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04-13-2015 08:10 PM

EEK! Seeking Advice on a Big Smear Showed up after stain! - 7 replies

So my guitchair is in the finishing stage now. Just stained it last night and there’s what appears to be a glue type smear on the top back. I used hide glue, and was careful not to get too much of it anywhere else, and I’m sure this stain wasn’t from my doing, but prior finish and abuse the chair saw before I picked it out of a...

03-23-2015 05:29 PM

What's this slot in the hutch used for? - 11 replies

My mom has a hutch (not too old, maybe 1970’s) which has an odd slot in the shelf. The back of the shelf has a groove routed for standing up plates and platters. The small middle shelf has a slot on the front edge however which is cut ALL THE WAY THRU the shelf. We’ve been racking our brains trying to figure out why. Perhaps hanging ...

03-23-2015 04:44 PM

Rotating Pictures before Posting - 10 replies

I’m seeing a LOT of project pictures that hurt my neck to look at because they’re sideways, so I wanted to post some picture tips that I use: When taking a picture with the iphone, the volume button should be at the bottom and the home button on the right. In this orientation, the picture won’t need to be rotated or anything...

12-15-2013 04:12 PM

Replacing a broken chair spindle - 3 replies

We have an old Windsor style rocker that is getting passed down the family tree, but it’s missing a spindle. In order to closely duplicate the pattern, I took a photo of it next to a ruler and printed the picture out so it was to scale. I took measurements at several critical points, and also taped a copy to the tool rest on the lathe. It ...

09-27-2012 12:44 AM

What is this thing? A Mystery Measuring Gauge - 32 replies

I don’t remember where I picked up this little thing, but it’s been in the bottom of my toolbox beckoning me to figure it out. It’s a little over 4” long, solid brass with a steel slot gauge. The numbered notches don’t correspond to either fractions of an inch or metric scales. The slot marked 1 is about 3/64”...

08-31-2012 01:31 AM

GE Motor wiring help needed 5-wire 1/4HP - 7 replies

I bought a used GE 1/4 HP 1725 RPM motor and need some help figuring out the wiring. I bought the motor from the Michigan State University Surplus store for $20. It came out of some laboratory and looks to be barely used. Unfortunately, under the plate, the wires are not connected to the terminal plate, they are just “in there” and a...

08-26-2012 03:51 AM

WOOD EXPO in Charlotte, Michigan September 7, 8 2012 - 2 replies

If you live in Southern Michigan, NW Ohio, or NE Indiana, you might want to mark your shop calendars for the Wood Expo at Johnson’s Workbench in Charlotte, MI on September 7 and 8. I go to the show every year and try not to spend myself into the poorhouse. Great deals on lumber, tool demos, lots of informational sessions. Since there are ...


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