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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #8: Cutting the Corner 45 Degree Angles

03-11-2013 04:58 AM by Boxguy | 22 comments »

A Quick, Accurate Way To 45 Your Corners If you build boxes at all, eventually you tire of cranking your blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees and back…I did. So I built this simple jig, and now I can cut all 8 ends of a box accurately in about 5 minutes, AND STILL LEAVE MY TABLE SAW SET AT 90 DEGREES. Assumption: I am assuming that you have already laid out the board for your sides and have cut all four sides of your box to length. Short side, long side, short side, long side...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #9: Making an Attached Top Box

03-11-2013 09:12 AM by Boxguy | 19 comments »

I make two kinds of box tops. Boxes with inset tops (above) where the the top floats in a dadoed groove that runs around the sides, and attached tops where the top is glued directly onto the sides of the box. This tutorial will feature the attached top method, and a press design to help with this process. Of course you can use clamps to hold the top on until the glue sets. But I prefer this press. The press features 8 all-thread sections with a compression spring an...

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rebuilding an old knife #3: Starting the scales

07-04-2017 06:27 PM by jeffswildwood | 11 comments »

Hello to everyone who is following this thread. Not had much of a chance to work on the old knife in a bit but finally had a chance today. I have a plan how I want the handle to look, a bit ambitious but maybe doable. I got some wood in from Hokieken (thank you buddy) and the ideas went crazy. Here is a basic sketch of what I really want to try. Instead of just a basic handle I want a “layering” in the middle. At first thought I said to myself “are you crazy”? The m...

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Wooden Models #130: Playing with a Caterpillar

01-03-2017 11:55 PM by htl | 12 comments »

Lets see if we can talk him in to walking a little bit. Toymakingdad built a caterpillar Automata and I just loved it so had to give it a try.I should add he gives a very complete how to with many problem solving ideas, because there can be problems getting everything just so.I never knew caterpillars could be so much trouble.It’s just made out of scraps I had laying around the shop.Pine and more pine. LOL Then I thought I would change it up a bit and make him one of ...

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New Crosscut Sled

01-04-2017 05:04 AM by builtinbkyn | 10 comments »

Well it was about time to retire/replace the crosscut sled I made about 10 years ago. It served good duty, but after being tossed around in the back of my truck and used and abused by the guys on the job, I thought I’d make myself a new sled with a few extras. I reclaimed the fence from the old sled, as it is laminated hard maple. It only needed a few passes over the jointer and planer to get it nick free and spiffy looking. Since I want this sled to handle dados and possibly beve...

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Thickness Drum Sander #2: Design and Planning

07-23-2013 08:53 AM by Vip3r74 | 6 comments »

I think one of the important things about a drumsander is stability, meaning as little vibration as possible in all aspects of the machine. It is a finishing tool after all, and that is why I’m spending a lot of time in designing this machine to ensure minimum unnecessary vibration an movement while the machine is working. I have only seen 3 drumsander so far and they were all rigid, solid machines. But enough of that, the frame for my sander is made up from 2” square tubing as...

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Thickness Drum Sander #1: Design and Planning

07-22-2013 09:02 AM by Vip3r74 | 8 comments »

I have been part of LJ’s for 39 days and I have learned a lot from the community. I have been a casual woodworker with no official training for about 7 years. I did my apprenticeship as a Tool & Die Maker but never followed that either, I worked in a Toolshop for a while but did mostly CNC programming and a bit of tool design. Currently I’m a network administrator for a medium sized business but the woodworking bug is biting me more and more because I do have a passion for it ...

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Thickness Drum Sander #4: Drum Assembly

07-29-2013 09:44 AM by Vip3r74 | 6 comments »

Today it time for the drum assembly. I did not go for the Velcro method for 2 reasons, to get hold of the velcro and the sandpaper where I stay is expensive and scarce. I have read from a couple of guys using it with the handfeed method that as soon as you stop moving that you get a bit of a deeper cut on that spot. I will be using normal rolls of sandpaper rolled around my drum. What I did was designing my head unit to allow me to remove two plugs that hold the sandpaper in place to allow me...

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Thickness Drum Sander #3: Tables and Lifting Mechanism

07-24-2013 01:01 PM by Vip3r74 | 15 comments »

Now for the interesting stuff. I’m not going into detail on the first table design because I feel that the second table design will be more stable. Again I am open to all criticism and advice, that is the only way we learn in life. One very important fact that I would like to make clear is that the total travel (up and down) of the tables in both design will be 1/2” You will see that there is a vertical row of holes on the 4 legs, they are for 1” increment size changes w...

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Box Building #1: Thin Strip Sanding.

05-13-2011 05:01 PM by Kent Shepherd | 19 comments »

In my box bulding, I have been using a lot of thin strips for accent pieces, including miter splines.Since they need to be accurate and consistent, I need an easy way to sand them. Although I own a Timesaver wide belt sander at my door shop, I do this work at my shop at home, so I don’t want to make the trip unless I’m really doing a lot of pieces. I have a floor model Jet spindle sander, so I built a simple jig that bolts to the top.It is simply a fence with a pivot hole at o...

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