The Woodshop Shed

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Shallow Cut Eliminates Tear-Out

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When I crosscut hardwood plywood, I use an old technique to minimize tearout on the bottom face. I simply make two passes with my general-purpose blade. After setting the rip fence, I cut a shallow groove, no more than 1/32 …Source

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Wilder's Rocking Horse

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Wilder's Rocking HorseBuilt as a gift for my grandson's 2nd birthday from a pattern. I am glad I did not follow all of the instructions and held back on pre drilling all of the connection holes. Got covid in the middle of the project. After 2 weeks down came back to shop and broke the original tail which had to be amputated.

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Shaker Style Oak Dining Table

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Shaker Style Oak Dining TableBuilt this for a friend about 2 years ago. A bit over 8' long with the simple slide-in leaves in place. plain sawn red oak that I planed to 7/8. the extra eighth makes a noticeable difference in weight and feel. Golden oak stain with 5 coats of Zar self leveling matte oil-based poly. Tried to talk her into tung oil, but the kid factor won out. The matte finish is actually quite nice when rubbed out. Little or no reflection but glass-smooth touch.
The two most challenging aspects of this build were 1. Keeping track of all the boards during glue-up and breadboarding to ensure that each board maintained its identity end to end. OK, I will admit to being easily distracted, and had to re-rip one leaf to properly rearrange the boards. Lesson learned: index and mark up your glue-ups reeeal good. And 2. Getting good glue joints on 9' long boards. I don't have a jointer, so I carefully tuned the table saw for good rips and then shot the boards by hand – a simple process of booking two boards to be joined, and shooting them with a Baily #5 followed a #7. They actually turned out seamless and that was the most gratifying part of the project. It also introduced me to the joys of a sharp, well tuned plane. But that's another story

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An Unusual Retirement

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In Conversation with Plane Maker Karl Holtey. Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the December 2020 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. In 2015, acclaimed hand plane maker Karl Holtey announced his impending retirement and was working on the 984 …Source

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Yard Schickt - A Yardstick Puzzle

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Yard Schickt - A Yardstick PuzzleYard Schtickt is a voyage into unknown puzzle box making waters.I just couldn't help but make another recycled yardstick puzzle project.This one has the design so that each side is removable for exploring how it all works!Likely more fun then I should be having. ; )Fun to learn if anyone one is interested with a few plans on Etsy for those keen enough.

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