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shop made tools #1: Shop made Krenov inspired smoothing plane

08-01-2011 01:47 AM by Don W | 14 comments »

A few months ago I found the 1975 version of “The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking James Krenov” at a flee market. It was well worth the $5 I paid for it. I think its well worth the read. One of the chapters explained how to make a plane that I found intriguing. I have wanted to make a plane for a while, and this chapter just added fuel to the fire. The Kenov book probably isn’t the perfect book for making your first plane though. I really liked the planes in the book, but it wa...

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Shop & Tool Growing Pains #14: DIY Dust Deputy

04-10-2013 03:59 AM by pendledad | 8 comments »

Bought some 8×24” hvac duct from home depot. 2 feet of 2” pvc. Some sheet metal screws and I hit the shop. Problem 1: How do you take a rectangle of sheet metal and turn it into a cone?Answer: 71º angle, and 2pir. I wanted an 8 inch top for the cyclone, so an 8 inch circle has about a circumference of 25 inches. I took a 26” long piece of scrap plywood and drilled a hole at both ends. I pivot at one end and draw an arc with a radius of 26”. I dont know if thi...

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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #16: Gotta Walk, Before You Can Run...

01-28-2013 03:01 AM by DIYaholic | 17 comments »

And I’m crawling!!!Crawling towards an organized and hopefully efficient shop, or as I refer to it…...from “Dungeon to Lair” Without a properly set up shop….Five minute tasks take hours to complete. That is frustrating! But that frustration is easing ever so slooooowly. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”, that is my goal. But how to get from this: And this: To the embodiment of organization is not easy. Well NOT...

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Make a wooden necktie.

11-09-2012 05:49 PM by Stevinmarin | 11 comments »

I kept seeing a bunch of ads for wooden neckties and after seeing the prices, I decided to make my own. These are pretty easy to make and would be fun Christmas gifts. Here's a cutting template.

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Wee Lil Chairs #1: Small Steps

11-08-2009 01:52 AM by Zuki | 7 comments »

A couple of years ago I built a table and chair set for a friend’s two little girls. Well since then they had a little boy and the “Lil Guy” needs a chair. I poked around the shop to try and find the drawings for the set so that I could get some measurements. I found something that looked like kids chairs so off I went. The previous set of chairs had a straight back, but this set I wanted a little rake. So I made this template from some packaged pine I planed down some scrap spr...

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