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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…


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:…


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…


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…


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 #…


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-…


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 -…


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…


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

Smrek/Cosman Host Ontario Based Workshop Training Program



Mike_Smrek cosman Two woodworking educators,…


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,…


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…


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…

Added by Frank Byers on July 3, 2013 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Timber Frame Trellis Pt. 2

Despite warnings of thunderstorms for today, I decided to start the trellis. Here are a few pictures of Day 1. Here is all the Douglas Fir as it has sat for a few weeks now getting acquainted with a some of my tools.…


Added by Adam Welker on July 3, 2013 at 3:49am — 2 Comments

Wheel'n'round The Workshop by Ray Sanderson

This is not a blog or site that I wrote, but one that is written by Ray Sanderson that I would like to share with you. The site and stories are inspired by physically challenged people in woodworking that do not let their ailments stop them from attaining fine quality handcrafted works of art to share and inspire others. Ray's blogsite is called "Wheel'n'round The Workshop"…


Added by Frank Byers on June 25, 2013 at 7:02am — 6 Comments

It's Wood Grillin' Time!

Time to take a break and enjoy the outdoors.  Combine your woodworking with an old fashioned cookout with these wood grilling planks from Woodcraft & The Japan Woodworker.

  • Great idea for leftover scraps too small for other projects. 
  • Use your leftover wood scraps to create grilling planks.
  • Great gift idea for Father's Day…


Added by Frank Byers on May 31, 2013 at 6:55am — 3 Comments

End Grain Floor #22

I wanted to share with all of you what I got in the mail the other day! Hardwood Floors asked to do an article on my floor now and one when it is completely finished. I am totally blown away were I find myself today! When I started working on the floor, I had no idea it would lead to anything like this…leading to making new friends and having so many people take interest in it. Now I just have to get back in the shop and finish it:). I am still working on the electrical, its a big job but be…


Added by Nate Meadows on April 10, 2013 at 7:39am — 5 Comments

Photo to Scroll Saw Pattern - GIMP

Hi everyone,

What I have below, is a tutorial on how to turn photo's into scroll saw patterns using GIMP.(Originally made this tutorial for another site but moved it over here for you) I made the tutorial as simple as possible by showing you what to push and click. I didn't spend any time in explaining the program or any real features. My goal was to give you something that you can follow by simply following the pictures. This…


Added by Michael & Matthew Agate on March 26, 2013 at 8:14pm — 6 Comments

"Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels" Holds New Adage

In the United States, a wooden nickel is a wood token coin, usually issued by a merchant or bank as a promotion, sometimes redeemable for a specific item.  Wooden nickels were most commonly issued in the U.S.…


Added by Frank Byers on March 13, 2013 at 7:04am — 4 Comments

Feelin' Lucky - Enter Woodcraft's Facebook Contest to Win


Q: What does Woodcraft and St. Patrick's Day have in common?  A: Green, as in money, as in we're giving it away!

[quote_box] "Midst searching four leaf clovers for the golden pot, never allow opportunity to pass."[/quote_box]

So be sure to check out the new…


Added by Frank Byers on March 11, 2013 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

Final Descent Duck Calls with Tim Morley

One thing about Duck Dynasty, A&E's reality television series on the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated duck call business, is that you never really see much about the duck calls.  Most of their duck calls are molded plastic and others on the market are CNC machined.  So Woodcraft set out on another Woodworking Adventure and found a not…


Added by Frank Byers on March 1, 2013 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

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