Woodworking blog entries tagged with '2x4'

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found wood #4: quick and dirty homemade dolly (for moving huge logs)

06-12-2009 12:31 AM by Gary Fixler | 6 comments »

If you recall the enormous gum tree logs I rescued recently, you might have wondered how I was going to move them all. Crushing manly strength alone? Nah, I was still pretty shot after lifting them into the truck in the first place. I slapped together a dolly out of scrap 2×4s (left over from the log rack shelves) with deck screws and some pocket holes (and screws), and a pair of rubber wheels and matching axle bolts that I ended up not needing for another project about a month back. ...

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Turning Chess Pieces #5: Queens

02-15-2008 12:02 AM by Chessnut | 3 comments »

Welcome to another installment of the chess corner. Today’s topic is turning queens on the lathe.A queen’s base diameter is usually around 1 3/4” and the height around 3 3/4”. I use a caliper to measure while turning and turn everything gradually usually in three parts. The base, the stem of the piece and the crown and bring a pencil to the workpiece while it’s still turning after it has been turned round to mark the three segments and the decorative rings. This ...

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Steve's 2x4 Challenge #2: It takes shape

01-28-2008 02:51 AM by SPalm | 16 comments »

Getting much closer. The finally assembly takes shape. It is a Krenov type cabinet. Maybe a disservice to the Master trying to build one out of a 2×4, but I wanted the largest piece of furniture that I could build, and this is what appeared. It has been fun. I am trying to figure out how to complete it. The door is not attached. It is about an eighth of an inch thick. The plan was to glue a block to the inside top and bottom of the door and use finishing nails as hinge pins. T...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #7: The end is near !

01-21-2008 01:17 AM by Zuki | 9 comments »

Well the end is getting near for Project X – 2×4. I had a little “oopsie” when dry fitting the pieces and had to rely on my homemade edible glue to stick the “oopsie” back together. Actually there are better words to express how I felt, but as this is a family site . . . “oopsie” will do just fine. The pics above are from yesterday and I have arranged Project X and its twin in order to deceive the average woodworker. You can only decipher what it actually is if you ha...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #6: And the beat goes on

01-14-2008 12:43 AM by Zuki | 5 comments »

Managed to get out in the shop this weekend. The weather was really strange . . . +5 and rain. Lots of snow gone. I finished off the remainder of the dovetails. Staying inside the pencil lines and cutting straight were the biggest challenges. I also found that chopping out the tails with a chisel was a bit of a pain because the spruce would collapse and not cut clean. Took a bit of work cleaning the pins and tails . . . but in the end they all fit together with a satisfying “cluk”. ...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #5: One Word - Pictures

01-11-2008 02:11 AM by Zuki | 8 comments »

Ok . . . I have been put under tremendous peer pressure to provide pics because of the NPDH rule. Not making dust this evening but I did convince DW to take a few snaps. Note to self – get DW new digital camera so I can inherit hers. The first two pics show my first ever attempt at hand cut dovetails. I am happy with the way it came out. I just have to practice more to get better. Here are two pics of Project X. The top snap shows the top section of Project X. There is o...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #4: Dovetailing (NPDH)

01-10-2008 04:15 AM by Zuki | 6 comments »

I did not get out to the shop last night . . . rough day at work drained the good right out of me. I did get out tonight to work on dovetails. Well . . . I did better than I expected. Now I’m not saying I going to win any awards for my dovetail joinery, but the four pieces of the top did fit together. On my practice run I found that the Irwin Dovetail saw I had purchased was just to rough on the spruce. So I put it away. I found the best saw was my Stanley Japanese pull saw . . . un...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #3: Making Dust on Project X

01-08-2008 04:08 AM by Zuki | 7 comments »

This evening I checked another item off my list for Project X. I spent a couple of hours calculating, measuring, cutting, cussing, planeing, cleaning, moving and a few other “ings” I seem to be forgetting. Due to some strategic use of my planer (some would call it an accident) I managed to squeeze another 2 key pieces out of the 2×4. Exxxxxxcellent. Well . . . DW was not up for taking pictures tonight . . . so the “no pictures, did not happen” does not apply. Tomorrow night I ...

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2X4 Winter Contest #1: The beginning

01-07-2008 04:16 AM by Jamie | 4 comments »

Well, I started working on my 2×4 project today. Last weekend I picked up a bunch of 2×4’s at Lowes to construct a new lumber rack, with 1 to spare for the contest. I was a little afraid that one 2×4 wouldn’t be enough to complete the project, but it looks like I will have a few scraps left. I cut some of the pieces today, 4 – 18” long pieces have been jointed and edge-glued together to form one plank (needed it to be a little longer than what is r...

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Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #2: The lumber has landed

01-07-2008 12:16 AM by Zuki | 10 comments »

Well DW and I went X-Country skiing this morning. It was a beautiful day. When we returned I worked on my cut list calculations for my XXXXX. I was surprised to see that I can actually make two XXXXXs instead of one. Or to look at it another way . . . I have spare parts just in case I screw up the dovetails. This evening I decided to sift through my pile of construction grade 2×4s that I store in my shop (all two of them) to look for the best one. Here am I holding my stick. ...

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