The Woodshop Shed

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

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Split Roubo Workbench

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Split Roubo WorkbenchI always wanted to build one of these and have the flexibility of the versatile vises. Project is from The WoodWhisper Guild and happy the way it turned out, still have the bottom to complete. Sourced some local white oak very cheap. Finished with danish oil for easy cleanup and repair. The top glue up was rough even with biscuit joints so I had to flatten with a router sled. As you know wood moves, so it's out of whack again, 5 months later, but will be fine for my uses. I draw pegged the legs versus knockdown hardware since the top is removable and can be transported.

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Loxodon-Fighter

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Loxodon-FighterAnother 3D model I found on myminifactory website that I couldn't resist. I made it out of a rough-cut 4×12 Douglas-fir and then applied the metal coating that I've done on previous models. The body is Antique Bronze, the shield and sword was Bronze and the head was Stainless Steel. Size is 22-inch tall, 19-inches wide and 11-inches deep.Gary

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Outdoor Santa

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Outdoor SantaThe Santa is all painted up and about ready for delivery. I like the way he turned out. This is from a Pat Moore rough out. Thanks for looking!

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OmniSquare Multi-function Layout Tool

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Tool: The Original OmniSquare Shop Now   Manufacturer: Omni Tool Works MSRP: $29.95 This clever and inexpensive milled aluminum square functions as a try square, miter square, bevel square, T-square, combination square and (in a pinch) a compass (the compass …Source

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Easy Knife Block

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Carry Rack for the Tacoma

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Carry Rack for the TacomaHad to buy some 12' 2 bys for some work in the basement and needed a way to get them Home…
Already had the 4” X 4” posts here, had to buy a dozen 2” X 4” X 8's and some carriage bolts to knock this thing together…
Used it to bring home 4-12', 3-10' and a couple of 8' the other day, couldn't even see it up there!
It's designed to come apart, the front and rear “assemblies” are connected to one another by only four bolts, and they weigh comparable to a pallet (not too bad)
Pressure treated was used through-out…Sadly, my drill gave up the ghost drilling the holes for the tie down spots…

So Young! Only 60 years or so… :)29 August 2022

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Unexpected Out of the Box Chair Restoration - Part 1

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A few weeks ago, my spouse purchased two Faux bamboo Chippendale mahogany chairs for our dining table. The chairs were a reproduction of a Victorian furniture style and meant to match the interior look he and the decorator intended. Advertised …Source

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Simple Bed Design

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Simple Bed DesignSo I had this idea of making a bed (queen sized) for my son. I wanted to do something interesting with the design, so I had this idea of making a splayed leg (like a spider). The problem is that in order to get the grain direction to go in the right directions at the right places, I couldn't cut it out of 2 pieces and join it (I actually tried that, dry-fit, and all the tenons broke :-)So I hogged out the material with the band saw & chisel, and created a loose tenon from walnut. I made the knee joint the same way. Dado'd out a space, and put in a loose tenon there as well.But I was worried that because of the shape of the leg, the glue joints would be under tremendous strain. I didn't want my son's bed collapsing on his dog if he was sleeping underneath.So I pinned both joints with walnut. The thought that if the glue joint breaks it will sag, and not collapse.I used mortised tusk tenons for connecting the rails to the footboard and headboard. My mortising skills aren't very good. I really did try to square them up (which I sort of did for the rail mortise, but the tusk mortise I got tired.For slats and center rail, I just used an old ikea slat/rail system I had laying around (yeah I know. Cheating. sue me.)I'm still not convinced that the structural integrity of this design will last. I'm curious to see how well joint expansion and glue aging hold up. the design is basically a big lever bearing the weight of the bed to try to pull the tenon out of the headboard/footboard.It was fun to do with my son, and an interesting experiment.Any thoughts?Mike

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Trinket Boxes

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Trinket BoxesSpousal Unit envisioned a jewelry box when she saw the waste material from our last project. I'm thinking she was right!!She claimed the smaller one. The other one is a gift for the Physical Therapist that was so helpful in my recovery from knee replacement surgery this year.Lacquer finish this time. These are gonna need a couple tanning sessions in the sun to darken the cherry triangles.

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Another Rocking Chair

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Another Rocking ChairSo my house is getting full of rocking chairs. Built another one because I haven't built one out of walnut yet. I guess I need to find a market for rocking chairs. I actually built this several months ago and never posted it.

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Rock-N-Clock

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Rock-N-ClockA slice of the hollow log I picked up on the roadside. I believe it's sycamore, based on the trees still standing, but not sure. Added a River rock picked up during a recent hike. Finished with spray can lacquer.

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6th ever project. 2x Art Deco style clocks.

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6th ever project. 2x Art Deco style clocks. Hi all
It's been a whiles, almost 2 years before I could get back in the shed. So this being my 6th project since taking up woodwork, I got the idea from a YouTube video and pretty much just followed there instruction but made up my own measurements as I went along. I learned some new things on this project, mortise and tenon joints got the three rails, and cutting at different angles which did not cause me too many issues. I did make mistakes along the way but learnt from them. I did have a major issue cutting the bevels on the tops of the clocks because the wood was sinking in to the plastic plate as I pushed it through the evolution table saw, I could not afford to buy more oak so had to live with the unequal cuts, but to be honest it does not really notice to much. I also failed miserably in matching grain to make it symmetrically pleasing. I only realised when completed and stood back and looked. Well one was for my dad who is 85 and I gave that to him today, he was very pleased with it as was my mum. The second is for my son, I have a letter to write him and hide in a secret compartment inside the clock for when I kick the bucket

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bird house & feeders

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bird house & feedersThese are a log cabin bird house and two hopper feeders i made as my first projects hope everyone likes them.

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Picture Frame Glue-up

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Here's a quick way to glue up a mitered frame of any size using only two clamps, with no worry that the frame will shift out of alignment. You'll need two 1″ x 1″ hardwood bars (make them whatever length …Source

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House of Dust

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HOUSE OF DUST To keep airborne dust from getting into the house, I bought a dust collector for my basement workshop. I wanted to start with a clean slate, so I decided to rid the shop of a decade's worth …Source

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New front doors

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New front doorsThe wife was saying the front door needed an update. I said, “you mean paint?” She said, “no, like new doors”.
So here is my first attempt at doors. Turned out better than I expected. I was very nervous about hanging them. Made of Sapele with a spar urethane finish.

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Simply jacaranda bowl.

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Simply jacaranda bowl.Bowl made from a jacaranda log I processed with a little pyrography. Approximately 11” x 4”.

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320 Drawers- Beech wood

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320 Drawers- Beech woodThis is not my build. I just could not find out how to insert the photo of this awesome 320 drawer tower made of beech. Someone made this in Lucerne, Switzerland at the beginning of the 20th century. I can not imagine how long this took to make ! It is so nice. I wish I could own it but it probably costs too much $ ! I just had to share it here !

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George III walnut burl and ebony tea caddy

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George III walnut burl and ebony tea caddy The design of my tea caddy is based on a circa 1790 George III red tortoiseshell tea caddy ( insert picture). Mine is made from walnut burl and ebony – of cube form with a Egyptian sarcophagus form lid topped with a Dutch drop brass handle. The ebony corner mouldings were hand scratched using period techniques to create a unique raised bead design. On the front there's an elegant inlaid mother of pearl escutcheon and the interior has two sections each with a sarcophagus style lid. The whole piece stands on a squat classic ogee bracket feet. It is finished with hand polished lacquer.

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Wormsloe Southern Live Oak Bowl #1

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Wormsloe Southern Live Oak Bowl #1My wife and I took a trip to Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, in April 2022. On all our travels we like to visit architectural salvage places to look for interesting wood. On this trip we visited “Re:Purpose Savannah” (https://www.repurposesavannah.org). It is a women-run nonprofit that dismantles old buildings and salvages old growth trees that have come down, then provides those materials to artists and builders while preserving the history and provenance of their source.The director, Mae Bowley, showed us the last board from a branch of a famous tree (5th photo shows me, Mae, and the board). The tree is on the “avenue of oaks” which were planted on the Wormsloe Plantation in the late 1800's. Wormsloe is now an Georgia State Historic Site, so these trees are protected, carefully maintained, and can't be cut down. However, a storm broke a large branch off of tree #238 (see 4th photo) and Re:Purpose Savannah was called to salvage it. They slabbed the branch, which was as big as many whole trees, and had this last piece still unsold when I got there.Sadly, I couldn't take the whole board with me on the plane back to California, so they cut about a foot off of each end for me. I made this bowl from the top end of the board as seen in the 5th photo, and gave it back to Mae to thank her for her hospitality to us and for her passionate energy to preserve Georgia's history and support women in the construction and woodworking trades. The bowl I made from the bottom section I am keeping and will post soon.This piece had a very rotted knot in the center that I had to stabilize with epoxy before I could start turning. It also had a dry-rotted section of sapwood I had to stabilize with CA glue. I filled the rest of the cracks with a combination of epoxy and black grout (sandless grout won't bleed into nearby wood fibers like dye's can). Then top-coated with a several coats General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.

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Poplar and Ambrosia Maple Box

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Poplar and Ambrosia Maple BoxHad a board of poplar, and I got the itch to try another torched box.Assembled the box, fit the bottom in, and then took the propane torch to the outside. I kinda like how the scorched poplar looks.The top is Ambrosia Maple and sits on my little corner columns inside the box.Earlier in the summer, walking home from dropping my car at the mechanic, I came across a pile of bones near a tree in a park. I remembered the bones the other day and biked over to that park only to find that many of the bones were gone.Still, there was a hip joint there (raccoon or possum, I'm guessing) and I decided that it might make a unique handle.I cleaned it up with some hydrogen peroxide, drilled a divot in the top of the box, and then glued the bone into place.Won't please everyone, but I kinda liked getting away from the twisty wood handle for this one.Finished the whole thing in satin, spray-on poly.

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Dovetail Ruler Trick

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A throwaway wooden ruler prevents fatal errors when dovetailing. The No. 1 mistake made by first-time dovetailers has nothing to do with sawing or chopping - the obvious choices. Instead, I've found that most fatal mistakes happen at the …Source

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Dremel 8240 Review

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Tool: 8240 Cordless Rotary Tool Shop Now   Manufacturer: Dremel MSRP: $99 (includes 2.0Ah battery, charger, storage case, and several accessories) Dremel has been a whirlwind recently, releasing several new models and updated old ones, most recently the new and …Source

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Interleaved cutting board

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Interleaved cutting boardI was out browsing for new ideas on Pinterest, and I saw a nice image of an endless pattern that included hexagons with interleaved parallelogram shapes - and I wanted to make an end grain cutting board using that pattern. It turned out to be much more work than I ever anticipatedIt quickly turned out that this particular pattern is impossible (?) to make using the normal flipping-flopping-gluing method on a table saw - at least I cannot think of how to do it that way. Also, the difference in shape for the various pieces makes practically no room for any scale or angular errors when making them. So I ended up milling each individual piece on my CNC router, in order to get good overall precision. It took about 12 hours machining time. For the gluing, I made two custom clamping blocks that pressed the pieces together. I glued one row of pieces at a time, until it was finished.If I ever going to make more boards like this, I must come up with a better way of making the pieces, this way took much too long time.My main blog of stuff I make on my CNC router.

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Faster Cleaning

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Here's a quick way to get all the dust out of your machine's nooks and crannies. Most shop vacuums have one port for vacuuming and a second port for blowing. Hook up a hose to each port, then blow and …Source

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A School for Impractical Cabinetmakers

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A gifted teacher preserves and shares the legacy of James Krenov. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine To reach the Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking, you head northwest from …Source

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Custom Cutting Board

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Custom Cutting BoardWhat ? A cutting board ? Yep, that what it started out to be 2 weeks ago when I made a dozen or so other boards. The more I looked at this particular glue up I just couldn't see a cutting board so I decided it wanted to be a box. Sure wish I had taken a picture or two but we all know how that works.
So anyway I had a plank about 10” wide x 14” or so long and I sliced it into 4 pieces about 2” high x 10” wide and 11/16” thick. I cut the miters on all of the ends and put it together with a rubber band holding it. HATED IT !
It laid around for a week or so while I finished the other boards and I started a couple lamp shades to occupy my mind. I ended up with one shade and 1 really cute little bowl and started to make the lamp stand and ran into the 'box'
I didn't like the size relative to the thickness so off to the band saw. I cut the sides in half ( about 5/16” ) and ran everything thru the drum sander. Re-cut the miters on 32 pieces and finished the inside with 3 coats of poly then glued 8 boxes without tops or bottoms.
I decided to inlay bottoms by relieving half of the thickness so as to leave about 3/16” lip showing at the bottom with a rabbit the thickness of the walls to make more glue surface.
After they all dried I rounded the corners and inside/outside edges for a more pleasing appearance.
So the bottom line after all is said and done, this cutting board that normally takes a couple hours of easy stress free labor turned into a week of indecision leading up to a set of 8 really cute little nesting boxes.
almost forfor, the dims are 4 3/4” square x 2 1/8” x 5/16 thick on the larger ones and 3 15/16 square x 1 7/8” high x 5/16” thick.Thanks for looking and have GREAT DAY !
here's a picture showing the original pattern of the board


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Three More Rattles

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Three More RattlesMore friends are having grand babies so I thought the little ones need rattles. The two long ones are 5 1/4” long and 1 1/8' diameter on the ends and have 2 steel balls in each end. They are turned out of Box elder.The ring rattle is 3 7/8” diameter and a little over 1/2” on the cross section. It is made from mesquite and has 4 steel balls inside.They are all finished with a 3 step buff and wax ( carnuba wax).I add a few shots of them in the making. I did the ring a little different than I do bracelets- I finished the outside first and had to hold it to do the inside. I made a split ring collet out of nylon ( I have made many out of wood before) to hold it from the outside. So if I make any more ring rattles, they will have to be 3 7/8” diameter.Cheers, Jim

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Jazz Age Mini-Lathe

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Some years back, when the company I worked for relocated out of state, I lost my job. While hunting for a new position and feeling a bit down, I visited a shop that sold used woodworking machines. I found …Source

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Spatulas

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Spatulas I found some old maple drawer fronts and made spatulas from them.

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"Upper Sac" Chair

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"Upper Sac" ChairFound washed up on the bank of one of my favorite NorCal fly fishing streams. Seeing it from a distance I had planned to sit on it for a badly needed break, only to to be sorely disappointed on it's unsuitable condition. So in to the back of the truck it went. Did a full tear down/re-glue, multiple dowels in seat, repair broken leg and stretcher, several coats of Watco over Behlen American Walnut alcohol stain followed 0000 steel wool.

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Plane Rack

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Plane RackI finally got around to building a plane rack to go with the chisel rack I built earlier in the year. It doesn't hold all of my planes, just the ones I use most. I say that but like most people, I don't use all of the Stanley bench planes. They look cool though. I'm still in the process of restoring those. The rack is hung from French cleats and made from painted pine and MDF with oak accents.

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Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Box

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Cedar and Ambrosia Maple BoxWell, I had an idea, so I finally broke down and got myself a new tool… a propane torch.I did a little research and found out that cedar can produce a nice effect when seared a little bit.I bought an 8-foot board of cedar and cut from it an 8.5” x 5.5” frame for the box. I decided to have the rough side out and the smooth side in, figuring that the rough side might take to the torch better.Once the glued frame was dry, I took to the outside with the torch, just passing the flame back and forth. I like the effect that it gave.The bottom is a fitted piece of Ambrosia Maple as is the top. I had a piece of twisted tree left, so that became the handle.I put little square dowels in the corners again for the lid to rest against.I know charred wood can be its own finish, but my fingers were smudged every time I picked this thing up, so I decided to finish it with a spray-on, satin poly.It was fun to work with a new kind of wood… the cedar.We'll see what people think.

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A Solitary Bee Hotel and the Joy of Just Drilling

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My son Asher likes gardening. He loves digging, planting, harvesting, and building makeshift bug habitats for earthworms, beetles, moths, and ants. A few weeks ago, he asked me if we could make a solitary bee hotel for our garden's bumble …Source

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Pair of white planters

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Pair of white planters Unfortunately I didn't take more pictures of these two. Same design as the first one, with an added trim detail around the inside of the opening. The center panels are made of old weathered fence pickets that were hit by sprinklers and bleached in the sun. The main frame is painted cedar. I used spray paint thinking it would give me a better finish and was disappointed in the results even after carefully sanding everything. Lesson learned. I think I had about 6 hours of time into these, and my customer was very happy.

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Lee Valley Glue Pot & Tabletop Warmer Review

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Tool: Glue Pot & Tabletop Warmer Shop Now  Manufacturer: Powermatic MSRP: $39.50 This stainless steel replica of a late 19th-century double-boiler cast iron glue pot from Landers, Frary & Clark is both cute and useful - despite its diminutive …Source

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Wenge, Padauk & Gator Leather box

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Wenge, Padauk & Gator Leather boxThis is a box I made a while back. Wenge and padauk with a gator leather bottom. I Probably would use black hinges instead of brass for the next ones.
I'm currently making a Wenge clock box and I am trying to decide if I should use Padauk accents or Maple accents. I am leaning towards the Maple since it has more of a contrast
What do you think?

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Some tool boxes

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Some tool boxesI got a 6” power plane, & made a box for it. #2 is a door plane & box- 10+ years old. Kind of a specialty tool, but just the thing for beveling door edges. Also good for gnarly grain as it has a spiral carbide cutter. #3 I was somewhat recently given this beam saw, still in it's dilapidated cardboard box from the '70s. Cuts through 6x lumber, & leaves a remarkably clean surface. #4 shifted over to a battery router kept in the truck. It has been in various bags and boxes and now has a sliding lid box. I think the lid for the beam saw box is the only 3/4” stock- everything else is thinner.

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Mac Studio Under Desk Mout

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Mac Studio Under Desk MoutI went out today and made a very quick under the desk mount for my new Mac Studio Computer. Not much room on the top of my desk where a murphy bed is on one side and the wall on the other side. Gotta consolidate and think outside the box to get it all to work. BTW the new computer and 5k monitor are amazing. Short video on the build.https://youtu.be/RH4r0YMa2wo

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Epoxy and Wood Coasters

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Epoxy and Wood CoastersSet of epoxy and wood coasters I made. The wood came from a project pack that I got on clearance from woodcraft. I cast the epoxy in a silicone mold with the wood clamped in it, then planed wood until it was even with the epoxy. I trimmed the edges up on the table saw before I got out the crosscut sled to cut the coasters. Rounded over the edges on the router table and then sanded up to 4000 grit. A coat of wood honey and they are good to go. If you hold the coasters up to a light, the epoxy is somewhat translucent.

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Fish wine balancers

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Fish wine balancersA trio of what I call wine balancers in the shape of fish. I think the pattern originally came from the woodcraft magazine but I made an MDF template and I've been going from there. I found in making them that I can't really use a flush trim bit to route these things as it tends to not like the sharper lines and often shatters the wood if I use a smaller flush trim bit instead of my large Whiteside compression flush trim bit. The center hole is about 1/4” smaller than what the template called for at 1.25” instead of 1.5” but I realized that long after I drilled the holes in the blanks. All of them are cut out by hand on the bandsaw and then sanded to final shape on the disk sander and spindle sander. I cut the 45 bevel on the bottom by measuring it from the bottom how far it needed to go and then eye balling it on the table saw cross cut sled. Next time I'll cut the bevel first then, cut the rest of the fish out.The edges are hand rounded over except for the center hole with was done with a 1/2” roundover bit in the router table. They are sanded to 320 grit and coated with wood honey.The walnut one is missing parts of the tail fin thanks to getting knocked the concrete floor of the shop and breaking some parts off because of how the grain hit the floor. It still works well though and that one was my test piece. You can see in the 3rd photo the wine bottle being held before I started sanding any of the the fish. It takes a little experimentation to find out the exact point the neck of the bottle needs to be to balance but once it does, its actually pretty stable. The table has a thick pad underneath and pushing the fin base a bit made the fish shift a little but then balanced back out and didn't drop the bottle.

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Dog Crate Topper

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Dog Crate TopperVery simple gift for a friend made out of Walnut with clear satin lacquer finish. Done all with hand tools out of rough sawn lumber. Nothing like a #8 hand plane for jointing and flattening.

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Does anybody really know what time it is? - A clock project

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Does anybody really know what time it is? - A clock projectI needed a living room clock, I prefer analog to help my kids learn to tell time, and I don't like any of the ones in teh store.
So I made this deco-style clock.The face is birdseye maple trimmed with sycamore to provide contrast. The middle layer is birch, and the back is sycamore – stuff I had sitting around that would contrast in layers but still work together.I spent time drawing out ideas on graph paper until I got angles and proportions that I thought looked good, then I used some trig to figure out what range of angles would be required for a given size of clock face. After determining all the angles, I worked with my Incra miter gage to cut those angles before realizing that was a huge pain in the butt to set up. So instead I used a protractor and straightedge to mark the cut lines, freehanded it on the bandsaw, and hand planed it to the line.It's finished with Minwax polycrylic and the numbers are vinyl stickers off eBay. Dry transfer probably would have looked more like what I wanted, but this was easier for a first clock project.First use for my router plane, routing out the back so the mechanism will fit snugly and is flush with the back layers.

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Tote for My Dremel

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Tote for My DremelWhen I bought my Dremel, it came with a plastic case and a small box plus other features to organize accessories. Over the years, I realized that I really don't like the plastic cases that come with most handheld power tools. In addition, it didn't have a way to organize my ever-growing collection of bits nor did it keep the other accessories from jostling around in the box. After a while, I got rid of the plastic case and kept all the stuff in a tool chest. This was better than the case, but it felt too “packed away”.Fortunately, last year, I made a rather simple tote for my woodcarving tools, which has worked well. It's made my carving tools more accessible, so I found myself carving more. The basic tote design is simple and rather versatile, so I made a similar one for my Dremel and accessories.The tote build was simple, so if you would like details, then check out the project page for the woodcarving tote.Click for detailsA few notes on the features unique to the Dremel tote…The tote includes a tray for the Dremel for easy access. This tray has a couple of runners underneath so it can slide from one end to the other in case I need to access something in the main tray and, of course, so it doesn't fall off.I have a few different attachments for the end of the Dremel. These would jostle around in the plastic case and would get on my nerves when packing away the tool. To solve this, I stuck a few dowels as posts into a small board as posts, some perpendicular to the board, others at an angle to match the accessory. The posts help keep the accessories in one place.If you're a heavy Dremel user like me, you likely have a lot of bits, wrenches, and consumables like cutoff disks and sanding cylinders.To help organize the million sanding cylinders I bought from Amazon and other miscellaneous items, I made a simple tray with dividers. There's nothing unique about the design except that I made one compartment of this tray specific for the tiny Dremel drill bit set.I'm most proud of the organizer for the bits simply because I was able to make what seemed like a million holes in a grid pattern and they ended up being aligned! This organizer was made from two pine boards, final thickness of 1-3/8”, glued together. The holes for the bits were 1/4” while the holes for the collets were slightly larger. I made spaces for the cutoff disks with a forstner bit. These spaces were a bit close to the edge of the organizer, so one side was flimsy. I ended up breaking part of one of the sides well after the organizer was done. All holes were drilled using a drill press.Thanks for checking out my post!

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Cabinet Refacing

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Cabinet RefacingI had a cabinet refacing job to do, wrote up a blog series covering the process https://www.lumberjocks.com/EricFai/blog/133631Finally get to post the project, waiting for customer to select the pulls. I also did the tile backslash.The main project consisted of building new doors, and drawers with new faces along with adding one base cabinet with 3 drawers. I used Poplar for all parts and 1/4” plywood for the panels. I used the old concealed hinges.The wood was primed/painted and then followed up with a satin clear coat. (A fellow woodworker pointed out that I could have had the primer tinted to color then apply the clear coat). Think I'll try that for the next one.During this project I purchased a HVLP spray gun, that actually worked very nicely.I already have a request to build a custom pantry cabinet, with drawers and install a swinging pantry kit. This will be for the same couple.Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

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Danish Modern Campaign Chest

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Built to move (and to last), this piece blends classic proportions and clean lines. When the British Empire began taking over the world in the 18th century, one vexing problem at its tropical holdings was the monsoon season. When …Source

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Turnings

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TurningsSummer shop clean-up.Birch Bowl, 8.75”D X 3”H. Food safe finish.I made a batch of spatulas, 51 this time. I'm making more of the longer ones now that don't get lost in an Instant Pot. 12” instead of 10.5”. Gave away a half a dozen of each size already.4 more wands for the grandkids. Still 2 to go.Made four 5” spheres from some Yellow Cedar beam ends. Eight 3” Walnut spheres from old table legs. Also a Maple and a couple of maybe Mahogany. Added them to my collection in my big Yellow Cedar bowl. My wife just shakes her head, doesn't see the point of them. I don't know why but enjoy making and looking at them.

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Remembering Sam Maloof

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Designer and builder of elegant but simple iconic furniture. Editor's note: This piece was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking in memoriam of Sam's passing that year. Sam Maloof is the reason I became a …Source

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Urban decoys

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Urban decoysIf I don't have a project to work on, sometimes I carve things. Over the years they accumulate. These have been on the front porch a few years.I call this one the Chernobyl Chickadee. I used black push pins for the eyes, and they're really too big.Birds will let you know what they think.For legs, I use electrical wiring epoxied in.Scraps painted with acrylics

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Saw stand

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Saw standThe original from back in the day- it had a handle but the edges broke off. A few more saws so another one added- plywood, cherry, oak top from some random piece , door skin dividers. Finger grooves under edges of top. Original is plywood, Chinkapin.

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Scandinavian Workbench

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Modern hardware and techniques update this Tage Frid-inspired bench. Scandinavian- or Continental-style workbenches are the vinyl LP records of the woodworking world. These iconic benches have never left the scene. A few are classics and others are the flavor …Source

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Modern Lounge Chair

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Shop-made hardware and precision joinery are the foundation for this Danish-inspired folding seat. Weave the seat: Paper Cord Weaving Download: LoungeChairPlans PDF Danish furniture is making a comeback these days. It's been a favorite of mine from the moment …Source

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3D Bandsaw

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3D Bandsaw Bull cut out on my band saw. I use standard 24 dimensional construction lumber. These don't have a finish on them yet. I usually just finish them with boiled linseed oil.This was more challenging than I though it would would be. But I enjoyed the challenge.I have a how to video on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wniKJNoBxFo&t=89sAnd I sell the Pattern on etsy and that link is on youtube.

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Mt. Fuji in Autumn

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Mt. Fuji in AutumnThis box is my marquetry interpretation of a ssaku-hanga (“creative prints”) woodblock print by Mamoru Makino.The marquetry was fabricated with hand-cut veneers of American Holly, African Sapele, Brazilian Pau Amarello, Western Big Leaf and Quilted Maple.The inside cover of the box was made from a spectacular slice of spalted figured maple with crushed semi-precious azurite & malachite stones.The box itself is made from solid cherry which will age beautifully over time to a golden amber color. The bottom of the box is fitted with a beautiful piece of imported Japanese washi paper.As always, I use Brusso hinges to finish off the box.

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Paper Cord Weaving

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Simple Danish 'planflet' weaving produces eyecatching results. Build the chair: Modern Lounge Chair Download: Full-size patterns for planfletseat and back weaving PD Danish paper cord is three-ply, twisted paper, a strong material that Hans Wegner used on his now-classic …Source

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3D Bandsaw Pigs

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3D Bandsaw PigsThree different shapes of Pigs, cut out on my band saw. I use standard 2×4 dimensional construction lumber. These don't have a finish on them yet. I usually just finish them with boiled linseed oil.The three shapes are What I call a standard pig, one has a high back, and one has a high rump.I have a how to video on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flrXRTTxSA0&t=57sAnd I sell the Pattern on etsy and that link is on youtube.

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Ribbon Table

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Impossible? No. Impossibly easy. If architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976) is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern design, then Eileen Gray (Ireland, 1878-1976), who shared his profession and time on Earth, must …Source

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Circular cutting boards

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Circular cutting boardsA batch of cutting boards with a juice groove routed on one side. All are made from teak that I bought from Lowes already cut in a circle. Sanded the boards after routing the groove and then 2 coats of walrus oil and a coat of board wax.Made these are items to sell at some craft fairs as quick items to turn out.

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Cutting Board/Cheese board

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Cutting Board/Cheese boardWalnut, Yellowheart, cherry, purple heart, cherry, Yellowheart, walnut. Another simple cutting board glued together, planed, squared off on the table saw, edges routed, and then sanded. Finished with walrus oil and board wax.

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The Lasting Influence of Tage Frid

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Through teaching, this master craftsman's work lives on. Learn more about the work and influence of Tage Frid.Source

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Race Car for Ledger

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Race Car for LedgerLedger is my 4 month old neighbor. He got clothes and “dumb stuff” for his birthday…..I wanted him to have something cool, something that would last beyond two months beyond the receiving of his gift. Ledgers Dad and Grandpa are huge Bears fans. His room is done in the bears theme. This can sit on his shelf until he is two or so and then he can play with it. Oh did I mention Ledger is huge for his age? He is the hope of the neighborhood to play ball for the Bears.This car is modeled after a a car I saw on ebay. It started life as an Ash 2×4. I glued it together, shaped it with a bandsaw, 1” sanding belt, a rasp, and a ton of sandpaper. “Shaping” is actually an ancient term that means “fool that sands until his fingers bleed”. I filled several area with filler , then a grain filler. I learned that I really should have used that tape that body shop folks use to sculpt curves and flames, and to get better stickers. I see that they will need a dab of CA to sit down on the rounded areas. The tires I bought off of ebay, they are skateboard wheels, that I made axles from long bolts on my metal lathe. It was fun, a first attempt at a “cartoonish” racer, more to come.Thanks for looking….

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Welcome To Modern Week

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Many woodworkers have mixed feelings about modern design in woodworking. Traditional style plans outsell our modern furniture plans by at least 3:1, and the appearance of modern furniture in our magazine is sporadic at best. Take a look at current …Source

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Modern Address Planter

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I was browsing Houzz recently for some exterior renovation inspiration recently when I stumbled upon an address planter that I liked. Wanting to learn more, I followed the product link where I found it was going for an eye-watering $150 …Source

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Live edge dining table

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Live edge dining table It never fails build one and it turned into three. This is the second and I have one more to go. I sanded it to 180 and used Rubio Monocoat to finish it. One coat is all that is required. The finish goes a long way. 160 ml did the table and bench that amounted to about 1/2 a can. Now one more to go this one will have two benches.

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Jewellery Box in Bubinga

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Jewellery Box in BubingaJust finished another Jewellery box, this one is a surprised birthday present for a good friend.
Its veneered in Bubinga with Sycamore edging and the top has a panel of Birdseye Maple and her initials inlayed in Bubinga. Made a tray for it from Sycamore and used some Purple Heart for the mitre splines , and its all lined in Pigs Suede. Used Neat Elite hinges from Ian Hawthorn, super quality and easy to fit accurately.
Pretty happy with the outcome, the Bubinga veneer was a bit of a challenge to use as it needed flattening first and was also prone to cracking very easy. Lots of tiny hairline cracks in it but I didn't mind them, kind of added a bit of character to the box. There were a couple of larger ones that I filled, virtually impossible to see them though now its finished as the wood is so patterned..

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A clock to match

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A clock to matchWhen I finished up my latest salvage project we put some stuff on it and me and my wife both agreed that it needed something on top of it. I showed her some pictures of several clocks I'd been eyeing for a while and she agreed that a clock would look great there. I narrowed it down to two designs pretty quickly. In the end this one won out. I owe the Woodsmith group a big thank you because I used their video on YouTube for inspiration ( plans can be found here if needed https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/craftsman-style-clock/). I found their site where they sold their plans. I'm a tightwad so I didn't bother buying them. Instead I drew my own design up based on how high I wanted and on a decorative tile that I already have on hand. Without buying the plans they don't mention the size of the tile so I chose to not waste my money on a gamble. In the end my clock was made for a 4 inch by 4 inch decorative tile that I've held on to for a few years that was left over from some tile work at my old house. The build was pretty simple. I used a salvaged 1×12 for it. By my guess I used less than 3 feet length of it which is impressive in my opinion that with a board of 8 feet in length you could probably make 3 of these clocks. One thing I did vary from the Woodshop folks is that I didn't like the way their sides mounted with the front face. I chose to leave a 1/8 strip of wood and cut a dado groove in the back of the face to glue the sides into. The front horizontal pieces were planed down to about 5/8 thick. The only issue I had was when doing the lighter piece that the clock face mounts on. I had just put a beautiful poly finish on it when I realized that it was 3/4in think and that the clock mechanism wouldn't be able to go all the way through due to the shorter design of the shaft. After running the backside through the planner I flipped it over to view the finished side. It was now nasty with dust smashed into the finish so I had to plane that side too. I again sanded and finished it again. I then drilled the hole for the mechanism to stick through. As luck would have it when lifting it off the drill press I lifted it right into the sharp drill bit that gouged a big spot in it…... over to the planer again to remove about 1/8in then a fast sand (at this point I was fairly aggravated and ready to finish it) and a fresh poly coat. For the hour marks I used old nails that I'd pulled from the board that I cut down real short which seemed fitting since this was done with salvaged lumber. I glued the piece in place with some super glue so I wouldn't have to wait long for it to dry then mounted the clock mechanism…. which I apparently broke when I installed the hands because it won't work now. I'll be replacing the mechanism this week I hope. Aside from that I am satisfied with it and happy to build my first clock in probably 15 years. I thought when I built it that I have tools now that I never even knew existed when I first started making clocks. Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading!

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Slightly confused board

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Slightly confused board My first attempt at a chaos cutting board succeeded, sort of. I didn't look at any videos or directions, just sort of figured it out. I call it my slightly confused board and not really chaos. Glue ups weren't easy due to the differing triangles. Walnut, oak, and maple were used. Size is 11×5x1.25. Turned out on the small side so it probably minimally useful.Don't know why everyone says these are made from scrap. I never have any scrap longer than 14. Video guys use lots of very long pieces. Maybe they're making other stuff that they don't advertise. (Mini rant off)

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Pegboard shelf

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Pegboard shelfI made this for my office. The holes are 7/8” CNC'd in. I made one like it for this guy in my neighborhood who makes youtube videos. So I figured while the program was on the machine, I'd make an extra one for myself. I also made this thing for the one he made for his squirrel obstacle course, the little wooden maze with chicken wire over it.

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Travel Humidors

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Travel HumidorsTravel HumidorsLeft to Right
- Hickory- Hickory with Sycamore lid panel- Walnut with Canary lid panel (this one is a companion to this full size humidor, https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/423015, and is sold to the same individual)All have a nice friction fit lid with magnetic capture. They slide open and closed like a dream!Rubio Monocoat finish.Thanks!

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Travel jewelry boxes / Small keepsake

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Travel jewelry boxes / Small keepsakeSmall boxes with pull off lids. These are a “save” from a run of boxes that were intended to have hinges and magnets. Unfortunatly, I took the stock thickness too thin to accept the magnets and hinge screws and it generally turned into a mess after I ruined three trying to will it to work.So, I put them aside for about 8 months. Then decided to add a liner taller than I usually do, and voila, a really satisfying sliding action to open and close these now. They are tiny little boxes and I have 6 more to “save” from the original run…I'll get to those later!Padouk and “I can't recall”
Mahogany and PurpleheartThanks!

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Backyard Swing

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Backyard SwingSo, my brother in law had an old swing on an A frame type structure. He asked if I could build a new swing so he can surprise his wife. This is what I came up with. Hope she likes the difference.

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Small bookcase

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Small bookcaseThis was at an Airbnb where I stayed a couple of years ago, & I took a pic and a couple of measurements.
The wood is madrone, milled in northern California many years ago- difficult to dry, but great to work after that.
the 5/8” sides and shelves are joined with #10 biscuits. The trefoil design is very easy & fun- three tangent holes with a forstner bit & rout with a small cove. 22”, 32”, 10”, shelves angle 12.Does this happen to you?


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Slick

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SlickNeeded a slick for upcoming timber framing project. As I've been playing around with blacksmithing for a couple of years thought I'd try to make it. Got a piece of O1 tool steel and fired up the forge. Is all forged from 1 piece of steel. Handle is turned white oak (handled the wood with steel dust on my hands so it turned a little black, oops). Blade is 10” by 1 1/2”, Handle is 18”. Works pretty well.

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How to Use a Router Dovetail Jig

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Not everyone's ready to tackle hand-cut dovetails. Here's how to get the most from your router and jig. Dovetails are prime joints. Long history, great appearance and cachet. Used in boxes, drawers and carcases. But for many woodworkers, cutting …Source

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Blackout - Upcycled Puzzle Box

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Blackout - Upcycled Puzzle BoxI came across this funky wood box, or something…The original boxy thing had the diamond shapes already out of the three sides and doors, and I added all the exotic wood parts.To me it already had a look like an antique lantern, though there was no evidence it was used as such, hmm, maybe an LED candle perhaps.If it wasn't for the cute little bubble on top of the door I might have left in in the 'another day' bin, and so it got a second chance at having a second chance, lol.So a lantern it became, though since it would never hold a candle, I did hide a super cool flashlight/lighter in the core as a juxtaposed treasure.I wish I could just show you how it all works guys, alas, the collectors of these pieces don't like all of the secrets exposed, you know how it is, if I tell ya, then I gotta take out the witnesses, lolCreate a super day guys!

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LxWxH - Vintage Puzzle Upgrade

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LxWxH - Vintage Puzzle UpgradeHey Guys,I found another in the files, maybe this one you can make out more detail.This box was a souvenir box from somewhere tropical that has a sliding front panel that unlocks the lid when retracted.I saw an opportunity to build on what was existing.Basically, there is a draw bolt that I added that is perpendicular to the box's original front sliding panel. A pin in the draw bolt will align with a hole predrilled into the front sliding panel.The purpleheart pieces run perpendicular to the draw bolt. only when each other's notches is in alignment will the main draw bolt be retracted.The three little holly knobs act as the external slider handles for the purpleheart sliders.These letters in LxWxH are relatable on your phone pad, what numbers do they relate too?Easy peasy lemon squeezey, right?

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Clock Box Pistol Storage

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Clock Box Pistol StorageMy latest attempt at a clock box with hidden storage.
This one is Leopardwood with Maple. I always feel that little details make a difference.
The overall size is 13×5.5×7” tall. Interior storage is 10.5×3.5×5.5” I lined the bottom with 1/2” Kaizen foam.
I used my go-to finish that is lacquer with 10 coats sanded between each coat. I always seem to get good results with lacquer. I always use small rubber bumpers (the ones used for cabinet doors and drawers) on the bottom to protect the surfaces my clocks and boxes are set on.

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Wine Rack

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Elegant results from a humble beginning. Thin strips of wood littered the shop floor after I completed the doors for a custom kitchen. Throwing these toothpicks away didn't seem right, but neither did storing them. So instead I used them …Source

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Finishing Odds & Ends

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Four short (but crucial) finishing subjects. What follows are four concise - but important - finishing topics about which you've likely wondered. 1 - Metamerism Most of us have experienced a situation where we finish a project in our …Source

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Wine Caddy

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Wine CaddyFirst wine caddy to be finished of my current batch. Drilled the center hole slightly too small per the template I was using but I'm not going to try and re-center a forsner bit that's 1/4 larger than the current hole.Cut out on the bandsaw, sanded to final form, used a 1/4” round over bit on the outsides and 1/2” round over for the center hole. Sanded from 80grit up to 320grit followed by a coat of wood honey. I forgot to brand it but I'll go back and do that later when I brand the rest of the caddies after their sanded to 320.Not sure the exact type of wood, my guess is maybe marblewood. Board came from a woodcraft exotic wood project pack that was on clearance.

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White Oak dining table

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White Oak dining table96” by 43” dining table made from quarter and rift sawn white oak. Thanks to the Wood Whisperer for the design. Thanks for looking

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Drawer Helper

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Drawer Helper Desperation is the mother of inventionisn't that how the old saying should go for woodworkers? I invented this device when I realized that the drawers in my new armoire tipped down way too much. Two of these helpers, …Source

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DeWALT Miter Saw Recall

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DeWALT is recalling nearly 1.4 million miter saws for a potential safety issue. According to the CSPC “The miter saw's rear safety guard can break or detach, posing an injury hazard due to projectiles that can strike the user and …Source

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The Return of the Great Brass Mallet

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Five years ago, I wrote a blog entry about the brass mallets I use for joinery. I mentioned the Canadian-made Veritas Mallet, a compact tool that weighs 17.6 oz (500gr) and costs $39, and a Taiwanese-made mallet heavier than …Source

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Thirteen Happy Mushrooms ( refrigerator magnets)

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Thirteen Happy Mushrooms ( refrigerator magnets)I got this idea from watching a video of Slab City, Ca and some of the art displayed there. There were drawings of some of these happy mushrooms. My great granddaughters like magnets and they like mushrooms so I thought I should make them some. I pulled various scraps out of the wood storage room and I wound up with 13 after getting as many as I could from the scraps.
They are made from walnut, chestnut, Osage orange, box elder and 150 yr old cedar from a pickle vat. I finished all of them with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed them today.I added the last shot with all of them on my “refrigerator” display I use at craft shows to show what they are. They have a 3/4” x 1/8” rare earth magnet in the bottom held in with #6 SS wood screw.Cheers, Jim

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Vintage Pharmacy Cabinet

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An Homage to the Past by Embracing the Present. Over the years it has become apparent that all projects are not created equal. Although, they all seem to come with their equal share of challenges and complexities. It never fails, …Source

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Avery's Carved Mirror

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Avery's Carved MirrorHi:Today I completed a project I've been working on for the last 4 months. It is a carved mirror frame for my grand daughter Avery. She's 12 years old, and a fan of her “Grumps's carvings.Avery chose the images and sent them to me via email. These images were printed in color and used to produce a full sized pattern for the carving.Dimensions: 20 x 26 x 2
Wood: hard Red Birch
Paint: acrylic
Top Coat: Varathane Professional clear finish – satinTop left: Avery's name (of course). Yellow and violet are her favourite colors.Top Right: The family motor home, which is parked at a nearby lake resort.Right: A portrait of one of their Schnauzer puppy, and a Rubik's cube, because last year Avery has learned to solve the cube in 2 minutes. Her Dad taught her.Bottom right: The family outboard motor boat, parked in the marina.Bottom left: Portrait of Dad, Mom and Avery at the lake.Left: Avery's favourite bird, and of course maple leaves, cause they live in Canada.This is a complicated carving for a number of reasons:First, the panel needed to be assembled in two halves, and then the pattern was traced onto it. Then the centre of the panel was cut out on the bandsaw. The two sections were then glued together. A plunge router was used to set the depths throughout the carving. After that, everything was carved by hand.Second, the objects around the mirror sit on what I call a supporting background. This means some of the objects extend outside the background of the frame. This gets a little tricky as these parts of the carving are hard to get into, and they are often fragile.Third, all the objects are undercut to add to the illusion of shape and depth. This means working in awkward and difficult spaces, and a whole lot of bull-work.Fourth, the painting was time consuming and precise. And I'm slightly color blind, so my wife was invited to offer advice on colors.I really enjoyed carving this project. I am retired now and not under the restraints of time and income. So I could take my time and enjoy the process.God willing, this carving will become a life-long heirloom for Avery.BTW, I have one more grandchild to carve a mirror frame for. But he's only 6 years old, and will need to be a little older before he appreciates this type of thing.All the best,Bill

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Made a Chair from a Tree

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Made a Chair from a TreeI took a chair-making class in July 2022 with Kenneth and Angela Kortemeir at their Maine Coast Craft School, off-grid in the Maine woods. Kenneth makes beautiful stuff and knows how to gently help you do the same. We followed the method in the Make a Chair from a Tree book pretty closely. Each student completed a chair in seven days, using hand tools only, starting from a green oak log and ending with weaving the seat.We started splitting a large fresh oak log with starter wedges. You could see the moisture squirt out as the wedges went in. We used froes to further split the wood to try to get close to the size of the posts and rungs.Then the main work began with drawknives and shave horses. It took a while to turn out usable parts. We squared the posts, then made octagons, being careful to follow the fibers in the wood. This took days of intense work.We steam-bent the back posts to get a comfortable back angle. We chopped the back slat mortises with chisels. We bored the rung mortises with a brace and bit using levels and other tools. I tried to make a perfect tenon with a spokeshave, but quickly switched to Kenneth's hand-powered tenon cutter, which gave perfect results.On the last day, in the morning, we split the back slats, shaved them to 3/16ths, steam-bent them, and installed them with walnut pins. In the afternoon we wove the chair seat from Shaker tape. This was the best class I have ever taken. Finish is pure tung oil with a little citrus solvent. Thanks for looking.

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Wooden tray

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Wooden trayThis was a couple of years ago, made from scraps of 5/16” oak flooring. The end butt joints are reinforced with Japanese tapered wooden nails. Gave it to my daughter to hold keys, etc..

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Table for office

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Table for officeHi, I made this table for the office.The top is two pieces of baltic birch, which I pocket hole jointed together (I just bought a kreg pocket hole joint jig, and am a fan!). And, I attached a strip of red oak on either side – using pocket hold jig.The legs are just 2×4's, which I tapered on my table saw – first time tapering legs, and I really like how they look.Then I also added a little hanging shelf for a computer to sit.Finally, I finished it with danish oil which is my “go to” finishActually, I was wondering, is there a rub on oil finish that produces a lighter, closer to the original wood color finish?Thanks for your advice!

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small side table with dovetailed legs

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small side table with dovetailed legsMade a little table for my lounge chair: 6/4 legs dovetailed into a 6/4 top. Fun, easy project and super strong. Was looking for a fairly minimalist table and this fit the bill. All hand tools.

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Olivewood and Resin wine caddy

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Olivewood and Resin wine caddyI've been trying out casting resin and wood together with small projects. I had a silicone mold for wine caddies I bought to see if I could turn out a bunch for craft fairs. Used two pieces of scrap olive wood that came off a slab project laying around followed by resin mixed some mica powders from a sample pack.Planed down what came out of the mold to a uniform thickness and then smoothed out the bulges caused by the pieces being slightly bigger than the mold. I rounded overall the edges on with a 1/8” roundover bit in my router table. This was then followed by sanding at 120, 150, 240, 320, 400, 500, 1000, and 2000. The 500-1000 was wet sanding and the 2000 Abralon pad had polarshine on it. I went back and scuffed up the wood with 320 to open the wood up a bit. Finished everything with a coat of Totalboat's wood honey which I applied, let sit for about 20 minutes, and buffed off with a cloth.Overall I think it came out well and I learned a few things of what not to do when casting epoxy with wood and where I could improve. The end product looks a lot better and much different than what came out of the mold.

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Wood and Resin coasters

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Wood and Resin coastersExperimenting with wood and resin for fun and to see what projects I could easily crank out for craft fairs. These are made from wood I got from Woodcraft as part of their exotic hardwood project packs which were in the clearance section for half off. I ripped them to about 2 inches wide and so I got 2 pieces from each board. I've still go the other half to cast along with the other boards but my cellar is too cold for the epoxy to properly set right now with the central AC running.Cast the epoxy next to the board clamped in the mold, let it set, and then demolded. A number of trips through the planer brought everything level and about 1/2” thick. I then ripped each side to get a nice clean edge leaving the blank slightly smaller than 4” wide. Used the now ripped blank to set my crosscut sled so that all the coasters would be square. The now square coasters got all the edged rounded over with an 1/8” round over bit followed by sanding from 120 grit to 320 grit then wet sanding with 400, 500, and 1000 grit. A final sanding with 2000 grit and polarshine left the epoxy glassy. I hand sanded the wood with some extra 320 paper before cleaning everything off and then applying the wood honey. Wiped the excess off after 20 minutes and buffed with a spare cloth.Really happy how they turned out, I just wish I knew what the wood was. The sanding dust from the wood was kind of greenish yellow.I think they'll do well at craft fairs, I just need to perfect my production methods. I'm already figuring out a quick jig made of some plywood and scrap to form cleats to help anchor them when sanding as the ROS's pad is larger than the coaster itself.

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It's the little things

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It's the little thingsI built this little table for behind the couch. Very simple. I added the black outlet with USB connectors to charge the phones and get them out of the kitchen. I believe it was Art Mulder on YouTube that first gave me the idea.

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The Art of Resawing

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Resawing can be a wild ride. You never know exactly what's going to happen when you cut open a board! Just getting your tablesaw or bandsaw to work right can be an adventure, too. Resawing often pushes those machines to …Source

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Welcome Home! Modern Version

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Welcome Home! Modern VersionI mentioned the modern variation of my Welcome Home plaque but never posted it. Oops! Design and build info are the same as the traditional version (see that post for details). The difference on this one is I use India ink to dye the back walnut piece and leave everything unfinished, sanded up to 400 grit for a silky smooth feel.I also like to find walnut with some imperfections to give it a more rustic look. This one had some nice bug holes that I think add character (see second picture).

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Walking stick I carved this week

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Walking stick I carved this week Walking stick I carved this week for the farmers market. Carved with a Dremel 4300 with a flex shaft, the wood is unknown, just a stick I picked up.

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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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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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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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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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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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Wall cabinet

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Wall cabinetWe have some unsightly electronics and outlets that The Customer wanted concealed. This wall cabinet emerged as the approved solution.Cherry case work with a single shelf, assembled with proud joinery.The front panel is Cherry with glueless kumiko made from Port Orford cedar. Behind it is some washi with embedded plant material that I judged to be harmonious with the wood colors. I also happened to have a piece in exactly the right size left over from another project.The front panel will be opened almost never, and so I did not bother with hinges and the like. Instead, I cut grooves into the top and bottom of the case and rabbets on the front panel. The panel can just be removed by lifting up and tilting out the bottom, just like a sliding door.Wall hung with a French cleat. Odie's oil finish.

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Simple Spice Shelf..one day project

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Simple Spice Shelf..one day projectOne need for large spice jars….36 inch shelf, 3.5 inch deep and ledge to keep them in. So i made the ledge with a 1/2 in dowel, marked matching holes for 1/4 inch dowels in shelf and dowel. Then drilled to about 1/8 or so depth. dry fit showed it was a go. i cut the dowel short on the ends for looks. i did use a pocket screw on the bottom to really secure the shelf but it was a snug fit anyways. a coat of matching stain and spray poly in an hour. Its Arizona and it works that way here. And thats the before and after, but of course the wife went right to it. now I just counted 14 large jars on this shelf. Shelf number 2 will go on the top of the range control with space for venting and the switch but only room for small spice jars and cans of seasoning. that one is 32 by 3.5 in.
Maybe some ideas for your kitchen and spouse.

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simple red oak desk

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simple red oak deskmy dad recently moved to a continuing care community, and i convinced him to leave behind his old office desk (very heavy, particleboard and veneer). told him i'd build a desk for him, “you can do that?”finally finished this red oak desk – don't think i'll ever work with this material again…used the wrong plane and gouged the top. bought a new scraper, spent time sharpening it and testing it before touching the desk top. spent hours repairing the damage i caused smhseveral attempts at a simple penetrating stain…scrape, sand, try again. tested my biscuit joiner to attach the top with z-clips; it was the first thing that went right lolon the plus side, this was the first time i'd tried floating tenons – love the strength it gives joints. can't wait to try it again :)

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Toughbuilt QuickSet Work Bench Review

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Tool: QuickSet Work Bench TB-WB700 Shop Now   Manufacturer: ToughtBuilt MSRP: $99 Space in my shop is always at a premium, especially work surfaces. Most of the permanent counter space is reserved for the various tools I'm testing, and my …Source

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Timber Frame Child's Bed

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Practice Traditional Building Joinery on a Smaller Scale Project #2104 Skill Level:Advanced Time: 2 Weeks Cost: $300 During my 14 years living in Europe, I marveled repeatedly at how these beautiful timber framed structures had withstood …Source

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A Real Stand-Up Clamp

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Tool: Sure-Foot F-Style Clamp Shop Now   Manufacturer: Rockler MSRP: $19.99+ There are few tools that couldn't use an improvement or twoeven the humble bar clamp. Rockler thought of a few improvements when coming up with their Sure-Foot F-Style Clamps.…Source

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Paul Sellers Style Router Pkane

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Paul Sellers Style Router PkaneI built this router plane because I wanted a second router. I already have an old Stanley 71. Sometimes it's very handy to have routers with different settings during a project.It is made from a single piece of walnut that is a reject gunstock blank.I followed Paul Sellers videos and purchased his hardware kit.Thanks for checking it out.

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hemlock farm house style bench

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hemlock farm house style benchhere is a picture of a 5 ft long hemlock bench i made from rough cut hemlock sanded to 80 grit it is finished with 6 coats of a satin classic oak poly shade the top was made from a single 1×12 piece of hemlock hope you all enjoy

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Scrap Pieces Box

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Scrap Pieces BoxWith my wild cherry gall largely gone (will restock in mid-August) and much of my wood gone, I decided to make a box from scrap pieces I had in my little cut-off pieces box.I played around with some stains with this one. I glued the walls together first, and then took them to the miter saw, which was a bit unruly. Lining up and gluing the walls was no easy feat, and the whole thing is a little cock-eyed (but maybe that adds to its appeal?)Once I got it more or less “straight,” I decided on some left over pieces of poplar for the bottom. I alternated the stain for a little more character.I decided on a picture frame lid of sorts, which again was reluctant to give me nice, tight miters, but I did my best.I still had some twisty wood left and decided to use that for another handle, which I think turned out well.The whole thing is finished in the last of my spray-on, water-based poly (I will be buying more of that!)I know it won't be everybody's cup of tea, but I wasn't setting out to make tea.Time to put this on the Lumberjock's water and see how it fails… sails, I mean sails!

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The Handy Dandy Double Square

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One of the first tools many get when embarking on our journey into woodworking is a 12 (300mm) combination square. This American innovation is one of our toolbox's most versatile marking and measuring devices. However, the relatively heavy cast iron …Source

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Wide-Mouth Dust Collection

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The dust collection port on my sliding miter saw missed a lot of sawdust, so I added an additional port mounted directly behind the blade. The port is a piece of 3-in. ABS pipe that's cut at 45 degrees to …Source

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Trying something new, please critique my work

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Trying something new, please critique my workI wanted to try something new and being the impatient type I didn't want to watch countless videos on how to go about this new adventure.I first started out making something out of repurposed cedar from my deck. I found out it is too soft for how sharp my tools are. I finished the piece just to see if I could do it.Not very happy with it I tried some hardwood. I like how this turned out and it was easier to turn than the cedar as far as getting a good clean cut. It is 2.25” tall by 3” in diameter. Made with red oak and hedge with a maple stripe.One more experiment I tried was open segmented turning. I had no idea what I was doing, but I forged ahead anyway. I had the walls about 1/4” to 3/8” thick and was just about to start sanding when I had a catch and the thing exploded. I was able to find a couple of pieces and glued them back on, but I couldn't find them all. I had to use a wood that was close to what it was originally, but it wasn't exact and if you know what to look for you can find them. The walnut was easy to replace, but the other wood was hard to match.I think I was to stingy with the glue because I didn't want squeeze out and that might be why it broke apart. I got it glued back up and carefully put it back on the lathe and turned it again.This piece measures 5 1/4” high by 6” in diameter. I used walnut and maple, but I don't know what the third wood is. Can anyone guess what it might be? It lit up when I put some Danish oil on it.If any wood turners view this I would appreciate it if you would critique my work. I don't know if the walls should be thinner or if the spacing is done wrong. Also any tips or sites to watch would be very helpful. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Time tested job stools

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Time tested job stoolsI made these in 1979 after seeing something similar while driving by some working carpenters. They have been in use ever since and have worn down and inch from being slid around on concrete, etc.. The height is good for reaching 8' ceilings and can also be stacked for 12”, 24”, and 32”. Often used for blocking & lifting heavy stuff, as a saw bench, to hold upper kitchen cabinets, & as a place to sit for lunch. Hammer claw fits in the hole to pick up & carry, sometimes used upside down to hold a spool of wire, & occasionally as a crate. One suffered a broken leg in a fall but eventually had the piece replaced.A year or two ago I was given some plywood scraps & made four more, thinking I might sell them, but they have been put to use as well. If you make some, the sequence is to cut the pieces square, taper the legs, leaving an inch or two straight at the bottom, cut the notches in the tapered legs, fit the sides with the short point even with the top of the legs, & belt sand flat after. Round the edges of the top before fastening to avoid hitting the fasteners. Thin nails are better than screws to not split the plywood- gun nails or staples would be fine. Both the new & old ones have had multiple coats of linseed oil, especially soaking the end grain of the feet.I wrote my name and the date inside of one, & that is how I remember the year that I started my business.Cheers, Jay

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Three way Highchair

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Three way HighchairYes this is just a put together these by another plan but I did add the top tray as I felt it added to the use.Link for the plans is here : https://www.gcwoodworks.com/shop/the-baby-sitter-woodworking-plans/I used some 3/4 cherry on the first and 3/4 pine on the second one both felt sturdy when fully glued.
The first one was quite bit heavier and stained little darker with different wood used.I also added straps at the seat here : https://www.ebay.com/itm/165476418298Have wanted to do one of these for a while and my wife pushed me to build two.Last picture is my templates so I can build future ones without recreating from scratch , all other seat panels are pretty much square cuts.My young cousins loved them

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