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Assembly table - Best gluing jig ever!

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This is one of those tools where once you have it, you can’t imagine doing without it. And like most good shopmade jigs, it’s simple to build and easy to use. Nick’s assembly tables offer a flat, rigid surface that has been slotted and perforated so you can attach a clamp anywhere you need one. The table helps hold the project together and keeps the pieces and parts properly aligned while the glue cures. Not only does this simplify assembly, your project comes off the table perfectly flat, square, and true.

Plans are available at https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/it...

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This assembly table is an interesting idea, particularly if you have a lot of bar clamps. For me though it is a rather large piece to have to store and lug around my small shop. I think if you already have an MFT style table in your shop it does 99% of what Nick's Assembly Table does. For those that don't have an MFT, it looks like an interesting option if you have space to store it.
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Rolling pin - How to / Intro to Lathe Turning

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Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g_7-9LRNEE

Nick turns his elegant rolling pin into a quick lesson in basic lathe turning techniques. Using this awesome turning project as an example, Nick shows that any lathe design break down into just three simple shapes, and then he walks you through the tools and techniques used to create each shape. You come away with the core knowledge you need to turn almost anything!

If you'd like the shop drawings for these rolling pins (including both English and metric measurements), step by step instructions, and full-size templates for the shop aids that Nick uses in this video, visit https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/it...​ .

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1878 Wright Brothers Bat -- The Home-made Toy That Began the Age of Aviation

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In 1878, the Wright brothers' father brought them a rubber band-powered helicopter. Young Wilbur and Orville played with it until they wore it out, then began making their own from wood and cork. Years later, after making their first flights, they credited this toy as having sparked their interest in aviation. Woodworking author Nick Engler, who has helped build many full-sized Wright airplanes and flight simulators for museums world-wide, shows how to build this historic model, the Wright brothers' first flying machine.

Plans for the Wright Bat are available at https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/​

And you can read more about this history-making toy and the Wright brothers at https://www.wright-brothers.org/Histo...​

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And if you want clear, concise information on any woodworking topic, visit our Workshop Companion web site: http://workshopcompanion.com
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1878 Wright Bat -- Detailed How-To Instructions (and a little archaeology)

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Nick gives a blow-by-blow description of how to make the 1878 Wright Bat. He also reveals some interesting information on who might have made the original bat, the toy that inspired the young Wright brothers and got them thinking about flight. If you’ve watched or time-lapse video and would like more detailed instructions, this is for you. Better yet, if you’d like to help a young person make this model helicopter, perhaps for a History Day project or a science fair, then this is for both of you.

And don’t forget that we offer detailed plans for the Wright Bat from our store at https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/it...​

And you can read more about this history-making toy and the Wright brothers at https://www.wright-brothers.org/Histo...​

Pick up one of Nick's books FREE just for visiting: https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/categories/books

If you enjoy this video, check out our Workshop Companion Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk480B ... hMfkBjhDpQ

And if you want clear, concise information on any woodworking topic, visit our Workshop Companion web site: http://workshopcompanion.com
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Bandsaw Magic - Little Known Compound Cut Technique

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Nick has always loved this trick. Cut a curve – any curve – in a block of wood. Put the two pieces back together, turn them 90 degrees, and cut another curve – any curve. Turn each of the four pieces 180 degrees and – presto! – this is what you get! Works every time.

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Nitric Acid – A No-Problem Stain for Problem Woods

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Nitric acid is my go-to stain for hard-to-stain woods. The results are always even and consistent, never any blotches, no surface conditioner necessary. Just mix up a thin solution (5% to 10%), apply and let it soak in for a few minutes, and then hit it with a heat gun. A beautiful brown color will develop as the acid oxidizes the wood surface. Not only is this a good chemical stain for problem woods, you can use it to restore antique patinas and simulate old wood. Be sure to read the safety concerns I posted in the Comments.

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Turned Firewood Bowl – Bark Included!

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A neighbor gave me some logs from an ancient walnut tree he had to put to rest, and I’ve been having a fine time with the remains. The wood is still green enough that the bark hasn’t begum the separate, so I’ve been making some “bark-included” turnings – this bowl is one example. It’s a short log turned sideways! I wet the log from time to time while turning it, and place it in a plastic bag between lathe sessions to keep it from drying out. Once the turning is complete, I soak the bowl in polyethylene glycol (PEG) for several days to slow the drying process, keep the wood from splitting, and keep the bark attached to the wood.

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#Woodturning​ #Turning​ #Woodworking​ #DIY
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Making a Hollow Log Chest

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I rescued this hollow basswood log from a woodpile, sealed the ends, and let it dry in my shop for several years. Because it was hollow, it dried from both the inside and the outside evenly, shrinking slowly and uniformly. This allowed the bark to stay firmly attached -- just perfect for a bark-included log chest. I scooped the rot from the inside, added walnut ends and a small, crooked sycamore limb to serve as a handle. This is the result!

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2x4 Reindeer

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#shorts - Wondering what to do with all those 2x4 cut-offs? Well, with a few simple band saw cuts, you can turn them into reindeer! If you'd like to see this woodworking project demonstrated a little slower, check out the extended video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho8XX.... And if you'd like the plans and a full-size pattern for these reindeer, they're available from our store at https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/it... .

Pick up one of Nick's books FREE just for visiting: https://workshopcompanion.selz.com/categories/books

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