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Current Project #42: Something like a viol da gamba

08-22-2020 10:57 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

I’m currently building what I call a ‘box da gamba’ I finally finished carving the neck and should be building the body. Is there any interest in seeing the creation process or should I wait till she’s finished?

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Project Ideas, Hmm... #10: Workbench Vise Location

05-07-2019 01:43 PM by Dave Rutan | 12 comments »

In the next few weeks I’ll be building a small workbench to use at work. I’m currently using a fold-away table saw stand (not the table saw itself) with a sort of cradle to hold up double basses and cellos to perform certain repairs because it is lower than the high work table I typically use. I’ll be building a somewhat traditional style bench about 33 inches high. I want to put a vise on the face and one on the end to use with dog holes. The thing is, as I currently u...

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Current Project #28: Next Step?

03-05-2016 12:10 AM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

Forgive the photo from my phone (though it IS right side up!) I’m on the fence as to what to do with this project and am seeking suggestions. The letters are not glued on yet. 1) I’m thinking of either gluing the letters on as shown and finishing the piece with spray lacquer. I hesitate because I think the woods used will pretty much all look the same. 2) My other thought is to paint everything black, sand the faces of the frame and the letters and then glue the lette...

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Advice about wood movement

11-26-2015 05:00 PM by Pith | 1 comment »

Young woodworker here looking for some advice. I’m working on a 34” x 34” frame for squeegeeing film photographs after they have been developed in a darkroom. The design is fairly simple I’m using 5/4 white oak for the frame connected with finger joints and then cutting a dado in the middle of the pieces to allow for a piece of plywood and plexiglass to rest in. This will be inside a school and will be exposed (not submerged) to water for about half of the year. I am making this to replace a ...

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Model 63, 10 inch Powermatic Table Saw #1: Table Saw Adjustment

07-11-2015 10:23 PM by Timmie | 3 comments »

I am having a difficult time “squaring up” my saw blade to the miter slots. I have loosened up all four bolts that attach the grunion to the underside of the table saw top. There seems to be almost “zero tolerance” in moving this whole carriage. I have used a crowbar as leverage and can get some movement but not enough. I have a digital read out that shows I’m off by as much as .033 of an inch. This is unacceptable. Can anyone help me? I am making a cross-...

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What Can You Tell Me About This Lathe?

02-14-2015 10:46 PM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

This is just a question: Does anyone have one of these lathes and can you tell me any of its pros/cons? The link to the website which sells this lathe is found here The same lathe using the same exact photo is also offered on Amazon and eBay for about the same price. Whenever I see something so obscure that the maker seems hidden, I gotta ask, has anyone ever heard of it or known about it. Seems odd that it’s always the same photo. Thanks for the read and for any comments.

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I need a french speaking jock from New Orleans

02-13-2015 11:23 PM by BigYin | 12 comments »

Ive been asked to make a house sign – In french – a language in which i can just about order beer and pizza…Im told its a New Orleans expression not used in franceCould someone please tell me which is the correct spelling Laissez les bon temps roulez Laissez les bons temps roulerLaissez le bon temps roulerLaisser les bons temps roulerLaisser le bon temps rouler “Let the good times roll” thanks in advance shorty

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Hand Tool Journey #42: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #8...Getting a handle on things..

07-21-2014 01:39 AM by Airframer | 5 comments »

Moving forward with the saw restoration.. The original tote on this saw is usable but ugly and pretty beat up so a new one is in order. TGIAG to the rescue! I have some slightly thicker than 4/4 African Mahogany on hand and it should make for a fine looking handle so why the heck not. The next few pics will be a “well duh” series for some of you but I have seen some questions asked around the forums about dimensioning wood with handplanes and I figured this was as go...

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Hand Tool Journey #41: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #7... Cleaned Up The Saw Plate.. Is This Worth Saving?

07-19-2014 10:54 PM by Airframer | 8 comments »

I am going to present this question to the group. Saw restoration and sharpening is not an area I have really spent much time in yet so I am far from an expert. So I ask is this saw plate worth trying to sharpen up or should I explore other options? I WOULD like to use the original plate if it is at all usable but like I said.. I’m hoping some folks who are much more knowledgeable on the subject will help me out here. First some before pics… Post Evaporust.. ...

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Question /Gluing solid wood panels

05-14-2014 06:26 PM by Rafe Demers | 2 comments »

I am currently working on a Jewlery Box and had some questions. I will be making the box out of Sapele with a bookmatched Birdseye Mapel panel for the top which will be held in a dado/groove. The bottom panel will be Sapele and secured the same way. The corners will be mitered with Wenge keys to help strengthen the joints. My question is should I glue in the bottom and top panels? The top and bottom panels for the box will be about 1/4 inch. I know that when making cabinet doors in the past I...

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