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A Strategy for Woodworking #13: A Neatness and Precision

In Pete Dexter’s book Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok’s partner, Charley Utter, is thinking to himself, “He liked having a drawer, it was a neatness you could see just sliding it open.” Mak...


How to mortise a long rail.

I am in the process of building another side gate for the house. I had two rails that were 55” long.Too long to fit in the mortising jig which I normally clamp to the w...


Margie’s Great Auk Kayak

Omar crafts a fine-looking craft for Margie!


My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1371: More Progress and New Plaques

Another busy weekend has come and gone. The speed that time passes continues to amaze me. I must be busy.It is cool here this morning, with just a bit of rain. After the past few days whi...


Old Men, Old Planes, Old Ways Now Gone – The Origin of Scrub Planes

This Blog Post is About Scrub Planes. Had I said roughing planes, only a few would have understood. Even in the 1960s old wooden planes, the Stanley scrub plane and even the Stanley furri...


Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #7: Help from Todd Clippinger

So, lots of progress. Where did we leave off? Something like this… (its getting better in terms of organization) Finally it was time to call in the big guns. Todd Clippinger ...


Learn to Turn – Book Review

Learn to Turn 2nd Edition – A Beginner’s Guide to Woodturning from Start to Finish is an excellent book for all those starting out in woodturning.  This is the 2nd edition and...


Hancock Shaker Village #1: The Oval box shop

A few pics from Hancock Shaker Village in Ma. !https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/n9efsha.jpg!


Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #5: Finishing off the bark, Marking the Cut

I don’t usually sand with 60 grit, but I went through disc after disk getting the last of the bark off the sides and getting it rough sanded. I’ve left a tiny bit of the inne...


Why buy it when you can make it! #9: First turning project - Cherry Pepper Mill [Part 2]

I picked up some Arm-R-Seal on Friday during the Woodcraft anniversary sale and I am definitely a believer in the product’s quality. For starters, it is so easy to use, and levels ...


My First YouTube video, Highlights of my OSB Rocker Build

This is my first attempt at making a YouTube video. It is highlights of my OSB rocker build that I posted earlier this year. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2nLBM5R2Z...


Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #4: Thinking through the Full Blind Miter Jig

For the waterfall leg, I’m using Full Blind Multiple Splined joinery as described by Tage Frid. I discovered this method by asking a question in a forum post here on LJ. Thanks ...


Day 208 #1: Burning Fallen Limb

The original photograph was in color, I then inverted/ heat map with Picasa 3.But I like this version!I acquired two branches of “green” (Populus tremuloides) with natura...


ScrollSaw Forum #2: Trade and Craft Shows Current Sales

I saw a post on FaceBook about not receiving good returns from craft shows, and ETSY, in the current economy. The last show I attended, as a vendor, was last fall. In my opinion I did ver...


Bent Form Guitar Stand #3: Putting the main pieces together

Got just a little more work done today. Got this piece glued up and it will be sitting for a day or two. After that I will be drilling out two holes and plugging them with dowels and then...


Simple shelving for garage or shop storage. Pocket hole frame.

This is a quick shelf/storage rack I made using pocket holes. Easy, cheap and fast.Project


Workbench #3: Frame lumber is milled to size

I made a lot of saw dust today. What did you do?? LOL!!


Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #3: Removing the Bark

The bark was pretty stubborn on this piece. i’d heard that some folks find an angle grinder handy to do this. I found it helpful, but not as helpful as a more sophisticated tool I...


Ribbons in Cutting Boards

Several years ago I saw this ribbon design at segmenting.biz/inlayexample. I started by selecting the body of the design. In this case, padauk, yellow heart, aand hickory for three board...


My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1370: Progress on the "Nevermore" Scroll Saw Project

I made good progress on my scrolled version of the "Nevermore" plaque although it did not come without its challenges. It was nothing that I couldn't overcome, but it took s...


2015: Lots of Chests, Lots of Countries

If you want to build a tool chest or a workbench in 2015 with the assistance of a sasquatch (me), 2015 could be the year. I have just about finished lining up all my classes for next year...


How to Make a Caducues #3: Rod of Asclepius

How to make Rod of AsclepiusStep 1A – See step (#1, #2)a) you can get a idea of where to put the “Snake” on the Staffthe longer the Staff the longer the “SnakeR...


How to Make a Caducues #2: How to make the "Snake"

How to make the Snake />Step 2) find your self a piece of wood that looks like a “Snake” lol, a) if you can not find one, then find a piece of “green” wood/ vineb)...


How to Make a Caducues #1: The Stage #1

How to make a Caduceus:Step 1) find your self a Staff/ any species of wood, like the one in the photograph, does not have to be strait2) You can carve anything/ or not if you wish on...


Workbench #2: Purchased my base material tonight (and my table saw is better than I hoped)

Well, tonight I went to the big orange store and picked up the lumber for my bench base: (8) 2×10x10’ “premium” construction lumber. It took a while picking throug...