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Making a Marking Knife #1: The Stock

08-09-2008 07:45 AM by Eric | 2 comments »

I was wading through my old woodworking bookmarks, and stumbled across this great guide to making a marking knife. It looked like a fairly easy project, and cheap! Looks like I can take that Japanese marking knife off my wish list. So here we go: The blade is taken from a jigsaw blade, and it didn’t take too long to file off the teeth: For the handle, I took a 6” section of kempas scrap that I had lying around. Incidentally, you can see on the bench that I filed the ...

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Tramp Art Box

06-11-2008 02:08 PM by DustyNewt | 7 comments »

This box was made by an unknown craftsman untold years ago, my guess is the 1930’s. It is constructed of oak, pine and Spanish cedar cigar boxes (faded cigar box stamps still barely visible inside). It surfaced recently from a closet at my grandmother’s house. She is a spry 89 years old and still the powerhouse of the family. She said I always loved this box and should have it. When she first brought it out, it looked vaguely familiar. I held it and glimpses of my ch...

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DIY Lathe #2: The better base!

05-24-2008 01:25 PM by Marcel T | 2 comments »

Hey guys! Taking advantage of the long weekend here in Canada, (so this was last weekend) I made a better base for my dremel. I was taking it apart to see why it was squeaking (trapped sawdust) when the idea hit me – drill the existing screw holes all the way through the body, and get a longer screw to hold the dremel together (like the old screws) and hold the dremel to the base. Well, I didn’t have a screw quite that long and thin, but I did have some short screws of the correct diameter. S...

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DIY Lathe #1: Introduction

05-18-2008 02:24 AM by Marcel T | 9 comments »

Hello fellow Lumber Jocks! I’m starting a little blog series on my work-in-progress DIY lathe. In short, I want to build a lathe to turn a few pens, without spending ~$60 some on specifically pen turning materials and ~$200 on a lathe. So, I want to try turning. I’ve always considered myself a handyman-esque person, and I had that urge to build! The tipping point was when I found a few blogs such as AfriGadget, StreetUse and Future Perfect. Their owners travel a lot, and they notice ingenu...

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My First Handmade Tool: The Allen Chisel

04-26-2008 05:32 AM by Eric | 11 comments »

I’d been thinking about how to cut the slots in my box lid for the miter keys. The narrowest blade I have is my 1/4” chisel. Actually, I think my mini router plane blade is a touch smaller than that, but would still have cut far too wide of a slot. So here’s what I came up with: the allen chisel. My idea was to simply (simply, ha!) grind a bevel on an allen (or hex) wrench and then hone it up on my stones. I don’t have a grinder, so I had to do all my grinding with a f...

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