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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2014-11-23T09:58:25Z
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Still more simple shop tips and conveniences

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 1:50am
More quick tips to bring the total to 65 in eight posts. Placing and removing heavy boards while reaching overhead to high lumber racks is a danger we do not need. I feel a lot safer on the large platform of this very lightweight stepladder. With a platform height of 21″, it folds flat for […]
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8 more simple shop tips and conveniences

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:23am
Again emerging from the sawdust and shavings of my shop, here are eight more quick tips that I hope you will find helpful. Pictured above, the Big Gator drill guide is great for accurate perpendicular drilling when use of a drill press is impractical, which is surprisingly often. There are cheap tools for the same purpose […]
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Clamps and clamping, part 3

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:30pm
Whenever possible, I would much rather use parallel clamps than long F clamps for gluing up work. With parallel clamps, pressure can be applied more accurately and, if needed, readjusted more reliably. That also means faster, which is important when the “pressure is on” during glue up. However, little of my work is fully rectilinear […]
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Clamps and clamping, part 2

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:42am
For the other clamps in my shop, I’ve taken down one of each from the racks and have offered comments on their utility. These choices are largely matters of personal preference and very dependent upon the work being done, but hopefully readers will find some useful information and ideas. These little 2″ and 2 1/2″-deep […]
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Clamps and clamping, part 1

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:41pm
What task produces some of the tensest moments in woodworking? Gluing up, right? And what are the main tools we use for that task? Clamps. Yet there usually is not much discussion about them, many woodworkers skimp on them thinking they’re not real tools, and they generally just don’t get much respect. Let’s start with […]
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Diamond nagura

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:57pm
There are the good reasons for using a diamond stone as a nagura. This is not a novel idea – the intent here is to present a clear rationale for it. However, there’s also a significant practical problem involved. All of this applies to synthetic finishing waterstones. I think most or all of this probably […]
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Nagging nagura questions

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:22pm
Several reasons are usually given for using a nagura on fine grit waterstones. These include: to raise a slurry, to remove unwanted deposits in natural Japanese stones, to refresh the cutting surface of the stone, and to flatten areas of the stone. Let’s think about what’s going on when a nagura is used, recalling what […]
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New favorite finishing stone

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:18pm
I guess I can’t quite leave sharpening alone. About six months ago I switched to using a Naniwa Chosera 10,000 as my primary finishing stone. I had been using a Shapton 16,000 glass stone for this purpose and could have left well enough alone because it is an excellent stone. It’s fast, the grit is […]
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