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|10-03-2016 08:38 PM||
How would you move an old iron drill press? - 8 replies
I’m getting an old floor model Delta/Rockwell drill press from a friend. It is too heavy for my son and I to carry. It’s kind of an awkward item. I need to get it out of their basement/garage, into my pickup, and then into my shop. Because of the design of their house, we don’t have to take it up or down steps in either loca...
|10-03-2016 06:45 PM||
Thinking about buying some air dried lumber - 17 replies
Going by a fellow’s place on Thursday. He has a lot of air-dried cherry, and some elm and oak, all at good prices. At least some of the cherry needs to be dried some more. Any tips on what to look for? After going to a workshop at WIA, I think I understand a bit more about air-dried wood and its advantages and disadvantages, but I...
|10-02-2016 09:42 PM||
Pretty odd front page today - 7 replies
|09-18-2016 12:35 AM||
Woodworking in America - 8 replies
I went to Woodworking in America this weekend. It was my first woodworking show. A few thoughts:1) I was really eager to hang out in the marketplace, but it was really different than I expected. The folks who were there I expected: Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, some smaller hand tool makers, SawStop, and others. That was all good. What surprised ...
|09-13-2016 02:46 PM||
I just picked up a used F-150 crew cab with 5.5’ bed. I’m not spending a fortune on accessories, so I’m not getting a matching fiberglass tonneau for $2000. I’m wondering about some kind of cover, but I’ll be using the tie downs for ratcheting straps when I haul rough lumber or plywood, so a cover seems like a c...
|09-07-2016 09:46 PM||
Looking for Some Design Help on a Baptismal Font - 6 replies
After building two baptismal fonts last fall, I thought I was out of that line, but I have another one to build. I don’t do this for profit—I might get enough out of this one to get a proper HVLP system. My design parameters. I like open designs using a glass bowl so the water is visible. I like the symbolism to be in the design ...
|06-28-2016 11:15 PM||
Installing LED strip Cove lighting? - 18 replies
I decided to install led strip cove lighting in our bedroom—long story. Anyway, I can pretty easily install the cove, but I am working on the LED lighting. I found some pretty straightforward instructions at Family Handyman and I was all ready to get going. FH recommended LEDlightingworld.com. I went through their estimator (the gu...
|06-02-2016 02:14 PM||
Praise for Whiteside router bits - 10 replies
I always lean toward the cheapest workable solution. Almost all my tools are CL finds, for instance. I didn’t go bottom of the barrel for most of my router bits, but I didn’t spend a ton either. In the last three months I have purchased 3 Whiteside bits, straight 1/4” and 3/8” and a rabbeting bit set. I had purchased ...
|06-01-2016 01:48 PM||
After a recent Chris Schwarz blog, i decided to try soap finish on a picture frame I was making for an environmental certificate for our church. I figured soap finish was perfect since it wouldn’t need to be protected from much and was organic, biodegradable, etc. I made up a little bit and experimented and I liked it. I was using Dri...
|05-06-2016 01:37 PM||
so, I’m doing okay with my cheapie Summit HVLP system, but I’m going to upgrade at some point. On Craigslist is a used Graco 4900 with hose, but no spray gun for $125. I think the complete system sold new for $900 or so (not totally sure). Two questions: 1) guy is asking $125 for used turbine with hose, no gun. I was thinking ...
|04-23-2016 01:51 AM||
School me on mirror glass - 8 replies
I think I’m going to make five mirrors, four for wedding gifts and a big one for our living room. Any tips on mirror glass? Do you just go to a glass shop, buy old mirrors from garage sales, or somewhere else? I’d love to learn from any wisdom hat you have.
|04-01-2016 03:56 PM||
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|03-29-2016 04:24 PM||
HappyLumber is spamming multiple threads - 2 replies
I flagged a couple of them.
|03-29-2016 11:19 AM||
Why should I upgrade my HVLP? - 14 replies
So, I’m a convert to spraying finishes, primarily spraying shellac followed by GF High Performance waterborne. I wanted to experiment without spending a ton, so I got the Summit system for $70 from Peachtree on sale (if I were doing it today, I’d get the entry-level Earlex from Lowe's on sale for $89). If I were to spend $180-300 ...
|03-28-2016 02:12 PM||
I listen to the “Looking Sideways” podcast on design. The current episode (#6) interviews Kasyz Varnelis on the Arts and Crafts movement, its failure, in his view, and how it compares to the modern maker movement. I found it very interesting. A few notes: Very interesting to see the socialist origins of the Arts and Crafts move...
|03-15-2016 11:06 PM||
What would you do with this wood? - 12 replies
My brother-in-law gave me about 30 pieces of 2.5” cherry, 4-6 feet long that is fluted along each side. It was screwed to a wall as paneling. I could rip off the flutes and use it for anything, but that’s hardly worth the trouble. Ideas on using it with the flutes?
|03-14-2016 01:34 PM||
I re-watched the famous Alex Snodgrass bandsaw video again just to remind myself before I adjust my bandsaw again, and I picked up something I had ignored before: his argument that bandsaws are designed not to have coplanar wheels and no one should adjust them to be coplanar because they become way more difficult to adjust. Seems like I regular...
|03-14-2016 01:12 PM||
Podcasts in the Shop - 21 replies
I listen to a lot of podcasts in the shop. A majority are politics, economics, culture, and sports. I also listen to some woodworking podcasts. I’d love to hear what you recommend: Woodworking and DesignWood Talk: this is the best out there, mostly because they know how to podcast. The three person booth works well to keep the conve...
|03-11-2016 10:26 PM||
Cherry: moving from oil-based to waterborne poly - 13 replies
i use a lot of cherry and my favorite finish is satin Arm-R-Seal. I use it plain, and after a few months the cherry has darkened to a perfect color. It’s foolproof. So . . . I’ve decided to fool with it. I’ve been using more General Finishes High Performance poly. I like it for two reasons: 1) now that I’ve learned...
|12-25-2015 12:13 AM||
220 power question - 17 replies
I just wanted to confirm that tools that require single phase 220 and those that are low voltage 3 phase 220 would require separate electrical feeds. Am I correct?