The Woodshop Shed

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

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Teak Jewelry Box

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Teak Jewelry  BoxI had some cutoffs of Teak on a big outdoor kitchen area and decided to build a couple items.
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Modern Rustic Farmhouse table

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Modern Rustic Farmhouse tableHi Fellow Jocks, this my interpretation of a Modern but Rustic farmhouse dining table, i just finished for my family, so that we no longer have to eat off the floor, lol. I also made a video with the link posted here.https://youtu.be/NUySiYmALWA



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First pen!

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First pen!Ok, I know this isn't a big deal to a lot of you folks, but I finished my first pen on the lathe!Being involved with the current screwdriver swap here on LJs, the dialog in the forum for it has been great! Among the dialog was discussion about upcoming swaps. One of the upcoming swaps might be a pen swap, and I've never made a pen. I'm pretty new on the lathe altogether, so the pen thing was intriguing. I headed over to Woodcraft and picked up a mandrel and a couple kits, and thought I'd give it a go. It was fun!This is a slimline kit, using a zebrawood blank. I kept it really simple for the first time out, without much dimension to the pen. Finished on the lathe up to 400 grit, then the entire series of micro mesh pads up to 12K. Then some Dr. Kirk's. Three coats of homemade friction polish, then Renaissance wax.Assembly was pretty easy, and it came out good enough! Showed it to my wife and she responded 'Nice! Thanks!' And proceeded to put it in her purse. I'll take that as a vote of confidence!



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Woodworking with Kids: Carving a Mouse Pt 2

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After creating the facets (drawing and image below), we need to round over the mouse's back. To read the first part of the story click here. Add two additional guidelines above and below the facet and ask the child …Source

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Scrollsaw Chris

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Scrollsaw ChrisScollsawchris is experimenting…could be dangerous!



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Lumber Rack

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Lumber RackNeeded to store some of the lumber and let some dry out. Not to technical but I needed this, and I am actually pretty happy with the results. Something so simple but so purposeful. Oh, I ran out of the dowels I was using and have to get more. I angled the dowels 10 degrees and also drilled the holes at 10 degrees. Made each dowel 9 inches long which seems to work well so far. Enjoy



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How to Use a Plow Plane

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Plow planes are some of the easiest joinery planes to use , once you know a few tricks to getting good results. I struggled with the tools until Don McConnell (now a planemaker at Clark & Williams) set me …Source

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DeWalt PowerStack: The Future of Battery Tech?

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Tool: PowerStack Battery Shop Now   Manufacturer: DeWalt MSRP: $119 The staff here at Popular Woodworking just wrapped up a 12v drill competition that will appear in the August issue of the magazine. This is the first time we've done …Source

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Five Section Bookshelves

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Five Section BookshelvesBirch plywood with Poplar doors and shelf facings. Minwax True Black water based stain, with water based Spar Urethane clear coating. If I had to do it again, I would definitely stain and seal the parts before construction, as the Minwax stain is tough to get into all of the corners cleanly.



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Find the 5th. Pig...

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Find the 5th. Pig...Boys and Girls,In the past, many have had a go at me about the length of my posts… so for a change of pace I'll do what many othere here at LJ do,

  • Upload a few pictures.
  • Link to Youtube.
  • Tell bugger all about the project itself.


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Chestnut keepsake box

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Chestnut keepsake boxChestnut keepsake box with carved latticework lid. ith carved latticework lid. carved latticework lid. ith carved latticework lid.



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The Shaker Stepladder

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This functional form is an ideal intro to the Shaker Style. Learn how to make this useful project, all while sharpening your hand tool skills.Source

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Drilling for Continuous Hinges

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Self-centering drill bits (also called Vix bits) are great for quick, accurate drilling of hinge screw holes. Unfortunately, they don't work very well for many continuous, or piano, hinges. That's because the leaves on continuous hinges often are too thin …Source

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Perfect Bevels with a Jointer Plane

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When making French cleats using a handplane, getting a consistent beveled edge can be problematic, particularly as the bevel approaches 45 and the plane gets tippy. Also, it's difficult to get a good bevel established - starting on the …Source

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Toy Chest

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Toy ChestCustom pine Toy Chest – raised panel style



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Simple Sprinkler Valve Cover

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Simple Sprinkler Valve CoverI recently made this Sprinker Valve cover box for my son's yard. He has been completly redoing his landscape and needed something to keep the valves protected from the sun.
I found an extended pallet advertised for free and utilized the wood from it for this project. Wish I had a better pic of the final outcome, but this will have to do.I actually had fun tearing apart the pallet, running the boards through my Hitachi planner/jointer and building this utilizing Gorilla Glue for waterproofness in the joints. I finished the box with some walnut stain and 3 coats of Thompson's water sealer that I have had for 20+ years just sitting around. Total cost was the price of a few wood screws for the frame and some brad nails (both of which I have plenty).I enjoy this kind of project where I am able to repurpose something for very little cost. If it stays together for a few years, my son will be happy. We fortunately(or unfortunately!) live in Southern California so the weather is mild and likely only sun damage will cause the box to deteriorate slowly. I've got PLENTY of Thompson's left over! LOL!



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Teak circular cutting board

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Teak circular cutting boardI was walking through Lowes looking for some thinner pine I could rip into quartersawn for use in shaker box bottoms when I came across a stack of 15” teak disks individually shrink wrapped. I bought a few to see how they might do as cutting boards. I found the center and attached the center for my bosch circle routing jig, put a core box bit in the plunge router and made a few passes. There is a small divot where the center came loose because it was held down with carpet tape. I ended up putting some strips of gorilla tape down on top of the center which held it for the rest of the 2nd pass.Sanded the disk with my ROS with hand sanding the juice groove up through to 220 grit, raised the grain with a misting of water and let it dry for a few days. Then sanded up to 400 grit and coated with 2 coats of walrus oil board oil 24 hours apart and then waxed it today with walrus oil board wax.I'll probably pick up a few more in the next few days as it was pretty quick to route, just kills my hands after a while sanding the groove but they should do well at craft fairs.It would probably have been easier to do as a face turning on a lathe but my midi lathe only has a 12 in swing over the bed.



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Boring in the 18th Century

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Today's array of bits has nothing on historical practice. In my attempts to recreate period work, I've many times come across the need to make holes that no modern tool can practically create. My workbench has 16 1 1…Source

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Laser Engraved Coaster Sets

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Laser Engraved Coaster SetsWood coaster sets. The design I shamelessly borrowed from splintergroups' recent post.3-1/2 sq. X 3/8 coasters of various wood scraps I had. (Cherry, walnut, Spalted maple and I'm not sure what the camo looking wood is.)
Laser engraved with a xtools 10W laser. Although I enjoy creating with pyrography, I am slowhence the laser.Finished with shellac, followed by several coats of poly.Built for sale.A couple of months ago someone suggested to my wife that I submit some of my stuff to be juried for acceptance in a small art gallery in a tourist trap. After acceptance, we rented a small space for $30/month, built and installed a French cleat section and then to fill it.Was looking for different ideas to fill some of the space when I saw splintergroups project.Since several of the juried items were gifts I had made for my wife, that she had no intention of giving up, I had to quickly spend more time in the shop.



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Olivewood slab cribbage board

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Olivewood slab cribbage boardMade of a slab of olivewood I got from Woodcraft. Stripped the bark off with a small drawknife then scrubbed most of the remaining crud off with a wire brush in a drill and by hand followed by some sand paper. Ran it through the planer since one side was rough and the other was already smooth. Went through with a dental pick to pull out the twig in the middle of a knot that got lose and was buried in the slab, filled the hole with black CA glue and the other small knots and cracks got filled with brown CA glue.Sanded it to 320grit on both sides before I set up the Rockler cribbage board template. Started drilling and realized that I had the template backwards to I had to chop off about 3 inches on one end which negated my plan to drill a hole at the top of the board for the pegs to rest in. Took a few days to drill all of the wholes with an electric hand drill. One hole lines up exactly with the knot that had to be filled with CA glue which gummed up the bit and lead to it being soaked overnight in acetone to dissolve the CA glue while I sprayed more accelerator down into the glue knot.Sanded the top of the board with 80 grit and moving up because of circular marks left by the self-centering bit.Finished the board with two coats of Watco Danish oil and then let it sit for over 3 days to make sure it was nice and dry before taking it outside and hitting it with some coats of high gloss lacquer from a spray can.



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Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Does your Mom love woodworking? Here are some great gift options for her this upcoming Mother's Day. Milwaukee 4 1/2 Trim Square $11.47  We loved this square when it came out, and it's still one of the first …Source

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Regency Period box

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 Regency Period boxThe design of this box is based on the Egyptian sarcophagus form combined with the influence of Chinese curves, which came to increasing prominence during the 1820's Regency period.
The exaggerated concaved shaped sides and the use of heavy paneled dome top, which gives a weighty,
solid structure to the box, and the use of more exotic figured veneer reflects the style as it developed going into the 1820's. This design was often found on Regency style tea caddies and work boxes.
This box Is veneered in bird's eye maple with african blackwood trim and sits on turned wooden bun feet. The key escutcheon is mother of pearl and it has a hand polished lacquer finish.



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Cedar post caps: how I made my own

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Cedar post caps: how I made my ownI built a lattice fence to put around a hot tub, and wanted to put post caps on the 5 posts. I went shopping and the ones I saw did not look like they would look nice for very long. The corners were mitered, which I thought would eventually split apart. The pieces were stapled, and again just didn't look very well put together. And they were expensive…over $20 each. So I decided to build my own using solid wood…no mitered corners. And here's how I did it….I bought a rough sawn 2×8x8' (1.75×7.75×96 actual) cedar board at a big box store. I was lucky to find one with no knots. I cut it in half and planed one board to 1 and 5/8 and the other to 1 and 3/8. I then cut the thicker board into 6 pieces that were 6.75×6.75…these will be the bottoms. I cut the thinner boards into 6 pieces that were 7.25×7.25….these will be the tops. I only needed 5 pieces of each, but the extras ones were for practice. My fence posts are 4×4 treated posts with 3/4 thick cedar board cladding, which made the posts 5×5 (actual). If your posts are 6×6 (actual 5.5×5.5), you'll need to make your squares wider.
Next I took the tops and routered at 3/16th depth to create a square on the top. You could also use a table saw to cut all the way around, just leaving the square. The square is 4”x4”.
To create the slope I used my table saw set at an angle. I can't remember the angle, but I wanted to leave the edge at 9/16” high. I then used my router to create the hole that will sit over the post. I made it 7/8” deep and 5.25” x 5.25” square so it wouldn't be too tight on the 5×5 post.
Next I routered the top using a 3/8” round over, and I routered the bottom using a yonico #16135 molding bit.
https://www.amazon.com/Yonico-16135-Architectural-Molding-Router/dp/B00KZM2J6Q/ref=sr_1_2?crid=10WZ6L033ZI24&keywords=yonico%2B16135&qid=1650853683&sprefix=yonico%2B16135%2Caps%2C76&sr=8-2&th=1I didn't use the whole profile of this molding bit, so you'll have to use care to set it up correctly.
I then screwed the bottom to the top (from underneath) using stainless steel screws.
I used Gorilla silicone sealant to attach the post caps to the post. I didn't use any mechanical fasteners, as I didn't think it was necessary.



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Just to say hi.

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Just to say hi.Not much to say, Just want to let my friends know I am still alive. This is my newest work. It has taken some time to get it done, but done is what it is. After June I will be putting in some time in the shop and will have more to share. As some of you know I have been fighting to keep my sight. I pretty much have lost the battle with my right eye but we have great hopes for the left one. I go under the knife on June 2nd I am asking you all to keep me in your prayers Doc says it can go eighter way, let's hope for the best. Thank you all in advance.



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lidded salt cellar

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lidded salt cellarswmbo wanted a new salt cellar so whats a wood worker to do but make one.this is my first attempt at turning a lidded jar.made some mistakes but in the end im happy and more important the wife is.turned from a block of claro walnut i got from cook woods in oregon.the top knob is turned from a piece of stabilized birch from my good friend and fellow LJ davep.bottom pad is a piece of shelf liner for tool boxes.finished with 3 coats of GF salad bowl finish.size-4-1/2” round x 4” h.



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Rococo acanthus leaf - a la Mary May

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Rococo acanthus leaf - a la Mary MayMy first Mary May Acanthus leaf carving attempt, pretty nasty, but hopefully a 2nd try will work out better. Def learned a few things from Mary's video, which I recommend watching BEFORE you attempt the carving, oy. The book instructions are great but the video has some tips worth noting as well. It boggles the mind how refined, clean, and fast Mary carves, but perhaps that's from 20 yrs of practice??



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Carved chippendale chairs

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Carved chippendale chairsI replaced my squeaky 'antique' dining room chairs with these, which are built based on a Carlyle Lynch plan I found online. First foray into carving, which I'm now obsessed with. Now spending WAY too much time on Mary May's site and planning to climb Mt Everest by building a Jonathan Shoemaker armchair like the one Ray Journigan taught a class about and that was featured in a past issue of APF.



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Pistol Rack

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Pistol RackNothing special here just a simple 1/4 inch pine cut to fit my safe and hold a few things. Magazines on the bottom. Stained in Walnut. simple green felt and foam as padding. Literally cost me 20.00 dollars to build. Better than buying it from China. No offense meant, but it's a sin that we do not make much of anything in the USA. Corporate greed… I will leave it at that. OH I did have piece of inlay laying around from a previous project so, yeah I added that to give it a touch of refinement.



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Misc Trays

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Misc TraysMaple and Mahogany trays. About 5.25×5.75”This was an exercise to become comfortable cutting a mitered rabbet joint. I am planning to move away from a lock miter joint in my boxes and I think this is the winner. I cut this joint all on the router table. More setups and little bit more time than the lock miter but MUCH more control over the fit.



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Screen door knob in red tip photinia

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Screen door knob in red tip photiniaI have a wood screen door and it has a spring so it closes automatically so don't need a latch, but it has a large hole for mounting a knob. I made this knob to fill in the hole.



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Use Shrink Wrap as a Clamp for Veneer

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While trying to attach a carved 18“-thick mahogany veneer to the edge of a curved shelf, an idea came to me as a last moment glue-up solution. Initially I thought I could make it easier to …Source

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11 (or so) Basic Woodworking Tools - A List for New Furniture Makers

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Basic woodworking tools are different from beginner woodworking tools. For one thing, I don't like to use the word beginner unless I am using it accurately. It's not a very useful label, in my opinion, because it implies that there …Source

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Wall mounted wine bottle & glasses rack

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Wall mounted wine bottle & glasses rackThe wife wanted a way to display wine bottles and glasses, so this is what I came up with. She is a very “visual” person so I first had to make a cardboard prototype so she could envision the finished project.
Success – she likes it!



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Another Power tool Cabinet

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Another Power tool CabinetMade another cabinet to store some more power tools that I use regularly. I used mostly hand tools in building this, dovetailed the box and drawer and box cut the side tool caddy by hand as well. It was fun and basically done just to keep the skill set from fading into obscurity. I did use the Dremel tool to carve the dolphins and dive pin from my Navy days.



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Features and Functions of A Drill

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Have questions about the features of your drill? We have answers. Check out the short video below, then keep on scrolling for more detailed breakdowns of the clutch and gear adjustment settings. What does the clutch on a drill do?…Source

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Wine Caddies

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Wine CaddiesMade a pair of wine caddies using a template I got online. I glued up some Peruvian walnut, Bolivian rosewood, and some scrap hard maple I had. Traced out the template, drilled out the three holes, and then rough cut the template. I then turned to the router table with a compression trim bit which worked great except for the tip on the left side which ended up tearing out some of the wood on each of them. To fix the damaged portions, I set up a chamfer bit to trim get rid of the tear out followed by some quick passes on my disk sander to even out the tips area.I then free hand cut the slots to connect to the smaller holes to allow wine glass stems to pass through before using some sand paper on a thin piece of scrap to smooth out the insides of the slots. Then came progressive sanding up to 220 grit using my ROS and a lot of hand sanding for the inside of the holes and the chamfers before I raised the grain with some misted water before then sanding up to 400 grit. I used my new electric branding iron to mark them. That was followed by a couple of coats of Watco Danish oil.



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Ridgid Oscillating Sander Review

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Tool: Oscillating Edge Belt Spindle Sander R4840 Shop Now   Manufacturer: Rigid MSRP: $299 One of the best value tools for the home shop (in my mind) has just got an upgrade. For years, the Ridgid EB4424 has been a …Source

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Connecticut Lowboy

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While simple to build, the details present a worthy challenge. While teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, I was asked to sneak down to the Connecticut Historical Society to take a look around. At the …Source

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A segmented bowl

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A segmented bowlI made this segmented bowl for a friends anniversary it's walnut and maple. The first picture the bowl has finish on the other photos are taken before the finish was applied. I'm not sure why the photos are sideways they aren't sideways on my computer.



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new work surface

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new work surfaceI wanted a work surface that would remain stabile, flat and be easy to move around. I used MDF for the top and the shelf and the rest is 3/4” plywood. No glue except for the legs. The frame for the top is attached with biscuits and pocket hole screws. The legs and stretchers are bolted together with carriage bolts. I added strips at each end under the bench to support the bench on the casters. The front of the bench is double thickness 3/4” ply because that is where I wanted to add a face vise and be able to use holdfasts or clamps there also. The bench dimensions are 38” high, 32” wide, and 60” long. With the addition of 4” casters, the bench is easily moved and allows me to take it outside onto the workshop deck when I need it out there.



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Adding Koa knife scales

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Adding Koa knife scalesI have really enjoyed crafting these knives. I purchased the Tanto knife blank from Woodcrafters.com some years ago, and the fillet knife blank from usaknifemakers.com recently. Got asked to craft a gift, of any sort, and rummaged around in my 'mebbe sometime' locker. Hit on the big knife blank. I felt it wouldn't do for the gift, but would give me practice for what I knew would be appropriate for this young man.The Tanto was my first ever effort in knife crafting (I'm only adding to a very nicely and professionally made piece of steel; the actual knife making has to do with the metal). 5A Koa scales with ebony fillers, finished in hand-rubbed gloss poly. Since this was my first knife, naturally there are a couple small errors. So I probably get to keep it. The fillet knife is a gift for a favorite fisherman. Getting VERY hard to find this quality Koa anywhere.The fillet knife was easier since I was able to dodge the errors in process and execution. Still a good amount of effort and care produced what I think is a fine beautiful tool. Epoxyed the pre-drilled ebony/koa scales. Installed brass pins Shaped with recip sander and files. Sanded to 300 grit and finished in beeswax and mineral oil. A simple finish but easily cleaned and refurb'd. I want him to use it.In my research, I learned mostly that there are many, many knifemaker craftsmen, creating brilliant, beautiful, really sharp (in every sense), cutting, slicing, and dicing things. My efforts don't hold a candle. If you're interested just Google 'knife making parts and materials'.Having said all that, it was lots of fun, and whetted my apetite to do more and get better. I've ordered 3 more fillet knives.Aloha from paradise,
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Reversible Bench Hook

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Like many woodworkers, I use a bench hook to support small pieces on the bench for handsawing. A typical bench hook is just a small panel with a shortened topside fence at one end for supporting the workpiece and a …Source

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A larger Peterbilt with lowboy

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A larger Peterbilt with lowboyAfter finishing my 1” wheels Peterbilt with lowboy and selling it in two days. I started a second one that's slightly larger with 1.5” wheels.



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Dremel 3-in-1 Laser Measurer Review

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Tool: 3-In-1 Digital Laser Measurer Shop Now   Manufacturer: Dremel MSRP: $79 Dremel recently released a new 3-in-1 digital measurer that would be a great addition to a carpenter's toolkit. In addition to the laser measure, it has a tape …Source

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Woodworking with Kids: Carving a Mouse Pt 1

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This coming Saturday I am going to teach a remote whittling class for children, hosted by Peters Valley School of Crafts. Unlike in-person teaching, where the teacher is present in the class/shop and can have much tighter control over …Source

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Door stop in pecan

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Door stop in pecanHere is a simple project made in pecan wood, and finished with some oil.



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My take on shooting boards

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My take on shooting boardsHi all, Over the last few months I have been rediscovering the pleasure and satisfaction of working with hand tools. I don't think I'll ever give up power tools, but as a retired tool and die maker, I've always felt good creating something by hand. I also try to use my machinist tools when ever possible, mostly because I'm just a nut for accuracy. ( can't help it, just the way I was trained). Some time ago I picked up a Veritas low angle jack plane, and these shooting boards are built for that.
The base of both of these is a piece of laminated mdf. I think they started out as part of a computer table, all I know is they were slippery, flat, the right size, and free. the rest is baltic birch ply, and maple blocks. On the shooting board for 90 degrees I used a fixed maple block for registration and a moveable block to tweak in for a perfect 90 degrees. The fixed block has a couple of 10-32 screws for fine adj. of the moveable block. I also use this shooting board for bevels( and here I am cheating). I am using my sine plate and gage blocks to hit exact 45 degree bevels. The second shooting board is for miters and is adj. for around 20 -50 degrees. It is designed for shooting both ends.It has a fixed block in the center to reference against and( I'm cheating again) my sine bar ( I made it 40 years ago) and gage blocks to set the angles I need. Please note: I am left handed and made the shooting boards for that. In both cases the boards are mounted to my assembly table. The smaller piece of bb ply on the left has the edge beveled at around 7 degrees to help contain the plane. Here are some pics.
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A couple boxes

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A couple boxesI don't remember when I bought it but I've been moving this piece of zebra wood around for quite some time and I finally decided to repair it and make use of it.
this shows why I haven't used it til now
and this is howw I fixed it. Polyester tinted with metalic gold micahere's a couple more pictures of the finished boxes. They both are 7” x 5” x 3 1/4” and the box is a piece of spalted walnut that was resawn into 2 pieces about 3/8” thick. The box size was determined by the length of each piece and I cut them in sequence to give the wrap around appearance and I knocked all the corners off with a 1/8” router bit. That seems to give them a smoother more comfortable appearance. (thanks Dave)
I forgot to mention, the floors or the boxes are 3/16 walnut with pleather insideAs always, Thanks for looking and comments are welcome.



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Wooden Rigging Knife

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Wooden Rigging KnifeI love to make wooden pocket knives, but this one is different. A friend of mine dropped by the shop a couple of months ago to see what I was up to. I showed him a knife I was working on and he told me he had a knife he bet I'd never seen before and told me I could have. He brought it by the shop a few days later and he was correct. I'd never seen one and didn't know what it was….he didn't either. I looked it up and found out it's called a Rigging Knife or Sailor's Knife. It has other names.Of course I had to make one out of wood so I disassembled the Rigging Knife and started making parts. The scales are Walnut. The Shackle Key, Key Ring, Blade and Marlin Spike are oak. The springs are Bodark sapwood and the liner/screwdriver is Bodark heartwood.Here it is roughed out.After some shaping.Here it is finished with blonde Shellac.I like to make wooden knives as close to scale as the original as possible. Here is the real knife next to the wooden version.This was a fun project and looking for the next one!!



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Exotic wood cutting board

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Exotic wood cutting boardCutting board using an kit labeled as exotic wood from my local woodcraft store. Sanded to 400 grit with two coats of walrus oil cutting board oil and then a coat of walrus oil board wax.



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Offset Detail Sander

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When doing repair work, I often have to inlay small patches of wood into a finished surface. To help level the patch afterward without marring the adjacent surface, I made up several of these little detail sanders, band sawing them …Source

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Two-Sided Table Saw Insert

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This workshop tip saves both time and money. Make your table saw inserts two-sided to pull double duty on projects.Source

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Small cutting board

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Small cutting boardWalnut, Yellowheart, and maple from a kit I picked up at my local Woodcraft. 2 coats of Walrus oil and a coat of the Walrus oil board wax.



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Maple End Grain Cutting Board

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Maple End Grain Cutting BoardEnd grain cutting board I put together about a decade ago, sanded, and oiled with mineral oil before it got put on a shelf and forgotten about until I was cleaning out part of my shop. Waxed and buffed it out while doing some other cutting boards. Made of maple project boards from Lowes.



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Walnut, Padauk and maple serving tray

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Walnut, Padauk and maple serving trayThis was a fun little project, actually a belated Christmas gift hence the backdate!
Made of walnut that's showing some sapwood, a couple thin strips of maple and the center section of padauk.
I find a thin coat of shellac will help keep the padauk from bleeding into the maple. Final finish is three coats of gloss lacquer.
Overall dimensions are 18 long and 12 in width.
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TV Table for AZ House

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TV Table for AZ HouseI wanted a TV table for our home in Arizona. Table is 52” x 18” x 19” high. I wanted to harmonize with the “Purse Table” which is in the same room, so walnut and cherry were picked and the aprons on both tables have an arched bottom edge. You can see the Purse Table on my projects page.The top has a walnut frame rabbeted out for a maple plywood insert panel. I wanted cherry ply but had to wait for a week or two, so maple it was.Learned a lesson on router bits, use a 1/2” shaft if possible. I used a 1/4” shank straight bit with 1 inch cutting length to try to inlay the maple strip in the walnut frame. I had deflection in the bit and the cut was not clean. To save the lumber I used a 3/8” bit with a half inch shank, went very smooth.Table was finished with spray lacquer, semi-gloss sheen.The table base was slightly out of square which added several hours making the bottom shelf fit the geometry. I tried to do the glue up by myself in my garage. It was very square on the dry fit up, but I had help. Lesson No 2 learned, always have help on large glue ups.



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How I make bikes for my models

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How I make bikes for my modelswork



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Marquetry bookmark

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Marquetry bookmarkYet another bookmark. To make the flower petals I first cut in pieces of red palm.
Then I cut a hole in each petal to leave just a thin line. Then I filled to holes with mother of pearl flakes and epoxy.



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Curly Ambrosia Maple Box

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Curly Ambrosia Maple BoxWith some remaining Ambrosia Maple, I decided to take another shot at a little square box.The sides are 5” and the height is probably around 4”.It was a fun little project. The curly maple kinda steals the show… it has very robust grain patterns as you can see.I decided again that it didn't need a handle given its size. To distinguish the bottom from the top, I decided to paint a black band around the top.It was a trick (at least for me) gluing it together, and the miters still aren't perfect, but better.It's kinda nice taking a break from the clocks. I have so many of those!Be interesting to see if there's any interest in these little boxes.



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Walnut Crotch

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Walnut CrotchI had this beautifully figured piece of walnut crotch laying around for some time and finally had the inspiration to turn it into something other than a paper weight. I would have much rather re-sawn into thinner match booked boards but never had the bandsaw with enough capacity or horsepower.Mated with 1 inch and 9/16 inch Maple dowel slices.Finished with Tru-Oil.



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A Simple Mitered Credenza

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This simple credenza is perfect for storing your extra dishes and linens. The seamless case features routed joints reinforced with floating tenons as well as easy lock miter drawers.Source

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brass and curly maple handle

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brass and curly maple handle I recently got a straight blade sloyd knife blank from pinewood forge and just had a chance to put a handle on it today. I modeled the handle after the spyderco puukko which I use as a larger carving knife occasionally and know is comfortable. I used a scrap of curly maple I had around and a piece of brass to accent the handle. I can tell I am going to get a lot of use out of this.



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Spalted Elm Box with Lid

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Spalted Elm Box with LidThis piece was a joy to turn. Most pieces are until they aren't. This one was never not.
I am calling this Spalted Elm because I am not sure what it actually is and I've already turned a few pieces from this tree and called it elm. Its so soft (and green) so it cuts like butter. It immediately turns this gorgeous brown color and when I finish it with oil it darkens a bit more. I am including a few pics of the last piece I have and it has bark so maybe someone can help me identify it. I did not see the leaves, flowers or seeds because I collected it in December.When I say it was a joy to turn and it cut like butter that is compared to the 15# (maybe 20#) blank I cut from mesquite just before this piece. The mesquite would have been the largest piece I've ever turned but I kept finding punky wood and trying to cut it away. I made sawdust for an hour and a half trying to find solid wood. I ended up with a piece that is about the size of a saucer or small bowl. I am saving it to make a lid for another piece.I wish I had collected more of it.
I originally was intrigued by how the trunk almost has a right angle. I think it was a main trunk and a smaller trunk that grew together. While processing it I found a thin layer of bark embedded where it grew together. That would have been disasterous if I had not noticed. I believe it would have blew apart on the lathe while turning.The strange coloration isn't sapwood vs hardwood, nor is the color difference spalting. I honestly don't know what it is or why its like that. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated, especially with identifying it so I can find some more.Another fun feature for this is that the lid was made from the tenon I cut to hold this piece in my chuck jaws. I had been using a recess/rebate to hold the piece in expansion mode but on this one I tried a tenon and used it in compression mode. The finial is made from a piece of mesquite.I am improving the quality of my cuts by sharpening often, very often. The piece is cut from a side grain orientation which means the endgrain of the log swings around twice in each rotation and that is prone to some tear out. I used primarily bowl gouges and a round nose scraper to shape the bowl.The finish is a “Danish” blend of polyurethane, mineral spirits and tung oil. I flooded the piece with it and wiped it off. There are probably 5 coats of the film finish. I haven't applied wax or shellac yet and I may not once it is fully cured. If I do I will update with another pic.Lastly, I am trying new photo shoot set ups and this is indoors with some large tiles and four lights. I have a few more different patterned tiles and I bought a photography backdrop but for smaller items the tile seems to work.
Any feedback on the photos would also be appreciated.Here are some more pics of the Spalted Elm Lidded Box. (even if its a different wood species that name is going to stick for this piece and the previous “spalted elm” pieces.
As usual, comments and feedback are welcome!



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Frankenweenie

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FrankenweenieFrom the movie : FrankenweenieThis didn't look this hard on paper. I dug it out of the trash once, changed plans more than twice, and here it is.I could call this a basswood box, because that is what it is. A woodturning box. Rare earth magnets hold the head on very well, but it's not hard to take off.To make the ears, legs and tail, I first used modeling clay to make a template, then made it out of wood. Those parts are glued and screwed on, with a paste of basswood dust and TB3 glue to feather the edges.The body blank is basswood , 5” x 5” x 12”
The head blank is basswood, 4” x 4” x 12”
Legs and ears basswood scraps and the tail is BB Plywood12” tall x 6” wide x 10” deepAcrylic paints and Mohawk Dead Flat LacquerOne last pic



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Modern Bread Box

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Modern Bread BoxMy wife has been asking for a place to store our bread that has been sitting out on the counter for a while. And since pantry space is a hot commodity, I decided to build this sweet bread box. I used classic mortise and tenon joinery to build the box, plus some other traditional techniques and tools. My go-to wood is always walnut, but I also incorporated some hard maple for the drawers and front for added contrast on the counter.Now our bread will finally have a home. I hope you enjoy the build video, and it inspires you to build your own.Watch the Build Video HereHave a great day!



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Shavings Shower

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Shavings Shower Last spring I reorganized my shop and moved my planer near the garage door so it could spew its shavings harmlessly onto the driveway. Now that it's colder, I work with the garage door closed. One night recently …Source

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Drawer Stop Screws

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Making an inset drawer line up flush with the face of a cabinet can be fussy work. To make it easy, I just install two screws on the back of the drawer and turn them until the drawer's front is …Source

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Carpenter Bee Trap

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Carpenter Bee TrapWe have an issue here with Carpenter Bees, so a solution was needed. A quick project after dinner.
Cut from 2-1/2' of 1×6 Cedar.
Top is 5” square
Sides are 4-1/2” wide x 4-3/4” high
Epoxied a bottle cap in the bottom, drilled (4) 3/8” holes at a 45 degree angle near the top and (1) in the bottom.
Everything was glued and nailed, no finish. It took longer searching for a few hardware parts to hang it.Hopefully this attracts them, and ends the destruction of the soffit. I have seen these things all over the south, with the catch container filled.The wife loves it, and she has been saying that I need to build stuff for some local craft shows. This could be one item, should only take a few hours to build 12 or so.Thanks for looking, and as always comments welcome.Wow 2 orojects in 1 day. A couple of early days from work.



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Trio of Boxes, Keepsake Boxes

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Trio of Boxes, Keepsake BoxesThis trio started as a project with doing handcut dovetails in a box. They measure 13” x 9” x 2” all stock is 3/8”. The sides are Ash with dovetails, and groves to hold the top and bottom panel in place (floating) the top is Walnut and the bottom is Maple (when I purchased it, they called it Hard Rock Maple).The box was glued up as a complete unit, inside was a grove which created the lip on the lower part. Once dry, I used a router with a 3/32” bit to cut the box open, creating the recess on the upper part. Needed to cut a little at the corners to open, then using a chisel cleaned up the inside corners of the lower lip. That worked out well, where I did not have any gaps at the corners.Needed a way to attach the two halves together. Wooden hinges was the choice. Using some 3/8” Walnut stock, the hinges were cut. This is basically a box joint.Needed a jig to drill for a 1/8” brass pin. So glued up some scraps. I wanted to index the hole, and provide support to keep the two halfs vertices and tight together.
Once drilled the sides were cut to final shape. Followed by rounding over the pins. Insert a brass rod, check operation, little more sanding, recheck. Following that I shaped the face of the hinge, they were just a little bulky. The completed halfs were put together with a brass pin, then peined the ends.Hinges were glued to the boxes and clamped. Removed clamps and went the horizontal boring, and drilled small holes through the hinges into the box side. Wanted to have a positive connection, preventing future mishaps. Bamboo skewers were used for the pins.Everything was sanded to 220, applied a few coats of Danish Oil. Thinking about the finish, decided to try using Johnsons Paste Wax, and buffed, simple enough. And I like the soft warm finish that followed.The last part was to attach a catch to keep these closed, just a simple antique brass catch. Small screws, and a hand held drill of mine works great.
Thanks for looking and comments are welcome.I created a blog series if your interested in following the build, and more photos.https://www.lumberjocks.com/EricFai/blog/133444



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One of my first bowls, spalted magnolia

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One of my first bowls, spalted magnolia When my father was diagnosed with cancer he asked me what of his I wanted. He tinkered in woodworking so I said, your tools. After he pasted it took me 4 years before I could go get the tools. It kinda felt like it all wasn't real. It took me 2 more years before I used them, I was 62 at the time. I never had a lick of patience with this sorta thing. So what do I do, I start out making a roll top bread box. If I would have known he would be there to give me the patience, the knowledge, the know when to put a tool down and do it the next day. I would have started 6 years ago. I explore so many different types of woodworking now and am loving it. Please pick anything I do apart, I'm here to learn more. Thank you for listening to my story.



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Snipe-free Planing

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Like most planers, mine snipes, overcutting a bit at both ends of a board. Sometimes I'll simply cut off the sniped areas if I can afford the extra board length. However, with precious woods, that can mean trashing a few …Source

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Moby Dick, the Great White Planer

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Moby Dick, the Great White Planer   The newspaper advertisement was brief: PLANER, 24″, $450. Call. My friend Charles Poth and I had been looking for just such a machine. We found the owner's home outside rural Jeromesville, Ohio, at …Source

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19 inch Cherry Salad Bowl

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19 inch Cherry Salad BowlTook a mental health day from other projects around the house. I really needed a lathe day and saw dust on the floor. 19 inch cherry bowl approx 6 inches high. Did a ogee on the side profile, ( Thx Jimmy Clews) . Fun day. Thx for looking.



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Taming Handplane Tear-out

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Nothing in handplaning is more frustrating than tear-out Source

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Popping Plugs

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After cutting out plugs on the drill press, I used to saw them from their blank using the table saw. Unfortunately, this would often send the freed plugs flying across the shop, forcing me to hunt for them afterward. I …Source

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Dovetailed Storage Box

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Dovetailed Storage BoxMy wife requested a storage box, and decided on a final size or roughly 9 square by 10 high. I thought this would be a good opportunity to refine my skills with (mostly) hand cut dovetails, as well as try some new wood combinations for the lid.The box sides are curly maple about 1/2 thick. For the dovetails, after lots of trial and error, I now use a hybrid approach combining several methods. I mark and saw the tails with a magnetic dovetail guide from David Barron. Before chiseling out the waste, I mark the saw kerfs on the pin board using Rob Cosman's method of offsetting the tail board by the width of the saw kerf (.024) into the waste area. I milled a small block of wood with the offset which makes the setup easier. The waste on the tail board is then removed with a chisel.The saw cuts were then made on the pin board using the dovetail guide, placing the saw in the kerfs already made in the previous step. The maple I used on this project had a nasty tendency to chip out along the base lines, even when the lines were carefully scored with a marking gauge and knife. I ended up using a technique that I saw on a video from Mike Farrington, partially removing the waste traditionally and finishing by placing the pin boards vertically in my Moxon vise and routing down to the base lines with a 1/4 pattern bit. The results were much cleaner than I got with a chisel. Perhaps I need to continue working on my chiseling technique.I designed the box in Sketchup, which allowed me to play with different wood combinations for the lid. The final design used an inner field of Sapele, a thin strip of Wenge, a slightly wider strip of Maple, edged with Walnut. The handle on top is made from Wenge, as are the 4 square feet which are not visible in the photo. I used 3 layers of Osmo Polyx for the finish, which produces a soft, satin sheen.It was a fun build, although time consuming for such a simple project. Thanks for looking!



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Table for a drop zone

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Table for a drop zoneI have been working on and off for a few months on this table.The table was designed as a “drop zone” table as we come in through the garage. Keys, phones, wallet etc.The top is solid curly maple and curly walnut. The top has been repurposed from a coffee table I made about 25 years ago. The top held nicely with biscuits and clue despite the cross grain you see.The base is Cherry drawer fronts and sides, curly maple legs, the shelf is walnut veneer ply left over from a bookcase project. Shelf is Datoed into the legs.Construction is domino's (second project using domino's)Finish is GF wipe on satin.This is my first project of 2022, after moving into a new home, and moving my shop (twice) once into storage then into a dedicated garage space.Thanks for looking



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Ryobi Track Saw Review

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A tale of two components. Tool: Track Saw Shop Now  (Available in late April) Manufacturer: Ryobi MSRP: $329.99 (bare tool + track) $399.99 (tool + track + 4ah battery & charger) The new Ryobi Track saw showing up sparked …Source

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square is the bane of my existance

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square is the bane of my existance Finished the two sides of a walnut desk – Desk will have a 2” walnut top 64×20
and 2 section of 3 drawers each; For the life of me i can't get it all square. Several drawers and even the frame is off. How do all those YouTube magicians get all their stuff squared? one might not see it but one definitely feels it when puling a drawer. Yes, I use only the holes that can adjust the drawer slides – but maybe under drawer slide would have worked better?



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Applewood bowl

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Applewood bowlThis is my third bowl, made from a chunk of an old apple tree that fell in a neighbor's woods. When the rough blank dried, it was a full half inch out of round, and the round tenon had turned into an oval. All of which inspired me to design the Cole-jaw extenders shown in the fourth photo, an excellent application of the WoodAnchor fixturing system. The extenders worked like a charm, and I'm thrilled with how the bowl turned out.I love that apple wood! Averaging about 20% harder than hard maple, I can see why it's long been a popular choice for high-end tool handles.If you'd like to know more about the Cole-jaw extenders or the bowl-turning process, please check out my Cole-jaw extender blog here on LJ.Thanks for looking!



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Laptop Drawing Desk (For daughter)

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Laptop Drawing Desk (For daughter)Made this drawing desk for my artsy daughter out of cherry and curly maple. The “H” is for our last name (Hofler) and features prominently as an inlay somewhere in most of my work.



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Not Much 2 - but Useful -Holder for Brown Craft Paper

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Not Much 2 - but Useful -Holder for Brown Craft PaperI needed this paper close to my MFT and ACS tables when I glue… made it from scrap to be attached to the side rails.
1/4-20 bolts and walnut tape on plywood scraps. The paper roll is 19” and its core is less than 1 inch – didn't see anything ready made for these dimension – anyway it made some scraps useful.



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Not Much 1 - but Useful

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Not Much 1 - but UsefulI was thinking of getting a 3D printer to make all sorts of devices to organize my “shop” – then I though – I can make it from wood – why do it in Plastic? needed to hand my Incra 6” T-RULE – and used a corner molding for it – it works just fine



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Cherry Desk

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Cherry DeskI made this cherry desk from common boards, they have the best grain. The panels on the sides are bookmatched. I had a board that I wanted to use for the drawer fronts but it wasn't quite wide enough to cover the space so I added an inch on each side and inlaid a strip of ebony to hide the seam. The drawer pulls are ebony. The cracks are filled with black epoxy. The drawer boxes are poplar although I ran low on poplar and had to use some red oak to finish the drawer boxes. The desk has Blum undermount drawer slides and is finished with General Finishes Arm R Seal.



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Cherry Gall Handled Rustic Box

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Cherry Gall Handled Rustic BoxSomeone asked recently on LJ if I ever get tired of making clocks. I'll admit, I'm clocked out!So, I decided to try another box. Now, my boxes will never look like some of the works of art I've seen on here. I have design concept down pretty well, but my execution will probably always suffer.Still, I like this box!The front and side boards of the box are pine. The bottom and top are Ambrosia Maple.The handle is a piece of wild cherry gall. I attached it with some dowels and wood glue.It's far from perfect, but I like it.Not feeling too great today. My allergies are so bad that my doctor said, “You need something stronger. I'm going to have to put you on an Uncle Histamine.”(sorry… terrible joke)



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Store front Sculpture

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Store front Sculpture6' using mostly patina's.



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Patient Bear

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Patient BearWife wanted this one for herself. Who's to argue. Happy Wife, Happy Life, Great advertising.



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Burmese Lidded Bowl

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Burmese Lidded BowlThis lidded bowl was an adventure and had quite a few lessons for me.
It started out as a great piece of spalted ash. I was really focused on the form and the raised band with the grooves. I was very pleased with the form and I had a dovetail recess cut in the bottom that I used to hold the piece in the jaws of my lathe chuck. The spalting had weakened that part of the bowl and it broke the recess. I reverse mounted the bowl between a jamb chuck and live center and cut the recess again, that changed the geometry of the bowl. It broke again.My solution was to epoxy a piece of ash onto the bottom. This let me reshape the bowl back to the original geometry that I really liked. It is the same ash I used on the lid. I used some new techniques to turn the new bottom and lid. Also this bowl had a few voids that I filled with two tones of mica and epoxy. The finial (also new to me) is from mesquite. I used many new techniques and was glad to salvage the piece. It ended up being a series of very spontaneous solutions.The finish is a couple of sealcoats of shellac sanded to 320#. That was followed by two coats of amber shellac that I burnished into the piece. I used Howard's Feed and Wax applied and buffed out for the final part of the finish.I would normally not try to salvage a piece like this but the spalted ash is beautiful and I really wanted to try out a few methods of chucking up elements of the bowl. I was able to use double sided tape to adhere the lid and the bottom to a wooden faceplate to cut them round and make the recess for the chuck.I had a really good time and I'm relatively happy with this Frankenstein Monstered lidded bowl.
As usual, questions and comments welcome.



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Japanese Plaster Hawks

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Japanese Plaster HawksI need a plaster hawk for a workshop I'll be attending in the fall. I have all the other required tools. So I thought Surely I can make one! I did an online search to get dimensions. That's when I found a site to DIY a Japanese version. That'll do perfectly (says the woman who has never used ANY kind of plaster hawkthat I recall. If I did it was a few decades ago)!
I gathered up the materials (cough/scraps/cough) and made two. You may notice an extra set of holes in one. That's for flipping the handle for a lefty. Countersunk screws only, no glue.
The SurePly that I used is floor underlayment but not technically luan that the DIY article specified. I'm not sure how long it will hold up. I thought about covering it with some aluminum flashing that I have.
Let me know if you have any experience with this kind of tool. Do you like it better than the stick-in-a-square-board version?



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A Small but Mighty Handle for Augur Bits

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One of the most exciting new tools that my students and I got to try and use this year was the 6 Piece Bushcraft Survival Auger Kit with T-Handle and 5 Auger Bits in Tool Roll from WoodOwl. The new …Source

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Pocket Hole Porchlight

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Pocket Hole PorchlightIf you've perused my projects, you're already aware that my daughter and I built a tiny house together. This is an illustration of a part for that house. Now every house needs a porch so that precludes that every porch needs a porch light. The inspiration for this comes from the 16 stave buckets that I made when I was attempting (sometimes successfully) to expand my joinery skills. With the added use of my pocket hole jig, an underwater LED light a unique fixture came forth.



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Outdoor Finishing

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When I was a kid, my dad made a pair of Adirondack chairs that sat out front of the old farmhouse I grew up in. Looking back, they added a quaintness to the house. They were attractive pieces, but in …Source

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Another Scrap Wood Project

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Another Scrap Wood ProjectI hope to come back to this post and describe what I have done, but I am so behind in posting that I just want to get these posted and then do the dialog later. Sorry.



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A few alterations and then some fun with the laser

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A few alterations and then some fun with the laserThe first thing I made was a fixture to prevent me from hitting the go switch by accident. I couldn't stop resting my hands or arms on the laser, but now with the enclosure I don't need it anymore.After I made the enclosure I could start playing with the laser. I made a couple of items and then I had to do something about the smoke and smell it created. https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/422953
I cut a hole in the wall and used PVC with a 90 elbow on the outside. I covered the end with window screen to keep out bugs and anything else that might want to enter the home. The blast gate is to also prevent entry, but mostly for keeping the winter outside and the warm inside.After a few more projects I decided I needed air assist to get cleaner and deeper cuts. I used an old CPAP machine cranked up as high as it would go that fed into an old syringe I had from my first operation. I pulled out the needle and drilled out the plastic part that was left. I used some rubber hose and some thin metal tubing I had laying around to hook it all up.Here are a few things I've made so far.This was the second thing I made after the guard for the switch.
The next item
This was just to see how small I could cut something.
I have a friend whose father is a bee keeper and sells honey, so I made a couple of items for him.
I also made this for my 19 year old son. He called me that one time and it made me laugh so hard I had to make this for him.Then I felt like a pro and made a little wall sign for my sweetie. I cut all the words out of different woods, then I cut a piece of mahogany to plug all the cut out letters into. I was pretty happy with the results. I wasn't happy with the way the word LOVE turned out because the color of the letters blended with the mahogany too closely and made it hard to read. I can't wait to see what else I can do with it.



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Cedar Plant Stand

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An Asian-inspired display stand for deck, patio or porch. This stand was originally designed for bonsai plantsdwarf trees or shrubsbut it can be used to display any kind of potted plant. As a traditional bonsai stand, it's designed to be …Source

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Outdoor Kitchen

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This outdoor kitchen keeps everything needed for an outdoor gathering close at hand. Project #2210 Skill Level:Intermediate Time: 5 Days Cost: $800 If you live in the Midwest, you'll know that we're a get-together type of …Source

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I've moved a little closer to the Duck (you'll see what I mean)

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I've moved a little closer to the Duck (you'll see what I mean)I've been wanting a laser for a while and I finally pulled the trigger. I bought an XTool D1 10w laser. I had a couple of operations in the last 8 months, one on my neck and the other on my lower back. Both to fix a stenosis that was diminishing my strength in my hands and legs. I started this ordeal in August and I'm about 3 weeks out from the second one. I feel pretty good so far, but they tell me it might take a full year to realize the full effect. Getting old isn't as much fun as I had hoped, but I'm sure a lot of you already know that.So now I have a tool that I can sit on my arse and still make stuff while I'm waiting to get back to full strength.1- I built this enclosure because I'm set up in the basement and I didn't want to stink up the house with what ever I decided to burn.2- Set myself up with my computer right next to me on the table.3- This is a grid that someone posted and it seemed like it would be helpful although I've already covered it up with stainless steel because the wooden grid just burned and added to the smoke.4- I had an old 4” fan that I decided to use as a smoke extractor.5- I built an enclosure to house the fan.6- The finished fan enclosure ready to installed on the enclosure made for the laser.



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Peterbilt with Lowboy

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Peterbilt with LowboyThis was a project I just did last weekend it is a small scale model using 1” wheels. The pattern is a modified aschiworkshop.com mini design. The tractor is model #526 and the lowboy is #531. The hardest modification was making those small fenders, I used a drill bit, a scroll saw and some sanding to get those fenders to fit such a small scale.



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Wide Mouth Elm Vessel

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Wide Mouth Elm VesselThis wide mouth bowl was an exercise in refining the surface and using a new finish.
I am calling it elm but it may very well be chinaberry or possibly hackberry. Any feedback on what this species may be would be appreciated. I was very happy by the smooth texture of the finished piece. There was a bit of endgrain tearout that I tried cutting in reverse and then sanding through grits 80# to 320#. This is one aspect that I am still working on. Along with the dark coloration there are light colored speckles or flecks.
Its a mid size piece with the widest part of the bowl measuring 7 inches across and the depth of the bowl is 4 inches. The wall of this piece is about 3/16ths of an inch.
I used a homemade wipe on (Danish) finish. It is equal parts of tung oil, mineral spirits and polyurethane. I lightly sanded between the wipe on coats. I then applied a couple of shellac coats that I burnished into the surface. Lastly I used Renaissance Microcrystaline wax. It dulled down the shine a bit more than I hoped it would.This piece is from the same tree that I used to create Speckled Elm Bowl
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Yard Games: Kubb

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I'm sure you're thinking, what's Kubb? The original name, Kubbspel, translates (roughly) into throwing block game. The goal is simple: knock over wooden Kubbs or soldiers by throwing sticks or batons at them, followed by the king. With two teams …Source

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Crisscross Picnic Table

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It seats up to 8, but no one has to straddle a leg. Editor's note: this article originally appeared in American Woodworker #154. Every summer, my uncle Bob tends the grill at our family gatherings and is the last one …Source

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Arts And Crafts-Mission With A Touch Of Greene And Greene Coat-Hat Racks With Art Tiles

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Arts And Crafts-Mission With A Touch Of Greene And Greene Coat-Hat Racks With Art TilesThis piece is made from QSWO and mahogany. I've combined several styles into it from Mission, Arts and Crafts to a touch of Greene and Greene.Here are some of my build processes.After rough cutting the lumber I squared it up to it's final size at the table saw.Cutting the Corbels at the band saw.
Double taped and sanded the Corbels on the drum sander to get them to match.
This tall part wouldn't fit in my mortice machine and had to be drilled at the drill press and chiseled out.Here I'm cutting the tenons on the table saw.

Dry fittings to the the upper and lower pieces.
Now and can cut out the reverse cloud on the bottom of the piece.Filing and sanding out the saw marks with a Japanese safety file and sand paper.Now I can glue them.I needed a reveal on the front to create depth and on the back to be flush with a piece of oak plywood so I glued a 3/4” piece to a 3/8 piece I resawed at the band saw together to come up with a 1-1/8' + piece.I used this self center doweling jig on the parts and it worked great.


Cutting down the Mahogany frames and sanding them to their final length that surround the tiles.
Gluing in the Mahogany frame pieces.

After attaching the corbels from the rear and top I covered the top screw holes with square plugs.I covered up the openings with Press and Seal to keep the stain and finish from getting on the rear where the tiles will be attached with clear silicone caulking.The 6” tiles came with bumps on their sides which I had to grind off with a diamond disc for a tighter fit.I mix my own stain from fine artist oil colors. Some times it's better not to see how the sausage is made. 8^}
Then I mix it in a jar with 50% turps and 50% boiled linseed oil. Adding them until I get the right consistency.Here are the tiles I had made from some of my oil paintings and some photos of paintings of poppies I photo snapped on line.The company I used to make the tiles is called Imagesnap.com

This is the background I setup for the photos. The fabric is a reproduction of one made and designed by William Morris.
Well which rack do you like better? I have my favorite.Thanks for visiting.Best Regards,



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Dining Room Table - Largest Piece to Date

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Dining Room Table - Largest Piece to DateThis is the first project I've postedsorry about the picture orientation, couldn't figure it out. Solid walnut dining room table (39x88). Wipe-on poly finish. I attached the top with wood buttons. This is my largest piece to date, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.Edit: Thanks for the picture advicesizing them down worked!



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Yard Games: Ladder Golf

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Professional-sized ladder golf sets are larger and more robust than the chintzy ones you usually find in yard game kits. This project is a great way to use some long skinny scrap pieces too. Read the rules for ladder golf …Source

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Toilet Bowl Note Pad

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 Toilet Bowl Note PadI was looking for a new project and found Jim Jakosh's “Spare TP Holder” (12-22-09). I have been making Bear & Pine Tree adding machine roll note holders for a while (see my projects ) . When I saw his TP Holder I knew at once what my new project would be. Well here it is. I found a full case of the old adding machine rolls a while ago . I hate to see good stuff go into the dump, so I took them home. This one turned out pretty well. I also used some tossed out flooring & counter top panels for the main pieces. I have yet to attach a small pencil to it. My wife suggested hanging the small pencil from the brass flushing handle by a string . Sounds OK to me. This one will go into our 2nd powder room just in case we need to write down something we might forget later .



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Hesston Tractor

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Hesston TractorThis is a custom project for a child named Heston who lives on a farm with Hesston tractors. So the parents asked me to make him a farm tractor set with the child's name on it. I have been sooo busy now that I do this professionally I haven't had much time to post all my projects but I will start adding some again.



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Japanese Garden Bench

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Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden. My father always has had a knack for doing more with less. He built the first …Source

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Speckled Elm Bowl

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Speckled Elm BowlThis small bowl was very quick and fun to turn.
I am calling it elm but it may very well be Chinaberry. I was very surprised by the color of the finished piece. Along with the dark coloration there are light colored speckles that I've really come to like.
Its a small bowl with the widest part of the bowl measuring 5 inches across and the depth of the bowl is 2 inches. This bowl has a very thin wall that is just under 1/8th of an inch.
I used a homemade shellac sanding sealer which I applied two coats lightly sanding between each one. I then applied more shellac and burnished it into the wood. The final wax is Renaissance Microcrystaline Wax.The fourth pic is the trio of pieces I made at the end of March and the beginning of April.
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High track dozer

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High track dozerHere is the high track dozer I built from a Toys and Joys plan. I used northern white hard maple in this build. I used black walnut for the seat and makore for the track pads. Generally I use cherry for the tracks but I had some thin makore so I decided to go with that for this one. I finish my models with a clear finish and really like the way the tracks on this one popped out when I finished this one. This build kicked my butt more than once, as a result I will need to visit the confessional an added time during this Lenten season!



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Exterior Oil Finishes

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Easy to use and maintain, they keep outdoor wood furniture looking like new. You've spent the winter building a set of cedar Adirondack chairs; or maybe you've purchased a teak garden bench. You love the look of natural wood and …Source

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Build A Patio Planter

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Strong, simple joinery provides lasting beauty. If you've been thinking about beautifying your patio, and you want to do it in a weekend, I've got just the thing. This sturdy planter is made from readily available materials with simple …Source

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Attitude Bear

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Attitude BearThis Big Fella stands about 8' tall. Created in place from a Cedar tree. The expression tells it all.



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Spice rack v3.0

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Spice rack v3.0I made this spice rack so that you can fit a much larger number of spices in a smaller space. It is 16 inches wide, with 1/2” sides and 1/4” shelves, in oak.



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Real mini (very tiny ) bow & arrow

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Real mini (very tiny ) bow & arrowI was making full size bow & arrows. I thought a really small one would be fun to make. I found a perfect piece of ash, a small chip of flint and some feathers from a recent arrow build. So here is what I made. It shoots well too.



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Spalted Ash Bowl

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Spalted Ash BowlThis small bowl is my return to turning. Last item I turned was “In The Realm of Speculative Fiction” in July of 2021. This was turned from a blank of wood I prepared last summer and the wood was much more dry than the usual greenwood pieces I turn. I was happy to discover some spalting had occurred and this adds some much needed character to an otherwise simple bowl. It is a slightly closed form and upon finishing the shaping I found a few beetle burrows in it. I used an quick setting epoxy with some mica (apple green and olive green) to fill in the holes. It was a fun and quick project. I have quite a bit of pecan and ash so expect some more turnings soon.
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Outdoor Week and Woodworking Month

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It's April, which means April fools (see ours below), spring, and woodworking month. The change in weather means those of us with unheated shops can finally emerge from hibernation and start building again in earnest. For everyone else that means …Source

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Just a few drawers

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Just a few drawersMy shop was getting filled up with the small projects that I make, so I decided to make something that took a bit more time. I have a friend with a young daughter and I thought that I would make something special for her.
It took more than a month to get it done, working a few hours in the evenings, with a couple of work trips thrown in. I am very happy with the results.
The drawers are 2X2X4. One in each row has two smaller drawers inside them. The wood is Walnut, Koa, Curly Hickory, Curly Maple, Quarter sawn White Oak, and Cherry. As you can see the cabinet is some of the prettiest Curly Maple that I had.Thanks for looking.



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Spalted Red Oak Drink Coasters

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Spalted Red Oak Drink CoastersBeen trying to think outside the box to fill the tables of an upcoming church silent auction. I thought coasters would be easyDidn't realize until I painted the top with Danish oil that it was red oak (I have a lot of spalted maple from a couple trees on the property.) how'd I know it was red oak? It soaked right through! Turns out the project wasn't going to be as quick as I thought. (Red oak has open pores. When crosscut, red oak will easily pass the drink condensation from the bottom of the glass right down to the tabletop like a collection of straws.)Took quite a lot of polyurethane coats to seal the top. Wasn't the look I wanted, but the spalting is really growing on me. I might keep a set thanks for looking.



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Magnetic Bottle Openers

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Magnetic Bottle OpenersMade 9 magnetic bottle openers for a craft fair I'm doing tomorrow. Will actually be my first. Used various combinations of curly maple, Purple Hear, and walnut.Got the magnets from e bay. Used 11 rare earth magnets in each (see photo of back of the boards) which is seems to be the correct amount to hold the boards up on refrigerator and to catch the falling caps.Definitely a fun project, now let's hope it is profitable.Wish the photos were better. The Purple Heart wood is not really showing it's true color in the photos



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A Wedge-cutting Jig for the Table Saw

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I use lots of wedges in my shop, sometimes as disposable clamp pads for tricky glue-ups or for general shimming chores. Sometimes they're incorporated into a project, as when making wedged mortise-and-tenon joints. I used to cut wedges on the …Source

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Modigliani Chair #2 Red Headed Women in an Evening Dress

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Modigliani Chair #2 Red Headed Women in an Evening DressModigliani Chair # 2 – Red Headed Women in a Evening Dress. This is the second of an eventual three Modgliani Chairs. The first one was the Jeanne Herbuterne Easel Chair .The chair is based on Michael Fortune's cafe chair design from FWW #227. Its made from maple. The carving is a mix of Walnut, mahogany and bass wood.The final chair in this series will be based on Modigliani's Lady in a Black Tie,



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What I Learned While Restoring a Rope Handle

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A few weeks ago I was gifted an old wooden ammunition box that had one of its handles missing in action. The box also suffered from a few other structural issues, including a lengthy crack on one of its sides. …Source

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Table saw extension.

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Table saw extension.I needed a drawer to put all the push sticks and blocks for the table saw, I made the top with 3/4 plywood, clear sealer I tinted with acrylic paint to try to match the color of the cast iron, not perfect but close to it.



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Mirror frame

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Mirror frameHi:Today I started a new project… a carved mirror frame for my grand daughter.
It will be 20” x 26” in 8/4 hard white birch. The panel was left unglued along the central joint, and then the pattern was traced onto the panel.Next the bandsaw was used on both the inside and outside of the frame to trim it to the line. When this was done, the two halves of the panel were glued together. Now it will be ready for the carving process.Will keep you posted.



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Pinewood derby cars

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Pinewood derby carsWe have a pinewood derby coming up and I wanted to see what I could do with the new CNC. Mostly I made then for other adult leaders that aren't racing, but couldn't resist cutting out a couple for my kids too. Don't now that they will be the fastest, but should turn some heads.



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Are Lasers Just a Gimmick?

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Lasers are popping up on all sorts of tools. Are they useful - or just clever marketing? We investigate. Editor's note: David asked this question way back in 2005, but with tool manufacturers still putting lasers on all sorts of …Source

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Lixie Dead Blow Mallet

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Tool: 30oz Dead Blow Hammer Shop Now  Manufacturer: Lixie MSRP:$68 Well-fit joinery (not too loose, not too tight) and well-planned glue-ups rarely need much persuasion - but I am not always lucky enough to find myself with either …Source

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Too for Standup desk

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Too for Standup deskMade from hard maple and Sapele.
29 deep and almost 60 long.This is my first decent sized top and I learned a lot.Started from rough lumber.
It was difficult to get the boards to all lay flat during glue up. I did the glue up in 2 steps. Two outside glue-ups at just under 15 (to fit in my planer) then the last was glueing them together. I made some cauls which definitely helped but still wasn't enough. I used biscuits too, which didn't help all that much either. I put biscuits cuts at the same time and when I went to flatten the first glue ups I sort of lost track and then the distance from the top to the biscuit was off so I had to plane them down a bit more. Next time I will pop those in later.A tricky part was the 60deg detail on the underside. I made that with a router bit I bought off of Amazon. It worked fine but I definitely need more practice with that. And more practice when it comes to sanding small areas at an angle.Sanded her down two 220grit and finished with Oldies wax stuff. Looks pretty good.Incase you are wondering, the base is a Steelcase AirTouch.



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