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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...

08-21-2009 03:32 PM

Cheap Tools at - 11 replies

I don’t know if any of you deal with They are a pretty good source in my opinion, and I’ve been satisfied with the price and quality of everything I’ve ever purchased from them. I was kind of shocked when I received this email from them yesterday. Of course I never heard of the brand, and they’ve got to...

08-03-2009 10:10 PM

Milestone Day - 33 replies

Looks like today is day 1,000 for me here at Lumberjocks. The most amazing thing to me is not how long I’ve been here, but how much the site has grown in such a short time. By my calculations, there were only a little over 200 jocks here when I signed up. My how things have changed. Thanks for a great site to my fellow LJ members, an...

07-08-2009 09:19 PM

Stress Relief - 4 replies

I posted this in the thread about the iSaw chainsaw, but it’s too good to let it get buried there without everyone having a chance to see it. This is a great little tool for killing time and relieving stress. If you go to the link below and download the small program, it lets you select from several different tools, including a chain sa...

07-02-2009 02:28 AM

Email notifications - 24 replies

I just realized that I have not been getting my email notifications as they are set up. I double checked just now, and my settings have not changed, but I can’t remember seeing any LJ emails for a couple of days at least. Someone added me as a buddy today, and no email. Is it just me? If so, I need to check with our sys admin to see if ...

06-26-2009 09:36 PM

Any Firefox Users? - 30 replies

I finally decided to go with Firefox as my default browser, but I’m experiencing a rather aggravating problem. I can’t seem to stay signed in to the LJ site. Every time I shut down the browser and restart it, I have to sign in again. I have the options set to allow cookies, but I really don’t know what else to check. Anyo...

06-23-2009 08:01 PM

Before They Got Old..... - 79 replies

A few of the profile photos I’ve seen posted lately gave me an idea for a fun coffee lounge post. How about us old folks sharing a photo or two of ourselves when we were “in our prime”? Play fair, guys… no joke photos Odie and Dan…. just a little fun reminiscing about our youth. Here I am circa 1965 & 1976. Y...

06-15-2009 10:25 PM

Empty Paint Cans? - 25 replies

I’ve been experimenting with various home brews of stains, dyes, oil/varnish combinations, etc. I know just putting these things in plastic mayonaisse jars like I’ve been doing is not a god long-term storage solution. :-) Does anyone have a good source for empty quart or pint metal paint cans? I have found a few places on the int...

06-13-2009 07:38 PM

Half In The Bag - 21 replies

I’m really conflicted about this whole humor/coffee lounge controversy. On one hand, I can see the point of the folks who don’t like to be inundated with non-woodworking stuff. On the other hand, I never like to take anything without a large dose of fun. The only solution I can see is a compromise. So I propose turning down the sh...

06-03-2009 04:19 PM

Water-based poly over latex paint? - 7 replies

I’m currently working on a large picture frame (approx 43” x 31” OD) constructed of clear pine 1×4. I wanted black for this particular frame (I know…woodworking and painting…tsk…tsk), so I chose a satin finish acrylic latex. I’m satisfied with the way it came out, but curiosity has been eating at...

05-05-2009 09:59 PM

Gloat - 31 replies

Just in case anyone missed me over the last couple of weeks (ha! ha!), I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to…. We took a 12-night repositioning cruise from New Orleans to Boston that stopped in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Curacao, and Bermuda. And no, I didn’t get the swine flu. :-) It was lots of fun,...

04-16-2009 05:13 AM

Sanding boxes and lids - 17 replies

I’ve seen this question come up a few times recently: After cutting the lid free from a box, the two pieces don’t always (never, in my case) meet up just right. So how do you smooth things out to make a perfect seam between lid and bottom? Try to sand a rough spot at the corner and things just get worse. This is the easiest way I&...

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