Dovetailed Tea Box

I’ve started working on the dovetailed tea box, I did the tails for the sides of the inner wenge box.

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New Home Office Desk

I’ve been lugging around these two 4×8 sheets of reconstituted ebony inspired particle board I won at a wood show years ago, three different houses later I’ve finally cut into one of them. I’ve decided to build a desk top for an adjustable height desk frame my work has provided for me.

It’s not the best stuff, particle board instead of plywood so it’s very delicate, it will just blow out if you looked at it funny. I figured if it was too bad I’d throw it out after trying.

The colors were odd, I knew I had to put a solid wood edge on the perimeter and didn’t know if I should use contrasting maple or some reddish wood like mahogany. I ended up using 5/8″ thick walnut as it matched the lighter parts very closely. I finished it with General Finishes water based polyurethane.

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3D Printer and Festool

Tonight with my 3D printer I printed out a cover plate that snaps into the side hole of my #festool #ts75 #tracksaw It drastically cuts down on the sawdust when cutting. #woodworking #ender3

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End Grain Cutting Boards

I made these recently as gifts.

First I glued up strips about 40 inches long of alternating colors of walnut and maple. The 2nd board is opposite colors.

The 1st panel consist of the following strips:
Walnut:
• 3 mm – 1 pc;
• 5 mm – 2 pcs;
• 9 mm – 2 pcs;
• 15 mm – 2 pcs;
• 24 mm – 2 pcs;
• 38 mm – 2 pcs;
Maple:
• 4 mm – 2 pcs;
• 7 mm – 2 pcs;
• 12 mm – 2 pcs;
• 19 mm – 2 pcs;
• 29 mm – 2 pcs;
Total: 21 pcs.


The 2nd panel:
Maple:
• 3 mm – 1 pc;
• 5 mm – 2 pcs;
• 9 mm – 2 pcs;
• 15 mm – 2 pcs;
• 24 mm – 2 pcs;
• 38 mm – 2 pcs;
Walnut:
• 4 mm – 2 pcs;
• 7 mm – 2 pcs;
• 12 mm – 2 pcs;
• 19 mm – 2 pcs;
• 29 mm – 2 pcs;
Total: 21 pcs.

The when dried I ran them through the planer to smooth them out.

Then I cut horizontal strips about 40mm wide of each and flipped them end grain facing up, then mixed them with each other to make opposite color patterns.

Next I took the 40mm strips and cut them the same thicknesses as above and alternate the colors.

This is how I routed the juice groove, I set up a square jig and put spacers for my router to follow around the inside, the juice groove was about 3/4″ in from the edge.

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Anvil stand flattening

I picked up a stump so I could put my anvil on but I had to flatten the top and bottom so everything would sit flat. Here’s how I did it.

I shimmed the bottom so it would sit relatively flat (it already was pretty decent). Then I sat my router sled at the top on four 2×4 legs that held it level.

Back and forth passes and it’s flat. I flipped it over and repeated the process.

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Bridge City Tool Works HP-9v2

3/3 of my new tools I got from my $500 gift prize from www.bridgecitytools.com.

It’s a dual angle block plane with depth skids and has an included 90 and 45 degree fence.

The blade has each end sharpened at a different angle, the top lever lifts allowing access to the blade.

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Bridge City Tool Works MT-2

2/3 of my new tools I got from my $500 gift prize from www.bridgecitytools.com.

It’s a multi-tool that has a flip down 90 degree marker, 8:1 dovetail and 6:1 dovetail markers. Also a cam-lock sliding t-bevel.

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Bridge City Tool Works AS-24v3

1/3 of my new tools I got from my $500 prize gift card I won at www.bridgecitytools.com.

It’s a layout square, one side has a fixed 90 degree fence and the other side has an adjustable angle fence.

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Walnut stump chunk

We were antique store hopping in this little town not far away and around the corner I saw a guy next to a pile of very large chunks of a maple tree that was taken down and cut up.

I walked up to him and asked if I could have one for my anvil as a stand. He said sure take whatever piece you want he was going to burn the rest at his house. I said I could also take one of those over there, he pointed to huge pieces near the building. These were walnut. You hardly ever get the chance to have free walnut, they’re usually sold to people to want to turn it into furniture.

I said I’d come back later in the week with my engine crane. Tonight I put this in the back of my truck. It’s huge but I let the crane to the work. I plan to cut it half down the middle and then those in half in length to try to turn bowls on the lathe.

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New cnc toy

I found this at an auction, turns out it’s a popular model of small cnc. It’s a cnc 3018 pro. It wasn’t expensive compared to retail price I won it for but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it. It’s nice to learn new things.

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