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Adding LED Lights to Your Tools

02-11-2019 07:13 PM by Matt Snyder | 7 comments »

Having good focused lights is essential on many tools and often your shop lights just don’t cut it. Adding an LED light on an adjustable neck is cheap and easy and, with a little modification, you won’t have to use up any more outlets. I bought four of these lights on Amazon for $10 each They have a magnetic base so they can attach to your tools and give you the light you need where you need it. Modifying them to use your tool’s power is fairly simple. First cut off the plug a...

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Alaska Cabin #2: Diamond Willow & Agate Cabin Kitchen Lights

02-06-2019 01:33 AM by Matt Snyder | 2 comments »

After my diamond willow and agate bed lights turned out so good I decided to do something similar in my “kitchen”. Running across the front wall of the kitchen is an electrical conduit tube that looks ugly and I wanted to hide it behind some diamond willow while adding some LED lighting. I looked through the pile of wood I harvested in the spring and found a strait enough piece that had some character and was big enough to cover everything up. To make it fit flush to the wall, I...

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Router Table Upgrade

02-04-2019 11:54 AM by Matt Snyder | 3 comments »

When I built my workbench I made a folding table, hinged to my workbench wall, that I envisioned holding my fancy Bosch router table. In practice it felt awkward with the table so high and it also blocked the cabinet behind it. Time for a new plan. I took the mounting plate off the commercial table and traced it out on the center of the table. An inch in from the line I used a jigsaw to cut out a hole for the router and base to hang through. I then used a router guide to rout ou...

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The Box-From-A-Block Jig

02-04-2019 07:16 AM by Matt Snyder | 6 comments »

This is a jig I made that allows me to make a small box from any size block of wood (within reason). The appropriately sized frame pieces mount to the walnut sliders and the whole jig mounts to my router table. I was able to route out 13 blocks in less than 20 minutes. I decided to use the live edge slab from chainsaw milling the walnut I used for the sliders. That scrap slab had some cool spalting in it. Here’s a YouTube video of the build. I hope you enjo...

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Morris style glider #13: Seat

02-03-2019 03:47 AM by Orange008 | 0 comments »

Quick update. Glued up the seat frame and set into place. Still have to add spacers in between the slats and do some final sanding. I did not, however, let this opportunity go to waste and got to sit down in the chair for the first time! I have to imagine that it will be much more comfortable with cushions and a back, but exciting none the less to be able to sit in it for the first time. Progress is being made and can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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My Folding Workbench

01-28-2019 10:49 PM by Matt Snyder | 4 comments »

I’ve got a small wood shop I’ve been building up in my small 14’ x 20’ garage. After picking up a bunch of tools, I realized I needed a better work space than my table saw. In order to conserve precious space, I decided to go with a folding design. In looking for a place to put it, I decided to use the dead air above the steps to the basement. The first task was to frame in the tool and wood storage area. For the doors I planed down some 2×4s and mitered the ends. I made th...

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Christmas Gifts #5: 2018: Oak & Laminate TV Trays

01-25-2019 07:34 PM by HandyHousewife | 1 comment »

So the other project that we attempted at the last possible second for a Christmas gift was a pair of TV trays for my sister in law and her husband. Every year for my husband’s family we do a drawing for Christmas gifts using this online service called DrawNames and you can create a wish list or at least add your interests (nice for the new additions to the family!), and my son drew his uncle S. The gifts are usually supposed to be around $25 or less, and Uncle S requested TV trays. ...

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A computer desk #14: Stained and varnished, a PIP

01-25-2019 06:04 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Before this is posted as a Project?Miwax Dark Walnut oil stain…brush a bit on….then wipe down.. Then Minwax Clear Gloss coat Fun part, was carrying this up those stairs….have a leaky hole in the top of me head, now….it is called a header for a reason…ow. Pencil trays seem to work well enough.. These two stretchers are where your feet will go, so they are offset to the rear Anyone want to try to build one of these? Will be posting as a ...

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Old and new

01-23-2019 09:34 PM by ralbuck | 10 comments »

Just a mix of the old and the newer. The smaller cars—Some are man-cave specials (bottle openers) and the tow truck ( It is dated 7-2000) on the bottom being played with by the youngest great grandson.

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A computer desk #11: Lid work

01-19-2019 11:53 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Among other things…4 hours of shop time…..wasn’t that great of a day..meh..Began by tracing around the desk, once it was as centered as I could get it….then drill a few pilot holes… Was hoping I would miss a few things underneath…nope…corner blocks were in the way. Placed the desk back on the base…kept trying to clamp things in place….finally found a 3×3 block, and clamped things down.. Fun part was lifting this thing up, on...

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