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Just Do It

I firmly believe the biggest obstacle a person faces in becoming a better woodworker is not a lack of tools.  It's not even a lack of talent.  It's not a lack of hours in the day nor is it a lack of all those shiny tools that would make Norm Abrams jealous (or Roy Underhill if that's how you roll).  In a word, confidence is what makes us better.  Frankly there is only one way to get it and that's by DOING

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ok this blog is going to be the tale of a tale of a build.  The build will be a western US version of Christopher Schwarz’s Anarchists tool chest.  I decided to use the plan from his book.  If you have not read the book, it is a necessary read for any brand new woodworker or for anyone who is floundering in the craft.  I read this book three times, once to read it and then twice more to study it like one would study the bible looking for inspiration.  Chris is a very nice guy who will always entertain your questions and always give a direct answer.

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Trapped in time

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Made in America

As a child I remember back in the 80s, during the height of the Cold War, when "Made in The USA" was a badge of honor that American companies would tout to signify superior made goods.  I'm sure some of you readers can remember back way further than that.  As we celebrate Independence Day, I believe that this country is gaining a newly renewed sense of patriotism when it comes to the goods and services we buy and I, for one, am all for it.  WalMart has recently launched an advertising campaign showcasing their 250 billion dollar investment to bring back manufacturing to this country.  Dewalt began an advertising campaign in November of 2013 called "Tools of The Brave" which touts over 600 tools, including their most popular cordless tools, manufactured in the good ol' U.S. of A.  But does today's "Made in The USA" moniker really mean the same as it did back then?

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New "Remodel" Project

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_20140612_203242.jpga1sx2_Original1_20140612_203259.jpgThis is my latest customer project. It is a very old farm table that has been exposed to a few decades in an open barn. The customer told me that it was her great grandparent's. Such a shame that it was not better preserved. The splined tabletop joints and the pegged joints on the legs tell such a great story of furniture built for purpose that by it's very nature, lasts for generations. Now obviously the piece cannot be restored to it's original beauty but it can be made beautiful again. The customer has requested a shabby looking piece that preserves as much of the original wood as possible. The top will be refinished and stained while the legs will be replaced and painted along with the skirt. I will be profiling it's progress starting sometime this week.

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Making a Wooden Handle for Turning Tools
Today I'll walk you through making a handle for a tool that has a square tang.
 
This could be achieved in a similar fashion to the metal handle I made, but now I get to tell you how to turn your own handle.  When selecting stock, you want to pick out a piece of straight grained hardwood.  I used a piece of Maple that was 3x3 and 18" long.  Remember, this is a tool.  My approach to making tools is to not get caught up in how your tool looks, but rather how well it works.  Don't waste time and effort on beautifying a tool when you could use that extra time to make more bowls.  More bowls equals more money!
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    Lathe
    Thanks Craig, I've had it a few years now. It was handed down to me as an upgrade to an old Shop Smith. I had to replace the sp
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    Nice
    That is one sweet looking, vintage Craftsman lathe. How long have you had it?

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Well guys the shop is full of new tools to test we have new sanders drills router bits saw blades table saws and much more we are testing tools several hours a day and still trying to finish the projects that are in the shop. we are about to test 19 makers router bits for you to know whose is the best and whose is the best for less. we have reached out to more tool manufacturers to bring you a wider choice of tools to have reviews at your finger tips. just finished the Rockler cribbage board jig test that is one cool jig this all plus ther huge router bit test with almost 20 brands of bits will make for some great information for you. We have also hired a helper  to scan delta grams and the posting will resume very soon at a faster pace than before hope you like the Delta gram Project

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Here is a great video I found while serfing I do hope you all like it as much as I do. In this video we get to see several items made from clogs to a chair. A lot of the work is done with an ax and all done with hand tools. I look for these old time videos all the time so when I find one I will now share all of them with you. Please let me know if you enjoy this by leaving coments and your ideas for other videos you would like to see. I have a bit of a time crunch because we are shooting our own videos and now I am having to learn how to edit this footage because I have lost my Camera Man and Video editor . I will continue to push this through and will work on making this the site our readers deserve.

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Posted by on in Woodworking

Reviews we are currently working on are new Stanley 20 volt max brushless compact drill, Bostitch's first entry into the drill and Impact driver class, New Hitachi m12ev deluxe plunge router, M power  point top point layout tool. Woodpeckers lay out tools. And Rocklers Cribbidge set and many more reviews are in the works so stay tuned for more from This Old Workshop.com We are also in the middle of shooting lots of video reviews some will be updates of reviews we have already done and others will be brand new. This has been a long process but we wont release a bad product so we have to work out the kinks before we go live with our new videos.

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Posted by on in Press Releases

We have been testing several tools and new blades and dado sets. There are so many new tools in the shop it has been difficult to get all the tests done and with the cold weather and no heat in the shop things are slower than I would like. So we will be finishing the insulation in the attic of the shop then adding a large heater to keep the shop warm through out the winter months.

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    I do not have 220V in my shop and I'm too lazy to run new wiring even though I have a spare 220V breaker in the box. I love what I

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SketchUp 101 for Woodworking

SketchUp 101 for Woodworking #1

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For our regular readers I hope you have noticed the great new tool reviews and the new video reviews from Stumpy Nubs. I have been cleaning and organizing the shop for the past few days. All to begin bringing you our latest offer videos. I hope you like what we have in store for you. I know our team is doing everything we can to improve your experience when your here. So stay tuned for more great videos and yes more written reviews 

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What Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant taught me about dust collection...

Recently we did a series of episodes on dust collection, discussing everything from filtration through mustache cultivation to industrial sounding words like “cyclones” and “pipe”. We spent four episodes on it, and how those long winter weekends flew by as you gathered the family in front of the computer screen with cups of hot coco and excited giggles of anticipation.

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WoodRat 900 and 600

I was speaking with Martin Godfrey and we have reached terms for us to start selling woodrats in the USA. I will be attending woodshows demonstrating this wonderful machine. I will also be opening a new Website Called http://thewoodratsnest.com it will be everything about woodrats and how to use them. We will be shooting loads of videos on using the WoodRat and making some of the best joints in woodworking. After things start mooving I will be looking for demonstrators and expert WoodRat users to help sell WoodRats I want to see the WoodRat be a great success. I know Martin is excited to be back in the US market. I am very happy we have come to terms and that I will be the guy for WoodRats in the USA. The other great news is I will soon be testing and reviewing the newest Woodrat900. The 600 has become a go to machine in our shop I know the 900 can do bigger work and I am excited to have the chance to push it to its limits. Stay tuned for more Updates.

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Look out evil- There's a guy running around with a measuring tape!

Woodworkers get inspiration from the most unlikely of sources. Recently I was eating a sandwich when it hit me: I’ve been getting ripped off! Maybe I should give you a little background on this…

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Getting Off Track

I realize I have not posted lately. I get sidetracked often. Also, since I am fairly new here and a lot of readers may not know my situation, I have severe health issues. Because of this, I often disappear weeks at a time. I apologize for this and hope you all will bear with me.

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    I'm sorry Bert. That is not my scroll saw or my shop. I wish it were. It is a stock photo I use on posts that I do not have a rela
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    Nice scroll saw and nice shop
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    William I was aware of your health issues when I made my agreement with you so first take care of you and second we miss you when

Carving the Philadelphia ball and claw foot with Mary May

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  • thedude
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    Walter this project never got done due to illness we will be doing it soon thanks for reminding us we dropped the ball on this one
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    can I still watch the vids or is it too late
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    Well I am about a week behingd on a few projects including this one but I will publish the required tool list this week so please

This video was posted as an answer to where your blade should be in the top wheel of your saw. In the video The speaker tells you new saws are not meant to be coplanar. He also teaches you the proper way to set up your band saw  So take a few minutes and watch the video it is vital information. I will be using these methods to tune my band saw and i will continue to blog about how it works and wither or not it cures your band saw woes. Be sure to post your comments If this becomes a good topic I will follow it up with a full story on the band saw.

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    He is a very talented guy I really want the saw guide he used on the video it lets the saw cut corners with ease I just don't know
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    That was amazing, had no idea you could do so much with a band saw.

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A lot of new tools are using those carbide cutters. Namley Rockler and Easywood and soon every other manufactuer of turning tools well they say use them till dull then toss them. Not so says James La Muraga From Trend Jamie says the thing is you can sharpen the carbide on the Trend Diamond plate we reviewd a few months back. He recomens that you use the laping fluid to aid in the removal of the material but that this is very easy to do. Simply lay the cutter on the flat sides and simply rub on the Trend Diamond stone as the stone is so flat this will sharpen the disposable cutters saving you time and most importiantly money.

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As you will recall when we left the other day we had a problem with the jointer this was easy to solve once we found out the fence had become unlocked still not sure how the happened but I have my suspicions. Then we took all the glue ups out of the clamp and then cut them to the 24 1/2 inch measurement for tops and bottoms this went great then we sorted them picking the best 4 panels for sides then we re cut these to the shorter 24 inch length as the instructions call for. The next this was to cut the dovetails Now I like hand work as much as the next guy and if the customer is willing to pay for hand work I will gladly give him my best but this is not that customer . I then was going to use the WoodRat to cut the dovetails but the bit I need for this was broken and so I developed plan B I decided to use the old Reliable Keller Dovetail Jig Model 1601 you can see how to use this in this video I used the router table to do my cutting I have made drawers using this method for years I like the Keller Jig on the router table but have no problem using it on large pieces of wood and clamping to the large piece and using a hand held router. Watch the video close as it covers setting the depth which is very important . Also notice the hand cut method they use to align the jig this is very important. Please note this jig is not a cheep piece of junk it is precision at its best these jigs are used by cabinet shops all over the country they work well my only dislike is I wish the cutters were 1/2 inch shank I feel better with that bit spinning at 20000 rpm with a 1/2 inch shank.

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Powermatic Snubs Stumpy Nubs (I love titles that rhyme!)

So, a while back I got an email asking me to submit a paragraph or two to Powermatic for their Facebook contest. They were going to give away a mortising machine to the best story about what you would do with one. Now, I already have two power mortisers (a Harbor Freight and a Craftsman), but I’m not one to turn down free tools! So I wrote something up. Bottom line is, I didn’t win. They gave mortisers to three people with heart rending stories that deserved them a lot more than I did. But I thought it was fun anyway, and now that the contest is over I thought I’d share my entry and see if you would have voted for it… or just laughed…

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    Man you are a fruitful imagination for shure you should have won with that one
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    The Craftsman is a whole lot better made. But I think they are discontinued. Some Sears stores still have them, and if they do the
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    I'm looking to get a cheapo mortiser. Of the Craftsman and the HF, which one do you like better?

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I finally figured out acrylics!

 

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Rockler Companies, Inc. | 4365 Willow Drive | Medina, MN 55340 | 763.478.8201 | www.rockler.com
ROCKLER'S NEW POCKET PUSH STICK
COMBINES SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
Pocket-Sized Push Stick Keeps Safety Within Reach
MEDINA, MN (January 8, 2013) - Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has just introduced the
Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick, a small push stick designed to fit in shop apron or pants pockets. The
compact size of the push stick enables quick and convenient access, making it easier for the user
to work safely during any project. The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick is designed to handle jointing,
sawing, routing, and additional applications where a small push stick is sufficient.
"The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick is a combination of safety and convenience," said Rockler's Vice
President of Product Development, Steve Krohmer. "The fact that it fits in a pocket makes it a valuable
safety asset that is always at hand. Larger push sticks are often left in the toolbox or vehicle on
a job site, and people sometimes decide to perform dangerous cutting operations by hand instead of
taking the time to go find their push stick. With the Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick, it's always within
reach, and that provides the opportunity to work safely every time."
The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick is 93/4" long and made of durable polymer material which allows
a little bit of give when it experiences stress in a pocket or a tool bag to keep the tool from breaking.
The over-molded rubber handle is comfortable and easy to grip, adding to its function as a safety
tool. The end of the body is notched like most push sticks to accommodate the 90° corners of wood
stock and push it along power tools for precise cuts, keeping the user's hands out of danger.
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OK woodworkers, let's see the Christmas haul!

Were you naughty or nice this year? Apparently I made the nice list. Also apparent is my hint dropping method to my wife. She nailed it! The only thing I did not specify a brand/model for was a new ROS. I couldn't be happier with the Dewalt D26453K she picked out. Once I really get a chance to put it though it's paces, I will write a full review. I got to open it early to finish up half a dozen cutting boards we were giving as gifts and I thoroughly enjoyed my sanding experience. 

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"The Coast" Wall Hanging - Part 5

I hope everyone is having a great Christmas. My family and I done our gift giving and all a couple of days ago because of my wife's work schedule. So I was able to get in the shop today and finish the project. I think sometimes I do enjoy working with wood more than things like holidays.

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"The Coast" Wall Hanging - Part 4

I finished cutting all the pieces. I stained the few that I wanted to stain. I have now glued everything down. The project is now waiting for finish to be applied. So, what I want to show today is the layers. You can follow the progression of assembling the project. I also want to tell you what wood is used along the way.

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One man's junk mail is another man's bathroom reading material!

I love this time of year. The snowy streets, the sparkling lights on the rooflines of every building, the gaudy inflatable snowman villages on my neighbor’s front lawn. If you asked me what I liked most about the month of December I would answer, without hesitation, that it’s easier to clean up after the shop dog now that his poo is frozen. But a close second is the junk mail.

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A message from The Taunton Press
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VIDEO message from Stumpy Nubs for survivors of today's Mayan Apocalypse...

When the Twinkies ran out we should have known the end was near. This video was recorded from the Blue Collar Woodworking bunker just before the world ended. If you’re watching it, you must be one of the few survivors. Good for you! I hope you enjoy it…

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"The Coast" Wall Hanging - Part 3

As I move through this project, there isn't an awful lot to show you while cutting all the parts. It is just days of cutting. The project itself is just layers of stacked parts that are cut on the scroll saw. It's sort of a "sum of it's parts", if you will. It will all come together though and have that specific three dimensional look in the end. I will, however, post when I think of tips or tricks I can show you. Thus, today's blog.

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Baby it's cold outside!

I live in New England and it’s that time of year most of us hate – winter. Temperatures are falling, heating bills are rising, and if you are like me shop time becomes quite difficult. My shop is an unheated, un-insulated detached garage. That makes woodworking a big challenge 5 months out of the year. I have a lot to do and can’t afford to take 5 months off, so I have to get creative if I want to get it done.  In order to prep my shop and my projects for winter work, I like to do the following:

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    I know what you are talking about. I went through the same routine for a couple of years, working in the cold and then bringing e
  • Lance Granum
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    Ron, that is something I plan on doing, but I have a long way to go. We just moved here about a year ago and the garage is a very
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    Why not put a heater in your shop?
Stumpy's five safety rules will save your fingers and toes!

(I wrote this blog a while back) It’s woodworking safety week. I know, I’ve been planning for months. This morning I finished decorating the safety tree, I hung the red halogen safety lights all over the outside of the shop. My wife is wearing her safety dress and I am drinking decaffeinated coffee this morning, because someone said it was safer.

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    testing for subscription. This is the webmaster

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"The Coast" Wall Hanging - Part 2

Today, I start with more prep work. I was thinking about this today. I want to stress that the project I am doing here is extremely time consuming compared to typical scrolling projects. These are just the type projects I like. I want to make sure that noone thinks this is the typical trouble you'll go through with all scrolling. These large detailed projects take a lot of prep time, for example, even before you touch the scroll saw. This is because of the size and detail. Please do not let it scare you off. I commonly do projects that take over a week, sometimes over a month. If you'd like, there are plenty of projects out there that can easily be completed in a day or two. Remember, all projects though, simple or detailed, hard or easy, small or large, are all completed the same way, one cut at a time.

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I–Semble Shelf Blocks

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has just added two new sizes of I-Semble Shelf Blocks to their custom furniture category. The two new Shelf Block options (6" x 8" and 6" x 13") join the 10" x 13" size already offered by Rockler. The I-Semble product line is a series of components designed to help do-it-yourselfers design and build custom furniture such as shelving, entertainment stands, desks, and coffee tables using common household tools.

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I think Lynyrd Skynyrd put it best...

The other day I was driving down the road and a bird shot in front of me and tried to outrun my truck. It was a majestic sight, the large wingspan, the sleek feathers capturing the air creating just the right amount of lift to keep it airborne, while maintaining just enough speed to keep ahead of me. On the radio Skynyrd belted out the chorus of Freebird and for a moment I thought I could fly free myself. (“I’m as free as a bird now… And this bird you can not change…”) I had a terrible time getting all the pieces of that bird out of my truck’s radiator.

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this is a sample blog in the setup of woodworking category as a default and change on JCE editor to timmyace editor.

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"The Coast" Wall Hanging - Part 1

I am starting a new project and thought this would be a good one to blog about as I work through it. This project will take over a week, at least. I may not post every day, but will try and keep all updated on the progress. It will not be very educational to see the steps. However, if anyone sees anything in the posts that you want more information about, please leave a comment and ask.

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tow-smallcolor-logoExclusive Interview With Christopher Schwartz Well guys today was the first meeting  between me and one of woodworking most popular figures Christopher Schwartz. As many of the people who know me know I never held Chris on a high pedestal. I felt he was a Johnny come lately that was giving away all the secrets of woodworking in his books and editorials. While some of this is true I have found that while searching for old woodworking texts and Magazines one of my passions, I kept finding it out that Chris Was here. As I searched for a replacement for my grandfather’s book On Moxon which went to another family member when Grandpa died I kept coming across references to Christopher Schwarz. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. While this guy is popular because he is technically the best writer in woodworking today he is actually a student of the art. I considered myself in that same class with over 200 texts in my personal library. , I own and study many classic woodworking books that I have collected over the years and read till it hurt. Trying to be the best student of the art I could be. I simply kept running into Chris. Finally I broke down and purchased some of his work and began reading his blog .which is likely the most popular woodworking blog in the world today. I discovered in Chris a part of me. I found we shared a desire to educate and a desire to acquirer the old ways of working wood. So I asked him if he would be willing to give me an exclusive interview for a story I am writing on him. Thankfully Chris got back to me and I conducted the first part of the interview today. Now in the next few days I will ask him many more questions and try to get some more insight in this man and his quest for woodworking knowledge. So I have decided to As My Readers for Questions to ask Chris. I have also asked the staff here to send me questions they would like answered about this leading figure in woodworking today. So if you have a question you would like me to ask Chris Please email me the question. I will sort through them and choose the ones I like best and you will all be a part of this exclusive interview. lance@thisoldworkshop,com

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    new featured is set up on this blog.

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I never get the last word!

Everyone wants to have the last word. It’s gotten so you can’t even tell your neighbor that his wife is fat without having an endless back and forth about it. Yes she is… no she isn’t… She's as big as your house!… Why I oughta… It’s a principal as old as time.

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    This is so true it hurts to read it I know your right and that is all I want to say about that
How Do I Scroll? A General Walk Through

I was thinking. I have gotten so excited about showing this, and showing that. In the process, I keep promising all these different blog posts on all these different subjects. All that will come in due time. For now though, what if you know most of this and want to know how I scroll? I have read enough scrolling websites that I can assure you, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of articles written on the subject, "How To Scroll". Then it hit me. I have never written a blog post or article on that exact subject. So I guess since I have been labeled "the new scroll saw specialist" here at This Old Workshop, I guess it's time I try my hand at that.

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What Do You Want To Scroll?

If you've read my posts, you've heard me mention that different scroll saws are good at different things. If you are not a scroller yourself already, you may have wondered about that. You may have seen some scroll work somewhere and thought that was all you done with a scroll saw. Don't worry. When I first started scrolling, I had seen portraits. I thought that was what I would do. Soon though, I started discovering other things to do with the scroll saw and a whole new world was opened up to me. There are so many things you can do. That though, brings us back to deciding on a saw.

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How often do you rearrange your shop?

If your shop doesn’t have a comfortable corner with a chair and a place to sit and look upon your woodworking domain, you should find a new hobby. There is one thing that I like to do more than make sawdust, and that’s sit back in my chair and look at all the tools and benches and piles of wood. I feel like the king of a wooden kingdom where I can choose which piece of oak lives, and which one gets brutally cut in half. I am all powerful and I have an army of machines to protect my rightful place as ruler for life.

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What Makes A Good Scroll Saw?

So what does make a good scroll saw? That is an interesting question with no clear answer. It depends on a lot of things, such as budget, features desired, and what you wish to do with it. The saw at the beginning of this post, the Delta SS250 is my saw of choice. I bought it for $89. Let me back up. I bought my first one for $89. After using it a while, I found out the store I had bought it at was going to stop carrying them and had them on clearance for $59. I went and bought a spare, just in case, while I could get it so cheap. I see the same saw often on EBay for as little as fifty bucks. So, since this is my saw of choice, it proves that you do not need to spend a fortune on a scroll saw to do some mighty fine projects.

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The Crappiest Saws Still Work

I mentioned in the last blog entry the crappy saw I started with. I figured that was a good place to start this journey, because a lot of people start with crappy saws. Not everyone can run out and buy a five hundred to thousand dollar saw just to find out IF they like scrolling. I would never recommend anyone to do that. I've heard it said so many times, buy the best you can afford. That's all fine and good, if you are kin to Scrooge McDuck or something and swimming in piles of the green stuff. The fact of life though is this. Most of us cannot afford those type saws just to get our feet wet in a new hobby. You may try this for a month or two and decide you absolutely hate it with a passion. What then? As we also know, you are not going to get what you paid for that expensive saw back.

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    Just read the first two installments, love the blog, can't wait to read the rest.. very well done.. makes me want to pull the old

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Some people just ain't too sharp!

There are a few golden rules in woodworking: You can never measure it too many times. You can never have too many clamps. Never spill your beer on the table saw. And it’s never, ever… sharp enough.

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Don't lie... YOU HAVE TOO MUCH WOOD!

Ask any woodworker if they have too much wood, and they will give a resounding NO! You can never have too much wood! But they would be lying…

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    This is very true. I need to make room for a bench - like, a lot of room. I ended up clearing a solid 6 foot by 2 foot section of

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Tommy MacDonald and the Incredible Hulk

We all screw stuff up from time to time. Some of us do it more often than others. In Blue Collar Woodworking Episode #12 I show how I cut half the pins off when I was dovetailing the sides of the “Ultimate Tool Cabinet”. How on earth did I let that happen? This is 100 year old white oak!

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Is it ok to laugh at wood? It is unless you live on a creek...

Have you ever wandered into the wrong place at the wrong time? Like that time you walked in on your best friend practicing kissing moves on his reflection in the mirror. All you could do was stand there with your mouth open like a bass wishing you were somewhere else. But you couldn’t just walk out… it was too late! You can never unsee those things, and they tend to stick with you.

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Let Me Introduce Myself

My name is William. I guess I'm going to be talking about all things scrolling here. First of all, let me say that I believe anyone can scroll. I've had so many people who have seen my work and immediately say, "I could never do that". Furthermore, some scrollers like to act like it's some big mystery and would like you to believe that you couldn't do it without years of practice. The truth is, anyone can scroll. Yes, there is a learning curve. What do we do in life that does not have some learning to do? The most important thing to remember is, and you will hear me say this, a lot. Alway take it one cut at a time. The biggest mistake one can make in scrolling, especially if you want to do some of the larger works of art like I do, is they look at the whole piece and get overwhelmed. That scares them away from trying. Do not make that mistake. Whether the piece is a ten cut simple portait, or a huge piece that has tens of thousands of cuts, you do them both the same way, one cut at a time.

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What's that smell??????

I walked through the door and it hit me like a punch in the face from that girl I used to pick on in grade school. It was a pungent odor, something reminiscent of verbena with a touch of death and decay. All around me I saw people holding their noses, one or two old ladies sat wheezing on the floor. I made my way over to a boy who was vomiting in a bucket, just to inhale the air around him for relief. From there I noticed a curious thing. The cashiers seemed totally unaffected by the noxious fumes.

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This Blog will be all about the 2 Glen Huey Cupboards I am making for a client. They Cupboards are found on Page8 Of Glen Hueys book Building Fine Furniture. I started out selecting the wood for the Project remembering I am making 2 of these for one client they need to look like they were made from the same tree as they will be on the same wall in their lunch room at the office. I laid out the boards and marked out the rough links removing as many knots and blems as was possible. I will post some photos this evening of the cut up and glue up process this build will be done in my usual fashion  of hand and power tools. I do hope you join with me during this project.

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As you can see we have added Stumpy Nubs to our editorial staff. He is a solid woodworker with a focus on getting the task done under budget. He will be guiding you on many adventures we are very happy to have him here we hope your ready to join in with Stumpys new Blogs and videos and articles you will be able to wath his show right here at this old workshop.com this is the funniest woodworking show ever made so enjoy the humor and you might learn a few things along the way.

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Who says dust will hurt you? *cough* It'll be fine *cough-cough*...

When I was a kid my father was desperate for work, so we loaded up the truck and we moved to Beverly… Kentucky that is. There is no Beverly, Kentucky, I simply got caught up in the Beverly Hillbillies theme because that’s exactly what we looked like. A big 1970’s pickup truck loaded to the brim, and two trailers behind it made us look right at home when we rolled into town. We rented a little shack with no indoor plumbing and my father went off to the coal mines. On his first day he asked one of the soot faced miners if there was anything to that “black lung” thing. Between hacking coughs he was assured that it was all nonsense.

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These planes are moldy!

I’m involved in top secret negotiations. I could give you the full details, but then I’d have to… well, you know…

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I've taken up boxing to kick some dove tail!

Ever get lonely? Ever feel like you’re under appreciated? Ever wonder why that guy you work with gets all the chicks and nobody seems to notice you? I bet that’s how box joints feel.

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The day began with the continued search for a fluent Joomla webmaster because after 16 years running this site Daniel and I can lo longer see things the same way. This is a sad thing for me because it is tough to loose him as a business partner and maybe as a friend. When we shared a shop for the early years there was never a harsh word but today with hundreds of miles between us and living two very different lives we were simply not on the same page. I will continue to build on the solid foundation we had together. I know there will be days when I ask why I cant tell you that today What I can say is I am looking for some talented craftsmen to share their knowledge with our readers. So today I hired a new Webmaster and our new editor began his job today kicking out a boat load of overdue articles. I have no good excuse for some of them being late and other fell victim to my personal health problems that have plagued me for the past 5 years.

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Well guys I have hired a new web master his name is Johans he is a nice guy and good with joomla and easy blog I am happy to welcome him to the team more blogs to come

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