The Woodshop Shed

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Drill Press Mortising Fixture

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

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Crazy Owl Birdhouse

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



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String Band Clamp

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

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Chalenge Box - Japanese Maple

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



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