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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&...

03-17-2009 09:20 PM

Question for the Electrical Experts - 35 replies

I can change out a switch or a receptacle, or replace a light fixture… but that’s about as far as my electrical expertise goes. Hence the question: Ever since I replaced my Ryobi table-top saw with my Ridgid TS3660, my wife complains about how it dims the lights when I start it up. It was never a problem with the Ryobi, even thoug...

03-02-2009 08:16 PM

Shop Vac Question - 21 replies

This may be a dumb question, but I honestly don’t know the answer…. physics was not my best subject. After reading some positive comments, I have ordered a Dust Deputy to hook up to my shop vac. I know it’s not a dust collection system…. I am mainly getting it because I’m tired of constantly clogging up the filte...

02-04-2009 07:58 PM

Mine's Bigger Than Yours - 33 replies

Okay, it’s not really mine…. it resides in the carpentry shop of the university where I work. This baby was in operation up until a few years ago. It has 38” wheels, stands over 8 1/2 feet tall, and adjusts to take blades anywhere between 18 1/2 and 20 feet long. According to the brochure, the crated weight was 3,400 lbs. The s...

02-03-2009 08:10 PM

Funny Email Ad of the Day - 14 replies

Maybe it’s just me, but I laughed when I saw this ad from Woodworker Supply in my inbox. Doesn’t the name of the product make it sound like something you’d find in an adult novelty store? :-) It does look pretty handy, though!

12-07-2008 04:30 PM

I'm Baaaaaaaack! - 21 replies

In case you fellow Lumberjocks missed my pithy remarks for the last few days, I was on a little vacation in New York City. We took in some shows and some sights, and got to visit with my daughter, who is a student at City College. But I did bring you all back a little souvenir. My wife and I were wandering through the design and architecture gal...

11-29-2008 04:22 PM

Thin Kerf Blades and Splitters - 9 replies

Many of you responded to my question about belt tension on my new Ridgid TS3660 table saw. As I’m getting to know the saw, another issue has come up that I’d like to hear comments on. The saw came with a thin-kerf blade, which cuts well enough. On my first test rip, I noticed some resistance when the workpiece reached the built-i...

11-23-2008 01:11 AM

Table Saw Belt Tension - 26 replies

I’m thrilled to have my new Ridgid TS3660 set up. I got a factory reconditioned model from CPO (brand new by all appearances) for $409 with free shipping. After using an $89 Ryobi for the past four years, using this thing is like trading up from a Yugo to a Cadillac. I do have a question that the manual was unclear on: The motor hangs o...

09-02-2008 10:17 PM

I'm Still Kicking - 37 replies

Thanks to all who wrote to express their concern. My internet access is limited, but I just wanted to let everyone know my family and I are fine. We evacuated to a beautiful golf course condo in West Point, MS and are just waiting for the okay to return home. As far as I can tell from reports and a brief conversation with a neighbor, my home ...

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