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08-12-2014 10:23 PM

Which Glue/Adhesive to Use? - 7 replies

Team,I’m making a jig in which I embed some Rockler T Track in 3/4 inch thick mdf. When I rout a channel for the mdf, that leaves about only about 3/8 of an inch into which a screw will bite to hold the t-track in the channel. MDF is notoriously bad at holding short screws… So it seems that I need to use some kind of adhesive to...

06-23-2014 03:52 PM

Life (craft) without a Jointer (?) - 33 replies

I’m a very casual woodworking hobbyist (evenings, weekends) who’s developing his skills and just trying to learn as I go along. Right now I’m working without a power jointer…I’ve built a jig to allow me to fasten a board to a piece of cabinet grade plywood and use a bearing -based router bit to trim the board flush...

05-20-2014 02:11 AM

Thinking of LEAVING LJ becasue of annoying advertisements - 14 replies

wow. I can’t believe how intrusive the ads are on the website. I’ve had to click no thanks about 2 dozen times in 20 minutes. Is this making anyone else crazy?

12-18-2013 10:29 PM

Solution To Clean Tablesaw Blade & Chop Saw Blade - 21 replies

Hey team,What advice do you have for a “home remedy” for table/chop saw blade cleaning? I’m in a small home hobbyist shop, but need to clean a couple of saw blades. Is there a good home remedy, or am I better off to buy a product from CMT or other retailers? I really just want the best results. The blades are carbide tipp...

09-18-2013 04:42 PM

For Sale - Disston D8 cross cut Panel Saw - 1886-1897 11 ppi - 12 replies

Hey LJs, I’m looking to sell a Disston D8 that I’m not really using enough. It was prepped and sharpened by Mike Allen. The condition is excellent, but I won’t be able to post photos till this evening. If you’re interested, shoot me a note and I’ll get pics up before the day’s over. Thanks,Mike

08-18-2013 01:38 AM

Would this work for finishing a soft Maple Stepstool ? - 9 replies

I made Tommy Mac’s Shaker Stepstool in soft maple. Hand – cut dovetails in a 2 step shaker-style stepstool. Even though it’s common maple, it has some cool little birdseyes and other nice figure. I sanded it to 320 grit. I’m considering finishing it this way: by first applying Tung oil. Following that with Shellac...

08-07-2013 03:35 PM

Card Scraper vs Scraper Plane - 5 replies

There’s a lot of discussion going on in another thread about card scrapers. I’ve (finally) developed a little skill and confidence with a card scraper and recognize what a great tool it can be. But if I use a card scraper a lot, my hands/thumbs get fatigued and sore. Does a scraper plane achieve the same results? What are the b...

07-09-2013 04:22 PM

What do I need to know about Air Dried lumber? - 7 replies

Hey, gang, I sometimes see lumber in CL or other places – and sometimes at very competitive prices. Often the lumber has been air-dried. So beside being stickered and dried for a certain amount of time, what esle do I need to ask the seller? Can air dried be as good/better than kiln dried wood that I get from my regular retail supplie...

05-24-2013 07:30 PM

Which Dustmask do you use? - 11 replies

I’m sanding end grain cutting boards, and even with a dust collector rolling, I need to wear a dust mask. Now I’m using a 3M paper one – N95 I think. I’ve seen ones that look like surgical masks, but wonder if they seal as well as a molded one like my 3M. Do you have a preferred dust mask for those tasks that spew du...

03-18-2013 08:34 PM

RIGID Spindle Sander? Or HF? Or...? - 17 replies

I have been using a sanding drum set on my table top drill press for a couple of small projects. For a stopgap measure – it does ok. But since using that setup – I’ve realized how useful a true spindle sander might be. So – HF sells one on sale for $89 – usu$129 and HD sells one for $199. Who has used on or t...

01-15-2013 05:05 PM

Sharpening/Cambering the Iron of a Bailey Hand Plane - 6 replies

I recently watched a video on the Fine Woodworking site on sharpening and cambering a plane iron. In it the editor put the iron onto a grinding wheel to begin forming a “hollow ground.” He did not seem to be concerned with keeping the iron cool, etc. as he ran it on the wheel – which seemed to be a stone wheel and it seemed t...

12-27-2012 02:44 PM

120 or 240 Dust Collector? - 8 replies

Here’s the scenario: I have a 240 circuit that is only used by my tablesaw – but the curcuit is 20 Amp. I ran the wire and added the circuit for the saw myself. The saw draws 13A running. I am currently using a shop vac for dust collection and it’s not adequate. So I’m considering two different new dust collector...

12-16-2012 02:11 AM

How Do You Sign/Mark Your Work? - 14 replies

I’m giving a few handmade gifts this season and I’m wondering if I should mark/sign them (seems conceited). What do you do and how do you do it? Initials, year, full name, etc. WHat do you do and why?

12-14-2012 08:45 PM

Mineral Oil Wicking Out of End Grain Cutting Boards - 12 replies

I finished sanding 3 cutting boards and began applying straight mineral oil several days ago. After a several applications, the oil was beginning to wick out through the bottom of the boards. So I turned them over and applied oil to that surface too. Now, when I handle the boards, they wick out a little oil where my hands have been. Have ...

06-28-2012 06:00 PM

Finish On Top of Danish Oil? - 6 replies

I made a small box using common maple and finsihed it with 3 applications of Watco Danish Oil. Is it possible to apply anything on top of the Danish Oil? Is there anyhting I should specifically stay away from because of the Danish oil?

05-15-2012 04:56 PM

Methods to Trim Proud Dovetails - 11 replies

I’m interested in options for trimming the ever-so-slightly-proud dovetails in a glued up box. Router with bearing…chisels…others? And lessons learned from your attempts that didn’t go perfectly? Thanks,Mike

04-07-2012 05:24 PM

Making External Shutters From: (a) Doug Fir or (B) Cedar or___? - 5 replies

Hey team, I want to make several pairs of shutters to replace rotting shutters on outside of my house. The rotting shutters have been on the house for at least 20 yrs, and I think they were fir. The new ones will be painted (dark green likely). I expect to make them in a frame and raised panel design. So I’m looking for opinions on th...


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