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Workbench Magazine Jan-Feb 1967 China Rack
This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use.
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Finished getting my new shop in order!!!
Today I finally finished the set up for my garage since moving from Corona, CA to Bowling Green, KY!
Got everything in its place but will have to tweak some things. The clamps are hung on the wall along with 6 saw horses. The 2 large metal shelves I got to go through all of it. When we get a new shed 1or both of those shelves will go into the shed. I am waiting now for some dust collection fittings for the new Saw Stop from Rockler. Since I do not have a dedicated dust collector,  I will use my Ridgid shop-vac. I knew I had to finally use those Rockler Gift Cards as they have been in my wallet for a long time.
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Center finding
Something we do not talk about a lot is finding and marking the center on a piece of wood.
    1. The easy way is to mark a square blank with a line across opposing corners and where they cross is the center.
    2. A little more is a tool for lathes to find center on either square or round blanks and mark a line. With this tool you can do some irregular shapes by making several lines across the piece and select a spot in the center of all the marks. 
    3. Use a pencil in your hand extended but not to the center . Rubbing your finger on the edge of the blank mark all four sides and then select a spot roughly in the center of those marks.
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Sam Maloof Site Visit 2019
My wife completely surprised me, we just had our 28th marriage anniversary and she loaded me up in the car and we drove to my anniversary present, I had no idea where we were going until I drove us up the main street of the Maloof residence and saw the brown colored historical site street sign that clearly stated "Sam Maloof Foundation Historical Site" and I jumped with joy.
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The Patriot Woodwiki
This is a knowledge-base repository of wood related subjects and the people who make the art and industry, and the tools and machinery used to create and form the wood, and the wood and material and the process's that are used to form and shape the wood.
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No 51. Shoot Board Plane (Lie Nielsen)
Well I did it. I finally pulled the trigger and landed me one of my dreams, one of my bucket list purchases. Yes, this is a tool gloat, and I am anxiously awaiting my new LN No. 51 Shoot Board Plane to arrive in the mail this Tuesday. I was going to wait till I got her in my hands, then gloat, but my gloating is pushing through my brain right now and I need to let is loose or I'll explode.
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Spalted box
Finished this box today. The bottom was not two piece till I turned the bottom off . So I added a stand. Box is spalted white oak and lid is spalted pecan. The finish is lacquer buffed with Maguires buffing cpd and then polish.
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Wooden Shoulder Plane
Here is my weekend projet. It was from the video Stick suggested last week. I made a mock up, to see if I could build one. See picture. Now I will make a working model.

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Offering plates
This is the second prototype for our church offering plates. No the will not be spaulted like this, only dry oak I have. Hope to do this in green wood but may have to resort to kiln dry oak like Mike Peace did. Hope to be able to have the final form 1/2 to 1 inch deeper . This piece is a little less than 2 deep. 

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A blog about working in a small shop.
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By Hand and Eye
A blog by Jim Tolpin and George Walker on hand tools and shops and courses and books.
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Making a .30-06 Pen
When making the .30-06 pen with the Zebra F-301 pen I start by taking the pen apart and removing the stainless tube.
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My weekend project- A retro gun case.
I was driving home Tuesday when I realized that I wanted a retro gun case for my recently acquired 1874 Sharps rifle. I stopped in to HD and picked up the supplies I needed for the project. Since I do not know how to make those fancy interlocking corners in the wood I had to rely on butting the ends of the wood and gluing them. The joints are a skill I need to learn so I am asking for help with this. Anyway I applied my homemade alkanet root stain and the waxed. I think it came out pretty good. I still need to put the dividers inside and install the green felt but I think this case should work well.
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Wooden Planes Phase III
Today I finish sanded 4 planes and got the 1st coat of shellac on them to see if any marks show up that I need to sand out.

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Old English Plate Shelf
The images in this album are an attempt to build a scaled version of an original plate shelf that our customer wanted. He printed an image of the original and let us do a take off on the image, scaled and modified to accommodate his old pewter molds that he collects.
The shelf is made of Curly Maple purchased from woodworker and lumber supplier http://www.bobkloes.com/. His lumber is some of the best to be found in North America.
I had a wonderful time building this replica, with modern tools and hand tools, these are the projects I look forward too.
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How to Inside Out Vase (Picture Heavy)
Getting started I like to use a piece of straight grained wood wide enough that it can be cut in two square pieces and long enough to cut it in half and for the length of the vase.  It takes four same size pieces to glue up a blank.

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Project Introduction
My name is John Morris, and I am the founder of The Patriot Woodworker. Our community was founded on the principles of sharing, mentoring, and learning from fellow woodworkers, and above all, we have one thing in common, we all support the men and women who serve our nation. And we pretty much take on any task or challenge for our veterans that is asked of us, with the help of our sponsors.
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Blankets and Woodwork for a Cause (Operation Ward 57 Christmas Project 2018)
As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from the beginning of December to the end of the year of 2018 that involved the Bassett Family who was assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2018
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Greenhouse the wife and I built this summer (2018)

How to hold a small leg in the lathe?
I am trying to find a way to hold a small leg for a breakfast tray while you eat in bed. The legs are 8.5" long and 1.125" square with a 1.250" long mortise in the leg. Right now I am using a Nova G3 chuck with the spigot jaws. It barely opens enough to hold the leg. The problem I am having with this method is the jaws are making marks on the leg. I can't use a screw because of the mortise. It's Christmas and I am between a rock and a hard place. Here is the lathe I am using.
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Merry Christmas - 2018
Merry Christmas!
The Patriot Woodworker's would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle lets us not forget the men and women in harms way serving our nation.
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Best Gift ever
Many years ago my father-in-law gave me a single shot 22 "varmint gun" as he called it. It was extremely accurate and he used it coon hunting when he was young. I fired it and it was a nice old gun. I think is is Stevens made in 1894. When I mentioned that I was going to give it to our grandson, my wife said "Wait I think I got the paperwork he got when he bought it."  I found it hard to believe, but she had the original hunting license he got in 1912. It even had cloth in the paper. Now I had something special. We believe this was his first gun, he was born in 1899. I made a case for it that will hang on the wall in his room, I'm sure.
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The Home Shop
The Home Shop
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The Globe Post Drill Press
This small Drill Press was my first machine restoration.
It’s a Globe brand, for the information I have sorted, I believe it was made in Geelong Australia, out of the Dawn factory. (I know I will be corrected) 
Dawn made (vice) etc. I’m not calling them vices, purposely 😉
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Ukrainian Space Shuttle
Built this a few years ago, thought everyone would enjoy a good laugh. My kids love it, even now that they are teenagers.
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Who We Are

Operation Ward 57 Challenge Coin Display Project

We are a woodworking community with an emphasis on sharing and learning the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines. Our community is open to everyone who wishes to join us. We support our American veterans and active duty, being a veteran is not a prerequisite to join. Join us now!


Air Force Command Center Plaque

Of course just like most online woodworking communities we are centralized in the arts, crafts, and trades that are woodworking. But, we have another focus in our Patriot Woodworker community, we are the only woodworking community that was founded on our care and concern for our disabled veterans.


Patriot Woodworker Volunteers

The Patriot Woodworkers are an all volunteer community, from the staff and hosts who run our online woodworking community to the members who frequent our forums, you'll find volunteers in all of us. We are not on a payroll, unless you consider the spiritual rewards gained from volunteering, as compensation.



One of the many projects we are working on is a wiki for our online community. A wiki is a great way for woodworkers and enthusiasts to share their knowledge to others, and to impart their knowledge for others to learn from, and utilize as well for their own benefit. We hope you'll consider being a wiki contributor.

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