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Shop Built Belt Sander Project #5: First Improvements: Lathe Tool Sharpening Jigs

02-29-2016 11:18 PM by Lazyman | 3 comments »

One of the things that inspired me to make a belt sander was seeing YouTube videos of the Sorby Proedge™ Sharpening system. I struggled with getting consistent edges on my lathe tools and had messed up one of my bowl gouges more than once. I knew that I would not be able to get good results on my lathe unless I got better at sharpening and if it wasn’t quick, easy and repeatable, I would wait longer than I should to freshen the edges. The Sorby Proedge™ system is crazy e...

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Spring Style Salad Tongs Cut From One Board

04-25-2018 01:52 AM by wrenchhead | 3 comments »

These are a great gift or a cool item to sell at a craft fair. This project reminds me of the Woodwright’s folding book stand only easier to make. Thanks for watching

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Riving knife retrofit for unisaw #1: Riving Knife retrofit for Unisaw

02-23-2013 01:30 AM by runswithscissors | 119 comments »

Like a lot of people, I wanted a true riving knife for my older Unisaw. I checked out the Bolt On Riving Knife (BORK) and realized it doesn’t maintain a uniform height relative to the blade, because it follows a bigger arc than the blade, being even farther out from the axis of the swing arm. Also, frankly, the means of attachment to the arbor doesn’t look very robust to me. I find this analogy useful for picturing the functioning of a true riving knife. Compare it to your arm. Your should...

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Axes, adzes and drawknifes #1: Making a leather sheath for a axe or adze.

04-08-2011 07:13 PM by mafe | 11 comments »

Axes, Adzes and Drawknife’smaking a leather sheath for an axe or adze. This is first part of a little series where I will go through the types of, making sheaths, and handles for axes, adzes and drawknife’s, it will not be a general teaching, just me telling of how I do what I learned, and the types I have. Making a leather sheath: First you need some good leather, I personally use a thick hard pressured front piece cowhide app. 2 mm (I believe you call it harness leather in US), thi...

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Rocking Chair Build - Due Oct 5 #1: Selecting Lumber, Laying out Parts, and Cutting Blanks

04-20-2015 07:08 PM by Marshall | 7 comments »

I’ve been wanting to build a Maloof style rocker for about as long as I’ve been a woodworker (about 4 years I think)... I always put it off thinking that my skills werent there yet (still think that). I decided I’d wait until my wife and I were expecting our first child, and then I’d take the plunge and build one. Well, here we are. I need to have the chair done by Oct 5 :). So, my other project is going to have to wait (Arts and Crafts Dining Table). I started...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #8: Summary (some final thoughts on marketing)

07-05-2013 10:41 AM by huff | 22 comments »

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! You’ve probably come to realize from this series that you have many ways to market and sell your woodworking and I only covered some of the ways. A quick review:• Business name• Business signage/logo• Business cards• Personal networking• Community involvement with local organizations• Community involvement with local government• Networking with other businesses• Rack cards• Brochures• Mailers• Flyers• Mailing Li...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #7: Marketing and Selling on the Internet

07-04-2013 12:09 PM by huff | 1 comment »

The internet has given us an entirely new opportunity for marketing and selling. It gives us the ability to reach millions of people around the world with a simple click of a button; to be able to sit behind a keyboard and reach out and touch everyone……………..if it was only that easy. But it is true that the internet has given us the ability to reach a greater number of potential customers without ever leaving our home. So let’s talk about some of the different ways you may be able to...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #6: Galleries, Consignment shops and more

07-03-2013 11:43 AM by huff | 6 comments »

Galleries; Art galleries, craft galleries, co-op galleries can be another way to get your woodworking in front of the buying public. There are thousands of Galleries available to a woodworker. They may not be in your town, but guaranteed there are some close enough for you to check out and possibly use for part of your marketing. You do need to understand how most galleries work though; most galleries don’t pay for your inventory up front, but takes a commission when the item is sold. ...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #5: Image (finding the right market)

07-02-2013 12:08 PM by huff | 5 comments »

I mentioned very early in my series that image is so important when it comes to marketing yourself and your business. Too many times a woodworker overlooks two very important factors when trying to market and sell their work. 1. Image; The typical woodworker thinks they are only selling their woodworking. Don’t forget; you’re selling yourself, your business, your image and your professionalism as much as you are selling your woodworking. Your overall image a customer has of you and ...

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Marketing and Selling your woodworking #4: Shows

07-01-2013 11:06 AM by huff | 9 comments »

Shows; It doesn’t matter if you’re selling country crafts or high end one of a kind, custom made furniture; whether you’re selling at an outdoor craft festival, a juried show or a large indoor home show, the same principles apply. The biggest mistake woodworkers (or any vendor for that matter) makes; is trying to sell their work at the wrong show. Too many times a show is picked simply because it’s local or the table/booth fee is cheap. Big, Big mistake! That’s like trying to teach a p...

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