I put together this week’s round up using Woodworking News and Notes! It scans Twitter for great woodworking stories that get shared by woodworkers. How could I resist posting a link to LumberJock dbhost and his epic quest to hot rod his Harbor Freight Bandsaw (this saw got 4 votes in the Harbor Freight buying guide…)? The words of wisdom from a woodworking professional rang true, especially with our recent posts on How to Price Your Woodworking and 12 Simple Woodworking Projects that Sell Fast.
Hot Rodding a Harbor Freight Bandsaw.
“As you may or may not know I am in the process of hot rodding as it were, my Harbor Freight 32208 14” band saw. The work so far has been.. #1. Harbor Freight Universal Mobile Base. #2. Craftsman Professional Universal Band Saw Fence. (functional, but certainly NOT great, planning on picking up some small HF C clamps to help it out. The clamps this thing somes with are garbage.) #3. Harbor Freight riser block kit. Priceless add on for this saw. #4. Accura Micro Adjustable Roller Bearing Blade guides. #5. Acculink link belts. #6. Timberwolf blades.”
This secret cost me $20,000, but I’ll let you have it for free.
“The second you accept money for your goods or services, you become self-employed, and the journey to entrepreneurship begins. You better have the thinking and mindset in place to begin that journey.”
“Butt joints can be used in a lot of different ways to join two boards or panels: edge to edge, end to side, end to edge, etc. To make a simple square or rectangular frame, cabinet, box or drawer using butt joints is very easy.”
How to make a bandsaw in a pinch
“I screwed my jigsaw to a piece of plywood, flipped it over, clamped it to my router table and, voila, I had a makeshift bandsaw (or perhaps scrollsaw). It worked great and after cutting two ribs I was able to get cuts as smooth as I do with a bandsaw, which is pretty darn smooth.”
Rolling Stand for My New Planer
“The stand I designed is made from 3/4-in.-thick MDF, assembled with butt joints and screws, and rides on heavy-duty casters. It was super-easy to build, taking about 3 1/2 hours. I know it’s not high-end, but when it comes to shop fixtures, I like to keep them simple and durable; there’s no need to dress them up or spend a lot of time on them. This stand should last a while, and it keeps my workspace flexible.”
Hockey Stick Rack
This is a traditional-form hockey stick rack, custom built to house a customer’s 20-stick collection from the 2007 Ottawa Senators ice Hockey team. Locking bars prevent unwanted removal of the sticks.
John Fry Build Notes for a Walnut sofa table with Jacobean influences
“This commissioned sofa table’s concept was borrowed from a late seventeenth century, round, gate-leg table. The client wanted it in a dark walnut with “antique shading”, and asked that the back of the table be as detailed as the front so it could be used away from the sofa if desired.”
A New Approach to Beautiful Bowls (Wooden Bowls with the Scroll Saw)
“I’ve always had mixed feelings about lathe-turned bowls: loved the bowls, hated the waste. When I learned that a wide variety of attractive bowls could be made from small amounts of thin wood, using the stacked-ring approach and a scroll saw, I had to give it a try.”
Woodworking poster or chart
“I am a woodworking instructor and would like to find a poster or chart showing the commonly used joints in woodworking.” (2 links + 1 book suggestion)
VC’s Top Ten Tips for Wives of Woodworkers
“1. Sitting in the shop and staring at a pile of lumber counts as woodworking.”
The Woodworks Library of 175 (and counting) Free Woodworking PDFs
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