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03-28-2011 11:52 PM

Solar Generator - 18 replies

Hey guys! I’m planning to build a relatively small workshop and am very interested in running it on solar power. At the moment I operate out of a spare upstairs room in our home. I mainly handcraft wooden rings and build ring boxes, etc., so I’m not a heavy power-tool user. I run a small benchtop dust collector (Grizzly G9955...

10-25-2009 03:07 AM

Wood identification - 8 replies

Hey, fellow LJs! We had a customer send some wood to be used in a set of rings for himself and his wife. The wood comes from New York. The customer isn’t sure what kind of wood it is. From what I can tell, this must have been a fallen limb. It has some spalting going on and the wood is just prior to becoming “punky”. ...

10-02-2009 08:53 PM

Bandsaw blade question - 7 replies

Hey guys! Well, with more and more requests for wooden rings made from customer-supplied wood, I decided to purchase a bandsaw. Up until now, I’ve been getting by with splitting thin stock in some species (hickory, oaks… really easy) or carefully cutting by hand with a pullsaw and sanding down to the appropriate thickness for ben...

09-11-2009 09:41 PM

Floating Tenon Joinery on Chairs? - 14 replies

Have any of you guys ever used floating tenon joinery on pieces that might see lots of racking/use/wear-n-tear… like on chairs or other types of furniture? Not long ago I did some basic tests wherby I cut and sanded two pieces (some 3” round pine pieces that had been air-drying for a few months) each at an angle so that they would...

08-02-2009 04:01 AM

Rotary Cutter for veneers - 8 replies

Wanted to share this for anyone else who works with thin material… Today I tried cutting some veneer with standard rotary cutters (the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart or fabric stores… Fiskars brand in this case… around $17.) Prior to this, I’ve been using a hobby/x-acto knife with a metal straight-edge/ruler (with...

06-13-2009 02:53 AM

Small dust collection system? - 9 replies

I’ve been quite busy with the wearable wooden rings lately. Most of the time I work on them in my house – in a spare upstairs room (no workshop yet). The issue is… I do a lot of hand-sanding on these guys. Granted, these are small items so we’re not talking about a pile of dust, but it’s enough that I go over t...

06-08-2009 05:02 PM

finish for wearable wood rings - 6 replies

My dad often tells me “Everything’s a tradeoff.” Selecting a finish for wearable wooden rings is one of those cases. I currently have two choices: #1: I can use a fairly durable membrane finish (have used Waterlox and currently General Finishes Arm-R-Seal) to achieve the shimmering grain and glossy look that so many cus...

05-10-2009 04:55 AM

MXBON cyanoacrylate glue for wood? - 19 replies

Hey guys! I currently use Gorilla Glue for my wearable wooden rings, particularly the ones that are built up from several layers of wood and cut out. However, for the bentwood rings I am looking into cyanoacrylate / “super” glues. Today I tried the Gorilla brand super glue, and found it so much more convenient for gluing up th...

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