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Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set #6: The Hard Part

09-08-2009 11:30 PM by CaptainSkully | 3 comments »

So, today I ran over to Plywood & Lumber Sales in Oakland, CA and purchased about 100 board feet of quartersawn white oak. I finally have enough lumber to do the dining table. I’m going to start with the top and get that finished so I can bring it into the dining room and set it on top of my old table. This will get rid of the MDF table top we’ve been using for months. It’ll also let me use the MDF for more important things like jigs. I also abhor the tablecloth we&...

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Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set #4: Change of Plans?

08-09-2009 07:59 AM by CaptainSkully | 3 comments »

Thanks in large part to WhatTheChuck, I’m giving serious thought to changing the design of the underbody of the table. With all due respect to Schroeder's table, which I prefer the looks of in many ways, I think the lack of a footrest underneath is a good thing, and the spindles underneath are magnificent, yet kind of a waste of time, energy, effort, and lumber as they’ll be hidden by chairs. I think the trestle-style design might be more pragmatic, and still embody the simplici...

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Trestle Table for Dining Room #8: Finished and Delivered!

07-27-2010 03:12 AM by scopemonkey | 9 comments »

The table is now resting proudly in the dining area of its owner, waiting for its first spaghetti sauce splatter. I finished the base with my usual round of General Finishes Seal-A-Cell and multiple topcoats of Arm-R-Seal, then rubbed out with wax and steel wool. I connected the top to the base with oversized holes, threaded inserts and 1/4-20 machine screws/lock washers. (Screw holes) (Inserts) As you can see in the pictures, I didn’t spend as much time working the undersi...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #13: The First Plank

02-05-2010 07:15 AM by MattD | 22 comments »

The First Garboard Plank The first plank is on! It has been the most difficult part of the build so far. I’ve gone through 4 planks to get it right. For my fellow LJers who may be wondering, I’ve put in a few hours here and there, but I’ve taken quite a bit of time away from the project since the holidays. I’m exciting to be focused again. The challenge with this is getting the plank flush and tight into the rabbit along the keel. It’s a tough plank bec...

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Stickley "Done Darkly" #1: The process and how it came to being...

08-01-2007 10:28 PM by schroeder | 7 comments »

Stickley Done “Darkly” This is a table we are building for friends, (based in part on a design by Rex Alexander). The table above is a similar one I built out of White Oak. We have this group of friends who have a “retreat” (basically a hunting lodge built by men – for men). Kinda looks like the interior was done by Cabela’s, clearly the wives had no influence. It has a shower on the deck, six bedrooms lined up in a row, tile floors throughout, leather chairs and couch… rustic look thro...

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Small shop dust collection recommendations...please

12-14-2009 07:21 PM by HuntleyBill | 16 comments »

I have a small shop in my basement. I am reading on LJ about the importance of air filtration/dust collection.In my shop I have a small table saw, radial arm saw, router table, surface planer, scroll saw, band saw, and various power hand tools. Right now, I am using my shop vac as my collection unit and I feel it is not addiquite as my shop is pretty dusty. I have a air filtration unit I built hanging from the ceiling and it is collectiong dust, but if it is collecting dust, that means the...

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Building a Traditional Wooden Boat #6: Stem and Knee - Part 1

07-22-2009 03:20 AM by MattD | 4 comments »

I’m starting construction of the stem and knee by making sure that I have these parts drawn correctly on the full size drawing (lofting). I could really use some advice before I actually cut out the parts! The photo below is the front section of my lofting. I used photoshop to make the lines and sections of the stem more visible. The stem is actually two parts as shown in the lofting below. The red section is the stem and the green section is the knee. I’ll make luan templates ...

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Dust Collection Progress..

09-08-2008 06:52 AM by CraftsmanCollective | 16 comments »

So in my first blog entry I touched on my dust collection progress. I’ve recieved a bit of interest with it so I thought I might share some of what I’ve learned to help others get a head start on thier system or to improve the system they already have. I’ve spent a ton of time researching and testing this stuff and can geniunely say that what I post here works exceptionally well. I do alot of work with MDF and we all know of the hazards of wood dust, especially MDF. Im ...

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Arched Bed #2: Strike a Chord

09-20-2009 07:10 AM by newTim | 2 comments »

I have found that two dimensions are especially helpful in designing arches; the radius of the arch and the length of the boards that make up the arch. If you do a search on ‘Woodworking Formulas’ with the added keywords Spreadsheets, Arches, and such, you will hit on numerous sites that either have formulas like the one below, or java script calculators on their webpage, or even spreadsheets free to download. One of the best I’ve found was written by Paul Huntington, an a...

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