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Around The Shop.. #4: Space is Clean! Time to get organized!

06-07-2021 07:42 AM by Airframer | 5 comments »

Well today was a pretty productive day in the “new” shop space. I was able to get the space fully cleared out and swept. Then emptied all the boxes of tools and parts etc onto all the table spaces so I can see what I have to put away and nothing is being hidden inside a box. The most exciting part was finally getting my roubo workbench in place and cleaned up. I will need to resurface the top but need to get my planes tuned up and sharp first. Otherwise it is holding strong...

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Tongue Drums #2: Mallets - more than you need to know!

06-07-2021 03:26 AM by GnarlyErik | 3 comments »

Tongue Drum Mallets What I have learned about Tongue Drum mallets: The softer the business end of the mallet head, the softer the sound; The bigger the mallet head, the louder the sound – up to a point; I’ve tried mallet heads made from ‘Crazy Balls’ with very good results. I’ve made mallets using tennis balls filled with foam which seemed to work quite well, but are not as much fun to use. I’ve also made some from those filled tennis sized balls made for dogs and t...

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Tongue Drums #1: The soundboard/tongue top

06-07-2021 01:08 AM by GnarlyErik | 1 comment »

There’s been enough interest in the tongue drums I’ve built, I’ve decided to make a blog entry to share what I have learned, much of it through trial and error, as well as what research as I can find. Plese keep in mind that I am NOT a musician, so there’s been a lot of trial and error on my part. I’ve lost count now, but I’ve made well over a dozen of these things, with no two of them exactly alike. I will attempt an ongoing blog to describe the process and what I’ve learned. Since...

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Another Hand Plane Rehab #3: Look - I Used a New Body Paint

06-06-2021 05:22 PM by HokieKen | 15 comments »

Well, I said I probably wouldn’t blog about painting this one since I covered my process pretty thoroughly in this old blog entry. However, I did some things differently this time around and thought it warranted a quick entry to document. I decided to take some cues from Sansoo22's process since he does such a great job on his planes. I had planned to bake my plane the way he does but then decided against that since it’s too big for my shop oven and I didn’t want my wif...

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Around The Shop.. #3: 5 yrs later. Let's catch up a bit...

06-06-2021 04:06 PM by Airframer | 5 comments »

Well it’s been a busy and chaotic few years since I last posted about my new shop. Would love to say there has been a massive change and it’s all set up and ready for work but alas that is not the case. I have been trying to finish my home renovation before playing in here but that is taking much longer than I had originally planned and with the cost of framing lumber at rediculous levels it is basically on hold atm. So what now? Well time to play of course! Over the la...

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Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench #3: Milled Stock - Part 2 - Cherry Legs and Walnut Rails

06-06-2021 12:06 PM by EarlS | 4 comments »

Cherry Legs:Prepping the thick stock required for this project added a few more issues than the typical board prep discussed in Part 1. I was able to get ~2-1/2 cherry out of the barn stack. The boards were rough cut to length then planed to clean the fronts and backs up. After jointing an edge, they were ripped to rough widths. Things went a bit down hill from there. The ripped pieces were twisted and bowed, especially the cherry. In an effort to minimize the amount of material los...

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Gum Entry Table #3: Drawers and top rough in

06-05-2021 11:42 PM by BlueRidgeDog | 4 comments »

Drawers made and glued, but not fitted of finished, top roughed in. Starting to look like something. I wish I had gone with three tails, but the two are growing on me. The drawer is so short, I never thought of going three (though I do half blind 99% of the time). I have not touched my hand saw in months, so the first two dovetails were gappy, but muscle memory kicked in after that. Nothing that my filler made from saw dust and shellac can’t handle.

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Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench #2: Finally, Milled Stock - Part 1

06-05-2021 01:02 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

After most of a month spent using the bandsaw, planing, jointing, cutting, gluing, clamping, then more planing, jointing, gluing, clamping, and just a bit sanding I have the main pieces for the bench. White Oaktop back section: 4-1/8×12 x 87 – 7 boards on endtop front section: 4-1/8×8 x 85-3/4 – 5 boards on end Walnutupper side rail: 3-1/2×2 x 24lower side rail: 4-1/2×2 x24lower front rail: 4-1/4×3 x 43-1/8lower rear rail: 4-1/ 2×2 x 45-5/8 ...

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Life happenings #24: Chapel house update.

06-05-2021 11:27 AM by JimDaddyO | 0 comments »

I’ve had too many things to do. Something had to be put aside a bit, and that thing was shooting video. I just took time for a quick update and put it up to show the latest hurdle we face in the new place. Not a DIY job, and not a cheap one either. Thanks to all for the patience and support.

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Tongue Drum Journey #3: Tongue Drum Journey No 3 ( but actually post 2a dummy spit)

06-05-2021 10:26 AM by robscastle | 3 comments »

OK after a coffee and a walk away from the impending project. I determined I had screwed up badly, for the following reasons:-1. I should have done a test cut after setting the 20 mm rip setting.2. I should have not been so confident and set 21 mm3. Then used the last No 6 undersized board for feet, trims etc. Oh well these things happen How did i fix it.As there was a max of 0.5 mm run out on both sides I was reluctant to try and joint them or thickness the again and lose precious...

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