The Woodshop Shed

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

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Building a Wooden Canteen for your Uniform Kit Part 1

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Designing Your Canteen I initially started my search of how to make a wooden soldier's canteen of the revolutionary war period, as most folks do nowadays, with a Google search. You will get everything that you probably don't want and …Source

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Kerf Jigs for Perfect Cuts

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Making long, perfectly straight cuts with handheld power saws, such as jigsaws and circular saws, can be a real challenge. They aren't difficult when a straightedge is used as a guide, but putting that straightedge in the right place …Source

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Egg-oh!

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Egg-oh! My fianc and I planned an April wedding. To celebrate our marriage, I decided to turn a very special Easter egg. In addition to segmented rings of maple and ebony, this egg would have a laminated band that matched …Source

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Unexpected Out of the Box Chair Restoration - Part 4: The End of the Beginning.

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The last two repair remedies this chair needed before its inauguration into productive service life were reinstalling it with the old leg brackets and creating and installing a set of new corner blocks. The old quarter-circle leg brackets were originally …Source

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In-depth with Shaper Origin

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  Every now and then, a new tool hits the marketplace that changes the way we work. In the last decade or so, CNC routers have been one of those tools. Love them, hate them … want one, don't want …Source

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It's Not About Perfection

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The beauty of utility: coarse and fine combined. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking. One of my favorite pieces of furniture is a chest of drawers I bought at an antiques …Source

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Slide-out Tool Storage

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This month's winning trick is a nifty solution for Slide-out Tool Storage, from Dyami PlotkeEdited by Kari HultmanPages: 14-15ADDITIONAL IMAGES: See the construction process of the slide-out tool storage cabinet.VIDEO: Tricks-in-Action shows you a free video of one of this issue's tricks in use in our shop. Watch A Better Dado Setup - as well as a few of our other favorites.WEB SITE: Visit the new Tricks of the Trade page online.BLOG: Tricks editor Kari Hultman writes about woodworking on her blog, The Village Carpenter.IN OUR STORE: 601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks, by Graham McCulloch.Source

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Egg Crate Shelves

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An easy interlocking joint begets great strength and style.Source

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Handsaw Tenon Jig

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This simple jig enables you to cut accurate tenons and slice very thin pieces. I use a flush-cut saw because it has no set to its teeth and, therefore, won't damage the jig. Plus it leaves a smooth surface.…Source

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Shaker Construction Methods

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A furniture maker visits the Pleasant Hill, Ky., community and unearths a fair number of surprises (nails!) about Shaker joinery. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking. If you're planning to stay at …Source

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Five Common Finishing Problems

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Bleeding, blushing, blotching, orange peel and fish eye. The basics of wood finishing are really quite simple: You use one of three tools - a rag, brush or spray gun - to transfer a liquid stain or finish from a …Source

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Shell, Stone & Metal Inlay

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Learn a straightforward approach to creating stunning details. I come to the field of woodworking with an unfair advantage. I grew up in a family jewelry business and did a lot of detail work from an early age. So it's …Source

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Non-Slip Bench Hook

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Planing or scraping parts with angled or mitered ends is tricky. Bench dogs will damage a crisp corner, and clamps get in the way. To hold the work, I use an over-sized bench hook with a new twist: a layer …Source

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Unexpected Out of the Box Chair Restoration - Part 3: The Right Honorable Screw Joint.

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One of the more disappointing joining methods that miserably failed due to the traumatic fall (or jolt) before the chair had been placed in its shipping box was the leg-to-rail and rails to cross rails connections. These joints were only …Source

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Veterans box for auction

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I was asked to make an item for an upcoming event near my hometown. The event is vet fest. An annual event where people and agency's set up with information for veterans and the day is dedicated to veterans. Lots of info, fun, a car show, contests and what this is for, an auction. Being an (Iraq) veteran myself, how could I refuse. I decided to get creative and make a box that hopefully would catch the eye of any veteran, a memorial box.I chose a design that I have used many times for gifts and other presentations. A box with windows around the sides. I chose a flag and eagle design for the top. It's actually carved in. The colors are sharpie marker. To keep them from running, I used spray polyurethane, two coats to seal the color in before the final coats of clear poly. It looked bare with nothing in the windows. I came up with an idea to put a graphic of each major conflict we have been in since the civil war, each one has a campaigne medal so that is what I added. I included:National Defense service medal (Issued during time of war)
Iraqi Freedom
Afghanistan
Desert Storm
Viet Nam
Korea
World war I
World war IIThe tray is lined with desert camo and the bottom black felt. The wood is pine stained with red oak stain. Three coats of gloss polyurethane. I like the way it came out but due to time I had to put he hinge on the back. It would have been much better recessed. I have to also give credit to my Son. He works in a printing/graphics company and did the stencil for the top and all the medal prints on super stick paper for the sides. He even did my photography!I'm hoping this goes over well.

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Another polishing attempt

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Another polishing attemptMade of pallets plywood stringers.

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Watchmakers cabinet

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I saw a version of this in Popular Woodworking and had to make one. Walnut, walnut burl, maple drawer frames. Measures about 24 inches wide and 18 tall, 17 deep. Thinking about a stand for this guy. A lot of lumber in this cabinet .it's heavy. Finish is tung oil.

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A memorial of a husband to be given to kids

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A memorial of a husband to be given to kidsA friend who had lost her husband at the start of the year asked me if I could make something with her husbands clubs to give to her children. Since he loved beer, the openers were a given. I then suggested coat racks made from the irons, one for the family home and one for her daughter.I hope the kids like the gifts.

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Pyrography, Oils and Oak - Tea Tray or Wall Art?

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Pyrography, Oils and Oak - Tea Tray or Wall Art?9 x 13 oak mitered frame. Repurposed wood. The panel is 1/8 oak ply in place with dado Mountains black – pyrography , dry brushed ice blue oil paint blended with shellac . Sky and trees – oil paintBuilt as a tea tray but may be more wall art.More art than fine wood working.Thanks for looking.

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Experimental dolly

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Experimental dollyI've used a skateboard for years to move heavy things- carry one in the work van always. It's less than ideal for sheet goods and doors, 'tho, so I came up with this. At first flat top with non-slip tape, now added beveled pieces to keep the sheet centered, and it's working well. Some kind of jumbo skate wheels- they roll over an extension cord. The bevel pieces cut from a redwood 2 by 4.Cheers, Jay

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Carpenters Star Pattern Cutting Board

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Carpenters Star Pattern Cutting BoardCarpenters Star Quilt Pattern Cutting Board
Made from Walnut,Cherry and Hard Maple
Measures 14-1/4 X 14-1/4 X 1-1/2

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Scrolled Doxy

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Scrolled DoxyThis is a dachshund scrollwork I did for my girlfriend some years ago (would you believe 75 years?) The face is 1/8” mahogany veneered plywood glued onto 1/4” pine plywood. The pattern is a simple line drawing. The finished piece had maple frame segments just on the corners, but those have fallen off over the years. If you look closely, my initials are in the lower right corner.

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Troubleshooting Finish Application Problems

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Solutions to a baker's dozen of common finishing difficulties. It's easy enough to provide instructions for applying finishes. But in the real world, things go wrong; problems occur that you have to deal with. With the combined goals of defining …Source

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End table #1

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End table #1Teak, 5 leg angle, 24” tall, parts 15/16” thick, wipe on poly


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Inheritance

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  A sharp reminder and remembrance of a life cut short. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking. A chisel roll is an unlikely time capsule. Untouched in the three years since his …Source

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Live Edge Pecan Coffee Table

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Live Edge Pecan Coffee TableLive edge Pecan Slab was laying around the shop for months, it was bowed in the center a little too much too flatten it would have been too thin in the center of the slab if I leveled it the full length of the board. So in order to salvage the slab I cut it in half, flattened each half to make it straight again. I followed up with a Black Resin river thru the center and added a steel base to raise the table 18” off the floor. I wet sanded the Resin to 800 grit and polish it to a nice sheen. I finish the top with a Semi Gloss Lacquer. Thanks for looking, may you have a Blessed Day

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JAWS! The pellet bag tote

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JAWS! The pellet bag toteJAWS, the pellet bag tote.
Getting older or at least not getting younger! I'm always thinking about ways to prepare to make life easier as joints get stiffer and strength diminishes. Yup, it happens. Just like the old guys used to tell me it would when I was younger. I made a toothed gripper to get pellet bags more easily into the house. I've posted a video of how I made it should anyone be interested.Video:


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Walnut and Maple Hall Table

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Walnut and Maple Hall TableNeeded a long and slender table to go in a hallway below a picture wall. Wanted to try a floating top: shaped the underside with a handheld router using a homemade jig that slid back and forth along the length; turned and shaped the four walnut pins holding it up. The bottom stretcher had a natural warp to it, which turned out great as I was able to use that natural bend to create a template to form and cut the stretcher's other curves. I wanted a minimalist design that avoided straight lines as much as possible, while making the curves as subtle as possible. Finish is super blonde shellac and some finishing wax. Cheers everybody! -dave

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Commemorative Stools

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Commemorative StoolsI made these stools to commemorate 55 years of the Buckley Old engine Show in Buckley, Michigan. I got the idea while visiting the wood shop where a nice lady named Casey was making these 3 ft 3/4” dowels on an early 1900 dowel cutting machine. She would stamp the buckeye name and the year on them . I asked her if she would put 2 additional stamps on the ones I bought and she did so I could get 3 spindles out of each dowel.The tops and bottoms are made from 5/8” maple plywood. The laser lettering on the tops was done by my friend Meredith and then I painted them John Deere green and coated them with clear epoxy to fill in the letters and for durability.They are 10” diameter and 8” high. The rest of the stools was coated with clear gloss Rustoleum spray.The last shot is of the routing of a finger grab groove under the rim of the top. It makes it easier to pick it up when your fingers are not too strong any more.Cheers, Jim

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Blowout Beater

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A coping sled is a must-have accessory for router table work. It helps you hold a narrow piece, such as a door rail, perpendicular to the fence and backs up the cut to prevent blowout. At least, it's supposed to. …Source

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Ryobi Sheet Sander Review

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Tool: PCL401 18v ONE+ Cordless 1/4 Sheet Sander Kit Shop Now   Manufacturer: Ryobi MSRP: $109.97 (includes 4.0Ah battery, charger, 3 sheet of sandpaper) The tool Ryobi's new 18v ONE+ Cordless 1/4 Sheet Sander runs at 14,000 orbits per minute …Source

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Log Cabin Shop

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My shop may appear rustic, but you won't find a dirt floor or antique machinery inside. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in American Woodworker #146. In fact, my friends all make fun of me for having a shop that's …Source

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Round Trestle Table

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Round Trestle TableThis is my first dining table, meant to replace my old one that is falling apart. The base is red oak, fastened with wood screws. I countersunk the holes enough so I could fill them with walnut dowels. The top is solid walnut, 49” in diameter and a 45 degree taper, finished with arm-r-seal. I was worried about strength, so I you the top together with glue and pocket screws. Unfortunately, I had a few problems cutting out the top. I used a router jig to make the circle, but when I cut through the last 1/4” around with a jigsaw, the blade was dull and busted out the bottom end. I would have made the table 2” smaller to trim the mistake, but there were too many pocket screws in the pathway! Next time, I think I'll skip the pocket screws and tack in supports on the underside after cutting the circle. The other major oopsie is that it is about 2” too tall. Most dining tables are 29-30” but mine is a hair over 32” I figure when I build the matching chairs I'll make them a tad taller. All the wood I used I milled myself from deadfalls with a chainsaw mill; it was a longtime coming since I've had the 6/4 walnut for about 4 years and finally used it. I'll make curved back dining chairs from the same red oak and the back slats I'll use the remaining walnut for matching contrast.

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green and yellow tractor 1/4 scale

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green and yellow tractor 1/4 scaleThird time out. I hope this is the right place. Like I have said before I am a wood worker not a computer person. I take photos(150-200) and measurements of the actual machine. This is how I get my scale. As long as I make no mistakes. The last two photos are two of the pages of measurements ans pencil sketches. Will try to answer any questions anyone has. Enjoy

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A day's worth of tool totes

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A day's worth of tool totesA friend makes rustic home decor items. She wanted 5 tool totes for her to decorate with paint and floral arrangements.So I made them from plywood – Not really fine woodworking.The build video: https://youtu.be/hJIg48030IM

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Burnt pine cross

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Burnt pine cross This is the first project I've made in years. After my father passed away I had no desire to do any woodworking. I watched a video of a project using burnt pine and just had to try it. It measures 48×32. Sorry for the sideways pictures.

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A Box Joint Jig

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A Box Joint JigRecently I made some projects for my gift on the BEER BQ SWAP 2022After starting elsewhere I decided to make a project with some box joints. I have made them in the past, but had not for quite some time. So I dug out my faithful I Box jig. I'd forgotten I had lent it to a friend, got it back pretty quick, but hadn't really checked it out since I had it back. Seems it was “injured” in use, but the screw that basically makes it so adjustable is wrecked, no idea how it happened? Incra is unsure too, but like a classy company are trying to help me get it fixed. Still wanted to make box joints, so I did it how I used to, made a wooden jig.I beefed mine up quite a bit more than many I see made, and used a lot of thoughts I try to incorporate into any wooden jig I make, to try to bomb proof it as much as I can. Wooden jigs get the bad rep of failing too quickly. I'm trying to see if this is just because it's wood, or if it's construction. Not throwing down on anyone, just something I thought about when I was thinking how to proceed.I started with a BB base of 3'4” ply, wanted it good and strong. Made runners from QS White Oak, a hard enough wood, with excellent wear characteristics. The QS was for stability against movement. Making it in the heat and HUMIDITY of the Summer I am expecting it to if anything become smaller in the drier Winter. I am perfect right now, and this thing glides smoother than most any jig I've ever made, even using adjustable guide bars.On the leading front edge I added the front fence, simply to maintain the spread of the first kerf cut, hopefully all the length from front to back, nothing more.I made a fence of 2 thicknesses of glued up BB 3/4” plywood for stability, and my sub fence is 3/4” BB ply with a cut in 1/4” with a well fitted 1/4” plug. I keep the height of it to 1/4” also, so I can do smaller 1/4” or 3/4” tall on the same jig. Depending on thickness of stock.I did my assembly, and got 2 pieces of stock I'd planed down to the thickness I planned to use, set my blade height just to barely go over the stock, and locked it down. I'd earlier cut in my 1/4” pin, and spaced it as closely as I could without deflecting the blade to be between my blade, and the pin I had inserted using a 1/4” aluminum spacer bar I have a set of, and will always use rather than try to use a tape measure to measure things. I tried to show that pic at the start. Due to grain on the ply, it makes it a little wobbly to look at though.I did a test cut after that. First you strike a line on the solid fence, across the stationary fence with the pin in it. You can see it in the pic from the back side. As you can tell I didn't need to move the fence with the pin for any adjustment. Using my 1/4” set up block, did the job perfectly, and the first test pieces I made ended up in a finished project. Perfecto Luckyo, I'd rather be lucky than good, any day. :-)The rest of this sleds story is that beer swap. It allowed me to make perfectly matching Box joints in 3 different materials, of 3 different thicknesses. All I had to do was lay the new stock down next to the blade, and elevate, or lower it till it barely was over the width of the stock. You can make your cuts way over the line, and have a log cabin look, or spot on, and have little to no sanding to do to flatten them to the sides of the work, Your choice. Most try them a bit over, and sand them back to flush, Doing this allows any repair to the joints if your gap size isn't dead on.The other part of this jig, is also a recent product review I did about the amazing saw blade I used for all of this. It's from Infinity Tools. It's their 8” Flat top grind 0.25” kerf blade. So it makes perfect 1/4” flat topped saw cuts. Review is found here. The answer to the question I ask there, at least for me, is a resounding YES, it's a blade I am very glad I bought.Last word is about safety. On any sled I make I ALWAYS add a block on the back side as a blade guard. It's only a scrap of wood, but once you make your cuts through the ends of your stock, you can hear a sound difference, and you can quit pushing, there is a decided feel if you keep going, because you are sawing further into the fence than normally. My stop block is just insurance if I am not paying attention. Like I said it's just a scrap of wood, but instead of your finger getting cut, it could possibly be your gut. Always be safe, always pay attention to every cut, and always use a piece of scrap to give yourself the best chance not to get hurt.

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Shingle Art

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Shingle ArtCedar shingle art project

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Budget Spring Clamp

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This light-duty clamp is ideal for small parts-and easy to make by the dozen. All you need are a couple wood scraps, a rubber band, and a short piece of dowel rod. You can vary the pressure by changing the …Source

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Carving Incised Letters

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Create artistic signs the old-fashioned way. You can churn out lettered signs by the dozens with a router and a set of letter templates or produce them by the hundreds with a CNC machine. So why use any other method? …Source

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Shoulder vise addition to bench

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Shoulder vise addition to benchI decided to add a Scandinavian shoulder vise to my existing bench. Used the Lee Valley hardware.
I did not use a dovetail on the corner, but opted for a mortise & tenon pinned with dowels.

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Air compressor cart

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Air compressor cartSo I finally upgraded my table saw. I was tired of never being able to get a square cut so I tossed my garbage saw and bought a Delta 36-725t2. So far it is meeting my expectations. I plan on making a new workbench so I have thrown together this little cart so I can work more efficiently. It is made of whatever scraps i had leftover and a couple of wheels to make it mobile. I will house this cart in my workbench, once it has been made. Many projects are coming.

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Walnut Clairseach (Irish Harp)

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Walnut Clairseach (Irish Harp)Walnut Irish Harp (clairseach) with brass hardware and strings. I did carving here based mostly on the motifs in Peter Follansbee's book “Joiner's work” (I included some closeups of the motifs before the harp was finished). The range is 32 strings from C2-E6 (with two tenor g strings which is a feature of the clairseach) the overall length is 39”, the height on its back is about 25”, and it is 14” wide at its widest point.I just put the strings on it so it will take some time to tune up, but once it does I will post a sound sample.I was also going to post some build details here but realized I have over 100 process pictures so I think I might have to post a separate blog entry which i will post a link to when I am done. Thank you!

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Built my first cabinet

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Built my first cabinetBuilt my first cabinet. Just need to finish the tilt tray. Built in cutting board top from flame butch. Hard maple and spalted maple drawers. Poplar floating shelves that will support over 200lbs.

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Beer / BBQ Swap 2022, cowboy hash knife, cashews and beer

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Beer / BBQ Swap 2022, cowboy hash knife, cashews and beerI was trying to come up with an idea for this swap when I came across a video by Kent Rollins cowboy/chuckwagon cook talking about his favorite cooking tool, the cowboy hash knife. Wow! So I went on a long search for the proper steel, found a now useless timber saw plate badly rusted, decided to give it a new life since it didn't have a good life as it was. (I don't like mutilating old tools that are still useful, this one wasn't)So, I joined the swap and was given EarlS as my recipient, cool!I made a design, transferred it to the plate and ruined a metal bandsaw blade trying to cut it because the spring steel was just too hard, so I cut it out with an angle grinder.Then shaped it on the grinder.I tried to drill holes in the plate for riveting the handle on but had to heat the rivet spots with a torch in order to anneal them enough to get a drill bit through, this is some tough steel.Soaked the blade in vinegar overnight and sanded the rest of the crud off, then wire wheeled it leaving some of the patina, then put a basic bevel on the edge.Next was making the handle. I used 3/4” by 3/16 ” flat steel and forged the ends for the upright part creating an offset bend so the handle would be centered over the blade. And came up with these. (yes, I made more than one as I always do in these swaps)Next was cold riveting the handle on with 3/16” rod. I hadn't done this before so I did some practice on some scrap.Someone had given me some resawn mesquite? that I used for the scales. I started out on the wrong foot at first just using blo and mineral spirits which the wood just soaked up. After reaching out to Nathan (Lazyman) and DaveP (thanks guys) I switched to a wiping varnish. This took as long as making the blades and handles.An old saddle maker made the sheath which I had laser engraved.I didn't have time for a bonus item, so I sent a previously made backscratcher (no pic) and 2 bags of jalapeno cashews to Earl, which sadly, were confiscated by family. But, he got the beer and a weapon!Most people I show it to say “cool, how is it used?” so, if anyone is interested, here is a link to Kent Rollins showing the use, care and sharpening of one, starts about 4 1/2 minutes in.Thank you Kenny for again running a great swap, it was fun!

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A Quick Door

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A Quick DoorAfter hanging Sheetrock on the interior of the last wall of the small storage closet, I went ahead and hung it on the outside of the unit as well…
Some 3/4”x 4 1/2”x 8' Pine and a small bag of hardware was purchased to build a door for the thing…
The long pieces were cut to length, but left a little over-long (I'll cut the whole door to size last with a circular saw)
The Edges were rounded over on what will be the “Outside” of the door
Since the Router was already underfoot, the bracing got the business too…
The pine was showing a proclivity to warp… so a third horizontal was added to try to persuade it not to
A couple cuts to size the thing, and it was fitted in while the hardware was added…
Searched around for a spacer to hold it up while the hinges were attached, came up with a great one! An old File was just the ticket to keep it raised enough to sweep cleanlyNot sure about finish, may do without…
Anyway, just about finished with work on the Basement for this Year
Work will be in the Basement for a while… :)9 September 2022

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Tablesaw Trap

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Even with a zero-clearance throat plate in my tablesaw, a thin cut-off slips through now and then. These pieces can clog a vacuum hose or damage the blades of a dust collector. I made a trap to catch them by …Source

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Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig

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Cut perfect circles up to 4′ across! Have you ever tried to cut a circle on a bandsaw, freehand? It's quick, but it sure isn't exact. Dollars to doughnuts you'll get flat spots or bumps that are a pain to …Source

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2022 Beer Swap project

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2022 Beer Swap project For this year's Beer (and BBQ) Swap, I built a kit to make hanging out at the grill a bit more enjoyable. In the top compartment is a BBQ Multi-tool that is essentially a big set of spring-loaded tongs that breaks down into a BBQ fork, a spatula and a large folding knife. I also turned a pair of one-handed salt/pepper grinders out of sapele, accented with holly (for the salt) and ebony (for the pepper). Lastly, a Bluetooth speaker and controller for some sweet tunes.I did a lot of profiling with with Shaper Origin, including the inlay work on the lid, but also the recesses for the tools, and the shaping for the pop up.The bottom compartment pulls out to reveal a pop-up tray to hold your favorite beverage securely, with a cutout near the front to lean your phone against while those tunes are-a-playin'.Built from poplar, brass quadrant hinges keep the edges clean, and all the moving parts are held in position with imbedded magnets. The lid is decorated with a patriotic epoxy inlay. Finished with a quick wipe on oil for some depth, then sprayed with amber shellac, and finally three coats of General Finishes High Performance.A couple build pics below:

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Unexpected Out of the Box Chair Restoration - Part 2

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My course of action with any repair, restoration or conservation is: Do No Harm. That is, I try to deal with the essential structural, finish, hardware, etc. issues without forcing changes on the piece's elements who are otherwise still integral …Source

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Beer Swap 2022-Bottle Cap plinko and beer opener/scracther

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Beer Swap 2022-Bottle Cap plinko and beer opener/scractherFor this year's BeerBQ swap, I decided to go with a bottle cap plinko game and a bottle opener/back scratcher combo.Both the cherry and the walnut are local to VA here. All wood was milled from either firewood or rough lumber from the lumber yard.The walnut dowels for the plinko game were handmade as well.Plinko game stands about 16” high, 6” wide and 3” deep. The bottle opener is about 18” long.Overall, this swap was a ton of fun and I recommend others to join in the current swap or the next beer swap.

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3 Floyds brewery

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3 Floyds brewery I made the box out of maple and walnut. The walnut is extremely dark. I snatched it up when the woodworking club was unloading the kiln. The three Floyds design was cut from maple for the wing and skull. The crown was made from quartersawn sycamore and the 3 Floyds cherry was used.

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Wolverine Meat Shredder

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Wolverine Meat ShredderThis was my wood project for the Beer and BBQ swap that wrapping up today. I was inspired by the large metal forks used for pulling pork. I considered making the fingers from steel but decided to try making it entirely from wood. I figured that if it is not an effective meat shredder, it can also be used to take large roasts or briskets off the grill or as a last resort as salad tongs. I guess the last, last resort is as a self defense knuckles la X-Men's Wolverine.I started by resawing a 4” thick chunk of salvaged pecan that has been drying in my shop for about 5 years. The rough shape was cut on a band saw, first by cutting the claws and then slight curve lengthwise. The holes for the hand holds were drilled on the drill press prior cutting on the band saw. After drilling and cutting I refined the shape with planes, chisles, rasps, files, Dremel and belt sander. The claws are sharp enough to do some damage. You may noticed that one has 6 claws and the other 5. I decided after making the first one that 6 looked a little odd so went with 5 for the second one. There turned out to be more worm tunnels after shaping than I expected so I decided to fill them with mica dyed epoxy prior to the final shaping and sanding. I was going to use turquoise but I was afraid it would not hold up to heat or washing very well.It is finished with several coats of WoodRiver tung oil (first time I have used tung oil). I normally would have used Tried and True Varnish oil on something like this but changed my mind after seeing a Woodwhisperer video where he tested different finishes by boiling wood samples that showed tung oil held up the best. I have heard so many horror stories about tung oil finishes getting gummy or not curing for several days but I have to say the WR tung oil worked exceptionally well and cured very quickly which allowed me to get about 5 coats on by the swap ship deadline.And of course, you can see the selection of beer that accompanied the woodworking. Thanks for looking.

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Tool Hangerz

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Tool: Tool Organizers Shop Now   Manufacturer: Tool Hangerz MSRP: $6.99+ Pegboard and slat wall organization have been a staple in shops for years. In my shop, I utilize a slat-wall system for most of my power tool storage. In …Source

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From left over pieces of nice figured walnut.

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From left over pieces of nice figured walnut.I had some small chunks of walnut laying about my bench.
They had a nice figure and I figured why not. So I hand cut a dovetail joint on one side and hand cut a box joint on the other. After all it's just a straight walled dovetail.
Then re-sawed a few other pieces and ran a square blade through some for the coasters and there it is. Nothing wasted.

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Salt Cellar

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Salt CellarSalt Cellar. All hand tools. Brass pins for the hinges.

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Router Bit Nest

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Watching an expensive router bit roll onto the floor is a heartbreaking experience. In the middle of a project, it can be a disaster. I drilled a few 1/2 and 1/4 holes in the edge of a piece of MDF …Source

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Butcher Block

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Butcher Blockim an admitted amateur. i built a butcher block, not edge grain as i dont have a table saw. in fact, i escaped the city during the pandemic and was holed up at my inlaws- so i built this with a sawzall and a drill sander. it took forever. i had very few tools and wood selections.here's some pre-jointed pine (green and blonde) that had 90' sharp edges.i only had one clamp. so one clamp it is!i spent some time lining up the grains.then, lots and lots of sanding. hours. and softening the edges. you can see i dont have a planer as it's far from straight.i'm no good with a handheld router, so there are some burns and messy handles.then some mineral oil and a waxing.this has been one of my best projects, it came out so much better than i thought. and i shouldnt have used soft pine, but it's held up, and again, it's all i had!

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Upgrade Your Single Stage Dust Collector

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In the world of home-shop dust collection, dust collectors come in (basically) two flavors single stage and two stage systems. A single stage system is what most of us are familiar with. These are the dust collectors that wheel …Source

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Walnut Frame

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Walnut FrameI didn't paint the picture, but I did build the frame as well as the cradle board that the art is actually painted on.this was a big painting (60”x20”) and the frame is made out of walnut. Hard to tell but the profile is similar to the sketch below. simple shellac finish.


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Outdoor Bench

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Outdoor Bench My wife requested a small bench for her garden, so of course it was time to build one. Gotta make sure I earn that chocolate/banana bread that she has perfected. My style is clean and contemporary, so I designed this bench in Sketchup based roughly on an online image of an indoor bench. I used kiln dried redwood from Lowes, and by buying some extra was able to cut around most of the knots and imperfections.I started with the top, and wanted to keep the gap spacing as consistent as possible while the bench is exposed to the elements. My solution was using splines between the 3 top pieces. This also made the top one solid unit which helped when making the mortises for the legs. The mortises were cut with a router and cleaned up with a chisel.The legs were glued up and planed to proper width, and then the tenons were cut on the table saw. I wanted the top to have a floating appearance, so the tenons were cut 1/4 longer than the depth of the mortises.I added a stretcher for stability, and decided to use sliding dovetail joints since I've never made this joint before and wanted to learn. As those who have made this joint will know, it's a bit finicky to achieve a perfect fit.I used 2 screws to attach the stretcher to the top, and when combined with the sliding dovetails and Titebond 3 it's a very solid bench. The screws were countersunk and the holes plugged with redwood plugs and sanded flush. All outside edges got a 3/8 round over. I'm leaving this bench unfinished so it will achieve a nice gray patina over time.This might be a bit over-done for outside furniture, but I might want to build this design in the future for an indoor bench using nice hardwoods, so this was somewhat a prototype. Thanks for looking!

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Vac Rack

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Vac RackI bought this little cordless auto vac for little jobs around the house. So you get it and where do you keep it? Laying on the desk, on a shelf, in a closet ( and forget you have it)-out of sight out of mind !!So I decided to make dedicated place to store it in the computer room screwed to riser for the printer.. This is made from 1/2” maple plywood and glued together with Titebond III. I made 3 little gussets for insurance against that one glue joint.I added a hole for the cap that came with it and I keep the charger plug in there.I painted it flat black to blend in with the printer.Cheers, Jim

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Carved Rim Bowl

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A little bit of carving and gilding on the rim of this bowl transforms it from a nice piece to an extraordinary one. A step away from your ordinary bowl, this cherry bowl with a carved rim is subtle yet …Source

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MicroJig Fit Finder Review

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Tool: FitFinder 1/2 Gauge Shop Now   Manufacturer: MicroJig MSRP: $34.99 Dialing in a saw blade, router bit, or other cutting tool to make a cut exactly half the depth of stock seems like a simple task. However, if you've …Source

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Leveling jig

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Leveling jigI saw the rails on a YouTube video and it looked like a good idea. I ordered the rails and made the wooden parts to the beatings. I made the sled out of poplar and plexiglass. I can't wait to try it out.

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Book sharing Box

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Book sharing BoxThis was a project that I planned to use up some of my scrap fencing boards and give our neighborhood an opportunity to share books and games etc. I found that calling it a lending library was in conflict copyrights, so hence the different name for the box. It hasn't been up for more than a couple of days so will see how much attention it attracts. It was a fun build and I also used some old plywood from a neighbor. I didn't have a source of shingles, so used a new fence board. Not ideal but should last for a long time.
Al Holstein

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Cedar Cigar Box

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Cedar Cigar BoxI found myself with some time on this Labor Day… so I decided to labor.This has been an idea that's been eating at me for awhile… ever since I conceived of the handle.So, I went to Lowes and bought some cedar. The frame went together pretty smoothly on Sunday evening. The rest I did today. I used a dowel I had to make the cigar handle. I used stain and paints to give the cigar… well, a cigar feel/look.After I glued the bottom to the frame, I set the top on and torched the sides. I like how it turned out.I thought the top was so pretty that even though I intended to torch it too, I decided to leave it alone.Wanting a somewhat airtight fit. I bought a roll of felt strip and adhered it to the top of the box. That made for a little space between the top and sides, so I used a stain marker and stained the exposed sides of the felt.I had some clasps left over from previous projects, so I decided to have clasps on each side to give the top a snug fit.It's finished with a semi-gloss, spray-on poly. I did not treat the inside/rough side of the cedar. I wanted it to have that cedar smell… plus I'm guessing that one doesn't treat the inside of a cedar cigar box?The box can handle up to a 5.5” robusto cigar.Not sure I'd make another one any time soon, but I'm pleased with this.Also, my new novel is starting to get some reviews… maybe I can entice a reader or two?https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Order-Jeff-Vande-Zande/dp/1957010134/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1660879295&sr=1-5

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Instant Antique Hardware

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New hardware is often way too shiny for my taste, so I chemically age it. If the metal is raw steel, I use standard gun bluing. But if it's plated with zinc, I turn to Super Blue, a double-strength …Source

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Some of the many flags I've made and custom items like wine rack

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Some of the many flags I've made and custom items like wine rackAfter running into a deer on my old style Harley chopper I ramped up production of all of my projects to supplement my income. No job,no food,so I just let my imagination run wild and started using up all my scrap wood from years of exterior jobs and making others happy by giving them what they didn't even know they wanted. I also aim to inspire patriotism in ALL Americans,no matter the party, no matter the color, no matter the region, and now with the terrible war in Ukraine,no matter the country. I have also made wooden flags with unity in mind that are half American and half other countries, mainly for couples. I want a reaction from people,good or bad, love or hate.

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Chessboard box

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Chessboard boxThis is the box I built for the chessboard previously posted. The box is made of Cherry, Maple plywood with Purple Heart squares on the side.

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Carbide Lathe Tools

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Carbide Lathe ToolsThis started out as me wanting Dave Kelly tools because they are full of awesomeness but me being not that awesome myself on the lathe i went with just making my own set and they are good enuff for me to learn on better so here they are :<))))))))))

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A few shop aids

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A few shop aids#1- bench riser. Basically three boards, clamps in vise to bring detail work to a non-stooping height.
Clamp board in vise, standing on rails, cut level to desired height. Stand second board on bench, cut level to height of #1, fasten. Fasten on top. It will even take a little pounding directly over the supports.#2 Vise table. This gives a flat surface in a cluttered area. Clamp a stick in vise, glue on a board. I had to add a filler later to have the vise handle in a good position.#3 Blower. I believe this was for inflating air beds. Hose is I think used for outdoor fountains- about 1” diameter. Random vacuum crevice tool taped on. Blows a moderate air stream that works well to clean the dust & shavings off the bench, chopsaw, etc. etc. without unduly raising a cloud of dust.#4 Not a shop aid, more comic relief. Went to get a couple of free foundation jacks listed on Craigslist. Expecting something like in the foreground to add to my collection, but they were these behemoths- this is the lighter one & it weighs 50 lbs.

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Stranger for me in this carving

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Stranger for me in this carvingI used maple wood but these Saburr 1/8 and 1/4” shaft size bits saves me mucho money for they last and last.I leave the patterns on the wood as a guide to tell me where to start grinding. I also have another picture sitting next to this process as another guide.The wood was over 1” thick so I had lots of room to get wild on grinding deep.Almost every thing I do is an experiment in this type of carving – grinding learning curve to make these things and spraying the backer board black was another shot at being different. It shows the cut out areas better.Wife had to point out there was an animal thingy and you have never done anything with something like this..and it was sure good that his body was mostly hid behind the trees and things.This was another weekly project and I would be interested as to how long a real wood carver would have taken untill he hung it on the wall.I used water base paint and only used just a few drops of color in the little air brush bottle filled with water…Then clear semi-gloss rattle can lacquer for the top coats.

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Just Braggin'?

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Just Braggin'?This was something I made as a funny gift for my son. He and his wife have some chickens and they share eggs with friends and family. I thought everyone would get a laugh when they saw the stamp.I know they sell rubber specifically for stamps, but it wasn't worth buying some for this tiny project. I turned the handle and used a piece of play mat for the stamp, the kind that locks together for babies to play on . Before lasering the stamp, I wasn't sure if the material was dangerous, so I made sure to vent the fumes outside.It went over big, now I just worry my son might occasionally use it on his forehead. LOL

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Sharpen While You Work

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Chisels don't wait to get dull until you've finished a jobdo they? The trick is to keep them sharp while you're working. Rather than pull out my stones to renew an edge, I keep a piece of MDF charged with …Source

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Storage box for Milwaukee Compact Router

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Storage box for Milwaukee Compact RouterI recently bought a Milwaukee M18 Compact Router, and since it's a tool I won't be using often, I decided to build it a storage box right away, so I wouldn't lose any parts before I have a chance to use it.Pine sides, about 1/2 inch thick, dovetailed, with 1/4 inch Baltic birch plywood dividers, a 3/4 inch pine bottom (with a ship-lap joint between the two boards) and a 1/4 inch khaya (African mahogany) top. Top and bottom are glued on and nailed, the bottom with cut box nails, and the top with decorative wrought nails. Box hardware is pretty standard brass stuff from Lee Valley.Finish is a coat of boiled linseed oil.

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Live edge dining table #3

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Live edge dining table #3This third live edge walnut table I've made in the last two months. Dominoes used on joining the top has made life a lot easier. It's nice to have a friend that supplies the slabs and the Festool domino machine. I used Rubio Monocoat for a finish. Rubio Monocoat is an awesome finish for tables if you don't want shiny. A little of it goes a long way. I finished 2 tables and 3 benches on the small 300ml can. I'm thinking of doing a quartersawn sycamore table next. My friend has some slabs that is calling my name. My wife likes this one the best so far.

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Beer tap display

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Beer tap displayA set of five beer tap handle display racks. 3” wide stained, quarter sawn red oak with painted black hooks. Three lengths. 32”, 34”, 46”, 48” and 74”. Total capacity is 80 handles.

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Workshop doors

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Workshop doorsNot exactly fine woodworking, but this is some of my bread and butter type stuff.Remodeled the house previously and some other projects, now fixing up the (former garage) office and shop.
Removed the unused door, and used the shingles from the shop doors to patch in. The pair of doors were sound ('40s?) so got trim, windows, etc.. Milled, fit, and installed 80 pieces just for the pair of doors, not counting the lock.
It will all get painted. All the wood except the plywood siding panels is reused/salvaged redwood in character with the rest of the building. Glass also cut from my salvage stock.

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Convert a Kitchen Door Cabinet to Drawers

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Drawers are more practical than doors for most kitchen base cabinets. Here's a quick guide to converting a cabinet from doors to drawers. Editor's note: Nancy Hiller passed away on August 29th, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. In …Source

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The Sandpaper Files

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This sandpaper storage system is about as simple as it gets. It's just a stack of folded envelopes bound with a big rubber band. Each envelope is marked with a grit number. A thin piece of wood on the bottom …Source

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Goof-Proof Center Finder

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To mark the exact center of a board, I measure an equal distance from both ends and make two marks. This distance is just an approximationit doesn't matter if it's longer or shorter than exactly half the length of the …Source

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A Woodworker's Guide to Custom Cabinets

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Use this simple, strong method for constructing kitchen cabinets and other built-ins. Editor's note: Nancy Hiller passed away on August 29th, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. In honor of her memory, we will be sharing some of our …Source

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Alison Builds a One Step Stool

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Alison Builds a One Step StoolHi guysIt's been a few months since we've uploaded a new video. I got my daughter Alison in the shop this week building her favorite project for the “vertically challenged”.This is an all time favorite project of mine for friends and family.I got the idea from a stool at my mother in laws house many years ago and ran with it. Have mande about 4 or 5 dozen over the years.Alison really enjoys the build sessions we have together.Click the link for the Video Build.
https://youtu.be/vNjQCPEvZPwBob A in NJ
Aug 31,2022

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Ear Holders for daughter's wall

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Ear Holders for daughter's wallEvery time my daughter makes a trip to Florida she comes back with 4 or 5 mores sets of ears, and I need to make some ear holders so she can display them in her room.Very simple to make. Use 4 hole cutter and glue two halves together, paint, then glue on the front decoration.I didn't make the front design as I'm sure that would be some type of copyright infringement, but they look very easy to make. Looks like 1 and 5/8 dowels cut maybe 1/4 thick.I can imagine they built some type of jig and cut the edge of the 1 dowel with a 5/8 bit, then glued all the pieces together.They are held to the wall with a Command Strip that holds 1 lb.If the ears are extremely wide/think, like the graduation ears, I put a small piece of Velcro on the top of the holder, and the opposite on the bottom of the ears

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R9800

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R9800hello friends, I want to share my latest works. What I have already done, the new excavator r9800 liebherr. Well, a lot of work, but the biggest part has already been done. I hope you will like it and soon will be more

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