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03-25-2014 07:38 PM

Tag Search - 1 reply

Starting a separate thread per Cricket’s request. It used to be that the tag search option was on the left in the Projects tab. Now the only way to see it is to go to Projects → Daily Top 3. The full tag list really does make searching quite easier most of the time, and I think having it right back on the projects tab would reall...

02-26-2014 05:27 PM

Branding / stamping questions - 38 replies

I’ve been trying a few different ways to brand my recent projects, but haven’t found anything that works just yet. My biggest problem is size constraints. I need something that would go on the spines of my combs. This is the workable area that I could use. I don’t want to fork over the $200 + for a custom el...

01-30-2014 03:35 PM

Does anyone in the Dallas / Fort Worth area have access to a CNC router? - 0 replies

I’m in Arlington, and I have a possible commissioned project in the works that would require about 20 characters of text carved, all on one line, in an area about five inches across. I can pay for your time. I could hit up local sign making businesses, but I’d prefer to work with a LJ member if possible.

12-17-2013 10:09 PM

Question about making sanding mops - 12 replies

I’m looking at throwing together sanding mops in various grits. Thinking of semi-mass producing smaller irregular shaped items that would benefit from this process. For anyone who’s done it before, do you think that ordinary sandpaper would work, or should I opt for something with a thicker backing like the belts that would g...

10-27-2013 05:37 PM

Trying to get a buddy's profile approved - 25 replies

A new user, scrapbmxrider16 is a buddy of mine that just signed up for the site. He’s trying to post a question to the finishing forum but his post has been awaiting moderator approval for a few days now. A little help? Thanks!

10-17-2013 02:58 PM

Must be time for an existential crisis - 17 replies

Fair warning – significant quantities of rambling and emotional BS ahead. I’m usually very bad with talking about feelings, so when they come out, I can go a bit overboard. Simply put, the slow plodding pace of my woodworking is a big problem and it’s taking a toll. I’ve been working on this project for a friend (thankfully it’s about...

10-10-2013 05:39 PM

Sharpening procedure - Am I doing anything wrong or getting ahead of myself? - 8 replies

For my plane irons and chisels, I’m using the scary sharp method (220, 320, 400, 600, 1500 grit) and finishing on a strop. And yes, I know stones are cheaper in the long run but I’m not in a position to make that investment yet. Had pretty good results so far but I’m starting to second guess my methods. Been revisiting some ...

09-23-2013 11:28 PM

Wood choice. Oh, the agony! - 21 replies

I’m going to be making a revised version of the jewelry box I did for my wife. The response has been overwhelmingly positive wherever I’ve shown it, and I’m hoping that this go around I can sell one. I’m going to be using paduak again for the top, front, and sides. The rear panel will be cherry, in order to conse...

09-17-2013 04:05 PM

Dallas / Fort Worth LJs with a CNC machine I could use? Need to engrave text. - 3 replies

Like the title says, I’m in Arlington and a customer wants a few lines of text engraved for an upcoming project. Surely there’s someone local to me whose services are available? Text will be approximately 50 characters long, maybe around an inch tall. Tentative plan is to use poplar since a faux metallic paint finish is what the c...

07-26-2013 08:23 PM

Order of operations? - 9 replies

I’m making a dark box for my friend to use in his wet plate photography hobby/potential business venture. It will allow him to operate a mobile dark room to expose ambrotype images. The box will be frame and panel construction with overlapping through tenons at each corner. Frame pieces are red oak and the panels are 1/2” birch ...

06-13-2013 03:09 PM

Opinions on this used bandsaw? - 25 replies

This 14 inch Ridgid band saw popped up on Craigslist and I’m thinking of nabbing it. The reviews on LJs for this model look like they’re evenly mixed. The consensus seems to be that with a few simple upgrades (new tires, guide blocks, link belt, good blade) it will work just fine. At $150 it seems like a pretty fair deal, as it re...

05-27-2013 08:06 PM

$250 to spend at Rockler. Work sharp 3000 or plunge router? - 15 replies

My wife’s badass uncle and aunt gave me a $250 card to Rockler. Needless to say, I’ll be making them something to show my thanks. So here’s the question. I’ve narrowed it down to two things I think I could really use. The WS3000 is nifty, and would ensure that all my chisels and planes are consistently sharp and as goo...

04-01-2013 08:13 PM

New April 1st offerings from Veritas - 9 replies

I'm dying over here.

03-05-2013 01:33 AM

Banner ads for "Ted's Woodworking" on the front page of LJs. Say it ain't so!!! - 29 replies

Image source: screen cap from my phone a few minutes ago. I shouldn’t have to address the extremely questionable nature of said business or the fact that they have lifted ideas from our members. We can only do so much against Internet thieves and trolls, but if this site is taking ad money from these hucksters, well, that situati...

02-26-2013 05:27 PM

How is this Japanese joint constructed? - 14 replies

I’ve had this lamp sitting in my favorites for a long time. The half-laps forming the swirling pattern on the shoji style screens are one thing, but I’ve never been able to figure out how the corners of this piece (the meetings of the X,Y, and Z axis) are put together. I have some mental pictures of how I might do it, but none of t...

02-14-2013 07:34 PM

Finishing walnut - Your favorite oil + wax combination? - 19 replies

I’ve seen plenty of projects here that incorporate walnut that apparently have an oil base coat topped with a coat or two of wax. I really dig the natural look, without the glossy covered-in-plastic-slime look of polyurethane. So those of you that have followed that way of doing it, what specific products have you had the best luck with,...

02-01-2013 07:52 PM

Cross cut sled with overhead collection, is it worth it if I only have a shop vac? - 4 replies

I have a 16 gallon shop vac, but not enough funds to buy an actual dust collector at the moment. I know that most of the loose dust in my garage is from using my table saw. So with that in mind, building an overhead system into my crosscut sled seems like it should be a good idea. At present, my shop vac has this HEPA filter and a Dust Righ...

12-27-2012 06:18 PM

Help me INTELLIGENTLY spend gift cards to Rockler and some Christmas cash - Daddy needs new gear! - 41 replies

After generous gifts from family members, I’m struck with paralysis by analysis, and I need the collective wisdom of LJs help me out. Get ready for information overload. As one can see by the paltry submissions to my projects page, I haven’t been at this for very long. But I’ve got a lot of ambition and I think that with s...

12-05-2012 10:53 PM

Ballpark figures for building a woodworking shop from the ground up? - 28 replies

Right now I work out of half of a two car garage. The other half is filled with antiques and junk that needs to be given away or sold. Long story, it’s not even my stuff! My wife has been pining for her garage back so our cars can have covered parking once again, and I don’t blame her. She’s asked me to figure out how much ...

06-19-2012 08:30 PM

Built my first cross cut sled, now I need some advice. - 6 replies

Here it is, in all its bare bones glory. I used the quick and easy sled building method described in the most recent issue of Fine Woodworking. Now here’s where my question comes in. There’s a current project of mine that requires me to cut 45 degree miters to form corners on some oak window cornices. I considered pushing t...

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