Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'stock prep'

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Building a brace till #1: Planning and cutting

04-28-2020 09:33 PM by Dave Polaschek | 12 comments »

I looked at my braces as I was unpacking, and discovered I have four, plus a couple eggbeaters, plus another brace I’ve bid on on eBay… It’s time to build a till. Also, I’ll have a place to keep my bits if I do that. So the first step was to get out the graph paper and sketch out what I think I’ll need. I figure I’ll eventually have braces of 6-14 inch sweeps, probably doubling up on 8 and 10 since they’re more common. So I sketched a till that could hold those plus a couple eggbeate...

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Hand Tool Shootout | Preparing Rough Sawn Lumber by Hand vs. the Machines

05-20-2017 06:06 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 0 comments »

My usual routine is somewhat hybrid, I typically do the bulk of the removal of material with the jointer and planer, then square it up at my cross cut sled, and finally remove the scallops from the planer with a smoothing plane, and shoot the ends to final dimensions to fit. But for the purpose of demonstration, I prepared these two overly dry (20 years in a barn) air dried Walnut by hand and then with my machines to see how long each process took. End of the day 7 minutes with the machin...

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Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) #20: Planing the legs to thickness (and width)

12-13-2011 05:49 AM by RGtools | 2 comments »

If you have planed all your true faces and edges for the table legs, you can now set your marking gauge to the thickness of your legs (they are as wide as they are thick) and do your layout with one setting. Take a second to try a few spots on each board before you mark everything in earnest, find the thinnest spot on the thinnest board and subtract a hair from that…this should be your setting, it should also be fairly close to your story stick, if not, no worries, just get it close. ...

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