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43 days ago

Small Business Series - 6 replies

Even though I do not run my own woodworking business, I still found this five-part series in the NY Times very interesting.

162 days ago

Lesson Learned (Honey, I Shrunk The ...) - 4 replies

I am making another Jefferson/Underhill book box like these: This one is birch. After cutting the dovetails, I used a router to create a rabbet to accommodate the back. While using a chisel to clean up the ends of the rabbet, I made a small crack in one of the pins. It was very cold in my shop, so I bro...

220 days ago

A Tragic Reminder - 4 replies

As a parent and hobbyist woodworker, this story really hit me.

224 days ago

Heat Tolerant Wood? - 27 replies

Our wood stove has a handle that is used to control the damper. The handle is made of wood and is starting to break apart. Because of the handle’s location near the back of the stove, it is exposed to a lot of heat. I removed it and was amazed at how light it is. It must have almost no moisture left in it. I would like to turn a new...

231 days ago

Peter Korn's Book - 1 reply

I think that this is interesting: I am going to get his book from the library.

241 days ago

Art Rollins - 6 replies

I am sad to pass on the news that Art Rollins ( passed away in October. Art was a great friend that I met through LJs several years ago. He was looking for some parts for his cordless drill and I just happened to have such a drill that had quit on me. I sent him the parts, and we have kept in touch ever since. ...

278 days ago

No Images? - 38 replies

Are others having a problem seeing images on LJ? Most images are not showing up. If I look at the image locations, the filenames are missing. They all look like this: They should be FileName.png Thanks.

490 days ago

A Powerful Moment In Boston - 5 replies

Last night’s Boston Bruins game was the first major sporting event in the city since the marathon bombings. The crowd’s response during the singing of the National Anthem was wonderful:

495 days ago

Question On Link Belts - 3 replies

About six years ago, I replaced the 1/2” V belt on my jointer with a link belt. I bought a 1/2” link belt, but found that there was not enough clearance around the upper pulley. I used that belt on my drill press instead and bought a 3/8” link belt for the jointer. It has been working great ever since. Today I picked up a...

549 days ago

Amazing Table - 13 replies

Check out this expandable circular table. This short video shows the table in action: This more polished video shows some of the inner workings:

558 days ago

Northeast Snowstorm - 22 replies

I live in north-central Massachusetts. Last night we had a huge dumping of snow accompanied by howling winds. The snow is fluffy and drifted in crazy patterns. Here is the view out the door that we usually use. There is a covered porch, but the snow is drifted right up to the door. There is nothing under that drift. It is about 5’ ...

636 days ago

My Black Friday Purchase - 19 replies

I did my duty today and made a Black Friday purchase. I bought about 90 bf of 4/4 cherry from a gentleman who harvests the trees on his property in Barre, MA. He mills it on his bandsaw mill and air dries it for a year inside his barns. I have been buying various native species of lumber here for several years. I usually let the wood dry f...

722 days ago

Stumped By A Kid - 32 replies

My 8-year-old son was watching me lightly pare with a chisel today. He asked me, “Why do the shavings curl up like that?” I really don’t have a good answer, and “It’s the same as with the shavings from a plane” isn’t much of an explanation. I can imagine this happening if the fibers on one side of the...

744 days ago

NZ Woods - 3 replies

Back in 1985, I was working as a contractor for a small company in Santa Barbara, CA. The president of the company took a trip to New Zealand. When he returned, he had gifts for everyone including me, even though I was just working there for the summer. He gave me a carving of a Kiwi bird and a ruler containing 14 NZ woods. Now I am wonder...

761 days ago

Electrical Help - A Little Too Late - 4 replies

767 days ago

Not Just Any Sunday - 4 replies

Today is National Ice Cream Day in the US. Enjoy it!

779 days ago

Wooden Roller Coasters - 5 replies

I found this article about wooden roller coasters interesting. This is something that the US is exporting to China.

783 days ago

Enjoy The Long Weekend - 11 replies

Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to get in a little extra shop time this weekend!

843 days ago

Feeding My Dreadful Vise Vice - 7 replies

I’d been looking for an under-bench-mounted vise for a long while. Last week, a CL posting caught my eye. A man was selling two Record vises, models 52D and 52ED. I went to look at them and bought both for a total of $90. As far as I can tell, the two models are the same except for the location of the “MADE IN ENGLAND” st...

852 days ago

Titebond Information - 9 replies

I have an unheated shop in New England. In the cold weather, I always do glue-ups in the house. I use Titebond III. During the Spring and Fall, the temperature is often high enough to glue-up in the shop during the day, but then drops below the recommended temperature at night. In this situation, I haul the piece into the house for the nig...

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