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A New Workbench

July 1, 2018

Apologies in advance as this will be a photo-heavy post. My First Workbench Since moving into our current house about five years ago, I have been working on a small workbench built out of 2x4s and OSB.  The work surface measured 4 feet by 30 inches.  It also had four casters fixed to the feet. This had started out as a general workbench, not something woodworking focused. Eventually, I lopped off the pegboard back and added a face vise.  This…

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Growler Tote

January 21, 2018

As mentioned in an earlier post, it was suggested to me that I should build a carrier for beer growlers. That design, incorporating a number of different curves, proved to be a time suck in the shop.  I may return to it later, after having made proper templates for routing the various curved parts.  However, I wanted to simplify the project to make it easier to run a batch of ten to twenty at a time for sale. A few…

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2017 Year End Wrap-Up

December 31, 2017

I’ve been a bit neglectful updating here recently.  Most of the past month has been spent on a number of small projects, including turning about a dozen pens, a small box, Christmas ornaments, and some other odds and ends. Additionally, I finished a red oak candle stand based on the shaker table at Hancock village. The table is finished with garnet shellac and black wax.  This was my first time mixing shellac from flakes. The process was straightforward and produced…

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Shaker Chess Table Turning

Why build one when you can build two!

November 12, 2017

After a quick detour this weekend to participate in the Turn for the Troops event held at Woodcraft stores, it was back to the garage to try to make some progress on the chess table. I started to turn the post for the chess table.  As planned, I decided to use some 4x4s leftover from building a cat tree about four years ago. The wood is good and dry, and more importantly, is the right size to work with. Unfortunately,…

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Shaker Chess Table Shop Notes

Processing Stock for the Chess Table

November 5, 2017

I spent today getting a bicep and tricep workout in the garage.  I had seven cherry boards to flatten, each about 7 inches wide and 36 inches long.  Several of the boards had substantial twist to them and all of them had some cupping and bowing. Making this process even harder is the lack of a good workholding solution on my bench for working faces.  I settled on a 3-point plan of holding boards.  Two screws at the lefthand side…

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