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02-24-2015 08:39 PM

Inlay practice - 3 replies

Hey all,I would like to learn how to inlay. I’ve watched some videos on youtube using pearl and abalone shells, (same thing?). I would like to practice with something more economical. Would pen blanks work? How about manufactured counter top materials like corian or silestone? Any other ideas for non-wood inlay materials? ThanksBJ

02-03-2015 09:15 PM

How small a curve with BS - 11 replies

Hey all,I recently bought a used 14” Delta BS. I am happy with it but I have no experience with this type of saw. I currently have a 0.25” blade installed. How tight of a radius can I expect to cut with this blade. I used it to cut a 1.0” radius. It worked well but I did some back and forth moves that left some ridges to sand o...

01-30-2015 03:16 AM

Half-lap joints - 3 replies

I’m making a glider bench. The plans call for some half-lap joints. The best way to make them would probably be a dado blade on the TS. I did this once and I don’t like it. I’m a chicken. So I was cutting them using a router table. Worked okay but pretty slow. Lots of small passes. I thought I’d take some of the waste ...

01-23-2015 08:58 PM

Table-top DP chuck problem - 6 replies

Hey all, I’m having a problem with my small drill press. I’m using a forstner bit, (2.5” and 3.0”), to cut a decorative radius in the foot of a patio glider bench. The 2.5” worked well. When attempting the 3.0”, the chuck keeps slipping off. It’s a taper fit so I replaced it and gave it a solid tap wi...

01-15-2015 05:51 PM

Planer blade nick - 10 replies

I started a project. I’m making a cedar bench glider. I did not want to make it out of the 2×4 dimensions in the plans. I thought it would look better if I planed the lumber down to 1.25”. I checked and pulled some staples from the lumber. I started planing it down, (DW 735). Taking my time, no hurry. I noticed a ridge along ...

09-26-2014 01:59 PM

Best wood for painted kitchen cabinets - 18 replies

My nephew is remodeling his kitchen. They wanted to have painted cabinets. We are considering building to help reduce costs. (They have some custom sizes in mind). I have made plenty of face frame cabinets but I have never built for a painted finish. What is a good wood to use for a painted finish. I’m thinking poplar or pine. Any thoug...

09-12-2014 02:36 AM

Sagging door - 10 replies

Hey all, Some years ago we replaced the doors in our home. I regrettably purchased pre-hung doors. Most are okay. Three are sagging. They lean down from the hinge side. The clearance at the bottom hinge is 1/8”. The clearance at the top hinge is > 5/16”. So the top corner of the door rubs on the latch side. I have planed this ...

08-14-2014 10:27 PM

Better quality cedar? - 3 replies

Hey all, I bought some plans for an outdoor glider bench. I’ve seen some on this site and I’d like to use cedar. I’ve purchased cedar for some small rough projects in the past. It was pretty knotty but it didn’t matter on those earlier projects. I would like to use a better grade for this job. Is there relatively cl...

08-05-2014 04:53 AM

Tite bond III update - 10 replies

Hey all,Earlier I posted a topic and asked advice about the waterproof claims of Tite bond III. I needed to laminate some oak to be used as “bulls” for the oars on an Irish currach. The advice leaned strongly to using epoxy instead of Tite bond III. Unfortunately I was under some time constraints and had to go with the Tite bond III...

07-31-2014 01:26 AM

Tite bond III, really waterproof? - 9 replies

Hey all,I’m looking for some quick advice. I’m helping a friend is repair some oars used for an Irish Currach. The oars are pine but they use a triangular piece of oak to ride on the oar lock pin, (sorry but I don’t know the proper terms). He laid out the pieces for me to cut. When I went to the shop tonight and I realiz...

07-28-2014 02:45 AM

Used band saw - 17 replies

Hey all,I found a Delta 14” BS, (28-245) on Craig’s list for $120. I didn’t hesitate and bought it the next day. I’ve never owned or operated a BS. This model does not have a riser block. The deepest, (vertical cut), is about 6”. I believe is was manufactured in the 90’s. The serial number starts with a ...

04-25-2014 02:07 AM

Any Luthiers on LJ - 3 replies

I’m just curious, are there any luthiers on LJs?If yes, do you do it as a hobby?Personal use?Professionally? BJ

04-01-2014 03:10 PM

BLO for rosewood? - 5 replies

I’ve cleaned up a couple of old Stanley plane. I sanded the totes and knobs. They cleaned up nicely and the grain of the rosewood was very pretty. I rubbed it some BLO. It darkened the rosewood. Now I can’t see the pretty grain. Am I doing something wrong? This is the first time I’ve used BLO. Would I be better off with varn...

03-19-2014 02:49 AM

Plane cutting edge shape - 4 replies

Hi all, I was following links about Stanley replacement parts. I came across a diagram showing the recommended shape of the blades cutting edge. The diagram showed a smoothing plane as having a straight edge with a slight radius at the corners. This makes sense to me. Round the corners slightly to reduce putting a line in the work. The...

01-25-2014 03:53 AM

Dimensioning oversized lumber - 8 replies

I’m hoping someone can help me out. I purchased some 4/4 oak. It is +7” wide. I have a 6” joiner. I wouldnormally square up 2 edges on the joiner and then plane to thickness. Can I use a planer to square up the wide dimensions? Are there inherent problems trying to do this? I’m not skilled enough to do it with a ...

01-20-2014 08:55 PM

Thank You! - 4 replies

We all complain when the site is having problems. I just want to say thanks because it looks like the administrator has fixed the problem of the whole topic being displayed. Hope it looks correct on other browsers, (I’m using FireFox). BJ

11-23-2013 02:57 AM

Just returned home - 1 reply

I live in SE Wisconsin. It is a flat, plain, “rusty” part of an otherwise pretty state. Last week I visited my daughter in New Hampshire. We bummed around Dover and Portsmouth and then spent part of the day in Portland Maine. It is some of the most beautiful country I have visited. The towns were charming and the countryside was rugg...

10-11-2013 12:36 AM

Overpriced strop - 21 replies

Pardon my rant: I’ve been using my chisels to make M&T joints. I’ve been taking breaks and honing them every 10-12 mortises. I thought, well I should really get a leather strop and chrome oxide to make a finer edge. I went to woodcraft and picked up the chrome oxide, < $10, pretty cheap. The strops started at $28, and went ...

10-08-2013 03:18 AM

How snug should tenons be made - 20 replies

I’m making a set of 3 nesting end tables. This is the first project I’m making with M&T joints. The first table fit together well on the dry fit. On the second table, I was very careful and made the tenons snug to each corresponding mortise. I actually had to lean on them to test the fit. Well when I put it all together for a ...

09-25-2013 06:01 PM

Static electricity and DC - 15 replies

I was using my planer for the first big project. I have it connected to my DC via 4” plastic hose. I noticed the hair on my arms standing up anytime I got near the DC hose. Is this common? I know static is generated with any type of movement. Later I took a length of wire and ran it from the hose clamp on the DC hose to my cold water pi...

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