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455 days ago

What should I do with these? - 22 replies

I have a been saving these plastic baby formula canisters because they look useful and are stackable, but I’m not sure what I should use them for. Any ideas?

502 days ago

Shop-made Tool Swap - 1562 replies

NOTICE: Don W has posted a new forum thread for the upcoming swap. See here: UPDATE: Link to posted marking gauge swap projects: In the past six months on Lumberjocks, we have had two shop-made tool swaps (a mallet swap in December and a marking knife/awl swa...

564 days ago

Burning wood to "enhance" its appearance - 19 replies

So, I’ve seen people take a torch to wood in order to make it look aged or distressed. They really like doing this on TV, but I remember one project in jr high shop class where we did the same. I really see people doing this a lot, but not once have I thought it looks good. I really just don’t get it. Am I alone here? Are there any ...

569 days ago

Robots are taking our jobs! - 16 replies

590 days ago

HVLP Spray Gun Advice - 15 replies

I’m looking to purchase a spray gun that won’t break the bank. I hope to use it for stains, finishes, and paint. Right now I’ve been doing things the traditional way. Right now I’m leaning toward a gun in conjunction with an air compressor, rather than the stand alone unit, mostly because of the price. Down the road I...

742 days ago

Staining Oak - 12 replies

I generally hate using stain, but for some reason I still find myself using it from time to time. I agreed to help a friend by converting their existing chair into a rocking chair—they’re expecting their first child soon. The only issue is matching the color of the new rockers to the existing legs. I used some Minwax [edit] oil-based...

845 days ago

Glue for Bent Lamination - 7 replies

I started the process of making my first rocking chair. The rockers will be shaped using bent lamination. Any suggestions on the glue I should use? I was planning on using TBIII but if there’s a better choice for this I’d like to hear it. The wood will be QSWO.

861 days ago

Building a Viking Ship Video - 9 replies

I thought some LJs might appreciate this fascinating video about building a viking ship.

862 days ago

What are you doing to Celebrate? - 8 replies

I keep receiving emails from various retailers informing me that it’s National Woodworking Month. Hooray! I’m pretty sure it’s just something invented by these retailers as an excuse to push more product, but thought I’d ask you all how this affects you. Tongue-in-cheek, of course.

867 days ago

Finish for Cypress Screen Door - 10 replies

I generally don’t make things that are going to be subject to the elements, except when I’m using pressure treated wood. But now I’m making a screen door out of cypress (that depraved wood) and want to give it the best protection as possible against the elements. Any suggestions?

873 days ago

Alternative for Nickel Plating? - 11 replies

Does anyone have a good alternative for nickel plating? I have a few vintage Stanley planes that were originally nickel plated, but much of the nickel plating has detached and the half-n-half look isn’t very appealing. I could apply the nickel plating afresh, but that would take a lot of money and time. I’m just looking for a quick f...

953 days ago

Leather and Wood Vises (Another Workbench Question) - 14 replies

I just finished installing a tail vise on my workbench. I actually used the Lee Valley front vise for this. I’ve heard some discussion, don’t recall where, of people attaching leather to their wood vises in order to improve grip. Is it worth it? Who’s done this? Is the leather applied just to the outside jaw or both? What type ...

954 days ago

To Crochet or Not (Roubo Workbench Question) - 32 replies

Does anybody use a crochet in combination with a leg vise on their workbench? I’m building a Roubo style bench and see that Chris Schwarz’s plans in his 2007 book call for both, but his later bench only has the leg vise. I don’t really see the advantage of having both a leg vise and a crochet, but perhaps I’m overlooking ...

1001 days ago

Wood ID Challenge - 5 replies

See how I worded that. I said challenge to get you interested, but it’s really just another I need help figuring out what it is. This is a bowl blank that was given to me. Any suggestions? See photos and scanned images below: It’s not as purple as the scanned image appears to be.

1022 days ago

Who wants to join my gang of woodworking thugs? (aka, the switchblade chisel) - 16 replies

While at Highland Hardware the other day I noticed that they had what can only be described as a switchblade chisel. They call it the pocket chisel. Obviously the makers of this chisel are trying to market something that you can keep in your pocket or apron without stabbing yourself, but the way I see it, if you want to be a woodworking badass, ...

1164 days ago

Another help-me-identify-this-wood post - 15 replies

I recently acquired about 65 board feet of this mystery wood. The wood is heavy, has a similar appearance to mahogany, but with a reddish tint. I am guessing Brazilian cherry / Jatoba, but I’m really not sure. I do not know the provenance of the wood. Definitely not domestic to the US. I have about 40 pieces of this and they are all around...

1377 days ago

What to do with your old saw blades (maybe) - 19 replies

Okay, I came across this picture. (see link below). Perhaps a creative way to dispense with your old saw blades is to paint them and give them away as presents, although I doesn’t seem like everybody will appreciate it.

1434 days ago

What to do when you saw off a finger - 26 replies

I hope no LJs will ever have to use this information, but I thought it might be good to pass along. It’s a report on CNN that gives some information about what to do when you have a body-altering accident, such as loosing a finger to a saw. Included in the artic...

1435 days ago

A Woodworking T-Shirt? - 1 reply

Woodworkers might get a kick out of Today’s (9/15/2010) shirt on Shirt.Woot, “Square Dance”:

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