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Etching your own copper panels #2: Process Summary

10-28-2016 07:54 PM by splintergroup | 4 comments »

I’ll give the entire process a quick summary here an then show the details with an actual project. Be aware that there are plenty of ways to accomplish this process, do a web search on “making PC boards” or something similar. I’ve used a number of methods when I was young. Most worked ok, but mostly they had the benefit of being cheap! The Resist: To etch copper with a pattern, you want some method of keeping the etchant away from the areas you don’t ...

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Creative Woodworking #8: Shelving

02-19-2011 04:43 AM by dakremer | 13 comments »

Enjoy this installment of creative woodworking. Feel free to add any pictures of your own unique and creative shelving. And as always let me know what you’d like to see in the next blog!! thanks for looking, and let the creative juices start flowing!!... ...

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Danish Soap Finish

12-27-2012 03:27 PM by Caleb James | 18 comments »

One of the most mysterious things about Danish modern furniture to me when I started making it was this strange soap finish that is talked about so often. I wondered, “What is this all about”? Well, the easy answer is that it is a soap that is simple washed onto the wood surface. You may wonder how that protects the surface, though. Basically, soaps traditionally where made of oils of some sort or another. Your grandma or great grandma would have used “ivory” soap f...

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Graham Nash Music Stand #1: Claro Walnut Slab with a Story

08-05-2011 07:11 AM by Blake | 19 comments »

One of my relatives has a connection with musician Graham Nash. And although I have never actually met Nash, somehow I ended up with a beautiful slab of Claro Walnut from his old hot tub. Well, my dad is a guitarist and fan of all things Rock n’ Roll. And I have been planning to build him a music stand for several years now. So I figured since this piece of memorabilia fell into my lap, it was the perfect time to build him one. Here is the slab in the back of my truck: Its ...

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How to Make Custom Waterslide Decals - UPDATED

02-12-2007 11:09 PM by David | 33 comments »

How to Make Custom Waterslide Decals This Waterlide Decal Tutorial is available as a PDF download on my website Materials List • Clear or White 8.5×11 waterslide paper• Deft Gloss Clear Lacquer• Brayer Roller• Paper Towels• Bowl with clean water SOURCES FOR DECAL PAPER WATERSLIDE PAPER • MicroMark• BelDecal 1. Make decal design on your favorite graphic application.I use a Mac based system so I will share the details of how I do things, however, you can do this on any co...

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Sketchup Models #5: Easiest tappered legs ever

09-23-2009 04:01 PM by spaids | 10 comments »

I was doing tapered legs with the follow me tool. It was quick to do tapers and chamfers like that but a light bulb went on in my head a couple minutes ago. With auto fold, tapered legs can be done in a single step as you draw the legs without extra work. First: draw the leg down from the table to the point where the taper should start. Second: draw a rectangle on the bottom of the leg that is the size and in the location of the finished tapered leg. EDIT Then just pull it (oop...

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Cutlist and Layout from Sketchup

07-03-2008 02:37 PM by daltxguy | 319 comments »

If you’re a fan of Sketchup for creating woodworking models, then the next obvious step is to use Sketchup to help you create cutlists and layouts. Sketchup plugin Cutlist 4.1 does just that. CutList 4.1 sketchup plugin helps you determine how much of each material you need to produce your design, taking into account nominal sized lumber with allowances for finishing to final size. Then it goes one further and lays out all of the pieces on boards or sheet good sizes of your choosing. Th...

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Lamp - Shoji, midcentury modern - inspired #1: Sketchup Design

04-10-2009 04:51 PM by AaronK | 5 comments »

This is for my wife as a first anniversary gift… the shade is rice paper. The wood will be walnut. Finally got the hang of sketchup. turns out the key is to make everything into components otherwise it really really sucks! anyway, i made this design, inspired by some other folks’ lamp designs i found. The joinery is essentially all lap joints of some sort or another. Frame members are all 3/8” or 1/4” other than the obviously thicker pieces, so relatively thin st...

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How to make just one more board?

04-30-2009 12:57 PM by degoose | 29 comments »

To start I make a full size drawing of the board to see how it will look.Make an endgrain blank in dark timberMake an endgrain blank in light timberGlue and clamp.Plane or sand flat and level.Join both blanks with double sided tape and mark out the curves and cut on the banksawDetach from tape and alternate light and dark.. insert a string of PH and SA glue and clamp.Plane or sand flat and level and repeat the marking cutting , alternating the cut parts,stringing and glueing and clamping.As y...

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