The Woodshop Shed

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

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Alabama football stick.

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Alabama football stick.If you are a collage football fan You know that Univ. of Alabama football is a big deal here. This wa c commision by a big fan. The team maskot is the Elephant. The howntooth below the elephant represents Coach Bear Bryans Hats. And a crimson tied red grip. It was a chalance I had never caved an elephant. I had the swirled stick so it just came toghther.



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Woodworking in America: Erin Bell

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Erin Bell, a woodworker and small-business owner from Vermont. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? About 5 years ago I left my job and started working …Source

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GRAY STAIN FARMHOUSE RANCH STYLE WOODEN TABLE

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GRAY STAIN FARMHOUSE RANCH STYLE WOODEN TABLEDining Room Table built from a reclaimed Redwood deck. Stained with a graystain and rustic whitestain on the edge. Farmstyle wooden table-legs are shaped like an X style shapeOne of a kind wooden dining tableTHIS WAS BUILT FROM AN OLD DECK



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My Tongue Drum...drum roll please

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My Tongue Drum...drum roll pleaseFirstly …yes Tongue Drums do grow on trees!In fact this one grew on an Australian Red Ironbark Gum tree.
Then was cut up for building stumps used in an Queenslander home/house.
Then they were unceremoniously dumped on the footpath as waste, due to being replaced by steel posts
Along comes some “loonie” woodworker and hauls them back home.After reading about Tongue Drums I decide to build a few.The construction process is documented in a blogThe tools used
1 x large circular saw
1x Table saw
1 x jointer
1x thicknesser
1x drum sander
1 x Router
Various hand sanders (which incidentlu are locked away now so nobody pinches them)
Titebond III
A few screws
6 x Super Balls (there were more but check the blog as to what happened to them)Acknowledgments :-
Gnarlyerik
Crowie
Carmichael Plans
and lots of other LJs providing moral support along the way, (again check the blog for their valuable dialogue)



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Small Bandsaw Upgrades Make A Big Difference

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Six years ago my neighbor and friend Dave gifted me his vintage Sears Craftsman 12 band saw. I love this machine and use it quite a lot. Sears used to make these saws and sell them mainly to hobbyists and …Source

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Fancy Barn Door

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Fancy Barn DoorI had a neighbor contact me and they wanted to replace their boring plain white pocket door to their Master Bathroom and they had the idea of using a Barn Door for this space. I loved the idea and sold them on the combination of using Sapele with a Maple Frame. I constructed the door using simple tongue and groove joinery and used a Made In America hardware kit for hanging the door. It fit the space for this small door perfectly and really transformed the space from blah, to WOW! Let me know your thoughts, and if you would like to see the whole build process, you can check out the full build video here:https://youtu.be/pe7ePFrhaeo



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Sweetgum Bowl

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Sweetgum BowlI'm always amazed just how many 'curls' are left over after making even a small bowl like this one.Sweetgum
5.5” x 2.25”
Friction Polish



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Mrs. Tea time kitchen clock.

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Mrs. Tea time kitchen clock.The old WALMART kitchen clock served us well for many years but every time I set the time I wondered if it would hold together one more time. This started as a 12” square x 5/4 oak slab that was hanging out by the radial arm saw at work. I cut down the thickness of this shop clock by 1/2 , a few dozen teapot designs later and BINGO.



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Blanket Ladder

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Blanket LadderMy wife saw something very similar of Wayfair so she asked me to make her one. I had never heard of a blanket ladder before but since she gives me time and space to do projects it was the least I could do.The wood is white oak that I salvaged when a contractor jacked up a nearby house. I have been drying the wood in my basement for at least five years.I turned the tenons on the rungs then wedged them in place. If this were an actual ladder I would use square tenons but, since we're only supporting blankets, that seemed like overkill. Used oil and wax finish.The wife is happy so definitely a worthwhile project.



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10th Anniversary

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10th Anniversary It has been a rough year all around for a lot of people. So as I was looking for a gift to make for my wife on the occasion of our 10th anniversary I came across this idea. She laughed on and off for about 15 minutes. She loved it.



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Tissue box #3

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Tissue box #3The design credits go mostly to my wife. We seem to make a pretty good team.There were a lot of challenges with this project. All the red woods (padauk, red heart and bloodwood) all bleed terribly when sanded or finished. I had to carefully shellac the areas around those woods before sanding. The powdered black mineral used for the swallowtail butterfly also loves to get in pores. Other non-wood materials are acrylic and mother of pearl.



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Dagger display case

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Dagger display caseWalnut display case for a presentation dagger (11-1/2” X 19” X 2-1/2”) Simple rabbet joints for the box, a resawn book matched 1/4 walnut back and splined miter joints for the picture frame type lid. Non glare glass secured with 1/4” quarter round moulding. Rare earth magnets to secure the lid.



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2021 plane swap

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2021 plane swapThe smoothing plane was made from quartersawn sycamore with hard maple interior. The chisel plane the body is hard maple and the cap is very curly maple. I used recycled block plane blades for both planes. I got got the plans from John Wilson's book on making wooden tools. I bought the book when I took a class from John on making a shoulder plane.



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2021 Plane Swap, Jack Plane

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2021 Plane Swap, Jack PlaneThis is my entry for the 2021 Plane Swap. A Jack Plane with the bed set at 43 deg. However it is a few inches longer than the traditional size.I used a solid piece of Piquarana for the body, (2-1/2” square by 18”) then used the drops to form the wedge and tote. The bed and chip well was hogged out using a fostner bit, then using the chisel's to finish it up. The tote was set in a mortis, with a tenon and a 3/8 oak dowel. I tried to make the tote a little larger for the folks which may have larger paws. The front knob, (which looks more like a ball hitch) was turned from Bloodwood, with a round tenon.The blade set is a Hock Set 1-7/8” in the width. With the shipping delays, from other suppliers it did creat a bit of a challenge on my choice of a build.The design came from Traditional Wooden Handplanes, by Scott Wynn. Going into this swap I did not know much about Handplanes, just how to use one. Let alone build one. Thanks to Dave P who gave me a few suggestions about having a few different plans, never made it “B”The bonus item. A small hammer using Mexican Royal Ebony / Katalux and Bloodwood. I used some simple brass plumbing fittings to tie everything together. (Hammer Size, I think) tip to tip is 6” and an 8” handle. Forgot to measure that before shipping. (I need to make another one or two for myself) it has a nice little weight which can be used with chisel's too).All pieces were finished with Watco – Danish Oil, Natural Finish, three coats.The last photo was my proto type which I used as my progress photo. I used oak for that one.This has been an experience, along with being a fun build. And a big thanks goes out to Dave P for his encouraging words and for running the 2021 Plane Swap.



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Baseball table

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Baseball tableOne of my first projects. A table I built for my youngest nephew when he was born (he's four now).



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Going Away Gift - Walnut and Epoxy

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Going Away Gift - Walnut and EpoxyI recently made this going away gift for a co-worker-she and I had worked together (on a daily basis) for 4 years.Most of these details are the same as other boxes I have made over the years. I was able to wrap the walnut grain around all 4 corners using this jig that I made years ago; box joint jigThere were a few voids in the walnut lid that I filled with matching epoxy from her name. For the splines on the lid, I used inverted pieces of scrap maple flooring that still had the “haunch” profile in it – that created a void to add some more epoxy for a slight detail.The state of Michigan inlay is maple burl & the veneer maple top was something I picked up on e-bay years ago.She is a big Chris Farley fan so that was my inspiration for the underlid character and phrase.Bottom is made from aromatic cedar which she will get the scent from every time the lid is opened.Finished with GF seal-a-sell & multiple coats of GF arm-r-seal.Thanks for looking.Bill in MI



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Mom's kitchen table

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Mom's kitchen tableSo my mom recently sold her house and bought a new place and as she is digging out of 40 old years worth of stuff, she comes across this old kitchen table and she asks me to refinish it for her. The table is around 60-65 years old, as near as any of us know, and it was covered over is layers of old, flat white paint. I cleaned it up and stripped the table top and found this beautiful old hardwood underneath. I didn't have the heart to cover it back up with paint. A little sanding and stain and poly and it came out looking pretty good, I think. Mom loved it.



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Shop-made Tail Vise

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Transform your workbench with custom-fit workholding - without any fuss. For many woodworkers, especially those of the Galoot persuasion, a workbench with a tail vise of some sort is a fundamental necessity. These vises are integral to most European-style …Source

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Hopefully the last wood bowl.

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Hopefully the last wood bowl.This is one of the last bowls I'll be making. The side rings were excess that I cut off from other bowl bases. This one is for 'Stick in the Mud'. I'm hoping this is the last coat of varnish. I'm really tired of making these bowls.
I am happy how this walnut looks. It's definitely going to be a one off project. I've made close to 80 of these and they have lost their allure.Just so you know I don't have a Lathe. I did these using a circle jig on my band saw. Honestly there's about 2 hours of sanding involved in a bowl this size. A stationary belt sander, Spindle sander and a palm sander. Guess that's why I've had enough bowl making.



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Ride 'em Cowboys.

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Ride 'em Cowboys.Boy and Girls,For those that may have noticed an absence of my so called ”contributions” I'm ba-ack, and for those that haven't or don't care tough!Been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in my back beside the excruciating pain in my left shoulder blade for the first week, it has somewhat desisted in persecuting me and now persisting as an inconvenient continual ache the clincher was that I lost about 60-70% use of my left arm. Being my drinking arm, I realised I had to get pissed to logon to LJ, hence my prolonged absence. Don't be intimidated, my neurologist's appointment is still 1 month away.Not being game to venture down to the workshop, I found that my laser room was not out of bounds and I did some internet searching for some inspiration. As I have recently managed to sit upright at my computer for more than a few minutes, came up with something much to my anticipated adverse pottzy reaction as this is another puzzle to rattle his chain and other people's brain.Consequently it was time to get back on the horse pun intendedThis puzzle is based on the famous Trick Donkeys invented by Sam Loyd in 1858. The object of this puzzle is to rearrange the three pieces so that the riders appear to be riding the donkeys (horses).

It has been modernised to a pair of bucking broncos and two shoot from the hip cowboys

hence the chaps.Downloaded from the internet, the design eventually made the transition to MDF with the assistance of CorelDraw, my laser and some vino induced programming,

I package these into baggies with some basic instructions, gallery picture #5, to be included in my swag of puzzles to be given away as freebies to any tragic that happens to walk across my path,
I have not provided the solution here, however, all can be downloaded from here...
Files available:-

  • Trick Donkey (A4 cutouts).pdf – Paper cutouts in case you don't own a laser/CNC.
  • Trick Donkey (Laserable).pdf – Laser engravable with red-hairline borders for cutting.
  • Trick Donkey (Solution).pdf – Baggie solution (folded in half) if you mass produce.
  • Tricky Donkey (Sketchup Solution).mp4 – Sketchup solution animation.
pottzy, download the A4 PDF, cut them out and I bet you could turn 10 bowls before solving.Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!Late update...Thanks to an inquiry by corelz125...
If you don't have access to a laser, the paper version of the puzzle can be downloaded from this A4 PDF and suggest you cut out around the borders of the cowboy page.


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Battle Tops

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Battle TopsJeremiah and I had our last regular weekly shop class tonight. Our finale was learning more about what a lathe can do. He learned all the parts of a lathe and some of the various chisels. And he watched me make a few tops. Before he got there, I turned the “Battle Top Arena.” Tops are Hard Maple with no finish and the arena is Poplar. Arena: 1.75” x 11.25” The pictures are of him showing everyone from the lady's meeting his new project.



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French Polishing Myths

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Linen and more. Three times in recent memory, articles have appeared in major woodworking magazines instructing readers to use linen for the outer cloth in a French polishing pad. No explanation, just the instruction. This brought back memories from …Source

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Key Safe

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Key SafeLeftovers from the last project, were resawn…
Planed smooth..
Lid/door is a book-match…corner joints are 1/4” x 1/4” box/finger joints…sawn and chopped with hand tools
Back is a 1/4” plywood panel. Sides of the case were too thin to mill grooves to hold the panel. Panel is glued to hardwood “slips”
Key emblem on the door was scrollsawn from 1/4” thick Ash, painted with silver spray paint, and attached with 3 screws.2 coats of gloss Poly, on top of a stain. Tried to get the grain to wrap around all four sides…There is a box/tray in the bottom, to hold wayward keys that nobody remembers where they go. Bar that hold 4 cup hooks is screwed in place through the back panel…a Magnetic latch holds the door shut…Something a bit different than the usual Box Projects I do…Thanks for looking in!



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Bear Carving

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Bear CarvingLooking for my next project I came across a picture of a carving similar to this one, so I figured that would be an easy job. First I cut of a section of a Bradford Pear trunk that was full of worms I chopped down a few years ago. It made a perfect base and the insect activity gave it a lot a character. I then chopped the head and paw from a Bear stl model I had in my files, resized it to fit on the tree trunk. Size is 24 tall and 14 wide. Now I just need a place to hang it.Gary



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Spalted Butternut Bowl

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Spalted Butternut BowlTwo brand new things for me in this one. I used a 40/40 grind on the bowl gouge. And I used a new finish, something they call, O.B. Juice or Shine Juice. Used it as a friction polish.6” x 4”
Butternut



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Replace A Missing Clamp Pad, Part 2

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Last week I showed how to source and install a missing swivel pad over the ball of a clamp's screw. That kind of pad only works in a ball and socket situation, so what can we do with clamps that …Source

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Repurposed Bench

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Repurposed BenchMy elderly neighbor and his wife gave me an old bed frame that they had. He mentioned that it was very squeaky and it was an embarrassment when his grandchildren would visit. I didn't ask.He thought the wood was too good to just toss out so he gave the frame to me. He thought that I could use the wood on different projects in the future. I decided to make this bench. All of the wood in the bench was once part of the bed frame.I then offered to give it back to him if he and his wife wanted it. They were thrilled to get it. Just to be clear, it no longer squeaks.



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Bowl from maple burl with walnut rim

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Bowl from maple burl with walnut rimBowl from maple burl with walnut rim.



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Best Woodworking Deals on Prime Day 2021

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Here's a roundup of some of the best Prime Day deals on woodworking tools. These prices are only good through the end of the day, so shop now! Up to 20% off Akro-Mils products Up to 50% off BLACK+DECKER Products…Source

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New Strop

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New StropMade a new (Bigger) strop that will accommodate chisels and my hatchet much better. The leather is 3” x 8.5” Total length is 16”. The handle is Ash.Boil Linseed Oil for a wipe-on finish.
This a leftover project from yesterday.



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Walnut Tabouret

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Walnut TabouretThis is my version of the Stickley No. 603 Tabouret almost exactly as drawn in the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” by Robert W. Lang. Oak would be more traditional than walnut, but I like walnut. I like the shape. I sanded to 600 grit and I used two coats of Watco tung oil, which seems more like a varnish oil combo in practice. Finishing is always the hardest part. I want to try one of the new hard wax oils next. I like this piece and I want to make more of them. I think a pair would make nice hifi speaker stands (Hint to the lovely wife).



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Picture Block????

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Picture Block????Seeing one of my favorite pictures of my wife and son laying out,got me thinking of an alternate to conventional picture frames. This is what I came up with.A quick little project, using cutoffs from some salvage wood used on other projects, a piece of dowel and plexiglass.
Finished with a few coats of paste waxSimple solution and my wife loves it!Thanks for looking.



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Standing Desk for Computer

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Standing Desk for ComputerTeleworking + bad ergonomics = pain in the tailbone. Had to make a stand-up platform for the computer. Maple plywood. Breaks down into four pieces, joinery = friction & gravity only. It wobbles only a wee bit, but not terribly. Groove for the cell phone is a 1/2” channel with a 3/8” hole for the power cord to feed in from underneath. The table is a cheap hollow-core door cut to width = my wingspan (64”); table trim cut from pine framing studs. Legs are 1” black iron pipe, threaded in segments so that table could be easily leveled. The computer stand sits on a clear vinyl deskpad, which REALLY works to keep it from skidding around the tabletop. Ikea footstool. Raw linseed oil on the computer stand, Minwax polyurethane finish on the table.



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Spalted Maple Keepsake Box

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Spalted Maple Keepsake BoxMy wife's brother and his wife had their first child and my wife is the baby's godmother. Completed this Spalted maple keepsake box as a gift for her parents to store this newest addition of the family's mementos.The maple is some I milled from a tree we took down that was interfering with our waterline.
Walnut hinge and lid accent. Oak tray and document keeper on the inside.
Swing arm latches from Amazon.Pyrography for the monogram and birth date.
After testing varnish and not caring for how it changed the color, end up using spray can lacquer based on advice from other LJs and couldn't be more pleased with the clarity and how well the spalt shows.
The soft maple was a bit challenging to work with, but pleased with the outcome. Dimensions- 6 x 10 x 5-3/4Thanks for looking.



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Knife... My First

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Knife... My FirstHad this knife blade for about 15 years. Found it in a drawer and decide to make a Walnut Handle for it. Didn't have any brass pins… so I just turned some out of Maple. Just some BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil) for a finish. It'll be used as a go-to in the shop.



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Bluebird bird house

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Bluebird bird houseMade from reclaimed pallet wood. There's oak, fir, and poplar in there for sure. Maybe something else, too.Base is 5 square on the inside, and the hole is 6 off the base, and 1.5 in diameter, which are the numbers for the western bluebird.The roof overhangs enough to hopefully keep ravens out. The front is hinged at the top with a couple dowels so you can clean out the old nest easily. Gravity will keep the front closed, but the nail with a handle will make sure it stays closed.Drainage holes in the bottom (the cut off corners), and vent holes at the top (again, cut off corners). I think this is about as simple as a birdhouse gets.Glued and screwed butt-joint construction. Should last a few years, but mostly I wanted to test this idea for the hinged front, and one of my neighbors wanted a (free) birdhouse.Can be mounted to a pole by putting screws through the back or the bottom.



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Scrap Bots!

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Scrap Bots!Having just wrapped up a big stressful project, I wanted to have some fun in the shop. I also really want to teach my boys the joys of woodworking, working with your hands, problem solving, and creating. Well the stars aligned and they actually showed some interest today so we spent the morning in the shop and had a lot of fun!Oldest boy's bot was “Pokey 200.” He's a dog relaxing on the ground, but don't let that fool you. It has a laser nose, ejectable bomb ears, a cannon tail, and a level on its back for precise targeting.Middle boy's bot was “Laserman 2000.” He has laser eyes, a laser nose, and mega-ultra-2000-infinity arm lasers.Dad's was “Dad Bot 9000.” He's got an anti-laser, anti-bomb ear, anti-cannon tail force field generator onboard, and a secret spinny bow-tie attack that wins every time – to be used in emergencies only.I let the kids do some simple cuts on the band saw and some shaping on the edge sander, with lots of supervision (so not many photos of that obviously). These boys are messy, full of energy, hard to focus, and a joy to be around. They're proud of their creations, and I'm proud of that. Everyone had a great time on this project, and I'm sure they'll have fun destroying these in due time. Then we can make some more :)



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Air Plant Holder - Brisbane Box Wood

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Air Plant Holder - Brisbane Box WoodWe planted a Brisbane Box tree in our front yard several years ago that never did very well – it never fully died, but never really grew. We finally gave up on it and I pulled it from the ground last year (I literally pulled it out of the ground in 30 seconds). Since it was such a terrible tree I was compelled to make it do something useful for once. So I took the root ball and about 5 inches of trunk, flipped that upside down, and bored out a pocket in the middle to display this air plant my daughter got me for my birthday. That dumb tree is finally beautiful.



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Go Fish

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Go FishThe two carvings were made years apart, and tied together (literally) when I completed the “fly”. The fly was designed when I felt the “rising trout(bass?)” carving looked too “alone”and small to make an interesting display. The links are brass rods. Admittedly the fish was from a carving book image, .. but I made modifications, including the (subtle) coloring of the water. The fly is entirely my design! The hook took considerable effort to get right. It's a brass tube (filled with fine sand while creating the bend to prevent crimping.) I'm currently working on a mobile of fishing lures, 10-20 times larger then the actual lures. We'll see what become of the final project in a year or two.



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Clocks

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ClocksI wasn't going to post these, but we seem to be in a project slump so I will just submit something. I'm sure you all have made a, or some clocks in your time. Here are a few of mine.
That first one is of course a book match set. If you look real close you'll see a figure in there. Hope it doesn't freek anyone out.
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Visiting Rosewood Studio

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This Canadian school has its roots in the College of the Redwoods. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the August 2004 issue of Popular Woodworking. Christopher Schwarz visited Rosewood again in 2013 at their new location in Perth, ON…Source

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My Boys First Mallet

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My Boys First MalletMy 8yr old boy asked me for a “sledge hammer” to use in the shop with me. By that he meant a mallet like the ones I use. So we set about making one with him helping on every step. He helped cut, drill, sand and glue up his new mallet and is pretty proud of it. It's made of maple with a padauk wedge. Simple blo finish. Thanks for looking.



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Kshi-do

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A new entrance to a master's studio comes from the beginning of his career. Downloads: PDF of this article Koshi-do_Drawing Editor's note: this article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking The kshi-do form (a latticed …Source

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Pencil and tool holders

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Pencil and tool holdersSome tool holders I've made over time, out of small pieces.Finally got tired of the coffee cans, so much better looking now in the shop . . .



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Couple of Eagle canes

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Couple of Eagle canesI kind of rushed these together a while back, due to them being popular. Not as happy with these as others I've made.
Didn't get too detailed with these., just wanted something to do. I know it shows.
Hope you enjoy anyway. . .Thanks for looking . . .
Figured maple, walnut , Elm . . .



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Sketching Strategies

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As with woodworking skills, design and drawing skills take practice. For many woodworkers, design seems like a leap into the unknown. It's one thing to teach our hands to saw to a curved line; it's quite another to summon …Source

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FAST FOOD PLATES

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FAST FOOD PLATESDimensions 30×21x2cm, cherry wood. I cut grooves on router table using stop blocks. Laser engraved restaurant logo, finish wood oil. Last photo I've got from restaurant…realy have to try if they work well…hehehe.



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Dollhouse

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DollhouseI originally made this dollhouse 35 years ago for my daughter. She now has two girls 10 and 6 years old. I painted the exterior walls and trim and made a few repairs. When I built the house I didn't add any interior trim. Now it has window trim and baseboards along with a little sprucing up of the wallpaper and flooring.
We also have a box full of furniture.
My grandkids are very excited, they saw it while I was working on it. I plan to give it to them this weekend.Phil



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Side by Side Secretary

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Side by Side Secretary My Grandmother had a Side by Side Secretary that I always admired. When I built my confidence enough, I tried to copy it. I got the oak wood from a neighbor who had burr oak in his timber and had it cut into usable boards. The pic is final result.



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Pixelated Portrait of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)

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Pixelated Portrait of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)Portrait made of Walnut, Maple, Cherry, White Oak, and Mahogany glue to 1/2” ply. Mitered border is cherry with slight chamfer and attached with a dado down the middle to keep the board from warping.
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Bunk beds with trundle beds

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Bunk beds with trundle beds Just finished building these bunks for a very time sensitive job. I wasn't keen on the initial design but with some minor tweaks made it work. The designer and home owner wanted the ladder incorporated into the end frames, to save floor space. The beds will be painted and ready for the summer, then I will add Vertical T&G wainscoting to the walls, solid middle panels, and ceilings. Upholstered, head and side panels will also be added. The safety rail will be removed and a custom iron rail will be installed. It was a fun project for the shop and field. You can see I had to jack up the ceiling to install, and the beds are now somewhat structural.



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Mobile Assembly Table

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Storage and utility in just the right size. It's often said that a shop layout is never truly complete. While that may be true, I have discovered a valuable asset in my shop that can move and adapt to changing …Source

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What if two people guess the correct weight of the HotRod Ford at the 50th Reunion

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What if two people guess the correct weight of the HotRod Ford at the 50th ReunionWhat if two people guess the correct weight of the HotRod Ford at the 50th Reunionhttps://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/419898That was the question from the old shipmate who was organizing the fund raiser!SIMPLE – I'll make another prize for the the Guessing Competition!I put on my thinking cap and came up with a prize that would have a wider appeal, a Christmas Sleigh & Reindeer.
I had the templates and a beautiful piece of Camphor Laurel for the sides plus a length of laminated Walnut for the centre section. The reindeer would be made from some Tallow Wood complete with a Blood Wood nose.So with Handy's assistance the sleigh and reindeer was done.
Three coats of my homemade wipe-on-poly and the Second Prize is sorted!



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Another owl walking stick

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Another owl walking stickThe first owl stick, I thought was cool, but, kind of thought I'd like to try again…This one came out alright. I like it. One thing, I wish I had better walking sticks with more branching at the top, but I use what I have. This stick is just that, a stick I had laying around.The owl is made out of Yew, some I was lucky to come across years past. Nice and dry. Man that Yew is hard.
Cool swerling grain. I like that.Made using rotary tools. This one I sanded. The last one I did not. Thought it would resemble the soft feathers of an owl better. The sanded one shows off the wood better.This one I painted on, don't normally do that but it was needed. Added a little more paint to the prior one too.
Hope you enjoy…Here's the chunk I started with.Couple of other shots…



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Pocketknife display and storage case

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Pocketknife display and storage caseI have a friend who retired. I made this knife display box for his retirement. It is monkey pod with a touch of cherry and walnut.If you have never worked with monkey pod, I recommend you do your homework, its interlocking grain brought a few challenges.Workability: Monkeypod is generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though any interlocked grain may result in fuzzy or torn grain during planing operations. https://www.wood-database.com/monkeypod/I also experienced fuzzy and torn grain during cutting, router, and some sanding.It is however, beautiful wood when you get to the end project.Thanks for stopping by.



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Breadboard End Joints

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Cut precision joints on a large top. Breadboard ends are old devices for improving a solid-wood top. They act like cleats to hold the top flat, which is particularly important when there's minimal understructure, such as on a trestle table. …Source

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This Project Is For The Birds...

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This Project Is For The Birds...For the second year in a row, one of our local bear critters decided to make a snack out of our bird feeders. Figured if this is going to keep happening, I might as well learn how to make them myself instead of buying them. This is my first go at it.



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Simple small bandsawn cutting boards

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Simple small bandsawn cutting boardsAs you can see, this is not a new project, or a fancy one.I would not have thought to post it except for the fact that my wife tells me a least twice a month how much she likes these simple little things.A couple of years ago, she had asked for small cutting boards for Christmas, and I said I would make her some… but Christmas Eve I realized that I had not. So I went out to the shop and found a little board of pecan that I had sliced from firewood on my bandsaw a few years earlier. Through the planer a few times and across the jointer (so they will stand on edge), ;then I penciled a cut line freehand and took it to the bandsaw. The ends I radiased on the bandsaw just using my hand as a pivot. A little trip to the oscillating spindle sander, a quick roundover and Merry Christmas.What the photos show is a couple years of daily use, including a recent strawberry.It's easy and she likes them.-Paul



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Paired cutting boards

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Paired cutting boardsFirst cutting boards in 2021. They have been ordered as a birthday gift and will be gifted next month. I have helped customer to design pattern that I later followed in making progress. Program I used is cutting board designer ( online version ) and this pattern includes four different wood spices: Maple,Walnut,Purplehart and Wenge.
I took extra time when I was cutting stripes and at the glue ups to test my skills and tried to make perfect alignment.
It looks just how I planed and design it,maybe even better :D



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Small cremation box

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Small cremation boxI had a small piece of spectacular crotch walnut left over from another project so decided to make this little box. It's all about the wood.



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Portrait of a Man

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Portrait of a ManThe original of this relief carving was a woodcut done by M. C. Escher in 1920 while a student in a school of decorative arts. This was long before his weird designs his later life. This piece has a basswood cutout glued to black walnut. It was carved over four months using only hand tools.



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Split Top Saw Bench

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Split Top Saw BenchHello All,
I have often thought that a low, solid bench would be very useful in the shop, so I looked at a lot of images and came up with a design I liked. The original plan was to attach the tops to the legs with box joints, but since I have wanted to learn how to hand cut dovetails, I decided that now was the time.Learning in 5/4 hard maple was not the most logical decision since it is so unforgiving, but I practiced 7 or 8 joints in 3/4 poplar until I started feeling comfortable. I tried several techniques, and ended up cutting the tails first on the tablesaw and finishing with a chisel. The pins were cut in the traditional way with a hand saw. My first attempts were with my Japanese saw, but I wasn't getting the results I liked and I ordered Rob Cosman's dovetail saw. What a difference! Easy to start, cuts quickly, easier for me to keep a straight cut. The joints aren't perfect, but I'm on my way.I finished with my new favorite finish, Osmo Polyx. It's easy to apply once you learn to go lightly, feels great to the touch, and doesn't yellow maple like many finishes.I know that many of you might think it a waste of time to put so much effort into a piece of shop furniture, but I view every project i build as a learning opportunity and I learned a lot on this build. Thanks for looking!



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Iphone docking station

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Iphone docking stationHey Lumberjocks
Just wanted to post my latest project. Yes, I know everyone has made a phone docking station, so I had to put my spin on one. Simple design – Bloodwood and Wenge. I wanted the docking station to be on the heavy side so as not to move the station when plugging and unplugging the devices, Turned out to be very practical to have my phone, watch and earbuds all charging in the same location. I will say the pictures really don't due the project justice. I guess it's more on the functional side and less on the showy side.
Thanks for checking out the docking station.
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Jisshukodogu - Incenses box

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Jisshukodogu - Incenses boxSome of you will know that I'm currently into my Japanese Period. I've been fascinated by all Japanese boxes for a few years now and have been making a whole range of them. While this small box is a finished project in its own right, it is just part of the main Incense box which is still on going. But I liked it so much I thought I would post it now.Its the first of 10 small boxes that hold voting tablets used in the Japanese Incense games Kodo. In Kodo participants are pulled into an elaborate guessing game where they must match the scents of different kinds of incense. While its origins were in China, 'incense listening' is a part of Japanese culture. Like ikebana (flower arranging), kintsuji (ceramics) and tea ceremonies, kodo is a lesson in aesthetic appreciation and is as much a game as it is an art form. All the paraphernalia associated with Kodo was beautifully made and decorated with the finest lacquer. I have made a few other items associated with in the past which you can see here, here, and here.So, this little box holds a set of 12 voting tablets. Each tablet is 35×16 x 3 mm They are made from ebony and have a flower or tree symbol on one side which identifies the participant. Below are some of the chrysanthemum and paulownia set.The other side has 1, 2, 3, or Guest plus a Star or Moon on. After smelling, 'listening' to one of the incenses in the game, the participants use one of the tablets to vote for what they think it is.The tablets which are made from ebony, were finished and wax polished to ensure the surface was smooth and filled, before a friend laser engraved them. I then put a couple of coats of gold lacquer into the engravings. Any smudges around the symbols could be then be lightly sanded off. The outer box is made from walnut with gold lacquer on the top edge.There will be 10 sets of tablets, so 120 tablets in total. Each set will have their own little box. Theses then fit into another box, which fits into one of the trays in the main Incense box. So nine more boxes and 108 tablets to go…. I will post the finished box, but it will be a while yet!Thanks for looking.



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Rural Shop

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Having been a woodworker for well over fifty years, I knew what I wanted in a shop: an ample assembly area with plenty of natural light and my tools close at hand. As I live on a small farm, my …Source

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Cross

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CrossJust a simple cross I designed years ago for my first communion students. This cross is made of yellow birch wrapped in cherry quarter banding. The 1/8 inlaid strips are walnut. This cross is 3/4 thick. The banding stands 1/8 proud of the face, giving a tiered look.



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Krenov Sawhorses

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Krenov SawhorsesI was getting sick of my black plastic sawhorses and had a pile of scrap wood laying around. Beats throwing the cut off pieces from previous projects into the fire pit. It is a standard krenov style sawhorse, but I added a few curves to lighten up the shape a bit. Everyone I have shown these to think they are a decorative blanket rack for the house. They shake their head when they find out I use them as sawhorses.Wood: White oak and bur oakJoinery: Wedged through mortise and drawbore mortise and tenon. Wedges: Black walnutFinish: Natural danish oil



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Bathroom vanity and matching laundry room cabinet

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Bathroom vanity and matching laundry room cabinetWe built our house back in 2012, but recently got around to completely finishing the basement. I decided to build a bathroom vanity and matching cabinet for the laundry room. Also, I decided to do the rest of the work in the bathroom as well (tile, floor, etc…) This was one of those projects that really snowballed, but I'm happy with the result. Wood: QS bur oakJoinery: loose tenon with Morley mortiserFinish: General finishes gray gel stain with General finishes water based topcoat high performance satinDrawers: Finger joints with inset drawersDoors: Rail and stile, with solid oak panels. Same on side of carcase. Countertop: Custom laminate from Menards



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Arts & Crafts Bookcase

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Dramatic details showcase leaded glass and English style. Some of the most aesthetically compelling pieces of furniture I've seen in the Arts & Crafts style were made by an English company most Americans have never heard of. Between 1890 …Source

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Bug killer

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Bug killerThis project was made from necessity, kind of. I found these tea light citronella candles that are used as a insect repellent and thought, Yeah, I haven't turned a tea light holder in a while. Luckily, I recent came into some cocobolo in small form for this project.Here's this weeks video: Citronella tea light holderThanks



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Replace A Missing Clamp Pad, Part 1

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I recently was gifted a few old bar clamps from a fellow member who belongs to our local FreeCycle group. FreeCycle.org is an internet-based group that promotes the free exchange of items and supplies among its members. Everybody can join …Source

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American Grafiti

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American GrafitiAnother car to add to my garage. This one is the American Grafiti special driven by John Milner. It differs from his car by having a sun shade over the windshield and a nitro tank on the front. Also it has a jump seat. I included a cutaway photo to show the construction. This is a scratch build so there are no plans.



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Stickley 2340 Bow Arm Morris Chair in Hard Maple

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Stickley 2340 Bow Arm Morris Chair in Hard MapleHello All:
Here is my latest project, a replica of 1901 Stickley 2340 Bow Arm Morris Chair. Its made entirely of hard maple that was salvaged from the building I work in during a remodel.
Arms and back slats are steam bent (wood was soaked in Downy fabric softener for 2 weeks before steaming). Finish is medium luster polymerized tung oil from Sutherland Wells. Cushions are from a Bassett chair I bought off of craigslist just to get the cushions.
All construction is dowel-pinned loose tenon, including the through tenons on the arms.
I've never seen any Stickley done in maple and I'm pretty happy with it.
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Starry, Starry Night take two some construction notes

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Starry, Starry Night take two some construction notesThank you all for your comments on my last post – see it here. It's always a pleasure to share my work here on Lumberjocks and to get the feedback from like minded enthusiasts.A little more on the construction to answer James questions. The outer Tomobako uses finger joints, or comb joints or what ever you want to call them. They are reinforced with typical Japanese wooden nails – well actually tooth-picks with the sharp end snapped off – they go nicely into a 2mm hole. The long corners of the two chests use a drawer-lock joint done on a router. They were glued together as one long box and then saw in half afterwards. I used band cramps and some long formers to apply the main pressure. The sash clamps are to true it up for squarenessThe drawers and small internal boxes use mitre joints with splines for extra strength. On the drawers they are secret splines similar to the ones below on another current job.They are somewhat easier than secret mitred dovetails!On the drawers they are the more usual through splines. The boxes were then veneered and edge banded afterwards which hides the splines. I usually use plywood splines often with contrasting veneers if they are going to be seen – these aren't.I've found this little notched piece of wood below is excellent for making sure the splines fit tight. Tapping it with a hammer, is better than tapping the splines directly with a hammer which often breaks them off!!The Furoshiki is a brocade fabric lined with silk, purchased from our local homes wares store (Spotlight). My ever patient wife said is was quite hard to sew due to the gold and silver threads in it. Though as ever she did an excellent job.I'm particularly liking the use of stud-earrings as knobs at the moment. Check some more out hereThey are amazing, and other stud earring options are endless.Thanks again for looking.



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Router Plane Box

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Router Plane BoxI, like many here already, got tired of having my Veritas router plane rattling around in a cardboard box, so I made this from some old pine boards that were slacking off in my cut off bin. The twist is that all parts external and internal (except hinges and latch) were made on a CNC. I had to do a bit of chisel work to square the radius inside the finger joints. That only took a few minutes. Finish was a couple of coats of spray-on clear poly varnish.Why a gecko? I like geckos, that's all.



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The Real Truth About Block Planes

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Armed with a little trickery, you can make the block plane perform a wide variety of tasks. Hang around enough woodshops (or Internet discussion groups) with a block plane in your hand and you'll eventually be derided for owning …Source

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Log skidder

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Log skidder This log skidder was my first attempt at a Toys and Joys model. The Timberjack skidder with a 3 cylinder Detroit diesel holds a special place in my heart. Years ago a building I had my shop in was in the lot of a logging company. The lot in front of my building was the staging area for all the equipment from the Prentice loader trucks to the wheeled cable skidders along with the tracked skidders. This skidder and all my models are constructed of hardwood from this same company. I worked as shop manager for this company in their hardwood lumber store. It was the best job, working for the greatest people. This skidder is made of carmelized hard maple and walnut. I remember being intimidated by the wheels, but one I started making them I realized, although time consuming, they are fairly easy.
This will be the last model post until next year. Thanks for looking and commenting!



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Toys and Joys UTV

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Toys and Joys UTVHere are a pair of Gators using yet another Toys and Joys plan. I started these way too late this spring. The weather turned to summer in Minnesota early this year. I will still do shop projects in the summer, but I like to have the models wrapped up in March. These were completed in mid May and I had outdoor projects to do at home that I should be taking care of.
These are once again made of northern white hard maple and walnut. I think these two species compliment each other nicely, plus they are readily available for me. Of all the models I have done, I do believe these are my favorite. I gifted one to a brother law and will hang on to the second one until I find a new home for it.
I have one model left to share on this site then I will get to work on projects around my house.



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Brief History of Furniture Brasses

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A concise chronicle of furniture hardware styles to help you build it better. One question I am often asked is, What hardware should I use? And the answer is usually, It depends. What did you build? Are you refinishing …Source

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curio cabinet makeover

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curio cabinet makeover Hey Lumberjocks
Just wanted to post my latest project, a curio shelves turned enclosed cabinetry. The client wanted to make better use of the space by adding doors and enclosing the end of the original builders cabinets. I chose Birch for the cabinets as I wanted the wood to have the same feel as the original cabinets. Simply put- I added two face-frames at a 90 degree angle. I attached the two face-frames to the existing cabinetry. Once secured, I manufactured two doors and attached them with soft-close hinges. For the doors I used a very close replica of the original doors. Once that job was complete I added two false doors to align with the existing cabinet doors on the perpendicular side. I decided to not use the same width door frames for these as I thought the frame dimension would not fit well in that space. I dialed down the width to a size I thought would work. The entire set of kitchen cabinets will be painted in the near future.
Thanks for checking out the Curio Cabinet Makeover.



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Tortoise Bowl

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Tortoise BowlThis bowl is a big departure from the other bowls and forms I've been turning lately.
This piece is much more experimental in the form and technique and even the finish. Some of these experiments were very successful and I will continue playing with the untraditional forms and other techniques. This bowl is made from ash.One of the experiments that was not as successful was using encaustic wax for the finish.In the end it did work.
Encaustic wax is beeswax with damar resin (pine resin) and oil colors. I made a LOT of different color bars of it a few years ago. The resin gives it a very high melting point so is applied when hot. It also makes it a hard coat once it sets up. Encaustic wax is a preservative and some of the oldest paintings and art objects were painted with it. It also buffs out to a very nice shine.The finish is a base coat of white wax but I was not able to layer it with other colors the way I wanted. Initially it was only going to be the interior that had encaustic wax and I wanted to do a gradation of color from light pink to dark purple. The end result was removing the excess wax and buffing it out. I also decided to color and finish the entire bowl with this white wax. That was followed with Renaissance Wax and buffed. The result is not bad but very different from what I intended. It has a very subtle white stain and a medium gloss shine. It reminds me of a Danish Soap Finish.There was a lot of experimenting with this piece once the bowl came off the lathe.
It was fun.
I have not been posting my other lathe work in the project section but there are quite a few of them.
I've been posting them in groupings in my Wood Turning Blog.Here are some links to those blog posts
More Adventures into WoodturningMore Adventures into Woodturning 3and More Adventures into Woodturning 4



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Workbench for a small space.

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Workbench for a small space. New work bench of reclaimed lumber.
Base is mortise and tenon construction . Used 4×4 pine dunnage that I was given. Finished about 3-1/2ish once the twists and bows were milled out. The top is fabricated from salvaged oak joists – 3+ x 10+ x about 12' long.the oak and some fir timber's, I bought from a salvage company for $1.25 bf. The tool tray lifts out, for emptying shavings, debris etc and provides an option to fill gap to make a full top if ,as some have suggested, I tire of the tool tray becoming a catch all. Distance from the front edge to the front of the tool tray is 18. Tool tray is about 6 .
Still need to add leather to the leg vise. Have provision built in for a removable dead man. I have a Wilton quick release vise that I may install as a tail vise in the future.The top lifts off, if I ever need to move the bench.



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Make Your Own Plywood

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Shop-made ply can achieve shapes and forms solid wood just can't handle. The title of this article may sound silly, or perhaps us woodworkers have just run out of things to write about? Now that is silly. But why …Source

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Lowboy and excavator

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Lowboy and excavatorThe semi and lowboy were constructed a few years ago with the intent of building a dozer or excavator to pair with it. This past January I started fabricating the track section for the Toys and Joys excavator. The track pads are cherry with the rest of the excavator being white hard maple. My 60 year old Rockwell bandsaw and my scrollsaw got a workout on this piece. As hard as maple is, I like using it on these because the cut edge stays so crisp. I enjoy working on these, and the favorite model I have made is generally the one I am working on at the time.



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Offcuts Cheeseboard prize for the Boys&Girls Club competition day.

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Offcuts Cheeseboard prize for the Boys&Girls Club competition day. Offcuts Cheeseboard prize for the Boys&Girls Club competition day.My wife is the head gymnastics coach who is organizing the club competition, so as a fund raiser, my stash of wooden toys was raided plus a requested Cheeseboard..Just goes to show, no scrap timber in my shed, just offcuts awaiting a project!The board is about 11 x 7 with 3 coats of well rubbed in raw coconut oil which has come up pretty well.It all helps the community club.



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Tansu-Styled Bookcase from Walnut and Sycamore

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Tansu-Styled Bookcase from Walnut and SycamoreMy wife asked for a bookshelf for her 3 ring binders. She wanted to place it in our bedroom, straight ahead from where, if get night terrors, I'd see it. Realizing that looking at something really ugly was likely to cause the night terrors in the first place, I resolved to build a tansu-style bookcase.I had a couple of design goals with said bookcase. One, I wanted to use my Festool Domino Joiner. Second, I usually build stuff traditionally, out of solid wood, so for this thing I resolved to try higher grade veneered plywood. Finally, I had an old glued-up sycamore panel laying around the shop that looked nice, and was far too big for any real project, so I resolved to saw it up for some visual interest.I build in all styles, and have an excessive hardware collection, also in all styles. So I decided to go with the Tansu theme, in part to prevent myself from buying more drawer handles. I think these are from Lee Valley.The bookcase itself is indeed made out of walnut plywood, trimmed in solid wood. The shelves are are joined to the sides with a seemingly infinite number of those little Domino things. I think that had I made another one, it all would have gone faster. There's no question in my mind that if I had a bona-fide plywood-cutting sliding table table saw, everything would have been “square enough” the first time. The challenge with plywood that the solid wood woodworker never faces is that if things don't fit, you just get out your handy plane and shave away. This is harder to do with veneered plywood, because if you go just a little too far, well, it's not walnut plywood any more.What this meant was I had to be happy with a different level of relative flatness between the solid wood edging and the plywood surfaces. And I had to resaw all the crosscuts on the shelves BEFORE I realized I needed to tune up my sliding crosscut jig.The definite high point of the carcase are the sycamore front drawers, though. Sycamore is notoriously unstable, but as a set of drawer fronts, I think they look crazy good, and approach some tropical hardwoods for interlocking grain coolness! The drawer dovetails are my typical ones for a larger carcase—I use my Leigh Dovetail jig for the half-blind dovetails in the front, and cut them by hand for the back to keep skills up. No apologies for not cutting the front ones by hand—all that chiseling hurts my wrists.The details are the usual set of Greene and Greene – kinda things I thought would look good. Finish is Minwax Tung Oil finish, which is rapidly turning into my go-to for an oil finish. Very predictable. Very yellow. The back is a sheet of birch plywood, chosen because I didn't want things to be too dark inside the shelves. Considering how much veneered walnut plywood costs, it was probably a good call. But I'm not sure the thing wouldn't look better with a walnut back. Oh well. At least I don't think the whole thing will give me night terrors. But I'm not completely sure. It hasn't been filled with those ugly 3 ring binders yet!



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Another Herman Nutcracker

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Another Herman NutcrackerIt was the pandemic and like most of us frustrated termites I got bored. So.. maybe it was time for another Herman. I've been making these for about 10 years now. This will be #6. I've always wanted (or thought about making) a Gippetto and Pinocchio Herman nut cracker. The doll itself was actually started as a vet but then I remembered the Pinocchio I wanted to do. After a pretty much basic Gippetto, I set about making the Pinocchio. At first i thought mu hands wouldn't let me do the detail on a head and I was going to make it from clay but wasn't happy at all with the result. So back to wood as usual. Legs and arms are movable, the hands were compound cuts, wood pins for all the joints. I turned the body for Gippetto on the lathe as well as Pinocchio's head, then cut the arm and leg attachment areas. The workbench wasn't like any other on my other Herman's either. It took me about 4 weeks to do with the limited time I could do in the shop. Then on to the paint and Gippetto's apron. All-in-all it took about5+ weeks but it was a great distraction while Mum and I were sequestered in the condo. Enjoy.



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Wedding "Puzzle" Box

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Wedding "Puzzle" BoxAbout five years ago, a dear friend came to me and asked if 'Papa' could make a box for her upcoming wedding. She said she/they wanted something they could maybe “assemble at the service, to signify the 'coming-together' of their two families”. Sounded like a challenge, but I couldn't tell her no! Threw out a bunch of ideas that didn't work and then decided what this puzzle called for was, well… a puzzle. Hence, this box was born!She picked out the beech board from our local Woodcraft (then Midwest Woodworkers) in Omaha, because she loved the grain & knot pattern you see on the front. That and a general idea of the size and basic design was what I got to work with.This lid is one of my favorite creations! There are 5 people in their new, blended family – so, 5 pieces for the puzzle top. Each fits in one spot only. They have a small rare earth magnet set in their backs, which attach to some steel washers embedded between the two sheets of 3/16” birch ply that make up the lid base. The woods are purpleheart, yellowheart, redheart and paela/chakte viga. The centerpiece is a slice off a figured walnut chunk I'd had around for over 6 years; waiting for it to tell me what it wanted to be. The barrier strips on the sides of the puzzle are bands of each of the five woods in the top. They also kept me from having to fit pieces to match those convoluted corners! The pictures don't do that beech front piece justice… the colors and grain are gorgeous! Cutting the top off was kind of a sphincter-clenching moment for me, but it worked almost perfectly. It's a simple lift-up lid and brass hinges, like she wanted. Interior is soft red velvet – my idea, because I thought it looked good. Basic dimensions are about 12” wide / 8” deep / 5” high (-ish…) Finish is 3 or 4 coats of Minwax satin poly.There were a few joyful tears and a lot of hugs when I delivered it, along with a lot of looking and touching and ooh-ing and ah-ing at the wedding party! I think it was a hit. Hope you like it, too!

P.S. I got a Delta 10/20 drum sander for this project, so that's another bonus!
P.P.S. It was a gift, so no price tag on it, or even an estimate



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1912 Ford Commercial Roadster

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1912 Ford Commercial RoadsterAfter 3 weeks I eventually finished my 1912 Ford Commercial Roadster. I used the plan set plus the photo to add some extras. Lots of fine details to be dealt with but I did my best. The gas pump was some ideas I fiddled and came up with the one in the picture after a few modifications.



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Simple sturdy clamp rack

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Simple sturdy clamp rack36 long and 3/4 ply. I don't know why but I get so much joy in building and hanging my clamps on this thing. :)



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Excavator - Toys and Joys

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Excavator - Toys and JoysSeveral of these have been posted on LJ already. The plans are from Toys and Joys and I took some design mods and construction techniques from htl and dutchy (https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/215074).It was a fun project. Much more time consuming than I anticipated. Making the hydraulics were part I had most fears about but that went very smoothly after I carefully leveled my drill press. While not too difficult, making the tracks took the longest. Some LJ's talk about loosing interest towards the end as the project takes so long - I get that. Originally, I thought I would do something different with the cab and it's interior but that was the last part I made and kept it stock to keep the work pace up.Working off blueprints leaves a lot of decisions that need to be made, and not all the ones I made were good ones. When making the undercarriage/trucks, I drilled all the holes for the wheels before making the tracks - this resulted in an extremely tight track fit with a lot of resistance and binding on movement. I stuffed a few blocks between the assembled track and rollers for a few days to stretch it-out which helped some, but once I had a few coats of tung oil on it everything spun freely.



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Thorsen House Greene and Greene inspired chair

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Thorsen House Greene and Greene inspired chairMy first chair. Attended a week long class at William Ng's School of Fine Woodworking. He had all the special jigs and tools necessary to craft this thing. Plus he is a top notch woodworker and teacher. Class of six and we all went home with a bag of pieces of Sepele with a lots more work to do in order to finish the project. Most time consuming was making and installing 96 different ebony plugs.



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Pepper Grinder from Monkey Pod

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Pepper Grinder from Monkey PodPepper grinder made from Monkey Pod wood.Made this for my wife for Mother's Day to replace a pepper grinder I made for her a few years ago. That first grinder I made with a poor quality mechanism like this one:
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/salt-shaker-pepper-mill-grinder-mechanism-turning-kit-black-nickelThat one never worked right. I made this new one with the CrushGrind mechanism like this one:
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/pepper-mill-crushgrind-mechanism-ceramic-shaft
It is DEFINITELY worth the few extra dollars.Finished with General Finishes Bowl Finish:
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/general-finishes-salad-bowl-finish-pint



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Salt Cellar from Sycamore

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Salt Cellar from SycamoreSimple salt cellar made from a piece of sycamore. Based on past experience, I made the lid with a very slight overhang so it's easier to grab and remove while cooking. Also made the interior bottom nearly spherical to make it easy to pinch out that last bit of salt. Finished with General Finishes Wood Bowl Finish:
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/general-finishes-salad-bowl-finish-pint



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Handles for Turning Tools

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Customize their fit for comfort and performance. Decades ago, woodturning tools came without handles, and turners would simply fashion their own. This makes perfect sense, because a handle that fits and feels right gives a turner confidence. And who …Source

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My 'Plank Organ' made with two Tongue Drums

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My 'Plank Organ' made with two Tongue DrumsMost people know about 'Pipe Organs', but have you ever heard of a 'Plank Organ'? Me neither!A while back I made a number of 'Tongue Drums' for adult kids and grandkids. I kept two of them for myself because I find they're a great way to release stress. One has a cherry wood top, and the larger one has a padauk top. The larger one has about 25% more volume than the smaller. The long sides are hard maple, and the ends of the smaller is walnut, and the larger one is cherry. They each have thin, removable bottoms for resonance.To make them the right height for stand alone playing I eventually made a small stand for one of them. After experimenting with playing them together later, I discovered that because they are roughly one octave apart they sound really good played together, at least to my ear. It's a bit like a xylophone in a way.That impelled me to build another stand, 'shotgunned' off the first one. I also gave each a slight angle so my drum mallets wouldn't hit on the edge. I've noticed that most drummers have their drums at various inclines I suppose for the same reason. I did not have the Plank Organ completed when the video in the link below was created.Anyway, this arrangement became my 'Plank Organ' which I love playing now. For a video of the way they sound, visit the YouTube video link below. The video was made before I made the stand pictured. Please keep in mind that I am not a musician and my 'playing' is all ad lib and to no particular tune (I AM getting a little better!):YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msm8fDqZpnk



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a box

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a boxAll maple wood and the hinges had to be home made for too lazy to go spend money when I'm fresh out…I'm still learning to carve but still don't use knives just grinders and mostly Dremels.I didn't draw out anything on paper and just used my weird mind which goes blank sometime but I have enough projects started so when that happens I can swap off on to something else. The french curve set and the scroll saw seems to be in every thing I build anymore and the lid handle happened to be two pieces of wood off of another scroll saw project and the two pieces were laying next to each other and hey if I glue them together they will be about the right length and size for the top of the box so I saved lots of thinking and drawing to come up with a handle. The way I built this thing in locking together pieces I could put it all together stand back and decide if every thing fit in looks before I had to assemble it to study the sizes….so I bet I will use this approach on most of the things I hope to build someday… I first use clear gloss lacquer for a few coats then the last coat way satin. This way the colors are still good and clear



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Carved cherry fish

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Carved cherry fishThis was a scrap of cherry. While looking at it trying to decide how to carve it, there was no way I could figure to make it into a bird, so it ended up being a fish. I thought about an orca, but the tail goes the wrong way for a mammal, so that's right out.There was a big knot on the right hand (starboard?) side that fell out once I started carving around it. Between that and the crazy grain from that bit of branch, carving this was an exercise in patience.Finish was a coat of shellac to fill the pores, sanded back with 400 grit wet-dry, and re-shellacked, then two coats of BLO, with a few wipes of shellac in between to add a little sheen.In the end, I think it came out okay, and it feels great in the hand. Total length is about 3 inches or 9cm.



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20 Tried and True Clamping Tips

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Oxalic acid makes black marks disappear. Nasty stains can occur during glue-up if steel clamp beams are left in contact with wood dampened by glue squeeze-out or by scrubbing off the glue. Removing them requires sanding or scraping or brushing …Source

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Simple kayak paddle rack

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Simple kayak paddle rackJust A simple paddle rack made from a leftover piece of beech countertop. I drilled the holes with a 1 1/4” forstner bit. Cleaned up the holes a bit with a chisel eased all the edges with the router and sanded. It is hung with screws into wall anchors through countersunk holes behind the paddles.



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Toys and Joys Green tractor

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Toys and Joys Green tractor This tractor is another Toys and Joys plan. This is made of northern white hard maple. The front wheels are purchased along with misc dowels that are then fabricated for various parts. I gifted this to my brother in law. His father had recently passed away and they still have a John Deere B in their fleet of working tractors. I saw it fitting that he should have one. I do make all of the treaded tires on my models. Toys and Joys gives good guidance on making them.



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Cedar raised planter

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Cedar raised planterWe wanted a raised planter for our deck so we could plant some lettuce and a few herbs. I had some cedar purchased for a project last year that never happened so I came up with this.I had previously built a window box and while I planned for wood movement I did not account for as much as it required. Lets just say it required a major refit after one season. I didn't want the same to happen here so I planed for much more wood movement in the design and I avoided places water could pool as much as possible.We have chosen to keep the wood without finish, my wife wants it to grey. After we get a bit of age on it I may add some sort of finish to halt the process at least for a while. Of course I will have to do that when there is nothing planted in it.



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Japanese Fish Shaving Plane

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Many of us have seen videos of Japanese hand planning competitions where the contenders are competing which individual (in some cases its a team) is capable of producing the widest, longest and thinnest plane shaving. Watching these videos is fun …Source

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in vino veritas

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in vino veritasA placard for my home-brewing brother. I thought it fitting to add the second part. IN WINE TRUTH IN BEERBULL…oneyWe spent many, many happy hours creating 'confictio' in Baja cantinas.Mahogany, about 16×9”.



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Balance board

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Balance boardBalance board for surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, or fitness and rehab.3/4 plywood. 13”x32”. Dark gel stain with white and pink paint stripes then one coat spar urethane with brush. Surfboard shape.4” pvc underneath wrapped with duct tape to give slight friction.



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Garden gate

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Garden gateMade of cedar. The design is not exact but the idea was borrowed heavily from Darrell Peart. You can tell I had too much time on my hands this past winter. The raised bed boxes were all joined with big dovetails.



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