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More Useful & Inexpensive Shop-made Tools

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:36am
More Useful & Inexpensive Shop-made Tools

A few weeks back I began a rather involved project that has legs that have stop-flutes. After posting about my shop-made scratch stocks, I hoped to do a majority of the work using a router with a fluting router bit only to clean and straighten up the flute portion with the scratch stock. The bead area had to be fully scratch-produced.

As you can imagine working with a router bit and a couple of scratch stocks, the surface of my stop-flutes needed to tweaked to be smooth.

Continue reading More Useful & Inexpensive Shop-made Tools at 360 WoodWorking.

Big Savings for Pembroke Table Hands-on Class

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:11am
Big Savings for Pembroke Table Hands-on Class

If you have a week free beginning September
18th – yes I know it’s barely a month away – 360Woodworking has the perfect woodworking vacation for you. There is one bench open for a hands-on class building a Pembroke table, a furniture form that spanned over a century and was interpreted differently by the tastes and styles of the various designers of the age.

In the class as you build your table, you’ll learn multiple methods to taper legs, how to work with stack-lamination techniques for the curved parts, basic veneer work, how to lay out and cut the oval top complete with drop-leaf joinery and inlay and how to make knuckle joints for the fly rail – come ready to work to build this iconic piece of period furniture.

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Woodworking Courses Without A Computer

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:07am
Woodworking Courses Without A Computer

Taking online courses in any subject, including woodworking courses, is the future of learning. It’s convenient. Bring the course directly to you. (There’s a free example posted below.) But in woodworking, being tied to your computer when you need to be in the shop practicing your new found skills is problematic. This week 360Woodworking.com took steps to alleviate that problem. The newest offerings are downloadable courses presented as a PDF with embedded video that plays whenever opened in Adobe Reader.

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Woodturning Patterns by David Heim – 360w360 E.244

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:20am
Woodturning Patterns by David Heim – 360w360 E.244

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, we talk with David Heim about his new book Woodturning Patterns (Spring House Press). David wrote and illustrated his book – illustrations are 3-D drawings from SketchUp, a program in which David excels. In the book, David has gathered together more than 80 drawings that are full size renditions, except for a handful that are half scale. Patterns found in Woodturning Patterns include kitchenware, play things, knobs and finials, items for shop and garden tools, lamps and candlesticks and bowls, vases and platters.

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Woodworking At Your Pace

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 8:01am
Woodworking At Your Pace

There is a group of people who enjoy going to hands-on woodworking classes. They enjoy the travel, the camaraderie of other folks who woodwork and time away from work and home. They enjoy the competition to see who leads the class and who does the best work.

There is another group of people who dislike participating in hands-on classes. They don’t like the competition or the stress of being judged by others in the class.

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Ron Bontz Talks About Saws – 360w360 E.243

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:10am
Ron Bontz Talks About Saws – 360w360 E.243

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, we catch up with Ron Bontz of BontzSawWorks.net. Ron talks about how often a hobby woodworker should sharpen their saws (most do it too often), saw plates and woods you should pass on when making handles. Plus, he provides the best answer to my lingering question about TPI and PPI. He also explains why he’s suspended taking new orders (we should all hope to be too busy in our businesses), and when he expects to open up that process again.

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Have an Itch for Stop-Flutes … Scratch It

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 3:43am
Have an Itch for Stop-Flutes … Scratch It

I’m in the early stages of making a set of eight legs with stop-flutes. (Shown in the opening image with more tweaking necessary.) I looked at and for any quick way to make these involved legs. With all the studying, I turned back to a method that’s been used for hundreds of years, using a scratch stock. In fact, I am using two setups.

You might think making the scratch portion of these simple tools – the metal bits placed in the wooden stocks – is a job in itself, but it is relatively easy.

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Selling Lumber as a Business – 360w360 E.242

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:10am
Selling Lumber as a Business – 360w360 E.242

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Chad Muterspaw from CRLumber.com shares his path to becoming a lumber retailer. He decided early on that he wasn’t going to turn his hobby (woodworking) into a business, so he started selling lumber as a business. Learn how advertising on a popular woodworking television show helped turn the corner, and discover what he found to be the most difficult aspect of getting his business off the ground.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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GF Design Challenge & Fresh Wood Exhibit @ AWFS

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 2:31pm
GF Design Challenge & Fresh Wood Exhibit @ AWFS

During my days as a woodworking magazine editor I attended AWFS only once, even though the show happens every other year. At the event I attended, I have to say that I was blown away by the student exhibit, which is nowadays known as Fresh Wood. (It may have had the same name back then, too.) In fact, after the competition the magazine for which I worked included an article by one of the students selected to exhibit in Las Vegas at the show.

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Simple Lathe Tool Cart

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:10am
Simple Lathe Tool Cart

I’m at the beginning of a project that has turning work out the wazoo. Eight legs that are turned, with stop-flutes, too. My lathe and its tools were my Dad’s at one time. His lathe tools hung on a wall behind the lathe – he had easy access. Where the lathe is in my shop, there are no accessible walls close by. In fact for the past five or more years, the lathe tools sat on the floor in the wall mount from my Dad’s shop.

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The Best Woods for Upholstery – 360w360 E.241

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:10am
The Best Woods for Upholstery – 360w360 E.241

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Mike Mascelli is back to talk more on upholstery. Along with the longevity of good-quality furniture and upholstery work, Mike talks about the best woods to use for frames that are to be upholstered – it’s all about lumber that allows and holds tacks and staples. But you’re not giving up any structural integrity.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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Ridgid’s Brushless, Cordless Trim Router

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:33pm
Ridgid’s Brushless, Cordless Trim Router

I’ve been busy with 360Woodworking. With my head down giving it what for, I didn’t see that Ridgid came out with a trim router powered by a battery until one of our members – thanks, Eric – brought it to my attention. My reaction was, “You Betcha.” I enjoy using the corded Ridgid trim router and to not have to pull electric cords around the shop sounded good, so I set about getting my hands on the new R86044B.

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A Good Shellacking

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:10am
A Good Shellacking

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I was working on an office interior in which all four walls had something made from sapele. I thought I’d share some of the woodwork, but I particularly wanted to show the before and after when using shellac – off-the-store-shelf, right-out-of-the-can shellac. Thank you Zinsser.

And thank you suppliers for stocking fresh shellac, when they had it. The first stop – big blue – had two outdated gallons (one from 2008 and one from 2010) and one from 2014.

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New Path for 360 Woodworking

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 5:26am
New Path for 360 Woodworking

 

I received a very timely message in my Inbox this morning. It was from Seth Godin. It was titled, “The Two Fears of Voluntary Education.” In it Godin writes about two reason why people hold back from online courses. The first is that the class won’t work because anyone can create and sell online courses. Who knows of their qualifications or experience? There is reason for the buyer to beware.

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More With Matt Furjanic of Inlaybanding.com – 360w360 E.240

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:10am
More With Matt Furjanic of Inlaybanding.com – 360w360 E.240

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Matt Furjanic of inlaybanding.com returns to talk more about his company and other inlay topics. The discussion travels along topics such as how important dry woods are to making bandings, and how he slices his loafs into strips, which includes setting the fence to the right of the workpiece.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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Quick & Easy Tapers

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 4:10am
Quick & Easy Tapers

I’m about to wrap up work on an office that’s almost fully paneled with sapele. There is wainscoting, a full wall of bookcases, a paneled fireplace wall with step-back cupboards flanked to both sides and a couple of angled bookcases. Plus, there’s a door to case. Earlier drywall work pushed out from the existing door frame, so I had to build out the frame to make the new casing sit flat. I needed quick and easy tapers.

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Matt Furjanic Talks about Inlaybanding.com – 360w360 E.239

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 3:49am
Matt Furjanic Talks about Inlaybanding.com – 360w360 E.239

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, we spend time with Matt Furjanic of inlaybanding.com. Matt discusses how he he got started in the business – it’s a great story that is probably more common than you think –  and shares some of his thoughts on woods and glues used to make bandings of all kinds.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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General Finishes Design Challenge

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 5:47am
General Finishes Design Challenge

According to the calendar, we’ve just moved into the second half of 2017. Being July, many woodworkers are out on family vacations or handling those summer chores. It’s possible that you need something to pull you back.

Thank goodness there’s the 2017 General Finishes Design Challenge. General Finishes contest accepts entries beginning July 7, 2017 and runs through July 28, 2017, with winners announced the third week in August. You could win prizes for simply entering a piece that you’ve built, rehabbed, painted or turned using any one of the thousands of finishing product from General Finishes.

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Mike Mascelli Talks Upholstery: Furniture & Automobile – 360w360 E.238

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:10am
 Furniture & Automobile – 360w360 E.238

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, professional upholsterer Mike Mascelli talks about similarities and differences between furniture and car upholstery – you may be surprised to learn that timelines for changes do not run parallel. Plus, he pulls back the curtain on upholstery found in today’s furniture. Scary!

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Glen talks with various guests about all things woodworking and some things that are slightly off topic.

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You Don’t Get Many of These

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 8:51am
You Don’t Get Many of These

I’m not sure what it’s like where you live, but I can tell you that today (June 27th, 2017) is probably one of the best days to spray finish I’ve seen in years. You don’t get many of these.

The temperature is in the low 60s. Humidity is even lower. And it may be that timing is everything because I need to apply a few coats of shellac on a Mission desk I’m completing.

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