The Woodshop Shed

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

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REEKON M1 Caliber Review

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

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Chunky Cherry Bench

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



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Magnetic Knife Display Stand

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



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Block Organizers

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



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