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|11-11-2015 08:08 PM||
My Veterans Day Thoughts - 4 replies
Thank you to all the men and woman on this site who have served our country. This day has my mind spinning. Less than a week ago, on Nov 5, my Dad passed away. He was just 13 days shy of his 98th birthday. His mind was all there right up to the end. Given that we are all going to die, I cannot imagine it going any better than it did for h...
|09-17-2015 12:17 PM||
Spam For Breakfast - 4 replies
I laughed when I saw this in my email spam folder this morning: Dear costumer, Congratulations! Your application for the U.S. citizenship is ready to be approved. You have the opportunity to be authorized to live and work in the USA as a lawful permanent resident. The Green Card is going to be prepared for you in 1 month… Apparently ...
|04-01-2015 12:54 PM||
Another Veritas First - 9 replies
Has anyone purchased one of these Veritas custom bench planes from Lee Valley? It seems like a great way to get a very special plane. http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=72875&cat=1,230,41182,48944
|01-23-2015 12:46 PM||
The Next Step Beyond Lumberjock - 12 replies
Don’t miss out on this hot new trend!http://gearjunkie.com/the-rise-of-the-lumbersexual
|01-17-2015 08:44 PM||
Antique Planes - 2 replies
Last week I started volunteering some time at our town’s Historical Society. Through complete luck, my timing was perfect. The Historical Society runs a museum of local history. They recently opened an old trunk that had been sitting in a back room since the 1970’s. Inside, with all the rodent nests and droppings, was a large col...
|01-15-2015 06:54 PM||
A Bit Overwhelmed - 8 replies
I believe that there are others here that will understand how I am feeling. My dad is still with us at 97. His life has been unlike that of anyone else that I know. I believe that his experiences in the Air Force flying bombing missions over Europe during WWII shaped the rest of his life in many ways. Surviving all those days when there wa...
|12-22-2014 12:24 PM||
Old Nesting Screwdrivers - 11 replies
My father is 97 years old. I recently inherited two small boxes of hand tools from him. It is an amazing feeling to handle these tools that I remember using so often myself 40-some years ago in my dad’s little basement workshop. My plan is to give most of these tools to my mechanically inclined son on his 11th birthday. Among the t...
|10-21-2014 02:01 PM||
Interesting NBSS Essay - 9 replies
This essay was written by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, president of North Bennet Street School and published in the Fall 2014 issue of the school’s newsletter Benchmarks. http://www.nbss.edu/about/news/makermovement/index.aspx
|07-10-2014 12:41 AM||
Small Business Series - 7 replies
Even though I do not run my own woodworking business, I still found this five-part series in the NY Times very interesting. http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/my-disturbing-experience-with-employee-reviews/?php=true&type=blogs&_r=0
|03-12-2014 11:44 PM||
Lesson Learned (Honey, I Shrunk The ...) - 4 replies
I am making another Jefferson/Underhill book box like these:http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47280 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...
|01-13-2014 03:23 PM||
A Tragic Reminder - 4 replies
As a parent and hobbyist woodworker, this story really hit me.
|01-09-2014 07:31 PM||
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...
|01-02-2014 05:20 PM||
Peter Korn's Book - 1 reply
I think that this is interesting:http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/garden/make-of-it-whatever-you-will.html?src=dayp&_r=0 I am going to get his book from the library.
|12-23-2013 10:21 PM||
Art Rollins - 6 replies
I am sad to pass on the news that Art Rollins (http://lumberjocks.com/arts) 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. ...
|11-16-2013 06:21 PM||
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:http://lumberjocks.com/images/.png They should be FileName.png Thanks.
|04-18-2013 02:19 PM||
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:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzMsagY7oRs
|04-14-2013 01:16 AM||
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...
|02-18-2013 11:38 PM||
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:
|02-09-2013 01:30 PM||
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’ ...
|11-23-2012 07:27 PM||
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...