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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUKPs7lrucQ 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

....to 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 ...

12-11-2009 04:37 PM

Forum Refresh Delay? - 9 replies

Has anyone else noticed this? It used to be that if I replied to a topic, that topic would immediately jump to the top of the list if I clicked on Forums. Now there is a considerable delay. The reply itself gets posted right away, but the topic list will still show that the last comment was 2 hours ago or whatever. This isn’t the big...

11-23-2009 10:15 PM

Using Circular Saw Blades on a Table Saw - 38 replies

This may be a dumb question, but…. This review happened to catch my eye, and it got me to thinking (usually not a good thing). Since probably more than 90% of my cuts are on material less than 1” thick, is there any downside to using a 7 1/4” blade in a table saw? I’m not talking about for everyday general purpose c...

11-05-2009 04:29 PM

Dado Stack Recommendations - 20 replies

With both my birthday and Christmas right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about treating myself to a decent quality dado set. My saw is a Ridgid TS3660 with 1.5 horsepower. I love the saw, but I realize it’s capabilities are somewhat limited by the low hp. Given these facts, and the vast experience of my fellow LJ’s o...

11-03-2009 06:05 PM

Body Positioning at the Table saw - 31 replies

A few comments in another topic about cutting on the left or right of the blade got me thinking about this. Below is a photo of Norm ripping a piece of lumber, standing as I assume most right-handers would stand. As a leftie, my body positioning is more like this: Standing to the right of the blade with my left hand guiding the wor...

09-19-2009 11:21 PM

Operation Re-Fret Successful! - 18 replies

I just wanted to express my gratitude to all who offered tips in my earlier topic “Calling All Luthiers”. I replaced the first three frets on my old Alvarez guitar, and everything went off without a hitch, thanks to a little help from my friends and a bit of internet research. What would have been a fairly expensive professional j...

09-01-2009 04:09 PM

Calling All Luthiers - 27 replies

My 35-year-old Alvarez guitar is in need of some fret work. The last couple of frets closest to the nut have worn down so far that the darn thing is almost impossible to play without a capo. I’ve done a little surfing on the subject, and I’ve ordered some fret wire from Stewart-MacDonald (a couple different sizes so I can try to matc...

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