Category Archive: Posts by Project

Apr 25 2012

Toy Car 3: Sports Theme

I planned on making another toy car for my nephew and I wanted it to be different. My brother-in-law loves the Vikings, so by default his children do too, and the Vikings colors are purple and gold.  I figured I’d make a car out of yellow and purple heartwood. Purple heartwood is a favorite contrast …

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Apr 20 2012

Lathe Tool Handle

Before I bought my lathe, I made a deal with a friend that if he made me some insert turning tool shafts, I’d give him the free bed extension that came with the lathe. He had access to tool steel and a metal shop and I really didn’t see myself turning anything …

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Apr 19 2012

Table Saw Fence Update

Yesterday I went to make some cuts with the new auxiliary fence on my table saw and noticed when I set the fence 1-1/2″ away from the blade the scale read 2-1/4″. Oops, I forgot to reset the scale. I was all prepared to drill some new holes for the scale indicator, …

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Apr 18 2012

Tops, Three Different Ones

I was watching a video by George Vondriska about using CA for turning and saw him turning a top on the lathe. I thought this would be a cool project to try. So the other day when I cut some blanks out of 8/4 ash for some handles, I …

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Apr 17 2012

Fixing The Bow In My Table Saw Fence

For a while I’ve noticed that when I rip a clean edge on my table saw and put it up against my fence, there’s a gap between the board and the fence. I’ll take a square to the edge and find out it’s perfectly square, shrug my shoulders, and continue what I …

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Mar 28 2012

My First Bowl

A few weeks ago, I turned my first bowl. I wanted to make something on my new mini-lathe, so I found a slab of walnut in my wood stash and decided to make a bowl. I did some things right, some things wrong, and learned a lot about turning in the process. …

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Mar 24 2012

My Daughter and I Built Another Birdhouse

I had some shop time alone with my daughter yesterday and she wanted to build something. I told her she could use any materials I had in my shop, not just the scrap pieces I usually let her use, if she drew up plans for what she wanted to build. She decided …

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Mar 22 2012

Fixing a Burgled Birdhouse

This last week, I finally got around to fixing the hole some critter (most likely a squirrel) ate into the birdhouse my daughter and I built a few years ago. I just got sick of looking at it sitting empty. Since I nailed and glued the front of the house in place, …

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Mar 05 2012

Cherry Coat Rack

Click here if you don’t have flash Rather than put their coats away, my kids usually throw their coats on the floor. I suppose it’s not all their fault after all, since they really can’t reach the hangers in the closet. Getting sick of the mess, I decided to build a coat …

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Jan 07 2012

Notes from the Workshop: 20120107

In this edition of Notes from the Workshop, I’ll post pictures of the prototype wooden mallet I built, talk about my new toy, explain my fear about inspections, and explain why Google is out to get my Hand Picked News Feed. Wooden Mallet Protoype After seeing Steve Schuler post his …

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