Practical Wood Working

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Wednesday November 15 2017

Open Wood Shop This Week:

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I like those old articulating arm lamps. I've made several things from them but they have one major draw back and that is that if you have anything heavier than a lightbulb at the end they can't hold the weight. The reason is that there is just not enough friction on the pieces.

My redesign changes that by making disks from wood, thereby increasing the surface area thereby increasing the friction. But even then, wood doesn't deliver the required friction so rubber pads are needed. I used tool drawer liner. It worked better than expected because I don't have to really reef on the knobs to keep the arm in place.

I may make something that looks less like a prototype and more 'pretty' but it works so well, for now I'm just enjoying the fact that I don't drop my tablet while nodding off to sleep.



BOAT BUILDING

For the time being I am going to send you off to PaddleAndOar.com >>, which I use to chronicle my boat building adventures. As I develop this site I'll be putting up some material dealing with some of the wood working techniques practiced in boat building.

Click on the images below to go directly to one of the boats that I've built.

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Perfect or Better

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The Phoenix

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Ragtime

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Sturgeon Nose Canoe

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Upper Yukon River Canoe

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Greenland Kayak

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Recovery Kayak

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Folding Kayaks

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Orion

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Slender

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Models


THE OPEN WOOD SHOP

It only takes (about) a minute to watch one of these videos from around the shop and yard.

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Box Joint Jig

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V-link Belt

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Table Saw

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Wooden Wrench


YARD & GARDEN

It's not all about mowing the lawn. There's plenty of wood working projects too! And hopefully other non woodworking projects that will be of interest to the dear reader.

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April Bees
April Bees

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Honey Press

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Centrifuge Extraction

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Solar Wax Melter

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Cedar Bee Boxes

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Window/Roof Retrofit

geo-dome green-house

dome greenhouse
Greenhouse

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GH Floor

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Wire Racking

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Dome Door Retrofit

mis-cel-la-ne-ous

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Garden Borders


INVENTION

Exercises in head scratching

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The Arm

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Filter Cleaner

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Camera Rail


THE BOOKSHELF

It's hard to imagine being a wood worker without the aid of wood working books. From all over the world, from different cultures, spanning back hundreds of years, books are a message from the past to us today.

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Richard Roberts


BOXES >>

Utilitarian, whimsical, expensive wood or shop scraps, boxes are just fun to make. Here is a (growing) collection of boxes I've made over the years.

box gal-ler-y >>

A holding place for some of the box images I've made over the years.

pro-ject pa-ges

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Drill Caddy

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Drafting Case

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Wagon Rescue


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