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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...

08-29-2012 11:20 PM

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...

08-07-2012 02:28 PM

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...

07-21-2012 12:44 PM

Electrical Help - A Little Too Late - 4 replies

07-15-2012 02:13 PM

Not Just Any Sunday - 4 replies

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

07-03-2012 11:55 AM

Wooden Roller Coasters - 5 replies

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

06-29-2012 07:39 PM

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!

04-30-2012 10:05 PM

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...

04-21-2012 12:14 PM

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...

04-01-2012 11:40 AM

Looking For Opinions On Plane Accessory - 3 replies

I am wondering what others think about the value of this new accessory from LV:,42401 Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

04-01-2012 08:10 AM

Anti Gravity Cartoon Gallery - 18 replies

OK, I’ll get the ball rolling!

01-27-2012 03:13 AM

Lee Valley Assembly Clamps - 8 replies

I just noticed these clamps on sale at LV:,43837,43838&p=68986 I am guessing that these are new and this is an introductory offer. The ViseGrip-like mechanism is intriguing. I am wondering if anyone has any experience using these clamps that they would be willing to share. Thanks. ...

01-16-2012 08:35 PM

Fences and More Fences - 11 replies

I thought it was odd that four of the five most recent forum topics were fence-related, and not the kind that you find on a woodworking tool. I guess that I am adding another one.

01-01-2012 06:37 PM

Cedar Waxwings - 5 replies

We have some crab-apple trees in our front yard that retain the fruit long after the leaves have fallen. Over the years, our property has become a stopover for the cedar waxwings migrating from the summer breading range in Canada to the winter range in the southern US and as far as South America. The birds appear in great waves and maneuver ...

12-22-2011 04:27 PM

LV Free Shipping - 5 replies

I have been filling my LV wish list in anticipation of a free shipping offer. Today is the day. LV has free shipping on orders of $40 or more today through Jan 3.

09-19-2011 02:37 AM

Economy Riding Lawn Mower - 5 replies

I came across this on CL: I mow a large lot with lots of hills and other challenges. But, I am temped to buy this and only use it on the front lawn to see the reactions of the people driving by..

04-01-2011 01:46 PM

Another Veritas Innovation - 13 replies

I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this new Veritas product? It sure looks like an amazing tool to add to the collection!

03-04-2011 03:08 AM

"Antique Hand Saw" On CL - 3 replies

I wonder if the poster really thinks he is selling an antique saw. I copied the listing here in case it gets corrected soon: this saw has a steel handle and its heavygotta be 150 yoIt would look great above a mantle or hanging on the wall

12-26-2010 04:30 PM

Seeking Advice On "New" Tool - 5 replies

We have some wonderful neighbors. Last night they stopped by to visit. They had a gift for each member of our family. The great part of this was that the gifts were all things that they “found around the house” and fit perfectly with our particular interests. (If you saw their house, you would understand how this is possible!) ...

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