The Woodshop Shed

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

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What do you do when a branch dies on your lilac?

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What do you do when a branch dies on your lilac?I carve mushrooms.



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Old Hickory Railroad

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Old Hickory RailroadI just finished my second steam locomotive. The first one was made primarily out of black walnut. This one is made out of hickory, left over from my flooring project. I used exotic woods like Brazilian cherry, Cocobolo, padauk, fiddleback maple and ebony for accents. The brass is from several old fittings that I turned on the lathe.



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Olive knife holder

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Olive knife holderMate asked me to make him a knife holder,olive and purpleheart, end result, only has one slight mistake.



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Mini Mystery Wood Bowl

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Mini Mystery Wood BowlThis small bowl was fairly quick and simple. It is in the same style as some of my other recent bowls.I've been doing some more involved pieces that are made of several parts or pieces and along with fitting the different elements there is a period of time involved to allow the pieces to dry/stabilize. This bowl was a simple once turned piece that I allowed to warp without any trueing up or re-turning.It is the same wood stock that I had previously been calling elm but I am not certain if it really is elm. It is very fun to turn and I really love the tones in the wood. I included a pic with the bottom side up to show the pattern of the radial branches growing out of this piece. They are the reddish spots in that pic.I sanded it to 320 grit and then followed that with the Beall buffing process. Tripoli is about 800 -1000 grit. White Diamond is about 1500-1800 grit. I then used Howard's Feed-N-Wax and then followed it by a buffing with carnauba wax. This finishing process has been my go to finish lately.Here is another pic of the Mini Mystery Wood Bowl.
Thanks for looking.
Happy Memorial Day Everyone!



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RV "work surface" (desktop)

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RV "work surface" (desktop)Looking forward to some potential RV travels this summer but need to still be productive on the drive days (as the passenger not the driver!!). I wanted a work surface that I could place my laptop along with reference materials. I put together this surface that is made from 1/4 inch plywood that I framed with maple. The base (birch) is a rectangle with half lap joints and then rounded over as these will rest on the seat.

I also added a few little supports (more pictures frame cutoffs being put to use!) although likely not necessary.

The front edge will rest on a ledge on the dash (have a section of grey pipe insulation that I'll use to cushion vibration). Finished with Odie's Oil. The “desk” is very light but should easily support my laptop and materials. For once I didn't “over build”!



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Wedding Present for my Daughter

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Wedding Present for my DaughterI wanted to make something for my daughter and soon to be son-in-law for their house.The outer cross is made of walnut, the inner cross is made of cherry with an inset of ebony. The back is padauk. Everything except the ebony is finished with a tung oil blend. (the ebony didn't absorb any at all)There are spacers inside to lift the cherry cross up about 1/2”, and it sticks up about 1/8” (same as the ebony). Some symbolism here, two joining as one, three crosses for the trinity, etc.The hollow space inside is designed to hold small notes (3/4” x ~3”) and is to put blessings in their lives on, and stored in the cross for those hard times in life when they can take the notes out and “count their blessings” and be reminded of the good things in life when times are tough.Also, my hope is that instead of just something you hang on the wall and forget about, it's something they focus on once in a while to add blessings to.Thanks for looking!



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Kerf Plane & Sliding Dovetail Jig

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Kerf Plane & Sliding Dovetail JigI made a kerf plane(poor man's kerf plane) with a flush trim saw!Since I wanted to take advantage of a flush trim saw that has no set, I just put the saw blade to a plywood by epoxy glue. It's simple but it's very useful.The thing is, as all the part of the blade is touching (not angled) to wood and since it's a very fine saw, the teeth get jammed by saw dust and it's hard to move back and forth so I put the handle later.My original idea was just to use it for making a groove like one for dado fitting but as the project is just 5min thing I decided to make a sliding dovetail jig.It's not as noobie friendly tool as I thought but it's at least faster and more accurate than fabricating pieces by chisels for me.Footage: https://youtu.be/1SNXeQ_Apg8



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New Bowl... Maybe Wild Cherry Gall

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New Bowl... Maybe Wild Cherry GallI started this piece right before the black walnut blanks became available. I remember when I was first grinding out this bowl, I was thinking, “This looks terrible.” I actually set it on my work bench ready to call it a wash.Obviously, I became consumed with finishing the black walnut bowls this past week for my client (he has approved them all, and I do the drop-off Tuesday at noon):I've been chomping at the bit to get into the three wild cherry galls I got while fly fishing, but I also know that they are very green… so I've got to be patient.Having coffee, I started studying the bowl I started (this one), and something about it told me that maybe it had more potential than I'd given it credit for. So, I got to work. The bulk of the work I'd already done because I'd ground out the bowl. So, I focused on shaping it into a more appealing shape.I tried something a little different and stained the inside of the bowl. Even though I used a dark walnut stain and let it sit for awhile, it seemed to wipe right out without really making the bowl much different from the rest of the piece.Oh well.I've often wondered what kind of wood this is, but I think I figured it out. Sometimes when I'm harvesting, I'll find a tree that's already dead. In this case, I think this is actually a wild cherry gall too, but one that, like the tree, has died and has even started to dry out/rot a little.So, I think the majority of the wood I'm working with is wild cherry gall, not true burls. I don't care… the stuff looks beautiful to me!That very first picture reminds me a bit of a whale.Would love to hear what you think.



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Smore's Anyone, skewers for camp fire

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Smore's Anyone, skewers for camp fireA quick lathe project, made from Ash with a Wenge accent. The handles are about 6” long, with total length just over 3' finished with a shellac and BLO for a friction polish. Ferrule is a brass compression ring epoxyed to include the skewer.Had most of it completed last night, and glued everything together this morning and polished the brass this evening.Just in time for summer bond fires, and the grandkids are going to be here in July.Thanks for looking and comments welcome.



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Scrollsaw projects

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Scrollsaw projectsI made a few more scrollsaw projects, The horseshoe hummingbird is a Sue Mey pattern, one make with mahogany, one maple and the other two are poplar. Some of the backer boards are stained. Also made an eagle dream catcher also poplar, i finished both sides, one side is dark the other has stripes.



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Shuffleboard Table

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Shuffleboard TableI recently finished my most recent project, a shuffleboard table. The playing surface is 20”x12' and the box inside is 30” x13'. The playing surface is solid maple and the legs and box are walnut with some 3/4” plywood and a couple of 2×4's for the supports. I made it in 3 pieces, the legs and substructure, the box and the playing surface. Even still it took three people to carry the box to our game room. I installed adjustable feet for leveling which were very helpful. Also, lined the inside of the box with carpet (18”x18” adhesive back carpet tiles). Three climatic adjusters were installed on the table underside to account for warp of the playing surface over time. All in all, it turned out well and play has been very good and consistent so far.



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Work Begun

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Blog:ReadPeter Follansbee's blog. To Buy:17th-Century New England Carving: Carving the S-Scroll(Lie-Nielsen). In Our Store:The Arts & Mysteries of Hand Toolson CD From the April2015issue, #217 Buy it here When …Source

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Moxon Benchtop Bench

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Moxon Benchtop BenchMy version of a Moxon Benchtop Bench, made from 8/4 Hard Rock Maple, 4/4 Hard Rock Maple and 4/4 Walnut. Ash was used for the Dog Pins. The top surface including the front chop is 22” x 17” x 7-1/4” high. the dog holes are on a 12” center. The hardware is from WindRiver.I needed a good woodworking vise so this is my solution. All of the lumber was rough cut edges, with the wide surfaces somewhat smooth. Had to true up an edge with a hand plane prior to cutting down to size.I milled up the top blanks by ripping at 1-5/8” then ran through the planer to remove saw marks and flipped the 8/4 stock 90 degrees so each strip is 2” wide. Also added the 4/4 Walnut as accent strips in the top. I used the full 8/4 stock for both the front and rear chops. Also the rear legs.Prior to gluing the top together I drilled the dog holes with a fostner bit, using stop blocks on the drill press. So much easier. And while I was at it I drilled the holes for the hardware in the chops.The top was glued up in stages, to prevent sliding to much. After getting two halfs glued up it was off the the thickness planner the shave a tad bit off each side. Then glue the last joint in the center, followed by the rear chop.
The aprons are 4/4 with a sliding dovetail which fits into the legs, the front of the side aprons are a standard tenon. (No pin yet, may have to install a few down the road, need to turn some small ones out of Walnut.I had to take a break and make a few accessories for the table saw. A auxiliary fence which made it higher. A tenon jig, first time making tenons on this saw. And extended the miter gauge with a stop block.
The legs are attached to the top by means of a sliding dovetail. Wanted to allow for movement during the weather changes.
Front tenon an mortise

Note the hexagon mortise to secure the nuts for the hardware.Glue up was just a small puzzle to assemble, and had to work fast. First was the put the aprons into the legs then slide the assembly into the top which included inserting the tenons into the front chop. There is no glue on the top of the aprons.I needed to fire up the lathe to make a set of Dog Pins, I chose Ash for those. A simple turning. I may change the material down the road. Not fond of the dark streaks after the finish.The last bit was to carve my makers mark in the face of the front chop. I even used the bench to clamp the chop down for carving.
Every thing was finished with Natural Danish Oil, nothing was finished between the chops. Still need to find some chubber or a simular product to glue to the inside of the chops. I will probably have to recoat the finish every now an then. But the grains stood nicely.Overall, very happy with the project. And it's already been in use, has a good grip.Thanks for looking and comments welcome. Also there is a blog series for those interested in reading more details and additional photos.



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Table Saw Extension

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I designed an outfeed support for my table saw that doesn't take up any floor space. It's made of plywood, hardwood and a store-bought roller. Three main design features enable it to work well. The runners are made of hard …Source

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Fairy Door

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Fairy DoorThis a Fairy Door I made for my granddaughter. It is installed on the baseboard of a wall in our basement. There is a box behind the door that fits into the space behind the drywall. The idea is that There will be surprises waiting for her when she comes to visit.The door is made from cherry, the frame is tiger maple and the door knob, sill and roof are curly walnut.I also found an old Chinese coin on eBay and pressure fit it into a hole in the door to act as a window.The tricky part was to align the hinges since the door/fame has a curved edge. The axis of each hinge had to line up.There is a small magnet in the frame and a metal plate on the back of the door to keep it latched.Plans:
Reinforcing frame joints:
Shaping door knob:
Installing hinges:



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Fire wood box

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Fire wood boxAfter my old Kindle Fire reader decided to give up the ghost after ONLY 11 years of service, I had to get a new one. This necessitated a new case for it. The cheaply made commercial ones don't last so I broke down and went with something I know a little bit about. A design resembling a book is most appropriate so here it is.This is mesquite with hard maple as the 'paper' and a leather binding/hinge. That combo worked well with the old one so I figured I might get by with this one.A 'box' this size is a lot of real estate to leave plain so I added a bit of Lichtenberg figuring for decoration.Comments and critiques welcome, as always. Thanx for looking.



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Quick and dirty through tenon console and end tables

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Quick and dirty through tenon console and end tablesRough sawn pine from a local saw mill. Through tenon, sandwich construction, tops is attached with a few screws through the top of the leg. Quick and easy. 5 degree splay.



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Tapered Sliding Dovetails

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Hand tools are the way to go for this traditional joint. Tapered sliding dovetails are multipurpose joints traditionally used for drawer dividers, holding legs in place on a pedestal table and attaching tops to case pieces. The primary reason for …Source

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Long-reach Golf Ball Clamps

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Sometimes you need to clamp parts that are out of reach of the throat depth of standard clamps. Here's a design for a long-reach clamp that can be made from 2×4 lumber, 34” plywood or solid-wood …Source

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Rice bowl and accessories

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Rice bowl and accessoriesThe June challenge for the Atlantic Shore Woodturners is to turn a Rice bowl. Well, I felt it needed some accessories to go along with it, a et of chopstick and a Sake cup. The Rice bowl is Pecan 4 1/2 X 3 1/4, the Sake cup is Cherry 3 X 1 1/4 and the chopsticks are Pink Colorwood 9” long.Bobby
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Rustic Black Walnut Bowl #4

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Rustic Black Walnut Bowl #4Well, I'm officially sick of making Black Walnut bowls, but at least I'm done! (Though I'm waiting on client approval on this one)I played around a bit more with the shape of this one. Ground the bottom all the way in to the dark part of the wood. The bowl is different too. Hard to see, but the dark part is deeper than the edges around it.Thanks for taking a look. No worries, I won't be posting for awhile… I'm woodworked out!



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Shaker-inspired Step Stool

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Don't let the panel glue-up scare you. This step stool (useful in just about any room of the house) is easy to build, using pocket screws as clamps and to add strength.Source

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Barn wood table

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Barn wood tableUsed barn wood from relative. Also accented with horse shoe nails.



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Not a Ford, but it could be, Just a little truck ready for fun, play and imagination!

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Not a Ford, but it could be, Just a little truck ready for fun, play and imagination!Not a Ford, but it could be, Just a little truck ready for fun, play and imagination!Well it was a wet summer downunder and Autumn [Fall] has been equally as damp.
My under the house shed which is cut into the sandstone rock has been consistently damp to wet as the water hydraulics through the rock.
I've had 4 fans running 24/7 since December in an attempt to keep the timber and shed work area dry.Still saying that the TOYMAKING MUST GO ON!This is another batch of 4 little trucks or maybe Utes for the local shop.The timber in the body is recycled doors for a 1960's commercial cupboard laminated with another misc timber.The tray timber base is TallowWood with the side also for the cupboard.The truck is nearly 7” [175mm] long by 4” [100mm] wide and 4” [100mm] high.Headlights and tail lights are furniture buttons.The wheels are 1.75” dia shop bought.I used my homemade wipe-on-poly as the finish 4 coats.Both Papa Smurf and Handy Smurf were very pleased with the finished vehicles.



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Turning Pro

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No sick days, no paid vacations and no IT department - but it's worth it. Ah, going pro - telling your boss to take your day job and stick it in his ear while you go off to earn your …Source

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3d cheese board

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3d cheese boardThis is a cheese board that I made when I first started working in the shop with my grandfather.



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Router Plane and Fence

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Router Plane and Fence So a couple of upcoming projects require a couple of planes I don't currently own – rabbet, plough, and a router plane. What a great opportunity to try my hand at building a few shop made tools!This goal of building projects requires a bit of a set order of operations, first of which is a router plane. So here is my first attempt at ever making a tool, using only hand tools. Nothing overly complicated was done, I like to take a pragmatic approach to most things in life so it makes sense to do so when designing tools. I would like to add a depth stop to the blade itself but I'm having an issue finding an appropriately sized collar that secures.The body is made using cherry for the top, maple for the base, and walnut for the fence. A Veritas 1/4 router plane was used, and the basic eye bolt and knurled nut keep it all secured.



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Woodworking in America: Nadia Dugger

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We're interviewing makers from all 50 states. Today we're featuring Nadia Dugger, a woodworker and small business owner from Oklahoma. How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors? A little background about me: I grew up in Kharkiv, …Source

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Exotic wood cutting boards

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Exotic wood cutting boardsFour thick cutting boards made from kits from woodcraft. Glued two cutting boards at the same time in my set of pipe clamps with some scrap wood cauls covered in packing tape to keep the glue from sticking to them.Sanded to 220 grit, sprayed with water to raise the grain, then sanded to 400 grit. Rounded the edge with a small round over bit and hand sanded the edges to smooth them out. Applied 2 coats of walrus oil about 24 hours apart followed by a coat of walrus oil board wax.



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Rustic Black Walnut Bowl

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Rustic Black Walnut BowlWell, this morning I was finally able to go pick up the black walnut blanks. After the gym, I had some free time, so I wanted to give the prototype a go.I mainly worked with my grinder and palm sander, but I did need to use a paddle bit to get the declivity started.I'm not all that taken with the wood grain. I kinda hope the little cracks keep spider webbing from the bottom and top to give this a little more character. Obviously I like the black center. I'm really glad I kept the live edge around the top.I sent pics off to the wine shop owner who is going to forward them to his friend. If I get approval, I then have three more to make. Kinda boring, but it's a guaranteed sale.The bowl is around 10 inches in diameter. It's finished in wipe-on poly.Figured I'd share it with you all… see what you think.



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Glove Finger Chisel Protectors

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Here's a simple way to protect your chisels from getting nicked and rusty rattling around in your toolbox. Just cut the fingers off some old leather work gloves. Poke holes with an awl at the open end, and thread a …Source

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Portable Outdoor Table, in an afternoon

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Portable Outdoor Table, in an afternoonHi All,I know I have been super slack for over two years…... Those of you in the know will understand that due to Covid and other Political reasons my career has been somewhat destroyed. Anyways, here we are on the Farm in Northern NSW Australia. We were flood-affected here and the shed went under although fortuntly my right-hand man Rob B (Robcastle) has been an enormous help getting all equipment back up and running.Back to the project…....... I wanted the self-satisfaction of starting and finishing a project in one afternoon. Having cleaned the wood stack out before lunch with Lovie Cheryl I had lots of treated pine offcuts, small pieces. (I tend not to burn them in the BBQ due to arsenic content)
I worked on the theory of Crappy, offcut wood into a functional piece. A small table to sit by the fire and rest beer on came to mind.The joints are rough butt joints merely clamped and screwed together. The top was once again of treated pine decking pieces.
All in an afternoon that resulted in a beer by the fire. The new addition to our small family “The Dog” named Rip seemed to like it…....Thanks all for checking in, having been absent from here for two years I don't deserve comments.
Cheers to all,Kind Regards
AnthonyEDIT Some of the pics show the new, under construction, live edge slab style woodworking bench in the background, still under construction.



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Chinaberry Bark Inclusion Bowl

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Chinaberry Bark Inclusion BowlHere is another piece from the Chinaberry that I recently acquired. It is the same tree/wood that I turned the Chinaberry Live Edge Vase.
I am very happy with the great color in this piece. I was hoping for some of the same crazy grain that the Chinaberry Live Edge Vase has but that blank was made from a crotch piece of the tree. This is more of a side grain with natural edge and a bit of bark inclusion.This piece was another quick turning and the only issue that came up was a bit of chatter because of the separation in the body due to the bark. The colors are stunning and for this reason I did not use a poly wipe on, shellac coat or cellulose sealer.This piece was simply sanded up to 400 grit. I then used the Beall buffing process with tripoli, white diamond and caranuaba wax. I did use Howard's Feed and Wax before the caranuaba to bring out chatoyance of the grain. I have not done many pieces with bark inclusions and I enjoyed the process to retain as much it as possible.This bowl is a little thicker than the previous vase. The wall is roughly 3/16th”
The bowl is 5 3/4” at its widest and is 2 1/2” tall.Here are a few more pics of the Chinaberry Bark Inclusion Bowl.
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Big Foot Intarsia

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Big Foot IntarsiaMade this by request for my 11 yr. old great niece from Alaska. Mostly White Oak. About 12” tall. Sorry about pict. quality.



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Entertainment Center - My Latest Child

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Entertainment Center - My Latest ChildWe have a running joke in my house where we measure my more involved projects in terms of creating a child. This started back in 2008 when I began building a dresser for my now wife that took a pregnancy length (9-months) to complete. This was mostly because I stopped to build a bunk bed for our daughters (we weren't married then but she had a 10year old and I a 7 year old) as well as other things since I could only work at night/weekends.Fast Forward to 2019 when my wife won a 65-inch TV from a work raffle and we decided we needed a new entertainment center. I worked on the design then began building out the drawers that would hold some of our DVDs in early 2020.Well, this project has turned out to not just be a pregnancy to us but the equivalent of a 15-month old toddler. Again, it's because I worked on several Christmas gifts, a changing table for my granddaughter, and a few other things. However, it is finally home and the wife is happy.As she is German, I tried to loosely base the design off of a German Schrank. I used white oak 3/4” plywood and quartersawn white oak for sides, face frames, drawer faces, and doors. Unfortunately, due to white oak plywood's extreme cost in the last several months, I had to use red oak 1/4” ply for the backs. I also cut the drawer sides from poplar and used 1/8” baltic birch ply for the DVD dividers.There are four drawers capable of holding 20 DVDs each (nowhere enough but…), shelving for a small Sonos Soundbar, Blu-Ray player, and the cable box as well as any blankets or such she wants. The glass shelves are supported using wooden brackets I made and illuminated using LED strip lights from SuperBrightLEDs.com. Finally, the finial on top is only the third or fourth time I have used a lathe so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.



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My first Kalimba

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My first KalimbaNot fancy, but it sounds pretty good. I have an appreciation now for people that can play these things – especially more than one note at a time. I'd attach a sound sample if I could figure out how. It's a lot louder than I thought it would be. And it really sustains which means the notes tend to run into each other.



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Maple Extension Table

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Maple Extension TableThis is the first extension table I've built. It is made from soft maple that I milled and dried. It has a lot of curl and tiger stripe figure. I had no idea of that before I started planing the wood. I made the slides from 36 heavy duty drawer slides and then attached them to poplar boards that are screwed to the table top. The table is 42 x 42 with one 12 drop in leaf. I finished with gunstock stain and then lacquer. I'm not a huge fan of using lacquer, but thought I'd try it with this table. The legs are 3 thick and made with a lock miter router bit. I didn't have any 12/4 maple and this looks nicer than just gluing several pieces together I think.



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Walnut humidor

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Walnut humidorBeen gone a while. So here's a semi recent project. American black walnut and Spanish cedar humidor. 6 coat lacquer finish. Queen Anne inspired legs.



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Centrepiece Bowl

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Centrepiece BowlI'm not sure if the title is appropriate, it's my best guess what to call this bowl.It was rough turned quite a while ago. I still had a couple of trouble spots after all that drying time. I did all the sanding off the lathe.It is a Yellow Cedar Burl, 10” D X 3.3” H. Food safe finish.



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Moo-Moo Bird House

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Moo-Moo Bird HouseHi:My wife was the last person in our family to get a custom-made bird house from Grumps.So, her request was for a Moo-Moo bird house, complete with the udder (go figure!)It's made with western cedar, and decorated with paint and stain. Of course, I needed to use my new scroll saw for the detailed shapes, but that's what new tools are for, right?The LAST bird house will be for Grumps, himself. I'm guessing that a Bull-Bull bird house would be suitable complete with the appropriate appendages. It's gonna be a lot of fun!Enjoy :-)



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Ryobi 18V ONE+ HP Airstrike Brad Nailer Review

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Tool: 18V ONE+ HP Airstrike Brad Nailer Shop Now   Manufacturer: Ryobi MSRP: $189 (bare tool) Most woodworkers want their tools to be as unobtrusive as possible during use. Ideally, your saw blades never leave burn marks, screw heads …Source

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Cribbage Boards

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Cribbage BoardsFive cribbage boards I made for gifts and hopefully selling at craft fairs this fall. All came from a pack of Woodcraft's thin stock pack that was on the clearance table when I stopped by my local store. I know one is purple heart, not sure what the other four are. I'm not the best at determining exotic hardwoods. One I swear though had dust that reminded me a lot of lignum vitae.All got a couple of coats of Danish oil followed about a week or two later by a couple of coats of lacquer that came out a little rough but some time run on a set of buffing wheels I use for pens and other small turnings smoothed things right out. I had also drilled out a hole on one end so I could epoxy a magnet in there and then put some adhesive backed felt in the hole after I finished with buffing everything. The magnet should hold the metallic cribbage pins in there.



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Days for Dad 2022

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Big thanks to all of our sponsors: Woodpeckers 3M Titebond Klingspores Woodworking Shop Senco…Source

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Burl Bowl

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Burl BowlAfter getting a few wild cherry galls yesterday, I had the itch to make a bowl today. I knew my new pieces were too green, so I dug through my boxes and found a piece that had been cut to make a clock face. The clock face became the bottom of the bowl.I'm not familiar with this type of wood here, but I've seen it before in my past projects. I know from experience that it tends to get reddish-orange when the poly is added:I wanted to avoid that so I put two coats of Dead Flat Varnish on this piece before adding the poly. That helped keep it to its more natural color.It's not my favorite bowl, but it's not bad.



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Maple curio

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Maple curioBuilt this at work. Someone else applied the finish.



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Anvils for the Woodshop

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Should an anvil be among the first tools to be recommended to new woodworkers? The answer is probably no. But as our shop grows and with the diversification of our work I can wholeheartedly advocate for every shop to have …Source

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Shaker style 3 leg candle stand

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Shaker style 3 leg candle standBeing between requests for furniture by family members and needing some shop time, I decided to make this Shaker Candle Stand because: I had the materials left over from other projects, and I've wanted to try a project that offers hand tool time, and the sliding dovetails required for the legs.To start I had to glue up the center 3” diameter center pedestal from 8 quarter cherry (photo 2), then turned it on the lathe.After making a pattern for the legs and cutting them out of 4 quarter cherry, I used blue painter tape to mark the leg taper from the 15/16” top down to the required 1/2” foot (photo 4), cut the tapers on the band saw (photo 5), then smoothed all with a hand plane & spoke shave. (photo 6).Next, the dovetail shoulders were sawn by hand and pared down by a shoulder plane and chisels, as suggested by Will Myers in his tutorial video on You Tube:Cutting of the mortises was suggested by Will Myers to be with a hand saw, but I found after trying this once, I preferred to drill out most of the waste and then pare with chisels, as shown here:Results, OK but I do think a second attempt would yield a better result. In one mortise, aggressive paring resulted in a chip out at the bottom, shown here:For anyone that would like to attempt this piece of Shaker furniture, the instructions by Fine Woodworking & maker Christian Becksvoort can be found here free of charge: Shaker candle stand with Christian BecksvoortFor the YT videos, visit Wood And Shop, where the Will Myers videos can be found. Also, going to YouTube and searching for Wood And Shop, there will be 5 videos with instructions by Will Myers:
Woodturning Basics Part 1and, Cut Sliding Dovetails with Will MyersLinking to the above two videos will provide the links for the subsequent videos that follow.Stain was TransFast number 3276 – Cherry, and finish was Minwax Polycrylic water based crystal clear Satin.Thanks for viewing.



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Townsend Warbler door harp

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Townsend Warbler door harpI almost forgot about adding a sound hole. I guess the location turned out OK.



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Walnut Cross

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Walnut CrossA simple walnut cross. 12” high by 8” wide



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Sheet Goods ATV

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My shop is in a walkout basement with a steep grassy slope from the driveway. The skateboard-like devices made for moving stock work well on hard surfaces, but not on grass. My solution is an 8-ft. long two-wheeled cart. To …Source

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Wood Boring Bee Trap

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Wood Boring Bee Trapwood boring bee traps from cedar & pine . They are chewing holes in my Log Home ! Again !



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Pussy Cat Back Scratcher

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Pussy Cat Back ScratcherSaw this on the web somewhere. From chinee land, So I made my own. My sister has cats so she will like this for her Birthday. I don't like cats unless they are good mousers. Most are lazy & spoiled. My sisters cats are so fat. All they do is eat & sleep ! Not mousers at all !



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Perfect Finishing Lights

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Tool: Work Light with Bluetooth Speaker Shop Now   Manufacturer: Infinity X1 MSRP: $39.99 (set of 2) One of the easiest ways to improve the quality of surface finishes like polyurethane is to cast a light across the surface from …Source

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Butternut Box

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Butternut BoxButternut Box … 3-1/4” tall, 3-1/8” in diameter. Finish is wipe-on poly … the red faux cabochon in the lid is a scrap of resin left over from a previous project.



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String Band Clamp

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While making a base for a wooden vase, I had to glue up a small octagonal shape. I made this simple band clamp from a piece of string and a rubber band. Here's how it works: first, tie one end …Source

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Drill Press Mortising Fixture

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Cut mortises of any width and length in stock of virtually any size. Here's a win-win proposition: Spend a day in your shop and turn your drill press into a mortising machine. This fixture makes it easy to cut …Source

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Crazy Owl Birdhouse

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Crazy Owl BirdhouseHi:This week I have occupied myself with building Crazy Bird Houses.This one is for my adult son. He is the wise old owl of his family.This time I used western cedar, and left the bird house box unpainted. This allowed me to make a better job of painting the rest of the parts of the pattern before gluing them onto the box.Enjoy!



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Chalenge Box - Japanese Maple

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Chalenge Box - Japanese MapleThis box became a challenge when my friend told me he had a couple white branches he would give me if interested. When I saw them I couldn't get firewood out of my mine but when he said there's not much that could be done with it I took it as a challenge.
It was so bug eaten and spalted that each branch felt like balsa wood. After slicing up on the bandsaw into a few boards I felt the like my first guess was right to dump, then I figured epoxy will be a big friend on this so I kept going. I joined a couple boards to make a top and went with the single boards for the sides. I did more epoxy filling on this box than I used in many projects. Using brown, copper, and black epoxy it started look much better.It's 9''w x 5 1/2'' d x 2 1/4'' h. It only ways 11 ounces and I think half of that weight is the epoxy. Finished with lacquer.
I showed my friend how it turned out and he thought it was beautiful. I'm giving it back to him and he can give it to his daughter, wife or whatever he feels right. Made me feel good too.
Thanks for looking.
This was the original log and after I sawed it up on the bandsaw.I forgot to mention when cutting for the hinges the guy who did that cut them on the front of the box instead of the rear. That's why you may have noticed the 2 ebony pieces I used to fill in the void. That guy is gone now and is not allowed in the shop any longer. (till the next new guy comes in)



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Some more crosses

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Some more crossesI haven't had much time in the shop and so these are a few crosses that I've been able to complete over the last month or so. I have done so many frames that I have many, many corners and decided to try to put them together into a project. Those two crosses are corner pieces arranged/glued on aspen (I think) and walnut. I then cut them out at the bandsaw.

The other simple design is walnut on maple (at least I think it is maple). All finished with Odie's Oil.



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Bowling League Receipt

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Bowling League ReceiptI finally got time to work on the glue up blank that George (Woodmaster1) sent me. He had sent a great bowl and pen, and also a smaller glued up blank that matches the bowl he finished. (4th picture)I had never turned a segmented bowl before, it acted differently. Maybe because all the faces were side grain, or the glue acted as a lubricant. It was very easy and faster than usual to sand to a polish.Thanks George!



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Planter Renovation

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Planter RenovationFriends from the village asked me if I could repair a couple of planters that were falling to bits. As usual, I forgot to take a 'before' picture, so can only show the finished result. The second picture, however, includes the 5-inch pieces cut off the bottom of each leg and does show how rotten they were. The bottom rails were in a similar state, with one missing completely and the side boards hanging loose. I initially thought that I could just move the rails up after shortening the legs to remove the rotten areas, but of course as the shape is tapered, the rails were then too short, so I had to make all eight new ones. Again because of the taper, I could just about prise the side boards out of the top of the frame without dismantling completely, but it was a struggle to get them free for shortening on my bandsaw.
I did intend to use dominoes to fix the new rails, but the Domino tool was too large to go in the gap between the legs, so I resorted to pocket hole screws. Even then I had to shorten the star-shaped driver bit to get that in. After repainting with garden paint – three coats on the new wood – I added some nail-on nylon feet to the bottoms of the legs to reduce water take-up, so perhaps it might take longer for the repaired planters to need renovation again.



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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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Home-center Finishing

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You can achieve a great finish from commonly available products. We all love home centers for the good stuff they carry and for their low prices. But home centers cater to the lowest common denominator consumer - that is, they …Source

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Barn Wood Flag - hand hewn

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Barn Wood Flag - hand hewnWe have a local barn wood salvage company and I went there last year & found a hand hewn beam that someone had sliced a tapered piece off the face. It was about 6' long (6” wide) and tapered in thickness from 1” to about 5/8”.I have a good friend, at work, that was turning 50 so I pulled the old hand hewn piece out of my rack and when I looked it over I had my doubts I could do anything with it.This Betsy Ross flag was the outcome- I think it has a lot of character. Along with the old hand tooling marks – there were a lot of old mounting holes that added to the character. it measures ~13” tall & ~24 3/4” wideI have made over 20 flags in the past few years & this one was the most time consuming but I like how it turned out.The stars were carved (mostly) with my CNC- but where they wrap over a rounded edge I had to use a chisel.Thanks for looking.Bill in MI



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Two Burl Bowls

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Two Burl BowlsHad time on my hands today, so knocked out a couple more bowls. My neighbor says the darker bowl looks like a Dutch shoe. I argue for genie lamp.Here's its bowl portion:I'm not sure what kind of wood either of these bowls is, but I know they aren't wild cherry.I think I'm partial to the lighter bowl. It was actually cut flat on both sides (must have been used for clock faces), but I think it ended up being a pretty nice bowl.For this one, I did put Dead Flat Varnish on the outside to keep it from getting too dark. I was hoping the inside of the bowl would look darker by comparison, but it doesn't really. Had even played with the idea of staining the inside of the bowl (might try that with the next one)Pretty much used the same process that I have been using. Had to use a paddle bit on the smaller bowl for the declivity. Then I used disc sanders on my drill. The lighter bowl was ground out, ground on the outside, sanded through 40, 80, 120, 180, and 240 grit paper. Both were finished in wipe-on gloss poly.Thanks for looking!



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More "Weed Pots"

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More "Weed Pots"Completed some more “Weed Pots” before the bad weather moved in. Don't like running the lathe or big saws during storms, so will have to wait for the weather to clear before getting back in the shop. They are Mahogany, Walnut and Poplar with a spray lacquer finish.Bobby
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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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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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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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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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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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Wild Cherry Gall Bowl #2

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Wild Cherry Gall Bowl #2In between playing nurse to my daughter who has Covid (overall, just feels crappy) I was able to get out to my burl/gall supply. Most of them were cut up and, even though this one had been cut for a clock face, I still thought there was enough left to attempt a bowl.Same process as before… ground out the bowl, ground off the bark, sanded and finished with wipe-on poly.No ants in this one!I'm happy with how this turned out.



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Curly Walnut Mission style end table

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Curly Walnut Mission style end tableCurly walnut with curly maple and mahogany inlay. Had enough walnut pieces from other projects to throw this little mission style end table together.



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Turning Tune-up

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I can't stand throwing away good wood. When I'm turning a goblet or any other object, I don't leave the waste areas blank. I pick up a gouge or a skew and use the waste to perfect my turning techniques. …Source

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MDF Faux Panel Doors

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Rout raised panel look-alikes in minutes. Raised panel doors made with traditional stile and rail joinery are my first choice for cabinets. But I don't always use them. For example, cabinets for the shop or laundry room usually don't require …Source

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Timberframe Mobile Toolchest

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Timberframe Mobile ToolchestMy brother in law was considering building a small shed in the side of his sloped acre in Alaska. I had enough spare tools that I decided to make him a timbrerframe tool chest in case he wanted to go a more old timey route on the build.It is poplar, about 24×16 x 14. I made a mechanism that will allow it to be a stool to sit on, or the post can be retracted and dragged along across the field on the two back wheels. Even the handle is adjustable between the two – short for carrying, long for dragging. Inside is semi-fitted for the tools I sent. Not perfect, but they will do. I mounted the holders with a tapered dovetail, then screwed them to the walls. Other tools are held with 2 sided velcro. That way he can rearrange if things change in his tool collection. This also includes the grease box I posted previously and the Japanese style small parts box. I added cleats to it, then had to add a stabilizer to keep it from tipping, (since the cleats didn't reach the center of mass).I made spots for the following tools: 2 Slick / 3 Framing Chisels / Combo Square / Ryoba saws / No 5 1/4 / Low Angle Block / Bevel Gauge / [Tape Measure] / Impact Gloves / Chalkline / Plumb Bob / Deadblow / Drawknife / Brace and bits / Marking tools, pencils, crayon / [Utility Knife]By the way, shipping something this big to AK is not cheap. :)



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ScrewdriverMarking Tool swap

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ScrewdriverMarking Tool swapHow do you make a screwdriver without a lathe, hmmm. seems there are a LOT of ways to work wood down to something close to a round shape. I tried many of them, and came up with the following.I started with several small billets of curly Maple, and Walnut. I never actually measured them, but I suppose they were near 1 1/2 x 2 and around 8 long. I decided on a largeish handle, and wanted a flat on at least 2 faces to stop rolling.I just took a pic of 2, but in all I started with 10, 5 of each wood. Several of them went to the burn pile. On thinking about that I should have shipped them to my recipient, he could have bandsawed a few pen blanks from each, but alas burning them was therapeutic, because I did have some frustrations.Next was which of the several methods to round my handle. I chose using a block plane, a pile of rasps, and files, and then finer to sanding.My original plan was to use the classic double ended screwdriver, and then I saw the not so classic, but very universal 1/4” chuck type head we all have on impact drivers. You can use any bit type in those, so max potential.I got pretty good at using the hand tools to make a pretty similar form, of a larger sized, gradually smoothed handle. Where I had my frustrations is I figured if I kept my Ferrule to approximately 1” diameter, so it wasn't crumbly on the end, then I DID need a metal ferrule to add some support. Being metal, it needed to be a pretty good fit.What I ended up with was a very non woodworking use of my slow speed grinder, 8” wheel, with a medium soft wheel. There was a learning curve, thus junk pieces were made. I wanted 2, one to send, one to keep. So after some failures I did get 2, and they were very tight fitting to the metal ferrules I used. As it turned out, one was on Walnut, and one on the curly Maple. Later my Wife looked at the screwdrivers, and the marking knives, and picked the 2 she liked best. Those went to my recipient, Wooden Dreams.My next challenge was drilling that darn hole right smack in the center of a non round piece. I used the drill press, but still it wasn't as easy as it sounds like it should be. I still had plenty of handle blanks, so I wouldn't have sent anything that didn't allow for a working screwdriver.Pics of the grinder, and the drilling don't exist, because both my hands were occupied, sorry.Next up was a very sharp knife/scalpel holder. If you don't have such a knife, I find them very much a necessity. Great for cleaning out that little chutz in a hand cut dovetail, without spending a lot of time paring, and many other chores around the shop, or the house. They actually use surgical scalpel blades, which all have a pretty uniform non cutting end, so almost anything you find will work.I like the shape/style I used here the best, but I do have other shapes. My Wife is constantly stealing mine, so I keep her stocked, so I can find mine. Taylor Tools sells kits with instructions to make the “pretty ones” evidently Lee Valley does too, as they have a directions sheet online, that is more in depth than the one at Tay Tools. Taylor tools sells parts, and has a link to directions on this page as well.I started with a few different sizes as I had never made a “pretty one” before.I usually just drill a hole for the little bolt to fit through after I route out a depression so the blade is locked into it's position. I find a 3/8” straight bit makes a nice path for all of the blades I have tried. You set your fence so it makes the bit centered on the wooden stick, and set the depth at the thickness of the blade. I use a push block to hold the stick down on the bit, and to keep my fangers from getting bit if the stick quits being there.This depression keeps the blade solid when the bolt is tightened. Pic below shows how I usually make mine with just one piece of wood, very easy, stable blade position, and for shop tools plenty finished for my needs. Sometimes for my Wife I'll round hers over on the corners.This shows a comparison between my normal shop knife, and the “pretty ones” that LV and Tay tools suggestThis is the one I sent Richard for the swap, it needs assembly, and some finish. I used Arm r Seal 3 coats, after it was dry I gave it a wax rubdown, so it felt pretty good in my hand, this wood is some White Oak I've had around for years. It came off a friends family farm, They took out a fencerow, and there was a lot of lumber. I got most of 3 trees, around 2600 bd/ft. I've been using that wood up for a long time. We worked a long week at it, had 2 bandmills out there, and a gang. It was hard work, but very much a good time.All ready to go. I put in some extra blades. It's best when they are still razor sharp.I'm still trying to decide if in the future I'll do Pretty over my old sticks. I had a lot of frustration at first. I went through a large pile of Purple Heart. I wanted this sharp knife to match the marking knife you'll see next, but on the nut side I started with a drilled hole, and “attempted” to very lightly strike, and then just to pare an octagon, so the nut fit well. That Purple stuff just wasn't up for playing that game. Seemed like any pressure down on those thin sides caused the wood to shatter, it didn't splinter, it shattered. Thus the Oak, it played nicely.So next was the marking knife. I used the ones from Taylor tools. They have Narex blades, supposedly in 3 thicknesses, but when I ordered, all they had was the thin ones. Which actually is OK. I have a slew of marking knives, and didn't have any thin ones. Now that I have one, I can see the use for them.Here are the 2 PH I made, that lasted getting formed, and the pins knocked in. Tay Tools also sells some with pre-made handles already built, so I added one to my collection. As you can see they are pretty short. When I am swinging around a sharp tool, I like to have enough grip on it to feel safe. This is going to my Wife, she likes itThis is one of the PH ready to squirt some epoxy in, and clamp it together. I am not coordinated enough to wipe epoxy on a side, and locate the pins, so I did a peek-a-bo application. Seems to have worked well.Both of the PH knives I made.Last I made a discovery I'll share. Probably like always I'm the last to know, but if you are doing finishing on any small sharp objects, one way to do it is to lay it down, and wait for one side to dry, and then wait for the other side to dry. x 3 or more coats, that is a PIA. OR, if you have some 2” foam panel, stab the sharp ends in, and finish the entire thing at once. It worked perfectly.My last piece was something i was making for myself, and figured I'd make 2, and send Richard one. It's a glue scraper on a stick. I believe I've seen it before on a dowel rod, but looking online all I saw was a post from Pop Woodworking, and they made a very nice sculpted handle. Keep in mind either on the end of a dowel, or like PWW made theirs you are setting a screw into end grain, and then applying force against it. It WILL wallow the screwhole out, and the works will fall out. All that makes one different from the other is how much you use it, but it's gonna happen.The cutters I had were for a Shellix head, for a 735 planer. ~~~~ about 1/2” x 1/2” square, so I used a 1/2” dowel, drilled a centered hole for a pilot, screwed in my screw. I added to my end a Shaker Mushroom knob after drilling a hole to fit the dowel. All of that stuff is imported if you buy at the Borg, so it's Metric, so there 1/2” is actually like plywood, it's undersized, so a 1/2” hole will be sloppy. So ~~~~ 13 mm or close will be snug enough. I'd rather the hole worked, so drill small, and sandpaper down the dowel if you need to. I glued it on, let it dry. Only because I was sending it out I finished it. In my shop they are unfinished. If you use them a lot they last ~~~~~ 1 year tops, After they wallow out, chop off the business end, and redrill, rescrew, and away you go.They have a lot of places they really save you a LOT of sanding, but inside a box, a drawer, and so many small hard to sand places they get right in, and get it done. I find Pushing works better than pulling, and also extends the life. Up to you if you make the slick looking PWW version is great if you like to whittle, and make things pretty. I'm more about using that time to make a jig, so simple stuff I usually do the easy route. BUT, put something on the end of that stick, cause sooner or later you'll change your grip, and be stabbing yourself in the palm, the endgrain doesn't feel so good, a nice soft cap is much better.Enjoy, hope you build some shop stuff. Quick easy projects you can finish quickly, and more fun than a barrel of Monkeys. Join one of the swaps, also fun.Thanks for reading along everyone, hope I didn't put you to sleep.



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Wild Cherry Gall Bowl

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Wild Cherry Gall BowlWith decent temperatures and little rain finally gracing Michigan, I was able to truly get back to my woodworking roots. I started woodworking last June when I quit drinking. I found burls and galls while I was fly fishing, and I started grinding them into bowls. I worked exclusively in bowls until… probably my first clock.Obviously I got obsessed with clocks for awhile there, but now the winter is over. I'm not confined to the garage anymore. For obvious reasons, I can't run the grinder in the garage. Grinding out a bowl kicks up copious sawdust. The garage would be 20 times worse than it already is with sawdust if I did any extensive grinding.In any case, now that I can work in the backyard again, I'm back to bowls for a bit. Most of my burls and galls are pretty cut up from me finding clock faces in them. However, I had one gall that was untouched and looked perfectly suited to be a little bowl.So, I went to work. I used my grinder to grind out the declivity of the bowl. Then I used the grinder to go down through the layers of the gall that would be the outside of the bowl. Grinding until patterns began to emerge, I then switched over to 40 grit paper. After the 40, I went 80, 120, 180, and then 240 grit. It's finished in about 6 coats of wipe-on poly.So you can get an idea as to size, a soft ball would fit in this bowl just about perfectly.As it turns out, I wasn't working alone on this piece. Even though they didn't come out when I used a pruning saw to trim the ends, the ants swarmed as I made passes with the grinder. You can easily see evidence of ant tunnels on this bowl, but I really like the way that looks.It's funny. I thought all the ants were gone when I was finished grinding and sanding. But then, when I put on the poly, about another 100 ants swarmed out of the tunnels. I couldn't believe how many ants were in this thing. I must have picked up this piece dozens of times, but not once did I see an ant. Maybe they were still a little winter slow or something.In any case, it felt really good to get back to my bowls. I really like how this one turned out!



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Blast from the Recent Past

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Blast from the Recent PastThis is a project I made for my wife in 2012 before we were married. It's made with red oak. It's an unusual size to fit her stamp sets and to fit in a particular space where she was living at the time. All but one shelf is adjustable. That one serves to lock in the sides. The shelves are notched for the pins to prevent sliding. She's still using it.



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Easy Storage Bench

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The inspiration for this “I Can Do That” storage bench was simple – I wanted it. Ever since I picked up a king-size bed at a liquidation sale, I wanted a matching bench to hold my shoes at the foot of the bed. After seeing many designs that were running anywhere from $250 to $400, I thought to myself “I can do that” – and with a sheet of plywood and some pocket screws, you can too.Source

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Inexpensive Shop Assistant

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Tool: Leg-Up Shop Now   Manufacturer: Gorilla Gripper MSRP: $54.90 Most of us know all too well the hassles of working with large sheets of plywood. You get home from the lumberyard, drag your sheet into your shop and lean …Source

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Sycamore Platter

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Sycamore PlatterI have quite a bit of sycamore so I have to make good use of it. 13 1/2” diameter, segmented sycamore. Colored with India ink markers.



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Wall Sign For Wife

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Wall Sign For WifeWe converted one of the kid's bedrooms into a craft room for my wife (I'll post pics of all the stuff I built for the room in a future entry.) I made this sign for her for mother's day. It is a live edge piece out of an unknown (but incredibly hard) tree that fell in our backyard. Milled on my 14-inch Rikon bandsaw! Laser engraved, and if you zoom in, you can see the grain come thru the engraving. Happy coincidence!



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Bubinga dining table (I refuse to edit the pics orientation)

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Bubinga dining table (I refuse to edit the pics orientation)Had the pleasure of building a dining table for my best friend. My first as well. 9' x 47 Babinga. Got very lucky and found just over 9' by 20 boards and a 3rd 9' x 9. Then got busy with the process of jointing, planing and sanding. Did I mention there was a lot of sanding? Finish is Rubio Monocoat Pure.Base was purchased and took almost 2 months to come in. Very modern feel.Now off to build my second table! Teaser pic!



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Safer Ripping of Short Stock

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Ripping very narrow stock on the table saw can be a bit dicey because your push stick runs so close to the blade. If you're not careful to keep it against the rip fence, it can tip into the spinning …Source

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Gimlets and Other One-Hand Manual Drilling Tools

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When we think about modern woodworking, gimlets are probably not on our radar and most likely would not make the cut for the short (or even the longer) list of essentials when we envision a shop that is centered around …Source

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Slide Whistles

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Slide WhistlesThese are couple slide whistles I made for the great granddaughters. They are 1” diameter and 8” long and made from walnut and maple. They have a 1/2” bore and the slides have heads on the inside to keep them contained so they cannot get lost from the main body. They are finished with Danish oil and Behandla kitchen utensil finish and buffed and waxed. The Danish oil buffs up much better than the Behandlla. I found that they have changed the Behandla finish to be water based and it raised the grain a lot on the one finished with it.The old product was a whole lot better. I would not recommend it any more!Cheers, Jim



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Birthday mallet

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Birthday malletA birthday gift for my brother. He wanted something hefty.Osage orange, maple, walnut, tung oil.



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Model A Ford Pickup completed

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Model A Ford Pickup completedGood Afternoon and a Happy Mother's Day!Well, the Model A Ford Pickup is finished and the spoked wheels have their new home. It's been a lot of fun to build and, while there are some tedious items that need to be addressed, it has moved along well. This is my first foray into a non-painted vehicle build so I learned a lot from doing it.The finish for this project is a simple Watco Natural Oil finish and Johnson's Paste Wax final coat. Materials are white oak, red oak, walnut, reclaimed spruce (fenders), ash, some poplar for the trim items, and lastly, walnut veneer for trim highlights.The lights, hood ornament, and axels were turned from walnut and the spoke wheels, as posted in a earlier project, were made from ash and drilled using Bushmaster's wheel jig. I also added a spare wheel to the passenger side of the cab. Since there is not sufficient room between the fender and the tires to actually cut in a void for the spare tire to sit in, I just cut the appropriate angle on the spare and epoxied it to the fender, adding a dowel epoxied into the bonnet side. The final size is 5W x 5.5H x 14 L.The gallery shows the model's features from all view perspectives: 4 views of the truck body, one closeup of the cab interior, and a closer view of the spare tire add. The tufted leather bench seat is walnut and the tufting is done by cutting spaced grooves with a bandsaw and then sanding each rounded to give the effect desired. Steering wheel is turned walnut. The reason I went with the reclaimed spruce for the fenders is that is the stock I had that was thick enough to fabricate into the fenders. If I were to do this again, I would either locate 6/4 red oak or even walnut.Although I tagged this as a “toy”, I believe that it is truly not meant for rough play by young children. I did expoxy those areas that could be a bit more fragile if it is played with but generally speaking I think this is a bookshelf or desk decor item.Now, on to the '30 Ford Woody.Regards,
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Flower carved spoons

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Flower carved spoonsI had a broken Acacia board that had been floating around in the workshop.
So I thought I would try and carve a spoon. Well…. one spoon grew into four and still carving them.
I started with the gumnuts and Eucalyptus leaves.
Then the NSW emblem of the Waratah Then i thought I would try for all the floral emblems of each Australian state.
The Cooktown orchid for Queensland
I had one order for the city of Brisbane which happens to be a red poinsettia even though iys a native to Mexico.
I am really enjoying these as they are relatively stress free and easy to do once cut. And they turn out well.
Once the carving is finished I coat with food grade oil or wax. I realised that oil is easier because of the carved detail.



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Mother's Day Bowl

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Mother's Day BowlI am very fortunate to have my mother in my life so this is a bowl that I've made for Mother's Day. It is from the same wood stock that I've been calling elm but it is probably better called mystery wood. It is a simple form that I seem to keep making but this one is a bit more refined that the others I've made.Here is one that is similar for comparison.
Spalted Ash Bowl
This Mother's Day Bowl is a bit more refined in the both the profile and the cut. I was able to achieve a very smooth surface by sharpening my bowl gouge frequently. I also sanded it from 180 grit to 600 grit and was very happy with the smooth texture on the exterior. The interior was also more refined and I was able to get a very thin wall thickness of about 1/8th of an inch.This mystery wood is so easy to cut and it is gorgeous with the color and wild grain. I will be sad when I use the last piece of it. The dimensions of this bowl are 3 1/4” tall x 5 1/2” at its widest point.The finish included buffing with tripoli and white diamond compounds so it had a polished sheen with no oil or finish product. Tripoli is about 800 -1000 grit. White Diamond is about 1500-1800 grit. I then followed it by a buffing with carnauba wax. On a whim I decided to apply Howard's Feed and Wax to make the wild grain pop and was very happily surprised by the depth it added.Here is one final pic of the Mother's Day Bowl.
Thanks for looking.



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Craft Room Wall Unit

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Craft Room Wall UnitSeven units sized to fit as built in. Designed in Sketchup. Sketchup model includes a model of the room to ensure the units fit. Pulled the dimensions from Sketchup to create dimensioned drawings in Visio. This was done before I acquired Fusion 360. The current workflow using Fusion is much easier.The client wanted simple and painted. The units have 3/4” Sande plywood carcases and 1×2 frames. One shelf on each unit is fixed. The rest are adjustable.It was to be the last project I built in my uncle's shop before he passed away.



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A home for the Spoked Wheels I made earlier

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A home for the Spoked Wheels I made earlierHey everyone,
A month or so ago I posted about the Spoke wheels I made using Bushmaster's jig. Well, once I had the wheels I needed something to use them on so I built a 1930 Ford Model A Pickup. The inspiration for the model came from Sam Martin and Roger Schoreder's book on building Cars and Trucks. It is almost finished. . but I thought I would post what I have done so far. It is made from White oak, Red oak, walnut and the ash spoked wheels. I will give a Watco Danish Oil bath as a finish coat. I still have the bumper, lights and some trim to add but, I am generally pleased with the outcome so far. I am going to use this particular piece as the basis for a '30 Woody. I think it will work out just fine.Hope you are all having a great day and for those in the midWest, I hope you have dodged the bad weather that has come across recently.Regards,
Dave



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No More Missing Updates from Popular Woodworking

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Sign Up for Popular Woodworking Push Notifications and Never Miss an Article If you're someone who regularly checks Popular Woodworking for new content, push notifications are the tool for you. Sign up for push notifications and you'll get alerts for …Source

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Military Burial Flag Case

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Military Burial Flag CaseTo honor my stepfather, I recently built this beautiful flag holder for his military burial flag. It's hand dovetailed, made of cherry, 16 inches at the highest point and 22 inches at the widest point. I added an area at the bottom to hold some mementos, including his Marine Identification Card, small Bible, 1967 fishing license, and his membership card from The Turtle Club. It was an honor to make this case. I just wish my mom could have seen it before she passed away and I inherited the flag.



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Runaway Router

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Runaway Router My first router, a 1968 Stanley, was a heavy, single-speed machine. I remember it well because of what happened the very first time I used it. I chucked up a Roman ogee bit and made my very first …Source

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Rustic Sinker Cypress Clock

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Rustic Sinker Cypress ClockNothing special…just a rustic cypress clock.
I've got the wood cut out to make 14 more of these for an upcoming show in a couple of weeks. these These sell often and are fast and easy to make. I enjoy creating the weathered finish.
11×9x 5.
The top opens and has a 2” deep removable tray with storage beneath the tray



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Ash and Mesquite Urn with Threaded Lid

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Ash and Mesquite Urn with Threaded LidThis is a salvaged vessel I turned a few months ago.
The main body was turned from ash and it split as it dried. This past week I decided to try a few new techniques rather than throw it away. The split was repaired with epoxy and colored mica. I used mesquite dovetail patches called Pewas or Butterflies to prevent it from splitting any further.I have wanted to make a threaded lid for the vessels I've been turning.
It was intimidating to even try but the whole process was simple and very enjoyable for me. I highly recommend the video with Allan Batty called Hand Thread Chasing with Allen Batty on Youtube. The collar and the threaded post are both mesquite and they have 16 t.p.i. (teeth per inch).There are very few North American wood species recommended for threading. I decided to try mesquite because it is so close-grained and does not seem to move as much as most domestic woods. I am very happy with the threads, both male and female. I coated them with C.A. glue to strengthen them after I cut them.The lid is ash and the finial is mesquite.
The lid has an epoxied void where a knothole had been. In the pics I show it oriented in three positions which I am calling~
Feather…
Gem…
and Pewas…
There is a way of adjusting the alignment of the lid by removing a bit of the thread but I haven't decided which orientation I like most.This last pic also shows the threads in the lid.
The Ash and Mesquite Urn stands 7 1/2” tall and 4 3/4” at its widest and with the lid it is 9 1/2” tall.I enjoyed this piece because I had an opportunity to use a lot of different techniques for chucking, re-chucking, trueing and the threading. I also made a few handtools for the thread chasing.Finally, I used a new finishing technique of applying a homemade wipe on finish of mineral spirits, polyurethane and tung oil. Once dry I buffed the pieces with tipoli, white diamond and carnuaba wax.I'm very happy with this piece and all the new processes I am beginning to use.
Thanks for looking.
C & C welcome as always.



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Cypress Dining Table and 2 benches

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Cypress Dining Table and 2 benchesApproximately 4' X 8' Cypress dining table and 2 benches. Lots of fun, but challenging to make.



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Breadboard Ends - 5 Approaches

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Discover five cross-grain construction strategies to help keep your tabletops and chest lids flat. Cross-grain construction tends to freak out most beginning woodworkers, but it's a viable construction method in many cases. Wide tables and chest lids often employ …Source

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Make Accurate Inside Measurements

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Every woodworker knows not to rely on inside measurements made with a tape measure. Instead, I use two steel rules with dimensions that run to the edges. I butt one rule at each end, so the graduations overlap. To calculate …Source

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The Convenient Dremel

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Tool: 7350 Rotary Tool Shop Now   Manufacturer: Dremel MSRP: $29.99 (includes grinding stone, 2x sanding bands, felt polishing wheel, mandrel, and USB cable.) A few years ago I reorganized all of my toolboxes based on the primary use of …Source

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Cherry Cheese Slicer

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Cherry Cheese SlicerMade this Cherry cheese slicer for a friend. I've been making these smaller boards 6×7 which people seem like better than the long boards. These easily store in a drawer.



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Multi-bit screwdriver from Bolivian Redwood

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Multi-bit screwdriver from Bolivian RedwoodMulti-bit screwdriver from Bolivian Redwood.



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A lidded box from Bolivian Redwood with a burl lid

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A lidded box from Bolivian Redwood with a burl lidA lidded box from Bolivian Redwood with a burl of unknown wood for the lid and more Bolivian Redwood.



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Plane screwdriver

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Plane screwdriver Just a quick shop tool build.I've been meaning to make a plane iron screwdriver for a while and just never found time for it. I had the lathe out to finish some pens, and had some down time while I was told to be out of the house while SWMBO went after it with a deep cleaning. So, I chucked up a scrap chunk of walnut and roughed this out. Unfortunately, I found a big ol' check a bit under the surface. Undeterred, I soldiered onafter all, this is just a shop tool.I turned down a small section of copper pipe, clipped a piece of scrap steel, and fitted it all up. Sanded to 600, polished with a bit of Dr. Kirk's, then finished with some friction polish on the lathe. Sprayed out with a couple coats of lacquer for durability, then some Renaissance wax.I cut a couple nicks on the bushing with a triangular file, just enough to know where the end of the blade is up under that bushing.Not a bad way to kill an hour. And I got a new tool out of it!



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Cheesy Dado Shims

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While looking around the shop to find a shim for my dado set, I saw the plastic lid from a cottage cheese container in the trash. Hmm, I thought, that could be it. I trimmed away the edge and measured …Source

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Warped desk top advice needed

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Warped desk top advice neededWelp, I did it. It took me a year, between projects, but I did figure out how to do it by trial and error. But I learned a lot. I just tried to use what I had handy. This piece was sitting in the rain for some time, I wasn't sure if I was over my head on this one. But, my wife is happy. Now she wants to keep it. I'll post pictures as soon as I figure out how to post them.



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Does adding a CNC to your shop make you less of a woodworker?

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Welcome to What Really Grinds My Chisels, an occasional feature where the Popular Woodworking editors tackle subjects they feel passionate about. I consider myself a pretty traditional woodworker. I heavily favor hand tools because that's how I like to work. …Source

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Ficus corner shelf

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Ficus corner shelfMy mom started a collection of hand-carved wooden birds many years ago. She was moving to a new place and needed a few surfaces for her birds. When she stayed with us, she marveled at my neighbor's gigantic Ficus tree. It's really a pretty awesome tree. Several years ago it was being trimmed, and the crew was happy to let me take several large pieces. Some i kept natural and some I cut into boards. Since she loves the tree, I decided to make the shelf from the FicusThe shelves are attached to the log segment with mortise and tenon joints. The log itself is pretty well spalted, from leaving the bark on the wood for 6 years in my garage, while the shelves were de-barked and flat sawn several years ago. The log is attached to the wall with an integral french cleat. Finish is 3 coats of 100% Tung oil.Gory details and more photos at source: Rustic corner shelves



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Wine and dine

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Wine and dineA nice piece of swamp cypress and a great design…thanks for looking!



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Mother's Day Gift

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Mother's Day GiftHere's a little something I made for Mother's Day 2022. Walnut and poplar, laser engraved with water-based poly finish.



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Weed Pots

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Weed PotsTrying to get ready for SWAT this year. These are some of the “Weed Pot” banquet table decoration that will be the theme for this year. Two of them are Oak with some of the bark still on, a Cherry with bark, Cypress, a piece of Holly that I experimented using the metal effects coating on. It's copper with a green patina aged look. The last one is a piece of Osage I had lying the shop forever. Just wire brushed and did a little turning, but other that, left it alone.Bobby
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Shop-made Beam Compass

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In my work I often need to draw large-radii curves, for which I use this long beam compass. Built from scrap wood and a dowel center, it's cheap and easy to make in any length. It can be quickly adjusted …Source

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Goodbye, Ego! Hello, Humility!

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Whenever I admire a fellow woodworker's finished piece of furniture, I never ask how they did this or that because, quite simply, I am afraid they are going to tell me. Listening to someone describe how they accomplished a …Source

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Loghorses

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LoghorsesHello Lumberjocks!
Here are my new sawhorses made specifically for milling logs. I made these using 3/4 MDO plywood. It is 8' long and holds a log at 32 from the ground. I use this with my new Granberg Alaskan sawmill. These loghorses hold the log off the ground making the milling process much more enjoyable and safer as well. The final picture is of some 4' long white pine boards made with the sawmill.
Thanks for looking,
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Reception desk

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Reception deskA designer contacted me and worked with me to design this desk that I made for a great little local business with wonderful owners and employees.
The desk is is 2 1/4 inches thick and
Is 36 inches deep by 72 inches long.
I learned some new techniques making this desk and I learned it may be best to get a helper when I'm making something this big



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Rustic Burl Bowl

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Rustic Burl BowlWay back in November, my brother-in-law procured a really big piece of burl wood for me:One part had a particularly nice ball of burl that I cut quite a few clock faces from, like this one:The hunk of burl got to the point that there was no way to cut any more clock faces from it. I've been staring at this mass of wood for weeks and only just realized that the place from which I cut the most clock faces actually sits nice and flat and would make a good base for a bowl.So, I went back to my roots. My very first wood working project came from a massive burl that I found while fly fishing. It ended up turning out pretty nicely and sits, even as I type this, on our coffee table:So, I set to work. First I took out a lot of the wood to make the bowl, alternating between paddle bits on my drill and a wood chisel and hammer. I finished off the bowl with my grinder.The grinder came in handy for knocking off the bark and grinding down the sap wood. This turned out to be a very interesting piece of wood because it has burl grain but it's also spalted in some places.I sanded the exterior with a palm sander and then finished it with wipe-on poly.I included the picture with the Sprite can so folks can get a sense of dimensions. These bowls require a lot of hours, but I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. Again, another nice break from clocks.



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Cherry Nightstands

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Cherry Nightstands My twin 3 year olds both go to bed with water bottles, little alarm clocks that show when they can get up etc. Right now that stuff is on the floor next to their beds. I made these nightstands out of Cherry. They stand 15 tall which the bed height. The finish is boiled linseed oil.



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New 90 degree Crosscut sled for AZ Shop

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New 90 degree Crosscut sled for AZ ShopI finished my last two projects and had always intended to make a 90 degree crosscut sled for the Arizona shop. Well today I finished. Took 4 half day shop sessions. The old sled that was couple years old when I joined the AZ shop in 2018 is getting loose and cuts between 89 and 91 degrees depending on which side you push from.The sled base is 40” x 22.5” x 0.75” thick Baltic Birch.Front and Back fence are 38.8” x 2.5” with a 12” section centered on the blade 4.25” tall. The front fence is made of 3 layers of 1/2” BB and back fence made of 2 layers of 1/2” BB.Front fence did not glue up dead flat so it went through the jointer and thickness planer. Much better now.Runners are walnut that is quarter sawn. Intended them to be HDPE or hard maple. I cut the maple strips and was not satisfied with the fit. Looked for the HDPE where it was last time but not there. So looked through my sizable shelf of lumber cut offs and found a piece 1.5” x 21” x 1.125” which was going to have to do. This piece of walnut could be cut so the grain was truly vertical in the narrow dimension of the runners.Used a piece of 1/4” x 1 plus inch cherry on the cut off shelf and took four or five passes bumping the fence a smidgen at a time till is just fit in the slots.Spent half a day getting the runners attached and adjusted so the sled slid nicely. You might notice that the runners are not the same length. When tightening one of them got too festive with the drill and I heard “crack” followed that with Oh Sx#t. So got the Japanese saw out and voila all is good.Last picture is the panel for the 5 cut adjustment method (ala William Ng). Cut 5 came out not perfect on the original strip. Cut 5 on strip 2 after adjusting 0.013” came out 0.001” difference in A & B ends over about 14” length.As Mr. Ng said “0.001” is good enough for me”.



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