have Four in total )



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Hickory End Table

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Hickory End TableThis is the first time I tried hickory for a project. I really like the look. It is a very open grain wood so I used Aqua Coat grain filler and it turned out very smooth to the touch. Also my first time using grain filler. The finish is shellac with water based poly over it to give the top durability, followed by paste wax.



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Snake Surprise

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Snake Surprise While I was visiting my brother in Florida, he showed me his latest toy, a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. A huge hickory log was mounted on the cutting platform. Sawdust puffed as the blade effortlessly sliced a 3″ thick …Source

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1/20 Scale Mack Superliner & "reefer.

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1/20 Scale Mack Superliner & "reefer.Custom built for a Queensland client who collects anything to do with, Jack Daniels Whiskey !
Only have the taillights to paint on, then its completed, & ready to be securely packed up & posted off.
Dimensions;- 900mm, ( 35 1/2” ) long x 127mm. ( 5” ) wide x 230mm, ( 9” ) high.
Truck, ( Tractor ) is based on an Aussie MACK Series 2 Superliner with the Bicentennial style Bunk, & Gull-Wing Roo-bar, & the l/r fuel tanks.
The Jack Daniels Decals on the 'reefer sides are specially Custom-printed onto self-adhesive Vinyl-Wrap by my local Commercial Sign Writer.
Currently building another unit of the same design but with, ” CHIVAS REGAL, ” Whiskey decals on the 'reefer sides,- and that will be heading to the owner of, ” The Stories From the Road, ” Museum, located just outside Port Pirie, South Aust.
—For anyone interested;- I sell these here in Aust for Aust.$600. ea. plus postage.



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Gold Fish on the scroll saw

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Gold Fish on the scroll sawAfter the Morgan I was looking for a simple project to play with something my wife might like.
Found this Gold Fish pattern over at Steve's scroll saw site.
It looks like a simple project but I miss counted how many holes I would need to cut. LOL
It was a great skill builder as I really got my speed up having to change the blade so much.Thanks Steve for another great pattern to play with, and also all the info I needed to get up to speed in my new scroll saw adventure.It's made with poplar and Danish oil as a finish.
The poplar has a little green tint to it as a lot of poplar does but this will turn a golden brown in a year or two.



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Two-Dimensionsal Wooden Dolphins

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Two-Dimensionsal Wooden DolphinsMake these for a couple of local Craft Shops to sell on my behalf,- as the Yorke Peninsula here in South Australia is, ” Leg-Shaped, ” with water on three sides,- and Dolphins here are popular whether they are the real ones in the sea, or decorative ones to hang on one's house wall, etc.
Mine are cut & shaped from 19mm, ( 3/4” ) pine, – the upper section is stained in a dark woodstain & the lower section left natural, & finished with up to Five Brush-coats of good quality Polyurathane.
I make these three sizes,- the smallest is 350mm, ( 14 inches ), then, 580mm, ( 23 inches ) long, & the biggest one in almost 900mm, ( about 36 inches ) in length.
Also make the occasional two-dimensional Shark as well, & have just been asked to design & make a two-dimensional Pelican !



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Experiment in multi-axis turning

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Experiment in multi-axis turningI was asked to make a small occasional table, similar to one posted prior, as shown in the first photo, but with smaller dimensions to accommodate it's permanent location.Taking this opportunity to try something new, I decided to try my hand at off-set turning, also referred to as multi-axis turning. This then creates a Queen Anne pad foot type cabriole leg. Off to the lumber yard for some select cherry, 4 quarter and some 8 quarter.I found very little web information concerning the “how to”, but what I found was pretty well explained & easy to follow. Some of the web instructions can be seen in photo 4, from two separate sources. Photos 5 and 6 show the locations of the second set of centers, used to create the taper that veers off to one side & creates the pad foot.While doing this turning, I tried both sets of instructions – each on two legs, which differ in their determination of the off-set, and due to this I created two sizes of pad feet, which can be seen here:
Note the two on the left match as do the two on the right, with the right being slightly larger. In as much as I had already turned two practice legs, one in cherry & one in pine, I decided not to waste these and put the matching pairs such the two that match are in front & the other set is against the wall. Nobody knows the difference.Last note to anyone wishing to try this, note the bottom off-set in photo 6 and how close it is to the side of the bottom pad. One set of instructions stated that prior turning this little pad (with the true centers) you may want to wait until the off-set turning is complete, so as to avoid the possibility of this second breaking out. I had this happen – the tail stock broke out of it's setting, but stayed anchored sufficiently that I continued to turn until I noticed I was creating a leg with a “S” shape. Wasted some cherry wood on this.The finish includes H. Behlens (now owned my Mohawk) Cherry dye, and General Finishes water based top coat.Thanks for viewing, any questions – just ask.



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OLD BIKE MAHAGON

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OLD BIKE MAHAGONDEKORATION



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Kitchen utensils

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Kitchen utensilsI have been making some wood kitchen utensils.



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Finishing with Just Three Tools

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Bob Flexner compares the three basic finishing tools (rag, brush, and spray gun) in terms of their cost and efficiency. Source

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1/20 scale Kenworth W900 Wooden Model.

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1/20 scale Kenworth W900 Wooden Model.First two pics show the W900 models,- one is our Aussie version,- the other is the USA/Canadian version,- can you pick which is which ?
Next two pics show a couple of pages of the woodworking Plan I have drawn up, and is now available to any woodworker who wishes to build a nice wooden model of a Kenworth W900.
Photo No. 5 shows the Boss of Kneebone Transport, ( Daryl Kneebone ), holding the two W900 models while standing alongside Kneebone Transport's classic 1985 Kenworth W900 & the last photo shows the same truck in their Minlaton yard,- and which I was allowed to photograph from all angles to enable me to use the photos to draw up the woodworking plan.
My 1/20 scale of the, “Bandit's Truck, ” wooden model & subsequent woodworking plan is also based on this very same W900.



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My latest project;- 1/20 scale Wooden model of, " Bandit's Truck. "

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My latest project;- 1/20 scale Wooden model of, " Bandit's Truck. "Haven't been on here for ages.
Here's some photos of my latest 1/20 scale wooden model which is based on, ” Bandit's Truck, ” from the movie, Smokey & the Bandit.
Yes,- I will be building a few of this model,- already have a good half a dozen orders here in Australia,- and the model has only been on Facebook for about a week, & now iit's on here as well.
The graphics are custom-printed onto quality self-adhesive Vinyl-Wrap by my local commercial print shop.
Yes,- the highly detailed full size Woodworking plan is also available to anyone who wishes to have a go at build their very own model of, ” The Bandit's Truck . ”
The Plan is drawn onto A3 size heavy paper & comprises of 35 pages plus the cover, and comes with the Graphics & decals which are in a separate Mailing Tube.

  • If someone in the USA, Canadian region would like to do a Business deal with me & purchase the Publication Rights for North America, & Europe for this Woodworking plans, or, ( perhaps ) for ALL of my woodworking plans, – Please contact me, as will save me & customers a lot of postage & associated production costs, as whoever the buyer is, they can also build all of my Aussie designed wood crafts for sale as well.
Used to live at Port Vincent, Yorke Peninsula, S.A. till the lease expired, then relocated inland to the rural town of Minlaton where I have now been living for about 2 yrs.Roger.


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Greenhouse Arch

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Greenhouse ArchI made an arch for an old greenhouse. It supports the metal pipes and extends the frame 2'. Seems to be solid enough. The new cover is 7' x 12' x 7' high. The block base cuts out weed eating. Screening the rock and clay wasn't fun. Once the assembly was complete I removed half the support between the legs. I turned the small tapered pieces for the pipes to slide onto. There are 2 turnbuckles that pull the end pieces together. Hope to have some awesome tomatoes! All the wood is recycled.



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'Old Arn'

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Finding and restoring vintage shop machinery. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking You pick up an old handplane at the local flea market. You clean it, flatten the sole, tune the …Source

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X tables

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X tablesRough sawn pine tops and black painted base. Usually these sell in grey/white.Man the shop is in definite need of a cleaning. Lol



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Dragonfly Side Table

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Angles and an artful inlay set this Arts & Crafts-inspired design apart. I've been fascinated by interesting little tabouret tables lately, and it seems the more complicated the design, the more I'm intrigued. Tapered sides, angled joinery, and curved shapes …Source

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New End Table Finally Finished

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New End Table Finally FinishedThis is an end table next to my recliner to replace a 35 plus year old inexpensive table that has served me well.
It is 25” x 23” x 20.5” tall and will serve as a place to sit my coffee on in the morning.I built this project between shops in Portland, Oregon and Oro Valley, Arizona. The base was complete in August 2020 and documented in my blog of 8-3-20 “Partially Finished End Table”. The base consists of tapered legs with the apron pieces being attached by mortise and tenon joints.The top is a 4” wide walnut frame with an insert panel built with padauk, walnut and maple which sets in a rabbet in the outer frame. More info and pictures are in my blog “End Table WIP” from 3-28-21. https://www.lumberjocks.com/gdaveg/blog/132348The top was connected to the base with Z-clips today. It survived the trip from AZ to WA being carefully wrapped in paper and cardboard.The fit of the insert panel into the top frame will be monitored to see if the ambient humidity of Washington creates swelling issues. If so it will be unscrewed and trimmed.It was a fun but long build. I may add a couple of more coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly to the top to add protection.



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Table saw cabinet and wings

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Table saw cabinet and wingsThis whole project was inspired by fellow LJ member woodbutcherbyknight. And more specifically in response to a comment I had made about not having space for things like a cross cut sled in my current shop configuration. Gunny's response was along the lines of “you have space you just aren't using it right”. And so I set out to build some organization around my table saw. The third pic shows everything I have stuffed into this little setup right now.If you're wondering why the top looks all splotched well so am I. My go to finish for shop furniture is Waterlox because its pretty durable if you can get past the smell. However the Masonite tops did not agree with it and after waxing it looks like that. The top is slick as snot on ice going downhill but its also sinfully ugly. Function over beauty I guess.Both wings are built like shallow torsion boxes with an open bottom. I don't know how else to describe it. Edge banding is soft maple. The cabinet is just Home Creapo grade birch with maple face and side frames to make it pretty. I did manage to get the drawer fronts to have continuous grain without screwing up so a win in “skillz” column there.The cabinet supports the weight of the right wing utilizing 4 leveling corner feet that are hidden inside the bottom of the cabinet.
A simple allen key allows me to adjust all four corners to get the wing in line with the cast iron.That about sums up the this project unless you like drawer organization then stay tuned for each of those.Top drawer houses my dado stack in a custom mount thingy I made for it. As well as the other most important thing for dados which is my cheap caliper.
The second drawer is a mixed bag. I started with an organizer for all of my throat inserts and filled in the rest with whatever would fit.
The third drawer is my clunky attempt at a blade holder. It works but not super happy with it.
And the bottom drawer holds my small cross cut sled. I have since installed some side rails to keep it at the top of the drawer giving me space underneath of it. This is my old sled also. I've already started making a new one. I don't like the Kreg top track and swing stop. Not liking Kreg products is starting to become a theme for me. And yes Gunny I will be painting the blade guard red on the new one red.
And so finally I had a place for a sled to answer Gunny's comment. I'm working on a larger sled as well and who knows where the hell I'm going to store that. My shop has doors and windows in odd places making wall space an ultra premium. But i'm confident if i try to think like Gunny I will get it figured out.



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Timber Framing Saw Pony plan

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Timber Framing Saw Pony planI've built four of these little ponies from reclaimed lumber. They are very strong, handy, and versatile, especially in pairs. Apparently they are commonly used in timber-framing to store and work timbers. In spite of how common I would expect plans for these to be, they are almost impossible to find. I sketched up this rough plan from a Youtube video produced by “Wranglerstar”, who demonstrates how to build them. Rather than waste your time with photos of the ones I built for myself, I think it is more useful to give you the plans to build your own. The plans can be easily modified to suit whatever changes you might like to make, including wider lumber, and taller ponies. Cheap, strong, quick and easy to build, simple, relatively stable, and very useful. To be recommended. I'm using two of mine with a plank running across to hold potted plants for the summer on my deck.



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Woodworking in America: Stephan Cheney

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Stephan Cheney a Lakota woodworker of the Kul Wicasa Oyate in South Dakota. He currently lives in the Wiyot Territory in California. How did you get started woodworking? Who were …Source

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Cedar workboots

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Cedar workbootsThese boots come from some old cedar logs I was given by my friend
Left boot is from a split rail cedar fence post. The upper edge of the vamp shows some long time weathering.The second boot comes from a cedar utility pole. Cutting the boot blank I included. A knot and its shows dramatically on back of the boot.
I used a solution of alcohol and shellac and applied several coats. The result is a shiny finish.



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Cottonwood pair

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Cottonwood pairThis cottonwood came from southern Alberta. I,ve had this wood in my wood pile for several years and finally got creative juices going to carve this pair. The colour pattern is the centre of the log. One boot has a narrow heel so it is for a female while the other boot has male tendencies.
Aspen wood is white in colour.
Finished with my shellac alcohol mixture.
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birch bowl and egg

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birch bowl and eggI had a birch branch that was 6 inch in diameter and splatted all around. I wanted to preserve as much of the splatting as possible so made the hourglass figure. Not knowing what I would do with the finished piece when I made it. The idea of an ostrich egg holder came to mind early in the morning and sure enough it fit almost perfectly. Happy to save a bit of wood from the fireplace.
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Dovetail saw handle

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Dovetail saw handleI bought a beat up dovetail saw on eBay. Put a fairly minimal bid on it (it was $25 with free shipping) and won. It's shown in picture 3. My goal was to have a saw I could practice sharpening and other saw maintenance tasks on, and not feel too bad if I screwed it up.When it arrived, almost a year ago, the handle was even worse than it had looked in the photos, and was just too small for my hands, so I set the saw aside for a while and got on with other projects. Recently, I got stuck during my build for the Plane Swap and needed to work on something else while I thought about how to get past the problem I had created for myself.I sat down and tried to unscrew the saw nuts on the saw I'd bought. Turned out they were rivets. I ended up destroying the handle I order to get it off, and the holes in the plate were pretty nasty looking. I filed the holes flat (they looked like they'd been punched through the metal, rather than drilled) and started shaping a new handle.I traced the handle on a Bad Axe saw I bought, which fits me pretty well, onto a piece of 5/4 curly cherry I had. There was a knot in it, but I put that in the section that would end up inside the handle.Then I did some shaping with files and such while I waited for new steel saw nuts to arrive in the mail, and then again while I waited for a 3/16 carbide drill bit to arrive after I'd mistakenly ordered a 3/32 bit.I also pulled the back off the saw plate and cleaned up both the back and the plate. There was a fairly generic Warranted Superior, Sheffield etch that was almost gone (or had been etched lightly to begin with). I sanded it away, rather than trying to preserve it. I'm pretty sure this was a post-WWII saw, and nothing special, given the red plastic washer in place of a medallion and the riveted saw nuts.I got the handle mostly shaped by the time the new saw nuts and drill bit arrived, so I was excited to get things put together. But I'd finished the handle at about an inch thick, which fits my big hands pretty well, but didn't fit the 7/8” long saw nuts I'd bought. D'Ohh!So I took the handle to the belt sander and thinned it up a little. Which turned out to be good, since when I sawed the slot in it, I'd gotten it a little bit off, and it was off-center and aimed the blade a little to the right. Sanding the handle down let me fix that.Then I had to reshape and re-oil the handle, but I did that with it on the saw. That let me test it as I went, making sure that it pointed straight and felt right. Last step was cutting chamfers at the top of the handle where the back went into the wood.A couple coats of BLO later, and the saw is in use in my collection. And I learned quite a bit along the way, and have a saw I can practice sharpening on without worrying about destroying an expensive saw.



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USMC Shadow Box

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USMC Shadow BoxI was inspired by Topnotch and woody1492 to make a military shadow box for my son for his birthday. The project was great and it caused us to have some great conversations as we went through his stuff and worked together to decide what to put in it. I also got a great deal of help from watching YouTube videos, in particular: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgJTz2dZsig&t=1058s. In the end it got a bunch of his military treasure out of his drawers and boxes, and presented in a way he will be proud to talk about.The frame was made of hickory, which I chose for the color and grain as I wanted something lighter in color, but with a simple grain to make the uniform and bright color of the felt come out.On the back, I used a laser cutter to etch the quote about what it means to be a Marine.I got a deal on some “museum glass” which is really cool. It is very low glare, and it is really hard to tell it is even there in some lighting situations.The frame was sanded down to 320, and I wet it twice to raise the grain using 220 and again after 320, and finally finishing with shellac.



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Weather center from found root

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Weather center from found rootWeather center from found root.



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Arts and Crafts Clock... finished

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Arts and Crafts Clock... finishedThis is the first clock I made. Back during covid lockdown last spring. The bottom field has been empty since then while I decided how to finish it off. So I recently did some research on copper embossing and today I completed the piece by making and installing the acorn accent.
I wasn't happy with how bright the copper was. So I used a solution of vinegar, ammonia, and salt to speed up the aging process.



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Candle stand from maple, walnut and poplar

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Candle stand from maple, walnut and poplarCandle stand from maple, walnut and poplar.



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Router Bit Storage

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Router Bit StorageHi:I recently decided to address the longstanding issue I've had with my router bit collection.The disarray of my router bit collection has been an annoyance, and a couple of early attempts to deal with this problem have not resulted in a solution.Until NOW!The trouble was I had a variety of router bits some with 1/2 shanks, others with 1/4 shanks and a few select upward-spiral bits with 5/16 shanks. How many holes needed to be drilled for the 1/2 bits and how many for the 1/4 bits you see where this is going :-)It was a posting at Woodsmith magazine that offered the solution. Was it a drawer, or a cabinet or a shelf that would solve my problem?NO! It was a TRAY!Here is the link: https://www.woodsmith.com/article/router-bit-storage-solution/They suggested only two hole sizes. As you can see, it's better yet to drill THREE sized holes into each cube of wood, each hole for a different sized router bit shank. That means is you drill holes into, say, 64 cubes, you have 192 possible holes to choose from thirty of each size.AND, this means you get to use some of the scrap hardwood lying around your shop for this project.So I started making wood blocks 2 on each side. I decided on 64 blocks so I would have a tray with inside measurements slightly larger than 16 wide.I chose hardwood because it machines so well. The holes drilled are crisp and clean. And when the edges of the cubes are chamfered slightly, and the holes as well, the cubes look REALLY sharp!Beware you must drill the holes slightly larger than the bits they are intended to hold, otherwise the shanks will not fit comfortably into the holes. I chose drill bits 1/64 larger than the shank sizes, and they worked well.My new router bit storage solution may not be unique, but it certainly solved my router bit storage problem.



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African Walnut bowl on legs

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 African Walnut bowl on legsLong time since i have had some criative idea .
This is a segment woodworking (not turning) . Every sqere pice atached to the next by an angle of 2-3 degres and conected with glue . All done on tablesaw (hardly hand tools)
All cover with acrilic lac .



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Maple/Walnut kitchen Do-Dad Holder

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Maple/Walnut kitchen Do-Dad HolderMy wife loves her kitchen do-dads. she has a container on the counter that she keeps the most frequently used items in and it's packed full. As I was pondering what to do for her on mother's day, it dawned on me she needs something bigger to put them in. I recently salvaged some maple that had been cut for firewood and thought this would work fine. The front, back and bottom panels are maple and the cross pieces are walnut. It wound up being 7” tall and 15” long. Used a router carving bit to add the name and finished with a couple of coats of clear gloss lacquer. Wonder how long it will take for her to fill this one up???



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Ruhlmann-style Poker Table

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Architect, master craftsman and client design the ultimate gaming table. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the October 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking mile-Jacques Ruhlmann was one of the finest designers of the Art Deco period. In the …Source

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New take on a yarn bowl!

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New take on a yarn bowl!This is my take on a yarn bowl or knitting bowl. I have turned the traditional yarn bowl but find the curly Q cut out challenging to make attractive. When I had a customer ask for a covered yarn bowl I came up with this. It has been well received. This one is 10×5 Inches, it has a cherry bowl and a mahogany and oak button shaped lid that is held on by magnets. The finish is several coats of tung oil and paste wax.



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Cabinet with 100% DIY sliding doors

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Cabinet with 100% DIY sliding doorsI'm not a big fan of sliding doors, but I wasn't on the mood to mess with hinges, etc., Especially where this cabinet is supposed to go, which is on the wall above a closet door. (The opening salvo of my war on clutter.)The cabinet itself is boring, but I thought the doors might be of interest.Having never made sliding doors before, I looked online for a basic tutorial. Granted, I didn't look that hard, but everything I found called for prefab plastic track.But the local big box store didn't have any, and the stuff I found online seemed overpriced (and I didn't want to wait for it to be shipped), so I made some out of hard maple. I have one of those mini dado stack blade sets intended for making box joints (Two blades, put 'em one way, you get 1/4 inch flat bottomed grooves, the other way, you get 3/8. I have yet to actually make any box joints with it, but it's been handy for other stuff.)Anyway, cut two 1/4 inch grooves, 3/16 inch apart in long piece of maple. If I had to do it again, I think I'd try 1/8 inch apart, but i was worried something would split or break off. I cut this long track in half so as to get the top and bottom tracks.The doors are just plywood floor underlayment, which is something over 3/16 inch thick and easily fit in the grooves without binding.I glued the track in place and made the doors, and that's when I ran into a problem. If I made the doors the width of the opening, plus 1/4 inch for the depth of the groove, the doors would only fit in the bottom groove. If I made the larger, I couldn't install them, they'd be too wide. I solved this by cutting a 1/8 inch thick strip to go in the bottom of the two bottom grooves. This raised the doors up enough so they were partway inside the upper grooves, but were still easily installed by inserting them into the top groove and letting them drop into the bottom one I added some paste wax to the grooves and the door edges and everything worked great.Like I say, boring, but perhaps someone else might find this of use.



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Feeler Gauge for Jig Setup

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Did you know that feeler fauges are not just for machinists or for checking and adjusting our steel and cast iron woodworking equipment? How do I know this? Because I recently found out that a set of feeler gauges can …Source

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Walnut Bedside Table

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Walnut Bedside TableI made this walnut bedside table for my youngest granddaughter. It is a modification of a Stickley design. Secondary case wood is white oak (I had some scraps), and the drawer box is “white wood” from the big box store.



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Viking Sea Chest

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Viking Sea ChestThis is the second one of these I've made. Those multi angle dovetails still mess with my brain. I made this as a gift for my son's birthday. I used Poplar for the carcass, Sapele for the bottom trim, Black Walnut for the top, and Pecan for the till box. Work of love. This was a nod to my wife's Swedish heritage. Thanks to all the Jocks out there for inspiration.



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Ttara chairside table

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Ttara chairside tableThis table has the simple lines and strong but simple joinery that I love. Made from a flitch of ttara that a couple up the valley had in their shed for 15 years. The grain is incredible and I'm so pleased I was able to make good use of it.As with 99% of my projects, made with only hand tools. The weird grain necessitated a lot of planing, but thankfully my hand planing and sharpening skills seemed to be up to the task!From Paul Sellers Woodworking 1&2.



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Ikea style wardrobes for the mrs

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Ikea style wardrobes for the mrsWife asked if I could make wardrobes for the bedroom based on something from ikea. Sheet goods from bunnings came to about $350, hardware was another $100ish so saved about $400 compared to the ikea cost but these are much sturdier, 3 individual cabinet at about 600mm wide and full sheet high 2400mm. Made them so we could relocate them to another room at some point without pulling them apart or them falling apart. Just made with a circ saw and a homemade guide, dadoes and dowels for the shelf and case joinery. Didnt love workin with chipboard and mdf sheet goods but overall not a pain to build. Doors are a sheet of 12mm mdf with 12mm strips glued to the front to create panel look.
Mrs is happy so so am I.I didnt end up using any of my larger/expensive woodworking machines or tools so its nice to be reminded how much you can do with a 10 year old circ saw, a homemade guide and some patience



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Ripping Thin Pieces

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While making Shaker boxes, I built a jig to accurately rip 1/16″ thick strips without getting my hands too close to the blade. In fact, I can leave the guard on the saw. The jig has two parts. First, …Source

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Puppy Dog Rocking Chair

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Puppy Dog Rocking ChairWe were blessed with our 3rd grandchild – and first granddaughter – this January. In keeping with my tradition of making rocking chairs for them I decided to go with a puppy dog this time. The body of the chair is made from butternut, a photo of a cocker spaniel inspired the quilted maple for the ears. While selecting the wood I noticed an interesting knot in the butternut that I incorporated as an 'easter egg' in the arm (last photo). Face pieces and ears are finished with dewaxed shellac, body is 3 coats of satin wipe-on poly. Also shown are the first two chairs, teddy bear and monkey. I used the Rockler teddy bear plans for all 3 with the monkey and puppy dog being customizations my wife and I came up with.



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Toy box for new baby

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Toy box for new babyPoplar with red cedar floor inside.



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Another Moxon vise.

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Another Moxon vise.I've wanted a Moxon vise for some time and finally pulled the trigger. I know Red Oak is not the preferred material but it's what I had on hand. I didn't want to drive to Boise and back for hard maple. It's 250 mile round trip. I also did something else different I used Black Walnut Danish oil and I gave it a couple of Poly varnish. I'm sure everyone can tell that's Benchcrafted hardware. I got the design and plans from a guy on You Tube, Dustin Penner. It's probably not to everybody's liking, but I'm pretty sure it'll suit my needs. Only two more big projects on my list that I start using this to get proficient at hand cut dovetails.



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My Best Tools are Made of Paper

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Woodworking is, all at once, frustrating, elating, challenging and straightforward stupid simple. It combines the elements of design, vision, accuracy, artistic intent and manual ability like no other pursuit I've found. Just in the moment you believe you've mastered …Source

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Chop Chop Chess

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Chop Chop ChessIt was just a matter of time before pursuing this. Maple & walnut in an 8 by 8 grid – each segment is 1.5” square. Then there's the 1” margin in which the juice groove resides. Ready for your hasenpfeffer ingredients. When you're done with that, flip it over and you have a chess board.No I did not make the pieces. You can get a set of wooden chess pieces on eBay for ~$20.Yup, one corner of the juice groove shows a router slip, but at least I know EXACTLY why that was. As always, live and learn.Fun to make.



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Small boxes from off cuts.

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Small boxes from off cuts.  Tore into the I will use this someday pile. Some sweet wood from past projects finds new life.



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Wooden Screen Door - Design & Build Considerations

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Wooden Screen Door - Design & Build ConsiderationsWooden Screen DoorI am posting this as an approach to wooden outdoor furniture' - the wood selection, design considerations, wood movement issues all incorporated into something functional. If you are uninterested in Outdoor Wood Projects, and their unique considerations, your time may be better spent elsewhere.Often, I am asked by neighbors and fellow woodworkers about building or buying something in wood for outdoor use. When I accept a commission for an outdoor project, I carefully consider whether I can deliver something that meets both the requestor's and my criteria.
That said, this project lacks most of the considerations I use when choosing to post a project. My work is not meant to be museum quality I have neither the skill nor the patience; for that matter, also I lack the inclination to do this type of work. I am very focused on functionality, and try to have some fun with the design along the way.
Wood Selection
Jatoba is my go-to outdoor wood choice. Previously, I built a Japanese-style outdoor bench that has withstood 10 years of 24/7/365 exposure to Northeast waterfront weather. Also in the past, I have successfully utilized (Rhodesian) Teak and Mahogany; and have had dismal experiences with White Oak - I'm sure that others have had many successful efforts with other species.
Jatoba is both excellent to work with, and a pain - dense, heavy; it holds a razor edge and will dull anything short of carbine-tipped. My shop routines increasingly include hand-planning, and the Jatoba will test your sharpening skills.
Finish
My Jatoba projects were left unfinished from final sanding to outdoor placement: same for my Teak projects. Somewhere there is an outdoor finish that withstands the light of day, 3 years and running.
Design Considerations
The majority of outside screen doors are side-hinge-suspended, with the full weight of the door trying to pull the door out-of-square. I knew that I would use M&T (Dominos, made of Jatoba) for all corners and cross members. Also, I wanted to shun the obligatory X bracing pattern used in most wooden doors to minimize sagging. I opted for an 8-sided (think 'Stop Sign') pattern, that is very tight the 4 non-diagonals are domino-ed into the adjacent piece; then, the 4 diagonals are precisely dimensioned to pressure-fit held by glue, only. In this manner, any long-grain movement (most wood movement is along the side-grain, not long grain), serves to tighten the fit.
The main gripe with the exiting aluminum screen door other than it being out-of-character with the enclosed porch was difficulty affixing the vinyl splines used to pinch the screens tight. It seems they've ruined one too many screens during the installation process. I used a 1/4 dado-ed trough running along side the screen area; with (light) Jatoba strips inserts. Secured by SS offset clips to pinch the screen. In this manner, the wood strips act as one-piece (each side) securing mechanism.
All hardware (handles, hinges, clips and screws) is Stainless Steel (SS) meaning that their accumulated cost becomes a consideration.
Regarding Hardware, you need to select this prior to completing the design, as Door and Gate hardware can overwhelm an otherwise fine design the hardware tends to be heavy-duty, to handle the stresses and strains of daily usage and weather exposure. You need to ensure that the hardware has sufficient wood surface to capture (on a door, you may be limiting yourself to the top and bottom horizontal rails, and, a mistake I made was that the hardware over-laid the screen trough.
Gross Dimensions and Build
The door is 80 x 36 x 0.75 nominal - primarily, I work in metric, and I've converted my dimensions to Imperial for this posting; with 3.0 left and right stiles - the top and bottom rails are also 3.0, with each of the two internal rails being 1.5.
The internal octagons (8-sided) are comprised of two cut-types: the horizonal and vertical pieces are centered 10 by 1; the diagonals are 14.14 by 1, set at 45-degree miters. The diagonal length is calculated as follows: Given that the top and bottom Internal Squares are 30 by 30, with 10 on each side already take-up by the 1st cut-type; that leaves each diagonal piece spanning a triangle that is 10 by 10 (I had to draw-out this cut, in order to get it in my head) therefore the Pythagorean theorem gives us the Square Root of ((10^2)+(10^2)) = 14.14. Given the factors involved, cut long, and sneak-up on the exact fit.
First, I glued the horizontal and vertical 10 strips to their adjacent piece; and glued the overall frame; and let this dry overnight - I checked for overall square prior to letting it sit.
Second, I made each of the diagonal pieces - dry-fitting each one before moving onto the next. Then, I dry-assembled each of the two octagonals. Once satisfied with this, I glued each of the octagonals, relying on the pressure-fit.
Third, I pre-fit the now single-piece door to the door opening; and brought along the hinge hardware taking into account the gap created by the hinge swing mechanism - the hinge I chose had a 5/8 gap between the door frame flange and the starting edge of the attachment point on the new door - this required that the door be at least 5/8 narrower than the door opening, plus about for the spacing on the non-hinge side. Regarding height, I had to contend with unevenness of the stone walkway (the lower part of the door would swing onto a rising stone walkway), and the door's top needed to clear the door frame by . Also, I checked to ensure that the door hinge hardware could mount on both the Door's rails (top and bottom) at a point on the Door Frame.
Fourth - to the Table Saw, for final dimensioning and squaring.
Fifth - rout the dadoes for the spline holders - single Jatoba strips approximately the (2x) length and (4x) width one for each stile and rail, respectively.
Sixth - sand to 100 grit anything finer is overkill for an screen door.
Seventh - make the spline holders. This starts on the Bandsaw, with the cut width set to 8mm (about 1/3), from here I go to the jointer to sneak-down to 6mm or . Dry fit and mark each strip. Eighth - at the door frame, attach all hardware.



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Digitize Your Miter Gauge

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Here's a hi-tech way to set your tablesaw's miter gauge to within 1/10 of 1 of any angle. It really works well for cutting picture-frame miters. The key is to use a digital angle gauge. I bought one designed for …Source

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Choosing Combination Squares

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Select a reliable tool with these simple tests. I can't think of one project I've made that hasn't involved using one or more of my combination squares. I use these to lay out joints and cuts, and to check cuts …Source

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Porch Bench-Box

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Porch Bench-BoxI made this to sit in the porch…look pretty and hide packages when delivered. I enjoyed this project, especially figuring out the latch mechanism. Finished with spar varnish: 3 coats on the top and 1 on box. Top: walnut and mahogany. Latch: Purple Heart, mahogany and walnut. Box: maple ply.



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NIGHTWATCH...A Dream Catcher...

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NIGHTWATCH...A Dream Catcher...This is a Walnut “cookie”, I've had for some years. Thought it might be good for something like this but it got lost in the pile. Fished it out and said to myself, “use it”. Think of something…
Been needing a long term project. This was kind of a time killer. I could work and think I was doing something. Didn't really think I'd ever finish it, but then it became a challenge to not quit. Turned into a Zen, meditative, escape thing.
After hating it at first, to kind, of escaping into it. Memories of camping and watching the Owls come out at night. Off to dominate the night.
I used a plunge router, a Weecher rotary tool, and a Dremel tool. That's about it.
After it was almost finished, I saw it as a “Dream Catcher” A stalker of the night.
Only the children and the pure of heart, will ever catch it working…
Beware bad dreams…
Enjoy, thanks for looking…...............



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Jewelry Boxes

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Jewelry BoxesA friend ask if I could assist him in building jewelry boxes for his granddaughters. The plan is from Wood Magazine and the case is made from 1/2 inch cherry. Drawer pulls and velvet liner are on back order but he can finish that up on his own. Fun little project. I hope the girls like them.



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Memories brought back

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Memories brought backtwo years ago while at our annual Atwood Fall festival I spotted a vendor down the road that had wooden vehicles. A dozer, a trackhoe and a M58A1 replica Jeep. The jeep wasn't exact but close enough to make me not leave without it.
So this is not my finished project but a project made by Wayne Dyer of Port Washington, Ohio. Picture 1 is what I got that day and the rest of the pictures are what I have now after I comissioned a local graphic artist to paint and decal the jeep to my specs.
The reason I had to have this is evident in picturee 2 – 3rd armoured Division & HQ – 11 on the front bumper. While in Germany I was assigned that jeep and somehow managed to drive nearly 60,000 miles in 18 months. I was given a Safety Award for 50,000 miles without an accident or DR (ticket) and continued to drive until I got separation orders in January 1963.
The only credit due me is for having somebody satisfy my ego with their patience and expertise.here's a few more pics – please note there's no antenna nor sign of a radio. HQ11 was the only jeep not fitted with such for security I guessit difficult to see but there's actually a pintle hook for the trailer
the seats were shaded with a lighter olive drab
the tires on the trailer and jeep are walnut and I opted to leave them natural
So that's it guys, my home away from home for nearly 18 months – ole HQ11Please enjoy the pictures as much as I do having this memory revisited



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Mitre Sled

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Mitre SledFor my End Table Table Top that is shown on my Blog I wanted to make a mitre sled to cut the mitre corners as accurately as possible. I built a 45 degree sled following the YouTube video by William Ng.My sled however did not come out dead on perfect on the first correction adjustment like William's.After thinking about why mine was not able to be adjusted to meet my expectations I re-cut the chevron that had sat an Arizona summer in a house cooled to 88 degrees and sat upright on the upper shelf of my closet.First correction adjustment triangle came out very close and I used that to cut the outer frame of the table top.Needing a shop fix today I went through the sled adjustment with 2 adjustment cuts. I used the drill press to pretrial holes for the screws that fix the chevron to the sled. Came out 0.0025” in a 16 inch length. Good enough for me.William makes it look so easy.Here is a link to the table top blog.https://www.lumberjocks.com/gdaveg/blog/132348



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Arts and Crafts Coffee Table

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Arts and Crafts Coffee TableHere's another winter project. I made this for my son and his new house. This is also a second-time project. Quarter sawn white oak for the top, shelf, and slats. Rift sawn for the legs and rails. I prefer straight grain for structural parts. The plans for this table used to be on Rockler's website but I can't find them there anymore. Most of this table sticks to the plans except for the top thickness, too hard to find 6/4 QSWO lately. I also changed the slats by putting them in by mortise and tenon rather than slots and fillers between each slat, that seemed more work than cutting the mortises. The finish is a 1:3 mix of Minwax Red Mahogany and Early American, and 4 coats of polyurethane with a 1200 sanding before the last coat.
I learned a lot with this project. Mostly that QSWO can be brutal if the grain makes a rise. I won't soon forget the hours I spent with a card scraper cleaning up the tear-outs from the planer.Thanks for looking.



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Appalachian Mountain Music Box

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Appalachian Mountain Music BoxA friend who is into bluegrass and Appalachian music ask if I could make the music box. . We did some research on these rather crude instruments and made this one for her. There is no common size. They were made from whatever was on hand. The box sides were often old window frames, the frets fence staples, the tin in the strumming area and the peg end was often from snuff tins. the pegs for tuning were old screen door eye screws.
This one is made of Poplar, fence staples, the tin is roof flashing, etc. The brown peg is to hold the string against the fret for the melody. The strumming is done with a Turkey feather. 3 of the 4 strings are strummed and one is for the melody. I do not play any instrument and made this from research and guess. Size is 29” x 10” x 4”.
It was fun to hear her play it. Better than I thought it would be. A very basic music box.



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Dimensional Lumber Bench

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By the door or at the foot of the bed, this simple bench is just right for a small space.Source

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Roorkee chair without a lathe

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Roorkee chair without a latheDecided to make a couple Roorkee chairs from Chris Schwarz's Campaign Furniture book. Also watched his video on Popular Woodworking, which was a big help with the leather working.The legs are tapered European beech and the dowels are some kind of maple (store bought dowels that I tapered with a plane enough to fit the Veritas tenon cutter). I may replace them with something harder eventually because even though they're strong, the tapered tenons have deformed a tiny bit and it might just get worse over time. Pick a very hard wood if you're going to make one for yourself.I tried a lot of varying tensions on the seat and thigh strap positions but didn't find the chair to be as comfortable as I'd hoped. Even with the back seat rung being lower, my butt kept sliding forward and losing circulation. I'd say it's have a cup of tea comfortable but not watch a movie comfortable. I made a wedged cushion and that helps a lot. I haven't oiled this one yet but the leather will get a fair bit darker/browner after that.The leather is Tandy's Oak Leaf veg tan. I opted to learn some stitching to double up the arm straps but the project is designed to be all done with rivets.If you have a lathe and a drill press, this should be a pretty low stress project.



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Box

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BoxA friend of mine wanted a “box to put cooking stuff in” on the pull out grill on his RV. I added a slide top the gives him some counter space while cooking. Very simple, but decided to post it. Box is Baltic Birch put together using box joints (let me try out the jig I made), and top is scrap pieces of American mahogany I had left over from a project. The slides lock in the open and closed position.



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Porter-Cable 6-Amp Power Planer

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Tool: 6-Amp Power Planer Shop Now  Manufacturer: Porter-Cable MSRP: $69.98 Say you've got a huge, uneven roughsawn board. It would make a fantastic top for a coffee table, but how are you going to level it? Well, one way …Source

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