Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'laser'

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Small Projects #55: My first ever router inlay!

10-18-2021 09:37 PM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

Been trying to get set up to route inlays. Well, there are a lot of little bits to it and I finally got it (mostly) working. Its not perfect, and I had to rubber mallet it home, but it fits! Step 1 was to draw the inlay pattern. I tried freehanding it and using patterns from the internet. No real joy. So now I need CAD. My old windows 7 box is dead and gone and win 10 turns it nose up at an old version of AutoCAD. (Sigh) Luckily I found Nano CAD, a free Autocad work-alike program. So...

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Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)... #23: Valentine’s Day… never again.

02-16-2021 09:31 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 9 comments »

Boys and Girls, We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)…. To be fair to any product(s) mentioned, this is not a review per-se, but my impression, be it through bad judgement, misuse or just too much cheap vino. With all this political correctness nowadays, romance should be dying… but some stalwarts won’t...

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Cherry dresser and night tables to match #7: Trial run

02-06-2021 05:20 AM by Antti | 1 comment »

Work on the project has really grinded to a halt, with the covid shutdown of ”my” workshop. The plan to get the engravings done by a company with a big enough laser for the dresser is progressing though. I have mastered(?) the use of free vector graphics software, and gotten some test pieces made:I am thinking going with the one with the most contrast.

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My Laser Adventures.

05-27-2020 12:49 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 6 comments »

Boys and Girls Over my tenure here at LumberJocks, I’ve had count less (never good at maths and getting worse with old age) asks about my laser. Rather than trying to recall all my past lies, I shall endeavour to relate those taradiddles so I don’t have to tax my remaining grey matter that still manages to evade the adverse affect of alcohol. If you’re not into lasers then no need to waste time reading any further… Just send me a PM and ask me not to write this article. ...

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Small Projects #3: Cherry Insulin box

01-27-2020 12:33 AM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

As I diabetic I need vials of insulin, needles and alcohol pads to be handy at all times especially when traveling. This little cherry tote box is 3” x 3” x 7” out of resawn 1/4” stock. It holds two vials of insulin, eight syringes and a good supply of alcohol pads. I actually made this in 2016 and its held up well. My laser engraver was working then and I engraved the lid to suggest the contents. The sliding lid has what I like to call a ‘perfect’ fi...

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Freud Dial-a-Width Dado box insert

12-12-2019 04:06 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 7 comments »

Boys and Girls, I have just reviewed my Freud 8” Dial-a-Width Dado set after getting totally cheesed of with the supplied plastic insert(s) and replacing it with laminated MDF layered spacers. This blog explains what transgressed from my frustration. The plastic form included, was made up of 1mm thin brittle plastic designed to permit separation and stacking of the dado set so as not to compromise the integrity of the TCT teeth. The cheap plastic managed to disintegrate within...

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Laser Engraving on the Jersey Shore #1: Anybody want to partner up?

12-13-2018 04:18 PM by njdave | 2 comments »

I used to operate a Laser Engraving business from my garage here on the Jersey Shore (Freehold). Most of my items were for Sports Teams where I would engrave varies sizes of imported Polish Wooden Boxes…. sometimes directly into the wood, sometimes with gold foil and sometimes in conjunction with various acrylic plates (that I engraved and then pasted to the inner lid). We also engraved on glass, aluminum dog tags, drum sticks, baseball bats, clocks, etc. My equipment was a couple of...

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Exhaust Heat Shield (toy trucks) drilling indexing jig

11-02-2018 02:45 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 9 comments »

Boys and Girls, Haven’t posted for a while other than make annoying comments to others’ posts. Thought I’d slip in this quickie little blog to give you guys a chance to reciprocate. I was besotted by J’1974’s build of one of his models using a “perforated” exhaust heat shield. He even went to the trouble of writing up a blog. With my failing eyesight bolstered by ill fitting glasses, I contemplated that there must be an easier way to do it ...

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Mongo: my first real workbench #6: The right tools for the job... even if you have to make them.

04-12-2017 06:45 PM by TheRiflesSpiral | 2 comments »

I’m a big believer in having the right tools for the job; I’m a process engineer by trade and in my experience the analysis of any given task/process invariably reveals a substandard or nonexistent tool for completion… this bench is no exception. When my attention turned to laying lines for the legs and aprons where 90° was no longer my reference point, I realized I was going to be relying on angle/miter gauges for accurate layout. As I mentioned before, I’ve never ...

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100 foot cabinet shop #1: Thoughts behind the shop and working standards

02-13-2017 01:50 AM by Madmark2 | 3 comments »

Used to have a shop, X got in the divorce. :( Fast forward 15 years & I have 2/3 of 1/2 of a garage to build a cabinet shop in. The core of any shop is the table saw and within my (retired) spending limit I got a brand new Grizzly G0715P. Simultaneously with the saw purchase I added an Incra LS-III rip fence and an Incra miter gauge. I’m disabled and can’t walk / stand a lot so everything is within reach of my chair in front of the saw. I’ve got most all of th...

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