The Woodshop Shed

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

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Wedding Card Box

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Wedding Card BoxGreetings fellow LJs,Last post for today. This project is a “secret” gift for my daughter. I wanted to build a box for cards and kept going around in circles on the design. That is until I seen the Wedding Box that fellow LJer Eric had built. I knew at that instant that this is the one. I contacted Eric and he graciously shared his plans, ideas and assistance for this build. Thanks Eric!I used cherry and walnut, Osmo finish, installed the box on a Lazy Susan. I followed Eric's direction on milling the materials to make the moldings. I learned new techniques and built some confidence with my routers as well as cutting and gluing angled parts.Just wanted to say that Lumber Jocks is an awesome community that encourages growth with woodworking. Thanks for all you do!



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DIY Router Plane

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DIY Router PlaneI wanted to make a router plane but I kind of wanted to try something different from how other people make it on YouTube.So my challenge was how to hold the cutter:
- No eye bolt
- A single screw
- The screw head shouldn't interrupt the visibility of the cutting blade.Then I came up with this style.It's my first router plane and first time making my own tool so I wasn't able to care about the visual but it's at least functional!Footage:https://youtu.be/-2bkyllBShc



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Cigar Box Guitar

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Cigar Box GuitarLast winter my friend Nels made a cigar box guitar in our Az. shop and it sounded really good. So I thought I'd try a hand at it – learning a lot from Nels along the way. To start, I needed a cigar box and my friend Michael in the park is never without a cigar and he donated a box to me. I did all the work in my home shop where I have my own machines for cutting metal, etc.The box is just held together on the corners with paper so I added some 5/16” box elder wood for a liner. The neck is made from sycamore. When I went to the wood room looking for a piece long enough , this 1 1/2” thick sycamore board said ” pick me, pick me” !
The fret board is Brazillian rosewood and the nut and bridge are made of African blackwood. The marking dots in the fretboard are maple.I wanted it to be along the line of a Fender guitar so I slanted the top end of the neck and almost screwed up with the top tuner right at the top end. This project took a lot longer because of setbacks. The right hand tuners came in left hand , the first Humbucker pickup came with a big dent on the edge of the raised portion, and the pickup volume and tone potentiometers had no knobs. I turned the knobs out of black nylon with a white nylon dot insert. I also made stainless steel grommets for the bottom of the neck where the strings are secured.It is tuned to G-D-G and finished with Danish oil and satin lacquerCheers, JimI took a few shots in progress along the way:



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