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  1. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    After having my tools in limbo for oh so many years, I moved to a farm where I have a large workspace and I'm setting up my man-cave once again. But the storage time was not easy on the iron table tops. I was pleasantly surprised how really easy it was to merely hand sand off the rust and...
  2. Finishing
    I was working on a door and some swirl marks came through on the stain. That meant sanding back through the stain. Of course, that meant I was going to load down sheets and disks of paper just holding the sander within a few feet of the door. What a pain in the neck, and the pocket book. For...
  3. Hand Tools
    Greetings and salutations Lumberjocks! I recently acquired a 3 piece Starrett Combination Square set with 24" blade for free! It's in pretty good shape, just a little clean up is needed. I can't for the life of me unstick the protractor though. It doesn't look corroded where it rotates, but no...
  4. Jigs & Fixtures
    Hi Jocks, I bend wood using a steam box. After I use it the moisture causes mold to have a fertile ground to grow. Does anyone have suggestions for how to kill and clean the mold out? It is a 1ft by 1ft by 8 ft box. The opening is only on one end so I can not reach the majority of the box...
  5. Blogs
    Scary Sharp Method so just like every other woodworker at one point (what's up with the other every other woodworkers is beyond me…) I was researching and learning about ways to sharpen my chisels, planes, and other blade tools in the shop. Since I am the weekend warrior at this point, and I...
  6. Blogs
    What was your first experience with handplanes? Mine was about 7 years ago, I still wasn't doing anything woodworking like, and we had moved to a new apartment where the bathroom door wouldn't close since it was too tall and would hit the jamb (well- actually we mounted one of those...
  7. Blogs
    Zoom-Zoom (and Keeping it dialed in) I see a lot of great Sketchup tutorials online (here and there), and while they do discuss different techniques, tools and what not - you really have to follow through from start to end, and go along a somewhat complex path to get the hang of things. one...
  8. Blogs
    Surface Preparation Ah… finally some woodworking at last. I don't really have any time or the mind space lately to focus on construction and creation much, and it felt like I was just collecting tools as of late. All with the preparation of 'one day' to be able to get to things. As it...
  9. Blogs
    Buy "Solid" wood Some associate veneers as being low quality and if you truly want quality go all solid. Really the opposite could be true. Veneers got a bad rap around the 60's when cheap furniture was introduced into the market. There was delaminating, which is the lifting of the veneer...
  10. Blogs
    Dust Hazard I'm new here at LJ and I wondered why "Healthy Shop" wasn't a topic of discussion here…maybe I just missed the discussion? As we all know there are hazards in the work place. The hobby shop is no exception. Lose your health and you lose a lot. I first read here about the Dust...
  11. Blogs
    Just picked up this baby. Can you give me some info on it? EDIT: It is actually a 5A X.. That tells you how much crud is on it. I just picked up this at a community garage sale for 35 bucks. I can not find any real info on it. The only other one I can find are about the No. 7 X. How rare is...
  12. Blogs
    Shop Tips In the past, most old guys like me jealously protected their shortcuts and tricks to guard their job from competitors. I've seen many old fellows actually turn and place their bodies in front of their work to keep someone else from seeing how they did something, and they were not too...
  13. Blogs
    Finally a Space of My Own We finally got our basement a bit more organized and painted, thus giving me a space that I can actually call a workshop. The two photos below show the area I'm working in. The oil tank is a feature because I can put drawings or notes on it with magnets. They don't...
  14. Blogs
    Quick and Easy Drawer Pulls This is one of my earliest videos. I had built some shop cabinets and I needed some drawer pulls, so I figured I would make some using an old plastic cabinet handle as a template. A year later and they still work, but I have a different, more comfortable design...
  15. Blogs
    The "Immediate Use" rule This blog was inspired by another LJ asking if anybody could think of a use for an old table saw fence, since they didn't want to just get rid of it. I decided to respond in my own blog, so I don't hijack his blog. So if you find yourself wondering what use you could...
  16. Blogs
    Country Style Cabinet This was a cabinet i made for a customer of mine. The magazine, American Woodworker liked it and asked me to do and article on it. So i made another one. It's made of cherry and has an unique locking handle on it. If you are intersted in learning more it's featured in...
  17. Blogs
    Spring (blade) Cleaning Spring is here and the itch to get back in the shop is biting. First things first though and the first of the first things is cleaning up. It's a wonder how much a mess the shop can get in even when I'm not actively working in it. One of the many things due to be...
  18. Blogs
    Cleaning a tenon up Well after going almost 2 months without doing a video and almost 2 weeks not being in the shop, I figured I would get some work done and while in the process shoot a short video. Well sadly my shop light burnt out and I have no bulbs for it, but I did get the video filmed...
  19. Blogs
    $5 Brace and Bit Restoration So on my way home on Friday I stopped at the American Way Thrift Store… Pretty rare occurance for me but I am glad I did. I walked around the store not really looking for anything in particular but way in the back, actually in the area where they take the stuff and...
  20. Wood & Lumber
    I'm just wondering what everyone else out there does with their loads of sawdust and wood chips leftover from their projects? I live in an extremely rural area so I have no problem with finding places to dump it, but it's always bothered me because it seems like there should be some kind of use...
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