Saturday, September 23, 2017

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frontpage “Learnin' Lessons the Hard Way.” Trial & Error

Even though there are hundreds of resources available on woodworking, it seems I learn most of my lesson the hard way. Ironically, over the past few years of reading and watching everything I can get my hands on about woodworking, I've read about most of my mistakes. I thought I knew much more than I actually do – even that was a lesson learned the hard way. One of the many lessons I learned through much error and frustration is one that is written about a lot--a table saw zero clearance insert.

Read more: 4 Oct 2013 - Trial and Error

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frontpage “The Jokes on Me” It was all worth it.

Continued from 13 Sep Blog: After a few minutes of wondering it occurred to me – maybe it was bolted to the pallet? After I removed the bolt and was no longer trying to lift myself with the saw I could lift either side. Jules had quite the laugh at me when we realize that the first side had been bolted into a weak spot in the pallet and when I lifted it the saw pulled away from the pallet, but the other side was quite secure and held tight. When Jadin got home from work, we managed to move the saw to its final spot of honor in the shop. It wasn't easy but we managed. After a few more hours of mounting the wings, placing the guide and other accessories the saw was completely constructed.

 

Read more: 27 Sep 2013 - Frog Shop Make-over Part 7

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frontpage Arts & Crafts" Straight lines and simple designs.

When I first got brave enough to start building furniture without a pattern I began to realize how many different styles there were. I actually struggled when creating designs; I was sometimes inconsistent with different styles in the same project – not necessarily wrong but unusual. There are many different furniture design styles, and they all have a few distinct characteristics that make them what they are. There is Early American, Colonial, Chippendale, Shaker, Arts & Crafts, and Contemporary; just to name a few of the more popular. For this article, I'm going to focus on the characteristics of my favorite, Arts & Crafts.

Read more: 20 Sep 2013 - Furniture Design Styles

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frontpage "New Toy for the Shop" What do you find when you unwrap a saw on a crate.

The day before the electrician installed the 220 in the shop, Woodcrafter had 15% off of select Jet power tools. Would you believe it -- the one I wanted was on sale with FREE shipping. I ordered it immediately. The following day I put my portable table saw on Craigslist and within an hour the saw I had been using for the last 6 years was gone. It was the end of an era; I was actually a little sad to see it go. It worked very hard for me, and I learned so much using that saw (mostly the hard way). Jet Tools is a subsidiary of the Walter Meier Group, a multi-national corporation that also boasts the Powermatic power tools and Wilton hand tools nameplates.

Read more: 13 Sep 2013 Frog Shop Make-over Part 6

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