The Woodshop Shed

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

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Chest of drawers

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Chest of drawersChest of drawers made for my kid. Started this with the plan to paint the entire thing. My wife had other ideas though after the carcass was complete. She wanted it stained but I used oak ply on the sides and cheap pine for the legs. Staining wasn't an option. I pivoted though to make her happy and went with solid red oak on the top and drawer faces. Min wax cherry get stain and GF HP semi gloss for the finish. The painted portions are GF lamp black milk paint. I love the finish of the milk paint. It's expensive but worth it. I'm happy with the finished product, but more importantly so is the wife. This is the first piece that I would consider furniture other than tables. Now I have to build a matching nightstand for this one and two more sets just like it.



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Marking Gauge

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Marking GaugeMarking gauge made with mahogany. Found kit in a bunch of my dad's stuff. Cut mahogany from a scrap piece I had. Glued the brass in and sanded to 600. A little Odie's Oul made it good.



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The Checker Madness Awl

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The Checker Madness AwlThis awl is part of my #100AwlGiveAway contest that I started a few weeks ago. I paired walnut, cherry and redheart with a 6D nail. Both the cherry and walnut were cut into 1/8th inch strips, glued together, sliced again and then glued front to back to create a checkerboard pattern.This is 3rd in my series. With each awl, I make 10. By the end of this in roughly 7 weeks, I will have made 100 awls altogether (all though, honestly, I'm making 2 extra of each…so I should have about 120).If you're interested in making an awl and showing it off at the end of my video (along with your name/state), check out my webpage. I'd love to give each of these away…but you don't have to accept one of my awls to be a part of this challenge, and you don't need a lathe either, as I've shown several ways to make them without that spinning beast.It's been a lot of fun and a challenge to myself as I try to one up the awls each week.The video showing how I made this one: https://youtu.be/7pZ9rnWfMPQThe contest page (as well as a step by step page to making one), if you want to learn more: https://makethingswithrob.com/stubby_awl/



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Lamps

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LampsA matching pair of hand turned lamps.



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Gonk Bud Vase

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Gonk Bud VaseValentine's Day is coming up and I think it is kind of a tricky holiday for us males. The dog house always looms. I'm also kind of cheap, so maybe that is why I struggle with it. I'm certainly not going to be buying diamonds or anything crazy like that. I've been seeing a lot of You Tube turners making these gonk or gnome things. So I thought of making this bud vase and will get a fresh rose bud for the day and a card of course. Thanks for looking. Woods are oak, purple heart, cherry and madrone.



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10 Finishing Tips & Tricks

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Solutions for common situations, from softening edges to stripping. Here are 10 tips and tricks you might use to both speed your finishing and get better results. I've arranged them in the rough order of typical finishing steps. Soften …Source

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Charcuterie

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CharcuterieBoard – sapele and maple. Inlays – cherry, padauk, walnut. I had fun trying to finish using shellac. Sapele have big pores while maple does not. almost two weeks of frustration (even tried French polishing – unsuccessful due to luck of patience). End up sanding down to bare wood (shellac appears to be a good sealer) and use wipe-on poly. 3 days and 5 layers gave me that “French” polishing I was after for. For now on just wipe-on poly.



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School bus

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School bus This is a Toys and Joys school bus build. I used white hard maple for this. The seats, front directional lights and license plate frames are black walnut. I purchased the birch wheels and the buttons that are used for the taillights and the beacon lights on the front. This bus is being given to the gentleman who owned the local bus company and recently sold his fleet and retired.



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Fly Fishing Wall Clock

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Fly Fishing Wall ClockGave another wall clock a shot with that Ambrosia Maple. I've made quite a few fly fishing clocks now, but this is the first wall clock.It's 10” by 10”Not sure how I feel about this one… feels muted. Notwithstanding, I often hear on here that less is more, so I held off on any embellishments. I suppose it does have the right look for someone's rustic fishing cabin.Did try a couple new things:I included pictures of the corners. I think I'm getting adept at extending the grain patterns into the next piece using pencil and touch-up markers.This fly rod is probably my favorite. I used touch-up markers to make the dowel piece look like cork.The fish is new too. I made it to look like a rainbow trout and also got inspired to try the splashes around it.Because it looks nice and received compliments previously, I added dark outside trim.The dark brown pieces on either side of the clock face echo the dark brown of the trim. They also serve to hide the edges of clock movement.Thanks for looking.Oh, and this makes my 30th clock!



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Dan Dragon's Torii Table Part 1: A Journey to Find One's Woodworking Calling

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Under a makeshift awning in a quiet valley near Jerusalem, Israel, Dan Dragon, a multi-faceted maker, has just finished one of the most interesting pieces that I have seen to date. It's a sophisticated knockdown table that draws its esthetic …Source

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Spatulas - A Cautionary Tale

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Spatulas - A Cautionary TaleI made some Snicker Doodles the other day, and used my wife's favorite stirring spatula to mix the dough. As the recipe said, the dough became quite stiff. Hence the busted utensil… (sad face).
But of course the Snicker Doodles were a hit, and some homemade peach jam was excellent on it! The cookies didn't last long!
So to make up for it, I hunted up some maple, which turned out to be a little figured, and split it in half, planed it down just above 1/4”, then cut out the shape on the bandsaw.Then smoothed it down with the Rigid Oscillating sander, and sanded a bevel on the end.Since I didn't have an 1/8” radius router bit, and have wanted one for quite some time, I hotfooted it down to the hardware store and got my grubby mitts on one…I routed both sides… which is a little tricky since the second pass offsets a little bit. No matter, I got out the “shaping paper” and fixed the ridge, and sanded to about 400.
Some mineral oil soaked in pretty good, but then I washed them a bit to raise the grain, and then sanded again, and soaked again in mineral oil
Somewhere in there, I made sure my beloved approved of the shape, width, and thickness – ie. it fit HER hands not my big mitts.And since I had the machines already set up, I dug out some Hickory and made four more!It was a fun easy project, and I scored a new router bit too.



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Original Cabinet Hardware Jig

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Tool: Original Cabinet Hardware Jig Shop Now  Manufacturer: True Position Tools MSRP: $199 Installing cabinet pulls can be a bit daunting. It's usually one of the last steps in the process, and when you're close to finished. Making a …Source

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Valence

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ValenceThe plastic valence on the new vertical blinds warped after one year in the summer heat here is Arizona, so I made a wooden one that was quite a bit heavier. This one is made from pecan wood and it is 80” long, 5” wide and 5/8” thick.I was going to put up steel L brackets and screw it in from the top but I though mounting on 5- 3/4” pegs would make it more substantial of a mount and allow me to mount it without any help..It is finished with boiled linseed oil and Rustoleum clear 2X satin spray enamel.Cheers, Jim



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Multi Function Shooting Board

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Multi Function Shooting BoardHi All,
I decided to update my shooting board as I was getting poor miter results from my old ramped shooting board.I started the new board by cutting 3/4” Baltic birch plywood into the required dimensions for the design. I then laminated 1/4” red oak veneer on the faces and bottoms of the components and then ran them through my jointer and planer to make sure every thing was square and true. I then laminated 1/8” red oak on the ends.I made the 90 degree miter wedge out of 1 1/2” red oak and that is attached to the middle of the board with 1/4-20 brass inserts and bolts at 45 degrees. I made adjustable faces for the wedge which are also attached with 1/4-20 brass inserts and bolts which move in a slot.I routed a groove on the far end for a 90 degree stop block so I could shoot 90 degree cross grain and long grain.I also routed 2 Micro Jig dovetail grooves parallel to the shooting edge.I made a press board out of 3/16” stock and slotted with 1/4-20 brass inserts and bolts it so I can adjust it to keep my plane tight to the cutting edge.To use this board for mitering, you set up the wedge so its 45 degrees to the edge with a square and then the piece being mitered on the left in the top view picture is planed normally until it's a perfect 45 degree miter. the piece on the right in the top view picture is set against the wedge and then a stop block with a 45 degree miter is clamped with a Micro jig clamp to the back of the piece to hold it tight to the wedge and also prevent blow out.This method allows me to use my Veritas shooting plane on both pieces being mitered which normally you couldn't do because it's a right hand plane and you cant turn it around to miter the piece on the right.I didn't make a donkey ear for this board yet, but plan on doing so.As you can see in the pics, it works great! Nice tight miters! I'm so glad I did this project!



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Something different for my wife

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Something different for my wifeI had made a pencil box a while back, and my wife seemed to like it. I thought I would try something a little more challenging to give her this time.
Made of Koa with General Finish Satin oil base finish. About 10 inches long 3 1/2 wide and 4 inches tall.



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shotgun stock mockup

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shotgun stock mockupBought this shotgun (new) and it has plastic stocks that are generic. In short, this means that if the barn is in front of you, you will miss in it is going to hurt your shoulder.So, the plan is this -Make a shock from a 2×6, make it a little thicker because it is pine, not maple, walnut, or cherry
Make all of the adjustments and then make a finish one out of cherry (because I have the pieces). More work than I expected but get-in there.Actually, this is the third one – drilling the hole to bolt the weapon to the stock is a pain.The range guy wants me to make one in pine for him when I am done, we'll see.This stock is done except for some minor adjustments – going to the range when weather clears up.Thanks for looking



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Easy Shaker Carry Box

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Notched and nailed joints add visual interest to this simple project. This form is typically called a Shaker silverware tray - but it comes in handy for ferrying all sorts of things hither and yon. I got lucky at the …Source

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Sanding Help from the Garden

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In my work as a luthier, I sand a lot of curved surfaces. I've found that I can make perfect sandpaper backing pads from kneeling cushions sold for garden work. Available at home-supply stores or on Amazon for a few …Source

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Mahogany Memorial Urn

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Mahogany Memorial UrnThis memorial urn was made for someone who enjoyed the outdoor wilderness. The urn was designed using the Aspire software program and cut on a CNC machine.
Roger



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Wood & Brass Guitar Picks

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Wood & Brass Guitar PicksThese aren't a major woodworking accomplishment but I thought I'd share because they are pretty cool. Ebony, Rosewood and Maple guitar picks with a .016” brass core. I made and sold hundreds of wood picks years ago but they, of course would break over time unless they were in the 3.0 mm thick range or cross grain laminated. This time I thought I'd try a brass core and so far they are fantastic! Great looks, tone and feel without the problem of splitting that comes with picks under 3.0 mm, these are 2.0 mm. I make them in standard & Jazz III size.



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how to make a wooden slingshot

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how to make a wooden slingshot“Hi everyone! I show you a detailed tutorial on how to make a simple slingshot, so here we go! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to post them in the comments section below! I hope you enjoy
https://youtu.be/nrjBQzf4-u8



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3 Clocks

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3 ClocksHere are 3 clocks I made this past weekend.
Two are sapele and the center one is cherry.
The side strips are wenge.
All are 10” tall x 8” wide and 4-1/2” deep with a hinged top for storage
I sprayed 7 coats of lacquer for the finish.
Felt like an assembly line…at times…



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Festool Edge-Sanding Guide

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Tool: Edge-Sanding Guide Shop Now  Manufacturer: Festool MSRP: $99 Sanding the edge of a table or interior of a face frame with a power sander can be a fraught affair. There is huge potential for tipping or losing control. …Source

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Woodworking in America: Astrid Beatriz

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Astrid Beatriz, an artist and woodcarver from Oregon. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? My husband, Brent, is a trained luthier (he builds guitars) and graduated …Source

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Shop Apron Magnets

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Small tools are easier to reach since I added two rare-earth magnets to my apron. I epoxied the 1/2″ dia. magnets to two 1″ square pieces of leather, punched 1/2″ holes in the apron, and then epoxied the leather squares …Source

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Master Cabinetmaker's Bench

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A proven design that will last a lifetime. I have many fine tools in my shop, but the most important one is my bench. It has a classic design, favored by cabinetmakers for generations. I've spent a long time refining …Source

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how to make Creative abstract fish sculpture / wood craft

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how to make Creative abstract fish sculpture / wood craft“How to make creative abstract fish decorations with wood. DIY creative abstract fish sculpture decoration. DIY Unique Piece Decorations Wooden Fish Statue for Home and Office Desktop Background or Table Decor. decorative Fish figurine that you can now make yourself by watching this video. watch the full video so you don't miss any important steps
https://youtu.be/PDmalACFLls



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Wooden Automatic Pocket Knife

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Wooden Automatic Pocket KnifeThis is not my first wooden pocket knife, but it is my first wooden automatic pocket knife. I have a friend in Covington Texas that makes beautiful custom knives. He made me the first DA auto conversion knife I'd ever seen several years ago and since then I wondered if it was possible to make one from wood. These custom knife makers keep there auto conversion mechanics close to the vest. I couldn't find any serious designs on the inter-webs, but I did run across a video of a guy restoring a Schrade M2 WWII Paratrooper switchblade knife.I like to restore pocket knives with custom wooden scales too and it reminded me that I had one in pretty bad shape somewhere in my shop. I disassembled the M2 and found it utilized a single spring to open the blade and a single button lock, which locks the blade when closed and open because of two notches cut into the pivot point of the blade.When I saw this I got started on prototype for no other reason than to learn what was required to make this happen. I started out with some old pine for the liners and original blade. I used Bois De'arc (Bodark, Osage Orange, Hedge Apple) for the button lock, lock spring and blade spring. The button lock pivots on a pin inserted through the liner.Next I started on the scales made from Walnut. After roughing out the scale I cut an 1/8” inch slice with the bandsaw to use as the top of the scale. I used a scroll saw on the bottom piece to cut out the portion that houses the button lock and spring.It was coming along so well I decided to add a bolster, new blade and badge, also out of Bois De'arc sap wood. I drilled a hole in the top piece of the scale for the button lock, shaped it accordingly then glued the badge to the button lock.After finishing the brass pins I finished everything with shellac using the French Polishing technique. I really learned a lot. Now I know what I'll do differently next time and I can't wait to get started.



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how to make small jewelrybox /cool woodworking projects

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how to make small jewelrybox /cool woodworking projects“cool woodworking projects : hello everyone, this time i am showing you how to make a wooden box that can either be a gift in itself, or contain a nice piece of jewelry or a love note, this one is made of carved hardwood
https://youtu.be/Y5AWQWF1LHc



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Spotty McGregor

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Spotty McGregorHi:This week my project was to build another “cremation urn” for our neighbour's dog.“Spotty”, a beautiful Border Collie, was the best friend of his master, always ready to please. He was a well trained and well exercised dog, who came to his master the week after his master had received double hip replacement.The idea was that his master would take him on walks five times each day, and that way undergo the necessary exercise to promote rapid healing from his surgery. It worked. His master was soon able to discard the walker, and move to a single cane. Later, he was able to discard the cane and walk unassisted.As a reward for service rendered to his master, Spotty got to enjoy walking the neighbourhood each day, greeting other dogs and socializing with the local community.Unfortunately, last week Spotty went out to the back yard for his morning constitutional, gave and loud shriek of pain and dropped dead from a heart attack.His master was overcome with grief. For seven years he and Spotty were companions.Thus the need for a cremation urn for Spotty's ashes.Spotty's full name was “Spotty McGregor”, a nod to his master's Scottish heritage. The Scottish Thistle was carved into the side of the urn, along with Spotty's name carved (and painted) onto the lid.Made of black locust and cherry woods, and featuring corner spines and buttresses.Dimensions: 5” x 5” x 5”. Volume = 60 Cubic Inches, one cubic inch for each pound of Spotty's weight.



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Blocks for Dax

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Blocks for DaxBlocks for DaxGrandson of a good friend is nearly two years old. He needs a set of blocks.Honduran Mahogany
Indiana Walnut
Tennessee Hard Maple
Georgia Fir
Carpathian Elm Burl on Baltic Birch
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Suggested Activities:

  • Sort and group
  • Stack and knock down
  • Clap together, with a beat
  • Build a road
  • Build a tower, tall
  • Build a house
  • Build a corral
  • Build a castle, strong
  • Build a bridge
  • Build a cascading knock down series
    (dominos style)
  • Count and compare groups
  • Arrange in artistic patterns
  • Learn the shape names
  • Learn to identify; lookup picture in chart
  • Learn their names; big words
  • Give them nicknames
Info: Finish is Howard Butcher Block ConditionerPut them in a burlap bag and they are ready for delivery.Thanks for any comments


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Wood Clamps

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Wood ClampsAnother project. I made a second one this week. It came in a kit. No wood except round handles. I did not like them so I made my own from oak. I layered oak over some dark African Rosewood scraps. The first one went well. This weeks project was more difficult as I misplace the instructions. I had to copy from the older one. Its Ok now. Varnish is drying now .



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A Personal Gift Wrapped in the Wooden Box

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A Personal Gift Wrapped in the Wooden BoxI bought a very special gift for a special young man and decided to 'wrap' the gift in a hand made box from the wood shop. The gift is personal but very meaningful for this early teenage boy.



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Finally finished my Christmas projects

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Finally finished my Christmas projectsI made 2 quilt ladders for Christmas presents. I almost had them done on Christmas. All I needed to do was apply the finish.
The first one is for my wife. It is made of cherry. The other was for my wife's good friend. It is made of pine. Both were finished with rattle can polyurethane.
I apologize for the sideways photos. That is how this site uploaded them. If anyone can tell me how to fix them I would appreciate it.



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New Orlean Siants

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New Orlean SiantsAfter a nightmare of trying to get a good paint color match on this BUT I got the color right, New Orleans Saints Silver…. And dozens of very thin sprayed coats. Acrylic metallics are the worse. But I got the color right



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Disc Break

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Disc Break Back when I bought my radial arm saw, onboard braking systems didn't exist. But I'm a gadget freak, so I bought an electronic brake and mounted it on top of the saw. The brake worked by converting the …Source

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Shop Footwear

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I don't know about you, but when I'm working in the shop, I usually try and carve out at least a few hours. Enough time to make some progress on a project at least. Often, this means standing for long …Source

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Gift to a brother...

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Gift to a brother...Baltic birch, laser engraved with a Varathane top coat. The verse is Proverbs 18:24Frames are easy to make and add more to the gift… the SVG files are available through Trotec lasers…



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LIDDED BOX WITH KNOB

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LIDDED BOX WITH KNOBThis is a Lidded Box with a Knob,from a combination of Three Woods. The Base is from Australian Hard Wood, The Lid is New Guinea Rose Wood and the Knob is from a Neighbours Shrub which had a very close and hard grain….I wish I had a heap of logs of this wood. It is quite beautiful.The Diameter of the Box is 4 inches and the Height from the Top of the Knob, to the Base is 4 1/8 inches.
It is finished with 4 coats of Shellac. Usually I would Wax it and hand buff with a soft cloth. But I was getting keen to put the project on LJs and couldn't wait a few hours before Waxing.
There is a felt lining which I made a mess of. Some of the adhesive Spray glue went from my finger on to the felt when I pressed it into place….”What a Boofhead” still we live and learn.In my haste I forgot to take pictures of the wood before preparing and turning.Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks…...Cliff.



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Another White Oak Bowl

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Another White Oak BowlI had two pieces from that branch so I took another shot at a bowl today and fixed my issues from the last posting, short sidewalls. Not much more to say, happy with it and love that end grain like on the last. Thanks for checking it out!



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PLAQUE

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PLAQUEOne more project for US embassy Zagreb. Sgt Shane, who made orders for all his colleagues, now gets his reward, when finishing service in Zagreb. Thank you Shane Hale!
Ash, dimensions 33×20x2cm, laser engraved Croatian flag amblem, finish non glossy spray laquer.
Outer shape I cut on bandsaw, edge trimed with handrouter.



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Function over Form Coffee Table

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Function over Form Coffee TableWell, I figured I might as well post it since I mentioned it in a previous project and also in a forum.Thanks to the LJs in the forum, the top is not only glued, but also screwed into the base with some room for wood movement (see, I'm listening).The base isn't me at all. I did tighten the legs and touch up quite a few nicks with a touch up marker. But the base used to be a glass coffee table that I bought from our Habitat for Humanity's ReStore for $25. It's actually super solid!The top is some Ambrosia Maple that I picked up from our local Lowes.As I mentioned, my wife is traveling (hence all the clocks I'm finishing). She absolutely hates the glass coffee table that we currently have, which I got in my divorce:You can actually see the very first bowl I ever did on top of the glass coffee table. But, anyway, the glass table is constantly filthy in smudges and we are forever bumping our shins and knees into it. My wife is going to be stoked when she sees this new table.You can see under the glass coffee table our Ruggable. A Ruggable is attached to the floor with velcro. It can be pulled up from the velcro and thrown in a washing machine (I highly recommend if you have animals or kids or a white rug).The hassle? Moving the coffee table to get to the rug. I know she hates that, so I did add casters to the new coffee table. Lowes had some antique brass ones that looked pretty good:I did counter sink the screws and filled the divots with plastic wood. Here might be my proudest moment in this project. From making the clocks with the Ambrosia Maple, I learned that with a pencil I could draw on the wood and extend patterns… that way I could make my frames on the clocks seem to flow into each other.It made me wonder if I could hide the countersunk screws. I used a pencil, a pen, and some touch-up markers.Here's a before:And here's the after:In my picture gallery for this table you can see three other examples of counter sunk plugs I hid with this method. Yes, I know you can see them when I point them out, but they would be hard to spot if someone wasn't actively looking for them.The nice thing? Even though I used a lot of my Ambrosia Maple for this table, I didn't come close to using all of it. I would imagine I could make 10 clock faces with the cut off ends that I have left… so that's good!Now that the table is done, I HAVE to clean up this house! She comes home tomorrow night, and I've been doing some major bachelor living with two teen daughters who have been doing some major bachelorette living,Lots to clean… which means my over-posting on the project page is done for awhile!Thanks for looking and for helping!



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We Try (and Fail) to Make An NFT

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A dive into the world of non-fungible tokens reveals what's real in the world. It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: let's make an NFT. Thirty seconds of google quickly told me it was never going to …Source

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Introducing a New Woodturning Symposium

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Im happy to announce a new, online woodturning symposium that's going to be taking place March 19th & 20th. Tickets for Meet the Woodturner Live are available here. Here's a little of the backstory: Working in the woodworking media …Source

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Eagle canes

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Eagle canesCouple more Eagle canes to add to the roll.
I make the canes because they don't require a lot of wood. And I really like the Eagle and Falcon canes. They are so comfortable and for me, represent a beautiful part of the wild.
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Cove Cuts on the Table Saw

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Accurately set up for and safely make these versatile curved shapes. It was the 1970s. I was a young, lost woodworker out cruising the West Coast in search of inspiration, mentors, cool old tools and furniture to study. I …Source

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Bullet-Catch Bench Dogs

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Bullet-Catch Bench Dogs When I built my workbench, I drilled round bench-dog holes in the top so I didn't have to cut square mortises. Being a thrifty sort, I didn't want to shell out for store-bought dogs, so I made …Source

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Chattering birds automata

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Chattering birds automataSimple automaton from Robert Race's book Making Simple Automata. A good learning experience for me, and I have to say I love working at this scale.The cam is fine but I think a wire one would be better. I'll affix it to a heavier base and paint the base I think. Overall I enjoyed this project and I can highly recommend the book.Tawa, poplar and bamboo.



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Garden planter

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Garden planterI made this from scrap cedar that I would otherwise have thrown away.



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Skull

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SkullThis skull illusion was cut on my scroll saw using ” oak plywood.



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Last of the Spalted Maple Bowls

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Last of the Spalted Maple BowlsHere is the final group (with a couple of decent pictures my son took.)The range is from 5.5” to 8 1/4”.
Friction Polish
All out of spalted bowl blanks



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Portable Plug-In Power Source

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While preparing to sand some cutting boards for customers, and after noticing how blissful the weather was I decided to do the sanding outside. After all, why have dust in the shop when I can spread the particles in the …Source

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Shenandoah Toolworks Birdcage Awl

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Tool: Birdcage Awl Shop Now  Manufacturer: Shenandoah Toolworks MSRP: $59.99 If you're in the market for a birdcage awl, this Shenandoah Tool Works version offers a stylish twist - that is, the hand-forged 01 steel shaft is actually twisted …Source

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Pizza Rocker

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Your handmade pie deserves more than a generic roller. Handmade pizza is a mainstay at my house, but I never knew how much fun cutting up a freshly cooked pie could be until I made a rocker. This baby doesn't …Source

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SawStop Job Site Saw Zero Clearance Insert with jig

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SawStop Job Site Saw Zero Clearance Insert with jigThis post is about making a jig to cut the inserts for the ZCI (Zero Clearance Insert) plate for the SawStop Job SIte saw.To make the insert with the miter gauge see this project.https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/422166I used the mfg supplied insert that came with the red Aluminum Plate for the saw.Ideally a 12×12 piece of plywood would be the size to use. Mine is 11 X 9 but it works. I put a miter slot slider on the bottom of the Plywood. See my posting for how to make the Miter Slot Glide Bar.https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/422136When mounting the bar to the jig surface use you miter gauge in the slot on the other side of the blade so that the Miter Slot Glide Bar is able to sit under the plywood This is why MFG put two miter slots on saw surfaces so that you can use them both at the same time. See picture above.I mounted the glide bar and the plywood in a position that when you cut the blade side of the jig that it is cut with a 60 degree angle. I set the angle by using a 30-60-90 degree triangle. A blade angle electronic device could also be used.
When those 2 pieces are attached then glue a strip of wood across the front of the jig. You are gluing it to the edge not on the top surface. The reason being that the front edge is a 90 edge from the blade. Once it's glued on then cut the edge with your 60 degree angle blade. This makes the front piece having a 60 degree cut so that you have it as a measurement that can be used as a reference when cutting the ZCI piece. I also glued a piece on the right hand side of the plywood jig. This is used as a part of the length measurement of the insert that you are making.See my picture of the right hand edge.
One more piece to glue on. This is apiece that is used to cut the width of the insert piece. In this case 3 1/2” from the blade. I hold the MFG insert to the blade that is sitting at the 60 degree angle and then glue on a block of wood that buts up against the mfg insert. Again look at the picture. That's picture 2 in the pictures above. Picture 3 is the cutting of the width of the insert.So you now have attached 3 pieces to the jig. 4 if you count the miter guide bar.The front one is 90 degrees to the saw blade the right hand one will be used to cut to the correct length of the insert. It should be 90 degrees to the front piece. The third one is to cut to the correct width and make the insert with 2 parallel cuts. 1 straight 90 degree and a second one at 60 degrees.You need to cut one additional piece of wood. it will be used to cut your insert to the correct length. Seen in picture 4.With the blade raised but turned off put your MFG insert touching the blade and measure to the right hand stop you glued on. Now cut a piece of wood about 1/32 to 1/16” smaller than the measurement you just found. The reason it's smaller is to that you can control that distance by the use of masking tape. Without any tape you will cut your insert too long, and as you add tape the insert will be getting shorter. My control piece is a 3/8” thick piece of wood with maybe 10 to 20 pieces of tape. I've got a storage area to hold extra tape if I need to add or take away some measurements I've found on my tape that 2 pieces were about 1/128 of a inch. Duct tape would be thicker if you need to fill up space. Or you can glue on a piece of wood and then retrim to the correct measurement. But the final adjustments should be tape pieces.To do the final adjustment I'll trim up some scrap pieces to see that I can get the length to the final size.Making the cuts to the rough cut over-size piece for the insert.Cutting order:First I cut to width, That gets the two edges on the insert parallel and 3 1/2” wide.Then I cut the first end to the bevel without using the length edge. Then I use the length block to cut to final length. Make sure that the long edge of the insert is up and not down. You also want to make sure that the first end cut has the insert oriented so that the bevel edge matches the bevel you cut on the side.One other tidbit of information that I tried to follow and in some cases, but in other failed. If you hold your insert in your hand before making any cuts if there is a slight or sever bow, you want it to be down once the edge cuts are made. That will make your insert fit tighter once installed in the plate. This means that the bow is up as you are making the cuts, because the up side is the long edge when being cut.Confusing I know, but it works.



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Hardware Store T-Bolts

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Specialty hardware can be really annoying. Take the T-boltit's essential for attaching anything to a T-track, but where can you buy one at a moment's notice? Hardware stores don't carry T-bolts, but I've found that they always have a good …Source

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Intarsia Pelican Lamp

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Intarsia Pelican LampThis was a father – son project to make a Christmas present for my wife. She is a huge fan of Pelicans so we set out to make a Pelican lamp. It didn't start out as a salt lamp. It was supposed to be an LED light, but ended up looking …. bad with the LED'. The lighting was just all wrong. So we regrouped, and redesigned around a salt lamp.Beak: Apple limb with the pith separating top from bottom.
Body: Ficus limb from the neighbors, that has a knot for an eye.
Wing: Cypress with gray-blue streaks
Rock: Cypress that has been burned with a torch and brushed away 3 times.
Sunset / cookie: Cypress with a bit of epoxy to hold it together.Finish: 2 coats of pure Tung oil. (should have had 3 or 4 but… holiday deadlines.My first intarsia-like project. It was kind of fun matching grain and wood patterns to the various pieces.Source: Pelican Salt Lamp



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Viking Bottle Stopper

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Viking Bottle StopperHere's a Viking Bottle Stopper I just completed. He's about 2.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall. Carved from basswood, painted with acrylics. The stopper is recessed into the carving so it can either be placed on a bottle, or set on a shelf.I trace my pattern onto the block of wood using graphite paper and then saw it out using my bandsaw. I noticed as I began cutting it out, that I had forgotten to put the hole for the cork recess in the bottom. I stopped sawing and drilled out the holes. The larger one is by a 1.25 inch Forstner bit, 1 inch deep, and the center hole is a 1/2 inch hole another 3/4 inch deep to glue in the dowel.Here's the cut out, and then I start rounding the corners and roughing out the general shape.The rough out completed, I can now begin the detailing. Carving the hair, eyes, eyebrows and shaping the nose and the carving part is complete.And here it is with painting complete. The last photo shows the underside with the silicone cork glued in.



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Marine Varnish - needs a good base

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Marine Varnish - needs a good baseMarine Varnish needs a good base to prevent cracking due to variation in timber moisture and because of weather, or so I'm told…We had an old Oregon spar which needed some TLC.So we used WEST SYSTEM Epoxy Resin 105 an Hardener 207Here's a short video of what we did – https://youtu.be/LcMhJhdEl4IAnd here's the finished product – ready for a coat or two of marine varnish!



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Ahab's shelf

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Ahab's shelfor a one-legged table. Because of my day job, I usually hate naming things and I'm not good at it.My wonderfully patient wife identified that the stuff I like keeping by the door was taking over the kitchen counter. Since this is a high-traffic intersection, a small freestanding shelf would get bumped and knocked over frequently. And I have an irrational aversion to mounting a shelf or two to the side of the cabinet. So I grabbed some scrap wood and threw this together.It's unconnected to cabinet, wall, and trim by nestling between two of them, and I screwed a wedge into the underside of the counter to secure the top of the upright. Tried a few new-to-me things:

Made my share of mistakes, none of which detract from this shelf's utility. When using tea dye be sure to heed Swirt's warning to avoid blotching. Also, I can see that the pocket hole doodad will be useful in some cases, but isn't likely to dominate my future techniques.


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Fly Fishing Clock Take Three

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Fly Fishing Clock Take ThreeMy wife is traveling for work, so this weekend I find myself with more time than usual. I received some feedback regarding my previous fly fishing clocks, and I decided to try to incorporate it.I started by making my traditional frame of 6.5” by 9.5”. I had some left over pieces of the ambrosia maple that I'd found at Lowes, so I used those pieces to make the outside frame.I had a fairly good size piece of wild cherry gall among my gall and burl pieces and, after grinding and sanding it, I saw that it would be a good clock face for this particular clock. Following Dick's advice, I tried to keep the frame plain, with only the fish and the fly rod as add-ons. Following fellow LJ Eric's idea, I made my fish from a piece of basswood I'd found at Michael's Craft Store.I will admit it was difficult for me not to add more pieces of burl. I do think the wild cherry gall is handsome enough that it is all that the clock needs. Given the “less busy” style of this clock, I felt that it could handle more elaborate clock hands.I'm pretty pleased with the fish. The fly rod is looking good to me too.



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Bunk Beds from Doug Fir

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Bunk Beds from Doug FirHey Lumberjocks
Just wanted to post my latest project. Bunkbeds for the grandkids. The twin boys ages 3 1/2 were ready for an upgrade so Mom decided on a simple bunk bed design. Jay Bates had a set of plans which turned out to be great, followed them to the letter. I purchased all the Doug for from a local lumber yard – KD, 1 or better. Yea right. I ran all the lumber through the tablesaw and the planer to square all the stock. I then sanded all the lumber to 150 grit. No need to go further. Following the plan cut list – I completed all the cuts. I drilled the pocket holes on the four uprights.
From there I put together the bed rails and ends as one assembly each. I then preassembled the ends which capture the rails and ends. The ends also serve the ladder as well. I sealed all the lumber and applied the customers requested stain; Minwax Semitransparent Classic Grey followed by a small application of PolyU.Once at the customers house, I finished the assembly – two ends, two bed frames (rails and ends), four safety rails, 22 bed slats and four Oak upright caps with a small bit of stenciling. The daughter is happy, grandkids are happy so all good here. I already made my daughters King size bed and my granddaughters twin bed. So, this rounds out the family.
Thanks for checking out the Bunk beds for the twins.



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Jupiter

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JupiterJupiter - a SuminboBefore we get into what this project is, Why Jupiter?Jupiter has two small moons Adrastea and Metis, which orbit the mysterious planet within its characteristic ring. They are thought to be the source of the 'dust' which forms the ring.So Jupiters and its ring provided the inspiration for the name of the box which is a follow on for my Starry, starry night box – see it here.The lift off lid, held in place with a traditional obijimi sash, is veneered marine ply, with book matched burl elm on the outside and jarrah edging, with paulownia veneer on the inside. It has a dyed black band, Jupiter's ring, running across the top and down the ends. This is inlayed with a range of small shell and opal dots, and two larger cabochon stud earrings, Jupiter's moons – Adrastea and Metis.But, what is the box? Continuing with my Japanese inspired boxes, this is a traditional writing box - Suminbo, It is used to hold a range of tools and equipment associated with Japanese calligraphy – Shado. It is a little more complex than my previous Suzuribako, check it out here. Its design was based on earlier wrting boxes which also held calligraphy paper so needed to be larger.The main box/base and the internal writing tray, Suzuribako, are made from cherry.The lift-out Suzuribako contains calligraphy traditional tools. An Inkstone – Suzuri, a water dropper – Mizusashi, two brushes – Fude, and a brush rest – Fude oki.It seems that in times gone bye people had to make their own tools in order to practice shodo, but today you can find all the necessary objects in stores across Japan or other countries. I got most of mine from AliExpress. Though the Suzuri - inkstone, and the Sumi - inkstick, where given to me be the eventual recipent of the box – little did he know he would get them back!The inside of the Suzuribako tray and its interior framework have been ebonised and then sprinkled with gold dust to reflect traditional Japanese black lacquer.I use polyurethane instead of traditional lacquer - urushi. A couple of coats are applied and rubbed down, then another coat is applied, and while still wet the gold dust, or you can use fine glitter, is sprinkled on. This is left to dry after which I brush off any loose dust before applying another two or three coats of polyurethane to cover the gold dust. I then rub it down with 400 grit and apply more coats until the gold dust is completely sealed and I can rub it down get a flat satin finish.Beneath the Suzuribako in the base of the box are more traditional items. All of which have their own specific Japanese names.Two paper weights – Bunchin, made from Mexican Rosewood with shell dot inlays and grooves to act as brush rests. A paper knife - Pepanaifu. A brush hanger - Burashihanga, for hanging cleaned brushes after they have been cleaned to allow them to dry. A solid inkstick - Sumi in its own paulownia box. Also included is an uncarved soap stone seal – Hanko.Making boxes that have a specific purpose and hold set items is more challenging than making an empty box. Things have to fit, and fit in particular positions, so the internal layout and associated sizes and tolerances have to be precise and carefully built into the design. Many of my boxes are just empty containers - you put in what you want and arrange things as best you can. So finished sizes don't really matter, and a few millimetres discrepancy form the original sizes are OK.The whole box is gift wrapped in a traditional Furoshiki cloth.It was made as a surprise for a very good Japanese friend who has given me so much encouragement, and help with translations while researching many of my Japanese boxes. Thank you Tad!As ever thanks for looking, and if you have nay questions please ask.Hope you enjoyed it



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Hold fast - that you can easily make

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Hold fast - that you can easily makeHold fast wedge and twist
updating an old idea.Hi all,I made these updates out of frustration today.A wedge for fast clamping on my existing DIY hold fast and a DIY flip end stop, that can be made from wood, so no special hardware are needed any moreThis post is from the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/133203
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1. Wedge quick clamp, with new flip back stop from wood.
2. Old type.
3. The old hardware, with old flip back stop from metal.
4. Quick clamping.
5. The other version.
6. Here used in the workbench dog holes, to hold wood.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or to hold on to what you love…Best thoughts,MaFe



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From a Pot to a Bowl

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From a Pot to a BowlThis project started with a Texas Ebony crotch sent to me by Mesquiteman99 to see what I could do with it. I cut off the long part of the crotch branch and tested it to see how it turned . I was going to make a pot that I hollowed from the bottom and then glued in a mesquite bottom. I found the wood to be brittle and “chippy”....the chips were like coffee grounds. It was okay until I tried to turn the top of the pot. One cut and it exploded so I turned it down to a small bowl (3 1/2” x 1 1/2” high with a .050” wall) and with a mesquite bottom. If the pot would have survived, the bottom would not show.It is finished with satin enamel.I have split the rest of the crotch in half through the pith and will soak it in black epoxy before making the piece I had planned for it.Cheers, Jim



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Body Mechanics

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Get better woodworking results with these 12 tips. I've been teaching now for more than 15 years. And in that time I've thought a lot about why students are or are not able to do certain things. Problems arise only …Source

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Intarsia - Large Mouth Bass

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Intarsia - Large Mouth BassHad a lot of fun with this one mixture of Intarsia and scroll/fret cutting. Made it for my brother. Avid fisherman who I spent countless hours chasing bass this size. JGR pattern. 18in x 18in. Blue Pine, Aspen, Ebony, Yellowheart, and stained/painted layered Birch background. Frame is commercial (ran out of time before X-mas).



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Improved Push Pad

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Ordinary push pads tend to slip, I've found, when face-jointing a board. I modified one of mine by cutting 1/2″ of the rubber padding off its back end and then screwing on a 1/2″ x 1/2″ cleat. Now the …Source

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Silverware Tray

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Hone your hand skills with a project that has low risks but high rewards.Source

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Brunswick Gold Crown IV

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Brunswick Gold Crown IVI purchased a 2004-2007 Brunswick Gold Crown IV recently. The timber frame is like a wooden sailing ship but this model had an issue with the ends of the table sagging under the several hundred pounds of slate. A table mechanic recommended shoring up with some angle iron. I opted for some 12/4 Mahogany instead.Sizing things up.Drilled for 6.5” 3/8 bolts. Shocked the stain was an exact match. Decided to leave the rustic saw marks.Flipped upright with the center supports.The exploded view



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A Special Project in Joinery for a Friend

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A Special Project in Joinery for a FriendThis design was by special request as a gift. it was made from left over walnut from another project and I finished it with teak oil. This project was my first effort in biscuit joinery and dove tail corner joints. I used a box bit for the drawer corners and dowels to join the top to the box bottom. All I can say is I did a lot of practice and generated a lot of scrap dove tails…



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Rustic Bench, Reclaimed Wood

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Rustic Bench, Reclaimed Wood2m long bench, made of 3”x12” reclaimed pine for top and 5” thick for legs. Finished with varnish.



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Couple more crosses

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Couple more crossesFinished up a couple more crosses. The first one pictured was intended to be a layered but I did my half lap on the wrong side so cut the vertical piece down. The size left meant the layers wouldn't look right so I found a piece of walnut that I had from the practice with the bandsaw, and headed back to the bandsaw to cut a “background cross.” Used the blue tape as I couldn't see my pencil marks. Worked great.

Not sure what the centered cross is made from (was from a bunch of cutoffs I got at the local hardwood store).The other is poplar (center cross), and the heat-treated poplar, and another mystery wood (very soft and medium brown with interesting grain). I just used half-lap rather than stacking like prior attempts. Did a little blog about this.



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Open Segment Bowl Success

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Open Segment Bowl SuccessI finally made an open segment turning. This is actually my second open segment bowl. The first one did not turn out as well. I learned the process by watching “Earl's Small Segmenting Shop” on YouTube. Very informative videos. This turning is 14” in diameter, about 7” tall and had 36 segments per ring. Made from maple, cherry, and walnut. Finished with Danish oil and spray lacquer.



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He's upset!

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He's upset!Stuck on the mandrel. He's not happy!!



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Fix Uneven Chair or Stool Legs

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A simple table saw technique levels four legs in no time flat. Rock-n-roll. That's what four-legged pieces have a habit of doing - even with perfect joinery and a careful and unhurried assembly. Even with all the care and …Source

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Knew Concepts Titanium Fretsaw Review

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The truss system of the spine looks curious, but it works gangbusters. Tool: 5″ Titanium Birdcage Fret Saw Shop Now  Manufacturer: Knew Concepts MSRP: $235 (includes saw and Pegas #7 skip tooth woodworking blade) The crazy design of …Source

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Can You Stain Cherry Without Blotching?

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Some straight talk about cherry and blotching. When I opened my furniture-making and restoration shop in 1976, the woods considered best for high-end furniture were walnut and mahogany. Of course, oak and maple were also used, and sometimes cherry. As …Source

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Laminated bowl 2

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Laminated bowl 2Love these laminated bows from the board. Did several few years ago, and now restart with some technique modification, which allow angular calculations and more precise cut. More intricate shapes could be made.



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Bandsaw Blade Marking Knife

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Old bandsaw blades can easily be recycled into useful marking or carving knives. One blade nets you a slew of small pieces. Use a tin snip to cut off a piece of the blade, grind off the teeth, and then …Source

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Laminated bowls

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Laminated bowls For some reason in my previous post system failed to upload pictures.
Here are all 3 bowls I made last month. It is laminated bowls from the board. Did some few years ago. Recently modified tecnhiques which allow to make wider range of shapes (different cutting angles require very careful calculation of selected radius to angle correlation.



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Floating Shelf

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Floating ShelfMade this floating shelf for my son so he had a place to put his completed Lego's and store some of his other stuff. The wood was from his old bed frame. Since he's a big Star Wars fan I put on Star Wars pulls.



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Soda Cap Standoffs

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When finishing a flat panel, I use plastic soda bottle caps as standoffs to raise the panel above the bench. First, I finish the back side of the panel. Then I set the wet side on the upturned soda caps …Source

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Cutting & Carving Plastics with a CNC Router

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Add this flexible material to your shop repertoire. Plastics are amazing materials. Their lightweight grain-less structure gives them uniform strength in all directions making it an ideal material for all sorts of parts and projects. Available in clear, translucent and …Source

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Hand cut box joints - a tool tote tray. (Post).

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Hand cut box joints - a tool tote tray. (Post).Hand cut box joints
a tool tote tray.My favourite tool tote, that I build back in 2010 (as you can see in this blog series), needed a new tray, as the old one had changed purpose.
The tray.The old tray had also always felt wrong for me as, I didn't like the proportions and the machine made box joints, didn't go well with the hand cut dovetails on the tote it self. I like machine cut box joints a lot, but not mixed with hand cut dovetails, here the contrast was simply too big.This post is from the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/133183A real step by step, about simple box joints, with hand tools.
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1. The tray in the tote.
2. Royal wood…
3. Layout.
4. method.
5. sawing.
6. glueup.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or a few box joints…Best thoughts,MaFe



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3D bandsaw animals

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3D bandsaw animalsHad some time to kill over the Christmas break, so thought I'd give the 3D bandsaw animals a try. Turns out they are easy and fun. The grandkids loved them.



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Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

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Mid-Century Modern Coffee TableMy niece requested I have her name in our family Christmas gift exchange, then asked for a mid-century modern style coffee table. We don't typically spend more than $50 for the gift exchange, but what the heck.Online search for some inspiration and then to SketchUp to design my interpretation. Walnut was the wood of choice as I had some on hand and it was easier to come by than mahogany. Table measures 18” wide x 48” long x 18” tall. Sanded through 220. Rubbed in a coat of Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. After letting it dry a few days, light scuff sand and then sprayed a few coats Sherwin Williams lacquer. Hand rubbed with paste wax to finish it off.She loved it. Maverick, her dog, was only slightly interested, perhaps because the walnuts didn't seem too tasty.Why the walnuts?
It became obvious to me that it wasn't going to be quite ready in time for our family gift exchange. Besides, I didn't want to cart it anymore than I had to. So, I wrapped up some walnuts with a message, ”Seems walnut is the wood of choice for MCM furniture. Since walnut is becoming scarce in our area, I am giving you these MCM furniture seeds. Plant them and care for them. When they grow up, we can harvest the wood and make your MCM coffee table.
She appreciated the coffee table more than my sense of humor. LOL



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Jewelry box for the wife...

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Jewelry box for the wife...Circa 1990… cherry, walnut, spalted maple (from my firewood pile)... hand tools only.



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Mountain Man Fork & Spoon

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Mountain Man Fork & SpoonI made these for my Mountain Man Kit. I needed something a bit more rugged than the usual utensils. I love the Beaver cause they work so hard and are a tough little creaure. We have some nearby and they built a dam and a lodgehouse too. I even swam (snorkelled) with some in the Mad River in Vermont back in the 70s. The momma beaver swam up to me and looked into my facemask, wondering what I was doing there. She uttered a strange sound and she and two beaver kits (young) swam up into their lodge through an underwater entrance. I will never forget that day. Wish I had a Go-Pro camera to film it, but theywere not available back then.



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My first lathe project. Beer bottle stopper - I guess you could us it in a wine bottle too.

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My first lathe project. Beer bottle stopper  - I guess you could us it in a wine bottle too. About 2 years ago, Woodcraft went out of business. The owner retired. I purchased a lathe from their classroom because it was a great deal and he threw in a few tools to boot; I had yet to put the lathe to use.Getting into epoxy, I purchased a cheep cylinder mold to pour the excess epoxy into.I finally decided to try my luck. Well, it is round. Beyond that, nothing fancy. Since, despite my bantering with others on this site, I often have a partial beer waiting when I get to the no finger cutting ops of a project.I decided I needed a stopper. So, ta-da. My first lathe project.Certainly, the next one will be better.Thanks for visiting.Ps. Poppy (Poplar) and Teak say hello from the French Goat Bar & Drill.Pss. Just spayed it with polyurethane. It pops. But, then again. It might be eating the epoxy.



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Another epoxy inlay charcuterie board

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Another epoxy inlay charcuterie boardSo, a friend asked for a charcuterie board. To my surprise, she asked for my logo on the front.It took two separate pours.The woods are maple, walnut and padauk.This one went much better than my first. However, still learning, and that – in some regard – is what it is about. Thanks for visiting.Overall, I think it came out nice.



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2x4 Furniture Round Table Childs Nightstand

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2x4 Furniture Round Table Childs NightstandFound a plan in an old woodworkin magazine for this table. The plans called for a Kreg jig and the screw thing. This was put together with wood dowels and glue. I wanted to show someone how to use 2×4 construction lumber to make nice furniture and this is what I ended up with. All this wood was repurposed scrap. School logo is Franklin Oh. Goin to a grandson of mine. Thanks for looking.



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SCRAP AND PALLET WOOD SHOP STANDING AND WALL CABINETS

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SCRAP AND PALLET WOOD SHOP STANDING AND WALL CABINETS Made in the 1980's from scrap wood… back when I had a bit more time and a lot less $$$...
One pallet I used was from overseas… it was made of some exotic woods (the drawer-fronts).
See the plywood-top bench? It was a good bench to me. I was able to do good work on it.
I hope to upgrade it soon…



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An Old Chair from my family's Ancestry

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An Old Chair from my family's AncestryThe chair was obviously handmade. There were a lot of broken pieces which I was able to redo. The caning was not as big of a challenge as I thought it would be, with the help from the Internet, I found plenty of pointers and supply houses. Also, there is an 'antique' hardware store in Indy that provided me with some materials.It was a fun project. My mind was constantly on the person who made the chair and the tools they would have used compared with the tools and resources I have available, electricity being the prime commodity. I was thinking about all the mothers in my ancestry who rocked their babies using this chair. My guess is, from the family I talked with, the chair was made sometime in the later 1800's.



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Turned live ?edge?

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Turned live ?edge? Live knot, maybe. Another piece from niece's walnut tree that went to her sister this time. 4 dia x 6 total height with the lid. A small amount of epoxy involved as well.



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Screech owl nesting box

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Screech owl nesting boxThe screech owl is a misnomer, it makes a horse-like whinny instead. This box is made with cypress. You can hang it as low as 10 feet off the ground. If you have squirrels you might need to wrap the tree above and below with sheet metal, and maybe even put a metal sheet on the roof so they can't jump down from above.The plans are here: https://www.audubon.org/news/how-build-screech-owl-nest-box
The dimensions are in the pdf here: https://nas-national-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/screech-owl-nest-box.pdf



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Tape-clamping Small Miters

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When gluing miters for small mouldings, clear packing tape makes an ideal clamp. Begin by placing a strip of tape across the bottom of the joint; this will prevent glue squeeze-out from getting on your bench. As you push the …Source

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12 Weekend Picture Frames

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Here's a fun way to save money, be creative, make something useful, and use up scrap stock: make your own picture frames. You can start from scratch and have finished frames in a day or less, and the only tools …Source

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Diorama style framed wall hanging

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Diorama style framed wall hangingShe goes to the local craft fair and comes home with a laser cut sheet metal representation of a pine forest. She hands it to me and says, “Here make something with this.” :)The inner Oregon is composed of blocks made from fir construction lumber. That is set recessed inside an Oregon shaped frame of poplar. The star represents the community of Boring, Oregon. A strip of LED fairy lights are set in the void to highlight the border and back light the trees.Normally we give this kind of thing away as a gift, but the missus decided she wants to keep this one.



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Dremel 8260 Review

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How does Dremel's newest rotary tool stack up to one from 30 years ago? Tool: 8260 Cordless Smart Rotary Tool Shop Now  Manufacturer: Dremel MSRP: $169 (includes tool, battery, and carrying case) When evaluating a new tool, there are …Source

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Snow Day fun in the shop.

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Snow Day fun in the shop.With it being a so called “Snow Day” in our part of the world and at a standstill waiting on material to show up.
I thought I would use the down time to have a little fun in the shop and build a Mini Benchtop Router Table for my trim router.
PS: I have included a basic sketchup drawing if someone wants to make one for themselves.



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Working Reclaimed Wood Presentation [Video]

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A guide for woodworkers, makers, and designers. Last June I was invited to give the keynote presentation on reclaimed wood during the 2021 World Wood Day Symposium. Because of the disruption caused by the Covid epidemic, the symposium took place …Source

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Get the Most From Your Router

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  These tips and tricks will take you a long way toward success. The router is, simply put, a multi-tasking workhorse in the woodshop. But you would be surprised by how many folks don't get the most out of their …Source

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Douglas Fir and Redwood handrail

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Douglas Fir and Redwood handrail Douglas Fir and with Redwood balusters handrail on concrete steps.
I used 3/8×8 inch Redhead anchors for the first three posts and a galvanized bracket for the bottom post.



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Madrone branch with mushrooms

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Madrone branch with mushroomsOur neighbor likes mushrooms so I made this for them. It measures about 4” x 12”.
I wanted to expand my repertoire of mushrooms so this was a fun way to do that.
I put a bug in there because who doesn't like a bug in their picture?



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Triangle Tables

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Triangle TablesI would like to say this is my design, but I can't. I saw this table in Fine woodworking and I was attracted to the simplicity and clean lines of it. I couldn't help myself and made two sets of them because I couldn't settle on the wood choice. One set is made with walnut and curly ash I wanted to celebrate the sapwood, so I book matched it down the center. The other is made with oak and curly ash. The oak was ebonized with vinegar that had a Brillo pad dissolved in it. The curl in the ash is hard to see and I suppose if I would have stained it, it would have popped but I was looking for the light dark contrast.



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A Back-saving Vise Extension

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While sawing dovetails for a jewelry box, I found my back was hurting from hunching over my bench vise. In order to work more comfortably, I built this vise extension that works on the same principle as a leg vise. …Source

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High Powered Glasses from projection TV Lenses

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High Powered Glasses from projection TV LensesI was watching a cool movie (on DVD) called ” The Name of the Rose ”, with Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Ron Pearlman. He had a pair of thick lensed wooden folding glasses for reading and looking for clues. So I made a similar pair from lenses I salavaged from a big old projection TV. I made a nice leather (wool fleece lined)) pouch and lanyard for them too. They are quite heavy to wear around my neck. Sean carries them on his belt in the movie. They also have a shiny copper ring that holds the lens into the African Rosewood wooden frame. Just a fun project that was very satisfying to make.



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A Pumpkin Center Piece Project for my Sister

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A Pumpkin Center Piece Project for my SisterMy sister asked me to make a number of table center pieces for a school program she was helping to decorate for. The piece is based off (with some modifications) something she saw at a Large Lot store (no ads here) so I went to the store to get the measurements, the last picture. Shortly after my commitments to her, I injured my ankle playing my husband in racquetball. SO, between the 3 of us, we finished up making 35 of these center pieces. This is as close to production line work as I would ever want to come. I made my poor hubby salvage the wood from someone's back yard who was taking down a swimming pool & fence, with their permission of course. I have a reputation as a dumpster diving, garage sale'n kind of person. SO, from old pool fencing to Thanksgiving center pieces.



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Hammered Cat

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Hammered Cat The handle on my favorite hammer needed to be refinished, so I sanded it, sprayed on a coat of polyurethane and hung it over the edge of the picnic table to dry. A moment later I heard a …Source

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Mesquite/Cork Trivet

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Mesquite/Cork TrivetI made this trivet out of 3 pieces of mesquite, turned it and the glued in the cork. It is 9” diameter and 1” thick. i rolled the edge under so a person can get their fingers under it to lift it with a hot dish on it.It is inlaid with turquoise sand from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Globe, Az and finished with Danish Oil and buffed and waxed.I added a shot of the first turn with the mortise in the top for holding it to turn the bottom.Cheers, Jim



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Tool Test: 3M Convolute Deburring Wheel

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Tool: Scotch-Brite Deburring Wheel Shop Now  Manufacturer: 3M MSRP: $50+ Someone saw this deburring wheel on Instagram and clued me in to it; sold. It's really a metal-working tool for knocking off sharp edges and small bits of metal. …Source

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Turn Handles Into Savings

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The price of good turning tools can be pretty steep. Since most of the better lathe tools can be purchased without a handle, put your money where it countsin the steel, not the handle. After all, it's the steel that …Source

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White Oak Stool

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White Oak StoolStool for the wife on screened porch, Christmas present. About 2 inch thick white oak, mortise and tenon. I really need to get better at mortise and tenon, not clean as I wanted. I need a mortiser if someone wants to send me one to Chattanooga. :)



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Happy New Year from Popular Woodworking

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Greetings Fellow Woodworkers, As we look forward to the new year, I hope this letter finds you, your friends, and families well. The new year can be an exciting time, packed with anticipation for what the upcoming months hold. Many …Source

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Custom rock maple and walnut foosball table

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Custom rock maple and walnut foosball tableSo this is actually the third foosball table I have built. The second in this style. The case is made from solid rock/hard maple. The legs are also made of rock maple. The field is a butcher block style of walnut affixed to two 3/4” sheets of particle board. This was to get weight and a flat surface for the field. I inlaid the maple field markings with scrap left over from some figured maple I had laying around. I used my Shapeoko CNC to do this and am really happy with the results. I added the walnut trim to the box this time. Last time I used maple (maple on maple) and it just didn't have the pop I was hoping. The walnut fixed that, and it took me finishing this one to realize it. I bought all the parts for the men, rods, etc online and after measuring 3 times I drilled the holes. Things lined up like they should. This was a fun project, and foosball tables are by far my favorite build. They are way fun, great conversation pieces! The finished product is FAST and HEAVY. I think this thing weighs easily 300 lbs put together. I finished the whole thing with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-r-seal semi-gloss and am happy with the finish. I just recently began using General Finishes and I am really happy with them so far. I really wanted toThanks for looking!



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Cypress Dining Table with Cherry Base

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Cypress Dining Table with Cherry BaseI've been MIA on here for a long time. I really haven't been doing much with woodworking but I had a project I wanted to do over the Christmas break. I had a glass dining room table that was always dirty looking so I wanted to replace it with something wood. Everything is joined with domino tenons. The table isn't quite as square as I would like but it should hold plates of food 30 inches above the floor without collapsing.I'm hoping this project will get me back into making some furniture pieces.



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Gall Wall Clock Take 2

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Gall Wall Clock Take 2This design proved pretty popular here and among friends, so I wanted to see if I could create it again. Other than playing with some stains and changing the wall hanger, I followed the original design pretty closely. The speckled trout pattern of the clock face is something I'm able to get out of a wild cherry gall if I cut into it correctly. The outside frame is from a board of ambrosia maple I got from Lowes. I went back to Lowes and snagged 8 more 8 foot pieces of the maple, so more of these clocks to come. I got the ambrosia maple at $10 a board, so a decent deal I think. I finished my first clock on November 2nd, so it feels fitting to finish this, my 20th clock, on January 2nd.



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Two small traditional pine benches

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Two small traditional pine benchesTwo simple pine benches, looking traditional but made a bit easier by hiding 4 screws that are used.
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Break-Down Doll House

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Break-Down Doll HouseMy daughter made a cardboard doll house for my granddaughter this past fall. She refined the design a bit and sent me sketches to produce a version from 1/4” Baltic birch plywood.Side wall. I cut the pieces using my Festool track saw. The grooves were plunge routed and guided by the same track system…overpriced, but awesome! I took a second shaving pass to loosen the joints for easier assembly.Interior wall. I drilled a 9 mm hole at the corners of the door and window openings and then cut the opening with a jig saw with a fine-tooth blade.Side wall.One of three floor pieces.Assembly sequence. First wall.Second wall.Floor.Floor.Roof.A nice feature of this design is that it can be stored under a bed when not in use. My “woodworker's daughter” did well!I'm sending it to them sanded, but unfinished and they'll decorate it together…pretty cool!



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Bring on twenty "22"

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Bring on twenty "22"Coming soon to an optometrist near you… 128 deuces to celebrate the onset of twenty 22. Coincident? I think not.



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Grandpa Adirondack

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Grandpa AdirondackI started with rough sawn 12 to 16' long cypress boards. From there, it was cut down, planed, then cut out from the pattern templates I made up, based on Barley Harvest plans. The table plans are from another source, but I modified the dimensions to fit the chairs better. I used pocket holes to fasten the arm rests from the underside at the front, I also added a small triangle brace on the underside of the rear of the arm rest. (must survive 5 young people). I loved turning rough cut cypress into pretty chairs. Any suggestions welcome.



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RYOBI LINK Review [Video]

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Tool: LINK Wall Storage Shop Now  Manufacturer: RYOBI MSRP: $5.98+ Today we're trying out the new RYOBI LINK system and seeing if it's a good fit for woodworkers, or better for the general DIY type instead.  …Source

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17 Ladder

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17 LadderLadder truck for my guys at the Hill Hooks. from T&J plans



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Our Top 10 Articles of 2021

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2021 is coming to a close, and as is the tradition, we look back at the most popular articles we published in the past year. Our reader's interests were as diverse as ever, branching across time and topic- there's techniques, …Source

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Large Padauk, Walnut and Jewelry Box

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Large Padauk, Walnut and Jewelry BoxI'm realizing I should probably get better at staging my projects when I take the finished photos. Oh well.Solid padauk sides with walnut dovetail cornerposts. Top is padauk and walnut rabetted into the sides and pinned in the center with walnut dowels, sliding pins at the edges. On the inside of the top, there is a necklace rack with double doors to keep them in place when the lid is closed. Mahogany veneer plywood for the drawer and top section bottoms. Maple with box joints for the drawers. Dadoed maple dividers for the drawers with earring holders. Finished with polymerized tung oil.



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