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  1. More on my Homebuilt Router Lathe

    So you may have seen the video last week demonstrating my homemade router lathe in action. This is just a follow up of that video to answer any questions people had and take a closer look at how it operates. I also look at the imporvment I would make next time. Enjoy! - also see my website
  2. Tenoning jig

    Saw this project in Shop Notes magazine and thought it was about my skill level. Made this from scraps of 3/4" cabinet-grade plywood from some shelves I built. It's still a little snug but will certainly do the job.
  3. Mauser 96 stock made from ambrosia maple, walnut and cherry

    This stock shows the dark ambrosia streaks and worm holes (soon to be filled with sawdust and superglue) of ambrosia maple, with two inner slices of American black walnut and a center slice of wild cherry. The colors that streak and swirl in the maple look like the coat of a wild animal and give...
  4. Old Man Bird house

    Our great granddaughter, McKinlee, always wants me to hoist her up to see this old bird house and stick her finger in the nose checking for birdies! So I decided to make her one for their house. This old bird house ia over 40 yrs old and still holding up well but it is all nailed together so i...
  5. Homemade (wood) Lathe Router Duplicator!

    The attached video link is a quick look at my home made lathe and router duplicator! This thing is awesome! It projects like these that me love woodworking so much!
  6. "Sign of The Cross" Cross

    This is a cross I made for the side of my shed now that you can see it from the house…....... all the low hanging pine branches have been removed. It is 1" x 49" x 31" and made from some 150 yr old cedar from a pickle vat…very close grain. This is the second time I had to use my duplicator in...
  7. McKinlee's Toy Box

    This is my great granddaughter's birthday present. She'll be 1 year old in about 2 months. I made the box out of pine with biscuits in all the seams. The corners are all lock mitered. This is the first time I ever did that long of a lock miter joint. I had to use many feather boards to hold the...
  8. Laminated Benchrest gunstocks - walnut - maple - cherry

    Laminated benchrest gunstocks made from walnut, maple and cherry laminates. The top stock in the first photo was the pattern stock used to carve the rest of them. I'm going to make another one for a benchrest rifle I'm going to build soon. The customer who got the first 3 stocks sent me a 6mm...
  9. Zebrawood varmint/target gunstock

    This varmint/benchrest stock is one of the very few solid, non laminated, stocks I've carved. It's made from zebrawood and the marble texture of the wood is fantastic. Only one ugly problem… Zebrawood is brittle and you can see a lot of splinters in the last photo a closeup of the inlet area. I...
  10. Laminated American walnut and black cherry benchrest gunstocks

    Two benchrest or f-class style laminated gunstocks made with American walnut and black cherry slices. Each stock is made from the same pattern, but each stock has a different look because the interior pieces on each were different. One stock is inletted for a Remington 700 short action and the...
  11. How to use a 2 hp router for a precision carving...

    This is a short tutorial showing the steps of carving a rifle stock. The first photo shows the stock to be duplicated being set up. I use a laser to make sure everything is straight by putting a 3' rod in the rear bolt hole. The laser line on the rod helps get the top of the stock 90 degrees to...
  12. Mantle Clock

    For this beautiful, and far most complicated project this year, I used Walnut for the body, Oak for the feet, and Cherry for the trim. I figured the variation and diversity of wood joined in one project, if used correctly, would really compliment each other. I used a preserving tung oil. For the...
  13. Four Poster Bed Finials Come off Shop Made Lathe Duplicator

    I was tasked to make four finials for an antique four poster bed and match the stain on the bed. I have a shop made lathe duplicator that I have blogged about on Lumberjocks. The finials are made from African Mahogany and finished with General Finishes Rich Mahogany Wiping Stain and clear coated...
  14. copy carver/duplicator 2.0

    Well, I abandoned the dual purpose 3D pantograph/1 to 1 duplicator even though it functioned O.K. in favor of a copy carver/1 to 1 duplicator. All I did is remove the 3D pantograph mechanism and build a copy carver mechanism using the same gantry framework to mount it in. I chose to carve a...
  15. Pine Drum

    This was the first successful drum that I made. It took a few tries to get a jig that would help with the compound angles. Sounds Great!
  16. 3 More Cutting Boards

    I am having so much fun making these cutting boards! I can see why LJs is so full of them now. The sky's the limit as far as creativity, and I've just scratched the surface. I scored some really neat wood for these from some old church pews that were built in 1913 some from white oak a couple...
  17. McCormick Deering Sign

    I pulled out the duplicator to try to copy this sign in a font that is on my new engine truck but it was too shallow for my stylus to pick it up and I went off the line and it was a bust. But, before I quit for the day, I pulled out the only letters I have (1 3/4") and cut this sign to hang in...
  18. Swedish Birch Serving Spoon

    Hello my friends! My next spoon related blog will include some very vital lessons learned regarding grain and form. For me, no matter how much I think I have learned the well is never dry of additional information. This is a longer Birch server that I finished over the weekend. I left the...
  19. Hollow vessel #2

    This is my second completed hollow form (I won't mention the number of failed attempts). It is end grain maple and measures 6" high & 5" in width. It is dyed using trifern's technique (not near the same results) with a wipe on poly finish. Thanks for looking. Lou
  20. Having some fun with my shopmade lathe duplicator

    I am making a farm table and turned these legs out of wood from a pallet. Used my shopmade lathe duplicator to make quick work of them. The duplicator uses Easy Wood Tools midi tools. Thanks for looking.
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