The Woodshop Shed

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

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Blowin' in the Wind

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Blowin' in the Wind My wife and I ran out of plywood as we were adding shelves to the garage, so we headed to the home center for another sheet. We hadn't noticed how windy it was until we came …Source

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Glue Bottle Helper

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Glue Bottle HelperSo I can't take credit for this idea Awsum55 posted it here.I just dressed it up a bit. A definite improvement over a set of pliers. I tagged them so hopefully I can find them on my bench



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Toy Car based on a 3-wheel Lomax

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Toy Car based on a 3-wheel LomaxA Toy Car made after a Lomax 3-wheeler.
Video on the making of:=



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another bottle tipper project

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another bottle tipper projectis there any other wood workers that cant throe away any of their cutoffs?ive had this piece of walnut laying around the shop for probably 2 years. ive throwed it in the garbage several times only to dig it out and put it in the scrap bin.well the other night it was heaing for the garbage can again when i headed to the mitre box instead..well here is the result of that.live edge bottle tipper. walnut with tungoil finish.hope it gives some of you ideas of whata you can do with your scrap



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No Lumber Left Behind: Reclaiming a Shipping Crate

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These days when lumber and sheet good prices are soring I find it even harder than usual to give up on usable material and let it end up in the landfill. I have always been dedicated to the reclaim, conservation, …Source

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ROUTER BIT CHANGING HOLDER

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ROUTER BIT CHANGING HOLDER July 29, 2021Heres something that you can make with scraps around your shop.This project can be considered a jig most useful for the senior Lumberjocks but may also prove useful for junior Lumberjocks.Ive found that I never have enough hands to hold my routers while Im changing router bits. Also in my stage of life Ive noticed that my hand strength is waning coupled with the onset of arthritis. Growing old sucks!To solve this problem Ive made router holders that hold my router motors leaving my hands free to work the wrenches to loosen and tighten the collet nuts.I made this one for my 2-1/2 HP Porter Cable 892 router and this one for my DeWalt DWP611 router.They are made out of 5 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood. The bottom serves as the base and the rest are cut out for a custom fit to the specific router motor with an opening for the power cord. Make sure when you make yours to make the router cutouts so that the routers slide in and out easily.The pieces can be glued or screwed together. I used sheetrock screws. The finished holders were given a coat of Watco danish oil after all sharp edges were rounded over.Both holders have 3/4 inch pegs in the bottom that fit the dog holes in my assembly table which are spaced 6 inches on center. All I have to do is drop them into the dog holes and go to work. The bases measure a minimum about 8 inches long to accommodate the peg holes.This is the Porter Cable router in its holder and this is the DeWalt trim router in its holder.These holders have been a great addition to my arsenal of jigs for my shop and make router bit changes a lot easier. Hope this gives you something to build during these hot summer months.Thanks for looking.Comments and questions appreciated.



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Wooden spoke shave rack

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Wooden spoke shave rackCompleted this spoke shave rack, inspired by Pinterest post, that guy doesn't have enough spoke shaves!All from pallet and scraps.CTMike



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Antique Barn Finish

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Add centuries of wear and tear to your projects using a tested formula that's simple and safe - no open flame! This is the furniture finish that fooled our local auctioneer, a man with 30 years of experience selling …Source

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Signature board for wedding

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Signature board for weddingA friend at work is getting married soon, and they wanted a signature board like they were seeing on Pintrest and places like that. He showed me a picture of a plywood board with the name on it and asked if I could do something like that. I said I could, but I would not. I told him he could cut his own board with a jigsaw and sand it up and do it himself if he just wanted a plywood board. He asked what I would do and I told him. The two of them came over to the shop a few days later to pick out some wood that they liked, and decided on the quartersawn white oak. They wanted the writing area 28×32. I got it made up, and had them pick out a font that they liked. I told them to choose one that was not to thin because it would be to hard to work with. They had no concept of what thin was. I lasered out the one that they chose and it was a disaster. It broke apart in several places. I chose a few other fonts and cut them some samples out of scrap. I thought that the name should be smaller to leave more room to sign, but they marked out on the board how big they wanted the name and that is what they got.
I like the way it turned out, even if I think the name it to big.QS white oak with Arm R Seal satin. Name is cut from 1/8” baltic birch plywood with stain. My most difficult task was gluing the name and date on. Trying to get enough but not too much glue, dropping it in place so the glue did not smear around, weighing it down without moving it, and making sure everything was properly aligned. But it came out OK.



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Contemporary Desk - Cherry

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Contemporary Desk - CherryI'll post this with the hope of inspiring others to tackle curves and arcs in their work; also, for those who want to challenge themselves to meet functional issues in a less conventional build.Designing and working with curves significantly increases the attention to precise layout, the need to think in 3 dimensions, to consider racking and loading, and to execute to well-considered plan. As with most of my projects, the actual woodworking time is less than half of the time spent on the build.This desk is a modified version of one that I posted some time ago, and it gave me the opportunity to revisit both the tools that I used and the methods to achieve similar results. It was not my intent to revisit this design; however, the client was insistent.For those interested in this type of design and construction, I'll go through some of the considerations
The most challenging aspect of the contemporary desk is the 6 legs (3 leg-sets): they need to be identical in length and span, the bottoms must be parallel to the tops (the tops' centerline is offset 10” from the bottom's centerline), and racking is an important consideration given that the tops span 22” (Leg Span), while the bottom of each legs set is slightly more than 4” - the downward load on the legs is spread wide from the feet supporting the arc. Also, the tops and bottoms are held by floating tenons, requiring precise layout in the mating surfaces - when the legs' mortises seat in the tenons, the bottoms and tops must be flush.From a design perspective, the overall leg set spread must sit within (and be placed equidistant) from the desktop edge - which then determines the location of the corresponding leg bottom. Each leg set is braced by a 1/4 10 'spacer', that is dado'd into interior sides – structurally, this provide significant racking strength. This dado needs to be created while the legs has a straight reference edge (that is, not after the arches are cut).There are some Art-Deco design elements - the leg sets rest on small plinths, which then sit on the primary plinth; though my intention here is not necessarily to pay homage to Art-Deco - the visual effect is what I'm shooting for.
The other challenge are the 4 risers (Desktop - to - Shelf), in that, they are held (top & bottom) by floating tenons, and are angled toward the seater's position: as designed, when seated in a typical typing position - approximately 3' from the shelf, each riser is inline with the typist's line-of-sight. For decorative purposes, the risers are 4” at the top, and via a progressive arch, reduce to 3” at the Desktop.The final challenge is the layout and routing of the Domino mortises: in the main plinth, secondary plinths, and leg sets. The Festool Domino is an excellent horizontal mortiser, but is not well-suited for vertical work: with some patience and much layout and clamping, it can be precisely done.The finish is two coats Zinnser Sealcoat and 4 coats Deft Waterborne Clear Acrylic (Gloss); sprayed with a Fuji HVLP setup: I highly recommend each of these components. The Sealcoat portion needs to be done with care, as the product will dry in the gun and in the cup (at least mine did) - you need to have denatured alcohol ready to shoot through the gun as soon as you finish each Sealcoat application. The Acrylic, being waterborne, cleans with water sprayed through the gun. Between coats, I wet sanded (Abranet) with 600 grit, and buffed after the final top coat. I have failed in my attempts to brush or wipe-on finishes; for all of the time and effort that goes into each build, I was never happy with the finishing process - the Fuji sprayer has solved this.The Desktop and Shelf, as well as the main plinth, have gentle (110” radius) arc. From a build consideration, the sweep of the arc must be considered when laying out the Legset spread it would be easy to cut-away the very wood needed to capture the top of the legset.I have purposely allowed variations in wood color, grain pattern, tight knots, and live edge blemishes to be part of the project. Though I have grain-matched where possible (I started with an 18” wide board), I'm not one to discard structurally-sound wood simply because it has a knot or a blemish in it.The finished Desktop is 27” from the floor – a client request; and it is 48” wide.There are many nuances that I'm skipping-over; but overall, this is a very buildable project. If I can address any questions, please feel free to inquire.
MJCD



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Gnomes

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GnomesA group shot of the GLM Movement Gnomes along with a photo of the 30 Gnomes that I will be contributing to SWAT for banquet table pieces. Our club is hoping to contribute 80 Gnomes to SWAT.Bobby
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Barbecue area in the style of a castle ruin

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Barbecue area in the style of a castle ruinI would like to introduce you to my project, which has nothing to do with wood, but was still a manual work. It is a barbecue area in the style of a castle ruin. It was built from old sandstones of an ancient shed. It took 3 months to build it, but the work was well worth for. I hope, you enjoy it.



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The Last of the Sugar Gum

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The Last of the Sugar GumEight years ago I bought sixteen blanks (6×6x3)
This is the last of that batch… And I really loved the Sugar Gum blanks!!5 1/2”x 2 3/4”
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A Better Way to Sharpen Scrapers

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We compared 14 methods to find the fastest way to prepare this useful tool.Source

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Display, Storage and Transport Case For A Stanley #945 Bit Brace & Russell Jennings Brace Bits

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Display, Storage and Transport Case For A Stanley #945 Bit  Brace & Russell Jennings Brace BitsI started this project with the plan to build only a case for the bit brace and it evolved into a storage case for both the brace and the bits.I designed it so it could be hung, carried or stored.If the original plan was for the bits and brace I would have made it wide enought to store all 13 bits in the compartment under the brace.
I added brackets to the right of the brace for the 3 remaining bits.Their glued on top and screwed in place from the bottom of the panel.Alot of filling and sanding went into the Mahogany parts. Splinter and Art had planned to startel me again, I mean visit me, but this time I was ready for them. My guard cat came running into the shop meowing signaling that they were sneeking up to the shop.
I was waiting there with different grits of sand paper in my hands. I must say they did a fantastic job of sanding all these parts. lol.
The slots were routed out on the table with 3/16”, 1/2” and 3/4” bowl/tray bits.The storage tray and brackets for the brace and bits are made from Mahogany, the case is made from Red Oak from the old cabinet doors I replaced with A&C style and the splines are made from Curamu.The 3/4” Oak was resawed on the band saw to 1/2” thick.The bits are held in place with this piece I made that has green felt glued to its bottom with PVA glue. The pressure from the top panel that holds the brace in place Is screwed down with two 1/4-20 knurled brass nuts and prevents the bits from shifting.

There's the handle I made that was the last project I posted.
I bought the latch from Wood Craft for $4.95.These solid brass hinges were purchaced from Horton Brasses for $14.95.I put 1/4” Mahogany dowels through the mortice and tenons of the door to strenghen the 1/2” thick rails and stiles.I used Plexiglass instead of glass.All the material and parts were from left overs from other projects except for the Mahogany for the tray.I have more process photos that this computer wasn't able to down load from my iPhone. I think it's because I took them in HD.I'll down load them later from my iPhone.

Routing out the tray. The fence had to be moved back to widen the slots.
I was using 3/16, 1/2 and 3/4 round top bowl/tray bits.



The tray is glued on top and screwed from the other side of the panel.

Gluing on the mahogany ledge that the panel that holds the bit in place rests on.

Screwing on the handle with SS 1-1/2 square drive screws.Thanks for visiting.



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OSU Mascot

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OSU MascotThis is my rendition of the Oregon State University mascot Benny the Beaver. He is 5 inches tall, carved from basswood, and painted with acrylics. I was raised about 30 miles from OSU and was all signed up to go there after I graduated from high school. During the summer, I was offered a scholarship by the Navy to go elsewhere, so I did.Claude



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Paring Down

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Editor's note: this article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking I've got router planes and shoulder planes, cabinet scrapers, drawknives and shaves to tackle most any task, but chisels are my particular kink. It's something …Source

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My first carving

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My first carving I got to try out the schaaf chisels I got a few weeks back. A guy I work with requested a sign with his last name for his wedding gift so this is my best shot. I have never done any sort of carving before so it was quite a journey. But im quite proud of how it came out. This is a peice of maple(I think) that I pulled out of a dumpster its painted with house paint and then fished in satin spray poly. I actually got the picture posted the right way! Woohoo! Never knew about the preview button.



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Rosewood Dish

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Rosewood DishMy friend from Minnesota bought a slab of East Indian Rosewood and took it back to the saw mill to have it cut thinner and I got the piece that was cut off. Well his piece cracked and warped so bad that he threw it out and never made the project it was purchased for. The piece I took home to here in Mich cracked all over in the sapwood and warped a little so I cut out the heart wood and glued on a spigot and made this dish. I'll give it to him so he has something for all he spent on that slab.It is 7 1/4” x 3/4” thick and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.Cheers, Jim



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walnut and juniper knife sharpener

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walnut and juniper knife sharpenerHey Lumberjocks,
Just thought I would post my latest project, Walnut and Juniper knife sharpener. This are mostly scrap parts and items from the around the shop, Walnut, Juniper, brass and threaded rod. I did buy Hiem swivel joint. I had the diamond sharpening stones 300, 600 and 1200 grits, I am currently focusing on the 20 degree included angle on the knife blade. I tried to put ins much adjustability as possible – but really focusing on kitchen knives.
Thanks for checking out the knife sharpener.
Greg



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Five Bin Card Carousels

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Five Bin Card CarouselsHere are 4 more of the 5 bin card carousels that were ordered by people in our park.They are made from cherry and the bin walls are now 1/4”. They are finished with clear semi gloss enamel.Cheers, Jim



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1886 Benz Motorwagon Model

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1886 Benz Motorwagon ModelThis was a really fun project and my favorite model – so far; and I have made a few. This is a Forest Street Designs plan and has a lot of challenging parts, and I love this model. I of course added my own “fingerprints.” The wheels were a major part of this build, as you can imagine, but not as difficult as I thought they would be. I used 3/16 baltic birch ply for the wheels (for strength) and made a fixture to drill the 1/16 inch holes for the spokes per the plan. I first used a 3/16 inch brad point bit on the drill press and mounted jig to just drill a slight pilot hole using only the brad of the bit, which subsequently helped keep the 1/16 inch bit from wondering when drilling the through holes. The plan suggested using an awl to mark the holes but the brad point bit was more precise than I could do with an awl, especially in keeping centered. The spokes are 18 gauge copper wire; almost 30 feet of it. And yes I had to strip all of it, and straighten it by pulling about 6 feet at a time with pliers with one end in the vise. Installing the spokes was a bit tedious but once I got the hang of it it went pretty fast. I did one side at a time which seemed to go faster than alternating front and back of the hub. The finished wheels are more sturdy than I had imagined. The plan suggested painting the spokes black (as original) but I just could not paint those fine looking copper spokes! The engine flywheel was cut with a scroll saw using a bit of double bevel technique to fit the outer maple and inner walnut rings. The wheels and some engine parts all rotate. The front wheel also turns and steers.Wood types: Frame and floor slates are Mahogany, wheel hubs are walnut, bloodwood for springs and front fork/frame. Seat frame is maple with applied copper on sides. Seat is leather over a pine base and a bit of foam, with brass pins. The seat back is Cocobolo. The steering pieces are cooper on holly. Engine is a combination of Sapele, Maple, Bloodwood, Walnut, and brass rods, some brass applied to maple, and some brass tube. I painted some parts, Wheels (black), and some engine parts. lacquer finish.
Thanks for looking and comments are always appreciated. (Next up is a stand for the marble machine.)



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Power Carving a Maloof Guitar Stool

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Power Carving a Maloof Guitar StoolJust finished building this unique Sam Maloof Guitar stool, so challenging, but in a good way, its really inspired me to raise my woodworking game please check out the video in the link below and if you like what you see, send some love and subscribe.RegardsMikehttps://youtu.be/_V5GVUJOFAU



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Hybrid Workbench

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Hybrid WorkbenchI don't know what to call this style, other than implementing a wishlist of features. One of the sides has a Hovarter leg vise with x-link, and a deadman. The other side has an offset slot for hand sawing, with a filler board for the rest of the time. On one end, I had a front vise that has been sitting in a box for two house moves, and it was time to use it. Quick release with new wooden jaws. The other end has a planing stop that can be lowered down to the benchtop. It weighs a ton, but has retractable casters that allow it to be easily moved. It is somewhat modular, so that it can be disassembled into pieces that can be moved by two people, for when the day comes that my son will have to clean out the house. Bench bolts in the long strechers, ledgerlock screws hold the tops down on the leg mortices. Lag screws in the skirts add rigidity to the top/leg junction.
I bought the SYP a year ago, before the price of wood went up to ridiculous. 2×10 ripped in half for the top. Legs are laminated, mortised and drawbored SPF, with small treated pads to sit on the concrete basement floor.



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Ambrosia Maple Bowl

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Ambrosia Maple BowlAbout eight years ago I had purchased sixteen 3×6x6 blanks from a guy on Woodbarter.com They contained Maple, Butternut, and Sugar Gum. This is the last of the Maple… and I have one Sugar Gum left. Although that one looks very iffy.Ambrosia Maple
5 1/4” x 2 1/4”



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Quarter Holder for Poker Night

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Quarter Holder for Poker NightSeveral of us started playing poker online together during the pandemic lockdown. We would would use Goggle Meet so we could talk and see each other and Poker Stars to play.We just started playing in person and I needed something to hold my quarters while playing. I grabbed some spalted oak (that I found in my firewood pile) and a scrap piece of Wenge and went to work.I used a 1” Forstner bit to bore out the slots in the block and then cut it in half. Added the Wenge to hold everything in and 4 earth magnets to keep the top on. I forgot how strong those little magnets are. You can pick the entire thing up by the lid. The lid also serve as an extra holder while playing (If I am winning).



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Vortex Bowl

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Vortex BowlMy first attempt at a vortex segmented turning, otherwise referred to as a “bowl from a board”.In this case, the “board” is a spiral disk, comprised of segments cut on the bandsaw, then parted into rings that are stacked and turned.Bowl is 8” in diameter and about 2-1/4” deep. Segments are black walnut and hard maple, finish is 5 coats of wipe-on poly.The design, and the jig used to cut the segments, were inspired by Gary Asher, ThePapa1947 on Youtube.



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Planter Bench

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The planters and bench are separate partsarrange them as you wish. Smell the flowers. Touch the leaves. It's easy to enjoy plants when they're placed at a convenient heightand easier still when you can sit right next to them. Sitting …Source

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Eucalyptus Bowl

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Eucalyptus BowlA little gal that has some figure in all the right places.Eucalyptus (a.k.a. Sugar Gum) 5 1/2” x 2”
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Small Black Puzzle Box

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Small Black Puzzle BoxBoy and Girls,This is not a duplicate but rather me running out of new derivative names and this is much, much, slightly bigger.
I initially called it simple, however, I have renamed it as Small as it's not simple to solve but heavily made by a simple-tonWhile cruising for a bruis bullshit a new puzzle, I came across this puzzle box.
With so much diversity and innovations here at LJ, it's difficult to come up with another weird box design, but obviously there's not too many puzzle boxes presented so this was the case of a

I'm resigned to the fact that I can't make boxes as pretty, pretty like most LJers, however, I reckon I can befuddle the majority of recipients in trying to peek inside mine… so internal design is of little importance.Holmesing on my deer stalker hat, grabbing my calabash and sighting up the magnifying glass, I forensically tracked down this puzzle to this purchasable plan from Woodsmith.
I couldn't find any measurements or schematics elsewhere, so I parted with a few shekels and purchased the plans. While I don't mind reaching into my pockets (they're not lobster pots, where money goes in but doesn't come out), I was a tad disappointed with the plans themselves they seemed like they were drawn up about 30-40 years ago and the only update was by a school kid with some colouring pencils
In reality, it's not that bad, however, it's a typical woodie magazine diagram and I was somewhat disappointed.Nevertheless, I persevered and imported it into SketchUp.

As the plans are All Rights Reserved, I considered that presenting only the remaining Lefts, left (pun intended) a lot to be desired
Full disclosure could have the copyright police knocking on my door so consequently I exported the SketchUp into this animated video and a flat PDF file so measurements and full design could not be plagiarised, however, could still give people some inspiration. The flat file can be accessed through pointer in the above animation… you want it, you go and get it.While the plans advocate making out of solid timber using a 3mm router bit for dados and trenches, I opted for lamination out of 3mm MDF 3×3mm cut on the laser and laminated to form the appropriate profiles.Pressing on, out of respect for complaining LJ'ers about the length of my articles, I will keep the following narrative short and the pictures smaller so those people don't have too much to digest.For those interested in the solution,
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If other want the saga in better detail, feel free to check out this video which I have stretched out just in retaliation.Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!



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Platter From Queensland Silky Oak

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Platter From Queensland Silky OakI was given some pieces of Silky Oak from my good Neighbour and Friend 2 doors up the road, he was chucking out an Old Bed. So after gluing it into four squares I was able to create Two square Boards. But to ensure the glued joints held securely I glued with the joints crossing across the bottom board. Thus achieving two blanks around 2 inches thick. Although this would mean each blank would have the grain running this way and that way. Anyway I think it worked and to a basic woodworker like me it was a really good learning experience.
I still have the second Blank and in the process of completing the second Platter.
Kev and Kath will Grin from ear to ear, when I give them the PlattersThe platter was glued with TiteBond 3. My favourite glue. It was finished with CABOTTS Bench Top Food Safe Varnish. I think it was 4 coats and rubbed lightly between coats with 0000 Steel Wool. I must admit Steel Wool worries me a bit, but I always wear a mask just to protect my throat and lungs.Almost Forgot….Platter is 9 inches Diameter and 1 1/2 inches Deep.Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks…...Cliff.



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Woodworking in America: Meggan Smith

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Meggan Smith, a woodworker and small-business owner from Kansas. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? My woodworking career began with a patio project with my husband. …Source

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Katana

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KatanaThis has been my favorite project so far – The blade is walnut laminated between 2 pieces of red oak. The blade guard is padauk. The handle is walnut and the piece that slips down the blade to lock the guard between the handle is mahogany. I feel like the wooden katana is a right of passage. Sheath coming soon



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Build A Bench Hook

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The single most important hand-tool appliance is 3 sticks of wood. Owning a backsaw without owning a bench hook is like riding a bicycle without handlebars. This simple hand-tool appliance (three sticks of wood) uses the force of the tool …Source

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Christmas in July

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Christmas in July It is Christmas in July on many of the TV channels and it is about time to start on some project for the Christmas season. So here are some Christmas carvings. The first Santa is carved in Basswood and is a wall hanging the smaller painted Santa's are ornaments also basswood. I put one on an oak plaque and added a battery candle. The cypress Knee Santa's are free standing.



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Grandsons First Toolbox

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Grandsons First ToolboxMy son has been showing my grandson how to fix things more and more lately. (me too) Also I'm sure you're familiar when you buy certain things they give you a free tool,, as in his bike or his scooter etc. So my son told him to keep the tools somewhere where he'll remember so he can have them to fix some of his own things. Well my grandson asked me to make him a little toolbox to keep all his tools together so I made him this for now.
It's 13''w x 7h x 7deep, made of some scrap walnut.
I added a couple of those free harbor freight tools and a couple others to help him get a start. He was excited about it and when he got home he told his dad they need to adjust some steering thing on his electric scooter.
I hope he learns to put his tools back in there when he done. LOL.



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VASE FROM LOG A NEIGBOUR GAVE ME

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VASE FROM LOG A NEIGBOUR GAVE MEAbout two years ago a Neighbour was clearing trees from their yard and gave me some small logs. Not sure what tree It was but it is very heavy wood.
I thought I would have a go at making a large Vase. The Log was 12 inches long. The Vase is 9 1/2 inches in length and 4 inches in diameter. Depth is 7 inches. I drilled the hole with a series of Forstener Bits until the Diameter of the hole was big enough to fit the glass insert…(Chillie Sauce Bottle) I allowed plenty of wriggle room for comfortable removing and replacing of insert.
I will give the Vase to my Neighbours.The Vase is finished with about 4 coats of Food Safe Bench Top Varnish, softy rubbed between coats with 0000 Steel Wool.Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks….....Cliff



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The Swiss Army Pocket Knife for Carvers

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The Swiss Army family of knives, and their contemporary descendants – the Multi-tools, are a good solution for on-the-go situations. Although these tools can never really be a perfect substitute for the ergonomics and efficiency of the individual tool, their …Source

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Artist's Paint Tabouret

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Artist's Paint TabouretMy wife, the artist, got tired of rummaging through an old shoe bin for her watercolor paint tubes. Dear, Can't you make something! So, this is what I came up with. The case is made of Sapele and the drawers are Baltic Birch. The back is an old piece of Oak ply. She found the pulls online someplace and has since added label holders. She loves it as do her artist friends.Thanks for looking



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Wall unit

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Wall unitThis wall unit is 10 feet tall. Made with cabinet grade poplar core maple plywood. The finish is white precat laquer. Has.flush mount LED lights in an aluminum track with a defuser lens. Drawers have self closing glides and the doors have self closing hinges. Resessed panel doors and drawers. This unit will be dismantled, put on pallets and shipped our of state. The one you see in the background is also for the same customer. That one is made of ash plywood and solid ash. It will be stained gray and it has a desk attached. Both these units go wall to wall.



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Ash box for Spokeshaves, from scrap wood

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Ash box for Spokeshaves, from scrap woodhad some left over 1/4” Ash scraps, along with quite a bit of 3/4” x 3/4” sticks of Ash…Frame & Panel construction, corners were joined with a Tongue & Groove joint….plywood bottom sits on “slips” mitered and glued in place. racks for the spokeshaves are Pine scrapsStands 5-1/2” tall…front to back is 7-1/4”....and is 12-3/8” long…Brass hinges are mortised in place.
3 coats of Amber Shellac, followed by 3 coats of clear gloss poly.Seemed to be better than just hanging the spokeshaves up on a few nails…there is a foam drawer liner right under the cutters, just in case one should fall out…Chain to hold the lid while it is opened..Thanks for looking in..



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Go Anywhere Truck

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Go Anywhere TruckI guess I was watching too many Alaska TV shows. I saw a picture similar to this so I thought that might be a cool project. I got the truck from Stetchup and see a picture of the tracks somewhere. I used Aspire and Rhino for the modeling.The tracks are made from Alder then I used a weather-oak stain for the coloring. They definitely looks like rubber. The rollers are padauk with poplar insets. I use poplar for most of it, but used Oak for the dash and steering wheel.Gary



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Dad,s funeral flag

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Dad,s funeral flagDad was a Korea War Veteran and proudly served his country. I was honored when my family asked me to make the case for his funeral flag. sorry that the pictures are tilted but I don't know how to fix that.



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New Hope Blanket Chest

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Inspired by traditional Pennsylvania design, this chest is a dovetailer's delight. I'll bet that there's a blanket chest somewhere on your honey-do list. It's a useful piece that looks great in almost any room. And it's also the perfect project …Source

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Jack O'Lantern Prop

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Jack O'Lantern PropWe had a pumpkin carving contest amongst our friends at Halloween.Once I decided what design to carve I decided I needed a prop. After a couple hours I had a knife made from wood. I traced one of the wife's kitchen knives. A couple people thought it was a real knife at first glance.Used Poplar stained gray for the blade and some Cherry for the scales.Best thing is that I sold it to one of our friends for a gift for her brother in law since he is the type of person that will go all out on his Halloween costume.



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Coal Rake Thingy

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Coal Rake ThingyIf you are in your shop and keep the garage door up. Your neighbors begin to notice you are making things. And then wonder… can he make me a (__)? My next-door, neighbor who is originally from Uruguay, asked me to make him a 'coal rake' for his home-built grill/bbq (last picture). His grill is a work in progress. So, this is what I came up with for him. Notice I stretched my little lathe to its very limit on length. Had to use the drill press for the hole/slot.The handle is made out of hard maple and is sixteen inches in length. The tool as a whole is 36 inches in length.



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Replacing worn out push sticks

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Replacing worn out push sticksI replaced my worn out push sticks and made some extra accessories for my larger push block. I also made a few for Brandon my Son in Law to make sure he can work safely as well.I must say I just love my 14 inch Grizzly bandsaw G0555LX, it checks all my boxes.



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Bottle opener from SpectraPly

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Bottle opener from SpectraPlyBottle opener from SpectraPly



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Kubb set

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Kubb setKubb is a lawn game that consists of throwing batons to knock blocks over. If you care for more information see usakubb.org. This is a birthday gift for my grandson. (I'm pretty sure he doesn't browse LumberJocks, so I'm trusting you guys to keep a secret.) Most of the pieces are made by gluing maple boards together to get the desired thickness. The stakes (used for marking boundaries) and the case are poplar. The pieces are finished with linseed oil, the case with spray polyurethane.



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Asa-No-Ha Kumiko

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Asa-No-Ha KumikoHere is my first kumiko project. Basswood with a 1 square poplar dowel for the frame. I bought Matt Kenney's book and made jigs from some red oak I had kicking around. I bought 3/16 X 3/4 basswood strips from a vendor, figuring to save time and money. That was my first mistake. I bought plenty so that I only paid shipping once. They advertise a tolerance which I figured I could live with. Didn't matter anyway, since my flat top rip blade is .140, so through the drum sander they went…all 50 four-foot sticks! This is comprised of 266 pieces of wood, so lots of cutting! Not something I'd do for a living. The table saw was used to rough the length of the small pieces, as I'm more interested in progress than process for lots of little pieces. Cutting all the little pieces to shape in the jigs is about as Zen as I'll ever get. I purchased the wood before I got the book, so discovered that he uses 3/8 stock instead of 3/4. So, it's pretty thick. I have yet to put a cloth back on it like MR Kenney suggests. We'll see how that goes, or if I actually do that.



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5 Tricks for a Silky-smooth Finish

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Achieve great results with the least amount of work. Think about it: What's the first thing you do when judging someone else's woodwork? You run your hand over it, of course. If it feels really smooth, you admire the …Source

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This Time... Sweetgum Bowl

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This Time... Sweetgum BowlSweet Gum 5 1/2” x 2 1/4” Friction Finish
The last picture is before the finish is applied. Sanded down to 800 grit.
This had rot on the knot on the outside… Dremeled it out and fill it with Black Graphite epoxy.



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Nogal and White Oak Keepsake Boxes

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Nogal and White Oak Keepsake BoxesMade a couple gift boxes for my best friend's and her daughter's birthdays. Boxes are made from Nogal (Peruvian walnut) and white oak. The lids have some incredible figure that I book matched. The smaller one had some bark occlusions that fell out when resawed it to create the book match. So I filled it with a little colored epoxy. The trays have a piston fit and take about 3 seconds to settle to the bottom of the box. The large box is 7” x 11.5” x 5” and the small one is 5' x 8” x 3”. Finished with a couple coats of Maker Brand Simple Finish (Oil wax blend).



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Farewell Salute Shadow Box

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Farewell Salute Shadow BoxThis is what I feel is my finest effort in shadow box construction. A former troop contacted me with an idea to incorporate silhouette to make his retirement shadow box unique from all others. This is the giant version of my chevron shadow box. It is made from African mahogany with midnight blue epoxy chevrons. After the epoxy cured, I sanded everything smooth. Then I routed a recess for the saluting silhouette to allow it to be slightly proud of the face of the door. Then final sanding to 400 grit before finishing with 4 coats Minwax Tung Oil Finish. The door was then wet sanded to 1000 grit and the epoxy polished to a glass like consistency. The silhouette is flat black with dead flat clear to contrast the high gloss of the shadow box. Finally I used black hardware to match the silhouette. This box is 42 x 31 x 3.375 and weighs 32 lbs. Thanks for looking.



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Cheese platter and a few turnings

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Cheese platter and a few turningsI turned a cheese platter out of mahogany (stiles from an old door someone had trashed). It is 12 inches in diameter, the largest I can turn on my current lathe. The marble disc and glass dome were purchased from Craft Supplies USA. Finished with sanding sealer and Satin WB ploy. I just hope it is big enough, I think they will need to use small crackers :-) Still need to turn the handles for the cheese plane and knife to match.
The bowl is white oak and the small turning are beech, these are from the cants I get from the mill. The beech turns really nice, these are finished with sanding sealer and gloss lacquer.



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Tool Bit Packages

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Tool Bit PackagesI made these packs to hold the tool bits I got from our scrap metal drive at church. It is a real shame to throw all these away but someone saw no value in them. These are like cigarette packs only 10 to a pack instead of 20.
I don't think I'll every have to grind another bit from a new blank again- I'll just modify one of these for a special operation. There are 140 bits here but there were also about 20 carbide bits and 15 new blanks not shown.I made these little packs out of scraps from the wood room and glued on pieces of 1/8” Lexan so I can see both ends of them…No finish on them. This sure is not fine woodworking but I needed them and they are wood so I posted them. I used E6000 glue for the Lexan to wood and it holds real well.Cheers, Jim



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Another bowl attempt

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Another bowl attemptAnother bowl attempt and I'm happier with the mechanical outcome. The pattern leaves something to be desired in my mind, but it was my first go at laminating together scraps to make a blank. To that end, it didn't turn out so bad. Scrap walnut, maple and cherry.Finish sanded up to 600 with Abramet pads, then buffed with Dr. Kirk's Scratch Free. Sealed with some 2# shellac. Smooth as a baby's bum, I decided to add some more shellac. It immediately became gummy. Pretty sure the first coat wasn't completely set. I sanded back down a bit, then back up, then buffed again, and more shellac. Not as nice as before, but still a very smooth finish. Then some renaissance wax and called it a day. I'm really impressed with the Scratch Freegives a really nice finish.



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Hardware: The Crowning Touch

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The right hardware is as important as wood selection and finish. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Not too long ago, I was approached by Megan Fitzpatrick about writing an occasional …Source

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Neighbors

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NeighborsI call this one Neighbors. It started with resawing the walnut background and then joined the bookmatched parts. At first I almost left it as because it kind of looked like an owl face. But then I had the idea of putting in the two neighbors. I agonized over what type of frame to use and finally settled on this. Remind me to not do that again – it was a pain.



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Walnut and Copper Grill Scraper Handle

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Walnut and Copper Grill Scraper HandleI found some inexpensive and high quality grill scraper attachments on Amazon, and I turned a walnut handle for one of them. I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel if you want to check it out: https://youtu.be/Jd3Kiii6xsc



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Maple Bowl: Chatoyance!

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Maple Bowl: Chatoyance! Maple bowl, 5 1/2” x 2” This guy has a lot of chatoyance! Really hard to a good photo. The thing is just glimmering. Just slightly moving the bowl the grain moves and changes color and glimmer… like it is 3D.Ten coats of Friction Polish. (Boiled Linseed Oil/Shellac/DeNatured Alcohol.



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Boatbuilder's Shop

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Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the October/November 2009 issue of American Woodworker The impetus for building my shop was to satisfy a passion that my late brother Glen and I had for building boats. After occupying his garage …Source

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REEKON M1 Caliber Review

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Tool: M1 Caliber Shop Now  Manufacturer: REEKON MSRP: $150 Most tools we review are ones woodworkers are directly familiar with (table saw), or an innovation to an otherwise common idea (the Festool Domino is a hybrid of a doweling …Source

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Magnetic Knife Display Stand

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Magnetic Knife Display StandI looked at the underside of the old knife block, the one that sat on the kitchen counter for years. I did not like what I saw. That was the motivation for this project. The wood shown here is maple with a bit of purpleheart because… that's what I had on hand.While this could easily be used as a cutting board, that's not the intention. The contrasting strips were routed out so that they could accept neodymium magnet bars. As magnets go, they're pretty strong, but they're also fragile. I have a little pile of “magnet crumbs,” if you will. The whole idea is an alternative approach to storing stainless steel kitchen knives.All that being said, the wife is delighted with it. The board sits in its own oak cradle, which allows it to tilt back at a 70 degree angle (relative to the horizontal surface). The knives hold fast to the face of the board, even if you tilt it up and a little bit past 90 degrees, not that you'd ever need to do that. Butcher block finish for water resistance.



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Chunky Cherry Bench

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Chunky Cherry Bench This is a bench I just finished. It sits in my entryway, waiting to be sat on and shoes to be put on. It marks my pretty much complete transition to hand tool woodworking after 30 years of saw dust and noise. ALthough I worked throughout Covid, I bought a hand plane on a whim. A Woodriver 5 1/2 and a low angle block plane. Because my father was not a woodworker (he was a mechanic (was very good with his hands) and did tons of carpentry, I grew up building cars and working a farm. But not ever having had a shop class, nor having a dad who actually constructed, I never got the education. I started making furniture for my family around 1996, when to my good fortune, my wife and I rented a house in Ellet Ohio, with a Shopsmith in the basement and a permissive landlord. I ended up making several pieces that lasted several moves and many years. Buying the hand plane really sent me down a different path and set me up for my later years. The biggest decision I have made as a woodworker was to sell my beloved but fickle Hitachi C10Fl. SOrry for the long story, probably would be better suited in a blog, I'm just….you know….proud of this little bench.



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Block Organizers

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Block OrganizersIt has been too cool and humid to pour epoxy so I thought I'd build some blocks to organize my metric Allen wrenches for the barn and the 75 end mills that I picked up at the scrap metal drive at church.
The second shot shows the new block of Allen wrenches and the old ring of springs where they used to reside.With all the end mills displayed like this it will be easy to pick one for job..even though I have 2 lifetimes worth of cutters now. It will also keep them from hitting the cutting edges into each other like they were in the cans I got them out of.The Allen wrench block is cherry and the end mill block is maple plywood…Both are finished with clear satin finish.Cheers, Jim



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Florida Gator

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Florida GatorFlorida Gator, carved for a special order. Basswood and acrylic paints. Height is Just under 5 inches. Here's a 14 second video showing it at all angles: https://www.instagram.com/p/CRO7tP2Du_j/



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Marble machine video

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Marble machine videoSeems lots of interest in the bell tower marble machine video. Not sure how to post a video but there are two cool videos of this machine on Forest Street Designs web site. Go to Forest Street Designs bell tower marble machine and scroll down under the description.
Sorry not sure how to post a link.



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Pumpkin serving tray

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Pumpkin serving trayMy daughter ask me to make her two kitchen items, a pumpkin serving tray and a cutting board. The Pumpkin serving tray is make from Bocote, I think. It certainly matches pics that I saw and several LJ's agreed. The color also matches the color of a pumpkin. The cutting board was wood that I couldn't ID. May have been Mahogany?I used my router to do the wood removal, was going to try and use a cutting wheel on my hand grinder but determined that the wood wasn't thick enough. Will try the cutting wheel, for the first time, on my next serving dish project.Now my wife wants a Pumpkin serving tray.



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Norm Abram's Adirondack Chair

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Steve Shanesy builds an improved Adirondack chair with Norm Abram in The New Yankee Workshop. Build the chair and learn how Abram works. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking I've become keenly …Source

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Fordson Super Dexta

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Fordson Super Dexta It has taken me a while to get these two tractors built, but finally here they are.
I have to say what a fantastic model our friend Dutchy has produced for people like me to make. Anybody looking for a challenge should check this model out.
Both models have the engine hoods, fuel tanks and mudguards made from New Zealand Kauri while the engine/transmission on one is Walnut and the other is Cherry. Wheel centres are Jarrah and the rims and other white timber is Holly. Tyres are ebonized Mahogany.
The whole model is coated in Tung oil.



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Lab and Aussie toppers

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Lab and Aussie toppersThe the lab was carved in basswood and is on a walnut staff. The Aussie is my shop mate and shadow. she is carved in sycamore. I have not chosen a staff for her carving yet.



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Plant Stand

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Plant StandWas between projects and am always trying to find a way to reduce my inventory of stuff…stuff I've saved for future projects…so lets look around..Found this fresh air vent cover years ago and it's been sitting in it's spot too long…It's cast iron coated with enamel..I've always liked it but, I don't make much furniture. So many things have to be straight and precise…My Son has gotten into potted plants lately and is running out of room, so got me to thinking along those lines…
Then came the design stage…Man I thought of all sorts of fancy things, almost none of witch could I have pulled off…So I went simple, and made a cradle for the top, with finger joints, then made these simple legs…For support I made the second finger joint support…Looked okay…Then I thought about some design for the middle part…Had this beautiful figured chunk I've just had sitting around, basically I liked looking at in just sitting there, knew some day I'd find a use for it…Okay, that looked cool, but…Then the bumpers came to mind…cooler still…Then took some coasters laying around, cut to a diamond shape, attached and there you go…dasign on the run…This thing just kind of got built by looking around and there it was, just what I needed…Well my shop has a few less bits of clutter, making a little headway…Thanks for looking…....



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In memorial

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In memorial This is was for a friend who lost his lab this last year. Basswood carving on a mahogany block.



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A Thank You for one of the upcoming 50yr Reunion organizers

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A Thank You for one of the upcoming 50yr Reunion organizers A Thank You for one of the upcoming 50yr Reunion organizers.One of the blokes in our mob who joined the Navy together has been very busy for the past few years locating and chasing up people.So in appreciation I thought he should receive a hand made timber item from the shed of A Crowe Creations; a large cheeseboard.
It's about 11 x 12 made mainly from recycled walnut, spotted gum, pacific maple, and oregon.
The finish is 2-3 coats of raw coconut oil.
It's a secret, so mum's the word so I can surprise him in October at the reunion.



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Decorative Juniper Vase

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Decorative Juniper VaseThis one was originally destined for the firewood pile as some pieces sometimes are before I realize I might have a diamond in the rough.It almost made it to that pile during the process of making it, too. My frustration with this piece kept mounting and mounting because no matter how I looked at it, it wasn't appealing to me with its almost straight up and down shape.Plus, the usual unusual (see what I did there) grain of juniper just wasn't popping in this piece like it almost always does.After much procrastination and mumbling curse words under my breath….well, maybe not under my breath….I finally decided to try my hand at freehand fluting. Dang if that didn't work, and very well if I do say so myself.Sorry for the sideways 'pose' in the above pic. I ain't no tech wiz by any stretch of the imagination, and I couldn't figure out how to get the photo vertical. Anyway, the grain did eventually pop, and the fluting did add to the flow of the piece.It measures 14 inches high. The top is 8 inches in diameter, and the bottom is 5 inches in diameter.The finish is multiple coats of gloss hand-rubbed polyurethane varnish.Thanks for looking.TZH



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Kick the Can

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Kick the Can When I was a boy, my dad taught me a great way to re-seal a can of stain. He would place the open can on the floor with the loose lid in position on the can, …Source

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Mission Nightstand

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Mission NightstandEarlier I had posted a mission (arts and crafts) style sofa table that I gave a mission finish to. After liking that result, I found online plans for mission (arts and crafts) nightstands that I could give the same finish. Knowing the type of finish I wished for I made this from 1/4 sawn white oak. The flecks from this really stand out. I'm getting to really like this look and intend to complete more furniture projects with this wood and finish.This is what I went with for the finish. #1 Used TransTint dye (Medium Brown) to dye the wood. #2 Sealed it with General Finish Seal-A-Cell (Clear) #3 Applied General Finish Antique Walnut Gel Stain: It was at this point that it took the look I was seeking. #4 Applied 3 Coates of General Finish Arm-R-Seal (Satin). The finishing part is really time consuming and I was hating it at the time. There are a lot of parts to go around which makes it such a pain. Once it was done, I was happy with the result and did not think too much of all the time it took to finish.Hope you like it.



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Small Sweetgum Bowl

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Small Sweetgum BowlSweet Gum 4 3/4” x 2 3/4”, Friction FinishYes, it is deep for its size. Been working on my technique with the 40/40 gouge. Got a little carried away…



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Hand Plane Till

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Hand Plane TillJust recently finished my first workbench and figured I needed to make a till for my hand planes. Made of 1/2” and 3/4” baltic birch with 1/8” maple trim. I intentionally left plenty of room for future hand planes that I will undoubtedly need soon.



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Last Chance To Catch An Amazing Show About Japanese Traditional Carpentry

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I just found out via a friend that an amazing show about Japanese traditional carpentry and its tools is about to close in three days. The show, When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan, was organized by the Japan …Source

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1932 Oak transition molding

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1932 Oak transition molding Hey Lumberjacks
I was asked by a client to help solve a problem with an old Oak floor during a remodeling. The door opening that you now see in the picture was not there prior to the start of the remodel job. Once the wall was removed to make way for the new door opening – an ugly site was exposed. The floors in the two adjoining rooms had been sanded more than once over the last 50 years – leaving a large 3/8” hump of Oak where the wall once stood. The client did not want to sand the floors or attempt any blending of stain. So I decided to mount my router on a plexiglass plate and stand it off with 1/2” plywood pieces making router plane. Once the offending hump was taken down to floor level I started to build a transition piece. The client had some of the stained and varnished old floor ripped up from the remodel. Since the wood was so old and some pieces even breaking apart I trimmed each piece removing the battered tongues and grooves. With a new set of bits I placed my own tongues and grooves in each board. Once complete I started the glue up process. I then took my contour gauge and traced out the door frames. The scroll saw worked great to cut the intricate pattern. I rounded the leading edges to lessen the trip hazard. As you can see I left the four returns long to be trimmed by the carpenter when case moldings are installed. Mission accomplished – all flooring matches – and preserve the look of the old 1932 Oak floor.
Thx for checking out the Oak transition molding
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Portable Shop Tray

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Tool: Quipt Tray Shop Now  Manufacturer: Quipt Tools MSRP: $19.99-$34.99 (for a tray+clamp starter kit) Storage for small parts while working on a project is always a game of compromise. Built-in storage is useful, but also a great place …Source

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AWFS Fresh Wood Award

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AWFS Fresh Wood AwardI was asked to create the 2021 Fresh Wood Best of Show Trophy. I am so honored to be in the company of those who have made them before me: Sam Maloof, Garry Knox Bennett, Paul Schrch, and Judson Beaumont.I completed the sculpture and it's on its way to AWFS which I will be presenting on Thursday 22nd.Entitled Pursuit, this sculpture is made of domestic curly maple, FRP, and 24k gold leaf. Its circular form represents the evolution of a woodworker's career: a continuous search to create something unique, reaching for one's personal gold standard of accomplishment in craftsmanship and design. The interior bark adds whimsey and interest: bark could never be bent in such a way, and woodworkers in-the-know will be captivated by it and possibly mystified. I created it by taking a mold off real bark, casting it in FRP, applying it to the interior curve, and painting it to appear real.HERE is how I made it



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Refurbished Box

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Refurbished BoxThis a project I started not knowing if I had the skill to complete and do properly. Someone from our church group asked me to tackle this beast. This box had been in the family for a while and carried some sentimental value. After being inside and out of the box I can't say I was impressed with the workmanship that went into by the original maker. The lid had come delaminated so I started by removing the bad plywood. Then the hard part was stripping all the old stain and polyurethane off of the box. Luckily someone told me about Citristrip. After two or three sessions with the chemical stripper and some sand paper I was finally ready to refinish the box. I must say she cleaned up nicely. I removed a couple decades of patina and came away with a box that looks like it was made yesterday. Well I guess it kind of was.



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Mante and Hearth

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Mante and HearthJust finished up a fireplace at our place. Aluminum structure with walnut mantle and hearth. Aluminum bow ties. Thanks to pottz and cwwoodworking for the finishing tips. I went with Varethane Natural Oil finish take care…



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Box Puzzle

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 Box PuzzleThe box is made of mahogany while the puzzle pieces were cut as 12 unique pieces of a 2x4 piece of walnut (each irregular on 4 sides) that fits into the box in only one way. Made several for people of various ages, adjusting the difficulty accordingly.



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Small Bandsaw Upgrades Make a Big Difference - Part Two

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After milling the parts for the shelf's frame, rabbiting them, and cutting the miters, (read the first part of this story here) I connected them to the legs with screws. I found out that the geometry of the …Source

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Nanny Cradle

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Nanny CradleMade from rough cut curly maple (with much Re-sawing) for my soon-to-be first grandchild. Had to figure dimensions from picture of one made for dolls. When cradle stage is over, front cradle wall can be turned over and attached to back wall to form a 3 person rocker. O pelted my first floating tenon joint to connect the actual rockers.



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Maple Entry Door

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Maple Entry DoorThis is my second ''live edge'' door, this one has the side light that made it more interesting. Rails and Stiles are laminated edge grain fir wrapped with 1/4” maple… Frame is old growth Fir… stained with a combo of minwax stains and finished with poly.
Flat black electronic locks going in tomorrow as well as the trim..
G Vavra



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CNC the Maker Workstation

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Build a modern workbench using digital woodworking tools The Maker Workstation Overview Building The Top Building The Base Furniture & Accessories CNC Instructions If you're a CNC user who would like to build a Maker Workstation…Source

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Folding Stereo Table

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Folding Stereo TableMy son wanted to start collecting albums and tended to move frequently while in grad school. This design made of simple 2X4s folds flat. Albums on storage shelf kept sliding flat so added the grooved insert with the stop pieces that fit into the appropriate grooves. No fine furniture it definitely offered the functions he needed.



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Past, Present and

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Past, Present and My father-in-law was a recognized physicist (Dr. Nichols). He worked on the development of radar technology during WWII and was offered an “opportunity” to work on the atomic bomb (he chose another path!). He subsequently developed the (control) mathematics and chart, as displayed in the book in the carving, which was instrumental in developing some aspects (in which he was directly involved) of space shuttles “arm.”His “Control” organization created (a 3D image of his face) and awarded him the first (assumed) of many subsequent such medals awarded to subsequent theoretical physicists.I mentioned the above only as a (partial) explanation for the project as displayed.My wife and I received notice of the award in time for me to design and execute the displayed carving which was presented to him immediately before the award. The design incorporates the tools, past and (at the time) present technology which he used during his career as well as other more mundane tools that were present on his desk at home. I did take artistic license by modifying the computer keyboard from that of an IBM which he always used) to an Apple keyboard. I don't think he recognized the irony (I was, at the time, an Apple engineer .. and I'm certain his daughter could have chosen more wisely!) At his death, the carving was returned to us and is displayed on wall used for family portraits, etc.



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Hybrid resin turned box

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Hybrid resin turned boxI started with a piece of mystery wood I found at work, I took it home and stabilized it. Then I put it in a PVC pipe and mixed up Chroma Craft resin, poured it in the pipe and put it in the pressure pot. The next day I took it out and let it cure for 4 more days before turning it. I wet sanded it to 1000 grit and used Hut Plastic Polish on it, I like it.



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$1 Shop Supplies

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$1 Shop Supplies When buying supplies for my shop, I often visit a store where stuff costs only $1. Many items sell for much more at a home improvement store, so I save a pile of money. You never know …Source

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Wood Duck

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Wood DuckMade of Black Walnut, the project is hollowed out to reduce weight and for storage (never did the later.) It obviously took some time to carve, and it was done earlier in my carving experience so it was all done by hand tools, including carving chisels, hand saws, etc. The head was designed to rotate 360 degrees, but I was never fully satisfied with that decision. (live and learn!)



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Pine Bowl

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Pine BowlMy sister-in-law was driving to work a few years ago after a windstorm and the road was block by this pine tree that had blow down. It was being cut up and cleared so she asked to take a piece for me. I let it dry for about 2 years, but it was still slightly damp and very pitchy when I turned it.



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Barn board Mountains

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Barn board MountainsUsed various pieces of old barn board glued to plywood backing, in the symbolic shape of the Grand Teton Range as a gift to my wife to recall our honeymoon. Made frame of walnut.



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Another Wood Barbecue Scraper

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Another Wood Barbecue ScraperAnother Custom Wood B-B-Q scraper. It's made of red oak for Sid, who is hosting the July 4th barbecue. I can now knock one off in about an hour, including cutting the shape (using a TS55, a Carvex, and an MFT/3), routing the roundover (using an OF1400), cutting the beveled end (using a SawStop), sanding (using an RO90), engraving (using the Shaper and the ontool Text function), branding (using a custom branding iron), and drilling for the leather hang string (using a ShopSmith).



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Another candy bowl

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Another candy bowlBlack Mesquite. Finished with O. B.'s Shine Juice



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Potting Table

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Potting TableHello All,
My wife is an avid gardener and put in her request for a potting table, so of course I built one for her. It's made of redwood, which is the go to lumber in California for outdoor projects. The problem can be finding decent quality without paying steep prices for clear heart lumber. The big box stores carry a lot of redwood, but it's usually low quality construction grade, often still wet. After searching many sources, I have found good quality and value at Lowes. They sell kiln dried redwood, and if you purchase 2×6 stock, it's almost always much better quality than 2×4's.Joints were assembled with the Dowelmax and Tightbond 3, my usual method for strong, accurate joinery. Rubber feet were added to keep moisture from wicking up though the legs. I have decided not to finish this table, and let it acquire the soft gray patina of weathered redwood. This table will get a lot of abuse from dirt, water, and the elements, so any finish would have to be renewed often. Thanks for looking!



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Tool chest customization

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Tool chest customization > 80/20 frame
> ABS veneered Birch plywood
> 3D printed battery holders and cord cleats
> Pegboard on back



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1930 Packard

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1930 PackardMy granddaughter saw a few of my last antique cars I built, so she asked if I'd make her one. So searching some pictures, I came up with this 1930 Packard. I use mainly used Aspire to model it with a little help using Rhino. Wood is poplar, walnut and padauk.Gary



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No-Fuss Box Joints

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Build a dedicated setup that creates perfect joints every time. Imagine routing perfect box joints whenever you want, without having to waste time setting up your router table. This notion may seem half-baked, because box joints can be fussy to …Source

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Kids bathroom bag organizers

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Kids bathroom bag organizersMade these holders for the customized bathroom bags the boys got as gifts from grandma and grandpa (probably so they would come visit more). They're really cool, but they're usually sprawled out all over the bathroom counter and cluttering things up. That and the boys would just chuck their toothbrushes in and sometimes (usually) miss, so they were always getting confused, germs were frequently shared, etc. It was time to make something to tidy up and look good too.These were mostly made from scraps. They're all red oak stained with Minwax Ipswich Pine to match the existing trimwork. I did have to cut into a new board to get pieces wide enough for the backs and fronts, but I was able to resaw and plane down to 1/4 thickness to make it go twice as far.I put 3 big screws into studs for EACH for the inevitable event these are used as rock holds. I think they came out well, and the bathroom looks good too. Each kid has their own clearly defined space now, and as a bonus, whenever it's time for a trip to grandma and grandpas, their stuff is already all ready to go :)



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New Candy Bowl

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New Candy BowlMy wife's birthday present coming next week. She uses a ceramic
bowl to put wrapped candies in for people at a Children's Hospital.
Keeps it at her desk. I decided she needed a serious upgrade.Granadillo (from the Yucatan peninsula)
7 3/4” x 2 3/4”
Friction Finish (Shellac/BLO/DNA) 10 coats
This is hefty!



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Quilt pattern

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Quilt patternWhat do you do when it's hot and humid outside? You come inside, get out your containers of triangles and diamonds and start quilting.Woods: Orange Osage, Walnut, Larch and Monkeywood.Frame: Zebrawood.Finish: Gloss lacquer.



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Two Router Tables

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Two Router TablesA friend dropped off a big stack of maple 4×4s that had too much insect damage and punk to be used in furniture, so I used 2/3 of them to make two router tables. The first is for the PantaRouter and the second is for a normal router table.The PantaRouter table features storage for all the bits and parts that it uses (is has a fair bit of kit). It is done in Hickory. The traditional router table has two bit drawers, one for tall bits and one for regular bits, a wrench drawer and two large drawers that I use to keep my routers and router jigs. It is finished in walnut. I designed and 3d printed the drawer bottoms for the bit drawers to take 1/2 or 1/4 bits.The carcass is assembled with massive mortise and tenon joints with panels in groves. The drawers are simple box joints. The pulls are what was on hand or what was cheap. The finish is Osmo, but only two coats as it is expensive now days and that is more than enough for shop furniture. The PantaRouter table is on wheels to be moved around as needed and the standard table is on leveling feet inserted into 1/2” threaded inserts set into the maple. Each have their own electric with the routers hard wired to a mag switch that then connects to a service cord for the cabinet.I did a blog about the two tables, so if you want more details you can check it out.The dust collection on the traditional table is amazing. I always wanted a router table that fit my size (I am a big person with big hands and long arms…so now I have one that is wide and tall and so easy to use).These were fun, but I am glad to have found a home for the odd wood. I did not have room to store it and now I have two really needed items in the shop.



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Stanley No 40 scrub plan rebuild

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Stanley No 40 scrub plan rebuildThis is a rebuild of a Stanley No 40 scrub plane body (and one tote screw).I made the knob and tote from a very dense mahogany. The knob needed a 12-20 threaded bolt, which we know does not exist in normal life. So i took a 1/4-20, chucked it in a drill and cut the threads down to the right diameter with a triangle file.The cap iron is mild steel that I shaped and put a 1/4-20 thumbscrew into. I had stainless steel blackener, so I made it dark to match the plane. The iron is extra thick, so the lever cap had to be thinner than a Stanley orig.The iron is a 3/16 thick A2 steel. I'm pleased (surprised) with it. I shaped and ground it, then hardened it in a little plaster of paris furnace and a MAP torch. The hardening went more than an inch from the edge, so it should be good for many sharpenings.I put quite a few hours into this one, but unlike some other projects, I am very proud of the result.



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Dremel Ultra-Saw Review

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Tool: Ultra-Saw US20V Shop Now  Manufacturer: Dremel MSRP: $179.00 I recently had the opportunity to test Dremel's first cordless multi-saw, the Ultra-Saw US20V. This type of compact saw is becoming a mainstay in toolboxes for carpenters and DIYers, and …Source

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Cherry Bassinet Rocker

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Cherry Bassinet RockerSo this is a bassinet I just finished for a buddy's daughter due 7/1. This is pretty much an original design though I had some inspiration from a brother lumberjock.This was sort of an impulsive project, under pressure of delivery before delivery. I'll drop it off tomorrow. Because of the rush I made some stupid mistakes, nothing the end of the world, but, you know, you look closely and they're glaringly obvious.Materials:Cherry
Walnut wedges
Birch plyJoinery (mostly by hand saw with an assist from the drill press):castle joints at the top (4)
wedged mortise and tenon, Krenov style (6)
bridle joint for the rocker (4)Rungs were fun. These are 3/8 x 3/4 with a 3/8” linear radius and recessed about .2 on upper and lowers. I made the end panels first, then discovered it's near impossible to install the long sides without neighbors falling out. Persistence, a flexible material and some creative clamping did the trick.On advice of recent mom, made a set of stops for the rocking motion as well these are sort clunky but functional.I do have a video of the rocking motion, but not sure how to post a .mov file.I like that this is very light weight, has a natural finish, and that the surround is enclosed by rungs so you can see the kid from any angle. Mom hasn't delivered yet, so we should get there ahead of schedule. Thanks for looking.



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guitar stand

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guitar standMy daughter is slightly interested in the guitar, so i found a cheap one and made a quick stand for it. All cherry leftovers, with cork strips where the guitar touches. Through mortices, and danish oil as a finish.I taped off the cork with blue painters tape, and that kept the oil off the cork very well. I kinda like what I ended with the feet.I got an immediate grin, “thank you” and “I like it”, so that was worth it. If she keeps at it, I might have an excuse to make a guitar.



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