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1,362 views, 1 by Jeff Vandenberg

Jeff Vandenberg

card scraper sharpening

So a while back I bought a card scraper. Two weeks ago I bought a burnisher Rockwell 65. Now I have been watching many YouTube videos on sharpening the card. I tried one suggestion and it failed. So back to YouTube I went try the next. Humm...

1,443 views, 1 by Jack


Admitting our dangerous (and dumb) mistakes might help others.

When I decided to start this wonderful hobby, I bought on my first trip shopping the following: a table saw, planer, a scroll saw and a drill press. Having no idea how they worked, I unpacked, set them up and plugged them in. I was of course...

958 views, 0 by HorizontalMike


Compatible Woods in Small Boxes

Picked up a couple of 1/4" sheets of Ganadillo (janka=2450) at WC this past week. Planning on making a finger joint box L16" x W5-3/4" x H2-3/4" with hinged lid and insert bottom. I am currently planning on having a dado’d bottom insert...

1,090 views, 0 by HorizontalMike


Box-Joint Jig

Finally getting back to the shop after a way too long hiatus. Won’t explain, but had issues. Anyway, I am attempting to make my first ever box-joint jig with: sliding miter gauge 3/4" MDF 1/4″ × 1/4" DIY hardwood stock A 1/4"-3/8"...

1,036 views, 1 by shipwright


Gotta love hot hide glue, a small shop mishap

I had a little glue spill today …… on my workbench top. Back in my epoxy days this would have been a major catastrophe if it had been mixed up and worse if it wasn’t, and expensive too. Even with pva glue it would have been a messy cleanup with...

5,562 views, 1 by Terry


Inlay using coffee grounds...

I’m very new to this forum and I’m not to sure if this is even in the right category, but wanted to share a little test project I did using coffee grounds as inlay material. A while back, another wood worker had come to our shop to have me use...

927 views, 0 by Nicky


Shop cleanup

Next week we get started on some long overdue home repairs. New roof, new windows, new garage door. I was up at 5:00am this morning starting to clear out the garage. My pickup is about half full of junk that’s going to the dump or the thrift...

965 views, 0 by Thorreain


Box spline sled

Just about finished this. It’s a jig for putting edge splines in boxes. I am awaiting knobs to put stops on the edge of the front. It’s made from scrap oak and scrap oak plywood 3/4". It works very well.

609 views, 0 by Steve66


Weird Things Happen

So, I built this tv. entertainment cabinet for this guy 18 yrs. ago and now he wants it modified to fit a 60"wide it. I’m looking around the shop for scrap material to accomplish this job and wouldn’t you know it, I find the left over...

1,107 views, 0 by Wolf (& Rabbit!)

Wolf (& Rabbit!)

Ever finished a bit of elm?

This is English Elm. It’s the first time I’ve used it. It’s really beautiful and this picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s taken a long time to get the fur off it, many hours of scraping, sandpaper is of no use. It’s now a lovely smooth and very...

1,469 views, 0 by Kelly

The Ultimate Dado Jig

This is my version of a router dado jig. While it shares much in common with others dado jigs, I believe my modifications to the general design make it easier and quicker to use than most others. In part, this is because the jig does not require...

883 views, 0 by Thorreain


Homage to chisels

I made a chisel from a hand file over twenty years ago. The one with the blue handle. It has a permanent place in my tool pouch. It functions as a wood chisel. As a fine and medium file. It also works very well as a wood scraper but it’s only an...

700 views, 0 by Jeff Vandenberg

Jeff Vandenberg

Wood fillers

Wood Fillers (copy right handyman magazine) There are two kinds of wood fillers — hardening and non-hardening — It depends on what you need to fill and the finish you’re using. If the project is going to be stained, then fill the nail holes...

554 views, 0 by munchy


Wood i.d. help

Hello, I ordered a box of hardwood scraps for turning finailas and stuff it had a couple of 1"× 1" sticks that I am not familiar with very heavy very very hard. I would like to find a piece of this to turn a bowl out of. Any help would be...

996 views, 0 by Kelly

Small Parts Clamp

I’ve been using miniature Jorgensen clamp to hold small parts to cut them on the band saw or sand them on the big drum. I decided to experiment and these seem to work pretty good. These can be made in any size you desire. Too, there are various...

878 views, 0 by Kelly

Improving Belt Changes on a Jet 1014 Lathe

I got a fair deal on a mini Jet a while back, so got to see what the hullabaloo about lathes was all about. At least some what. I’ve been enjoying it a lot. All my files have really nice handles and so do a those of a few of my friends, for...

1,079 views, 0 by Kelly

Bead Bracelet Making Jig

My wife is enjoying glass bead work (e.g., bracelets, necklaces and window dressings). Every once in a while, I do a bit of digging around the net to find things that would make her hobby easier, or to allow her to increase her efficiency or...

488 views, 0 by MJCD

Post-Project Shop Reset; Optimizing the Small Shop

The following covers two areas: getting my shop ready for the next project, and optimizing the small shop. Post-Project Reset We each have our procedures; one of mine is that after every project, I reset the shop. The reset includes re-touching...

814 views, 0 by Jeff



I recently managed to salvage some long scrap cut offs of zebrawood from the scrap pile where I buy my lumber. After planing I’ve managed to get a good bit of 1/4" thick by 2" wide pieces. Maybe 60’ or so. I’m looking at some ideas for boxes...

815 views, 0 by Kelly

Door Sanding and Finishing Jig

I had a couple doors to finish and didn’t want to fight finishing a side at a time, so I came up with this jig. Obviously, this has been done countless times before, but I had trouble finding hints at what others used, so I just went for it and...