Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'fix'

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Handy tools #19: Fixing loose ferrules

03-09-2022 06:06 PM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

Moving to Santa Fe, I’ve discovered that a lot of the handles on my wooden-handled tools have loosened up as the wood has dried out. Or in the case of things with ferrules, the ferrules will fall off because the wood shrunk. There’s a simple fix for the latter problem. I just punch a dimple in the ferrule using my Starrett automatic center punch and all is well.

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Don't Do This - Bad Woodworking Repair!

04-26-2020 04:33 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

I’ve heard it many times… what separates a bad woodworker from a good woodworker is how well they hide their mistakes. Repairing furniture is a great way to learn how to hide woodworking mistakes. I just published a YouTube video showing a bad furniture repair, how to take it apart, and how to fix it. Here’s the before and after photos. Link to Video—>

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Can You Fix This?

04-20-2018 01:25 AM by Kelster58 | 29 comments »

I teach Industrial Arts at a small school in Pennsylvania. We have a wood shop teacher, a metal shop teacher, and I teach Computer-Aided Design. We try to have students begin their projects in the CAD lab and then take their plans to the shop for fabrication after they have planned and done some problem solving in the CAD lab. I also teach safety and introduce hand tools to all the 8th graders in my school. My 8th grade students get to use some tools and the drill press to make a car powe...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #84: Harbor Freight's DrillMaster 2 HP Fixed Base Router Fix

11-22-2016 11:08 PM by retired_guru | 2 comments »

Last year I picked up the DrillMaster #68341 Fixed Base Router at a Harbor Freight store. With the workshop in such disarray at the time, it got put away and forgotten. Months later I found it and checked it out. Like many have complained, the machining of the aluminum router body is dramatically undersized in comparison to the fixed base. When the clamp on the base is engaged, the router is pushed off center. Too much time had passed since I bought it, and on a $60.00 USD item I won̵...

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Shop Remodel #17: Blue tape to the rescue

12-11-2015 12:52 AM by bearkatwood | 4 comments »

So like I said yesterday, I goofed up and made my panel openings larger than my panel. I looked back through the stock I had left over and it was too thin to use so I needed to rely on off-cuts to patch my mistakes. Blue tape to the rescue. I cut out the over-sized shapes that would go into the door panel and used scraps to fill in the empty spots. I traced the outline of the openings onto the curly maple panel and then used calipers to oversize it and sribe a ne...

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Fixing a Nakashima Inspired Chair

03-18-2015 08:58 PM by Matthew Morris | 7 comments »

Sometimes things break. This is one of those cases. There was probably a defect in the wood that was undetectable when I built the chair and when the wrong set of forces were applied to the chair, one of the two legs broke after the joint. To fix the chair, I built a sled that would ride on the table saw and support the chair standing up and would allow me to use a spacer block, after the first cut to create a new mortise for the bridal joint. Here is the chair in the sled. Noti...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #4: Thunked-up Skilsaw 3410-02 Fence Fix

09-23-2014 01:12 PM by retired_guru | 8 comments »

About a year ago, when I finally decided a hammer and chisel wasn’t enough to remodel the house, I drove on down to our local Lowe’s and plopped down my hard-earned (credit card) money on the counter for a Skilsaw model 3410-02 Contractor Table Saw. I forget the amount of damage done at the time—it can be considered a foregone conclusion that this was the beginning of a huge tab to come—but while it was a lot of bananas for me for the cheapest of the table saws offered...

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Workbench #5: Drawboring: the good, the bad and the ugly

09-18-2013 07:17 PM by yuridichesky | 13 comments »

Finally I got to drawboring point. Dowels were ready, drawboring pins were ready, M&T on the legs and stretchers were ready. Drilling holes for drawboring didn’t cause any problem. Since I wasn’t sure my drawboring technique was good enough I used glue and clamps to get best possible results (and I didn’t care about chances to disassemble legs in the future). And you know, the drawboring started with “the good” part: I heard a quite a bit...

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Polyurethane fix, ideas, suggestions

08-22-2013 07:04 AM by inganmarcelo | 5 comments »

hello everyone, I am new to woodworking. I am building a table, one like I saw in apple store.after a month of long struggle I finally got to the finishing stage.I am not a big fan of oil polyurethane because of its shine and non-woody feel of it.but I thought I might make it work if I applied very thin layer.and wiped it with cloth instead of brush. well. it didn’t work out very well. not happy with the outcome. shinny and plasticky does anyone know how to get that effect of f...

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Crappy tool improvement: router lock lever

08-30-2012 09:02 PM by Sodabowski | 8 comments »

Cheap 20€ router from big box store: Plus plastic lock lever: Equals a lot of frustration. This thing wears out so quick that it started playing me tricks after the first 10 uses or so. Having two of these, one here and one at the parents’, I took benefit of spending my holidays at their place to quickly mill two replacement levers, out of steel bar. I brought one home and finished it this afternoon: I like the fact that these entry level routers have a prett...

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