The Woodshop Shed

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

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Octopucks!

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Octopucks!I wasn't raised poor, we just didn't have any money. So when we wanted something, we figured out a way to make it ourselves. Today I'm not rich by any means, but I can buy most anything I want (As long as I don't want much!) But I still get a kick out of figuring out how to make it myself.That brings me to this project. Bench cookies are all the rage now with several companies boasting their own versions. I decided to to try my own DIY version and this is what I came up with. I don't have a CNC, so octagons are easier to cut than circles for me. And when these were stacked on my bench they looked more like mis-shapen hockey pucks than cookies, so… the OCTOPUCK! (As a bonus, by having flat sides, I can sit them on edge on my bench which makes them easier to pick up when needed.)I used adhesive backed foam sheets from the craft department at Walmart for the non-skid surface. Half are walnut and half are oak, just because that was what was on top of my scrap bin. And yes, they work GREAT. Just got finished using them while sanding a long board.I'd love to see your DIY solutions for shop helpers. Send me a link.



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Quick, Slick Burnisher

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A nice scraper burnisher can be made quickly for little or no cost. All you need is a cheap wooden file handle (available at hardware stores) and an old drill bit. You simply drill into the handle, then leave the …Source

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Tools To Make Shop Clean Up Easy

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Seven Essential Tools The easiest path to a clean shop is to control the dust while working. Even with the best dust collection systems, things are still going to get dirty though. Here are the tools you'll want to get …Source

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Floating Box

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Floating BoxThis was a box I dreamed up one night that was planned to be round with a square interior. The design would not work round with the integral hinge I had designed so it became square with the top turned and the bottom turned on the lathe. I had never made a box like this or seen one anywhere else.It is 5”x5” x5” and made of mesquite. The hinge was made with a 1/8” pin all the way through it and assembled into the back before the box was glued together. The top that was previously doweled to the integral hinge was doweled and glued on last. The tray and handle are also made from mesquite and the box and tray are lined with green felt. It is finished with Danish oil and clear satin spray enamel and waxed. The wide splines that also serve as the tray supports are made of maple.I have a few shots of it in progress below.cheers, Jim



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New Wood Box with a Surprise

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New Wood Box with a SurpriseI was out of a project so thought a wood box using as much lumber as already had would be fun. The materials on hand largely determined the box size. 13.25” x 10” x 3.25” tall.I had not done blind dovetails since 2019 for my jewelry box project that is posted on this site. Had a piece a curly maple little over 4 feet long, some 6/4 walnut strips and a design pattern that is in the front of my two table lamps just completed.During the lamp build the design pattern was cut all wrong, it tapered from 1/2” to 3/16”. I think/know the fence slipped while cutting the lamp design strips. So I planed and sanded it to 0.10” thick.Cutting the dovetails was done with a Porter Cable DT jig and 48 inches of 4” wide poplar squared and planed to match the box side dimensions.The lid has a walnut frame that is rabbeted to provide a ledge to place an insert panel.The lid insert panel is maple that had a slot just under 0.10” deep x 4.5” wide to match the design strip. The slot was cut with an overhead milling machine with a fly-cutter bit. It takes awhile to adjust to cut parallel to your board axis but not too hard. I clamped the maple board to the mill adjustable platform with 3 clamps. When nearing the end of the board had to stop and move one clamp to the other end to allow clearance of the fancy bit.The bit would not cut the full with of the design inlay strip and when I moved the piece so the bit reached the full width the cut was just a smidge wide thus the need for wood filler in mahogany tone, also had on hand.I leave AZ tomorrow morning and did not have time to install hinges now. Was thinking Brusso but jeez gad they are $52/pair now almost double the price since 2019. Wood craft has some knockoffs that go for $28 a pair, would love to find some stop hinges that are not so expensive.You probably figured out the surprise by now, the bobby was just laying on a sandy area on an evening tour of the golf cart path.



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