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Blog series by Woodbutchery updated 07-14-2018 10:21 PM 4 parts 6085 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Learning how to learn in wood

04-05-2009 07:07 AM by Woodbutchery | 6 comments »

I find myself caught up in the act of doing, many times to the detriment of a project. I look at the projects that are done on LJs, and I want to learn to do them, but then I start a project and get so taken by the idea of completing the project that I don’t take the time to do the project well. What I end up with is usually something serviceable, but often not of the quality of work I aspire to. They say that acknowledging a problem is the first step in resolving the problem. I...

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Part 2: Fortunate Accidents | getting things done

04-11-2010 04:13 AM by Woodbutchery | 3 comments »

I am not a wood professional. I don’t aspire to be one. Woodworking is more creative release than handyman ability, or craft. While I hope to learn how to craft wood, I do not stay up nights pining for the day I can make the perfect hand cut dovetail joinery, but that’s the game I play and my involvement with this so far. I remember once upon a time where I just wanted to have a decent tone on the flute and would worry about the ornamentation and “other” stuff late...

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Part 3: Getting closer without doing as much - that measure twice cut once stuff works!

04-25-2010 03:55 PM by Woodbutchery | 0 comments »

So I’m on to the next project for my wife, a set of benches to fit around one nook of the back patio. After some discussion we settled on three benches, two approx. 5 foot and one 7 foot (Hurricanes here in Houston, when we get ‘em we turn the benches over so they present a low profile behind the brick wall). I set up the design on Sketchup, then started the build. A few things to note: First, I replaced my old cross-cut sled with a new version. It’s simpler, sits...

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Part 4: My first attempt at a tutorial - half lap miter joinery

07-14-2018 10:21 PM by Woodbutchery | 2 comments »

While working on another project, I needed to re-familiarize myself with working with my half-lap miter sled. While doing that, I realized I need to make something more stable than what I had originally come up with. The new sled was made out of a piece of mahogany plywood. The board was 26” x 10”. I ripped two strips along the length, each 1 1/2” wide, glued the strips together for the fence, and glued and screwed the fence to the board. I used my square to get th...

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