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10-15-2010 09:24 PM

Kudos to Rockler Customer Service - 11 replies

I just thought I should give a big thumbs up to Rockler’s customer service department on this one. Last November I purchased an Excelsior mini-lathe when they were running a special. I’ve been very satisfied with it, especially considering the low price, but a week or so ago it started making a noise like the bearings in the heads...

10-08-2010 06:14 PM

Cheap Scroll Saw Question - 21 replies

Let me start off by emphasizing that I do NOT intend to get into serious scroll saw work. However, there have been quite a few times when I thought a scroll saw would come in handy for things like cutting out small feet for boxes, etc. With that type of use in mind, does anyone have any thoughts on this cheap recon Skil? I’d be interes...

09-24-2010 07:38 PM

Another Word on Criticism - 75 replies

When I was in kindergarten, the old nun who was the school principal came walking through the classroom one morning, checking out the pictures everyone was busy coloring with their crayons. I heard heard her issuing the usual compliments to other kids about how pretty their drawings were. I happened to be the youngest child in class, and somewh...

09-24-2010 03:26 AM

10,000th Post - 80 replies

Well, my 10,000th post comes about 6 weeks before my 4th birthday here at Lumberjocks. I never really thought about those kinds of milestones when I stumbled in here for the first time. I was just a beginner looking to learn. What I found was a great bunch of woodworkers who also happened to be a fantastic group of people. I’m no master...

09-11-2010 04:44 PM

Woodcraft Clearance Sale - 12 replies

If you have not already received the email flyer, you might want to check out Woodcraft's clearance sale. A lot of items are priced more than 50% off the clearance price. I just picked up, among other things, a 15’ strap clamp for $1.75! And to top it off…... free shipping!

08-23-2010 02:37 PM

Something Odd About Project Comments - 24 replies

Has anyone noticed something odd going on with their project comments? Yesterday, my watchlist showed that I had a new comment from tdv posted on my latest project, but when I went to the project that comment wasn’t there. This morning, something like 12 hours later, the comment is finally there. I might chalk this up to a freak occu...

07-10-2010 02:05 AM

Shop Vac Deal - 19 replies

I made a couple of little shop improvements today. In case you have not seen it, I was in Lowe’s yesterday and stumbled upon a little Shop Vac they were selling for $19.99. On one hand, I figured you can’t get much for $20. On the other hand, what have you got to lose at that price? My immediate thought was to hang this up next to...

05-30-2010 04:29 PM

What Happened to the Dog/Owner Post? - 18 replies

Am I getting senile? I just saw a post about dogs looking like their owners, and it seems to have disappeared before I could find my photo. I don’t think my dog and I look alike at all, but some people seem to think there is a resemblance.

05-22-2010 04:32 PM

Woodworking and Intellectual Property Rights - 52 replies

I was reading a comment in another forum topic where a fellow LJ lamented the fact that a photo of one of his posted projects ended up on a commercial website. Now, I think he has every right to make them take it down, but it got me to thinking about the whole issue of intellectual property as it pertains to woodworking. One question that com...

05-01-2010 02:32 AM

Rookie Turning Question - 14 replies

I ordered some 6” x 6” x 3” bowl blanks from a seller on eBay. The description says they were processed green and treated with Anchorseal. My question is when should I turn them?

04-24-2010 02:22 AM

Anyone hear from Mark? - 5 replies

He started the topic about guessing his son’s name four days ago, and he has no activity since. I hope nothing has happened, given his medical history. I was just wondering if anyone has heard anything.

03-15-2010 07:31 PM

Surge Protection - 27 replies

At the risk of starting a major war, as electrical questions often do, curiosity demands that I turn to the experts. First, the background: I recently installed a new laser printer/copier in my office at work, and it had a tendency to make the lights flicker when it kicked on, and about once per minute in standby mode. None of our other laser...

03-14-2010 03:59 PM

Making a Chess Board the Easy Way - 8 replies

Yesterday, I posted my latest box project, and a lot of people asked about how the pattern on the top and bottom was done. It is really just a variation on a chess board, made by the method shown in this video: The only difference is that when I did the final glue up I let the colors overlap rathe...

03-12-2010 05:03 PM

Best Miter Saw Blade? - 28 replies

I have a Ridgid non-sliding miter saw, and I’m looking for blade recommendations. I’m not building decks with it…I use it almost exclusively for finer work, so speed is not a factor. I’m looking for the blade that will give me the smoothest crosscuts possible. I read somewhere that a blade with a negative hook angle is be...

02-01-2010 04:50 PM

Termite Recommendations? - 18 replies

Rockler has a 20% off any one item sale going on, And I was thinking of adding a Termite tool my lathe accessories. I didn’t see any reviews posted here, and I was looking for some first hand experience from my fellow jocks before I lay out the $80 or so. Thoughts?

01-31-2010 04:03 AM

Am I the only one stupid enough.... - 56 replies take a tool right off the grinding wheel and touch the edge to see if it feels sharp??!! (I don’t know how sharp it was, but it damn sure was hot!)

01-26-2010 04:30 AM

This Is Not Related To Woodworking! - 45 replies

After 43 years of frustration, and 25 years of being a season ticket holder, my beloved Saints are finally going to the Super Bowl. As I stood in the Superdome last night and watched the game-winning kick sail through the uprights, I felt all those years of heartbreak melt away. Grown men cried like babies. Entire books have been written o...

01-22-2010 05:05 PM

Clamp Gloat - 15 replies

Did anyone else jump on this? I got an email from Woodcraft a week or so ago offering free shipping, and this set of Bessey clamps was featured in the ad for $29.99. I’ve been looking around, and the best prices I can find for all these clamps, if purchased individually, total up to something approaching $100. Unfortunately, the set ...

12-30-2009 12:33 AM

Your Favorite Turning Tool - 13 replies

As some of you may have read, I just got my first lathe. So far, all I’ve done is play around with some spindle work. I have an 8-pc. set of the most common tools, and in trying my hand with them it seems like the skews are the most versatile of the lot. I can produce a wide variety of effects by slightly altering the position of the cutti...

12-11-2009 05:02 PM

Sharpening Lathe Chisels - 27 replies

I’m brand new at turning, and now I must face the horror of sharpening. I feel about sharpening the same way some people feel about finishing. I’ve been known to buy a new tool rather than sharpen the old one. Get the picture? :-) So, my question is… Do I really need to invest in a slow-speed grinder and a sharpening jig of ...

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