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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A New Logo

Here is a logo that I just designed...

Not the best, but I felt that I needed to come up with one, Just basic, Cherry Background, with a Scroll Saw Clip art and Irish Font.

Check it out, Comments welcome, it will be revised soon, this is just a Starter...


Friday, January 30, 2009

Pinewood Derby Car!

Hello everyone...

I would like to Introduce you to my Boys Pinewood Derby Car... We just got finished working on it, Got it Cut, Sanded and Painted and ready for the Races Tomorrow morning.

Unfortunatly I have to say, I failed to get my Video I wanted to get to Show Step by Step how the Process of cutting, Painting etc.

So we will have to Deal with a Pictorial, and Unfortunately, again lol, I didn't get pictures either of the beginning, Just of my Boy Sanding after it was Cut.

In these 2 pictures, you see my Boy sitting at his Table, Sanding the Car after it was Cut:

In the next set of Pictures, you see my Boy Painting his Car:

In the last Set of Pictures, You see the Car Finished, without the wheels, and with the Wheels were put on:

Thanks for checking in, Once again, I am sorry that I didn't get the First Initial Start of the Project, nor get any Video on the take either, My Full intentions were to get some Video, But things happened so fast, other things were in the mix as well.
I hope you enjoyed the project as much as He has Helping me cut and Paint and hopefully he will have as much fun tomorrow at the races!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Polar Bear Edited and Revisited Part 5

Here is the Last and Final Video of my Polar Bear Edited and Revisited Series. I hope you have as much fun watching it as I have scrolling, recording and editing this series.



Friday, January 23, 2009

Woodworking Tip of The Week - Adjustable Bench Stop

Whenever I have to smooth a panel with a hand plane or belt sander, you'll find me stationed at the workbench. And for years I relied on a simple stop board clamped to the end of the bench to keep the workpiece in place. Well, to make a long story short, I finally grew tired of the hassle of positioning and clamping the stop every time it was needed and I resolved to find a more convenient solution.

The adjustable end stop you see in the drawings at right is what I came up with. As you can see, the stop has a pair of angled slots intersected by a series of stepped vertical slots. Gently tightened lag screws allow you to easily adjust the stop to the correct height by positioning it in the appropriate set of vertical slots. Or you can drop the stop below the surface of the benchtop, as also shown.

It's a pretty simple solution. And those are the best kind.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

Pictures are available at the following Link by clicking on the Title of the post!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Polar Bear Edited and Revisited Part 4

Here is my Fourth installment of my Polar Bear Edited Series.

In these last 2 Episodes I show you more finishing up, not much talking.



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Woodworking Tip of The Week - Custom-Fit Dadoes

Routing dadoes or grooves to hold a plywood panel can be a challenge. The problem is it measures a little less than the stated thickness. Whenever I need to rout a perfectly sized dado to match a piece of plywood, I turn to a pair of guides like those shown in the photo below.

The guides consist of a hardboard base with a fence on top. I use the router and a 1/2″ straight bit to trim the base of the guide.

Once you've made the guides, using them is straightforward. You can use a combination square to set one of the guides square to the edge of the workpiece. Then place a plywood spacer alongside the guide and clamp the second guide against the spacer.

Now, you can rout along one edge guide then turn the router around and make a return pass to complete the dado.

Good woodworking,

Phil Huber
Editor, ShopNotes

Pictures are Available by clicking the Title of the Post, which will take you to


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Polar Bear Edited and Revisited Part 3

This is my 3rd Installment of the Edited and Revisited Polar Bear Video Series...

I explain a little bit about the smaller pieces that need to be cut before the bigger pieces.

This is in the Latter part of the Video thou.  I hope that you find this Resourceful.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Woodworking Tip of The Week - Sander Stand

My random-orbit sander sees a lot of use. But I always found it annoying that I couldn't just set it down on the bench after turning it off. I would end up wasting time holding the sander while the pad stopped spinning. Finally, I decided to take the bull by the horns and find a solution.

As you can see from the drawing below, what I came up with is pretty simple but also pretty effective. It's just a stand made from scraps of plywood that I can "drop" the sander into once I turn it off.

The key to the stand is the top plate with its two "fingers" that wrap around the sander to suspend it above the base. You'll need to "custom-size" this piece to fit your particular sander. And then just make sure that the stand is tall enough to hold the sander above the base.

Now when you have your sander in hand, you'll be getting the job done, not cooling your heels.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Editor, Woodsmith

Pictures are available on, Please refur to the available link by clicking on the Title of the Post!


Polar Bear Edited and Revisited Part 2

Here is the Second Part to the Edited and Revisited Video Series, just a few more Videos to Bare!  :)


Friday, January 9, 2009

Polar Bear Edited and Revisited Part 1

In this Edited and Revisited Version of my Polar Bear Series, I have edited out All of the Unwanted, Unneeded Video that was not requried for this Demonstration.

I have condensed 20 20-30 Minute Videos into a Few Small 10 minute Videos for a new Look at the Polar Bear Series.  So sit back and Enjoy the Videos.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Applying A Pattern

Hello everyone...

I would like to Introduct my First Demonstration, Instructional and/or How-To Video on Applying A Pattern.

In this Demonstration Video, I give all new Scollers a Chance to learn how to Apply a pattern to their work piece...

Enjoy the Video, a Few more to come in this Series.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Woodworking Tip Of The Week - Success with Threaded Inserts

Threaded inserts are must-haves in my shop. I keep them on hand for building jigs and fixtures I need to adjust easily. And they come in just as handy for building and assembling furniture projects.

The challenge with an insert is installing it without any problems. To do this, I follow a few simple steps — size the hole properly, prepare the hole for the insert, and then install the insert straight and flush.

Sizing the Hole. The first step is to properly size the hole for the insert. The chart you see below provides a good starting point for determining the size of the hole you'll need to drill. In most cases, I drill the hole to match the size of the insert body. The problem here is that in some materials (like hard maple) this may not provide enough "give" for the threads as you screw the insert in place.

To prevent the workpiece from splitting, I like to increase the hole a 1/32″ (or even a 1/16″). Although this makes the insert easier to install, it doesn't provide as much material for the threads to bite into. In most cases, I find it's usually a good idea to drill a test hole in a scrap piece of the same material, install the insert, and see how well it holds before drilling into my workpiece.

One thing that's easy to forget until it's too late is how deep to drill the hole. What you need to keep in mind here is the length of the fastener that will thread inside. You may need to drill the hole deeper in order to provide clearance, as in the drawing below.

Prepping the Hole. Once you have the hole drilled, you could install the insert. But I take a little extra time to add a small chamfer to the top edge of the hole.

The reason for this is simple. As you install an insert, the knife-like threads have a tendency to "lift" the material around the edges of the hole. With a chamfer, you end up with a smooth, clean surface.

Installing the Insert. All that's left to do at this point is install the insert. Now, don't be tempted to grab a screwdriver and simply drive the insert in place using the slot at the end. It's all too easy to install the insert crooked doing this. And, in some cases, you end up stripping out the slot, ruining the insert and your workpiece.

To get the best results, I like to use an installation tool that threads or locks securely to the insert (see above right). This makes it easy to drive the insert in place by hand so it goes in straight and ends up flush with the surface of the workpiece. (Plus, you can install the insert with the slot down for a cleaner look.)

Since I use inserts frequently, I like to use the installation tool you see in the photo (see right). This tool allows you to install 1/4″ and 5/16″ inserts quickly and easily with nothing more than a wrench.

Good woodworking,

Phil Huber
Editor, ShopNotes

Pictures avaiable by clicking the Title of the Post, this will direct you to for this particular Tip.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Coming Up Podcast - Applying A Pattern

Hello everyone.

Next Monday, Maybe Tuesday after School starts back, I will have a Demonstration on Applying a pattern to your Work Piece.

I would do a Pictorial on Applying your Pattern to your Workpiece, but I see that this is less informative to a Degree, but not as Attractive nor as attentive as watching someone apply a pattern.

You can get the Full effect by watching a Video, and not as much by just seeing pictures. So, next week, Please expect to see at a Demonstration on Applying a Pattern to your Wood.

Then the week after next... You will have to Stop by and see what my next Demonstration will be!

So come back, check it out, and Sit back and watch the Show.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

New YEARS Final Video!

First I would like to Say HAPPY NEW YEAR.

This is the Year that it's going to happen. Well for some people. Others... Well it could happen, but lets face it. We aren't 100% sure what Happen means.

I would also like to like to Say Thanks to Travis over at Scroll Saw Goodies for the Advice and information, and I would also like to Promote his New Website he Brought out into the Open New years day at 12 midnight.

Travis was Very kind enough to give me a Sneak peak of the Wonderful world of Scroll Saw Forum he's got available, a Place to get Free Patterns, Ask for a pattern and show off your work and all.. I think it's going to be a new hit for 2009, So head on over to Scroll Saw Village if you got time and check out his new home for Scroll Saw Goodies and all.

Polar Bear: Part 20 FINAL

Now I would like to also say that this is the LAST Video in my Polar Bear Custom Design Series. I hope Y'all like it, I know it's been a Long Haul from the Beginning, it has also been a Slightly boring one because of the execissive length of my Videos, But this Year, I have decided to try and work my best on making my Videos more Shorter in the Future to come as well as more informative.

So I will basically Start with the Basic Stuff, then work with the more Advanced stuff. So bare with me as the New Year comes in and new videos takes it's place and home right here at "Handi's Workshop"

Thanks for stopping by and continuing to check in to see what I have done.