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How To Sharpen Tools: The Family Handyman Sharpening your tools Years ago, I drove by a storefront with a hand-painted plywood sign. It read “Tool Sharpening.” Curious, I gathered a boxful of dull old handsaws and circular saw blades in my garage and carried them up to the store with the hope of getting them sharpened. Inside I saw a lean old fellow with wisps of gray hair curling from the backside of an old hunting cap. Harbor Freight Dust Collector Mod - by Cory After buying the Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector right after Christmas, I knew I was going to be making some changes to it. First, I dumped the upper bag and added a Wynn 35a filter. Second, I really wanted to put a pre-separator on the unit to keep from having to change the lower bags as often. But, I didn’t really have a lot of room in my shop/garage for the can. The Delta 50-760 seemed like a good set up with the can/separator underneath the blower, so I set out to imitate that set up. That led me to build a frame to mount the HFDC motor/blower and raise it up so I can get a can under it.

Wood characteristics, properties of wood and information about wood This is a huge topic and I have several links in the text. Each leads you to more details about a particular topic on wood or the characteristics of wood (or a related subject), so make sure and check them out. I guess it comes as no surprise that I love wood. It starts with my love of trees. The door panels are cherry with mineral streaks running through them. On the drawer front, on the lower left, you can see where a branch divided the heartwood and sapwood of the walnut (the solid light band is maple I laminated for further contrast).

DIY Vibration Polisher So, if your thinking about making this project I would only advise you try it if you already have or have access to the more expensive parts that you will need (motor, springs, hardware). If you had to buy everything new you would just be better off buying a cheep commercially made machine. But if you think you can make it on the cheep and you need a project to take up a weekend, than go for it! To make the vibration Polisher you will need: Automotive valve springs X4 new or used.

An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual, 9923-2823-MTDC, Getting the Hang of It (continued) Sharpening "Putting your nose to the grindstone" implies tedious, repetitious, and unending work. You will find that sharpening a dull or abused ax is indeed tedious and repetitious, but to do it right you have to do it slowly (Figure 62). Along the way, you'll learn the value of patience, and appreciate the differences in steel tempering and ax quality as you sharpen different axes. Best of all, you will appreciate the usefulness of a razor-sharp ax, and the importance of doing everything you can to keep it sharp. Figure 62-The right way and wrong way to use a grinding wheel (drawings by Frederic H.

Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 64, December 2010 This month our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, concludes his fascinating "Future of Woodworking" series with some predictions of what's to come and some ideas for how we can shape the future of our craft. Steve also gets a leg up on his furniture project, and ends by recounting a story from his past that increased his appreciation for the wood he is working today. CLICK HERE to read about the futuristic products Steve has lined up for us! New Iwasaki Carving Files Rather than producing sawdust waste like rasps normally do, these amazing tools remove tiny shavings that look as if they came from a miniature plane!

Vega 50" Fence Vega 50" Utility Fence I had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and I wasn't all that happy with my stock Jet fence, so I decided to upgrade. It didn't help that Woodworkers Warehouse was having a 10% off sale and Redmond Machinery had some great prices on some scratch and dent Biesemeyer Fences. I also wanted to make an outfeed table and I thought I should have my new fence before I embarked on that project. Here's the drill: You can use it as a chisel initially and cut a square hole the width of the tip, remove that, then tap and turn, tap and turn. I used a branch to hit the top with. You don't want to POUND it into the wood as the tool may not break but will be hard to turn. Be patient, periodically work it out of the wood while turning and remove some of the chips. Incidentally, as you may notice this is actually a exposed root (on a guava tree- fairly hard wood) but for some reason, I couldn't get some of the pictures to stay oriented correctly so it looks like a branch or trunk...which I guess is Ok because it may have more uses going into a vertical surface....

DIY Compost Tumbler Tutorial We made a compost tumbler for my sister in law for her birthday last year. This tutorial and information/ idea comes from Janet Luke’s amazing Green Urban Living. You’ll need:A table of some type A plastic food grade drum4 castor wheels2 galvanized hingesScrews1 galvanized hasp and staple latch1 carabiner JigsawDrill Mr Ecochick made a small table out of old fence posts we had lying around. You could use a wooden plank for the wheels to be attached to it doesn’t really need to be very high off the ground. I bought a plastic drum off trade me.

Evenfall Woodworks Jan 31 2014 Shooting Boards for the Veritas Shooting Sander Veritas and Lee Valley Tools have recently released their new Veritas Shooting Sander. We offer a full line of shooting boards and accessories for use with the Veritas Shooting Sander. Our Veritas Shooter Line of Shooting Boards.