Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'oops'

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Forge table #5: Tenons on the legs

01-05-2021 03:23 AM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

Short day today. Many other errands around the house. I did find time to put tenons on the legs that match the holes I drilled in the table-top months ago. The first two went well And then on the third one, I had a little oopsie. I guess the new plan is that the legs will all be two inches shorter than I had initially planned (I’ll saw the extra off the bottoms, which means no carved feet, either). Ah well. It was a good day otherwise.

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Building a brace till #6: Cleanup and test fitting

05-13-2020 09:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

I started my shop time today cleaning up the walnut I glued to the pine rack for the braces. I used a spokeshave to get the lengths consistent and round over the ends, as well as to surface plane the walnut. If I skew it enough, nearly 45 degrees in some cases, I could plane even against the grain and get it fairly smooth. With those smoothed, I wanted to clean up a few spots of tear-out, plus remove the pencil lines that were still on the pine. I cut a card scraper to make a narro...

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Princess Daybed for Daughter #6: Getting groovy; cutting out panels; some shaping; and a catastrophe

07-16-2018 02:16 AM by JohnMcClure | 1 comment »

First thing: cleaned up and fitted the tenons on the curved rails. Test-fit the frame: Now it’s time to put panels in those frames. Cutting grooves into the curved rails was a problem I’ve been thinking about since early in the design. I had thought about using a trim router on a purpose-made baseplate to ride the curves, but fortunately I had a rabetting bit that I could use as a slot cutter. Bearing guided – made this very easy on both the straight and curved rails.I di...

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Ever had one of those days? (A bit off-topic)

07-30-2016 11:24 PM by bobkberg | 5 comments »

‘Nuff said!

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Workbench upgrades

05-21-2016 12:25 AM by woodworkerguyca | 0 comments »

So here’s the dilemma for the router, how to hold it in… I found the standard base way more friendly than the plunge base, but the plunge base is spring loaded, so I’m not sticking that in upside down. This means the base has gotta come out real easy. Sloppy drilled holes with aluminum pins act as hinges for the plywood support arms. The theory checks out and holds it solid while clamped like this, but it needs a little something more to keep it up. Here is the wa...

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Shop Remodel #16: Writers block plane

12-10-2015 12:49 AM by bearkatwood | 6 comments »

Early this morning the lights flickered to life in the shop revealing that deadly silence of a blank page. Much like a writer with a clean sheet of paper in the type writer (they still use those right?) or an artist with a blank canvass. I sat and stared at the blank sheet of paper I had lain out representing the door to be made. All too many undrawn lines lay waiting for me to choose just the right one knowing the wrong one would spell disaster. Well I guess just like making an omelet, a...

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Current Project #19: Measure Before and After Cutting

01-05-2015 08:35 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

Making a divider insert for my daughter’s bookshelf, I measured how big it needed to be and cut the pieces on the TS. I cut interlocking slots on the router table so they would fit together. After I put the pieces together I decided to check it and… DOH! it’s an inch too short in the length! No idea* how I managed that because I definitely measured the distance between the blade and the fence. Having just written that I think I know. I think the length was my first...

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Template Cutting Faux Pas

03-24-2013 06:22 PM by whit | 0 comments »

I’m working on a rigid heddle loom and came across an issue cutting out the sides. To some of you more well-versed in the arts and sciences of template cutting, this is probably a ho-hum tip. For me, it was an “Ah hah!!” moment. I’d taken care to make sure the minimum radius in the template was .5” since that’s the bit I used for the cutout. What I didn’t take into account was the length of the arms on the router table guard/DC that resulted in ...

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Lamp Mounting Plates Day 3: The carving.

12-05-2012 01:06 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

More progress on Jim’s light plates has occurred lately. Here’s the update: I took the piece of siding that he gave me and measured out where the crests and valleys were on the back of the wood and went to town with chisels and Kröktskaft. Boy, aspen sure does pare nice and smooth with little effort (well, sharp tools help too): In short order I had carved out a nice groove on each piece that fit perfectly onto the siding: With the exception of the fact that my plan ha...

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Wood Shop Projects #1: My new island-bench

10-30-2012 09:42 PM by JC Boysha | 1 comment »

Today I got started on a simple bench for my shop. I knew I wanted an island bench, and because space is a premium I thought I would keep it small, I figure I can always add on to it later if I need to. Plus, when I get a new space I can put casters on this and use it as a rolling work bench. I began construction by measuring the top of my small table saw. This would allow me to use the table as an outfeed as well if needed. (This would be my downfall as I explain later). I cut two 8-foot-...

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