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Salvaging old toolboxes
There has been some discussion lately about using the electrolysis method in the restoration of old woodworking machinery & equipment.  This technique is not limited to the heavy cast iron of old "arn"; it can be used on sheet metal also.
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1923 Crescent Universal Wood-Worker No. 108 Restoration Complete (Tons of pics)
I finally finished the restoration on the Crescent Universal Wood Worker. I've been putting in a lot of hours on my real job so I have only been able to work on this one on weekends, took almost 3 months to finish.
Here's a pic of it before I started. It's been sitting outside for decades rusting away.
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"Fray" Spofford Split Chuck Brace
My goodness they are here! I recently purchased two Spofford braces on EBay and man are they beautiful! I first saw these braces being used by chair maker Curtis Buchanan and contacted him and asked him what the heck is that beautiful stylish brace he was using while boring holes in his Windsor seat. He replied back they were the Spofford split chuck brace, and he loved his.
I got mine in yesterday and I bored a few holes with mine, and they are absolutely a joy to use. They are very comfortable, light, and they have a direct feel to them as I'm boring. It's hard to explain, but I can actually feel how deep they are boring, I think it's because of the direct transfer of energy from hand to auger, instead of the traditional braces you have some mechanics between the user and the auger, such as a ratchet or large chuck mechanism.
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Christmas Project For a Friend
Today I started working a quick project that's going to be a Christmas gift for a friends son. It is going to be a 6" reflector telescope that does not have a tube. My friend didn't want a telescope he would have to hide in a closet but instead keep it out where people can see it. This is what I consider a weekend project because the wood cutting is kept to a minimum.
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Antique Parks Bandsaw Restoration Project
Hello All,
I am new to the forum and I am happy to be part of the club. I love to restore antiques and decided to tackle my second band saw project. My first was a 1941 Craftsman which I use on a regular basis. I picked up this saw from a friend who is buying a motor home and becoming a snowbird. He had owned the saw since he picked up from hid dad about 40 years ago. I have been told that this is a Parks 20" band saw that was made around the turn of the century. It is made of cast iron and weighs about three hundred pounds. The original wood bed rotted many years ago and was replaced with 1" box tubing. I plan to paint this beast dark forest green and dark burgundy. The current motor is an old Dayton but I found a period correct motor for it here in town. I am having some custom 129" blades made from a company that charges about $20 ea. I am still looking for more information about this saw so if anyone has more info on this beast it would be greatly appreciated. I really would like to know the year it was made. This saw should be a great addition to my shop.
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I scroll sawed this today and next
next will be my kind of carving also my favorite kind of woodworking. This is parts of three different patterns to come up with this size thingy....
Just finished scroll sawing the outside of this pattern. Its 1 1/2" maple and it sure does strain the saw.
 I think I will be inserting a few names somewhere in or on it. 
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I scroll sawed this today and next
next will be my kind of carving also my favorite kind of woodworking. This is parts of three different patterns to come up with this size thingy....
Just finished scroll sawing the outside of this pattern. Its 1 1/2" maple and it sure does strain the saw.
 I think I will be inserting a few names somewhere in or on it. 
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Gorgeous maple
I really like turning maple, many times with the intention of embellishing it as the grain can lend itself to that. Now and then however you stumble into a piece that would be a crime to embellishment at all. I feel I hit the jackpot on this particular piece of wood, at least as far as it having beautiful grain.
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Too many drills?
Is that even a "thing"?    Unlike clamps....sometimes one should draw the line...?

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Lew - Lew - Lew
I think all of us appreciate what @lew does for all of us here on The Patriot Woodworker.  His skills and generosity are off the charts!  We received a package here at Easy Wood Tools today...     Thank you Lew
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The Farmhouse Table
Monday, I posted that I’m building a farmhouse table.  Gene Howe requ stew that I keep y’all posted on the progress so here it is.  The top is flat on both sides and I have made the skirt and stretchers.  BTW, the stretchers are done but on in this picture.  Everything is mortised and renowned and Inhad to increase my mortising skills.  The legs are 5” square and my mortifying machine only raises to 4 1/2” so I cut the mortises with a plunge router and chilled the ends.  Speaking of legs, they were purchased and on leg was an 1/8” out of square So the mortise and tenon was “interesting”.   
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I use 1/8" carbide burrs in my carving
Doing nothing this morning I thought I would compare Amazon and Wood Carvers Supply with the same 1/8"bits I use all the time since Woodcarvers supply has the original numbers beside their numbers in their catalog.. These pictured on the left side of the page are the ones I use most ll the time... the 1/4" bits are too big for getting into tight places but some are okay for starting the process. I think I ordered these in the middle of 2015 so they have lasted through all my clocks and still look like new once I get them out of the bottle of lacquer thinner and clean them up with a real fine bristle brush..
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MWTCA October 2018 'What's It' Project (147-3)
Project details
The information provided hereon is all the information that is provided, no further information on this item will be added.
Remember, "What's It" is not always woodworking related!


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Hultman Leather Tool Accessories
This gallery is a photo montage of leather sheathes created by Leather and Woodworker Kari Hultman. This gallery is a works in progress, the images will be uploaded, then in time captions and hopefully clarified tutorials or explanations will be added.
Thank you for your patience as we build this album.
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More ornaments
Sprayed a bunch of ornaments yesterday morning. Some of globes are segmented plywood but I also experimented with the marbling technique described in American Woodturner magazine. Also did several birdhouse ornaments and turned some tiny birds to go with a few of them.
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John's Shop
Just some fun images of my shop!
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Shopsmith Destiny
Cleaning up my garage today, I was going through my blade collection. I've had this blade hanging on my wall for about 15 years. I never could figure out the oversized arbor hole. 
Till now! Seems my Shopsmith destiny was written long ago! 
Note logo at top. Just today I noticed the logo.
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Shopsmith Accessories Shelf
I ordered the Shopsmith accessories shelf last Sunday and it arrived yesterday. I am very happy with this new addition to my SS. I could have made one, but I did not want too, plus I wanted the factory fit and finish with the CNC slots for many of the basic accessories for my SS.
The shelf is made of solid Pine at 1 1/4" thick, very sturdy. It bolted up to the lower legs very nicely. I am impressed with the SS quality thus far, all the way down to this shelf.
My small things were starting to get scattered in my work area as I am completely unorganized right now, and I needed something quick to organize before I started losing "stuff". This did the trick, very pleased with it.



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Downdraft box
Here is a downdraft box I just completed today.
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My neighbor cut down a tree for an elderly woman neighbor. He always gives me a few logs. He told me it was apple. I cut up one log and rough turned a bowl. It is around 9 inches in diameter.
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Grill Table
Bought a small grill this Spring and been meaning to build a table for it to sit on.  Have a friend who builds decks and he gives me some composite deck material if he gets too much laying around his place so the material for this project was free.  The legs are made from railing stock. 
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Stamp Holders
These are stamp holders that I made from wood that was planted at our state capitol in Idaho. I made 160 of these and I got to keep 5. They went to all the offices and the elected folks.
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Land Surveyor Retirement Witness Post
Another retirement gift for one of our Land Surveyors. Boy they are retiring quickly, much of the old guard had been leaving us, and more to come. 
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My name is Brian Longshore or (BigB) and I am 42 years old and a Verteran (US Navy, Electronics Technician USS CHOSIN CG-65 Pearl Harbor Hawaii 97-03).
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Simple Little Project
Had some Pine scraps.....decided a simple little step stool would be nice to try to build...
The one board was too narrow, and a bit too thin....I cut it into two (almost) matching pieces...about 8" long..
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