• Jointmaker Pro – first try at a stand
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    This is my first shot at making a stand for my Jointmaker Pro. It’s an old end table, but I didn’t want to drill holes in it. I just made a melamine top to fit over it like a bench hook. I didn’t have the bolts on hand to secure it to the table, so…

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  • Jointmaker Pro – first dovetail
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    After looking through my assembly photos, most of them were blurry (some combination of using an iPhone for photos and maybe not stopping long for good pictures).  Below is my first dovetail with it – the gap in the upper cut is my error – I cut the wrong way the first time, and that…

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  • The Workbench Project
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    I’ve been doing several posts on this during the build process. It’s finally done, so its about time I did a big writeup on it… Pictures of the project in progress can be found over here. The Workbench Project This is a typically called a “european style” or “german style’ bench. It’s the style associated…

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  • Workbench project: various snapshots
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    I like to take pictures of my projects in progress.  Sometimes I use a digital camera, but more often I just use my iPhone.  The iPhone is lower quality images but they usually good enough, and since it’s always in my pocket I get a lot more images as I go along.  Here’s most of…

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  • “Torture”, a 6-piece burr puzzle
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    I made a 6-piece burr puzzle. The design is named “Torture”, an apt name for this thing the requires 26 moves to disassemble. I saw a 2-page profile of a master puzzlemaker in Wood Magazine. In that article, there was a picture of one of the puzzles he makes named “Torture”, and it’s 6 pieces….

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  • Project: Small Dining Table
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    This is a 4′ diameter round table I made for my dining room in 2004. This is the first major furniture project I made. The base is based off an oval-shaped coffeee table I saw in the book “Modern Furniture Projects”. I increased the height, changed it to a circular table, and designed a matching…

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  • An evening with John Economaki
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    Tonight we (the combined woodworking clubs of Austin) got to spend an evening with John Economaki from Bridge City Tools. He was in town for the Lie-Nielsen hand tool event this weekend. I was the one that set it up, honestly I didn’t know what to expect. He gave me a lot to think about,…

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  • Final top glue-up
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    It took longer to convice myself that all was ready than to actually do it – I glued the front part (about 5 boards or so) to the rest of the top. Now it’s even harder to move around and won’t fit in any jointer I know of.

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  • Workbench legs dry fit
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    Dry fitting the workbench base. These are all doubled up southern yellow pine, ripped from 2×10 boards from home depot.

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