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925 days ago

Does anybody else..... - 30 replies

Does anybody else find that they don’t keep up as much with the new project postings since the home page format changed? I know everybody has a different way of viewing content on the site. Personally, I always begin at the home page. I would automatically glance at the 15 most recent projects, click on the ones I wanted to get a bette...

931 days ago

Topic Titles... To show or not to show - 57 replies

This is ground that’s been covered, but since it was stated that the current situation was temporary, and nothing seems to be changing, I thought I’d bring it up again for comments. I personally don’t like the way things are now with the titles of off-topic posts being hidden. When I go to the main forum page, I see a bun...

948 days ago

How about another photo thread? - 204 replies

For a while we had some great photo posts going. I don’t recall seeing one lately so here goes. I took some backyard shots yesterday on a beautiful, sunny New Orleans afternoon. How about some nice wintery shots from the northerners? My favorite shot from yesterday is the one below, and the slideshow of the rest is here.

968 days ago

The Passing of One of Our Own - 25 replies

I hate having to post this in non-shop talk, but I guess this is the only place where it belongs. I received an email tonight from Woodbutcher's wife, letting me know that he passed away on the 21st after a long illness. Ken was a great woodworker and a wonderful person, and he will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

987 days ago

When Logs Were Logs and Men Were Men - 53 replies

For all you folks who like your lumber straight from the tree, here’s how it looked in the days before chainsaws.

1018 days ago

Holy Smokes! - 47 replies

I just realized today is my 5th anniversary as a Lumberjock! The site has changed a lot since I discovered it, but one thing has remained the same: Great woodworkers and great folks who are willing to share their knowledge and skills. Thanks for a great five years, everybody!

1028 days ago

Latest Off-Topic Solution Critique - 80 replies

Martin, MsDebbie, et al: I hope you take this constructive criticism in the spirit it is intended. I realize you can’t please everyone, but I don’t believe the new practice of hiding non-shop talk post titles in the main forum window is going to please either side too well. For folks like me who like to go to the main forum pag...

1036 days ago

Lathe Question - Turning a Knob - 16 replies

Here’s a question for you turners: How would you hold the stock to turn a replica Stanley plane front knob? I know this seems pretty basic, but since I started turning I’ve been doing larger things like bowls and goblets, and I’m having a little trouble with this knob My first thought was to turn it with my woodworm screw...

1046 days ago

Wanna Make a Violin? - 44 replies

I ran across this eBay listing, and it just struck me as funny. I know nothing about making violins, but I find it hard to believe you would have much use for one of these.

1059 days ago

My Elusive #2 Stanley - 37 replies

After I was bitten by the old plane bug some months back, I quickly built a small collection of the common and less expensive sizes (#3, 4, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 7, and various block planes). What bugged me was that darned No. 2 size. There were none to be found at local garage sales or flea markets, and every one I ran across on eBay was quickly bid up...

1071 days ago

Another Blood-Pressure-Reducing-Non-Woodworking Video - 14 replies

Some shots of this past weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama…. with apologies to Porchfish, who told me after the last one that he was not a fan of piano music. :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enDLRxK6QME

1077 days ago

Non-Woodworking Video - 31 replies

Since this is the non-shop talk forum, maybe you need a break from woodworking for a few minutes. I put together this video using my own photographs, and a recording of some relaxing Chopin music. If you just cut a board too short for the third time, maybe this will lower your blood pressure. http://youtu.be/j6yHwoWuBCI It’s hi-def,...

1081 days ago

Plane Information/Dating Question - 37 replies

I picked up these three mongrels on eBay the other day for a grand total of $22.00 + $10.95 shipping. That’s just under $11 each for you fellow liberal arts majors. :-) The one on the right intrigued me, because I’d never seen that particular craftsman logo before. It was pretty grungy, but as soon as I started cleaning it up...

1103 days ago

Hug Your Shop Dog - 67 replies

Today I lost this beautiful mutt, Candy, we adopted 12 years ago. She’d been suffering with arthritis in her back legs for a while, and in the last week or so she had been having even more trouble than usual getting around, and was eating very little. This morning she seemed to have a seizure of some sort, and died in my wife’s arms....

1114 days ago

Lazy Larry Strikes Again - 16 replies

Seems like our friend Larry has been up to more than cutting wood and going on personal grooming excursions: http://lazylarrybrownie.com/

1116 days ago

My "Minty" S4 - 28 replies

As a newbie to the plane collecting thing, what I’ve found to be a really fun part of it is learning to spot a diamond in the rough. I saw this dog on eBay, and I thought “Hmmmm….. that layer of crud doesn’t look too thick.” When I got the plane in the mail, it was even better than I expected. For a tool that...

1137 days ago

Why Aren't All Antiques Created Equal? - 51 replies

Several recent forum topics dealing with old tool restoration got me thinking. Who are the people who decide how a certain type of antique should or should not be restored? Think about it. With old power tools, it is generally accepted that a good restoration is one which returns the tool to as “like new” condition as possible. Th...

1143 days ago

Why I love BLO - 25 replies

The other day I posted this box in the projects section. Although I was happy with it overall, I kept thinking that the colors were just not exactly what I had originally envisioned. After some self-debate, I spent about three minutes sanding off a polyurethane mirror finish I had several hours invested in, and wiped the whole thing down with...

1145 days ago

Plane Question #6,493 Updated - 10 replies

The other day I posted a photo of this #35 transitional I bought on eBay, and asked if anyone knew anything about dating these planes. Since then, I did run across a few websites that helped me date the plane by the markings on the iron. Not foolproof of course, but probably accurate in this case. The logo seen in the second photo below w...

1149 days ago

Plane Question Number 6,493 - 18 replies

I just grabbed a #35 transitional plane on eBay to add to my collection, and when I get my hands on it I’m going to be curious about its approximate age. I have a couple of good resources for dating iron planes, but I’m having trouble finding anything on the internet about dating transitionals. Any suggestions? Here is the plane,...

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