The Woodshop Shed

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

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Ten-Minute Light Stand

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I got tired of jury-rigging extra light for finishing, so I built this light stand from a 4-ft. length of 2×2 and 1/4-in. plywood. The 6-in. by 17-in. legs include 1/2-in. by 3- 1/2 feet. The post aligns with the …Source

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Pencil Boxes - Christmas Gifts

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Pencil Boxes - Christmas GiftsChristmas Gifts- Decided to build a box to store pencils for my granddaughter who loves to drawer, she also loves Chetahs, hence the zebrawood.
I wanted to create something aged looking so I searched. Found this historical society piece and started there.
Made some fixtures and a Maple prototype.

Since I was making, I decided to make one for my grandson, whose favorite color is purple.
and since I have quite a bit of Spalted maple.made one out of that. Finished with a couple coats of thinned shellac followed with steel wool and then wax.



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GO PACK GO

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GO PACK GONew Green Bay Packers wall clock. Made of 1/4 MDF and Plexi!



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Rolling Cuts with a Skew Chisel

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An Exercise in Mastering the Skew Do you like a challenge? Want to develop your woodturning skills? Can you learn from mistakes? If your answer is yes, you're ready to tackle the rolling cut with a skew chisel. The rolling …Source

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Rocker Restoration

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Rocker RestorationA colleague asked if I would be willing to try to restore a 70yr old kid's rocking chair that belonged to his wife and now they want to give it to their grandkid. The rocker was in good shape overall, but one of the spindles was missing, a runner was broken right where it meets the leg, and the finish on the seat was worn.I've done tons of tool restorations as well as junk furniture from goodwill, but this was for someone else and it had deep, person meaning to them. Therefore, some practice runs were in order.The runner: I first made a template for the new runner using a 1/4” piece of masonite. The shape is based on the intact runner. Once I was satisfied with the template, I did a dry run using a piece of plywood, roughing it out on the band saw, then trimming it flush on the router. I also drilled the holes for the legs using a brace and auger bit. (I use a brace – the original cordless drill! – whenever possible because the holes needed to be carefully drilled and a brace gives me way more control than any power drill.)Not bad for a first attempt.One learning for me was that plywood was an okay choice to shape the runner, but a lousy choice for testing the fit onto the legs. The holes for the legs needed to be 5/8” and the width of the runner is 13/16”. This means there isn't much wood left on either side of the leg when inserted into the runner. The plywood tended to bulge, so I couldn't get a sense of how well-fitted the legs were.I used cedar on my second attempt. This worked out much better.The cedar also allowed me to work out the exact shape of the runner. The top part is curved, left-to-right and the bottom of the old runner was flattening from years of wear. I needed to figure out how to match the wear pattern of the old runner so that the rocker would sit level. This was done with a combination of hand planing and sanding. I also used a contour gauge to the the curve of the top and a bevel gauge to match the angle of the wear on the bottom of the runner.The original runner was made from beech, so I used European beech to make the final version of the runner. The color isn't a perfect match, but I would address that with the finish.The spindle: As with the runner, I did a practice spindle using an old broom handle before doing the real thing. The spindles are not a uniform diameter, but rather they were tapered from 1/2” to 1/4” from bottom to top. In addition, I don't have a lathe or access to one, so I shaped the spindle completely with rasps, spokeshaves, a hand plane, and sandpaper. (Yes. I was experimenting with these different tools to get the shape.)This approach was slow, but it didn't end up being too hard and it worked out. Here is the chair with the practice pieces.The real spindle was made from a square piece of the same European beech as the runner.Here's the dry fit before finishing.The finish: Again, first was color matching on a test piece of European beech and the original runner.I'll note that I did not glue the spindle or runner until AFTER I completed the new finish. Color matching is not my forte, so if I messed up royally, I could easily remake the parts and make another attempt at color matching.The old finish was completely removed, mostly by hand. (I hate sanding!)The finish layers were1) amber-tinted shellac as a sealing layer
2) one coat of golden oak stain (only on the European beech pieces)
3) two coats of Gunstock stain
4) six coats of french polish using the same amber shellac diluted with denatured alcohol
5) Paste wax applied with 0000 steel wool, then excess wiped off with microfiber cloth.It's done and ready to send to my colleague's grandkid to be used for another generation!



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Spalted Bowl #19

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Spalted Bowl #197 1/4” x 2 5/8”
Friction PolishRan out of room on the bottom (went too deep inside) and couldn't shape the outside like I would have liked… Still not too bad.



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Oak blasting

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Oak blasting Still a work in progress. White Oak, turned and sandblasted with glass beadsC & C welcomeRon



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Spalted Bowl #18

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Spalted Bowl #187 1/4”x 3 1/2”
Friction PolishCouldn't sleep last night, so I grabbed one of the rough turned bowls and finished it up. Very unique pattern… only nature can make.



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Easel Does It

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Easel Does ItMy wife recently began taking classes in sketching and drawing and asked if I might make her a tabletop/laptop easel. She rarely asks for things for herself, so I was happy to comply, and to be fair to her, what she actually asked for was two pieces of plywood connected with a piano hinge. I had some other ideas.I had some elm from a limb pruning (fifth picture) that had been drying for several years, and I thought this might be about the right size project for it. I was nervous that the limb wood might be iffy, but it actually turned out to be surprisingly stable.My vision was a wooden suitcase that could house art supplies and open up to be an easel. Given that these were small pieces of elm, I had to embrace the imperfections and revel in the sapwood, pin knots and minor spalting. The panels are birch ply, and I supplemented with maple for structural components because I didn't quite trust the strength of the elm for these.I struggled to find suitable hardware, both in quality and size, so part way through the project I decided to make the hinges and handle from maple. This was my first time doing wooden hinges. To reduce the clunkiness of their appearance, I partially mortised them into the case. This also allowed the small feet to create some clearance so the case didn't rest on the hinges when placed upright. I toyed with the idea of wooden clasps but in the end I chickened out on that and used the metal ones I'd bought.A sleeve recessed into the lid provides storage for paper or sketchbooks, and two removable pencil cases can accommodate lead and coloured pencils. The bungee corded area is for unspecified, random loose items. When the lid is closed, the sketchbook envelope keeps the pencil cases from falling out (~ 1/16” clearance).I normally don't do mockups, but with the moving parts and 3-dimensional geometry, I decided to throw together a prototype made from 15mm Baltic Birch, assembled with butt joints and dowels (pictured below). It turned out surprisingly well, and my wife would have been more than happy with that (and in fact used it while I worked on the elm version), but I forged ahead anyway.For those interested, the elm mills well, with very little splintering. Some softer areas can get a bit fuzzy when machined, and it has a tendency to burn if not careful about feed rates and bit speeds. It doesn't smell great, but the smell doesn't linger as long as red oak, let's say.As always, comments and constructive criticism are welcome.



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Everyday Greene & Greene

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In the hands of genius, ordinary items become fine art. One of the best-known quotations to arise from the Arts & Crafts movement is from William Morris. A founding father of the movement in England, Morris was part designer, …Source

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Plane Till for a single plane

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Plane Till for a single planeI made a couple of these small Plane Tills as gifts and put an inexpensive plane from Hbr Frt in them . I kept one as inspiration – the engraved plaque saying reminds me to do my best with whatever I put my hands to. Surprisingly the plane actually works quite well for an el cheapo



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Wooden handsaw sharpening vise

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Wooden handsaw sharpening viseThis project was made in 2 parts – the saw vise was made by a an old carpenter, long since passed. He used it for years and then when he was just over 90 he gave it to me along with files , saw sets and most importantly, how to sharpen cross cut,rip and back saws. I needed somewhere to put all of the small parts that one needs to sharpen a saw so I built the parts “till” that sits below the vise. The rough carving is supposed to represent the word “Saw” with the “S” forming a carved saw handle.



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Early American Wing Back chairs and blanket chest

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Early American Wing Back chairs and blanket chestThe wooden wing back chairs and blanket chest plans came from a Rodale book on early american furniture. The wing back style was traditionally used to reflect heat back from an open fire. Because the space that they are in has only a somewhat drafty fireplace and our normal winter temperatures hover around 22F (-5C) I wanted to test the reflective properties of the chairs. They work well for heat reflection. The leather seats were from leather jackets – one was my late son's and one from the local Thrift Shop. The blanket chest uses square cut nails and is designed to hold the chair cushions and keep them safe from any critters. The insignia was downloaded from images , printed on brown Kraft paper and then copied onto cloth transfer sheets. Spray glue before varnishing affixed it to the chest . The varnish just serves to protect it .



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Stone Soup Dining Table w Inlay

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Stone Soup Dining Table w InlayThis will be a long story. You know the old fable of stone soup, right? ...an itinerant pedlar comes to town with a magic stone to make soup…but it just needs a few more ingredients to make it perfect. Yea, right.Well, one of my brothers retired recently and wanted to 'reassemble' a dining room table. Seems that he and a friend had begun this project, cut all the parts, and it needed only assembly. Only after he showed up earlier this summer did I discover that parts had been cut more than 30 years ago, that they'd been moved around the country several times, had been through a flood, and oh yea, Little Bro had no plans and not a real strong idea on how it was to be “assembled.” Indeed, his friend had done most of the work.Begin the stone soup recipe….After discovering that the darn thing had pretty good bones (the cherry had aged beautifully…except for those pesky water marks) and that the parts were cut rather well, there remained only the problem of how to attach the trestle legs. They hadn't thought that through that part those three decades in the past. Part way through the project, brother's wife decides she would like bar-height table legs. But oh, could we make then interchangeable with the original dining table height legs. And maybe a little heftier too.And all that tile she had planned for the inlay…maybe that was a bit too much to cover the thing with heavy tile. How about using some different woods to create patterns. Could you do that?We, in fact, did do all that. I cut a new set of legs and feet from 8/4 cherry and routed to fit the “corbel” supports we designed for rigidity. Little Bro traveled to and from his home six hours away on four different occasions. He elected an interesting combination of wood for the 1/4” thick inlay – more cherry, pau rosa, and thermally treated poplar. Never seen that roasted poplar before…smells like burned toast when cut. Since the legs and center support had to be disassembled, I used barrel bolts and carriage bolts for joinery.It is finished with water based poly. All in all, not bad, I'd say.But after spending the better part of four weeks learning new skills and standing on his feet all day, Little Bro may not ask me for another favor for a long time.



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Thanksgiving for Quality, and My Workbench Trilogy: Part 1

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Although I did not grow up in the United States (I came here in my 30s), the American holiday of Thanksgiving was not totally foreign to me. The notion that once a year we collectively reflect on the things that …Source

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Oak folding step stool

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Oak folding step stoolNothing fancy. It's a classic design for which I found some plans online. I had some leftover red oak boards laying around from an old waterbed that I modified years ago. So this was basically free. I assembled everything with dowel joinery.



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Varied Thrush door harp

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Varied Thrush door harpThis was a commission for some who liked Varied Thrush birds. The blueish spot on the back is a mixture of a few mica powders set in epoxy.



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Folding Bookstand

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It starts out the size of a smartphone and opens to make your reading (or cooking) easier. How-to books, cookbooks and sheet music are inconvenient to use while you're in the workshop, kitchen or concert hall. That's why bookstands …Source

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December to Remember 2021

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Welcome to the December to Remember 2021 Sweepstakes! Popular Woodworking Magazine and its sponsors will award one prize each day from November 25 through December 31. The prize pictured on each day in the calendar below is the prize offered …Source

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Serving Platter - Woody Pear Tree. Tropical Cyclone Seroja Victim

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Serving Platter - Woody Pear Tree.  Tropical Cyclone Seroja VictimThese Woody Pear Trees grow in our Kalbarri National Park, therefore protected, but following a trip to see how much of the vegetation was damaged along the main road I saw this tree laying in the gutter and spread out onto the road.
So Dangerous that I went and asked the head Ranger was there any “POSSIBILITY” that I could remove the danger.
He said it would be OKAY so within half an hour I had all my gear packed into the trailer and off I went to save the world.
I JUST LOVE THIS TIMBER.
Obviously this was a crotch with three branches and about 5 inches at it's thickest.
It's 13 1/2 inches long, 12 inches across the widest part and is 2 1/2 inches tall.
Sanded both on the lathe and by hand to 320 grit and finished with multiple coats of Kitchen Oil.Hope you like it and thanks for looking.C & C Welcome.Bob



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Safe Straightedge Storage

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When I bought my expensive 24″ machinist's straightedge, I wasn't sure where to store it. It didn't include a hole for hanging, and I was reluctant to drill into the hard steel for fear of devaluing the tool or compromising …Source

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Natural Edge Japanese Pepper tree bowl

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Natural Edge Japanese Pepper tree  bowlI found a heap of this Japanese Pepper tree wood at the tip one day.
Rough turned this crotch piece and packed it in the green shavings in a cardboard box and forgot about it. It lay undiscovered until I was looking for another piece. Hello, what's in this box??
Unfortunately most of the bark had separated whilst in the box so I just had to make do.
The bowl is 9 1/4 at it's widest and stands 5 1/2 inches tall, sanded both on the lathe and by hand to 400 and then sprayed with Satin varnish.Hope you like it and thanks for looking.C & C Welcome.Bob.



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2021 Tool Swap / 6 Pack

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2021 Tool Swap / 6 Pack 2021 Tool Swap or should I say 6 Pack, of items that I wanted to make and which I will use in the shop myself. So, Yes, 2 sets were made.Pic #1, the main item, a Gauge Set-Up, made from Cherry, hat a magnet behind the ruler to hold it in place. This can be used to either set the height, or even set the fence. Also could be used as a depth gauge for a mortise.Pic #2, a Marking Gauge, made from Piquarana, a very straight grained South American wood (left over from the last plane swap). The ruler is held in place with a maginet. I sharpened a masonry cut nail and a 16 penny nail to score the wood, locked in place with a knuckle nut epoxied in place and a machine screw. On the other end I drilled a hole to fit a pencil, just pressure fitted.Pic #3, my version of a Shop Hammer, turned Piquarana and Bloodwood (again left overs) expoxy into the brass fittings. And an Awl, turned Oak, I took an old drill bit and ground it down to a point then sharpened further with sharpening stones. Expoxy to the handel and inside the brass compression fitting.Pic #4, A Beam Compass, a little Cherry and an 5/16” Oak Dowel. And a Center Finder, cut from Wenge and Brass Pins, set to find centers for up to a 6 by stock.Pic #5, everything laid out prior to assembly.I mentioned left overs, well I have a lot of those in the shop, so it worked out. I had to find the thicker brass stock for the wear areas on the Setup Gauge and the Marking Gauge, along with the Brass Pins.I drilled all of the required holes (some pilot only) prior to making any cuts in the required block. That turned out to be a great decision, so much easier with a square block. I think I used every floor or bench tool I have in the shop, and some hand tools.The complete set was finished with about 6 coats of Natural Danish Oil.Note: as I was packing the items up I ran out of packing tape, hense the Tyvek in the reveal photo. I was laughing at the time and on the way to ship it out.Thanks for looking LJ's And a ShoutOut to Keebler1 for running the Swap.And if any of you want to jump in on these Swaps, you should, it is a lot of fun. This project kept growing, and if I did not stop, there may have been a few more items. Bonus, I have my own set this time.



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Game Box

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Game BoxI made this game box for my daughter. Put cards, dice, etc. in it. The design is done by wood burning. The wood used was poplar.



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Pure & Simple Jewelry Box

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Great-looking wood and bright-colored felt lining reel in my customers. I'm hooked on making jewelry boxes-for sale. I'm retired, so I don't live on the income, but making dozens of boxes keeps me in the shop, where I like to …Source

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Iphone holder

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Iphone holderMy wife loves elephants, so I made her this iphone holder out of Poplar.



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2021 Gift Guide

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Welcome to the 2021 edition of the Popular Woodworking gift guide! Know your price point? Jump right in below, or keep scrolling if you're just browsing for ideas. $30 and under $30 to $100 $100 to $200 …Source

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Spalted Bowl #16

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Spalted Bowl #168” x 3”
Friction PolishI just keep checking the roughed-out bowls and if they are ready to be twice turned… I hit them up. I only have two more spalted bowls to rough out. I lost four of them due to cracking up too much.



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Red grain-filled ash coping saw

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Red grain-filled ash coping sawAfter building the black grain-filled ash coping saw for the swap, I had some ash left. I built another coping saw, slightly thinner, and then grain-filled it with red-dyed fill. It's maybe a little too thin, as it flexes a little in use, but I like the look of it, and will probably use it to destruction. And if it breaks, I'll make it I to another saw that'll be more sturdy.



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Box for coping saw

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Box for coping sawAfter building the coping saw for the 2021 Shop Tool Swap I needed a way to package it securely so it would arrive in one piece.I measured the saw, and decided it would fit in a Small USPS Flat Rate Box (picture 6), but there wasn't a lot of spare room. I still had some ash left after building the saw, so I resawed pieces to about a quarter inch thick. I built a fairly standard mitered and splined box (the splines are hand-cut dovetail splines and are walnut), thinking I would figure out a lid later. The bottom was a piece of apple from the crab-apple tree in my yard in Minneapolis. I think I needed to fix a few cracks in the apple with CA glue.After getting the box built, the saw just barely fit into it, and the box just barely fit into the small FRB. My initial plan of making a lid that would piston-fit over the box wasn't going to work, so I went rummaging through my stocks and came up with a piece of padauk I had gotten at the Rockler store in Maplewood, MN a few years back, and had never figured out a use for.The lid wouldn't quite fit on the box as-is, since the saw parts stuck up a little, so I got out a chisel and hollowed out the board a little. Once things fit, I pillowed the top of the lid using a block plane and belt-sander, then attached it to the box with some hinges I had on hand. Add a latch, and there we are! Well, except for the finish.To finish the box, I started by putting four coats of shellac on the ash and apple portion of the box. Then I sanded the padauk lid so it matched the shape of the box below it. Sealing the ash first meant I didn't have to worry about orange-tinted ash. Then I sealed the padauk and began French-polishing the box. I think it was about a dozen coats of shellac total, followed by three or four coats of violin varnish.I stuck the saw in the box, put the box in the box, and sent it all off to Eric.



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Little Rocker...

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Little Rocker...  I saw this little rocker on YouTube and Ken shares the plans for FREE for his foldable little rocker.In the video He mentioned that a child's fingers could easily get pinched as the chair was being folded up so I decided to build it so it stayed opened by gluing and pinning all the moveable parts.
I also pined the seat to the frame with 3/8” dowels (see photo 5).By making this rocker stay opened permanently I decided to add some arms to this cute little rocker to make it more comfortable! Who want's a chair without arms?The rocker is much smaller than my last child's rocker that I posted as you can see in Photo 4.This is the guys YouTube channel I have the PDF plan if you would like a copy. Just PM me your email address and I'll send it to you and you can print it out.



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White Oak bowl

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White Oak bowlAgain White Oak turned, sandblasted, cherry stain.Still a work in processC and c welcomeRon



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Kitty Krapper

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Kitty KrapperA few years ago my customer modified a dog house so it could roll up to her cat door and provide a place outside the house for the kitty litter trays. It was beyond help so I built a new one. Bungie cords and locking casters keep it tight against the door. The hinged top provides easy access for cleaning out the litter trays. The top is clad with galvanized sheet metal to protect it from the rain.



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Fairy garden cottage for granddaughter, of course.

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Fairy garden cottage for granddaughter, of course.My granddaughter was going to make a fairy garden with Nana, of course we must have a fairy cottage let's call Pop Pop he will make one.The granddaughter loved it and I got rid of some Cedar fence scrapes. Not pretty, but she loved it. Tomorrow it gets painted specially for the fairies.



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Another TS Box Joint Jig

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Another TS Box Joint JigFinally built a new Box Joint Jig for the new/used table saw I purchased this past year. Nothing fancy, base is 24” x 12” the jig was made from cabinet grade 3/4” plywood scraps form the job site, and oak runners. Dado cut is set for 1/4”I made a couple of other boards to make box joints in either hexagon and octogon. All board faces have a strip of 150 grit paper glued in place to help with a grip.Planning on making a few more, one for 1/2” joints and one for 3/4” joints.These should come in handy making small boxes, and with multiple sides that I like to make.Also cut out a few zero clearance plates from 1/8” plywood.



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Ambrosia Maple Bowl #1

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Ambrosia Maple Bowl #18” x 3 3/4”
Friction PolishI don't normally like doing this kind of shape, but it's about the best I could do with the blank I had… it had a very sharp angle on it.I don't know why some pieces spalt and others turn into this 'ambrosia' look. Same tree as the others.



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Bentwood Ring

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Bentwood RingBentwood ring with lacewood outer and fumed oak liner, gloss finish.



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Walnut Bowl #1

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Walnut Bowl #17 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Friction PolishThis is from the 50+ year-old walnut tree my wife and I cut up three months ago. The tree had been lying there for 3 years after being blown over in a storm. The interesting thing about that tree was we kept coming across nails deep inside the tree. I tried to cut the blanks around those nails. But this little guy decided to hide two nails. Didn't even know they were there until twice turned the inside. They are not on the outside of the bowl. I'm figuring someone put those nails in that tree probably 30 years ago. The picture of me ripping the log is where this bowl came from.



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Stave Snare Drums

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Stave Snare DrumsThese are some drums I've made over the years while moving from house to house across many states. I finally finished building my new house with large workshop and I'm so excited to get back to building drums! Unfortunately, all of my custom MDF jigs absorbed all the moisture from various storage locations, so rebuilding those will be the first order of business.Shown here:1. 7×14” Mahogany stave snare, brass trim, grain oriented in chevron pattern, basswood inlay, 30 coats hand-rubbed Waterlox finish, buffed and polished.2. 5×14” Hickory snare with sapwood accent. 5 coats Behlen instrument lacquer. My “daily driver”.3. 4.5×14” Cherry stave snare, 30 coats hand-rubbed Waterlox finish, buffed and polished.4. Bare Mahogany shell, sanded.



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Task Light Retro-Fit

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I made a go-anywhere task light by retrofitting an old, broken fixture with a new, battery-powered LED light. First, I removed the cord and inner workings from the task light. Then I screwed a plywood disc into the light's …Source

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Ear protection at a cost - ISOtunes LINK Aware earmuffs review.

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Protecting our ears in loud environments is paramount for our audio health, but blocking our ears from listening to our surroundings can throw off our spatial awareness, which can lead to bodily injuries. I am not claiming that humans are …Source

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Small live edge bedside table

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Small live edge bedside tableWe recently rearranged our bedroom furniture, and my wife requested a bedside table/night stand since the windowsill where she used to put her glasses is now out of reach from the bed. When I asked what kind she wanted, the only specification I got was “sufficient to hold my glasses, and perhaps a book”. Further requests for clarification we met with something to the effect of “left to my own devices I'd just buy something, so as long as it is, in fact, a bedside table, you can do what you want.” Full of gratitude for the patience of my spouse, I decided to get creative.My first thought was to try an endgrain, live edge round top, a big wood cookie basically—not necessarily the best choice for structural integrity, but could be cool looking, and a good way to use up these odd chunks of pear wood that have been sitting on my wood shelf for years. But, it turns out none of the remaining pear logs were actually that big around. So I took this flat-ish crotch log, hacked off enough branches that it would lie mostly flat, and went with an edge grain live edge slab. The main uneven area on the top, as well as various cracks from checking, were filled with West system epoxy.The design for the legs kept changing as I worked—the original idea was four ~2×2 straight legs, but it evolved into this angled two leg, double tapered affair as I wrestled with fitting the base onto the bottom surface of the top and also tried to make the legs less chunky looking. I had fun, anyway.Legs are 8/4 ambrosia maple, shelf is more pear, finish is Deft satin lacquer from a can.Thanks for looking!



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Garage Shelf from Reclaimed Fencing

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Garage Shelf from Reclaimed FencingMy son needed garage shelves that could hold some heavy items. We had just recovered huge piles of fences blown over by Hurricane Ivan, so I made a shelf using the lumber “raw” (last two pics). I didn't like how rough and ugly it was, so for the second shelf I did a quick jointing and planing of the lumber first, came out much better.First one took me all of about 5 hours to make, second one was only about 7 hours even with milling the lumber, partially because it went together so much easier with nice square lumber.After milling, the posts are 3” x 3” the rails are 1” x 3”, and the decking is 1/2” x 5”
Raw lumber shelf is 4' wide by 18” deep by 6' tall. Last picture is the load testing. :)
Milled lumber shelf is 4' wide by 18” deep by 7' tall.
All structural joints were done with coated deck screws, also recovered from the downed fences
The shelves “decking” is milled down reclaimed fence pickets, popped on with a 16ga. nail gun.These things are super heavy, hard to move, but will definitely stand up to the loads he's stacking on them – spools of wire, heavy boxes, etc.



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The Anvil Test

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Destroying 10 joints taught us surprising lessons about joint design, wood failure and the tenacity of modern glue. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking, when Robert W Lang decided he really felt …Source

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Bad Axe 'Bayonet' Precision Carcase Saw

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Tool: 14″ Precision Carcase Saw, aka 'the Bayonet' Shop Now  Manufacturer: Bad Axe Toolworks MSRP: $295+ If you're looking for the ultimate expression of a carcase saw, the 14″ Bayonet Precision Carcase Saw from Bad Axe Tool Works is …Source

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Keepsake Box with Wooden Pocket Knife

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Keepsake Box with Wooden Pocket KnifeI've made a lot of keepsake boxes in the past. I've also made several all wooden pocket knives. I've made boxes for the pocket knives too, but I haven't made a keepsake box that includes a place to store a pocket knife. The box is made from a large Mesquite burl.The knife scales are made from some Bodark that dates back to the 18th century. I'll tell you the story if you're interested. The rest of the knife is made from some Bodark heart and sap wood I harvested about 10 years ago.Here are the parts for the knife. By the way, fellow LJ Vernon was my inspiration to start making all wooden pocket knives. You should take a look at his projects and blog (poospleasures)Here is the box before finishing.The finish on both the knife and box is blonde shellac applied using the French Polishing technique. I feel like I have more control over the final overall finish that way.Thanks for taking a look!



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#5 Handplane-Jack Mash

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#5 Handplane-Jack MashWestern/Eastern handplane fusion. Front/handle inspired by Chinese designs, back is western. Sole is tigerwood, body is black limba and handle is padauk with black grain filler. Norris adjuster, blade PM-VII. Cuts amazing. Gift for fellow woodworker.



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Bedans

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BedansA while ago I tried turning with a bedan and I have really liked the tool. So after making a quick bedan with a piece of 6×6x150mm M2 HSS and a scrap of pine, I decided to make some nicer ones to use (I have a 3/8 Sorby bedan).Construction is pretty simple. Glue up some cherry and beech to make a blank. Turn a handle with a 3/16 starter hole in the end (it's a lot easier to drill an existing hole larger and deeper than it is to start a new one). Put on a piece of 1 brass tubing for a ferrule, and finish the handle with BLO and shellac, which is my homemade friction finish. Then drill out the hole to either 1/4 inch for the 6mm HSS, or 1/2 inch for the 12mm stock, and about an inch and a half (40mm) deep. Round the corners of one end of the steel – just knock the corners off with the grinder, and then pound the handle onto the steel using a mallet. Mix up some epoxy with turquoise dye and some powdered turquoise to fill in the end of the ferrule (it'll take two applications). Then finally grind the end of the steel to a 45 degree angle.Done! I thought they looked good on our lawn.As you can see in picture 2, I overheated the quarter inch bedan a little when grinding it. I'll take it back a bit when I get some spare time, but it still stays sharp relatively well. The half inch took a couple-three hours, but I was a lot better at quenching it in the water every time it started feeling the least bit warm.In picture 3, you can see the rays in the beech. I think they're pretty. The cherry has some cool grain too.Picture 4 is looking at the epoxy fill. Not necessary for a working tool, but I like the way it looks.Picture 5 is one of the blanks. I knocked the corners off with my octagonalizing jig and jack plane.I put another coat of BLO on the handles after shooting these pictures, too. I'll probably wipe on a coat or two of shellac over the next few days.



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Artist's Sitting Bench

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Artist's Sitting Benchhttps://vimeo.com/646963448I finished this sitting bench for an artist last summer, after working on it for more than nine months, and handed to her last week. For process pics follow me on Instagram, where I post most of my creative activities now: @bois.et.verre.The bench is made of quarter sawn white oak for water resistance, stability, and decorative figure. Accents are purpleheart (drawer handle and key splines) and padauk (tool organizer). It features a floating drawer case for tool storage and a step for getting above clay and exerting downward force. In the step, I chose to include damage that occurred in the lumber yard in order to honor the imperfection of Nature and Art.No coloring of the wood whatsoever; only a water based polyurethane to bring out the natural gold, purple, and orange of the material and allow the grain & figure to speak for themselves. The seating surface panel was joined by the figure, rather than the grain, to form an image about the four elements: blowing prairie grass (earth), flowing water, and renewing fire, all driven by the wind, which I attempted to represent by bringing out a sense of movement in the figure.The bottom of the drawer features an engraving that echoes the figure into a more coherent picture about the watercycle and the four elements.The accoutrements provide flexible working options. The organizer in the drawer is a tray that comes out for convenient tool placement. A purpleheart caddie with curved sides, lined with epoxy for water tightness, can receive wet tools and small parts. The miniature furniture thing holds sharp #tools both vertically and horizontally for safe and fast swaps. The display box is the only piece that includes decorative metal (gold). It contains small bottles of sawdust from the six species that went into the bench plus the splinter I removed from the gash in the step. A sepulchral lid protects the splinter while a felt-lined bracket hugs the bottles in place when the box is closed. The accoutrements are made of quarter sawn white oak, purpleheart, and padauk, the three primary materials in the bench.I plan to make separate project posts for the peripheral objects.



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Four Good Ways to Build Drawers

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Our staff offers simple, strong and fast ways to make this important furniture component. In woodworking magazines, books and plans there's almost always an omission that's big enough to drive a truck through: How to build the drawers for …Source

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'Attractive' Rest for a Combination Square

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Some high-end combination squares have a built-in lip or tab for the purpose of resting the tool hands-free on a piece of wood. But because most common combination squares lack this handy feature, I developed this inexpensive solution. Simply …Source

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Tool & Furniture Records

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Nicholas Disbrowe, Samuel Sewall and chairs as corpse transportation. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking. As I study 17th-century oak furniture, I come up with many dead ends. The surviving objects …Source

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Howdy Doody Lure

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Howdy Doody LureWell, I humbly post a video of a lure build that just didn't work. Looks half decent but I probably won't be fishing it. I'll try again though at some point. A very humbling video ensues.



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Longer-Lasting Countersink

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Drilling in melamine, plastic laminate, particleboard, or other abrasive materials dulls a steel countersink very quickly. So why not make it out of carbide? Thankfully, Amana did just thatthey say their Carbide Tipped Countersinks will last 100 times longer than …Source

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CNC Wooden Trivets

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CNC Wooden TrivetsThis year's Christmas presents. We tried a couple of different designs before settling on the round ones.



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Jatoba split top workbench

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Jatoba split top workbenchAfter 15+ years of working on a makeshift workbench equipped with a decent front vise I finally decided to retire the bench, keep the vise and give it a proper partner. Before you ask, the lumber costs were not bad. In fact it is entirely made from lumber given to me by my brother, which he himself got for free. Leftovers from custom staircase jobs. The only drawback was that most boards were only 4' long so for the split tops there are end-to-end joints to get the final length. The joints are staggered. Here are the details:

  • 72” long, 33” wide and 32” high.
  • The base, breadboard ends, front vise jaw, front vise handle, maple leaf inlay and tail vise block are made out of jatoba.
  • The split tops are made from maple, white and red oak.
  • I wanted the bench to be easily moved (still dreaming of a bigger shop) so the top is secured to the base with heavy duty buttons (shown in two of the pictures) and the long stretchers are bolted to the leg assemblies using 3/8” x 5” cross-dowel bolts. Item 05G0705 at Lee Valley. I.e. the bench can be disassembled into 5 parts.
  • The front vise is of the quick release type. Item 70G0810 at Lee Valley. I really liked it on my old bench so decided to keep it but make a bigger jaw (18” long x 5 3/4” wide x 2” thick) The jaw and bench are lined with a cork/nitrile-rubber liner. Item 03G1010 at Lee Valley.
  • The tail vise is made by Benchcrafted. Item 06G0112 at Lee Valley. Did not have a tail vise on the old bench and I already love it. Used it to hold the board I hand-shaped into a large dowel to make the handle for the front vise.
  • The breadboard ends are glued to the split tops at the corners so the seasonal wood movement will go towards the gap between the tops. 3/8” x 5” long cross-dowel bolts are inserted into 1/2” holes to allow for wood movement and keep the center of the breadboards tight to the ends of the split tops.
  • The short stretchers connect to the legs using quad-tenons, pinned with brass dowels. Looks really nice with the jatoba.
  • The base is finished with polymerized tung oil. Item 56Z4501 at Lee Valley.
  • Did not want to use tung oil for the top because it yellows maple too much so I applied two coats of Minwax wipe-on satin poly and rubbed with 0000 steel wool. Just enough protection without actually looking and feeling like a typical film finish.


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High And Dry Ply

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After ruining four $90 sheets of plywood by storing them on a damp floor, I came up with a simple fix: PVC feet. Cut several 12″ sections of 2″ dia. PVC pipe in half, lengthwise. Apply traction tape to the …Source

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Stickley Bookcase

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How to build a strong bookcase without a back. When I'm designing furniture, I often turn to the Arts and Crafts era for inspiration. I love this style. It's simple, but elegant. When a client commissioned me to build …Source

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Chevy Tailgate Bench

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Chevy Tailgate BenchThis is a bench made from an old Chevrolet pick-up truck tailgate and an oak wood frame. The tailgate and the wood are both reclaimed. The wood portion is from an old round table top that I pickup off the side of the road. The central leg and other rails were removed then I traced the bench sides on each half of the table top. The rest of the frame was cut from the table leafs, rails and the cut offs from the table tops.



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Dodge Tailgate Bench

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Dodge Tailgate BenchThis is a bench made from an old Dodge puck-up truck tailgate with a metal angle frame and pine wood seat and arms. The tailgate and the wood are both reclaimed; the tailgate obviously reclaimed from an old Dodge pickup, the metal from was part of an old garage door setup and the wood was reclaimed from large containers used to ship glass sheets.



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Ford Tailgate Bench

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Ford Tailgate BenchBench made from an old Ford pick-up truck tailgate and a cedar wood frame. The tailgate and the wood are both reclaimed. The tailgate has been lightly sanded to remove loose rust and then sealed to help prevent further rusting. The frame is all cedar that was reclaimed from a wall that was paneled sometime in the 1960s.



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Jarrah Top

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Jarrah TopThis is a top I made to see if I could make one to run 6 minutes. It is made from Jarrah wood and had a brass insert in the bottom and a hardened 3/16” steel ball pressed into it for the point to ride on. It is 4 3/8” diameter and 3 1/2” high and weighs 17.9 ounces with a 3/8' x 1/2” dovetailed shape band of lead in the perimeter.The wood was turned with a spigot/tenon on both ends. Then it was parted into 2 pieces. The bottom half was grooved and filled with molten lead and faced flat. The top was faced flat and glued on and it was bored for the handle and the brass pivot on the bottom. It is finished with Danish oil and has yet to be buffed and waxed.
I made a video of it running: https://studio.youtube.com/video/4UjvN-jABCI/editIt originally ran 9 min 22 sec when it started spinning at 2500 rpm but in the video the speed started at 2077 and it only ran a little over 7 minutes. I have had other 8 and 9 second runs but I must have been tired tonight and did not pull fast enoughCheers, Jim



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Cedar Shutters

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Cedar ShuttersPaid job for the Lake House.Cedar Shutters built with 1x stock, face frames are put together with pocket screws, back panels nailed in place. Total of 5 sets, 24” x 30”, 12” x 54”, 18” x 64”. Panels have a “v” Grove at the seams.Thanks for looking.



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Video Arcade Cabinet

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Video Arcade CabinetHaven't worked in the woodshop in a few years I think. Was to busy working my final few years before retirement. I was drawn to this project that plays all the old atari nintendo and more games of the past. I thought what an easy project to get me motivated again. Fairly easy but expensive. All the pieces were cut from a purchased plan with mdf and simply glued together. Lot of time spent making adjustments to the plans to fit the monitor. They all come in different sizes so you have to build the cabinet to fit around the monitor. Dressed up with some flat black and old style T moldings its ready for the electronics forums.



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Another set of antlers

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Another set of antlersMy dad tagged out this year but didn't wanna get it mounted. I made the pine plaque for them. I burnt it and coated with BLO. If you don't wanna deal with foul smells that seems to be a great way to go as far as I'm concerned. I wrapped the skull with camo blind fabric. I didn't have any hanging brackets for the back so I used a piece of thin wire for it. So far it's held up good…. and if it falls it's at my dads house. Lol.



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Pledge of Allegiance

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Pledge of AllegianceLatest CNC flag that will be raffled off to help raise funds for services for veterans.



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Clock I made for my 81 year old Grandma

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Clock I made for my 81 year old Grandma My grandma made the nicest clothes and blankets for my sister and I growing up. Now she does it for my kiddos (her great grandkids). Decided to make her a sewing clock and she is in love with it. I used walnut for the clock and figured walnut for the base. Took about 4 hrs from start to finish with all the scroll work. The finish is an oil/wax blend that really brings out the colors and grain.



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Enough With 'Tools for Women' Already

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Welcome to What Really Grinds My Chisels, an occasional feature where the Popular Woodworking editors tackle subjects they feel passionate about. I recently received a press release from a large power tool manufacture titled “Gift Ideas For Her This Holiday …Source

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Burr Puzzle

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Burr PuzzleMaybe I'll make some of these for Christmas.
Poplar, dipped in boiled linseed oil.
Hey is that warning on the BLO about rags spontaneously bursting into flames a real thing? If I use a rag just to wipe off excess oil after dipping do I have to seal it in a water-filled hermetic container and put it on a rocket to the moon or does that only apply if the rag has been soaked and used as an applicator?



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How about another train?

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How about another train?This design is from The Great All-American Wooden Toy Book by Norman Marshall.The 1st engine was built from English maple and ended up quite heavy, I didn't want kids getting a concussion from one of my toys. Nothing can ruin your reputation as a toy maker the the two words “blunt instrument”. So out of my shop stock came the pine and cedar to build another engine and the cars you see. This is the only version with store bought wheels. For convenience you can't beat them, but even though I end up standing at my drill press for hours the shop made wheels look much better. This was given to a school and since has added a box car, ore wagon and tanker. I've got to stop typing, my “wheel drilling” cramp is starting up again!



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Ultra-Cheap Face Vise

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For years, I sanded and hand planed panel edges by laying them flat on my workbench. I could never quite squeeze a bench vise into my woodworking budget, so I came up with this fast, inexpensive clamp rail. I recessed …Source

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Another toy for the Boys and Girls Club Fund Raiser - A Doll's Cradle

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Another toy for the Boys and Girls Club Fund Raiser - A Doll's Cradle Another toy for the Boys and Girls Club Fund Raiser – A Doll's CradleMy wife bought a Baby Doll then we had a look through my cradle plans settling on one from an old Wood Magazine design.I had to scale the cradle to fit the 16 (400mm) doll.
I made a set of templates to the scaled pattern and used some old clear radiata pine.
The ends had to be jointed to get a wide enough board.
It's all glued together with Titebond Original plus screws and plugs.
I added a mixture of Jarrah & Mahogany stains to my homemade WipeOnPoly for the finish.



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floor vase

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floor vasebuilt this piece a couple months ago but let it sit because I couldn't decide how to finish it. Normally I would never stain a project but this piece (maple) had a couple of unsightly grain patterns and just seemed plain and dull. It needed something. So kinda on impulse I stained it with ebony (oil base) and came up with a celtic knot pattern to chip carve in it. sprayed on a few coats of satin lacquer. Not real thrilled with it but at least it's finally finished. 27”h x 14”d. Notice in the last pic another one slightly thinner. This was made from the inside cuts of the first one. Still got a lot of sanding to do on it. Not yet sure how to finish it but it won't be black.



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James McNabb inspired Cityscape Sculpture

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James McNabb inspired Cityscape SculptureJames McNabb inspired Cityscape SculptureA really fun project I did this past year during COVID lockdown.
- I used Mahogany, Fir, Cedar, Walnut, Maple, White Oak, Red Oak, cherry, ... I can't remember what else haha but I tried to give it some natural random color and contrast. I finished it with Odie's Oil to help the wood figure pop.To get the cut angle, I created a hold down jig for my table saw and cut each piece at 5 degrees (360 / 72 pieces = 5 degrees)Clamped everything together with a ratchet strap and I sanded the final glue-up to a circle with a temporary jig on my edge sander.I enjoyed the puzzle and challenge of figuring out how to make this. I love the end result and by design it was the perfect fit for my bookshelf centrepiece.Backlit with colour changing Nanoleaf lighting is great at night time.Cheers



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Drawer Dividers & Sliding Tray

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Drawer Dividers & Sliding TrayGetting my shop drawers organized!We've all been there: you open up a drawer only to find a giant mess. Not only is it disorganized but there's actually a lot of wasted vertical space. So I decided to make some DIY drawer organizers and build these simple drawer dividers with an upper-level sliding tray for extra storage.All made from 1/4 inch plywood and assembled with a friction fit, no fasteners. I also used glue and brad nails for the sliding tray.The funny thing is that even though the drawer has as much stuff in it as it had before, it seems much more spacious and I can easily see where everything is. And there's even room left to add in a little more.You can watch the build video HERE
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Mutt and Jeff.

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Mutt and Jeff.Big boot came from my willow I had chopped down using professional tree fallers. Some interesting colour and grain. Finished with shellac and methyl hydrate mixture resulting in a beautiful shine.
Smaller boot which I call the mutt came from Amur cherry left over. Being smaller I decided to leave the boot wall thick to enhance it's appearance. Similar finish to the larger boot.
Had been away due to cataract surgery. Now I can see!!!
Enjoy.
The boot man is back!



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Template Routing

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Simple to advanced methods for precisely duplicating parts. No other method for shaping is as fast or efficient as template routing. It works like this: the part to be shaped is fastened to the template; the router follows the template …Source

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Sink tray

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Sink trayHere is a sink tray I made for the garage sink. The sink is normally really disgusting, but I am trying to do better.The tray is made of 2 pieces of poplar glued together, then I used my underpowered router on the top and the bottom. Finished with danish oil.



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Miter Saw Dust Collection Box

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Effective control for a notorious sawdust creator In addition to being versatile, accurate and virtually indispensable, my sliding miter saw also excels at spewing sawdust and resisting effective dust collection. I tried connecting a shop vacuum, but even when I …Source

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Pepper Burl bowl

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Pepper Burl bowlI received this wood from a lumber mill friend here in California. It is off of a huge pepper tree covered in Burl. My friend gave me 2 Burl to turn. The first 3 pics is the largest of the 2 and was a lot of work to turn. The Burl was very porous and had quite a few holes. I ended up filling it with about 200grams of epoxy to ensure it wouldn't come apart. I used shellack to finish the piece wet sanding to about 400 or 600 grit to ensure the epoxy had at least a decent finish. The bowl ended up being 11 in diameter.
The second 3 pics are of the second bowl. You will see a lot more epoxy in it since there was a hole in it and I didn't want to sacrifice any of the wood. Learned a lot of epoxy lessons on this bowl. It was about 6 in diameter. I gave this bowl to my friend as a gift and thanks for giving the wood.



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Zero-Clearance Miter Table

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Here's a dirt-simple but effective accessory for your miter saw. It eliminates tear-out, allows you to make precision cuts by aligning a pencil mark with the kerf, and provides room to screw or clamp a stop block anywhere along the …Source

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Three Juniper Bowls

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Three Juniper BowlsOnce upon a time, I had a log….a juniper log, to be exact.Slicing out the center on a bandsaw sawmill for a fireplace mantle left a lot of waste, or at least what I thought was going to be waste. The log was 11 feet long. That left two slices off the top and bottom of the center piece that were also 11 feet long. I cut them with my chainsaw in order to be easier to handle. Lo and behold, the idea for bowls came to be.There were enough lengths for the three bowls shown plus four more slabs waiting to be carved and shaped into similar, but different, bowls.The three bowls above are actually my very first commissioned work. Usually, I finish a piece and offer it for sale. When this client purchased two pieces I had on hand, they decided to commission me for two more. I made three in order to allow them to choose the two they like best, although I hope they take all three.This was also an experiment, of sorts, because the client wanted me to tone down the red of the juniper heartwood. In order to do that, a decision had to be made that would also give the sapwood a different color, as well. Even though I didn't know how it would turn out, I chose light walnut as the stain to use, and am pleased with the results.Thanks for looking.TZH



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Rip and Crosscut Sheet Goodson the Cheap

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A few weeks ago I talked about the shop-built cross-cutting square that helps me achieve quality right angle cuts on solid lumber. This week I am going to show how I am using a few inexpensive jigs that assist me …Source

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More bowls

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More bowls2 more bowls. The first is an oak live edge bowl. I rescued this wood from someone that wanted to burn it. It's approximately 6.5 across. I sanded to 400 grit then used a is abrasive paste to finish. The paste really does work well on smooth bowls. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
The second bowl is a winged bowl made from eucalyptus. Very dense wood and hard on tools but still fun to turn and was going to be burned otherwise so hey give it another life. The bowl was finished with shellack.



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That One Project

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I was about to make a desk for my son John's bedroom and in my mind it was a beautiful thing: simple, sleek and with elegant proportions. Drawings and a cut list were completed. Walnut boards were purchased and transported …Source

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Lee Valley Small Double Square

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Tool: Small Double Square Shop Now  Manufacturer: Lee Valley MSRP: $49.50 A diemakers' square with a narrow blade is an excellent tool for determining minute problems with your joinery, allowing you to get in between narrow dovetail pins, for …Source

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Inuit (eskimo ) Ash Sled

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Inuit (eskimo ) Ash Sledhttps://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/new#This is a steam bent, Ash Inuit (Eskimo )Dog Sled I made a while back. All I need is a team of small dogs and I am set for winter fun !



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42 Tops

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42 TopsI used to have a few tops along at shows to give to the kids but they are all gone. So, while I don't have any projects in the shop, I pulled some scraps out of the burn barrel and got as many tops as I could out of the pieces..it turned out to be 42. The wood is cherry, sycamore and mesquite. I tried to make every one a little different so no 2 are exactly the same. Turning the shafts on them is like production and I don't like production, but cutting the shapes on the bottom was all fun.They will be unfinished and I'll put my name on each one for advertising.I used my Southbend metal lathe collets ( that I adapted to the Nova lathe) to hold them for turning the bottoms.. They run really true.


Cheers, JimI have a set of collets from Penn State and they have a wider range but are not as true as the Southbend ones.



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Christmas gift box.

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Christmas gift box.Another round gift box. This one will be for a Christmas gift. Made from cherry. Still need to spray some lacquer to finish it off.



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iPad stand

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iPad standAfter seeing Fleamo's excellent tablet stand I was inspired to post mine. Made from laminated pallet wood. You can see where I extended the back because the mark 1 version was a little tippy.



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Katana made from saguaro

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Katana made from saguaro The Sonoran desert is home to the largest cactus in the world. One is the iconic saguaro



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Walnut and Bubinga Bed with Underdresser

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Walnut and Bubinga Bed with UnderdresserI haven't posted much in a long the, but this project was inspired by craftsman on this site, so I feel like I should give back. The vision started with some epic 2.5” x 14-16” walnut timbers I landed a few years back. The lot even had some 6×6's. I knew when I brought them home that they would make the bed I slept in the rest of my days.The rolls of waterfall bubinga were bought at Handworks in Amana, IA a few years back. This was my first attempt at veneering. A few bumps, but the result was fine.Cheers, and hit the gym if you want to tackle one of these. Ha!Red



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Yin and Yang of Dim Sims

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Yin and Yang of Dim SimsBoy and Girls,While it is highly rumoured that the delicious Dim Sims

were an Australian invention made up of cats these two cats are not as dim as they sim.A cat lover friend came across this Steve Good design he called (search for) Cuddling Cats and she insisted on a laser cut version. Still reeling from the promise of a cask of vino for my Concentration game, I thought that with our 6th. C19 lockdown recently lifted in Victoria (one week ago), I could now travel and kick her door down if she reneged again.My first attempt was simply a 300mm diameter disc engraved and cut as one piece

(excluding the stand),

which was gratefully accepted, yet that elusive vino remittance is still outstanding that expeditious acceptance.And one for the non cat lovers that have bothered to get this far,
Forever considering miniaturisation, I considered mixed colours rather than just engraving Did a trial cut and found that the two cats were not an exact duplicate of each other. I did some crafty manipulation in CorelDraw to rectify that not that I'm bragging as I'd never lower myself to highlight my humble, supreme, silently private, superhuman achievement,

for anyone that may be interested.
The update of the design should be available in one of my links I'm sure to mention somewhere below.Stained a sheet of 3mm MDF black and cut a number of patterns out of both stained and unstained MDF.
The unstained version had to be assembled

for sanding

and then the sawdust had to be pressure blown away without turning the small pieces into flying projectiles,
It was then a case of assembling the two contrasting pieces,

using an oversized rim and spare base plates to keep everything together,

before applying the glue to the base plate,

and flipping using the same method

before adding weights.The next decision was finishing. Personally, I don't like oiling MDF (tung, BLO or even shellac) as they tend to darken the MDF.
The first option was buffing I was concerned that the black stain would smudge onto the raw MDF. I tried a pair and while it was acceptable,

(the 50 is for size comparison… though it may only be of benefit to the zillions of Australian viewers).
It was not my preference.The next option was to varnish. Fearing a repeat of the stain transfer, I opted for a spray on matt finish,
While that provided some protection for the MDF, I have become accustomed to the shine of buffing and found the matt finish not as appealing at least to my wog tastes. Tried wipe-on-poly,

that for some reason (probably my technique) wasn't inspirational.I then tried some gloss spay-on and not realising it was ultra, it was a bugger to work with, picking up and highlighting every speck of dust in my pristine workshop, after many coats with sanding in between, I was at least content with the result,
The next option was either satin or gloss, however, I ran out of cats and didn't want to open a new can of spray for what will eventually be give aways.Out of curiosity I had a go at a pair/pair made out of solids not sure of the timber I found, however I call it BOOMSB (Board Out Of My Scrap Bin)

I placed a black stained rim around these ones,

which I shellacked just brushed on and not Frenchied,
To complete the small ones, I made some disc stands based on one of SWMBO's plate stands out of 6mm MDF which I stained in a contrast to the outer rim of the small disc,

without the hinges. Light stand for the black rim and vice versa,
Initially I glued the stand halves together to form a 90 stand,

however, in keeping with my giveaway freebie policy, I decided to keep them as two pieces to be secured by 2×2mm dowels (toothpicks)

to maintain their flat pack status,
No video was created, however, files can be downloaded from this link.Steve Good's original PDF can be downloaded from this link after entering Cuddling cats in the search field.Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!



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Trash can

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Trash canChevron pattern trash can I made. Nothing amazing, but I thought I would post it since I am new to the forum.



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MFT style, x,y,z, drill press clamping surface

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MFT style, x,y,z, drill press clamping surfaceUsed the UJK Parf system for my workbench so figured why not the drill press too.Mounted it on a grizzly x, y, compound sliding table. With the drill press z adjustment I get 3D adjustment.Love it!



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Bit cabinet

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Bit cabinetThese bits had been in a plastic case that they were purchased in a few years ago. While the original case worked fine, I wanted something made of wood and the ability to remove all bit of a type at once. This is similar to cabinets I found on Matt Cremona and Marc Spagnuolo's websites. I used different and contrasting wood types for the look. Also learned some valuable lessons on the way. I used magnets to hold the door closed and the bottom pull out box contains extra bits.



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The Spindle Roughing Gouge

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Master this most basic turning tool. When I introduce someone to woodturning, I choose the spindle roughing gouge. When I work with kids, it's the first tool I place in their hands. Why? Because, used correctly, the spindle roughing gouge …Source

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My Penmaker's Workshop

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Editor's note: This article originally appeared in American Woodwork #142, June/July 2009. I stumbled onto pen making seven years ago, as I was scouring through my husband Jerry's woodworking magazines and catalogs, looking for a special Christmas gift for him. …Source

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Screen Door Frames

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Screen Door FramesToday project was for work. Shop time this morning during the rain, then install this afternoon. Its nice to get paid for my shop time, and the boss is happy too.Built from 2” x 6” cedar, with 2 – 3” dowel pins in each end of the rails. Screen will be installed later (EZ-Screen) and the painters will stain to match the rest of the exterior woodworkMy next project is to build 12 shutters for the same house, so shop time again.Thanks for looking



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Tablet Stand

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Tablet StandSometimes when I check out all the projects, reviews and blogs on Lumberjocks I got a stiff neck looking down at my IPad. This was a quick project utilizing scraps from the parts bin. It's red oak with two coats of the dye stain and three coats of the varnish that is pictured.



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Nativity Stable

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Nativity StableThis was a fun build. Commissioned to build a nativity stable that is easy to assemble and stores flat. Made of reclaimed wood from an Episcopal churches wood shop that closed. Solid oak edge banding on oak veneer plywood. Rails, windows and roof supports from solid oak flooring and cope moulding. Finished in golden oak stain with 3 coats of satin polyurethane. Dimensions 24W x 15D x 18H#nativity #nativityscene #woodart #scrollsaw #itsawonderfullife #scrollsawartist #scrollsawart #scrollsawsign #signmaker #handmade #handcrafted #maker #ShopLocal #ShopHandmade #madeinchicago #onlinemarket #MICM #shopchicagomakers #ChicagoMakers #Chicagohandmade #etsyshop #makersgonnamake



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PW Turns 40: Our First Tool Review

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Problem Solver: The Milwaukee Electric Chain Saw Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the May 1981 issue of Pacific Woodworker. This particular model is obviously no longer sold in stores, but you may be able to find one on …Source

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Under-Stairs Mobile Storage

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Crawling around under the basement stairs to find what may or may not be in this box or that was a pain. However, leaving the space empty was not an option. I built this cart to make use of every …Source

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Hand and Foot box

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Hand and Foot boxmy wife and I have begun playing hand and foot with family and friends. It's a card game played with five decks of cards which requires a shuffler a card carousel and player card holders. I needed a box to keep it all together and organized. The box top is bookmatched mystery wood, the rest is leftover Genuine Mahogany with Brusso latches, and hinges.



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Refurbished bench using QS white oak

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Refurbished bench using QS white oakNot a lot to say here, a neighbor down the road had a free sign next to this and one other similar bench. I stripped the paint, repainted, and used quarter-sawn white oak for the frame/slats. I've never made anything for the outdoors before, not sure how long it will last before it starts to fade/wear. On the wood I used boiled linseed oil and then several coats of SPAR urethane.



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Gazebo Fly-Through Platform Bird Feeder

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Gazebo Fly-Through Platform Bird FeederI build these large fly-through bird feeders about 10 years ago. The first one I designed after I had patched up an old Amish-built one for a coworker. That bird feeder was quite large and had a copper roof on it. I really liked how practical it was – you simply toss bird seed inside and the birds just fly in and out of it as they stop for a snack. I even added a plexiglass bottom on some of the later ones so the bottoms would last longer. They are 24” across and around 24” tall. The gold and black one was for my parents (they live near Pittsburgh). I was surprised how many years these have lasted outdoors… unfortunately the squirrels like them too…



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Sweet gum epoxy bowl

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Sweet gum epoxy bowlI was not sure the wood type of this bowl.
I know it is burl. Could not have done much with the burl without the epoxy. I thought the sweet gums pods was a nice touch.



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Router table fence and router lift installation with accurate radius corners

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Router table fence and router lift installation with accurate radius cornersThe last projects for my new Sawstop tablesaw were to install a router lift and build a detachable fence. I previously built an outfeed table and added adjustable legs, documented in a previous post.The fence was a design that's seen often. I made mine with 1/2 Russian plywood, added an enclosed opening with a dust port for my shop vac, T-track for feather boards, and a split fence made from black Melamine to accommodate different size bits.The router lift I decided to buy was the Jessem Mast-R-Lift. It's well rated and will accommodate different sized routers if I decide to buy a larger router in the future. The challenge for the installation was the 3/4 radius of the corners, since I wanted a very clean installation. Some plates have a 1/4 radius, so the usual technique is to attach pieces of wood around the plate to build a frame and use a 1/2 diameter flush trim bit to rout the recess. If I were to use this technique, I would need to buy an expensive, seldom used 1 1/2 flush trim bit to make the radius accurate.I found an old forum post that referenced using guide bushings and making 2 templates, but the details were a bit vague. I liked the concept, so after some thought came up with the correct formulas to make a perfect template. I'm sure others have done this, I just haven't seen it explained before. Here's what I did:A first template was made by attaching the plate with double stick tape to the template material (I used 1/2 mdf) and routing around the perimeter with a 1/4 straight bit and a 1/2 bushing. This leaves an opening that is 3/8 larger on all sides. You might have a few spots that need filling with wood filler and sanded smooth.A second template is made by attaching the first template to another piece of mdf with double stick tape and routing the interior with the same 1/4 bit, but switching to a 1 bushing. This produces a perfect match to the router plate. It may sound counter-intuitive, but the formulas explain the math.
Template 1 (routing outside the perimeter): 1/2 bushing OD + 1/2 bit diameter = offset (3/8)
Template 2 (routing inside the perimeter): 1/2 bushing OD – 1/2 bit diameter = offset (3/8)You can use different size bits and bushings, just size them accordingly. Once the final template was made, I attached it with tape to the extension wing of my saw and used a flush trim bit set slightly deeper than the plate thickness. Size of the bit doesn't matter as long as it's smaller in radius than the corner. I then added some spacers inside the template and used a straight bit to cut the opening for the router. Final steps were to strengthen the particle board with super glue, and add a solid wood frame for reinforcement under the table.I hope that someone else finds this useful. I enjoy the problem solving aspects of woodworking, and I think I can use this knowledge for future projects.



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Woodworking in America: Terry Streetman

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Terry Streetman, a sustainability-focused woodworker from Nebraska. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? I got started with woodworking relatively recently, back in early 2019 when my …Source

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Easy-to-Adjust Featherboards

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Tool: Paralign Single Featherboard Shop Now and Paralign Double Featherboard Shop Now Manufacturer: JessEm MSRP: $27.99 & $48.99 At first glance, JessEm's Paralign Featherboard might look like any other featherboard-except for those two extra knobs. What's the deal? You tighten …Source

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2 Deck Playing Card Trays

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2 Deck Playing Card TraysMy Mom plays cards at the senior center and asked if I'd get her a 2 deck card tray.Thought I'd make several.1 soft maple and 2 spalted maple.



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Precision Height Gauge

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Precision Height Gauge To set the height of a router bitwithin .001″, if necessaryI made this simple stand for my caliper. It works on a router table or a hand-held router. Two screws with washers secure the caliper. When …Source

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Turned Canisters

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Hone Your Skills Making Functional Storage PROJECT #2102 Skill Level: Advanced Time: 1 day Cost: $50 It's rare that I afford myself the opportunity to spend time and experiment at the lathe. Much of this could be …Source

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Got Bent?

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Got Bent?Continuing the jewelry journey via bentwood rings.



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Paper Roll Holder

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Paper Roll HolderSo when i made my Fuji Spray cart i wanted the space to be an all in one for a space to spray my finishes. On the top was the perfect place to use as a mixing station but i wanted to offer some protection from the finishes and harsh solvents so i made a paper roll holder for a roll of butcher paper that would be easily accessible to offer some protection to the top of the cabinet. I have another roll holder in the shop on my assembly table to protect from glue squeeze out but you can use this setup on any surface you want to keep clean: arts and crafts with the kids, painting, and even baking in some instances so you can pick up the paper and all the mess in one go! Check out the build video below if you would like to make your own!https://youtu.be/lkXtUW-vjx0



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Chips and Dip Bowl

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Chips and Dip BowlYou'd think I'd get tired of making bowls, but I find it very relaxing. I was heating the barn for the first time this year and I found this 4” thick walnut round in the burn barrel that had this deep crack in it. I gave up on it last year and now thought it is too nice to burn so I whittled off most of the crack and this what evolved. I had to search around for a small diameter bowl to fit the area I allowed in the center. I found a pack of 4 Anchor Hocking bowls at Big Lots that fit perfect..It is a walnut and 7 3/4” diameter and 2 3/4” high with some of the crack remaining that is filled with turquoise inlay. It is finished with Danish Oil and buffed and waxed.cheers, Jim



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Bedan (lathe tool)

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Bedan (lathe tool)A while back I started using a bedan at the lathe. It seemed like a hugely useful tool, giving a lot of the benefits of the skew, plus it can work as a scraper, parting tool, or a roughing gouge. And it seemed like something pretty easy to make.So I did.I turned a handle from a piece of tubafor ripped in half. And I bought a 6×6x200mm piece of square high speed steel. And I had some brass tubing laying around the shop.Details of the construction:

  • After rough-turning the handle, I drove the brass ferrule onto the handle. It was a little loose so I drilled a 7/32 hole in it, aligned that to the grain, and screwed a #3 wood screw in.
  • The handle was just a teeny bit off center when I re-chucked it in the lathe. Oops.
  • I used a file to round the end of the ferrule, some 60 grit sandpaper to brighten up the brass, and a skew to turn the wood down to the ferrule and finish up the handle.
  • The hole in the end of the handle is 1/4 inch in diameter and about an inch and a half deep.
  • I filed the corners off the last inch of the HSS before driving the handle onto it until it bottomed out in the hole.
  • I ground the tip of the bedan roughly to 45 degrees on the coarse wheel on my grinder. You can tell the end needs sharpening with a fine stone from the turned pine test-piece (last picture).
I'm pretty pleased with this. About $10 in parts, and maybe three hours work from start to finish.


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A Few More Boxes

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A Few More BoxesThere is an inexhaustible variety of boxes to create. I'm always looking for new ways to stow the tools in my shop but the best are always made for others. From a simple pencil box with a sliding lid and a drawer to jewelry boxes, shaving caddy's, tooth fairy cannisters which I imagine have been made by multiple people multiple times. Now the last I imagine will be a new theme for some. It is the “House Of Dookie” (aka cat box concealer). What next?



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