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Exact-Width Dado Jig

02-12-2011 07:06 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 12 comments »

Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options In the Weekend Wall Shelf episode, I showed you how to use a parallel jig to create dados. But the jig was originally created for making coves at the tablesaw. So here’s a special jig made specifically for the purpose of creating dados with your router. The best part is, you can get exact-width dados EVERY TIME! This jig was developed and demonstrated in the current Guild Build as part of the Wall-Hanging Cabi...

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Upgrade your Harbor Freight bar clamps with these easy enhancements

09-21-2015 01:36 AM by Marty Backe | 7 comments »

I was never a fan of the cheap aluminum bar clamp. They would twist like a pretzel when any decent amount of clamping pressure was applied. Then I read what Paul Sellers had to say about these clamps, where he offered an easy upgrade path that turned them into decent medium duty clamps. You don’t always need the strength of a Bessey type clamp. In this video I demonstrate how I perform the ‘surgery’. I recently bought two more Harbor Freight 48” aluminum bar clam...

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My favorite woodwork links

08-07-2015 11:01 PM by kaerlighedsbamsen | 4 comments »

Note: Thanks to Sras help this blog have now been moved to this forum instedad: There is so much nice inspiration for woodworkers on the internet. Learning the skill have newer been easier and more approaceable as now. But keeping track of all that information can be difficult. At least daily i find a great site, think “i can easily remeber that adress for another day” and then forget about it 5 seconds later. Thought that i should keep s...

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #2: Materials and where I got them.

10-29-2013 02:21 AM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I suppose a good place to start this blog is to list the materials I have been using and where I was able to find them. Some of the stuff is basic and some took a little searching. I will try to remember everything (it’s really not that much stuff). First stop: McMaster-Carr This is a really great website, if you haven’t spent any time on it, try it. It got me thinking of lots of new projects. Here are the links to the material I purchased from them. saw plates- http://ww...

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Build Your Own Dovetail Saw #3: Slotting the Saw Back

11-02-2013 03:25 PM by ErikF | 4 comments »

I feel this is the part of making a dovetail saw that holds people back. I first thought that it would require a machine shop or ordering a dovetail saw kit in order to get a good product to use for a sturdy spine. It took some trial and error (still making some errors) but this method is working for me. You will be able to tell by my setup that there is plenty of room for improvement and better jigs, I plan to upgrade my setup sometime soon but right now I am enjoying the build process too m...

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Modifying the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig #1: New Life for the Pocket Hole Jig

11-14-2013 04:48 AM by MT_Stringer | 1 comment »

Some of you have probably seen my Pocket Hole jig set up (pics shown below). It works great. I have drilled hundreds of pocket holes with it. But, therein lies a problem. When I am drilling holes in panels such as plywood cabinet members, I have difficulty reaching around or over the panel to operate the clamp. In fact, on more than one occasion, I have scraped my arm. That is not good for a guy with thin blood. So, in the words of Tim, The Tool Man Taylor “So I rewired it!” :-) I know ...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #1: Joinery Details

06-16-2014 06:14 PM by Gary Rogowski | 4 comments »

Joinery is the art of knowing what wood to remove and what to leave behind. Reductive & simple, yet seductive in its intricacies balancing negative space with strength. Take too much wood away and you leave no strength. Take too little and you’ve compromised the tenon. You are the joinery designer/ engineer. There are several important details to know about wood and its properties. Double a board’s measure in height and it is twice as strong as doubling a board in its width. Hmm. Wood ...

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A collection of 50 woodworking blogs you may not know about

04-26-2014 01:13 PM by JSB | 3 comments »

Woodworking inspiration is all over the place. And the cool thing about the internet is that the inspiration is available to everyone for free. One of the best and most dense places for woodworking inspiration is of course here on LumberJocks. But what if you’re like me and want more. I can’t seem to get enough of other people’s woodworking perspectives lately. So, I’ve put together a list of 50 woodworking blogs that you may not know about. For those who are intereste...

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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #7: Cross Cut Sled - Winging It!!!

02-23-2014 03:08 AM by DIYaholic | 22 comments »

Besides motivation, energy and time….I need a cross cut sled. I’ve checked out most of the various sleds and “Super” sleds here on LJs, from the basic to the multifunction/multipurpose sleds. All these possibilities led to a paralysis by analysis situation. Since I was worried about how accurate my “first” sled would be, I decided not to over complicate things by making a “super sled”. I figured why put so much effort into something I wasn...

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Shop Notes #8: Murphy's telling me to do this! Screwed up again!

02-21-2014 09:32 PM by DocSavage45 | 12 comments »

Been rehabbing my office furniture for my little office. No money, just time. Got some advice from A1Jim as to how to go about finishing the piece. Don’t have dyes, or money to buy it. Sanded out nicks and groves. Sealed the top. Didn’t match the desk design. So I did a test piece of Rustolium espresso. Test board matched colors in desk. Sprayed one coat on desk top. Neutral finish showing grain patterns! Success. Next day thought about two finishing options. Water bourn...

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