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Blog series by AndyPitts updated 09-04-2015 12:36 PM 13 parts 103169 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: CNC Crab Box, oil countertops

06-15-2015 12:35 PM by AndyPitts | 4 comments »

This is my first time using a Blog, so I’ll give it my best. Long ago I documented my work in the shop with pictorial essays (they are still on my website), but after a while started to realize that video would be more effective. I currently have something like 113 videos on my channel at YouTube (AndyPitts1000), mostly documenting single projects, but my series “Saturday in the Woodworking Shop” is a weekly ongoing monologue about what is going on here. Please feel free to ...

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Part 2: Drawing bows & K-body clamps

06-18-2015 01:18 PM by AndyPitts | 0 comments »

Today I’m talking about restoring a rising top trestle coffee table, drawing bows, what I like about Bessey K-body clamps, and the Virginia Artisan Trails. View on YouTube

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Part 3: Veneer, Hydraulic Lift, and a Table Reburbishment

06-21-2015 12:15 PM by AndyPitts | 2 comments »

This series follows work in my shop, plus a lot of other interesting and useful insights (I hope that they are useful, anyway ;-). In this video I’m continuing to refurbish a rising top coffee table, I show the Dandy Lift for moving heavy stuff around the shop (really saves my back), and I show the different types and thicknesses of veneers for various purposes in my work. I think you will like it. View on YouTube

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Part 4: HDU, CNC bits, 3D models

06-28-2015 07:02 PM by AndyPitts | 0 comments »

In this video I’m talking about working with high density closed cell foam (HDU) for making signs, CNC bits, and 3D models for CNC. View on YouTube

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Part 5: Vacuum Hold-downs and ShopBot UPS

07-01-2015 06:23 PM by AndyPitts | 0 comments »

In this weekly video I’m talking about adding an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to my ShopBot Desktop, plus answering questions about vacuum hold down pucks. View on YouTube

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Part 6: Bandsaws

07-05-2015 12:43 PM by AndyPitts | 7 comments »

Every week (mostly) I make a 10 minute video of what has gone on in the shop, questions, and such from the past week. In this episode I decided to show what I’ve learned about the bandsaw in the 35 years I’ve owned my machine, a 14” Delta. Hope something in here will help you. Andy View on YouTube

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Part 7: Dust Collection

07-08-2015 09:06 PM by AndyPitts | 4 comments »

Today I am talking about woodshop dust collection, and about how I designed and built my cyclone separator and dust collection system using guidance from Bill Pentz (BillPentz.com), piping from Spiral Mfg, and filters from Wynn Environmental. View on YouTube

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Part 8: Dehumidifying Lumber Storage

07-14-2015 02:35 PM by AndyPitts | 2 comments »

Today I’m talking about how I maintain my lumber stash ready for building furniture where I live in humid eastern Virginia. Left to it’s own in an unconditioned space, my kiln dried lumber (6-8% MC) would gradually migrate toward 12 % MC, so I’ve solved that by dehumidifying my storage location. Nothing high tech, here, but it works. In my work I like to start out with wood of a known moisture content, approximately the equilibrium moisture content for the intended environme...

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Part 9: Solar Kilns

07-21-2015 07:37 PM by AndyPitts | 4 comments »

I bought my Woodmizer sawmill in 2001 in preparation to mill a lot of eastern Virginia hardwood. I had milled lumber in the 1980’s and had air dried it (on the East Coast of the US) and had powder post beetle damage. So, I researched those critters and discovered that the holes I saw were exit holes from the beetles. They lay eggs in cracks in wood, then the eggs hatch to become larvae, then beetles. To kill the larvae required heat, about 130 degrees F core temperature for an hour woul...

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Part 10: Lumber Case Hardening

07-30-2015 12:01 PM by AndyPitts | 3 comments »

We hear about “case hardening” regarding lumber drying. What is case hardening, anyway? Is it a problem? Does it always happen when drying lumber? This video will try to explain what case hardening is, how it happens, and why it can be a problem. Hope this helps. Andy View on YouTube

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Part 11: Measuring Moisture in Lumber

08-23-2015 12:02 PM by AndyPitts | 2 comments »

Today I’m talking about how to measure the moisture content of lumber, including oven dry sampling, conductivity moisture meters (pin type) and pinless moisture meters. View on YouTube

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Part 12: Oil and Beeswax Finish

09-02-2015 12:03 PM by AndyPitts | 0 comments »

In this installment Andy is talking about an oil, urethane, and beeswax finish, and his recent trip to Camp Aspire.

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Part 13: Insignia Box & Shop Glues

09-04-2015 12:36 PM by AndyPitts | 0 comments »

In this video I am talking about my Naval Officer’s Insignia Box, cut on CNC and the glues I use in my workshop. View on YouTube

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