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Oxford Inspiration for Homemade Balustrade

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A balustrade at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England, captured Fred Ziegler’s imagination when he studied there in the 1960s. The interlocking arches intrigued him and the design rattled around in his brain for years. Decades later, he finally excised the pattern by incorporating it into a balcony in his new timber-framed home.

Ziegler crafted the columns from reclaimed 100-year-old factory beams made of Douglas fir. He turned the arch segments on a 36-in. faceplate lathe. The challenge was to adapt the original limestone design to wood and master the geometry of the intersecting arches. Watch the slideshow (click on the button above) for details on how he completed the project.

Old Cook's MillThe balustrade is just one of many notable fixtures on Ziegler’s property. He and his wife retired to West Virginia and bought an 1857-era water-powered mill (left). They’ve since worked to turn the Old Cook’s Mill  into a center for traditional crafts. They installed woodworking equipment in the mill itself, set up a forge building for metal work, and are preparing another outbuilding for weaving. Ziegler houses his collection of antique woodworking tools in a fourth outbuilding.

Photos: Steve Brightwell, Beckley, W Va.

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Published at Mon, 21 Apr 2008 04:00:00 +0000

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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the ’90s. Rather like Metallica circa …And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There’s not a whole lot of variety on Tool’s second full-length album–most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat–but Maynard James Keenan’s distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to.

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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the ’90s. Rather like Metallica circa …And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There’s not a whole lot of variety on Tool’s second full-length album–most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat–but Maynard James Keenan’s distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to. –Genevieve Williams

Price: $8.26

  • Artist: TOOL
  • genre: Popular Music
  • product type: Compact Disc
  • rating: PA
  • Release Date: 1-OCT-1996
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How I Make a Rocker

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Take a look back at this classic article from FWW #42, in which the celebrated furniture maker Sam Maloof explains how he makes his timeless rocker designs.

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Published at Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Fonder Mols Unpainted Natural Round Blank Wood Slices (Pack of 50)

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· Looking for a unique and extraordinary craft idea?
Create your own unique necklace or Keychain! Draw or paint -do it as you like!
· We offer top quality original natural unpainted wood pieces.

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Wood Dimensions: Diameter betwween 3 to 5cm

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Keep it away from water.

Price: $16.88

  • Our Wood Slices Dimension is between Diameter 3 to 5 cm.
  • Pre-Sanded And Ready to Draw or Paint. Draw your love on it. Diy Work, Do It By Yourself to Create Unique fabulous arts with our wooden pieces.such as Necklace and Keychains. Excellent Craft Idea.
  • Made of Natural Cinnamon Tree Wood Pieces with Tree Bark and Its natural shape and texture are almost different from each case.
  • Just feel free to contact us if you have any problems with your order, retrun and refund will be authorised without any questions.
  • We also have larger size for our customer to choose:dimention between 6-8cm, dimention between 7-9cm, dimention between 10-13cm, just contact us for more information if you have interests on it.
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Free Furniture Plans from the Pages of Fine Woodworking

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Our collection of six free woodworking plans offers a variety of furniture articles from the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine—from coffee tables and beds, to a classic six-board chest, and even a dedicated sharpening station for hand tool enthusiasts—you’re sure to find a woodworking project that inspires.

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Published at Fri, 15 May 2015 21:02:06 +0000

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The Coolest Cutting Board Ever?

Scott Lewis

Lets face it: if you’re an accomplished woodworker, a cutting board isn’t exactly the most exciting of projects to produce. That is unless you’re Canadian craftsman Scott Lewis. Lewis—who also moonlights as a video producer—constructs a large cutting board adorned with beautiful intersecting curves of contrasting woods in this self-produced video.

By combining a router, bearing guided bits, and a bandsaw, Lewis is able to pull off a head-scratching design with relative ease. If you’re in search of a bit of woodworking inspiration, look no further. You’ve found it right here.

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For even more inspiring woodworking video, be sure to check out Lewis’ piece on Incredible Bendable Wood.

(source for the 3/4 in. fluting bit used to make the finger grips)

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Published at Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:05:50 +0000

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Router Jig for Perfect Hinge Mortises

Ed Pirnik and Jeff Roos

If you’ve ever built a box with a hinged lid, or a cabinet with a hinged door, you know how difficult it can be to get the hinge mortises aligned perfectly. Any misalignment in any of the mortises can cause the hinges to bind or leave unsightly gaps when doors or lids are closed.

In order to rout perfect hinge mortises in boxes, Fine Woodworking senior editor Matt Kenney developed a simple router jig that works in conjunction with a bearing-guided pattern bit. The jig is built of MDF and can be built in under an hour. Best of all, with a few modifications to the basic design, you can also tackle hinge mortises in cabinet doors. In this short video, Kenney shows you how to make the jig, and how to use it to cut perfect hinge mortises, every time.

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Published at Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000

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School Garden Box

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Our woodworking group (Diablo Woodworkers) will be teaching 75 elementary school students (and their teachers) to build a Garden Box. These students, 2nd through 5th grade, are already engaged in outside garden activities requiring each student to have a box to plant seeds and grow plants. The teachers see this as an opportunity to have students also experience woodworking skills.

The school did not have a design, so SketchUp became an important collaboration tool. I was told that the box should be 12 x 12 – the only specifications – so there was much flexibility. The following image shows the final approved design, after sending several SketchUp views and dimensions. Also I’ve shown the prototype in Monterey Pine.

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SketchUp will also be used in the classroom building sessions, as it provides a step-by-step procedure for the construction at school. This should help teachers and children to orient and join the box components. Also it shows where woodworking tools are introduced, such as the hammer, awl, hand drill, and screwdriver.

Step 1 – Position the Front piece flat on the floor with its top edge facing you. Insert the two Ends into the dado joints as shown. Make sure that the top of the Ends is vertical and facing you.

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Step 2: Place the Back piece on top of the Ends with the dadoes lined up. Make sure the top edge of the Back is facing you. Push down on that the Back so that it fits over the Ends.

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Step 3: Hammer the nails into the drilled shank holes

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Note: Make sure to hit the nail head with the hammer flat, not angled as shown below:

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Step 4: Turn the assembly upside down, and position the Base on the bottom of the assembly

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Step 5: Hammer the nails into the Base.

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Step 6: Place a pencil line across the Base as shown, to locate the position of the Feet.

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Step 7: Place the edge of the Foot on the pencil line.

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Step 8: With the Awl, poke through the hole to mark the location of the screw pilot hole in the Base.

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Step 9: Move the foot, and use the drill to make screw pilot holes in the Base. Locate the drill point in the mark made by the Awl.

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Step 10: Use the Screwdriver to insert the flat head wood screws.

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Step 11: Repeat those steps for the other Foot.

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Step 12: Use files and sandpaper to round over and smooth all the sharp edges.

Last Step

Tim

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Published at Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:55:31 +0000

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Draw a Birdcage or Basket Pull

Recently a gentlemen requested some hints on how to draw a small birdcage or basket pull for a project he’s working on. In this video I show a couple of ways to set up to create the birdcage portion of the pull. I think this is a component that could be drawn to a high degree of detail but probably doesn’t benefit from it. In these examples you’ll note that the curves aren’t overly detailed. When viewed as a small part of a larger project, however, I believe they get the job done.

In the first method I used the Curve Maker extension which is available in the Extension Warehouse. In the second, I used a Bezier curve from Fredo’s Bezier Spline extension which is available from the Sketchucation Plugin Store. In both cases I used TIG-Weld, too. It’s also available from the Sketchucation Plugin Store.

Dave

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Published at Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:10:47 +0000