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Sketchup Models of Shop Furniture for a Small Shop #3: Bench Top Carving Bench

07-29-2009 03:10 PM by Jack Barnhill | 9 comments »

Edited 8/21/09: A couple of years ago I took an intro class on wood carving. The school had on hand some carving benches for the students to use but, naturally, I had to make my own design. Below is the design that I came up with. It was small enough for me to lug to class and large enough to handle most of the carving projects that I anticipate doing. It also allowed me the flexibility to accommodate various sizes of work and be able to reposition them without unscrewing and re-screwing...

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OWWM Restorations #1: DeWalt 925 deluxe Radial Arm Saw (1960)

03-19-2008 04:43 PM by Jeff | 8 comments »

I picked up this DeWalt Radial Arm Saw (RAS) for about $50 from a nice older man in southern Massachusettes. It was his father’s and had been in his family since it was purchased new in 1960. Here is a picture of it “in the wild” ( as I found it). I took it home and began cleaning it up, lubricating moving parts, and then gave it a nice coat of hammered enamel paint. I constructed a “Mr. Sawdust” style table for it and calibrated all of the alignmen...

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Handplane Reference #2: Handplane Related Books

04-01-2007 07:16 AM by WayneC | 9 comments »

This is the beginning of a listing of handplane related books. This is primarily intended to be a personal reference. But, please feel free to suggest books if you have any recommendations. I’m especially interested in recommendations for out of print books. I own and can recommend the following books: The Handplane Book (Paperback) by Garrett Hack – Excellent book, good coverage of the use of all types of hand planes. Working with Handplanes (New Best of Fine Woodwor...

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Routing #1: An old and faithful friend - my router table

05-26-2013 02:04 PM by BritBoxmaker | 6 comments »

I’d like to introduce the router/table combination that I use for all my projects. Its about 600 mm square x 1000 mm high. It also doubles up as an extension for my workbench (left in the picture). The top is MDF (oiled). It has front and rear slots for sliding fences and a mitre fence. Underneath the the top is this An ancient Hitachi M12, 1/2” router that I was given, many moons ago, propped up on a Leyland Mini car jack (height adjuster). My bit collection, adjust...

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Try Square #1: Trying out a Try square

11-18-2009 11:01 PM by Jon3 | 8 comments »

I decided to make my own try square, in the spirit of the hand tool extravaganza I’ve been into lately. I saw an article by Adam Cherubini on making them, I think in popular woodworking. (If somebody has a link to the issue, let me know!) I don’t have the article handy, but the basis of it was pretty simple. I grabbed some spare Sipo and some spare Maple that already happened to be an appropriate width, a hair over 1/4” and 3/4” respectively. Crosscut and ...

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What I wish I'd known before spending money on woodworking hand tools #1: New? Used? You decide.

03-24-2011 09:18 PM by Dave Pearce | 8 comments »

Have you ever gotten the feeling that if only you’d known more at the start of something, you’d have saved yourself a whole lot of time, effort, and money? Maybe it’s just the learning process, but there are a few things I wish I’d known ahead of time before I began buying hand tools for woodworking. In my attempt to document my own progress with the craft, hopefully I’ll provide a little insight into how I managed to assemble a working set of tools. Admittedl...

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Frustrations with Rust and my experiment protect my tools Part 1

10-10-2014 03:39 AM by molan | 17 comments »

I was out in my garage the other day and went to start a project. Reaching into my toolbox and retrieving a hand plane the first thing I noticed was that it was rusting. Agian! I had just cleaned the rust off of all my planes a little over a month ago and already they were showing signs of new rust. There is nothing more frustrating than spending my free time cleaning rust off of my tools over and over again. I need to find a better way to protect my tools. I already keep them stored in a ...

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Homemade Tools #1: Block plane and Joiner Plane

07-30-2007 07:14 AM by Lee A. Jesberger | 17 comments »

Just playing around in the shop and came accross these planes. I made them a couple years ago, and really enjoyed it. Nothing too fancy, and the basic plans came from a book on making hand planes. They are a pleasure to use as the shavings come peeling through the throat opening. That nice whoosh sound that only planes make, and shavings thin enough to read through! And a polished surface that’s left behind. So much satisfaction in using them, knowing you made them. ...

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Hand Tool Journey #3: Amazing find... Maebiki-nokogiri

05-18-2009 05:48 PM by Blake | 16 comments »

So as I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have been studying and collecting Japanese hand tools. And my favorite book which has inspired the collection is JAPANESE WOODWORKING TOOLS by Toshio Odate. In this book there is a section on saws (Nokogiri) where Odate proudly displays a favorite in his collection: This saw was a rip saw used to mill large stock. The wide blade was designed to keep the cut straight in very thick lumber. It was used by the mighty kobiki-shokunin (s...

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Process #2: Process: Farm Tables With David Ellison

02-24-2010 12:50 AM by Etsy | 6 comments »

New England is a corner of the United States rich with tradition. David Ellison, known on Etsy as lorimerantiques, and to many of his Providence, Rhode Island neighbors as The Lorimer Workshop, builds furniture steeped in such tradition. He is not only fascinated by the New England legacy, but also by how the simple styles of tables built by farmers have evolved in different regions. While his original enthusiasm for woodworking stemmed from restoring antique furniture as a hobby, David’...

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