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Arcade Cabinet - Woodworking
by Lorenz Prem on 09-13-2009 10:33 pm

The woodworking starts with building thecabinet.

Cabinet Sides

The two sides of the cabinet are identical. Ideally cut themboth at once.

The angled cuts near the monitor cannot be done on the tablesaw.Start the cuts with a circular saw. Stop short of the line andfinish with a jigsaw.

The edges of the panels can be finished with either T-molding orveneer. If you choose to go with the T-molding, route a 1/16" slotwith a slot cutter on the center line.


Arcade Machine, 90ies style
by Lorenz Prem on 09-13-2009 10:31 pm

I grew up spending way too much time at thearcade.I still remember the sounds and lights.

The 80ies and 90ies were the golden age of the arcade. Thisdesign is my attempt at recreating an arcade cabinet in thecontemporary look. You'll instantly recognize it.

What's Involved

Building an arcade cabinet is not a cheap project. In additionto the woodworking, the cabinet requires joysticks, buttons,controllers, and a fully functioning PC.

A build requires woodworking skills, el

Build your own Subwoofer
A box with a lot of power
by Lorenz Prem on 08-05-2009 10:26 pm

I am starting a new project. My homeentertainment system is lacking base. I am going to over compensateand build a 21inch^3 subwoofer. The 15 inch driver in this desingcan handle 1500 watt RMS.

Here is my box design. I'll let you know how things aregoing.

MLCS All-in-one Router Plate Review
by Lorenz Prem on 05-13-2009 7:40 pm

The instructions that come with the plate statethat the plate comes from the factory with a slight crown to resistthe down force created by the router. I was surprised to find outabout this in the manual, and not on the site when I bought theplate. Since I have only simple operations in mind for my setup Idecided not to send the plate back. For a dedicated table I wouldmove on and pick a metal router plate.

I knew installation would be tricky, and opted for theinstallation template. The packaging states that the template willcrea

Removing moss from my roof
by Lorenz Prem on 05-13-2009 7:05 pm

I had to work on my roof this spring. Theweather here in the Northwest makes moss grow everywhere. Ineglected my roof for a couple of years. The moss was growingthick.

Removal begins with getting rid the big growths of moss. I havea tar shingle roof like so many homes in America have. This type ofroof cannot be pressure washed. Doing so would blow off thegranules embedded in the tar. This will ruin your roof right thenand there. You can pressure wash a metal roof, but moss does notgrow on metal roofs. Wood shingles can also be pr

Replacing a Water Heater
by Lorenz Prem on 05-09-2009 9:59 pm

A water heater is an appliance you do not knowyou have until it breaks. You probably found this site searchingfor help how to get a warm shower tonight. Your kids are probablycomplaining already. Because of this time pressure people oftentimes overpay companies to install sub standard units at a veryhigh cost. A water heater is an appliance like your dishwasher. Whywould you allow a contractor to install a "name brand" unit youhave never seen before?

Take a step back and breath. Having only cold water for a fewdays is not the end

Osborne EB-III Miter Gauge Review
Norm's miter gauge on the testbench
by Lorenz Prem on 04-28-2009 5:46 pm

Build quality

Straight out of the box all parts had flatfaces. I checked this using a straight edge and feeler gauges. Theoverall construction of the gauge is solid. All parts fit securelyin place. Assembly is quick and easy.

First apply the non-stick tape to the bottom of the gauge tomake it slide smoothly across the table. The triangle frame of thegauge just snaps together.

You have the option to apply grip tape to the face of the fence.The grip tape is not smooth, but still supports the workpiece p

A simple Bookcase
by Lorenz Prem on 04-19-2009 10:46 pm

The Design

The carcass of this bookcase is made from 3/4"plywood. This is a common and economical way of constructingbookcases. The back is 1/2" plywood. The face frame is 3/4" solidstock. For decoration an elaborate crown molding tops off thebookcase.

Build the Carcass

Begin by cutting the two sides of the bookcase and the shelvesat the table saw. Nothing but straight cuts here. You can adjustthe dimensions of the bookcase to your liking. If you plan onstoring heavy things on the shelves, plan on adding

Simple Coffee Table
by Lorenz Prem on 04-16-2009 9:49 pm

Simplicity-First comes to mind when looking atthe woodworking required to build this table. Four Legs joined by 4rails support a table top. Things cannot get much simpler. Yet thetable looks elegant and understated.

The Legs

Begin by cutting the leg blanks to length. Mark the locations ofthe mortises and any decorations you are going to add to thelegs.

Cut the mortises first. The maximum depth you cut the mortisesto before they start intersecting is 13/16". While this depth isgood enough, I

A simple, sturdy Side Table
by Lorenz Prem on 04-16-2009 8:54 pm

This side table is elegant, yet strong. Thewoodworking techniques required to assemble this table are withinthe reach of the beginning woodworker.

The Legs

The four legs are joined by two bands of rails, which areconnected to the legs using mortise and tenon joinery. The top is aglueup of thinner stock. It is held in place using table topclips.

The woodworking part of the operation begins with cutting theleg blanks to length. While the blanks are still square, draw alllayout lines using a sharp k

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Recent Reviews
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