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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. - 17 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. - 6 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...

11-07-2016 04:45 PM

I'm terrible at sharpening, service or sell? - 18 replies

I bought this at WIA, and I’ve confirmed what I already knew—I suck at sharpening. The sharpening service I use in Louisville doesn’t do hand saws. Should I send it to someone or sell it? I paid $50 for it. Charles

10-28-2016 04:52 PM

Two approaches to marking Mortises - 6 replies

I got an email from Rockler today and it tickled a memory: From Woodpeckers for $169:99 From Rockler on sale for $4.99

10-27-2016 07:16 PM

What joinery would you use for this table? - 17 replies

I’m looking at a table and trying to figure out how one would joint the legs to the base. My thought. A carriage bolt entering the leg joint from the top in a recessed hole that would extend into a recessed hole in the base tightened with a nut. The recessed hole legs would be closed with a plug. Perhaps it would be stabilized with fo...

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&#...

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