Making Large Wooden Baseball Bats

Making large wooden baseball bats is a quick process for a CNC lathe. Ives WoodTurning in Orem, UT has made a few of these exta large bats on his lathe for some customers as of late. The wooden baseball bats are over 5 feet long and 5 inches in diameter at its widest.

In this video from Eldon Ives demonstrates the turning process to make the bats.

Making Large Wooden Baseball Bats

I found it interesting to watch how quickly and efficiently the CNC lathe could make these wooden baseball bats. In addition the size of the finished bats are quite impressive.

When not making large wooden baseball bats Ives WoodTurning makes ballisters, newel posts, table legs and other custom turnings. click here to visit their website,


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Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special
Porter Cable 690LR Router

I came across a Porter Cable 690LR router and 4210 dovetail jig special package deal at Rockler and wanted to pass it it to you. If you are in the market for these tools it may be to your benefit to pick it up while the limited offer is available.

Here are some of the details from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special

Special Limited offer – While Supplies Last!

For a limited time only – purchase a Porter Cable 690LR Router with a Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig and SAVE $90!

This 690LR Fixed-Base Router features a powerful 1-3/4 horsepower motor to generate 27,500 RPM for precise cutting. Stressing comfort and ease of use, this unit has two ergonomic handles allowing you to comfortably control every move. Router includes collets to accept both 1/4″ and 1/2″ shank bits.

The Porter Cable 4210 dovetail jig allows for cutting half-blind, rabbeted half-blind, and sliding dovetails. Its patented alignment lines and router bit depth stop improve accuracy and make setup quick and easy, while heavy duty cam-type clamps with sandpaper-backed locking bars hold the workpiece firmly in place. The jig accommodates stock from 1/4” to 1-1/8” thick and includes a 1/2” shank, carbide-tipped dovetail bit.

Click here to see more about the Porter Cable 690LR router and 4210 dovetail jig special offer at

The Porter Cable 690LR router has a 5 star average rating from customers at Rockler, here is a sampling of the reviews:

Porter Cable 690LR Router Reviews

Submitted by Mike Harrington, from Chino, CA on 4/27/2010
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
I bought my 690 in 1986 and it still runs perfectly today and I do not ever baby it. I have had to replace the cord a few years ago due to the power cord rotting! I also had to replace the base locking key and bolt, but that was peanuts! I would buy another if and when I ever have to!

Submitted by Kreg Kettler, from Tuttle, OK on 9/19/2009
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
I’ve used my 690 for close to 2 years now without a problem. It has power to spare and is rock solid. It has outperformed every other tool in my shop. In many cases I’ve found a way to use a router in lieu my other tools. I have great confidence it will last for many years. My dad’s 690 is over 10 years old and still running strong (I’ve put a few hours on that one too!…

Submitted by Michael N, from Dallas, TX on 6/17/2011
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
Bought this router to permanently go into my new Router Lift FX. It fit perfectly and works like a champ…

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special Offer
Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig

Click here to read more reviews of The Porter Cable 690LR Router at

The Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig has good reviews as well, 4-1/2 stars average, here is one:

Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig

Submitted by Ed Beyer, from Lancastr, CA on 4/17/2011
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
I love this jig! For me, woodworking is just a part-time hobby. This jig allows me to make half-blind dovetails as if I knew what I was doing! Take the time to understand the jig perhaps an hour of trials and you are ready to go. I have already built a blanket chest and several kitchen cabinet pull-out drawers. Needless to say, my wife appreciates my purchase!

Click here for more information about the Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig from

This combo Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special offer is a great deal at $199.98 and Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will only have it available for a limited time, some jump on it if you are interested! If you know someone else that might find this beneficial, pass the link to our site on to them.


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Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central
Sawstop technology discussed in table saw safety parody on Comedy Central.

Stephen Colbert did a table saw safety parody on Comedy Central recently. In his “People Who Are Destroying America” segment he lampoons the controversy over Sawstop’s founder Steve Gass’s call for tougher table saw saftey by using his Sawstop technology.

In a petition to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Gass is suggesting that they require the Sawstop emergency brake on all table saws sold in the US. This in a sense would create a monopoly for his company as his wide ranging patent would not allow others to make such a device. Of course the table saw industry is against having this mandated and the opinion of woodworkers is varied.

In an article from the sites editors wrote:

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

“Safe sawing? That’s like wearing condoms on your hands when everybody knows woodworking feels best bareback.”

That’s how Comedy Central’s ribald political pundit Stephen Colbert characterized the ongoing debate over the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s controversial proposed overhaul of table saw safety standards. Colbert’s window on the issue was his recurring “People Destroying America” segment, and his target this time was “finger hugger” Stephen Gass, inventor of SawStop.

To read the full article click here.

In the table saw safety clip from The Colbert Report shown below one of the woodworkers states “I have the right to cut my own finger off on my table saw if I want to”

While I think the the technology discussed in the table saw safety parody on comedy central is a great step in table saw safety, I do not agree with the government telling us that we have to have it, what are your thoughts? If you would like to find out more about the Sawstop table saw shown above click here.

Update February 24, 2012:
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has extended the deadline for public comment on the issue of table saw safety, here is more from Woodworker’s Journal.

As they ponder whether new safety standards are needed for table saws, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has extended the time frame available for public comments on the issue. You now have until March 16, 2012 to share your opinion with the CPSC on “the risk of injury associated with table saw blade contact, regulatory alternatives, other possible means to address this risk, and other topics or issues.” (The extension of the public comments period comes at the request of the Power Tool Institute, Inc.)

Read the full article here.

You will have to hurry if you want to have your opinions about table saw safety taken into account in the upcoming new standard the CPSC is thinking about implementing.


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Japanese Woodworking Tools

Using Japanese Woodworking Tools To Slice Wood Fibers

Japanese Woodworking Tools
Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use by: Toshio Odate

A woodworker from Salem, Virginia uses Japanese woodworking tools to create a finish like glass without sandpaper. Yann Giguere of Mokuchi Woodworking uses Japanese woodworking techniques in his business to build everything from homes to chopsticks. You can see many of his works at his Mokuchi Woodworking website.

John Carlin of Fox2127 profiled this aspiring woodworker in this article found on his John Carlin’s Virginia blog.

Using Japanese Woodworking Tools at Mokuchi Woodworking

…Yann uses uber sharp blades to slice through the fibers, creating a smoothness that cannot be had any other way.

When a friend first told me about Yann, I asked what made him so different.  The best my friend could offer was to say, “He doesn’t use any sandpaper.”

Well, sure enough, he doesn’t.   But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Yann has nothing against sandpaper.  It’s just that he doesn’t need it.  Why would you sand something that is already so smooth it glistens?

Click here to read the article at John Carlin’s Virginia blog.

In addition to the article discussing Yann’s use of Japanese woodworking tools John posted this video on the Fox2127 website.

I found Yann’s techniques interesting and will be looking into learning more about them. If you have an interest in learning more about these tools and techniques, click here Toshio Odate book Japanese Woodworking Tools from at


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Get Woodworking Week – Update Two

get woodworking week
Tom Iovino teaches woodworking to his sons class

Its the third day of Get Woodworking Week and we will start off with Tom Iovino’s daily post. Today he talks about generating excitement for the cause and spreading the work.

He also posted a couple of videos from when he spoke about woodworking to his sons classes.


Get Woodworking Week: Tuesday

OK, everyone, it’s day THREE of Get Woodworking Week, and the posts keep coming in! I think we’re starting to generate a little bit of excitement out there.  Now, remember, Get Woodworking Week works when we spread the word…

 Click here to read Tom’s original post on

Tom’s links that he had posted at the time of this writing included the following.

Nikolaus “Nik” Brown of the Digital Woodworker posted about selecting tools with a Japanese flair and described some of the various tools and where to purchase them

Getting started in woodworking: Tool selection with a Japanese flair.

Anyone that takes a look at Japanese joinery will instantly be stuck by the complexity and precision of each joint. The secret to this joinery (other can skill and time)? A tool  designed for precision joinery. By pulling the saw to cut the wood, vs pushing it, it allows the saw to be MUCH thinner and this allows the woodworker to be much more precise no matter what kind of joinery they are cutting.

The saw I started with is this one: Irwin Double Edge Pull Saw and it or this one: Shark Corp 10-2440 Fine Cut Saw can be found at most big box hardware stores. If your only option is a local store you can pick one of these up and get to work.

japanese pull saw
Tajima JPR-SET Rapid Pull Saw Set from

To read the full post on Nik’s website, click here.

In addition to the pull saw such as the one pictured to the right, he discussed chisels, planes as well as other tools that the beginning woodworker would need to get started.

In a later post this week he is going to show how to build a set of sawhorses using Japanese joinery techniques.

Up next Stuart Lees of Stu’s Shed, he is a woodworker from Melbourne, Australia, I have always enjoyed his videos.

Stuart’s Get Woodworking Week post talks about the different tools he has had and how the colors in his shop have changed to reflect those tools manufacturers.

Colour my (shed) world

Even from early shed days, there was an interesting trend in the colour schemes in the shed, that paralleled where I was at in terms of equipment, and woodworking in general…

…Get a shed, or workspace that is dedicated (if at all possible), some basic tools, and take your time to build from there.  A jigsaw (the puzzle, not the tool!) is completed one piece at a time, each is contemplated, assessed and placed before moving onto the next.  Treat your tool acquisition in the same way.

These days, now I’ve had a sentence or two to think about it, I’d probably say, start 2nd hand.  Acquire, contemplate, assess, place, use, then as your workshop grows you can then look at moving items on and scaling up the collection to bigger, better, perhaps newer…

Click here to read Stuart’s full post at

As aspiring woodworkers we all have to make decisions as that will affect the tools and equipment we purchase, Stuart gives some great information and tips for beginners to think about.

Craig Bentzley of is up next on Tom’s list of Get Woodworking Week links.

His post discusses “analysis paralysis” or the need to over think and plan your actions. This can become such an issue that the job at hand never gets completed or even started.

Analysis paralysis

…thirty years ago when I met a young fellow who was more of a motor head than a woodworker but he had the fire in his belly. He proudly displayed his first attempt at a dovetailed box and I was duly impressed. The dovetails were clean, tight, and well executed. When I asked him what kind of saw he used, he told me very matter-of-factly – a hacksaw. I was blown away but I made a fatal mistake. I told him that hacksaws were for metalworking, not woodworking.  Once that seed was planted in his head, he never again achieved the level of precision that he did on his first project.

Click here to read Craig’s full post at

All woodworkers probably go thru this at some point and the problem goes beyond the craft into everyday tasks.

The next site is Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking who’s school is located just north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Mike’s article talks about how you can get started woodworking with a minimal amount of tools and some basic lumber and hardware. He does a great job of describing and teaching the reader how to build a sawhorse.


temporary workbench
Temporary Workbench

There’s a Hole In The Bucket! Getting Started in Woodworking With Hand Tools

…We will build up our tool kit and skills as we build a pair of sawhorses. In later posts we will build a Nicholson style workbench and a tool box as we add to our skills and tools. With that old song playing in the background we will help you get past the excuses and into woodworking.

I don’t have any tools, Dear Liza… Well get some! Dear Henry

No way around it, whether you choose to buy new tools, vintage tools refurbished by someone else, or vintage tools you fix up yourself, you will have to get some tools. This project has been designed to get you started with a minimum of tools. You will need to get a…

 You can read the full post at Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking

This is a fun and informative post which will teach you how to build a sawhorse that will give you years of service.

Now on to The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo. Marc made a video post showing the steps to install a drawer knob. It may sound like a simple task but he has some great tips to make things work out nicely.

How to Install a Drawer Knob

In honor of Get Woodworking Week, I decided to take a moment to cover a very basic concept: installing a drawer knob.

I made two Shaker Tables a couple years ago and unfortunately I never got around to making the knob for the cherry version. My mom lost patience with me and purchased a commercial knob…

Watch the video on

While you are there you might want to check out the library of videos he has made as well as the active forum. Marc’s website is a treasure trove of woodworking information for the high tech woodworker.

The next Get Woodworking Week stop is woodwork guy, Morty. He describes the need for and the steps he used making a bookcase in a weekend or so

one weekend bookcase
One Weekend Bookcase

The One-weekend Bookcase

After years of overloading our five particleboard bookcases with additional reading material, it was time to build some bookcases. I found a great article, The One-weekend Bookcase, by Popular Woodworking’s Christopher Schwarz. I like the height of this case, which allows for great book storage ability.

Following the plan, I made the necessary rip and cross cuts and began assembling the case. As you can see…

Click here to read the original post at woodworkguy.

I think that the finished bookcase looks great Morty!

The last Get Woodworking Week site that Tom shared today is A Slice of Wood Workshop and Timothy Charles. He talks about how it can sometimes be hard to figure out what to build and the first project he made 10 years ago, which is still being used today.

 Get Woodworking Week> What to build?

…Sometimes however if your new you can sit out there in the shop cleaning up a tool or vacuuming a floor simply wondering “What should I build?”. That is usually the hard part.

…A few other easy to build projects are things such as bread boards, wine bottle holders, signs, shelves, picture frames…. the list goes on…

 Read the post by Timothy at

He made some good points and has some great ideas for aspiring woodworkers.

If you are looking for project ideas here is a book with 150 easy projects, the beginning woodworker will sure find something fun to build.

weekend woodworking projects
Click Here to Buy at


That is if for Tom’s links for today however I found this post that Bob Easton added to his blog with a tip for new woodworkers that I found very interesting. He suggests that all aspiring woodworkers keep two things in their shop. The first one was obvious to me but I has surprised to hear the second. Seems a little strange, but will have to give it a sprinkle the next time I am in need.

aspiring woodworker tip
Two things every aspiring woodworker must have in the shop

Get Woodworking – Tip for New Woodworkers

Here’s a quick tip: keep these two simple things in your shop. Yep, Band-Aids and…

…I do occasionally draw blood while handling the tools … yeah, handling, not using. Typically, it’s just a light swipe or brush of an edge while sharpening or while picking tools up and putting them away. One very good things about surgically sharp tools is that they make very clean cuts which, don’t hurt much, heal very quickly, but sometimes bleed like the dickens. I hate getting blood on my woodworking projects.

To find out what the second ingredient is, read Bob’s post here.

Check back tomorrow as I will have more Get Woodworking Week posts for all you aspiring woodworkers!


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Simple Traditional Woodworking Techniques

There are many woodworking techniques, using a card scraper is one of the basics all aspiring woodworkers should learn. While the wood scraper is a simple tool it can be very effective for cleaning up and finishing a surface. In a skilled craftsman hand a properly tuned scraper can make a finish so fine that further work is unnecessary.

In this article by Chris Marshall he discusses the satisfaction of using a scraper and tuning process

Satisfaction from the Simplest of Tools

woodworking techniquesIt’s been a while since I’ve worked up a sweat with a scraper, but there’s something really satisfying about it. Cleaning up that surface was an excellent chance to get back to basics with one of woodworking’s simplest tools: a springy piece of steel.

Some people don’t like to sharpen scrapers, but I do. I really enjoy filing and honing the edges and faces flat, then rolling over those fresh new burrs. It’s fun to see a glint of light appear where that tiny hook emerges, then feel it snag your fingernail. Without the snag, you know the burnishing isn’t done.

Click here to read the original post in Woodworkers Journal 

While using power tools can make quick work of the task, using traditional woodworking techniques and simple tools like the card scraper can be very fulfilling. If you would like to learn more about this and other basic woodworking techniques you should have Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship By Peter Korn on your bookshelf. This is a great book for all aspiring woodworkers!



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Thickness Planer Uses For the Aspiring Woodworker

The thickness planer is a tool that not every woodworker has in their shop. This machine has many uses and once you have one you will find it indispensable. You can use a planer to make parallel smooth surfaces on a board. The thickness planer can quickly thin a board down to the size you want. You can take used lumber and re-surface it so that it can be reclaimed and reused.

This article from discusses many of these uses as well as others.

Why Every DIYer Needs a Thickness Planerthickness planer uses for the aspiring woodworker

Read any fine woodworking handbook or magazine, and it’ll extol the virtues of the thickness planer as a way to thicken wood stock so that it possesses an even height throughout its length. They’ll note that it does not flatten stock nor remove the natural warping or twisting along its length—that’s the job of the jointer. This means two things: that the consistent thickness allows you to have perfectly matched, airtight joints across a project, and that you

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As you can see there are many uses for a thickness planer and every woodworker needs one in their power tool arsenal. You will find that it will make your projects easier to complete once you have one in your workshop!

If you like more information and thickness planer reviews, click here for or Rockler Woodworking & Hardware as they both have a wide selection available at great prices.


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