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The New Traditional Woodworker Project #3—Thin planing stop

Planing stops are an essential aid for a hand-tool shop like mine. A tip I saw in some magazine inspired me to make a couple. The first is a ¾” thick stop made with ¾” oak dowel stock spaced to … Continue reading

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Putting tools within arm’s reach—Two under-bench drawers

Maybe it’s because I’m a type A personality. But when I work at my bench, I like to have the tools I use most all within arm’s reach. I find that this setup maintains the flow of work. However, as … Continue reading

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Free Maple! And giving back to a neighbor

Tim and Dianne are the kind of neighbors you love to have. Always ready to lend a hand and very handy at everything from blowing out your sprinklers for the winter to throwing an awesome block party. So at the … Continue reading

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My first Drill Press-And the education that goes with it.

“Does it run?”, I asked the goatee-wearing college kid working the estate sale. “I don’t know, let’s plug it in and see.” So we did. And it ran. But it made a loud rumbling sound. “Could be the bearings,” goatee-boy … Continue reading

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Building a wall-mounted wine-glass rack #5: Mounting and loading with fine crystal

In my last post, the rack was assembled, finished and drying in my workshop. After a busy workweek, I finally had the time to put up rack and start enjoy its space-liberating bounty. Mounting This sucker is heavy. And the … Continue reading

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Building a wall-mounted wine-glass rack #4-Finishing

In my last post, I completed the first subassembly, cut the glass-retention slats to size and beaded the half-slats. Before affixing them to the shelf, it was time to put some finish on everything. On my first prototype, I used … Continue reading

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Building a wall-mounted wine-glass rack #3-Joinery

As I mentioned before, building two prototypes helped me work out the joinery details on this project. I chose dovetails for the end support brackets. The rear bottom edge of the shelf rests on a 1″ x 4″ as detailed … Continue reading

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Building a wall-mounted wine-glass rack #2-Two prototypes serve as a design roadmap

In the last post, I talked about why we needed a new wine-glass rack. I also discussed many of the questions I had about the design and joinery. Building two prototypes helped me answer all these questions. I was able … Continue reading

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Building a wall-mounted wine-glass rack-Beginning with the end in mind.

My lady deserves better. At least that’s what I told myself when I rationalized what was taking me so long to tackle something as straightforward as a wine-glass rack. First it was, “I want more practice dovetailing,” then it was … Continue reading

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The New Traditional Woodworker Project #2: Slip-sliding-A W A Y!-A sticking board to hold my stock…and my sanity.

It’s no accident that I chose to make this project. You see, I’ve been promising to build my lady a wine rack—and not delivering it—for so long that she’s convinced I’m working a day job as a politician. In my … Continue reading

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