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  1. Custom Barn Wood Table

    This table has a different style to it. I added the center upright support because the table top width is 42" wide. What isn't shown is the center support rail running the length of the table. It seems a few people in my area liked the tables I have done for their neighbors using old lumber...
  2. Walnut tool handle

    Ok this tool is made of a steel rod and walnut handle turned on my lathe. Me and my neighbors insulated our garage doors for the winter. Typically your supposed to add tension to your garage spring to keep everything in check with garage door opener. So my neighbor had a steel rod he ground down...
  3. 18" Brass & Apple Wood Ruler for Fatandy2003

    This is the 18" Ruler i made for Fatandy2003 during the 2014 Tool Swap It is made from quarter sawn Apple Wood and has 1/4" brass inlaid on the face and one of the edges. it measures down to 1/8th of an inch. Each mark and number was burned in by hand using a pyrography wood burning tool. I also...
  4. cheap and handy shim holder

    I use playing cards for shims all the time. They are reusable and a consistent thickness. This holder makes it easy to use them without having to open a box. I have two kinds , a green bicycle pack and a red dollar store pack. I like the Bicycle brand best as they are more flexible and thinner.
  5. French Cleat Measurement Tool Storage

    A few years ago, I installed a pair of French cleat rails in our garage. At the time, I had grand plans to build all sorts of handy little storage racks and the like. Aside from some clamp racks and a crosscut sled holder, I never built any of those things. Now that I can't easily go out and buy...
  6. Texas Madrone and Turquoise "Bullet Hole" Bowl

    Fellow Lumberjock Duckmilk gave me a chunk of Texas madrone from his cousin's place in New Mexico. It had been sitting in the desert sun for a while and looked a little rough, including a hole that runs through the center. Rather than cut it down to avoid the holes and checks, I decided to...
  7. Marking Gauge

    I got bored today working on some chairs, so I decided to make this knife marking Gauge. It was inspired by some article in a magazine some time ago, FWW I think. The wood is Mahogany, the brass plate is 3mm thick and the blade is from a scalpel. The thumb screw Lee Valley. The finish is...
  8. First bandsaw box, gift for Mom

    This is my first attempt at a bandsaw box. It is also my Mom's birthday gift I gave her last month. I sandwiched mahogany between walnut for the blank. I made a template for half of the shape and traced it, then mirrored the template to get it symmetrical. I cut out the drawer in one cut...
  9. Rustic Construction Lumber Coffee Table

    I am very excited about how this project turned out. I bought 5 SPF 2×6 from the big box store. They were very white in color so not exactly sure what they were. I started by ripping the lumber down to 2.5" strips and being very picky on which parts of the lumber made it in the top. I then...
  10. Domino trays

    Out camping club puts up a tent we call the hen tent when we gather up. All the ladies spend most of the day playing dominoes in this tent. This leaves the menfolk alone to do what we do best, sit and ratchetjaw. These are some trays I made for the ladies to hold their dominoes in. They are...
  11. Restoration Maillard Allie Conformateur Brevete Allie Aine Formillon Hat Maker Head Measuring

    Photos from my recent restoration of a Maillard Allie Conformateur, Brevete Allie Aine Formillon, and a Brevete Plot Board. ------------- Project Story But….What is it? A Conformateur is used by hat makers to measure a customer's head. A restored tool can accurately give a perfect...
  12. Jigs & Fixtures
    I bought Starrett's self adhesive measuring strip to put on my workbench's surface for quick, general measuring. I want to inlay it, then cover with a durable protective coat. Does epoxy break, or is too brittle for this idea ? I'm very rough with the surface (screwing panels down into it after...
  13. Designing Woodworking Projects
    I know someone must have made wooden barn stars. I've never seen one, but want to put one on the front gable of my garage, and I don't really want to pay what places are asking for a 5-6 foot metal star… besides, anything I made myself is cooler, of course. Anyway, figuring out 72 degrees...
  14. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    Hey everybody, I think I'm up in my own head about this problem. So, I've decided to ask for some input. I'm getting ready to install a brand new 3HP dust collection system in the shop. I got this one from Grizzly So, it has a 7" inlet port, which has a 3 way splitter to 4" pipes. I'm going to...
  15. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I'm a novice woodworker getting serious about my hobby. I've experienced something that I need expert opinions to figure out. I have used three different table saws over the years - a crappy intro-level Delta, a much nicer portable Craftsman contractor saw, and now a restored Craftsman 113 (best...
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    In the continuing saga of inexact things like dimensions and numbers, I've found another curious example. On a 5/16" bolt, what exactly is 5/16"? It's not the diameter - I'll tell you that. Take a look at the attached pictures and help me understand how to pick out the appropriate bolt for my...
  17. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Recently, I noticed that all of the squares I have in the shop are desperately out of true. I'm needing to get a replacement that doesn't break the bank. So, I'm asking on the basis of value: What is the best try square or combination square out there? (Or what company is the best?) ~Danny Boy
  18. Hand Tools
    Would someone care to recommend a brand of measurement tools and squares - specifically combination squares - that are highly reliable in terms of accuracy, but are not quite the price point of Starrett? I simply can't afford Starrett. I have a couple of Empire tools. They seem ok. Looking for...
  19. Blogs
    getting the exact measurements on a spindle using calipers.(turning) There was a project that i did once where i was making a matched set of 6 candle holders that had to be exactly the same. The problem was, i couldn't seem to get all of the candle sticks the right width. They were always too...
  20. Blogs
    The Year of the Book The year of The Book This year has been a good year of book buying for me. I have tried to expand my chair book selection and I think I just about got it. It started earlier this year with the wonderful book by Peter Galbert "The Chairmakers Notebook". This is the best...
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