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"Lumber core" plywood - be sure  you know what you're getting

"Lumber core" plywood - be sure you know what you're getting

03-14-2010 10:56 PM by JJohnston | 11 comments »

I thought I’d try a new (to me) product I found at my local “good” lumberyard – “lumber core plywood” – to build a few utility-grade shop projects. It’s made of solid lumber pieces laminated with thin face veneers. The core pieces are tongue-and-groove joined along their edges, which you can see in the first picture (if you can’t make out the part in focus, look below and to the right at the piece in the clamps. You can see the contrast be...

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Harbor Freight 1-ton foldable shop crane

Harbor Freight 1-ton foldable shop crane

02-14-2010 04:12 AM by JJohnston | 6 comments »

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93840 Like many of you, I’m leery of a lot of Harbor Freight items, but I decided to take a chance on this shop crane to lift a couple of heavy machines onto their stands – an 8” parallelogram jointer and this 14” bandsaw. It’s really nothing more than a hydraulic jack and some welded steel tubing, so what could go wrong? As recommended, I got a bottle of jack oil at the same time as the crane...

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