The Woodshop Shed

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

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WOA. (Wood hoarders Anonymous)

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WOA. (Wood hoarders Anonymous)I have a problem, I have tried for over 20 years, and, I can't solve it on my own. I have been told admitting you have a problem is the first step..I hoard wood, I would keep just about any hard wood, some pine, basically just about any wood was put in the bucket..So I thought if I refuse to use the buckets (3 total) I would keep my someday wood, and build a single location that once full I would have to toss what ever was least useable.I choose to store these scraps vertically for two reasons, I can see everything I have, and the length of each piece.I came into some crating plywood from one of my laser installs, and voila I had a plan. I can put my peg board and plexiglass in the center, plywood scraps under 48 inches one one side and my offcuts of hardwood only of usable sizes on the other.I did throw away some good pine scraps but all in all I am happy with how this idea has worked out. It's nice to have it mobile, it will allow me to use more of my shop. I am vowing to only keep the offcuts that fit on my cart. No more buckets.



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Rustic Wheelbarrow

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Rustic WheelbarrowA rustic wheelbarrow for potted plants in the front yard. Cedar fence boards and a couple of 2 X 4's. Plans, wheel and wheel brackets from www.bygoneworkshop.com. Tried my hand at some copper smithing to make the leg caps hoping to thwart ground termites attacking the legs. It's off to the paint department (aka my wife) for a rustic weathered look.



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A Practical Shop Cabinet

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Easily organize, store and transport all your small woodworking accessories with this clever cabinet and inexpensive plastic tackle boxes - instead of drawers. One of my favorite things to do when I have free time is to tinker around …Source

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Walnut Flower Bud Vase

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Walnut Flower Bud VaseMy project started with a live edge walnut slab I got cheep at a flea market. I used part of the slab and made it into 8 flower bud vases as Christmas gifts for my workers at the office.



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Square Gall Wall Clock

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Square Gall Wall ClockAfter seeing my askew frame clock, a few LJs suggested I try it as a square rather than a rectangle so, for my last basement clock, I did just that. (You can see by my photos that I am up and out of the basement!)This turned out pretty good. It's 10×10 with that ambrosia maple from Lowes on the outside frame and a piece of wild cherry gall for the clock face.Finished in wipe-on poly.It went together pretty quickly!The second to last photo, I wanted to show how I was using a socket from a socket wrench set as a straight jig, but then I thought what the heck, might as well show my garage shop.It's pitiful, but it's mine!Quarantine was productive with 5 clocks and 1 shadow box.



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Couldn't show this one until after Christmas

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Couldn't show this one until after Christmas Our middle daughter saw the little timber Christmas trees I'd made for the local community clubs fund raiser and commented that she'd like a set for her Christmas table decorations.Of course I took the hint and secretly made a set for her.Offcuts and recycled/reclaimed timber laminated together to give a contrast.The top piece of timber was a very rich dark red but looks dark brown with the finish.One at 8 (200mm) and two at 6 (150mm) with both finished with my homemade WipeOnPoly.I got the biggest smile and hug; paid in full.



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Lamp Man - second edition

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Lamp Man - second editionHi:Today I finished my second 'articulating man-lamp'. This version contains a number of improvements.First, I managed to articulate the shoulders, the hips and the lower spine, making the lamp much more flexible. These five joint connections were made with barrel bolts and screws, which you can see if you look closely. They are easy to adjust and hold very well.Second, I attached two cord-channels to the back of the spine, and also added a channel in the base to direct the power cord and keep it under control.Third, I included an inline switch close to the base for easier off/on function.Finally, I adjusted each joint in the man-lamp so they had more room to move. And each joint consists of right/left side, rather than the tongue-and-groove joints of the previous lamp.Made of hard maple. I installed an LED light fixture inside the cubed head. It uses a mere of 5.5 watts for the light, so no concern about over heating the lamp.This lamp took much less time than the first, and was more accurately constructed.Next on the list is a 'dog-lamp' for each of the grand-kids.Note:
I have a pattern for this lamp if anyone is interested. I can take a photo of it and send it, if you contact me directly at bjudt@me.com



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40 Years in the Making: A Timeline of Popular Woodworking

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40 years is a long time to be doing anything, including existing as a magazine in this modern digital age. Check out our 40-year history with this in-depth timeline, which you can also download as a free PDF. …Source

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The Ultimate Guide to Resawing

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As a sawyer, I always have a few questions for a client as I prepare to saw their logs into lumber. The first is: “How do you want this cut…live edge or boards?”. My second question is always “How thick …Source

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Right Angle Clamping Guides

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Right Angle Clamping GuidesI've been meaning to make some of these for a while, and finally got around to it. They will be helpful in keeping parts at right angles when gluing up. There are 3 options for clamping the pieces being glued; the round opening, the narrow slots for spring clamps, or the flat parallel surfaces for larger clamps.I started by laminating 2 pieces of 1/2 plywood and cutting to 6 squares. It was at this point I found out my crosscut sled had gotten a bit out of whack, so I spent some time making sure it was dead on accurate using the 5 cut method. No point in having right angle guides if they aren't at 90 degrees.I marked out the location of all the slots and cuts, and made a quick template to rout the slots using a 1/4 bit with a guide bushing. Next I cut the pieces apart at 45 degrees by double sticking a couple of blocks to my sled. I finished the other cuts on my bandsaw, cleaned up and softened the edges, and applied 2 coats of Osmo to help repel glueand make them purdy. I'm sure I'll use these often.



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11 Great Tips for Marking and Measuring

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Check out these 11 methods to make layout easier. Write With Chalk Lay out cut here marks on rough lumber with chalk. Chalk marks are easy to read, even on the scruffiest surface. Unlike ink, pencil or crayon, chalk marks …Source

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Asian inspired bow front dresser

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Asian inspired bow front dresserCarrying on the tradition of my love for curves and contrast with this dresser I built for my wife. The dresser features curly maple, waterfall bubinga veneer and wenge accents. The legs are joined to the lower stretcher and mid rail with through wedged mortice and tenon joinery. Bent lamination's and veneer work made for some interesting challenges and added a significant amount of time to this project. I'm a hobby weekend woodworker and the project has taken me about 18 months.



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Full Size Bed Frame with Headboard

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Full Size Bed Frame with HeadboardBuilt this bed frame for my son some time back but finally made to post it here. It ended being very solid and more importantly my son liked it. It's all pine with black matte finish.



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PW Turns 40: The Rob Cook Story

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Editor's Note: Back when we began putting the 40th-anniversary timeline together, we reached out to some of our previous editors with a few questions of what PW meant to them. Rob Cook, editor from 1992-1994, said “your questions brought back …Source

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Display cabinet

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Display cabinet This little cabinet made from walnut,ambrosia maple,wedge,and English holly with a hand rubbed oil finnish the square pegs are holly



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Desk Caddy - Christmas givt

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Desk Caddy - Christmas givtGift for a friend. Mahogany and white oak.



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Plant stands - Christmas gift

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Plant stands - Christmas giftA couple of plant stands for a friend – Christmas gifts. Made from mahogany shorts I had.



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Sofa Table - my first Fine Furniture Project

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Sofa Table - my first Fine Furniture ProjectThis is my first ever Fine Furniture project. This was learnt/built as part of a Udemy course on Fine Furniture making by George Vondriska. I used Yellow Poplar as I wanted to use Hardwood and didn't want to spend more money on finer woods like Cherry.Absolutely loved this build and the course was fantastic. I will list some of the main things I learnt below
1. How to build Reveal
2. How to use router for making the profile you see at the bottom of aprons
3. How to build and attach shelf – with notch around the legs
4. Tapered Legs
5. Beveled table top and rounded over
6. Book matching leg glue up
7. Jointing table top and glue up – paying attention to annual rings
8. Using table top fasteners for allowing wood movement
9. Planing all legs and rails to identical sizes using planer.Although the course precisely teaches you Mortise and Tenon joinery, I didn't want to apply that for this project (as im a beginner – however, i will use it later). I used my Beadlock Pro jig from Rockler (not the new version as of 2021, but the older version they had before). I absolutely love Beadlock pro jig and joinery. Will probably use it whenever I can.The course was FANTASTIC and I recommend it to anyone interested. It teaches you SO many things (above list) and more, that you can use for other projects again and again.Till today, when i build a small table (like a night stand) – I go back to that course, watch it so that i'm doing things in sequence and proceed step by step.I hope to use this knowledge for all my future projects.



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Heirloom Wall Shelf

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Heirloom Wall ShelfI normally prefer reproducing 18th century furniture. But, with the passing of my father this year, my sisters and I were faced with the difficult task of dividing my parent's possessions. Mother had a serpentine front, wall shelf that two of my sisters both wanted.It was factory made veneer with dado joinery. Probably made in the 1910-1920's. The joinery is failing and some of the veneer is missing but to my sisters it was an heirloom.So, for Christmas, I made a copy of it for the sister who let it go. The one on the left is my copy. The original is on the right.The bottom is joined to the sides with half-blind dovetails, the shelves with stopped sliding dovetails. It's made with solid cherry and poplar. Instead of the 1/4 1/4 1/4 drawer of the original, I made a classic dovetailed drawer.Perhaps, the copy can become the heirloom.



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My First coffee table build

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My First coffee table buildThis is my first coffee table built from The Weekend Woodworker course by Steve Ramsey.It was built in 2019 and We use it still as of today. The top has 1/2 in plywood in the middle.



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Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock

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Arts & Crafts Mantel ClockThis is an Arts & Crafts style clock that I've had floating around in my head for a couple of years, & finally got around to making. With the exception of the removable plywood back (for battery changes), the wood is recycled from an old piano that I scrapped several years ago. I did the basic clock dial layout using a very helpful website, blocklayer.com, with a free downloadable A&C font I found online. I completed the dial in Photoshop, adding the parchment-look background & the foursquare motifs in the corners. The finish is one of Jeff Jewitt's recipes using Transtint dye, with General Finishes' Seal-a-Cell, Gel Stain, & Arm-R-Seal.



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Pair of Hope Chests - QS Oak

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Pair of Hope Chests - QS OakA dear friend asked me to build a couple hope chests for her young girls. Since they are the closest thing to grandkids to me, I didn't hesitate. She wanted “something with panels” and brown stained wood, not rustic. I sketched a design and ran with it.Selected quarter-sawn red oak and used shaker rail and stile with flat panels. Chose to use corner lock miter joints for both appearance and for ease of assembly. After sanding and raising the grain, I used GF Medium Brown water-based dye stain. Top coated with lacquer. Rubbed out with special dark paste wax.Trays are quarter-sawn sycamore with BB ply bottom. Before assembling the trays, I sent the bottoms to my son (with a really nice laser) to burn in the girl's initials. Trays were finished with lacquer.Lid-Stay Torsion Hinges from Rockler will keep the lids from smashing those little fingers. According to Rockler's calculations, I should've used 140# but had to use what I had, 2 – 40# and 1 – 30# for each. This is adequate for now, but told mom if they loosen up and allow the lid to slam, we can swap out for stronger hinges.
Dimensions are 36” long x 18” wide x 19” tall.I did run into a challenge with WB dye stain on the panels. Wiped on stain, let it sit for couple minutes, then thoroughly wiped off excess just like the instructions state. Looked good. When I returned to the shop, dye leeched back onto the edge of several of the panels. Apparently this came from the grooves the panels set into. I appreciated the advice from fellow LJs, especially CaptainKluttz. Here's a link to the forum post: WB Dye Stain Problem - How to fix it???As always, I appreciate your comments.



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I love Birdseye Maple!

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I love Birdseye Maple!Just a few cutting boards made of Birdseye Maple and Purpleheart I donated to Fisher House raffle. Constructive criticism always welcome.



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See, Guys Can Wrap Presents

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See, Guys Can Wrap PresentsCustom boxes for bottles of wine I bought for my wife (I know nothing about wine, Tokay is good stuff, isn't it? Or should I have gone two dollars more and gone for the Boonsefarm?).It only took fifty years of perfecting my woodworking abilities, and an investment of about 40 K in tools and equipment, but I think I proved guys can wrap presents.Seriously, this just seemed like too much fun to pass up. It's all cardboard and thin wood that, had it not been for this project, would have been destined for the neighbor's firewood pile.All the nails, bent and otherwise, are only about 1/8” into the wood (I cut them all off on the metal cutting bandsaw).Anyway, I had to post these, because only fellow woodworkers could appreciate ten penny nails that appear to be driven into 1/8th inch thick wood and bent over without turning the wood and the entire project into toothpicks.I ran out of last minute time, or I would have cut some bolts and screws off and figured out how to work them into the end project.



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The Allure of the New

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If all you have is a hammer, well, you might need another hammer. One of my favorite quotes is Baruch's Observation: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It seems like an accurate observation of …Source

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Jewelry armoire for Christmas

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Jewelry armoire for ChristmasA previous customer contacted me 6 weeks ago wondering if I could build him a jewelry armoire for his wife in time for Christmas. Being just a weekend woodworker I knew it would be cutting it close. I put in some long days and got it done just in time. Made from quartersawn white oak (look at that grain!) with walnut pulls and maple drawer boxes. I ended up not having time for dovetails so went with dowels for the drawers. Finished with dye, Sealcoat, GF walnut gel stain and topped with HP polyurethane.



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Oak & Pine Cone Cross

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Oak & Pine Cone  CrossI saw one of these once a while ago and decided to make one. I had some oak scraps laying around on my wood shelf. I routed out the channel so the top part slides open. Inside there is room for two small candles, and a small bottle of holy water . I believe it is for a “Last Rites Ceremony” ! I think that is what it is called.



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First knife build

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First knife buildFirst knife build. Super fun! Bought blade from Japan. Wicked happy with/quality! Gift for sister in law. Koa wood and ebony. Hand shaped brass. Mahogany gift box with magnetic holds.



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Tribute for a Friend

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Tribute for a FriendTribute plaque for a 1969 Vietnam vet, who still remembers not having dry socks over there. It started with the insignia-With Aspire software I converted the image to workable vectors (many hours). I put the 3d model on hold and converted it to laser engraving.The frame is cut from Medex on a CNC, the coating is pewter from Sculpt Nouveau coating, and the 2 laser plaques are from TroTec materials, 3mm brushed aluminum/with a black.



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New Bosch Brushless Random Orbit Sander Review

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Tool: GEX18V-5N Brushless 5 In. Random Orbit Sander Shop Now  Manufacturer: Bosch MSRP: $129 (bare tool) Bosch recently introduced new 12V and 18V brushless cordless random orbit sanders. In addition to the latest brushless motor technology, Bosch paid special …Source

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Branch-Hooks as a Gateway Into Woodworking Part 2.

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After my students finished flattening enough surface at the back of their branches (read the first part of the story here) we designed and worked on augmenting the branch's parts. I showed them the different inspirational design ideas for …Source

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Mahogany and walnut dictionary stand

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Mahogany and walnut dictionary stand Made a dictionary stand using mahogany and walnut. My wife has a nice old 1914 Webster's library dictionary that just needed a proper way to display and use. It used to be her Mom's.



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Trivets (Adjustable)

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Trivets (Adjustable)Adjustable Trivets, made from Red Oak, Cherry and Mahogany, finished with 3 coats of Butcher Block Oil. Started out with 1/2” x 3/4” x 6” parellagram, total of 12 pieces.The second and third photos show the jig I made to use on the table saw. I made one cut, flipped the jig around and continued cutting my pieces, which are cut at 60* and no measuring. The forth photo is the jig I used for glue up for the proper angle.The glue up portion took a little while, waiting for the glue to set up. But I worked on some organization in the shop. Overall a fun little project for additional Christmas gifts.Thanks Nathan (Lazyman) for the idea on quick gifts.Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas to my fellow woodworkers.



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Planer Blade Sharpening Jig

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I re-sharpen disposable planer blades a few times, using a shop-made jig, before tossing the blades away. I use a set of three diamond hones to sharpen the blade at an angle 5 higher than the factory bevel to minimize …Source

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Wavy Flag

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Wavy FlagWavy flag. I pre mill 2x pine material to 1-1/4x1-3/4 x 32 long. I then bandsaw the waves onto each piece, staggering my jig 3/4 on every piece. I then screw the pieces together and with a variety of carbide and sanding heads in my angle grinder. I shape the undulating look of the flag. I will finish sand the piece then mark off the union. Next it is disassembled and stained and charred. I now reassemble, using glue and also clamping to insure tight joints. Next I carve the stars of the union. For this I use a flexible shaft on a Dremel. When the stars are done, I will hit them with a torch to give them a charred look. 3 coats of spar urethane and it is ready for display!



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Gramercy bow saw build

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Gramercy bow saw buildThis was a fun project. Built from scarp sapele after another project, Gramercy's layout sheets were spot on and it was easy to template the pieces. Lots of hand shaping. I turned the handle on the lathe and finished with danish oil and paste wax. I bought their kit and blades. It all came together nicely and cuts really well! I'm excited to ad the tool to the shop.



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Colonial-Era Plate Rack

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Although this project uses 40 feet of moulding, it's quite simple to make. My wife and I recently attended our niece's wedding in Ft. Wayne, Ind. We realized after checking into the hotel that we had several hours to kill …Source

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Articulated John Deer 8630 Tractor

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Articulated John Deer 8630 TractorHi Guys & Ladies ,, it as been some time that i posted one of my wood workingWell here is a Articulated John Deer 8630 Tractor ,, made some changes from the toys & joys plans for the person that i build the project for .the tractor is made out of Oak & Walnut & some Blood WoodThe size of the tractor is 19” L x 11” W x 10” Hthis was the first time doing these type of tires ,, I would do them again love the way they turn out .Merry Christmas to all the Lumberjocks ,, love seeing your wood working Bruce



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Rabbet vs Dado vs Groove

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Some people get pretty worked up about using the right word for the right joint. Perhaps they have a point since imprecise use of terms can lead to confusion. So, to be precise, here are the proper definitions: A dado…Source

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Custom Cal King Bed

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Custom Cal King BedHere's the bed project I finished up recently.
Everything is plywood construction, with the outside parts veneered for appeal.
Dark gray finish per the clients request.
Finish is sprayed on polyurethane, 3 or 4 coats.
Most of the plywood is actually a cedar veneer, which gives a nice odor inside the drawers.
The veneers and solid wood is alder.All the drawers are on 30” Blum undermount slides, heavy duty version.
Baltic Birch plywood for the drawers. I was NOT expecting Baltic Birch to triple in price. But when I stopped to think about it (BALTICS), it made sense I guess, in today's current shipping industry…
The drawers actually are about 34” deep and have a funky little ledge for the last 4”, to allow for ALL of the depth of the bed to be used for drawer storage.The bed comes apart into headboard, footboard, and 2 “box spring” base pieces (where the drawers are). There's no way this thing would fit into a house if not able to be disassembled.I can't claim any credit for the design – the client had in mind exactly what he wanted and the dimensions and everything.Below are a few pictures of the veneering process. It went really well, and I'm pleased with the results. Only thing I wish is that the stain color wasn't so dark and obscures some of the grain. In hindsight, I perhaps should have put a conditioner on before staining to keep it a little lighter and more consistent.Veneers were re-sawed to a little over 1/8”. Then I ran them thru my drum sander several times to get them all fairly consistent and remove the blade marks. They ended up almost exactly 1/8”. Worked out pretty well, because they aren't too inflexible, but yet not so floppy that you can't keep them flat and together easily.
I cut and laid out the veneers, using lots of painters tape to hold them together.

Then apply glue, and pop them into the vacuum bag. I have a 5'x9' vinyl bag, with a venturi style vacuum pump. I use mosquito net over the veneer to allow the air to evacuate and get even “clamping” pressure.
Headboard assembled:
Footboard assembled:
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Stylized Owl

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Stylized Owl.



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Display Tables

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Display TablesMy wife is an excellent potter, and she wanted some simple tables in staggered heights to display some of her pieces. Here's what I came up with, after getting her approval on the design.The legs are walnut, finished with 3 coats of Tried and True beeswax and oil finish. In my testing, this gave me the richest look in walnut of the 4 hardwax finishes I tried. The tops are curly maple, and I was lucky enough to find nicely figured 13 wide stock that was milled to 12 square. I used 3 coats of Osmo Polyx for the tops.The wife is happy, and you know what they say…



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Two computer desks

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Two computer desksPresenting two computer desks built for family members. The story of the first one started when I stumbled upon heavily damaged Lyndon Furniture maple coffee table – too large for coffee table but showing very nice wood grain. I stripped off old lacquer and damaged areas, then applied BLO to pop the grain and applied 7 layers of satin Armor seal to a silky smooth finish. I decided to build trestle base in “arts-and-crafts”-ish style – was able to find just a few samples around. I used my new toy, Festool Domino, to build legs and attach them to stretcher. Note no through tenon joinery that I would prefer in trestle table – yet it is surprisingly sturdy.The on-desk shelf is to increase useful table surface, and to allow using monitors with limited height adjustments. The shelf is attached from the bottom of the table only – if I decide to remove it, there is no damage on the table top – no holes:
This was my first project with hard maple, and I love it! Nice close pores, easy to finish and polish to almost glossy surface.The second table is for the base with adjustable height from Monoprice. Made of dark red meranti, stained with red mahogany stain, finished with Armor Seal. I made it over 7' long to accommodate for two printers, large monitor, speakers, everything.Breadboard ends are attached using 10mm festool domino tenons – glued the inner ones to both parts, glued the outer ones only to the table top, held in place by the dowels. Is it faster than traditional integrated tenants? Definitely, but still takes quite some time to do it right.



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Use Dividers for Quick & Easy Dovetail Layout - No Measuring

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Editor's note: This dovetail method is referenced in the October 2021 issue of Popular Woodworking, so we are republishing it to the home page. The blog below was originally published in September 2012 to coincide with the release of the …Source

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Zero-clearance Saw Top Skin

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I recently thought I'd outfit my portable benchtop table saw with a zero-clearance throat plate to reduce tear-out and to prevent narrow strips from falling down through the wide throat opening. Unfortunately, the throat plate opening is very shallow and …Source

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Mesquite and Purple Heart Cheese Slicers

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Mesquite and Purple Heart Cheese SlicersA quick little Christmas build over the weekend. The 3 cheese slicers of mesquite I picked up from a friends firewood stack during a trip to TX this year, Purple Heart scraps and ????, are Christmas gifts for 3 coworkers. The maple one is the setup piece.Finished with Howard Butcher Block conditioner ( food grade mineral Oil and Wax).The hardware is from CheeseSlicer. com.



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Wood Lamp

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Wood LampMy wife was looking for gifts to give a few co-workers. I always wanted to try a lamp, and this was an easy project to try. All walnut and finished with a several coats of wax.



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Anvil Stump

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Anvil StumpThis is my new Anvil Stump for silversmithing.
made from some scraps.
Its very solid…



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My dog's bed

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My dog's bedI thought I would share some pictures of my dog Lily's new bed. It is made out of pine with a plywood bottom. I cut handles in the ends to move it easily and I painted it a nice raspberry color. She was using a cardboard box for a bed and I thought that I could make her something nicer. It was a fun little project and she loves her new bed.



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rolling wood cart

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rolling wood cartbuilt this rolling cart with as much shop scrap wood as possible (3/4” full sheet of plywood is close to $80!!!)plywood on the left side, solid wood on the right
it's ok and does its job of storing all the misc wood in the garage, but if plywood wasn't so expensive, i'd have made it out of thatwith all the wood, the cart weighs a TON :)i think it's the first time i didn't need to buy locking casters



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sander rolling storage stand

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sander rolling storage standmy sander had been bolted to a piece of plywood which was bolted to a regular old steel stand that was included in some tool or another. hated that stand; to move the sander, i had to scrape the stand along the garage floor an inch at a time.found this 1/2” sanded plywood at lowes a few days ago for just $30 a full sheet! bought 2 sheets, and asked the guys if they'd quarter it for me.it had this pretty cool stripe of color that i tried to keep for the drawer fronts.this little stand works out great. full extension slides on the drawers, full overlay rounded-edge fronts. 3/4 plywood top edge trimmed in pine. i gave the top a 1” overhang as a handy place to clamp.til now, my sandpaper was in the top drawer of the planer stand, the orbital was sometimes under the workbench, sometimes not, no clue where the sander belt was ;)now all the sandpaper, sanding blocks, sander, disks, and belts are all together and i'm a happy camperPS ordinarily, this thing is COVERED in sawdust, but i rolled it out in the driveway, used my ego blower and cleaned it up



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Part Clamp, Part Cookie

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Tool: Bench Cookie Shop Now  Manufacturer: Rockler MSRP: $12.99 (set of four) These aptly named bench cookies are clever and inexpensive problem solvers. A set of four elevates a board for sanding, routing or staining, while firmly gripping the …Source

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Cigar Cases

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Cigar CasesThese Cigar Cases are a work in progress. I made a few for myself and a friend, but now the cigars are fatter, so I had to widen and deepen the grooves. It is labor intensive as I have to be pretty precise with the cutting of the grooves with my router. on my router table. I don't like getting so close to the cutter. It will take off your finger in a blink. So I wear special carving cut resistant gloves and use a push stick whenever possible ! Cedar works the best, I tried pine and oak and birch but they are harder to rout with that big fat bit. Otherwise they look great and close up snug with the little magnets that I countersunk on each half. Be safe, wear your mask, and protect each other ! Merry Christmas, to one & all !



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Sculpted and carved box

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Sculpted and carved boxI haven't sculpted a box in a good while (about 2 years) since it is very time consuming and definitely generates a load of dust in my shop despite the downdraft table.
I recently got a nice load of some awesome sinker cypress and thought fut the wuck… I'm going to make some serious dust.. and rejuvenate my sculpting attempts..I Got out my old faithful Makita grinder and the 3m dust mask and got to work.For years I used a Trend Air Shield Pro and it made life easier without having to have so much dust in my face. Unfortunately the Trend Air Shield wore out and quit working a good while back. Life of being covered in dust is much more bearable when my face is not covered with it. If I decide to do more sculpting I will definitely, most definitely buy another one.
The box is 9×7 x 4
Spray finished with can lacquer.
Shipped out today as a Christmas present



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Branch-Hooks as a Gateway Into Woodworking Part 1.

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I was first introduced to branch hooks and their organic beauty while reading Peter Follansbee's excellent article on the subject in Popular Woodworking magazine. Peter showed how to turn a typical forked tree branch into a functional hook that someone …Source

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Christmas Wishes from French Goat Toys & More

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Christmas Wishes from French Goat Toys & MorePerhaps, there is a better place to post this, but I figured, it was a finished project of sorts. The photographs are the progressive walk to my shop on a winter night. Certainly, there are better poets in the world, but here is my Lumber Jocks version of Twas the Night before Christmas. There are a few lines removed, and a few original lines still within because they were just meant to be. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas Lumber Jocks!Twas the night Christmas, when all through the shop
Not a tool was in use, not even the mop.The projects were lined on the workbench with care,
In hopes, my new tool would soon be there.Around the world they longed for their shed,
While visions of tools buzzed in their head.And mamma binding her quilt and I with IPad in hand,
Had just logged on to look for a plan.When down the road there came such a roar,
I leapt from the couch and ran to the door.When what to my pondering eyes I did see,
A hand-crafted sleigh, and it was headed for me.With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that it must St. Nick.Away to the mailbox, a hundred-yard dash,
I tore open the package and threw the box in the trash.The new-fallen snow glistened with glee,
As I ran to my shop, it was just nature and me.More rapid than eagles my project they came,
To Lumberjocks I went and read them by name.Now Pottz, Now Crowie, Now Hunter and Dutchy!
On recycle, On Ivan On HTl and Little Black Ducky.I posted my projects, I sent out the call!
Now build away! build away! build away all!So up to the house with my projects I flew
I knew in an instant; St. Nick knew what to do.As I tossed in the bag of French Goat Toys,
Out of the shop, St. Nicholas came with face full of joy.To see my shop; he exclaimed was a must,
And his clothes were all varnished with traces of dust.A bundle of French Goat Toys he had slung on his back,
And on toward his sleigh, he followed my tracks.A sparkle in his eye, he sprang to his sleigh,
I knew in a moment; he would be back on his way.And laying his fingers in the form of a fist,
I gave him a bump through the cold winter mist.With a soft-spoken whistle, came such roar
In a wink of an eye, away he did soar.Away he flew without any fear.
I gazed in wonder, where were the eight tiny reindeer?But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
Happy Christmas to all Lumber Jocks, And to All a Good nightGod bless us, everyone.From French Goat Toys & More - Wishing you the merriest Christmas and productive new yearCheers,
KJ



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A couple of manly lamps

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A couple of manly lampsAgain, I'm standing on the shoulders of giants. Small giants. I've seen many variations of these articulated desk lamps online, and I decided to make some for my nephews for Christmas. I modeled it in SketchUp first to get the proportions right and then built a pair with some anigre I had on hand.They are a bit top-heavy when not in a sitting position, so I made bases that can be used when the gents are standing. Here are a few construction photos and some posed shots.
Hanging out with his three-legged brethren.



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Cheapest Plumbing Ever

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Whenever I need a cup of water or a damp rag, I just turn the spigot on my $3 water jug. That's much cheaper than plumbing my shop! –O'Neil Long…Source

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Homemade Chainsaw

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Homemade Chainsaw I wanted to make something funny for my brother in law who told me his friends are always asking to borrow his chainsaw. The second photo is a text message with my wife.Enjoy!



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A look at the NSK Evolution

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Not Your Average Rotary Tool As a woodworker and self-proclaimed tool connoisseur, I have found a big difference between the “consumer” and “professional” grade tools. Recently, I had the chance to play around with a professional tool, the NSK Evolution…Source

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Treasure Chest for My Granddaughter

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Treasure Chest for My GranddaughterThere's nothing particularly special about this project other than the recipient, who's pretty dear to my heart.We bought our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter some little critters for Christmas, which gave me the idea to make a small chest to store them and allow her to cart them around.The box is cherry, 7” x 5” x 7.25” (l x w x h). I made a few aesthetic concessions for practical considerations. First, it's taller than I might have wanted, but I needed to ensure that the bottom weighed enough that it wasn't top-heavy and tippy when the lid was opened. Second, I added the somewhat awkward looking cup pulls to ensure that she had an easy way to cart it around. And finally I added little finger divots to the sides so that she had a way to open it with her little hands.I splurged on Brusso stopped hinges because I wanted something robust enough to withstand a toddler's play. That's also why I used steel screws. I saved the brass screws and will swap them in when she gets older.I ordered cherry cup pulls, but there were problems with the order (estimated arrival time: December 24th), so I used some maple ones I had in stock. If the cherry ones get here in time, I'll swap them out. I'm hoping that she'll be able to manipulate the ball clasp, as she gets a lot of joy out of fastening and unfastening things.It wasn't worth setting up the spray booth for something this small, so the finish is three light coats of rattle can lacquer, topped with paste wax.The last picture shows the critters that will make their home in the chest.As always, feel free to comment or hit me with constructive criticism.



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Giraffe bookmark

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Giraffe bookmarkI've made a few of these now. This one is going to an animal charity so they can sell it.



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New Tools: Festool Cooltainer

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Tool: Cooltainer Systainer3 M 437 CP Shop Now  Manufacturer: Festool MSRP: $149 Festool recently announced a newly-updated addition to their Systainer system: the Cooltainer. This fun(ctional) storage solution can keep items hot or cold, and is compatible with all …Source

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Finished This One Up For A Charity Auction

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Finished This One Up For A Charity Auction Finished up this board on Monday for my 2nd annual cutting board charity fundraiser.



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Wood Too Good to Burn

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Look to your firewood pile for plenty of project inspiration. I've been cutting up my leftover bits of green wood for firewood to use in my new workshop. It's not going well. I have a feeling that we green …Source

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Chelsey's Crib

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Chelsey's CribI've made this for my family, hopefully to keep and use for a few generations. My daughter, Chelsey is expecting in January, so I'm pleased to have finished this crib in time.
A great project which included draw bore tenons, wedged through tenons, mason's mitres, lots of angles, bearings and a locking mechanism. When locked it is solid and stable, unlocked it will sway for 5 minutes with one gentle nudge.
The base is shop made veneered ply, and the crib is totally made from Australian Blackwood. Finished with Kunos Natural Oil Sealer.
Theres photo's showing the bearing's I used, and the locking mechanism – both unassembled.



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Myth-Busting the Meaning of Yakisugi

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It isn't called shou sugi ban, nor is every charred workpiece in a project called yakisugi. It's simply a charred finish with its origins in Japan. An important lesson I learned during my five-year military enlistment was the concept of …Source

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Clock & More

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Clock & MoreFinished another quick clock nothing new except I needed lighter hands so spray painted the hands silver rather than white. The burl really popped with the poly on it.The last pick, however, brings me the most pride. Inspired to do better by fellow LJs, I went out and bought a new saw for my miter box. Man, the other blade was so old and dull. I decided to cut out future clock frames. I worked really slowly and carefully. The joints are the best I've ever done. Perfect? No. Did I employ a trick or two I read online. Sure. But I'm actually proud of these joints. I'll probably still glue on my cheats, but because I like the look, not because I'm covering anything shoddy.



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Musical Jewelry Box for Granddaughter

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Musical Jewelry Box for GranddaughterI haven't done any chip carving in awhile so figured I'd make a box but couldn't decide as to what kind of box I could make since no one really wanted anything. Then it dawned on me, my now 2-month old granddaughter needs a music box like her mother. After some thought, I chose to add a ballerina this time and decided to mimic the jewelry box picture on the site I purchased the movement from.It's made of Bolivian Rosewood, Birdseye Maple, Walnut, and Basswood. The wife drew the roses for me then I carved and painted them. The ring holders on the inside are handmade from fabric I purchased from Joann's.



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No Flip Jointer/Planer

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Tool: MP160 Jointer Planer Shop Now  Manufacturer: Wood-Mizer MSRP: $4995 Wood-Mizer has started developing standalone woodworking machinery. This combo jointer/planer caught our eye because it does both operations without flipping the jointer beds up or otherwise adjusting the machine …Source

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Toaster Tongs

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Toaster TongsToaster Tongs, about 12” long x 3/4” x 1-1/8”. Made from Cherry, Maple with Wenge and Oak highlights.
Milled the cherry down to 3/16” thickness and routed a fuller with a rounded box bit on both sides of stock. Glued up the middle of maple and Wenge in a long strip, sanded then cut to length. Some ends were rounded before assembly. After assembly drill for a 1/4” oak dowel to have a cross grain fastening. 1/8” round over on all exposed edges. Drilled for small maginet. Sanded to 220 and finished with Butcher Block Oil.Another set of Christmas gifts.Thanks to Jim J and Pottz for the idea.Thanks for looking



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Lava sheet boat

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Lava sheet boatThirty years ago my brother in law while at the university of Calgary had joined a geological survey for the university and had spent the whole summer exploring the Rocky Mountains near Clearwater b.c. He found this lava sheet and gave it to me as a keepsake. It's been on display at our house all those years. I finally got to design a base for it as it has been quite hard on my shelves.
I had a nice chunk of claro walnut in my wood stash that became the base for this beautiful lava sheet. The base was carved and unintentionally it looked like the sole of a shoe. However, I didn't want to call the carving a boot as the wood carving was a boat for the lava sheet.
Enjoy.
Lava bootman.



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Twin Floating Corner Office Desks

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Twin Floating Corner Office DesksMy wife and I were tired of having a dark, cluttered office. We were using a repurposed dining table as a shared office desk. See “before” picture below:I had some old mahogany on my lumber rack that I decided to put to use. We created a design to open up the room and bring in more light. After several design iterations, we decided to build two matching floating wall corner desks. We designed the left desk first then created a mirror image for the right side:Left Desk:Right Desk:Final Set:Smoothing the top:Apron and Drawer Assembly:Preparing to mount:



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Jewlery Workbench

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Jewlery WorkbenchI have been working on this Jewelry workbench for quite a while now, finally it is finished.



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The Unicorn Sharpening Meathod

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A simple sharpening technique for unbelievably sharp edges that are tough and long-lasting. By David Weaver, Winston Chang, and William Tindal Nothing slices, chops or pares through wood like a freshly sharpened chisel, but sharp edges don't last forever. Frequent …Source

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Planer Blade Drawknife

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My portable planer uses disposable blades. When the first set got dull, I didn't throw them away-I turned the two blades into very useful drawknives. I wrapped duct tape around the ends of the blades and touched up their cutting …Source

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Tool box

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Tool boxI needed a tool box for my leather craft tools. Cherry, Osmo Polyx-oil, with a sliding tray with removable dividers.Build video. https://youtu.be/Mbnb3650HrY



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Secret Santa gift- Spalted box of golf balls

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Secret Santa gift- Spalted box of golf ballsA small box – Spalted maple, black walnut.



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Applebutter Stirrers

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Applebutter Stirrers So for many years I've been wanting to start a family tradition of as many of us as possible getting together once a year to make applebutter. Maybe a year ago I started poking around to learn about this. After doing a fair amount of reading to learn the process I identified the basic components we would need. The stirrers sounded like a fun little place to start. I found a few popular designs so I decided to make all 3.I made our poles from ash and the paddles from hard maple/sugar maple. Two of them have the solid-type paddles with holes cut in. One of these is wider and the other less so. The other style has an open center.Because the paddles will be in the applebutter you don't want to finish them. I used a food-safe rub called wood butter. It's a combination of natural beeswax and walnut oil. I rubbed some of this into the handles and the paddles. It will dry and harden and prolong the wood a little bit. Some will likely come off of the paddles into the applebutter – but again there's just a very thin layer on the paddles and after all its beeswax and walnut oil.One of the people people I spoke with was Bill M. from firefighterontheside. He was very kind when I was first gathering information. I want to send another thank you to him for the tips early on. Thanks again Bill



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Bottle stopper from Spectraply

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Bottle stopper from SpectraplyBottle stopper from Spectraply.



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VFW Christmas present box

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VFW Christmas present boxWOW! It's been a long time since I posted a project! Here's one I just finish. Just a simple box but like many of my projects, it's got a story.A few months ago, my Sons cat passed away. Rough start to a story but he wanted to bring it home to bury it. It was a hour or more drive to get here so I began work on a “kitty coffin” for him. A made a quick simple pine box, ignoring joinery and strength and only carved the cats name in the top. Finished just as he arrived. He said he didn't want to hurt my feelings but he already had one and the cat is in it. Of coarse I said it's okay, it's a box and I'll find a use for it. On the shelf it went.I'm a member of the VFW and our local chapter decided to have a swap and steal Christmas at our December meeting and dinner. You know, pick a present or steal from your buddy. It's fun. But I needed a gift. I saw the former kitty coffin and decided to upgrade and improve it as a gift.First I had to remove the kitty's name off the top. A couple trips through the planer did the trick. I cut the sides back and attached to the lid giving a recessed lid. I had a problem then. 12 screw holes in the lid. An easy fix. I have a bunch of shell casing so I drilled at each screw hole and put in the casing. I then strengthened the sides with screws, countersunk and hidden with dowels. The punisher and spartan are both popular with many of our members so I cut out both from 1/8th plywood and attached to the lid. I finished with jocobean stain, three coats of poly and desert camo for the liner.I now had a nice multipurpose box that can be used as a pistol box, ammo box or just military souvenirs. Whatever the future owner wants to use it for. I'm hoping it goes over well. Thanks for looking.



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17th Century Chariot

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17th Century ChariotThis model was meant to 3D print but I thought it would be cool to make it out of wood. I used Walnut, Poplar, and pine. I did 3D print the chains. The picture doesn't do it justice, it actually looks cool in real life. Size is 18” Long x 8” Wide.Gary



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Ribbon Cutting Board

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Ribbon Cutting BoardThis is a recent ribbon cutting board made for a wedding gift. The woods are maple, walnut, paduak, purple heart and cherry.



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Explaining Polymerized Oil

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Simple in theory, not in the real world. A reader of my blog asked me to explain what polymerized oil is. So here goes. On one level the explanation is incredibly simple and on another it's representative of all that …Source

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Christmas Gift for Aunt

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Christmas Gift for AuntThis year, I drew my Aunt's name from a hat. I think she asked for a gift certificate from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The cap on the gift is $50 I believe.I decided to be cheap and make her gift.A twisted and ugly piece of Afrormosia scrap cutoff that cost $3, an ugly rough sawn piece of Cocobolo for $4plus$0.20 for some neodymium magnets, about $0.05 worth of epoxy, $0.10 worth of Danish Oil, about $0.15 worth of furniture wax, $1 for some rubber feet, about $1 in sandpaper, and maybe $0.10 combined for some painter's tape, frog tape, black enamel paint, gold paint, clear enamel spray, and last but not least, about $0.50 worth of Q-tips, popsicle sticks, and rags.Total cost: ~$10I bet I have the cheapest gift this year (woot!).Now, ...We take all those ingredients and add one hand saw, one hand plane, a surfacing sled with handheld router, one exacto knife, ...one Shaper Origin, and …3 weeks of time.Add a smidge of electricity (for the surfacing router and Shaper Origin) and poof, this is what you get (see photos)ASIDE: NO hammers were used. Though I have thought of just telling my Aunt that I found a piece of wood on the side of the road and hit it with a hammer a few times and thought it looked good.



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French Cleat Jig Saw tool holder with additional storage.

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French Cleat Jig Saw tool holder with additional storage.My small shop (12×24) doesn't have a lot of wall space available since the front is two 4' wide doors, there is a window on the back wall, the right side of the shop has my D/C system is mounted mid height on the wall, so I wanted to make my cleat holders as compact as possible, and most of what I've seen online seem to take up a lot of horizontal wall space, which seems to me to eat up space. I haven't put up a bunch of cleat hangers yet, hoping to get that done soon, but had a bit of time to try this holder. The other thing I've seen lacking in most tool holders is a bit of storage for that tool, this one being for my jig saw, I wanted to have space for loose blades, packaged blades and the non-mar base as well as the anti-splinter insert. The cleat itself is 3/4” thick BB, the sides are 1/2”, the bottom is 3/8”, the divider between the drawers is 1/4”, and the drawers are all made with 1/8”. For all joints, I used wood glue and a pin nailer, with exception to the cleat, that is also glued, but is screwed on as well for extra strength. I wanted a lip on the edges so the saw won't slip off easily, so the top shelf was dadoed to give me the 3/8” lip on the sides. The dado in the middle was cut a bit too wide for the 1/4” ply, but with the glue and pins holding it in place, it will work okay even if it looks a bit hinky. And yes, the drawer sides are pinned as well as glued, there were a few that had to be pulled out and repined.



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Bosch Compact 12v Drills Review

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Tool: 12V Max Brushless 2-Speed Screwdriver Shop Now Brushless 3/8″ Hammer Drill/Driver Shop Now  Manufacturer: Bosch MSRP: $100 (Screwdriver with battery) $120 (hammer drill/driver with battery) In the shop, unless I'm drilling big diameter holes, 12-volt tools provide all …Source

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Pens for Peacekeepers

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The gift of a handwritten letter shows appreciation for Canadian forces. Editor's note: this article originally appeared in the February 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking. About two years ago I was selling some of my woodworking and pens at …Source

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Clamping Edges with Wedges

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I made a built-in bookcase for my daughter that required attaching the face frame after installing the case. I didn't want to mar the face frame with nail holes, but I don't have any special-purpose edge clamps and didn't want …Source

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Dutch Pull-Out Table

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Dutch Pull-Out TableDutch Pull-Out Table
Quartersawn Red Oak



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Bridal joint frame

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Bridal joint frameI've been needing quality picture frames, so when my buddy (a bear guide) came to me with his photo on metal, it was a great excuse to get tooled up for making frames. The metal edges of the print were damaged in shipping so he needed something to cover them.It was surprisingly easy to make and since delivering it last week I've got orders for 10 more!
I used the table saw for the female ends and routed the male ends and chamfers.
Solid white oak with Ipe plugs at bridal joints, early American stain, and satin urethane.



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Bed tray - for my TV dinners (post)

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Bed tray - for my TV dinners (post)Bed tray
for my TV dinners.It's a TV dinner tray, but also good for Sunday morning breakfast in bed, with a good book.This post is from the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/133045
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1. Tray in use.
2. A simple frame.
3. Jig for mitered corners.
4. Open loose tenons from plywwod.
5. Simple lacquer stands.
6. Under side.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or a TV dinner even…Best thoughts,MaFe———————————————-bedtray, bed tray, tray, mafe



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Contemporary Bookshelves

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Two tones of color and sharp, square edges give this piece modern flair. Inspired by a design in the February 2008 issue of the German magazine Selbst, this I Can Do That project commenced (as always) with a pilgrimage …Source

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Memorial Flag Case for my Dad

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Memorial Flag Case for my DadMy dad liked Walnut and loved how I incorporated sapwood in my projects. He sadly died of covid pneumonia a few weeks ago. It's been devastating but keeping busy in the shop has helped. RIP Dad. I miss you tons!



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Installing 5 Tricky Hinges

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I previously wrote about several types of hinges commonly in use and described various techniques for installing them. For the second article in this series, here are five hinges with more specialized uses. 95 Stop Hinges Stop hinges are …Source

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combine cars

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combine carsThis was a order for one from the guy who bought the other engines and cars.
one is listed on ETSY for sale.



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Twitch tv woodworking auction

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Twitch tv woodworking auctionThere is a group of woodworking streamers on twitch.tv that belong to a group called the “The Craftsman Guild”. This weekend starting at 9am est Saturday December 11th there will be 35 hours of making and crafting, 13 streamers back to back raising money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Ending on my channel with a auction at 4pm est Sunday December 12th. http://www.twitch.tv/wrenchswoodworks



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Walnut dovetailed nightstand

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Walnut dovetailed nightstandI built a pair of nightstands to complement my last project which was a new bed. The wood was off of the same tree and I used the matching boards to create book-matched nightstands. This was my first time with mitered dovetails and I was happy with the result. These were my best dovetails to date and am quite pleased with the end result. The wife also approved.Wood: black walnut from MNCarcase: 30 deg bevel on the leading edgesCarcase joinery: Hand-cut mitered through dovetailsShelf joinery: Router cut sliding dovetailFinish: 4 coats of General finishes arm-r-seal satin.



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David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Guide Tool Test

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Tool: Magnetic Dovetail Guide Shop Now  Manufacturer: David Barron Tools MSRP: $54.99 If you're struggling for cut perfection on your dovetails (or you're just learning to cut this important joint), a magnetic dovetail guide from U.K.-based furniture maker and …Source

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Santa Land

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Santa LandRecently, the craft store that I show my projects, ask for Christmas projects. The project that I did had no great woodworking skill attached to it but by looking on the internet, I came up with a few ideas for trees (acorns from my yard), Santa Claus's from tree limbs and other wooden items.Again, no great skills here, but my family liked it.



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Snowman Earrings

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Snowman EarringsSnowman Earrings. Whitewood dowel, 1 inch tall, not counting the findings.Claude



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Burl Clock

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Burl ClockArrived home on Sunday after delivering my sister's clock to her… and she loved it! After a few days out of the shop, I had the itch, so I started another clock. Obviously this is a variation on a theme. I did have fun with the light to dark sequencing. This also features a larger clock face and the side pieces are a little more natural with some live edge.On a separate note, I've decided that although I'm very proud of my sobriety (now over 7 1/2 months sober), I don't want it to define me or my woodworking. Early on, the woodworking certainly gave me something to do in the evening when I normally would have been drinking. However, woodworking has become more for me than simply trying to avoid pouring a drink. Therefore, my new name for my shop is VanDesign Woodworking rather than what was once Zero Whiskey Woodworking.My last name is Vande Zande, so it's a bit of a play off my nickname and my last name.



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Adjustable Push Shoe

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A push stick is a familiar device to prevent kickback while ripping a board, but I prefer to use a push shoe. It's shaped like a shoe with a handle, and has a heel, just like a boot. The heel …Source

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Appalachian State University Mascot

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Appalachian State University MascotThis is Yosef, the Appalachian State University Mascot. He's about 3 inches tall and comes with a cork so he can be used as a bottle stopper. If the cork is not glued in, he can sit on a shelf. The last photo is what I had to work from…Claude



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Rustic Football Helmets

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Rustic Football HelmetsWrapping up this Christmas season's project list with a few more rustic football helmets. On to basketball season next. Merry Christmas everyone.



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Upgrade Your Workbench and Outfeed Table

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Welcome to my home shop. It's fairly small about 14×24 and located in our finished basement. It houses my collection of hand tools, lathe, table saw, router table, drill press, band saw, and various smaller “benchtop” type tools. While …Source

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No 12 Scraper for Secret Santa Swap

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No 12 Scraper for Secret Santa SwapHPOYD Secret Santa 2021I got this scraper for $26, without the card or handle and with a rotting added faceplate. It is not a 12 1/2, so the last owner probably drilled the holes. I like the look of the maple, and made a burnisher to match the general shape of the handles. The blade is a piece of a saw plate that I cut, ground, and 'sharpened'. I'm not good at card sharpening, but hopefully Dave is.I made the box from old reclaimed oak (the nail holes are a bonus).



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Finished Up And Sold Another Board

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Finished Up And Sold Another Board This one is pretty beefy. Black Walnut, Hard Maple, Cherry and African Padauk. 19×12.75×2.25.
Did the juice groove pretty deep on this one and went a little more shallow on the handles.



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Epoxy inlay - charcuterie board

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Epoxy inlay - charcuterie boardFrench Goat Toys ( and now) More Christmas took on a new challenge this year, to wit: epoxy inlays.Each board is designed with a coworker in mind. Maple, cherry walnut, padauk, and purple heart make up the boards.Yikes, I learned a lot on this project and trust my next ones will have a lot less wtf, JC, and sob how do I fix this?A few have mistakes in which the more I tried to recover, the worse it got.Overall, I think for my first go at epoxy, they came out not too shabby.Let's hope my coworkers will have a good French Goat Toys and More Christmas.Sorry the pictures are not the best. But, you get the idea.May we all remember the true meaning of Christmas.Thanks for visiting French Goat Toys and More.
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Pikler Triangle

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Pikler TriangleSo earlier this year my daughter asked if I could make a Pikler Triangle for my grandson, my reactions was a what? I had never heard of such a thing, but I quickly became educated and set about to make 3 Pikler triangles. Took awhile to figure out all of the angles and source the dowels needed for the project. Finished them with clear shellac and my daughter was very happy with it and my grandson loves playing on it. The other two were given to friends.



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GO PACK GO!

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GO PACK GO!Green Bay Packers Wooden Door Hanger.I love the smell of fresh cheese in the morning! 15 inch wide,1 inch thick glued up pine board. Stain, Paint and cut vinyl.Now on to the Saints



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Mahogany Table

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Mahogany TableOur company remodeled a floor in a very old building in North Carolina. When removing the baseboards that were painted chocolate brown I was shocked to find it was Mahogany . I got as many pieces as I could on my pickup truck. The next day all the rest had been removed and hauled away to the landfill. This table is the last bit of that beautiful mahogany. I made this table for my wife for Christmas.



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Tea Lights

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Tea LightsTwo sets of tea lights … each is 2-3/8” tall and 2-7/8” in diameter. They are made to use the little battery powered lights from the big box.These are open-segment turnings, made with purpleheart and maple, and finished with Tried & True Original. Each consists of 109 pieces of wood.



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Credenza

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CredenzaMaple and Walnut legs



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Thanksgiving for Quality, and My Workbench Trilogy: Part 2

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After receiving and unwrapping the bench (read part 1 of the story here) I had to decide whether to finish it or leave it smooth and raw. Benchcrafted provides a very good reference sheet filled with info about the …Source

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A change of pace from automobiles and aircraft.

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A change of pace from automobiles and aircraft.This one was a huge challenge. Made from 3/16 plywood and poplar, it was approximately 42” in total length.



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Golf Ball & Socket Clamping Device

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pages 10 - 11Occasionally while woodworking, we all find the need to work on tapered parts. But how do you hold those parts in a vise or with a clamp in order to do the work?I saw a product in a catalog that used the age-old concept of a pivoting jaw mounted to a sphere to clamp a tapered piece. It occurred to me that I might be able to use some type of ball to make a similar device in my own shop. After careful consideration, I decided to try a golf ball.At first, I considered cutting the golf ball in half to mount it to a block of wood using a screw, glue or both. Cutting a golf ball in half seemed rather dicey considering that some golf balls have liquid centers under pressure, so I had to find another solution.I'm not a wood turner, but I recently saw a jig for turning a sphere where the ball was held in place by friction. The jig basically consisted of a piece of wood with a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the sphere to be turned. The partially turned ball is jammed into the hole then turned to completion in the jam chuck.Read the rest of John's trick and five more from our readers in the April 2014 issue, #210Source

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Easy Cord Management

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Trailing along a power cord when I'm routing can really be awkward. All too often, my cord hangs up on a corner of the project or gets tangled around my legs. Adding a dust collection hose, which can run off …Source

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Custom made projects.

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Custom made projects.Projects built upon request.



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Finished projects

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Finished projectsSome of the projects finished in the last few years.



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The Ol' 1-2

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The Ol' 1-2 I volunteered to drill the holes for the halogen light fixtures in the 6′ tall display cabinet that my cohorts and I were building at the architectural millwork company where we worked. I chucked a hole saw …Source

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A Clock Build - or How I Made Time Stand Still

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A Clock Build - or How I Made Time Stand StillFor the Spring 2019 Swap, I made a box clock. Actually, I made 3 box clocks. One thing led to another and I wound up sending all of them out as part of the swap. I told myself that I would make another one so I had a version for myself.Fast forward to the winter of 2020. Yep, the year of the dumpster fire. I'd been playing around on SketchUp and had worked up most of a design. About the same time, I promised a fellow LJ that I would make a clock for him. I promptly received a box with some chestnut, koa, and butternut pieces which prompted me to decide to make some clocks using just the scrap wood in the shop. So far, so good. Here is the SketchUp model:Things started off reasonably well with the legs; mortise and tenoning work on the Leigh jig. I had plenty of scrap pieces so I made enough front and back rails for 8-10 clocks. I also made 6 sets of legs since I had all kinds of grand ideas for different wood combinations. Spring came along and shop time became less frequent and riding my bike (bicycle) was more fun.I managed to cut the box sides out and get them mitered and cut a groove for the splines.Shop time was starting to slow down.Somewhere in early summer the side panels were finished. Here are the SketchUp details:Again, I had lots of 3/8 in wood so there were plenty of options. I made a dozen or more side panels. Now all of the easy work was complete.Next up were the clock fronts and all of the circle cutting.Circle inserts for the clock hands:Ring insert:By now summer is over and Halloween is rapidly approaching. Time for the clock faces:The frames and boxes were glued up.More time passed. Turkey Day was fast approaching. The boxes and frames were stained and sealed. First coat of Arm-R-Seal was applied to everything.Guess I'd better start working on the pendulums since Thanksgiving is over.And we have arrived at today. This was one of the most challenging builds I've done. Not because the woodworking was difficult. Rather instead it was because of the time that elapsed between the various parts of the project.Here are the final clocks.Cherry box, cherry legs, walnut side panels, with square G&G style plugs and a very slight taper to the legs:Maple box, maple legs, walnut side panels, with G&G plugs and tapered legsChestnut box, cherry legs, chestnut side panelsButternut box, walnut legs, butternut side panelsWalnut box, walnut legs, oak rails and side panelsOak box, oak legs, walnut rails and side panelsThe clock project took most of a year to complete and I did manage to use a fair amount of scrap wood to build these clocks. I also threw away most of the scrap I didn't use. Along the way I bought a new dust collector and a new bandsaw. I also started work on a roubo workbench (which I can get back to now that the clocks are done). I reorganized the shop 10-15 times, and rode nearly 4,000 miles. Quite a project.



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Mountain Art

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Mountain ArtMy daughter is redecorating her home and asked me for a piece of wood mountain art here's my interpretation of what that is.Chestnut, cedar from their property, Spalted maple and wavy(?) maple
Mounted on a piece of 3/16 ply. Spalted maple frame.



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Egg Displays

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Egg DisplaysA couple of egg display racks for my neighbors who have chickens.



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Cribbage Set

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Cribbage SetSomebody on my Christmas List wants to learn how to play cribbage. Along with a 'how-to' book (not shown) they'll have everything they need to get into the game!I used black walnut, and a template set from Rockler. The finish is Tried & True Original.



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The Right Way to Prepare Lumber

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To true your wood with machines, the steps you follow are critical. This time-tested procedure is the best way we know of. I get to meet many woodworkers around the country at woodworking schools, seminars and while answering e-mail messages. …Source

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Centering Mortises For Angled Work

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When drilling mortises for chair arms, such as those in a ladderback chair, it can be difficult to accurately center your bit. But wrap a string around the rear post at the mortise location and then around the front …Source

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Oak End tables

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Oak End tablesMy first crack at end tables. All of them are made from red oak. Drawers are rabbeted (spelling?) in. Sides and back or mortise and tenoned.I made the first one and it came out decent out of sheer luck. A month later I had a person that wanted me to make two for them. So I had to make them from memory. Lesson learned now I keep drawings and cut lists.



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Spalted Bowl #21

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Spalted Bowl #217 7/8” x 3 1/2”
Friction PolishThis time I purposely went a little deep and kept a flatter bottom. I was really tempted to change it a bit and put a walnut lid on it. But I don't have any dry walnut. So, the decision became moot.



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Skinning knife scales

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Skinning knife scalesThese skinning knives were made for my brothers and another friend of ours. I made my brothers a leopardwood and zebrawood handle on their knives to match a pair of fillet knives I made for them a few years back. One of our friends was the recipient of the 2nd leopardwood knife, I used it again because I love how it looks on a knife.The knife blanks are from Camillus and I got them at my local Woodcraft. This was the first time I've used knives from this brand and I think I will definitely use them again in the future. We had the good fortune to break in the zebrawood skinner last weekend and it worked very well.Each pair of scales were grain matched (how did I forget that photo?) so the knife blank looks like it cut through them. Each scale is held on the blank by Gorilla Glue epoxy and pins, I used one mosaic pin in each handle as an accent. I do most of the initial handle shaping with a reciprocating drum sander and then finish by hand going up to 400 grit. The zebrawood shapes super easily and the leopardwood takes a little work. All of them got a coat of tung oil and then 6 or 7 coats of Tru Oil over that to harden them up. Tru Oil is a gun stock finish and I've found it works great on knife handles and won't wear off that easily.Thanks very much for taking a look at them.



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Layout Tool Haiku

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Layout Tool Haiku A framing square, small Enough to fit in your hand Is nuts-on 90. (originally published in American Woodworker #158) Veritas precision square Buy Now …Source

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Installing 8 Common Hinges

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Every door needs a hinge - Nancy Hiller shows you which hinges to use, the advantages of each type, and how to install them. Wherever there's a door, there must be hinges - and just as there's a galaxy …Source

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