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  • Homemade table saw fence

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, March 1, 2011
    With just three pieces of scrap wood. The oak cleat rides on this Dewalt Jobsite Tablesaw's fence rail. The plywood triangle has a factory edge and a square corner. I clamp these two to the saw, aligning with a miter slot. Once everything is squared...
  • Reclaimed wood

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, September 28, 2011
    Black Cherry, resawn from a floor joist. Quartersawn White Oak, from a barn rafter. Glued up the Cherry into a panel, cut handles in the QSWO , and miter the corners. Wood came from an old garage that was torn down, my cost was just the gas to hual the...
  • Plank Table

    by Steve Newman     Monday, December 26, 2011
    The "Other Half" wanted a small Prep table for the kitchen. I had a plank of Oak out in the shop about 13-1/2' wide. I clean the old boy up, trimmed off the beveled edges to get things down to fit my 12-1/2" planer. I had a few other...
  • New Computer Desk

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, May 13, 2012
    Old one was getting a bit beat up, one grandBRAT needed a desk for HIS computer. Decided to make a new bottomhalf, and just re-use the small hutch from the old one. It seems that I have a supply of Beech, and Oak, from that old garage that fell down....
  • A clamp for odd shapes

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, January 5, 2011
    For things like chair or stool legs. Yep, there are band clamps out there, if you want to spend some cash. Being the frugal (CHEAP) guy that I am, I use something from the shop instead. When i need to "band clamp" a glue-up up, I just grab an...
  • Od Bandsaw blades

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    Before you throw out those old, broken, or dull bandsaw blades, go "Green". Take that old blade and make strips about a foot or so long. When you have a nice handful, tape the ends together and make a rasp. Alternate the teeth as you assemble...
  • Tool chest for the Dungeon Shop

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, April 6, 2014
    Not really a blog, this time. Will IF someone wants to read it. Needed a chest to store most of my handtools. Had four planks of Black Walnut, and a few of Pine. Using a set of already done Sycamore boards that were raised panel by a handplane as a guide...
  • A crate from Brazil?

    by Steve Newman     Friday, February 25, 2011
    Yep, it supplied the wood for asmall cabinet. The flat panels are just 1/4' luann plywood, from a different "crate", but the solid wood parts came from a shipping crate from Brazil. Unknown what kind of wood it is, but it would not take...
  • Cordless tapering jig?

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, November 28, 2010
    When I need tapered legs for the tables I make, I don't set up the tablesaw. All I have to do is mark the lay-out lines on the leg blank, clamp the blank in a vise, and start planing to the line. I start the handplane at the foot of the leg, and each...
  • A "Windsor Style" Quilt rack.

    by Steve Newman     Saturday, December 11, 2010
    I had some scrap wood around the shop, a couple 2xs from a pallet, some pine and Poplar slats, and a "need' to make a quilt rack. I turned two end posts from one of the pallet's 'runners', and bandsawed a few other parts. Four 'feet"...
  • Dutchman on a budget

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, November 10, 2010
    Since I don't have a router inlay kit, but still needed to make a few dutchman style patches for a table i made, I went "old school'. I made a patch to fit the area I needed to cover from some 1/8" thick scraps of the same wood as the...
  • What to do with an extra board?

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, November 18, 2010
    When i made that Floating top table, I had an extra 1x8x6' pine board. Needed a small project for this board. I came up with a "chair' of sorts, called a "Pouting Chair". Although this one would be a bit small, one could put a doll...
  • Still working on a block of oak

    by Steve Newman     Friday, June 6, 2014
    Hmm, must have run out of room , so, here is the rest of the story ( I hope) Carving the top was just a few saw cuts, and some chisel work to make a step on the end. The rear end was just a chisel to rough out, then a belt sander to refine a bit to make...
  • Sofa table, from an old water bed frame?

    by Steve Newman     Friday, December 3, 2010
    Yep. I had three pieces from an old water bed frame out in the garage. Since i rent the place, I have no idea how old this bed was. It wasthere in the garage when I moved in 7 years ago. Daughter wanted a Sofa Table built, but didn't have any cash...
  • a simple Table

    by Steve Newman     Saturday, December 4, 2010
    Another table style i like to make, this one a Shaker Style table. About 24"x 24" top, a small, simple drawer, and some hand tapered legs. The drawer does not even use dovetails (too small) so just some rabbets are used. Aprons are joined to...
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