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Heartwood: Woodworking by Rob Porcaro

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inside the woodshop 2014-09-17T23:19:49Z
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Urns for veterans

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:19pm
Here’s a great idea for your next woodworking project! The Patriot Guard Riders of New York, members of the 1/4 million-strong national PRG, honors United States military veterans. One of their efforts, the Veteran Recovery Program, has as its mission to identify and honorably inter the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans. The Northeastern Woodworker’s Association, […]
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Veritas changes the game again

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:05pm
With their new line of customizable hand planes, Lee Valley/Veritas continues their impressive record of innovation in woodworking tools. Within each plane size, you can choose the blade steel, the handles (thankfully), and the frog. The most compelling option, in my view, is the choice of frogs, and particularly in a smoothing plane. This gives […]
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Different wood, different matter

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:33pm
Woodworking instruction and practice usually make use of easily worked woods such as poplar or pine. This is practical – it makes learning easier and fosters confidence. However, when moving on to more cantankerous woods, the techniques may not be fully applicable. Not only quantitative changes but also qualitative alterations in technique may be necessary. […]
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Verifying the alignment of jointer knives

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:55pm
Let’s explore a simple method to verify the alignment of jointer knives, which is necessary when changing or adjusting them. The first goal is to have all of the knife edges across their full widths in a consistent relationship to the outfeed table. The top of the arc of the knife edge should be very […]
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Jointer-planer combination machines, part 6

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:41pm
This final installment in the series will discuss changing blades in the Hammer A3-31 and some summary thoughts on jointer-planer combo machines. [The entire series can be viewed here.] With some jointers and planers, changing blades is a tedious chore. Long ago, I struggled with the old spring-loaded jackscrew system on a jointer. Brutal. By […]
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Jointer-planer combination machines, part 5

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:50pm
Now for a look at the parts and systems of the Hammer A3-31 that can be adjusted and tuned, with particular consideration to the ease, accuracy, and durability of the adjustments. Jointer beds When the machine arrived, the beds were slightly out of parallel to each other across their widths (i.e. in twist) – by […]
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Jointer-planer combination machines, part 4

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:03pm
Let’s take a detailed look at the Hammer A3-31. When considering a new machine or any tool, I first assess the quality of the key parts that cannot be altered by the user but are accessible to direct evaluation. Here’s how the A3-31 stacks up in this regard. 1. Bed flatness is excellent. Against a […]
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Jointer-planer combination machines, part 3

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:57pm
Having established in the previous post a rationale for this type of machine in a small woodshop, let’s take a look at the Hammer A3-31, which I’ve been using for the past two and a half years. Getting it into the shop I’m afraid I must start with one of the few problems I have […]
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