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I have a tiny shop in my 1 car garage. My table saw often doubles as a work bench. Recently I’ve been using it for finishing and painting and when I do I cover it with rosin paper. It’s kind of a pain to haul that 4’ roll out so I had the idea to...

A silk purse from a sow's ear... #2: Take 4 wire coat hangers, a length of tinsel and eight candles...

I finally got round to making a start on the wardrobe. End panels first. I can’t help but think of ‘Blue Peter’ – a long running children’s tv programme on the BBC. Every week they had a demonstration of how to make some artsy, craftsy piece of...

Shop Upgrades #1: Mini Lathe Stand

I had purchased a mini-lathe bed extension over a year ago, with the best of intentions to build an originally designed, all wood stand beneath it with storage. I had it fully scale-drawn on paper, but but but, getting it done was another thing...

WoodworkingWeb Theme: Wooden TOYS

Hi everyone! Most of you may already know me but for those who don’t, my name is Debbie and although I don’t do a lot of woodworking myself I love wood creations. I love the smell of the wood, the beauty of the grain, and the artistry, patience,...

Shop Tips and Gadgets #1: Fresh Air Supply on the Cheap

Back in my boat building days I periodically had the need to spray some very toxic paints. A fresh air supply is highly recommended for these occasions but they are very expensive for infrequent use. I found this today as I was doing a deep...

WoodworkingWeb Awards - Glorious Grain #2: Cast Your Votes and Win a T-shirt!

Our Glorious Grain Awards entry period is over and we ended up with 12 amazing entries. Now it’s time to pick your top 5 list and cast your votes. Voting deadline is on Apr 30, 2014 at 6 PM GMT. Please note that if you submitted an Awards...

Helping Amateurs Cultivate Professional Habits

I admit that I’m an amateur – I make a lot of mistakes – the same mistakes, and new ones as I try to advance my skills. So, what is it that defines me? Some Observations; and some of these have been fixed along the way…: I don’t work from a set...

My Roubo Bench Journey #2: Shavings O' Plenty

The wood came from the factory very wet, it is quarter sawn Doug Fir. So I let it dry out for several months before any processing. I dimensioned down the leg and stretcher beams using my Dewalt bench top planer. For the two top beams, I...

First project, a sewing box #3: Handles

I had the bright idea to put some handles in the top boxes to make it easier to open the sewing box. I also thought the handles should be made of cherry to try to break up all that ash. I wish I could have rounded the inside corners, but without...

My Roubo Bench Journey #1: My Roubo Bench Journey Begins

I have already started a blog on this build on the other site, but will end that and only post about this build on this site. Last year, when my wife and I moved from our San Diego house to our retirement home in Oregon. I left my old beater...