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Finally done!
Just in time for Christmas. These were a labor of love and I'm really happy how they finished up. Even so, I am so-o-o-o glad they are done. 8 cryptex boxes for the grand kids. I have no delusions about how the boxes will compare to the fancy electronic gadgets kids want these days, but maybe one day they'll be appreciated.
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Hi from Tulsa
Hi all, I am an intermediate woodworker from Tulsa. I use woodworking as a stress relief technique to deal with my post military life. Unfortunate I am in the process of getting my house on the market so I don’t have any space or time to work on anything. I enjoy all aspects of wood working, and am looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes, and hopefully picking up some tips along the way. Here is a coffee table/bench I just finished from a slab of cherry, coated in Waterlox. 
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Signs and images
Scrollsaw projects that are random from signage to portraits and other misc Designs I put together by laptop and generated into a pattern.
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12 inch Sander upgrade
Got this 12 inch Grizzly a few years ago.  At the time I did not have Dust Collection piped to where I put it.  So I improvised and used a short hose and a bucket.  it worked, not well but was better than dust everywhere.  Finally got around to upgrading this bench and gave myself a few goals.  I mounted the sander to a plate that locks in at the back to the bench.
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Cottonwood spaulted dyed
Cottonwood spaulted and dyed with layered yellow and green. Note that green area on the spault was only dyed with yellow. Used Chestnut Stains and finished with lacquer.
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Angel Ornaments
Got the angel ornaments done.  There is 30 of them.
Started with an inch and a half square blank, turned it round and measured two inches for the body and three quarters inch for the head.
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(Raffle Winners Announced!) The Patriot Woodworkers with Operation Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2018
Introduction
Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57.
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Southwest School of Woodworking
The Southwest School of Woodworking is a for-profit educational organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Our mission is to promote the craft of woodworking and to instill the concept of craftsmanship in all of our students.
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Disston Saw, Tool, and File Manual
Publication date 1953
Usage Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International
This is from the site WKFineTools.com.
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My potting bench on the cheap
Good evening all,
A couple of months ago my wife told me she wanted a potting bench for the patio. I was looking for ideas on the internet but I did not want to spend a lot of money building it. Well there was a local mattress factory was going out of business and they were gutting the factory building to make room for the new business. The workers began piling up cabinets, benches, storage racks and mattress frames outside with a free sign on it. I went down and picked up a storage rack with wheels plus a bunch of other free wood and went to work. The frame of the potting bench was made from the A-frame storage rack. I cut off the upper portion of the rack and built . the table on that with mattress frames. The upper rack is an old towel rack I picked up from Goodwill for $1.00. Since the bench will be outside most of the time I sprayed it with BLO to protect the wood. The bottom line is that it is functional and Momma likes it. Total cost of the project $5.00 and three hours of my time.
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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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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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