The Woodshop Shed

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

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Portable Planer/Jointer Milling Station with Dust Collection

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Portable Planer/Jointer Milling Station with Dust CollectionBuilt Tommy's One Minute Workshop Milling Station. Great concept, but one significant issue – DW735 dust collection. The sealed bucket + Dust Deputy cyclone generates too much back-pressure and so chips are coming out of the front of the planer and some are left behind, underneath the knives on the planer table. PITA. Tried 4” hoses, also tried removing the planer's impeller (with and w/o shop vac), very modest improvement. Considering a different approach – eliminate the bucket, and add a filter/door in the rectangular compartment where the bucket sits. Similar to what Matt/Kellly did in earlier posts like this one: https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/101876Looking for any ideas anyone may have to improve upon this setup, with the goal being to keep it self-contained, e.g., no giant external dust collector, or large DustRight bag, etc.



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Another Burl Box Gall Bowl

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Another Burl Box Gall BowlAfter a failed attempt at making a more traditional box (cutting it into pieces, fitting them together… as I've mentioned earlier, I've never met a right angle I couldn't make wrong)... I went at the box process again the same way I did on the box I most recently posted.Besides using a Sawzall, rather than a pruning saw, for cutting out the box shape, my process was pretty much the same.However, I did try a new technique on the finish. To keep the wood from getting really dark, I first applied a dead flat varnish. Once it dried, I applied my polyurethane. Admittedly, I read about applying the dead flat varnish first on some helpful dude's blog.You can read it: hereI was amazed at how well the dead flat varnish not only didn't darken the wood when I applied it but, after it dried, it also kept my high gloss poly from darkening the wood.Here's the finished box:By the way, my wife is out of town for work, so that should explain all the time for woodworking. Come Tuesday, I'll be cleaning the house vigorously. The kids and I have been pretty feral for the last couple days.



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Gavel

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Gavel Master's gavel and sounding block out of claro walnut. This gavel was a request by a Masonic brother in SoCal to be presented to the incoming master of a lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. I will next make a presentation box and post when finished.



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Rectangular Yarn Bowl

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Rectangular Yarn BowlThis is another item ordered from last week's craft sale- A rectangular yarn bowl that is 6” x 10 1/4” X 6 1/2” high.The lady had big yarn balls of heavy yarn and needed one this size and with a wider “J” slot.This bowl is made from 3/8” maple plywood and has all the edges connected with lock miters. I added a handle in the back so it is easier to pick up.It is finished with satin lacquer.Cheers, Jim



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A handful of canes.

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A handful of canes.Canes and walking sticks are my projects of choice. The first is a oak cane I got at a flea market and carved the angle.The second is a walnut cane I am putting dogwood flowers on. The third has a Mahogany handle and walnut shank. The forth has a zebrawood handle with a padauk shank. The fifth one is a mahogany handle with a canarywood shank.



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Peter puffin, from boots to birds.

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Peter puffin, from boots to birds.Never done a puffin. But a commission from my niece and here is Peter.
Basswood blank with acrylic paint. Enjoy.



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Spalted Maple #8

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Spalted Maple #8Spalted Maple, 7 1/2” x 3 3/4”,
Friction Polish.
MEYSPRING Pacific Blue Epoxy Resin Color Pigment for the branch hole that gave me grief.Picture of the log the day we cut it up. That branch where the arrow is pointing… I told my wife
that day… that knot is going to cause problems down the road. LOL



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Four Wooden Rings

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Four Wooden RingsAt last Saturday's craft show I received order for 2 rings….one is a size 5 1/4 African Blackwood ring and the other is a size 12 walnut ring with turquoise inlay. I made two of each in case I scrapped one out. Actually I made 3 of the blackwood rings and one did blow up on the mandrel.They are finished with EEE and Shellawax.I added some shots of the mandrels I use. They go from size 5-12.Cheers, Jim



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Just a little something

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Just a little somethingHello everyone, I'm just about ready to get back in the shop after having a laminoplasty operation on my C3, C4, and C5 vertebrae. I've had spinal stenosis in my neck and lower back for years and I had to finally get it fixed in my neck. I was losing sensation in my fingers and was told if it wasn't fixed, it could progress to a point where I wouldn't have control or feeling in my thumb and index fingers.Here is a couple of things I made just before I went in for surgery. The acorn is made with red oak for the bottom and cedar for the top. I covered the inside of the top with tiger maple to hide the the hole made from the tailstock. I used leather in the bottom of the container. I used my wood burning pen to make the design on the top and I drilled a crooked hole for the stem. I finished everything with shellac.The base is unknown wood with a walnut trim. I used brass to form the stand and used shrink wrap to form a cushion on the brass to keep the acorn from slipping off the stand.The mushroom is made from a chunk of wood from a fireplace log, however I have no idea what it is. I used my wood burning pen to add the detail. I have no idea what I'll do with it, I was just bored and decided to try one.



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Cabinet-grade Finishing

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Not everything has to have a furniture-grade finish. If you read the woodworking magazines or look online, you often come across instructions for filling pores, glazing, toning, rubbing out, and so on. These are wonderful techniques for use on …Source

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Birch Bowl w/Red Resin Ring

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Birch Bowl w/Red Resin RingA change of pace from the spalted maple today.
Experimenting with mica powders.7 1/4” x 2 1/4”
Friction PolishI used:
MEYSPRING Wine Red Epoxy Resin Color Pigment



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Logs to Lumber

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In a search for wide boards, it pays to buy whole logs. Visitors to my shop often ask where I buy the wide, matched cherry and walnut boards I use for reproducing classic American furniture. Their curiosity ratchets up a …Source

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Starting on Kitchen ( Before)

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Starting on Kitchen ( Before)Promised I make new cabinets for kitchen last year for xmas . That didn't happen lumber prices crazy. (plywood)
So will give it a shot this year starting kind of late but. Better later than never. Will do one section at a time. Island first to get upgrade. Oven wall next. Cherry doors and face frame, oak drawers, some kind of figured basswood inserts and 3/4” birch ply. All hardwood on hand been acquiring for some time . Plywood needs to be purchased.



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Build a Cross-Cutting Square for a Circular Saw

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If you don't own a big European style table saw or a large miter saw, and need to crosscut wide lumber at 90 degrees you will probably like my newly-built CCS (Cross-Cutting Square). This jig is easy to build and …Source

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Double Sided Bread Cutting Board W/Crumb Box

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Double Sided Bread Cutting Board W/Crumb Box Bread Cutting Board
Made from Walnut And Maple.



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Built in Bench

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Built in BenchI had a client reach out to have a bench built into their dining room space. They wanted to replace their large dining table and chairs to regain valuable space in that area of their home. They have an awesome entertaining space in the back yard with a massive patio and pool area, but to get there everyone had to walk through a tight space in the kitchen/dining area. I also made the benches have lids that would open to give them some additional storage for infrequently used items. I was really happy with how this one turned out and the owners are loving their new space.If you want to check out the full build video you can view it here:https://dimensionswoodworks.com/2021/09/15/built-in-bench/



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Dino bank

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Dino bankMade a dinosaur bank for my 4yr old grandson.



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Koa Credenza

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Koa CredenzaThis is my credenza. It was so hard to make that I decided to never sell it. This piece was inspired by a picture in a woodworking book. I absolutely love laminating wood and decided to give it a go. My first adventure was to create the form for my sides, which was 6 3/4” in width, and it had to be perfect. Then I wanted koa, but I had to have koa that had a straight grain to bend well on the form. The credenza is 18 1/4” deep. I needed six laminations, 3 for each side. They had to match perfectly, so I had purchased 8/4 lumber to resaw and have a seamless look. This took some time. (prep work is everything). I used epoxy as my adhesive and tried to not add too much, since I could only remove the 1/4” from each side before edge joining the laminates together. On the inside of the cabinet, I also had to support the bent sides with wood that had been shaved to match the laminate angle, but flat on the cabinet side to support the construction of a tradition cabinet.This all took time, then came the joinery for the top, which seemed a little overwhelming, but I came up with a plan: I added a traditional dado to the underside of the top, which was wider than the thickness of my sides. I took another piece of wood, the same width and length as the dado in the top, to create an insert. I measured the angle of my bent sides to the top, and used my mortising machine (matching that angle) to create a angled dado in this extra piece of wood. Then I glued this to the top of the side. At that point, I was able to glue my sides to the top quite well. There is always a work around :)The rest of construction was basic cabinet making.Best Regards,Cathy



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A few Cutting Boards

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A few Cutting BoardsHere are a few boards I made this summer. I made the Piano Keyboard based on a plan from Wood Magazine.
The others were made of scrap that I had cluttering the shop. I was surprised at how the end grain Maple turned dark when I applied the oil.



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New Dinning Room Table

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New Dinning Room TableFirst post! Recently finished building our new home, so I decided to build our dinning room table. Found a deal on some red gum slabs and had a metal frame welded together. Placed cut pieces side by side and used epoxy to fill in gaps.



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The Myth of the Self-taught Craftsman

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by Brian Boggspage 64Buy this issue nowAt a seminar I found myself saying that I mostly taught myself woodworking. It was an easy way to get the idea across that I did not go to woodworking school or take seminars. Later, I regretted not responding more thoughtfully.Twitter: Follow us on Twitter @pweditors.Source

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Unique natural wood carving

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Unique natural wood carvingI found this unique tree branch that had mineralized. I then enhanced the natural cracks and carved out a section in the back to inlay a dreamcatcher that was inspired by the Lakota Indians which I am a proud tribe member of. Everything was hand carved and sanded. This is one of my first projects.



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Geometrics

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GeometricsWho doesn't have a coffee container or ten filled with parallelograms and trapezoids laying around wondering what to do with them?Woods: Butternut, Poplar, Cherry and Spalted Oak.Frame: Cherry and Purpleheart.Finish: Gloss lacquer.



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Dovetailed Dustpan

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Forget plastic or metal pans - a wooden one looks nicer and works better. Some time during the last 25 years of prowling around workshops, museums and antique stores, I spotted a wooden dustpan. The encounter made me slap …Source

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Not another jewelry box!

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Not another jewelry box!Jewelry/ music box made with maple and padauk. It is felt lined and has one drawer. 6 coats of shellac and 6 coats of poly sanded to 2000 grid.



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Rocking motorcycle

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Rocking motorcycleMotorcycle rocking chair for 3 year old. This was made 5 years ago. With the exception of the runners and side rail, it is all made out of mdf. I cut several layers of mdf, glued them together and then filed and sanded into its final shape. Then it was painted with spray paint of different colors.



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Love old tools?

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Love old tools?Today the CRAFTS of NJ club got together again to have the 2nd and final major tailgate event of the year.You can see the amazing variety of carpentry, timber framing, machinist and blacksmithing tools here on the video.https://youtu.be/fDt0br2Wt-MTo find out more about the club, we are in northwest NJ.Visit our website at CraftsofNJ.org. Don't miss our upcoming live tool auction on Oct 2nd.Enjoy the video and the snazzy music.Bob A in NJSept 12,2021More on the auction here.
CRAFTS of NJ Tool Auction
October 2, 2021
Oldwick, New JerseyTHIS AUCTION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.LOCATION: Oldwick Fire Company Social Hall
Entrance on Fisher Road off Rt. 523 MAP
This auction is open to the public.View the complete October 2021 catalog for online browsing with photos. Download a printable list of October 2021 auction lots (PDF).Schedule
Auction starts at 9:30 AM; lots are available for inspection beginning at 7:30 AM. Tool tailgating begins at 6am. Setting up to sell tools at the tailgating is free to members. Non-members can pay $15 to set up and join CRAFTS at the same time.



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sycamore bowl burnt

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sycamore bowl burntThis a was a thin slab of sycamore that was freshly cut. I like the clear grain and thought that the contrast with a charred edge would highlight it. The shape was determined by the cut of the slice, so I didn't try to make it symmetrical and thought that it had a modern look. It was finished with thinned lacquer and a wax.
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13 caskets -----11 Marines, 1 Army, 1 Navy

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13 caskets -----11 Marines, 1 Army, 1 NavyNo explanation necessary.
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Family Plaque

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Family PlaqueMy parents paid us a visit to see the new baby. While they were here I did some bonding with Dad.I told him that I wanted to make him a sign with our family name on it and that I wanted him to pick out the wood and the font. We went to MacBeath Hardwood in Berkeley (the original store) and he found some Santos Mahogany that he liked. I then took him to fonts.google.com and he picked out a nice font.I took the font into Inkscape and converted it to a vector path, modified the letters so that the “K” merged with the frame of the plaque, and then created cut paths.It only took about 2-3 hours of design and 3-4 hours to cut, sand, and finish.Dad was only here for a long weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and so I am so happy that I was able to give him something to take home that I made for him. He really likes it and that makes me really happy.Used the Shaper Origin to pocket out the letters, 91% isopropyl alcohol to prepare it for finish, Watco danish oil (single coat), and some Daddy Van's Lavender and Beeswax furniture finishing polish. The whole thing was cut with a 1/4” down-cut spiral bit (Spektra coated number from Amana Tool) in a single sitting. Some 220 grit sandpaper to spiff it up after the cutting.We won't talk about the fact that I spilled the Danish Oil all over the place (mineral spirits cleaned it right up).



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Precision Drill Press Table

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For accurate drilling, build an engineered table. Did you know that most drill press tables are made for metalworking? Woodworkers need a better table: it should have a broad surface, an easily adjustable fence with a stop, hold-downs, and replaceable …Source

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When a tree split and crashed into my house

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When a tree split and crashed into my houseThree years ago a 60 foot elm tree (I think) cracked off 20 feet up and crashed into my bedroom window in an early February storm.
The tree had to be taken down and I asked the tree removal guys for three slabs from the trunk.
I had to flatten them from the chain sawing of course after three years of air drying in my shed. Had them on edge and stickered of sorts.
After flattening and sanding I sealed them and then epoxy coated them with marine grade epoxy.
Intended to be deck side tables.
This one didn't crack. The other two are getting bow tie inlays to help stabilize them. That's the next project.
Didn't know the truck was heart shaped



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Parallel Clamp

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Parallel ClampParallel clamp made of willowThese are my favourite types of clamps with astounding clamping power, always fanied trying to make one from scratch.Feel free to comment / criticisestep by step pictures of the full build here.Pics
1) Finished clamp
2) Splitting the willow log
3) Roughing out the dowels
4) Cutting the threads
5) Finished parts
6) Tools used (Also a small sledgehammer and cold chisel for splitting)



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Toothpick Holders

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Toothpick HoldersSo I've been making these round pizza serving boards lately and have to cut the corners off. This makes some very nice pieces to turn into another project. Ive already made 3 pens with the scraps, now two toothpick holders.Most likely you will be seeing some bottle stoppers in the near future. ;-)Enjoy the video.ThanksBob Amaranthttps://youtu.be/d6pUs55rwx0



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Step stool/seat for toddler

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Step stool/seat for toddlerLooks like someone else just posted one of these. Here's my version from plans on popular woodworking that someone else posted. Walnut and maple, turned the dowels, brass hardware. For a good friend and her first baby. Haven't delivered to her yet, so don't spread around :)



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Machine-Screw Joints

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To build the ultimate jig, use a tap. When I build a jig or fixture that needs to come apart, I don't use wood screws, I use machine screws-and tap holes in the wood to receive them. It's very easy …Source

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Gas Pump

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Gas PumpRecently I visiting the Motte Brothers car museum in Menifee, California, where I saw an antique gas pump. I felt this was something that was needed in my garage.



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Japanese toolbox

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Japanese toolboxCherry, spalted maple Japanese toolbox



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Folding Stool for Beer Swap

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Folding Stool for Beer SwapI was trying to come up with a project for the beer swap and having no luck when I spied a a folding stool I had made years ago (picture 6). I thought why not make a drink holder for it like many folding picknic chairs have.
The original was made of red oak and was plenty sturdy, so that is what I used for the legs and arms or under seat parts, but I beefed up the dimensions a bit for added strength and increased the oak dowel size to 5/8” (pic 5).The dowel is 3 pieces, the long one for the inside legs and arms and 2 short ones for the outside. I used finish nails to lock the dowels to the outside arms and the inside legs so the other arms and legs can rotate. That results in 3 separate parts at this point which are eventually joined together by the addition of the seat planks.
Particular attention to the orientation of the legs and arms is critical due to the fact that the inside and outside legs unfold in opposite directions (above & pics1, 2 & 4) as do the arms.The legs are 21” long and the pivot point for them is at 7”, 1/3 the length, joined with 2 more short dowels pinned to the outside legs.For the seat I found some mystery wood out of my stash that was hard and dense. I decided to make them 16”, 2” wider than the original. One extra wide slat was cut at 21” to allow for the drink holder. With much trial and effort, I managed to get a hole bored in the end large enough for a beer and split it to the proper dimensions. That hole was the most difficult part of the buildI then chiseled reliefs to fit some harness leather to suppoort the beer. Then drilled and screwed the seat slats in place along with braces for the bottom of the legs.Next came 4 coats of 50/50 MS & BLO. After that the leather was nailed in with decorative domed nails and joined at the bottom with a chicago screw.The beers were selected, the first 4 were from a brewery that does not sell in stores.I also had to make a custom box to hold this monstrous thing and the beer.
My recipient was drsurfrat, Mike, who after receiving it, identified the seat slats as pecan. Thank you sir.I hope Mike enjoys it.



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2nd Time Around

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2nd Time AroundThis is the second time I have cut this pattern… It is my favorite eagle pattern.. Sometime ago I gave my first cutting to a friend…. knowing that I would want to do it again…. I cut this in Monkey Wood… Never used it before… Pretty nice wood to work with. The Pattern is made from a painting by Carol Cavlaris, called “Spirit of the Wind. the pattern maker is Theodore 'Buzz' Buzzelli. Like I say,, my favorite eagle pattern..I would love to have on the same format with the American Bald Eagle… These are Tawny eagles, which inhabit mostly in the Africa. Looks to be very beautiful eagle.



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Slow Drying Finish Solutions

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Why stains and finishes sometimes dry slowly. A friend called with a problem. He had applied an ebony oil stain to oak and after the stain had dried for two days, the polyurethane he then brushed picked up some of …Source

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2021 Beer Swap Koozies

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2021 Beer Swap KooziesFor the 2021 Beer Swap I put together a pair of can koozies. I started by asking the group which wood to start with and then I went and did what I wanted anyway. I selected some spalted dogwood with walnut and padauk for accents.
I cut up the dogwood stock into a trapezoid with 30 degree bevels, maybe 1.5 inches wide on the long side, about 16 inches long. I also ripped a thin strip of the 4/4 padauk. I glued up the trapezoids with a padauk spacer into several half circles using the masking-tape trick, then flattened the mating faces and glued up the full circle blanks.
After drying for several days, I chucked the blanks in the lathe and roughed out the cylinder. I added a tenon to one end of each and made a matching mortise groove in the walnut end caps which I had already drilled out.


After gluing one end cap on, I flipped the blank and repeated for the other end so that I had a hollow cylindrical turning blank with holes on either end.
You can see how I chucked the inner diameter rather than the outer by this point in the process. I got the outside to a shape I liked and sanded it for finish. I did epoxy fill a few cracks as well. Then I used a china pencil on the bottom of a can to show me the high spots while I was turning out the inside. Its by no mean very flat or smooth, but it is relatively tight and can hold some full cans upside-down. I was surprised at how much difference I found in can diameter, so this usually won't work.After I got the inside close, I sanded as far as my fingers could reach and figured my recipient couldn't reach any further either, and then I slapped on a couple coats of Minwax Tung oil.Cheers to Kenny and crew for another fun swap. Any ideas for the 2022 beer swap item?-JD



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Upgrade Your Bandsaw Adjustment Screws

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I own three bandsaws. Two are hand-me-downs from neighbors and the most recent arrival is a brand new Grizzly 17 that I bought. The Grizzly is a great machine but like many of its peers, most of the bandsaw adjustment …Source

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Beer Swap 2021

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Beer Swap 2021I like to do a theme based on the beer. So this year I chose Voodoo Ranger. The box has a walnut top and cherry base. I used a scrollsaw to cut the figures. The skull is hard maple, blood is the obvious bloodwood and the hatchet blade is quartersawn sycamore the handle is hickory. The painters tape pieces were used to set the top up so I could flush trim on the router.



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Free Form Carving

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Free Form CarvingHere is a piece of free form carving I did this weekend.



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Card Box - for Magic the Gathering cards

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Card Box - for Magic the Gathering cardsWith the Pandemic and all, family and friends have gotten back into card games and board games. Lots of fun for all. I'm a 59 year old geek (computer version) by vocation and background. I played (and DM'd) DnD back in the day and have played computer games for most of my life. One game I never got into was “Magic the Gathering” card game but just recently was introduced to it and had a lot of fun. I wanted to blend my woodworking hobby in so I decided to make a box to store my MTG cards. Here's the result:Dimensions are about 5h x 7w x 15lTop is walnut framed with curly walnut veneered panel on top and a light colored wood veneer on the underside. The case is 1/4 ply veneered with lacewood on the outside and walnut on the inside. Corners are cover with solid walnut. Internal dividers are 1/8in hardboard.The reason for the light veneer on the underside of lid is I wanted to try out a technique for “printing” an image on wood I saw on a YouTube video. It's accomplished by using an inkjet printer to print an image on an Avery labels sheet that has had all the labels removed so you're printing on the non-stick backer. Then, while the ink is still wet you apply it to the wood making sure to not “slip” the sheet – smears. Rub it down and role back to leave the image (in reverse). After the ink dries, spray on lacquer to seal, the top coat as you please. Keep in mind that printers don't print white (therefore the light wood) so choose your image appropriately.



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Coffee Scoops

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Coffee ScoopsCoffee scoops … most were turned from a tree that came down in my yard a few years ago (the dark colored one was from an ornamental that we took out of a neighbor's yard).They are 6-1/2” in length, the bowl is 1-3/4” in diameter. Finish is 'Tried and True Original'.



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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile AccentsI built this storage cabinet to hold my wife's sewing machine and related accessories and supplies. It's made of 3/4” maple plywood with solid maple trim. It's roughly 39” wide and tall and 12” deep and has two adjustable shelves.Each door is a plywood slab with two inlaid metal tiles, maple 'X' accent inlay strips, and maple trim. The door pulls are from Hickory Hardware (Streamline HH075280FO).The metal tiles are the focal point of the cabinet. We bought them about 16 years ago from Carina Works in Austin, Texas (sadly, no longer in business as far as I can tell), and we've always loved them. We used them for a wall art project for our kitchen. We replaced that display with a photo gallery wall earlier this year, and we're glad we could reuse a few of our favorite tiles.The finish is General Finishes Polyurethane Water Based Topcoat (flat sheen) toned with GF Water Based White Wash stain. For the black pieces, I used Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2x Flat Black spray paint.For construction details, please see my series of blog posts .Thanks for looking!



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The Little Library

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The Little LibraryI was asked to make an item for a silent auction, as part of a fundraiser for the South Texas Book Festival in McAllen. This is what I came up with.The Little Library, named because the sides look like bookshelves full of books. This 208 segmented piece was quite fun, and very challenging to create.It stands 7 tall and 5.75 in diameter. It was constructed using 208 pieces total and I utilized Zebrawood, Curly Mahogany, and Walnut. Wall thickness is .25 and the inner depth is 4.The finial, base and books are Zebrawood, the lid and concave portion of the base is the Mahogany and the bookshelves are Walnut. I used clear lacquer for the finish.This is my first time making a lidded vessel and I think the lid gives the overall impression of an acorn. It was a fun project to work on.(This project was created, donated, and ended up selling for $85 at the fundraiser two years ago. I am just now getting around to posting it.)



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Mesquite Fruit Bowl

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Mesquite Fruit BowlI haven't spent much time out in the garage over the past year or so, creating sawdust. However, I have been working on a project for a good friend of mine. She asked if I could make something for a silent auction to benefit the McAllen South Texas Book Festival.I just put the finishing touches on it tonight and I love the way it turned out.Mesquite bowl, 10 across, 3.5 deep, wall thickness is 3/8, which means the bowl is solid, and heavy. The wood was turned on my Nova lathe, sanded to 1200 grit sand paper, and I used 3 coats of Tung oil finish, followed by the Beale polishing system to really bring out the shine.I purposely left a large swath of yellow sapwood along the side of the bowl. The sap wood is the trees growth ring, and is in stark contrast with the reddish hues of the darker heart wood.There was a large void inside this piece, but the vast majority was removed during the turning. Only one small natural crack remains on the rim. Mesquite is such a beautiful wood, very hard, and polishes up nicely.



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Cheese cutter jigs

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Cheese cutter jigsI notice a few cheese cutters are being made. I thought I would post pictures of the two jigs made for drilling and cutting the groove at an angle.



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Hock Knife with Walnut scales

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Hock Knife with Walnut scalesHey Lumberjocks
Posting another Ron Hock blade that I finished up recently. My first use of stabilized wood scales. Really impressed: dense, heavy, better hand feel when holding the knife and seems to give the finished knife a luster.
Thanks for checking out the Ron Hock knife. The knife holder today is my a driving block used by grandkids. Teaching them to drive nails in to endgrain is a real confidence builder. never to young to learn how to work with your hands.
Thx
Greg



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Birch Pedestal Bowl

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Birch Pedestal BowlHere is a bowl I had roughed out back in early June. I have not done a twice-turned bowl in a while so this was a good refresher course.7 1/4” x 2 1/3” Friction Polish



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PEPPA PIG PUZZLES

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PEPPA PIG PUZZLESCartoon character Peppa Pig, cut wit scrollsaw of 16mm beech board. The 50×60cm base was made of two 9mm birch playwoods and in the middle 3mm beech plywood. Frame was made of firwood. Letters and numbers were laser engraved, painted with black pen. Colours are water based, as well as finish laquer – all applyed with hand brush.
Puzzle pattern I made by free hand on printed picture.



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Shaker-Inspired Sewing Counter

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As much as this piece is a homage to Shaker design, it is also quietly a love letter to both hand tools and shared shops. Project #2113 Skill Level: Intermediate Time: 10 Days Cost: $500 Online extras:…Source

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Western wooden belt buckles

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Western wooden belt buckles These are fun projects. Carved in 3/8” to 1/2” wood. Woods are walnut, oak and mahogany. he belt backs came from Tandy leather. Finish is spar varnish. They are not really for daily use they do scratch leaning over equipment carrying heave objects and equipment. More for dress ware.



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Use A Compass For Layout

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A swing of an arc is the solution to many layout and construction problems. If you think a compass is only for drawing circles, think again. This simple and inexpensive device can divide almost anything into precise and equal …Source

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HUGE Walnut Bookshelf

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HUGE Walnut BookshelfThis bookshelf made from walnut veneer birch plywood with hardwood edges.I made it for a client and he was kind enough to let me build it in his house (I didn't have enough space)
this is my biggest project so far and Im very pleased with how its turn out.
also my first build with birch plywood and it was great to work with.Link to video that show the whole process – https://youtu.be/jeoekae6skgThanks,
Daniel



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Cedar Stool - I got the Leftovers!

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Cedar Stool - I got the Leftovers!  My son made a beautiful Natural cedar bar at their lake house! The slabs were 2 thick x 22 W x 10' L and he had a few nice hunks leftover and he gave me one!
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He gave me a nice short slab cut off (see photo) to take back to Florida with me after a visit with him and family in NC. I didn't really need it or know what to do with it and double DD suggested me make a river table (good idea Dave no room here for that)!!! So for a while the slab was just collecting dust in the shop. Than I thought maybe Alan and Cathy would like a little stool behind the bar made of the same wood he made the bar from.
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I also put two purple heart inlays in the seat top; the color goes really well with the red cedar. Alan and his wife Cathy will put the finish on it.
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Decorative Beetle Kill Ponderosa Pine Vase

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Decorative Beetle Kill Ponderosa Pine VaseThis one was an experiment all the way through the process.I started by choosing a firewood block/round big enough to maybe kinda sorta end up like I hoped it would end up but with no guarantee because I ain't really good at carving with a chainsaw:Then, I tried a chainsaw plunge cut that I've never tried before:The hard part was being able to get down into the well of this vase to smooth the sides using a variety of tools to do so. Fortunately, I had the tools including a long neck die electric die grinder with a SaburrTooth cup rasp and SandBoss inflatable drum sander to smooth the inside.After that, it was a simple matter of shaping the outside of the vase using a combination of carving discs and sanding drums to get the tapered shape of the vase.The final result is a 16 inch high vase with a 10 inch deep well.Feedback is appreciated.
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Live Edge Charcuterie Boards

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Live Edge Charcuterie Boards I had a random piece of figured maple that was 3 – 4 inches wide. I cut it into three pieces and jointed them on the Shopsmith jointer, the outside boards were jointed on only one edge, the center board board on both sides. Then I ran them through the porter cable planer. After verifying the edges were straight and they were the same thickness and flat, I glued them up using Tight Bond III since they will be subject to water. I constructed cauls out of garage door tracks and used them to make sure the boards were flat. Simultaneously, I used three bar clamps to tighten the boards. The result was a plank that had about a 32 of an inch variance. To eliminate that I used the Shopsmith disk sander with 150 grit in the drill press position and carefully sanded the board. It was hard to control, so I cut them in half as my intention was to make to boards. When I got the glue and joint variances out, I used my random orbital sander starting at 60 grit and moving up to 320. I raised the grain with alcohol and sanded to 400 grit. I used General Finish Water Based Greystone stain on the live edges to make the grain stand out, and sanded them smooth. I then blended a mixture of bees wax and mineral oil at about a 30% wax and 70% oil mixture, and buffed it out with a clean cloth. After that I took my orbital sander and put a Master Pro 6” Wet Dry Sanding Disk 3,000 grit, it has a foam back to stick to the sander and buffed it some more. Then I put the feet on it, I got them at Wood Craft and the handles I got a Hobby Lobby, I made sure that the handles could be fastened with screws from the top. I will probably sell them at a craft show. I've never sold anything before, I'm thinking about $60.00 each..



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Fish Eye & Silicone

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The truth behind craters and ridges. If your finishing career has been limited to finishing projects you have made, you may never have experienced fish eye. But if you have done much refinishing, especially of furniture, you have surely …Source

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Shaker Sewing Counter Online Extras

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Shaker Sewing Counter:Glue-Up Tips The glue-up for case pieces is ALWAYS a little nerve-wracking and though thisparticular Shaker-styleSewing cabinet isno less daunting given its frame-and-panel construction, following these tips can make everything a breeze: TIP #1:…Source

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Jewlrey Box

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Jewlrey BoxThis was an anniversary gift for my wife of 4 years. This was my first time doing a half blind dovetail and im happy with the results. The box is 1/2” black walnut and the drawers are walnut and maple construction with solid wood bottoms.



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Cheese Slicers and Cutting Boards

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Cheese Slicers and Cutting BoardsI had a request for a cheese slicing board so i made a couple different boards. First one was solid walnut square edge, and 2 walnut live edge, one out of zebra wood.the fifth was a combination of of walnut, maple, and purple heart, and one with walnut, maple and red heart.the cutting boards are a combo of walnut and maple.easy projects but installing the cheese slicer hardware is a royal pain.



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Shaker-Inspired Sewing Table

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As much as this piece is a homage to Shaker design, it is also quietly a love letter to both hand tools and shared shops. Project #2113 Skill Level: Intermediate Time: 10 Days Cost: $500 Online extras:…Source

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Walnut flat bowls with epoxy inlay

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Walnut flat bowls with epoxy inlayUsing my new circle cutting jig, I wanted to turn a couple bowls from a slab remanent that I had and try adding some epoxy inlay along the rim. The bowls aren't nesting, but it was a good project to work through the process of trying to create matching profiles on two separate itemssomething that's new to me. I turned them both using a face plate, then attached a chuck to a turned tenon on each for the long haul. I had these bowls on and off the lathe several times. I'm not thrilled with the proportions of the bowls themselves, but I'm pretty happy with the overall outcome.Sanded to 1800g, then Dr. Kirk's Scratch Free. Finished with homemade friction polish.



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Door harp #3

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Door harp #3Not much to say about this one other than the sound hole integrated into the wave worked out pretty well.



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gaming desk

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gaming deskTrestle style gaming desk. Huge shout out to The Wood Whisperer for the design. I altered it slightly by incorporating the LED lights into the plywood edge. Thanks for looking



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Quarter Sawn Spalted Maple Bowls

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Quarter Sawn Spalted Maple BowlsThese are quarter-sawn pieces from one of the spalted logs that I made two bowl halves. So, smaller in nature. One is 5 1/2” by 2 3/4”. The other one is 6 1/8” x 1 5/8”There was a small wormhole in one of them…
so I got to play for the first time with Mica Powder and Epoxy.Also was able to use Ron Brown's Longworth Chuck for the very first time. (It came in the mail yesterday) It is so superior to my old Cole Jaws!!! Right now, he is having a sale on them if you are interested.



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A Shaker's Life

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Research gives names to unknown artisans. David Rowley, Freegift Wells, Amos Stewart, Orren Haskens, Eli Kidder…ever hear of these guys? They were Shaker cabinetmakers, the names behind one of the most unified and influential movements in American furnituremaking. You might …Source

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