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Great Companies to Deal With #1: CraftsmanHardware.com

06-02-2018 05:38 PM by Jerry | 4 comments »

CraftsmanHardware.com is a Customer Service Hero. Far too many times I’ve ordered items USPS priority or next day air only to have the order languish for several days before even getting processed for shipment, thereby completely negating my costly efforts to get said item at my doorstep in a timely manner. I ordered some Mission style cabinet door pulls from this outfit last Wednesday. Imagine my surprise when they showed up in my mailbox on Friday. These folks got my order out t...

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New Sharpening System.... Maybe? #2: Initial Tests

05-25-2017 12:18 PM by HokieKen | 12 comments »

You know how sometimes you buy a tool kinda on impulse and regret it later? I half expected that to be the case with this WorkSharp. I figured I would find that it was kinda finnicky and that when all was said and done I would get a better edge faster using my diamond plates and I would end up selling the WS. I was wrong. I was really wrong. Maybe I’m lazy. Maybe I just really suck at sharpening on stones. Or maybe, just maybe, this thing is a friggin’ gem. Now, I ca...

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Build: Dust Separator

02-12-2016 05:12 AM by TabLeft | 4 comments »

View on YouTube This is an easy-to-build dust separator with a baffle. It works because the incoming air is forced around the outside wall, where the heavier dust and chips fall into the large trash can below. When driven with a blower like I use, the baffle removes the need for a standalone dust collection system (which not everyone has the money, space, or power to accommodate). When used with a shop-vac, this simple dust collector will greatly prolong the life of your filters and preve...

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Lincoln Logs

10-15-2014 09:15 PM by SPalm | 25 comments »

I made two large sets of Lincoln Logs for the grandchildren. This is how I did it. There are a few steps involved so I used indexing stop blocks and such to make it more safe and repeatable. I basically followed some of the same techniques as this post on the web but changed a few things and added roofs. http://home.comcast.net/~pocket83/site/ Also I decided not to stain my sets as we kind of liked the clean pine look, and this is also completely non-toxic (and easier to make). I put to...

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Workbench #2: Design Concept Redux

04-01-2013 04:46 PM by Marty5965 | 1 comment »

So, after reading all the great comments on my earlier entry I re-designed the bench. This time with an overhang. I also added a reversible well board. I kept the trestle base but notice it is inside the front edge (no toe stub…hopefully), I also felt I had to have a front apron for the vice rear jaw. The fat stretchers at the top and the solid ones at the front should resist racking. Notice the square fronts on the braces for the apron. Here’s my revamped joinery, all...

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Video: French Cleat Drill Charging Station

02-25-2014 02:15 PM by JSB | 5 comments »

Hello everyone. Here’s my latest and hopefully last for a little while addition to my French cleat wall. I may do something else for the wall in the future but I doubt it will be a video. This was a useful project that anyone can benefit from. Have more drills? Make it wider. Customize it the way you want. For those who are interested here is a link to the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkiqzUPB9LQ And here is a link to the plans:http://jayscustomcreations.com/?p=4323

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Video: Easy Bar Stool

01-27-2014 05:59 PM by JSB | 6 comments »

Here’s an easy bar stool for your your home or shop. You can make this out of just a few dollars worth of materials and can batch out a set of 4 in a few hours. If you’re one to hate on pocket holes than please move along. I hope this can be of use to some of you :) Video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkKkoh2BaTI Free plans here:http://jayscustomcreations.com/?p=4013

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Shop Air Cleaner #1: Start of the Build

12-12-2013 03:47 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 2 comments »

Air intake for air cleaner. I used half-lap joints to build the frame (20.75”x20.75”) All the sides are cut, as well as the rabbets and dados according to the plans I drew. (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4) The motor was put inside to take a few measurements for where to cut the air outflow. It is upside down in the picture, however. I mounted the squirrel motor to the inside wall with 1.5” wide pieces of 3/4” plywood. Some of the screws were drilled through t...

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Workshop Update #8: Shopmade air cleaner

02-16-2012 11:59 PM by bj383ss | 8 comments »

I got a free blower motor from a member of another forum. Its from a house HVAC this thing moves some air. It has 3 speeds. I only wired the low speed and it moves plenty of air. I made a box to fit around the blower and the filters I bought. It measures 14.5” H x 25.5” W x 34.5” L. Im using 12×24 filters. The prefilter I bought from Lowes it is a 3M 1500. Not sure what the micron rating is but it filters 93% which I know is good. The second fi...

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My Long Wait for a Workshop #5: Home Made Air Filter

04-26-2011 05:24 PM by JWags | 13 comments »

Hello again, Just finished my homemade shop air filter. I had to change my original plans, which were to hang it from the ceiling. That’s because I also wanted a washable filter, to keep down on the ongoing costs. So here was the final criteria: I needed a blower that would draw and push at least 800 CFm, a primary filter that would catch up to 5 microns, and a secondary filter that would catch 1 micron particles, and not be cost prohibitive. Plus – it had to be quiet. S...

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