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August 2009 Blog Archive

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The Green Initiative (Part III)

Thursday, August 28th, 2009


Once one flat surface is achieved the next step is to run each piece through the thickness planer. This procedure will ensure a uniform thickness and also (inherently) guarantee that each surface is completely parallel. A thickness sander can be used in the absence of a planer although this technique is much more time consuming.

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The Green Initiative (Part II)

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009


Take an ordinary Oak pallet for example (Figure 1). This pallet has seen years of rugged use but with a little elbow grease and sweat equity any woodworker can transform an ugly pallet such as this into a beautiful piece of furniture or decorative accent that, when completed, already looks like 100 years old. Using "found wood" requires extra work and may result in an untimely dull blade or nick in a jointer or planer blade, but with proper preparation these issues can be minimized.

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The Green Initiative (Part I)

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Green has become the new buzz word of the first decade of our new century. Green includes the use of natural and renewable energy resources such as wind, solar energy, tidal flows and geothermal hot springs. Green also implies the efficient use of our limited energy, high MPG vehicles that incorporate hybrid technology and the numerous recycling initiatives. Green also finds a niche in the world of woodworking.

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The Never Ending Search For Space

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


As it pertains to woodworking and tools, I'd like to modify the verbiage of an old saying: "My shop is like trying to stuff ten tons of tools in a five ton space". OK, so I'm sure you all know the real saying, but suffice it to say when trying to run a fully equipped shop in a 20' x 22' garage, space is always at a premium. I am always looking for new places to store or display my stuff. Every has stuff (conjures up thoughts of the late great George Carlin skit).

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Drilling Tall Without The Wobble...  

Saturday, August 01, 2009


I recently made a Split Turned Vase on the lathe and it required a precisely drilled hole in the top of it. Because the vase is hollow I had to use a Forstner bit to eliminate splintering when drilling. This meant the tall vase (Figure 1) vase had to remain rock solid steady and secure when drilling.  Time for another jig...

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