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My lathe journeys. #42: ... Curved carbide tool, for gettin' in deep

03-26-2016 12:53 PM by JoeinGa | 13 comments »

A friend (and fellow turner) mentioned in church last Sunday that he’d watched a youtube vid of someone using a lathe tool with a curved end for easier access to the inside of a bowl. I had made him a carbide tool last year and he asked me if I thought I could make a curved one. He thought that because I have been using that thick 5/8” aluminum bar stock that I might not be able to bend it. Well, challenge accepted ! Here’s the progression of how it went….. The ...

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My lathe journeys. #23: .... DIY carbide lathe tools ... I shoulda done this sooner :-)

03-19-2015 11:46 PM by JoeinGa | 19 comments »

After reading a LOT of threads here about folks making their own carbide turning tools, I thought I’d give it a go. So last week I ordered some square cutters from Capt Eddie and dug thru my metal pile and found a few pieces of 5/8” square 2024 aluminum sticks left over from some long ago project.....While waiting for the cutters to come in I started doing the rough shaping on my 12” disc sander, using 120 grit paper. ....According to an Internet search I did, the 2024 alum...

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Simple Jigs and Techniques #6: Fresh Air Supply Without Breaking the Bank

04-26-2014 12:35 AM by shipwright | 22 comments »

Back in my boat building days I periodically had the need to spray some very toxic paints. A fresh air supply is highly recommended for these occasions but they are very expensive for infrequent use. I found this today as I was doing a deep spring turf-out of my shop and thought it might save someone a few bucks. This is what I came up with to save my lungs without the cash outlay for a compressor operated one with filters and coolers. (The filters and coolers are to remove the oil and hea...

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Spaltted Persimmon / Secrets

07-18-2015 12:34 AM by poospleasures | 13 comments »

I have had this very unusual spaltted Persimmon board for a long time and wanted to make something special. Decided to do another ” I Got Secrets ” mans jewelry box. I have shown you one of these before but look out this is loud.!! The box has three secrets. #1 is how to get it open. First you have to find the key by popping open the top. Do this by pressing down on the left side of the tops bookmatched medallion which ...

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Making an Internal Thien Baffle for a HF Dust Collector

02-24-2013 09:23 PM by Rex B | 24 comments »

I was lucky enough to get the popular Harbor Freight 2 HP dust collector for Christmas. People have modified that thing in every way imaginable, so I found plenty of inspiration out there when planning what to do with mine. I decided to keep it fairly simple: a Thien baffle inside the dust collector’s separator ring, to hopefully keep the dust in the bag and not in the filter. A lot of people have done this mod, but most of them don’t post pictures because it is so simple. So I fi...

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Easy. Elegant Wooden Box Hinge #1: I could kick myself

06-23-2011 07:26 AM by shipwright | 61 comments »

A few months ago I spent many many hours trying to perfectly align a set of “box joint hinges” for my project ” A Little Cabinetree” After I finally got them working I installed them on the edges of the MDF sides and doors and then veneered over the whole works. The only good part was that there were enough left over prototype parts that I could make a hinge for my next project from the cast-offs Then this week I was making a tea box for a friend and when...

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #3: Slotting the Saw Back

11-02-2013 03:25 PM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I feel this is the part of making a dovetail saw that holds people back. I first thought that it would require a machine shop or ordering a dovetail saw kit in order to get a good product to use for a sturdy spine. It took some trial and error (still making some errors) but this method is working for me. You will be able to tell by my setup that there is plenty of room for improvement and better jigs, I plan to upgrade my setup sometime soon but right now I am enjoying the build process too m...

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #2: Materials and where I got them.

10-29-2013 02:21 AM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I suppose a good place to start this blog is to list the materials I have been using and where I was able to find them. Some of the stuff is basic and some took a little searching. I will try to remember everything (it’s really not that much stuff). First stop: McMaster-Carr This is a really great website, if you haven’t spent any time on it, try it. It got me thinking of lots of new projects. Here are the links to the material I purchased from them. saw plates- http://ww...

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #1: - Introduction

10-28-2013 02:37 AM by ErikF | 11 comments »

I have posted a few saws on here lately and have been asked to put a blog together showing how I go about making them. This is an intro and overview of the method I am using, I’m sure there are many ways to do this but I will show what works for me. I started getting interested in saws last year when I started cutting some of my joints by hand. I was using a Japanese pull saw as my go to saw but had issues with it tracking a line and the blade was very flimsy. I upgraded to a Verita...

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Stickley #369 Morris Chair #1: Leg Laminations and Angled Tenons

02-24-2014 09:27 PM by pintodeluxe | 6 comments »

Here is the project at hand, a slant arm Morris Chair. I am working off plans from the Popular Woodworking April 2011 issue, which I recommend you buy. The Author is Robert Lang. He posted a free diagram to Sketchup, but with this detailed of a project, you will want to order the back issue. My techniques differ from Robert’s methods significantly, so I will try to elaborate along the way. -----I like to start by laminating the legs for quartersawn figure on all four sides. ...

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