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12-11-2017 09:48 PM

You know what this is hanging down from the back of my F-150? - 6 replies

Saw this today. any idea what that is?

09-23-2017 02:34 AM

Decatur/Atlanta GA woodworking - 4 replies

So, there’s a decent chance I will accept a position in Decatur GA. If so, we’ll be looking for housing, and shop possibilities will be a factor. Thought it was worth asking if anyone knows of shared shop spaces in the area.

09-21-2017 03:05 PM

The warring instincts of finishing - 3 replies

Some thoughts that occurred to me: When I read posts on finishing, it seems like there are usually one of two instincts behind the finishing question/technique: 1) how can I keep the color as close to freshly planed/sanded as possible. So, with purpleheart or maple or other woods, woodworkers love the almost white maple or the truly purple...

09-08-2017 05:22 PM

New Charles Neil PBS show demo - 14 replies

In the new Charles Neil newsletter there is a link to the PBS demo on Vimeo. I wondered how his style would translate to PBS. I have some mixed feelings about aspects of it, but I love, love, love that he is demonstrating high level woodworking. Instead of showing how to build an entire piece in 18 minutes, he focuses on the bombe shape, cut...

09-03-2017 08:42 PM

Some help integrating jig hardware into a music stand - 13 replies

I’m going to make a music stand similar to this one: I’m curious about your take on the hardware. I want to understand how this one works in order to figure out how I might design a mechanism. It looks to me like they’ve mill brass for the mechanism: a slight dado so that it provides a track to slide over the ...

08-16-2017 10:17 PM

Contrast wood or not - 11 replies

My next project will be a Shaker style linen press to function as a wardrobe. Dimensions will be roughly similar to our current wardrobe, so a bit wider than the example pics below. I’m going to go with two sets of side-by-side drawers because of the width of the piece. Here’s my question: I have some quarter sawn sycamore that I b...

08-12-2017 10:01 PM

Help with lathe live center, chuck, etc. - 18 replies

I bought this old, generic lathe at a yard sale. I wanted to try turning, so I wanted a low entry price ($80 with 8 tools included). I’ve been able to use it a bit and its been great. I can’t figure out how to take the live center off. The center has flats just behind the hexagonal cross section. i’m sure there’s a si...

05-15-2017 08:34 PM

In Person Basic Hand Tool Instruction - 12 replies

When I started woodworking a few years ago, I just plunged in. Learned to use a whole host of hand and power tools, mostly by reading or watching videos and from just trying things out. The last in person instruction I received was from my Jr. High Shop teacher about 1975 or so. I’m thinking I might profit from an in person basic hand ...

05-08-2017 01:56 PM

Lie-Neilsen, Clifton, Record, ECE planes for sale - 5 replies

An uncle for a friend of mine died recently and he left behind an impressive plane collection. He seemed to have a thing for jointer planes. I’m trying to help him sell them. Here’s what he has. Lie-Nielsen 7 (new retail $425)Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Jack (new retail $245)Clifton 3,4,6,7 retail $335, $335, $410, $460)Record 405Recor...

04-18-2017 02:47 PM

For folks who are not primarily turners, what do you use your lathe for and how often? - 35 replies

I’m considering a used lathe, but I’m not sure if it is worth it. I don’t want to get caught up in turning. Not planning on bowls, vases, or pens. I would want to use it for pieces integral to furniture, legs, etc. If you’re someone who uses a lathe, but for this kind of use, what do you use it for and how often? ...

04-07-2017 03:09 PM

For you Tommy Mac/Rough Cut Fans - 26 replies

03-29-2017 05:51 PM

New Handmade TV show--Offerman and Poehler - 8 replies

This could be fun: Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions are making a foray into unscripted TV with The Handmade Project, a competition reality show which has received a six-episode straight-to-series order by NBC. Poehler is reuniting with her former Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman on the show, which celebrates artisanship an...

03-21-2017 01:55 PM

Free Pallet Wood/fire pit wood in Cincy - 0 replies

I don’t use pallet wood, nor live in Cincinnati, but this came up on my Craigslist search:

02-11-2017 09:02 PM

Are there any differences between the different basic spindle sanders? - 32 replies

There are a whole bunch of spindle sanders that look basically the same. I chuckled when I saw these three on HD site. Anyone know if there are any significant differences between them. When you look at specs, there are some slight differences, but I don’t trust them. The Rockwell is supposedly a 1 hp when the others are 1/2, but they&...

02-05-2017 12:15 AM

If you haven't set up your bandsaw the Alex Snodgrass way - 30 replies

You should really do it. I have watched the video a couple of times, but always did the setup at another time. I thought I had everything down, but when I listened to him on the 360 Woodworking podcast this week, I realized I had not followed every step. I went to the Indy Woodworking Show today and went to his workshop, and I think I finally...

02-03-2017 07:04 PM

If you're in the Louisville area looking for a Unisaw . . . - 0 replies

This one looks pretty dang good from the ad. If I were in the market . . .

01-16-2017 03:56 AM

Source for 8/4 Genuine Mahagony - 15 replies

I need about 36 bf of Genuine Mahogany, 24 of it in 8/4. I’d get it from Woodworker’s Source, but the thickest they have in stock is 6/4 (i may contact them to see if they might have some 8/4 that’s not listed). I generally buy all my wood locally, but we’re short on genuine Mahogany trees around here. So, I need a s...

12-22-2016 01:53 AM

Give me your thoughts on campaign variations - 6 replies

I’m thinking of making this campaign chest (Schwarz) for my son who is moving to Montreal. I’m going to stick with the design with two exceptions. I don’t turn, so I’ll need mother leg/bottom support style. N thoughts? Second, I dthink met think I’m going to dovetail the chest ( I will dovetail the drawers...

12-13-2016 08:22 PM

Lighting under the garage door. - 9 replies

I have the lighting in my one-car garage shop in good shape except for one place. My table saw sits just inside the garage door. For most of the year I work with the door open, for a variety of reasons, and so I can’t have lighting directly overhead since it will not be effective. I did put a track light on one side, but I need to bee...

12-05-2016 06:34 PM

Designing for the long term: Wood tone - 3 replies

One of the most helpful things I’ve learned in the past year is that one should design a project for how it will look long-term, not how it looks when first finished. I think of this mostly when using multiple woods. A simple example: I made a simple cutting board with maple and cherry with a strip of walnut separating them. When I m...

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