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From Outhouse To Indoor Plumbing- The Bathroom Remodel Part 5

The grand tour-…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on July 24, 2014 at 8:23pm — No Comments


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From Outhouse To Indoor Plumbing- The Bathroom Remodel Part 4

After a bunch of sanding, the first application of stain.…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on July 23, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments


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From Outhouse To Indoor Plumbing- The Bathroom Remodel Part 3

Next were the drawers. I know I said I wanted to speed things up but I couldn’t resist using dovetailed drawer construction. I had watched a video on laying out dovetails without doing any measuring. Now was my chance to try it! Personal note: I cut tails first.

Here is a link to the tutorial. Here are two videos; the second one has more detail.…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on July 22, 2014 at 6:41pm — No Comments


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From Outhouse To Indoor Plumbing- The Bathroom Remodel Part 2

Painting was first. Ceiling and walls. The wall paint was something I had never used. Sand mixed with the paint. It turned out better than I pictured it in my mind when I started. Mimi even got some glitter stuff to mix in with it. I know I rolled my eyes, too. But as always, her tastes are spot on. Everyone who has seen the paint raves over how nice it looks.

Once I was done painting, the floor was next. Several years ago, I put down a sheet vinyl floor. This time she opted…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on July 20, 2014 at 5:39pm — 6 Comments


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Military Challenge Coin Display Build

 

Thank you for coming over and helping us out. Below is the Military Challenge Coin Display as described by The Patriot Woodworker network. This is a design that we drew up with the help of designs seen all over the web, it is easy to build, most folks have the tools that are necessary to build…

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Added by John Morris on March 6, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Quick tip: $2 Lathe Disc sander

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Added by Mark Wisecarver on June 20, 2014 at 4:42pm — 4 Comments

Little pieces of wood

Salutations. . .



This is more or less a Blog post centered on Positive Reinforcement and to remind all of us there's value in even the smallest of things.

Not sure how you feel about it but i'm very strong minded about waste, of any kind.

It drives me nuts when I see dumpsters full of construction leftovers and Youtube has plenty of videos of that to show what I'm talking about, there are a lot of Woodworkers who "Dumpster Dive" to create all sorts of projects.

Well,…

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Added by Mark Wisecarver on May 14, 2014 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

Fast Super Easy Way To Make Pegs

 

 

                                                                   Making Square Pegs

                                                        (Pegging Mortise and Tenon Joints)



I became frustrated and was very time consuming for me using a shop made dowel plate for peg making. If you have  made pegs before, at least for me, is very tedious, and I just don’t like making them. So out of that frustration, I have found a cool way to make…

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Added by Ace HoleInOne on April 27, 2011 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Using the Kerfing Saw (As seen on TV! Action shots!)

Before I post the shots of the Kerfing Saw here's an image of something I did using a gazillion Kerf cuts and dados, all by hand, no power tools. Hang on at the end of this post to read about why I only use hand tools.

(Well to be honest I do use double-bit axes for timber felling but I also have a very nice Husky chainsaw.)



This was done by hand, absolutely perfect joinery:…

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Added by Mark Wisecarver on April 17, 2014 at 8:42am — 8 Comments


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The Saga Of Lilly And Olivia's Bunk Beds Part 4

Well the bed ends and rails are finished, except for sanding, so I thought the next place to work would be the stair/drawers assembly. From my Sketcheup drawing-

This an early "draft", but, pretty close to where I was heading. The uprights are glued up 1 x 6 with dadoes to accept the plywood…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on March 30, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Turning rings from scrap Corian.

Corian countertop materials have been around for a long time.  Made from a "turnable" material that resembles quartz, it machines rather well and polishes out nice.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial about how I make rings using my 6" metal lathe with it's 4-jaw chuck. There are some caviats.

Sharp tools are needed as well as a drill that's close to the "finger" size of the ring.  Here goes.

 

Corian is generally 1/2" thick and comes in many colors.  Small scrap…

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Added by Larry Jenkins on April 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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The Saga Of Lilly And Olivia's Bunk Beds Part 3

Once the ends of the beds were assembled, it was on to mounting the bed rail hardware. At first, I was going to assemble the bed with the bolt type hardware but decided to go with the more traditional hardware.

Bed Rail Fasteners from Woodcraft Item #…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on March 22, 2014 at 8:51pm — 4 Comments


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The Saga Of Lilly And Olivia's Bunk Beds Part 2

When the Mom approved the design, I used Sketchup's Cut List Plugin to calculate the materials. Then Quigley and I took the Mighty Dodge Ram (1986) and headed for the planing mill. The final load consisted of 56bdft of poplar, 122bdft of red oak, 2 sheets of 3/4 read oak ply, 2 sheets of 3/4 birch ply and 1 sheet of 1/2 birch ply.

 

After breaking down the plywood, outside, and bringing everything to the basement shop, things were getting a little crowded-…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on March 16, 2014 at 8:16am — 6 Comments


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The Saga Of Lilly And Olivia's Bunk Beds Part 1

The young couple, who live next door, have two little girls. Mimi and I try to help out when ever we can. As most of you know, we make something for them at Christmas and birthdays. Well, when we delivered the Pencil Bookshelf at Christmas, the Mom mentioned they were going to have to get new beds for the girls and they were thinking about bunk beds. Then she gives us "that look". In my mind, I was picturing -…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on March 9, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments


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Kitchen Utensil Holder

Some time back, I made a small, box shaped holder for some of Mimi’s kitchen utensils. Everyone has a few things that won’t fit into the drawer or hang on the wall. Over time, it apparently shrunk- I guess the wood dried out- because nothing seemed to fit.

I wanted to try doing another segmented turning, so this project was born.

Cap’n Eddie has a video on making a dedicated jig for cutting segments. Using his ideas and borrowing a few from Frank Howarth’s miter sled. I made a…

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Added by Lewis Kauffman on February 16, 2014 at 9:28am — 5 Comments

Smrek/Cosman Host Ontario Based Workshop Training Program

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Mike_Smrek cosman Two woodworking educators,…

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Added by Frank Byers on August 1, 2013 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Timber Frame Trellis- Interlude

Hi, everyone. Thank you all for your encouraging comments! I hope everybody had a great 4th of July. I took a break over the holiday weekend on the trellis. Monday was rainy here and I forgot my camera Tuesday although I didn't get too much done anyway. I have other engagements for today and will be back on the jobsite Thursday with camera in hand.

I would like to take a minute to praise a few tools that have helped tremendously so far on this build.

First, is the biggest,…

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Added by Adam Welker on July 10, 2013 at 3:38am — 2 Comments

Timber Frame Trellis Pt. 3

Another day and no storms until this evening... or so they say. My goal for the day was to get all six posts finished. We left off with the mortising yesterday.                                                                                              

Here is the mortise all marked out. It is 3/4" wide by…

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Added by Adam Welker on July 4, 2013 at 2:53am — 8 Comments

The Chains of Freedom

As I was traveling down route 7 towards Marietta, Ohio, I noticed a business that positioned a crane on a hill facing the 4 lane road.  At the top of the crane, was a flag for all to see, suspended some 100 feet in the air from a chain that was attached to the underside of the crane basket.  After giving this some thought, it dawned on me how ironic this flag was, being attached to a…
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Added by Frank Byers on July 3, 2013 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

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