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Hickory Dining Room Trestle Table #5: Apply Finish and Final assembly

12-19-2019 01:59 PM by PPK | 11 comments »

My goal is to have the table completed for Christmas so that we may gather around it for Christmas dinner. I’ve achieved this goal! I wiped on one coat of Danish oil to all the wood parts. I chose to finish all the parts disassembled. Danish oil just applied:...Then I let the Danish oil cure for a couple days and started applying Arm R Seal poly.Some pictures of the finish right after a fresh coat: ...After 3 coats of poly, I assembled everything. I’ll save the ove...

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Cutlist Software

08-19-2019 06:08 AM by Rich | 5 comments »

Foreword: I’ve only been using this app for a couple of weeks. I expect to learn more as I go and will update this blog entry as I do. I thought about making this a review, but it’s really more a journal of my time looking for good apps to do cutlist layouts. I’m not talking about simply a list of the pieces that make up a project, I wanted to find a good app for doing the layout of those pieces, given the lumber I have available. I worked with several tools, both IO...

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Gauges in the Shop #1: Go - No Go gauge for Lathe Chuck

05-28-2019 01:05 PM by Jim Jakosh | 10 comments »

I use this gauge a lot so I thought I’d share it with fellow Lumberjocks that turn on the lathe. I was is Quality Assurance for most of my working life and we had many of these attribute gauges in the shop to quickly tell if something is within acceptable range . They were typically hardened a ground steel gauges but this one is plastic and replaced the wood one I used for years. I have watched a lot of demonstrators putting a tenon or a mortise on a piece before loading it into a chuc...

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How to make an Arts and Crafts style lamp shade #1: Some initial thoughts

11-28-2018 10:39 PM by splintergroup | 11 comments »

I’ve had reasonable success selling Arts & Crafts style lamps and currently I am making another set.One of the challenges with these lamps is building the shade. There are a number of angles and dimension to consider and any error in one of these parameters will alter the parameters of every other piece. When making an A&C style lamp, you build the lamp body and you build the shade. Each is about the same amount of effort. I thought a blog post would be a good way for me to coll...

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Mesquite Slab Table #5: Finish Finished and Done

05-06-2018 02:38 PM by builtinbkyn | 21 comments »

I had a number of appointments with contractors of various trades over the past week and even had some painting started here in the house. Unfortunately I had to ask the painters to stop work. I guess anyone that can hold a paint brush considers themselves a painter. I’m actually dumbfounded by the lack of skilled tradesman here in Pittsburgh and the lack of responsiveness from many of the contractors I’ve attempted to contact for work. Some don’t respond to calls and so...

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Simple Jigs and Techniques #15: Hot Pipe Bending

01-07-2018 12:04 AM by shipwright | 11 comments »

I’ve read about this technique in Pierre Ramond’s books but never had a need for it before. I wish I had tried it out sooner. It is an amazing little technique and so easy that my first attempt was good enough to use and I had four rings like the one In the photos done in about a half hour. The pipe (or bar) needs to be about 200 – 220 degrees F. I’ll let the photos explain the procedure. Here’s the setup. A quick online search will turn up this style of jig in severa...

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Colourfastness #2: One Month Check-in, .... some surprises

01-02-2018 12:42 AM by shipwright | 16 comments »

Its been a month since I put my test panel out in the Az (winter) sun and there have been some changes and a couple of surprises. 1) Almost all of the bare wood has faded.2) The shellac alone seems to be the finish that is out of step.3) The Amaranth (Purpleheart) is ….. AMAZING!4) The Cherry is a surprise too. This is the original, before picture. Here is today’s. Sorry it’s upside down vs the above pic.The Amaranth is second from the top.The Cherry is second from th...

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Hand plane DIY blog #4: Hand plane, scaper planes and toothing plane ramblings...

06-29-2017 12:08 AM by mafe | 18 comments »

Hand plane DIY bloghand plane, scaper planes and toothing plane ramblings… My last blog on making handplanes was the one about the small planes , those little fellows bring plenty of smiles, both to me and guest in the shop.This time it was a need for a small scraper plane, the buy of a German toothing plane blade some time back and finally the reason I took off, was a old friend who wrote me, that she and her husband needed a small hand plane, that they can use when making arrows fo...

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Plywood Chevalet #5: CNC Kits are Ready to Go

08-25-2016 12:42 AM by shipwright | 21 comments »

It’s been a quite a long haul getting all the bugs worked out but the first CNC cut chevy was delivered yesterday and the next three are ready to go. The plan here was to give my students an affordable choice to custom made hardwood “fine furniture” or alternatively an easier home build. I am pleased with the results and I am sure that this will lead to more people experiencing this tool and the fine work that it can do. I have built in arm height adjustment over a range of ...

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My Version of a Moxon Vise

05-17-2016 02:23 AM by builtinbkyn | 16 comments »

I decided to make a moxon vise for the bench. I figured I’d make it a mini-bench that mounts to my workbench, so it would provide a taller work surface as well as a larger clamping area for dovetailing drawers and panels. I planned this a few weeks back. The Benchcrafted hardware is certainly very nice, but I thought I’d see if I could make one on the cheap. So I searched to Amazon to see what I could come up with for the hardware. I ended up using CNC components and some ...

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