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Adventures in Woodworking

Adventures in Woodworking
Adventures in Woodworking is a blog that chronicles my successes and failures as I delve into the world of hand tool woodworking.
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Finishing the Box
2008-05-19 09:06:00
I have to admit, since I finished with the actual woodworking part of my wife’s box, and presented it to her, I’ve barely thought about it. But the box isn’t finished yet (literally), so I’d better press on to the end. So here’s my question for you: how would you finish the box? I was considering ...
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Chisel Box
2008-05-18 09:43:00
With my wife’s box, I felt like I had to agonize over every single little step. I needed something I could just “throw together” without worrying too much about how it looked. I just wanted to build something, and for it not to take months. Enter the chisel box. A chisel box doesn’t have to look ...
Mothers Day Gift: The Box Is Done!
2008-05-10 18:17:00
Back at the end of January (yes, 2008), I said that I wanted to make, and I quote myself, “a simple dovetail box.” I planned to make it for my wife. I don’t think I really expected to finish it by Valentine’s Day, but I did expect that it would be done for her birthday ...
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Super Glue: Safe for Treating Cuts?
2008-05-09 09:45:00
Okay, okay, so the woodworking community has spent all week talking about how to be safe in the shop, but let’s be real: Accidents happen. So when they do, how do you treat it? From time to time I read in the forums or bulletin boards about treating cuts with Super Glue, and invariably someone ...
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Hand Tool Safety Tips (Video)
2008-05-06 02:13:00
In conjunction with Woodworking Safety Week 2008, here is my very first attempt at a video. I think I can give The Wood Whisperer a good run for his money. I’ve got everything he has except woodworking skills, customers, power tools, a nice shop, groupies and sponsors. Other than that, we’re the same. Covered in ...
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Readers Poll: Choose the Tagline for Woodworking Safety Week 2008
2008-05-04 09:17:00
As we kick off Woodworking Safety Week 2008, I thought I’d offer some improvement on marketing it to the woodworking community. It seemed like something was missing: a tagline. I mean, just saying “Woodworking Safety Week 2008″ sounds kind of boring, don’t you think? So I’m proposing the following taglines for your consideration. Please choose ...
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Gluing In the T-Keys
2008-05-02 09:36:00
Last week I cut the grooves for my “t-keys” and the other day I glued up the lid. Yesterday, I glued in the t-keys. Here’s a shot of the t-keys just prior to glue-up: Since I cut the slots by hand, the slight variations in each meant that I had to cut each t-key to match ...
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Gluing Up the Lid
2008-05-01 11:00:00
The moment of truth. The point of no return. The bridge beyond despair. Okay, I made that last one up. Time to glue up the lid. I felt like a surgeon preparing for a big operation. First, I did about three dry runs to practice the glue-up, assembly and “cord clamping”. Finally, it was time. I ...
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?T Keys?
2008-04-28 17:01:00
When I asked for feedback on how to glue up the frame pieces for the lid to the box I’m working on, Luis had suggested that I not glue the miters, but rather chop little mortises in the miters and glue in some floating tenons. The only problem is that with the size of my ...
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My First Handmade Tool: The Allen Chisel
2008-04-26 05:30:00
I’d been thinking about how to cut the slots in my box lid for the miter keys. The narrowest blade I have is my 1/4″ chisel. Actually, I think my mini router plane blade is a touch smaller than that, but would still have cut far too wide of a slot. So here’s what I ...
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The Tools I?m Most Proud Of
2008-04-25 05:58:00
After talking about the most embarrassing tools I own, I thought it would be good to get my mind off of these purchases by talking about my favorite tools in the shop. Feel free to add yours in the comments, or on your own blog (and post the link in the comments). 3. My Irwin chisels. ...
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2008-04-24 17:36:00
Last month, I posted about my adventures in hand-cut veneer. I was pretty proud of myself for how well it turned out; I felt a bit like David fighting Goliath (Goliath being the giant hurdle of working without power tools) and cutting off his big fat head. I got several very positive comments both here and ...
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The Most Embarrassing Tools I Own
2008-04-22 11:07:00
This post was inspired by one with a nearly identical name over at Modern Woodshop. It seemed worthy of being classified as a meme, so let’s all join in and share our own personal embarrassments. If you do, be sure to credit Dave for the original idea (or comment on his site). As for me, I ...
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Necessary (and Stupid) Shop Time
2008-04-21 09:26:00
On Saturday and Sunday I had a good several hours of shop time - my first decent shop time in a couple weeks. But instead of getting back to work on my wife’s box (finish, dang it!), I had to take care of some other business: rats. The back wall of our house faces an alley ...
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Follow Me On Twitter
2008-04-13 17:46:00
Following the lead of Dave (of Modern Woodshop), I’ve jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. So if you want to get periodic updates (once or twice a day) via your web browser, email or even cellphone, head on over to my Twitter profile and click on the Follow button! (You’ll have to register, I believe.) Click on ...
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So Little Experience, So Many Commissions
2008-04-08 09:26:00
Somehow word has gotten out about my interest in woodworking. Who knows what message people are getting, though. “So they tell me you’re a carpenter,” they say, or, “I hear you’re good at woodworking.” Um, no. But regardless of my actual skill level, it doesn’t stop people from asking me to do things for them. ...
More About: Projects , Commissions , Experience
Feedback Requested Before Lid Glue-Up
2008-04-07 15:19:00
Okay, so I finished my panel grooves in my lid frame, and in the next day or two, I?ll glue up my lid. I?ll tell you what I?m planning to do, and could you let me know if anything sounds funky? Please refer to my previous post for some background, if needed. I?ll run some glue ...
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Feelin? Groovy
2008-04-06 16:05:00
Well it’s been a while since I’ve had time to work on the box for my wife. But with Mother’s Day coming up soon(ish), I really want to get crackin’ on it. I have several things to do, some major and some minor. So I started with the minor. Sanded the entire box (minus lid) ...
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Good Friday Project
2008-03-21 14:31:00
Yesterday I decided that each year I’d make a cross on Good Friday . Not only would this result in something meaningful each year, but it would also give me a gauge as to my progress as a woodworker. So this my first year, I thought I’d go as simple as you could get: a cross cut from a single block of wood. Sounds easy, but I still managed to take a few hours doing it. But still, I’ve never had a “weekend project” that didn’t take weeks (or months) to complete, so I felt quite a sense of accomplishment at having gone from rough lumber to finished product (except for 2 more coats of finish) in a day. So here’s the cross: And here’s the back: I got to try out some new skills doing this, like chamfering (which I’ve never done before). I did an initial chamfering with the chisel, but later found that sandpaper does a pretty good job too. I did have to tinker with my chamfers on several occasions when I accidentally went a bit far wi...
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It?s Hard to Find Shop Time
2008-03-19 14:41:00
I’m guessing that most of you who read that entry title uttered, “Yeah, you and me both, pal.” So I know I’m not alone in this. I feel competing urges. On the one hand, woodworking is great. It’s a fun hobby, and even though I make countless mistakes and sub-par attempts at anything I do, I ...
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Hand-Cut Veneer
2008-03-13 12:58:00
So I don’t have access to store-bought veneer (no stores) and I don’t have a bandsaw, so it looks like I’m on my own for veneer. And since I needed it for this box lid, why not start now? I was feeling pretty confident going into this endeavor with my new ryoba. And it didn’t ...
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A Visit to a Malaysian Sawmill
2008-03-12 13:10:00
I knew of a sawmill that was only about a minute’s drive from one of the places we used to live when I was getting my Master’s degree. Since I had to go down to the university on some business the other day, I thought I’d pay the sawmill a visit and get the low-down ...
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Next Obstacle: The Lid
2008-03-01 14:20:00
NOTE: As is my custom, my list of newbie questions are at the end of this post. So a week or two ago I wrote about my plans for the box lid. In short, it was going to have mitered edges with a thin strip of the lighter-colored sapwood (would you call it an inlay?) in ...
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Review of Sniping Services (eBay)
2008-02-27 14:59:00
The other day I griped about early bidders on eBay. I also posted the entry on LumberJocks, where it got more hits (332) and comments (26) than any other I wrote over there. One great byproduct of that post (both here and there) was finding out what other people use to snipe eBay auctions. But ...
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You?re Screwing Up My eBay!
2008-02-24 06:19:00
The following is a rant, provided free of charge to my readers. I?m sick and tired of inexperienced eBayers who are jacking prices up on items I?m wanting to buy. I doubt that they are doing it intentionally. In fact, you may be among the guilty ones. Here is the kind of person I am ranting ...
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Dovetails Glued Up, Now for the Top
2008-02-21 14:25:00
No pics today, but there’s not much new to look at compared to last week’s final fit. A big step was rabbeting the walls for the bottom to fit up into. After doing one wall, I got some very helpful feedback from Dave and Luis that I should do a dado instead that the rabbeted ...
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Who Needs a Ryobi When You Have a Ryoba?
2008-02-18 14:24:00
I just posted a product review over at LumberJocks on my new Japanese ryoba handsaw. Here is what I said: I just got my very first Japanese handsaw the other day, and have really enjoyed breaking it in. I thought I’d just give you this review via some bullet points. Just know that my handsaw experience ...
Be Vewy Vewy Quiet?I?m Hunting Wabbets
2008-02-17 09:57:00
Okay, so you’d think that doing the dovetail joints would have been the hardest part of this box, right? Me too. I figured on this nice leisurely Sunday afternoon, I’d do the simple task of cutting the rabbets into which the box bottom would fit. Then I’d glue the dovetails and heck, maybe even glue ...
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The Dovetails Are Done!
2008-02-16 07:59:00
Yes! Finally. The joints have all been cut, and the box is perfectly squared up. No glue yet, and the base and top have not even been started. This was a good exercise. And while the joints are far from perfect, it should look really nice when it’s all done. Interestingly, the joints didn’t necessarily ...
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Doh!vetail Template: Product Recall
2008-02-14 05:31:00
A couple of weeks ago I made a dovetail template to use when making the box for my wife (I’m halfway through the joinery, by the way). I blogged about it here and even posted it as my first ever project on LumberJocks. I was pretty proud. Maybe too proud. I thought the folks over at ...
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