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|43 days ago||
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!
|53 days ago||
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...
|60 days ago||
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 ...
|77 days ago||
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...
|83 days ago||
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...
|136 days ago||
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 ...
|179 days ago||
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...
|196 days ago||
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...
|252 days ago||
New April 1st offerings from Veritas - 9 replies
I'm dying over here.
|280 days ago||
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...
|286 days ago||
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...
|298 days ago||
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,...
|311 days ago||
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...
|347 days ago||
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...
|369 days ago||
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 ...
|538 days ago||
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...
|623 days ago||
Serving tray needs to be "Booze-Proof" - 9 replies
Title pretty much says it all. Friday nights are usually spent at a friend’s house, and the good old fashioned gin & tonic is the usual drink of choice. One guy usually makes 3 or 4 drinks at a time and carries them into the living room and I thought he might benefit from a nice serving tray. So obviously, shellac is out. I’...
|628 days ago||
What do you look for in a drill press? - 34 replies
I’ll be needing to add a drill press to my arsenal in the garage pretty soon. (Shhh, my wife doesn’t know yet.) So what do you all look for in a drill press? Are there some things I should be on the lookout for if I buy one used off of Craigslist? Is there such a thing as minimum or maximum RPM? Chuck size? Quill travel? Horsep...
|639 days ago||
Today I picked up this cove plane, along with an old Stanley router plane, an ultra fine ceramic stone, and some old chisels. The cove plane didn’t come with an iron and I’m wondering who might know what kind should go in there. The mouth and wedge seem to be in alright shape. But while the top of the wedge that goes throu...
|689 days ago||
Is this old Stanley worth fixing? - 9 replies
My dad let me take this plane off his hands since he’s barely used it. 30 years or so mostly spent gathering dust. I guess it’s a #5? I’m pretty new at this, and I don’t even have a bench to use it on yet, anyway. What I’ve read about planes so far has impressed upon me the importance of keeping the sol...