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04-24-2014 04:47 PM

Needle files--Do I need to spend a fortune? - 9 replies

I find myself in need of some needle files for some inlay/carvings I am doing and after a quick google search I learn that I can spend anywhere from a few bucks up to a few hundred bucks. So my question is will I regret the $10 I spend on a cheap set or the $100’s I spend on an expensive set. I’ve made it this long without them, ...

09-06-2013 03:56 PM

Plane? What is it? - 19 replies

I have a facebook friend who wants to trade this plane for some of my angelfish. For a very long time I have wanted to get into more of the hand tools than I normally use and this seems like a good chance to start with no out of pocket expense. My question is, what would I use this plane for” (yes, my head is held down in shame for not...

10-05-2012 10:53 AM

Jacked up top three - 176 replies

I have never been able to figure out how the top three are chosen, but now that I am back after my brief hiatus out of the shop, it is just really messed up. Please explain how the ranking works or remove it. I used to be able to look at it and have a pretty good guess as to what rank a project I liked would be. Now I am clueless. There ar...

07-12-2012 01:48 PM

Custom Fish Aquariums - 7 replies

I am thinking about adding a new branch to JHG WoodWorks. I want to build custom aquariums. It would join my two “hobbies” and be lots of fun…. I think. Building a cabinet for a fish tank is pretty basic. What I want to do is build custom built in aquariums. I would like to build the base, then the glass work and finally...

06-28-2012 10:15 PM

bushing inlay guide for dewalt 618 - 8 replies

I normally do my inlays by hand, but I have a commission and need to use a template. I am research kits and everything else and at this point my head is spinning. I figured I would go where the knowledge is instead of what could be fake reviews. So anyone who could suggest which brand will fit my router and give me the best inlays will have...

06-20-2012 12:39 PM

Air Force Saber Shadow Box - 6 replies

I have a commission for a Shadow Box to display a Air Force Saber. The only problem is that the box will be a gift and I do not have access to the sword. My question to you fellow Lumberjocks is, does anyone out there know where I can find the length, blade thickness and width? The box it’s self is no biggie, it’s the braces that ...

06-07-2012 02:02 AM

Frank Lloyd Wright Contest - 2 replies

I would like to start a friendly competition based on the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. The rules are pretty basic and I have tried to make them so that anyone can enter no matter what your woodworking style is. 1) The piece must be based on a work or works of Frank Lloyd Wright. 2) The piece must be a box or vessel. Basically it must...

05-24-2012 12:49 PM

Fair Commissions - 26 replies

I have a question that some of you maybe able to help me out with. I have several stores or shop close to home that would like me to put my boxes in for sale on commission. I live in a small area and all the shop owners know each other. They have set a price at 33% on top of my price. I think them making something is fair. It is their busin...

05-07-2012 11:38 PM

Weeping Cherry Log - 11 replies

My neighbor decided to cut down a beautiful cherry tree he had in his backyard over the winter. He knows I make boxes and things and asked if I wanted it. I didn’t want to see it go to the dump so I said sure. I have never dried my own lumber before and am kind of clueless. I have read about it, but I figured a lot of folks on here d...

04-10-2012 01:26 AM

Dovetail Jigs - 19 replies

I have a gentleman that is looking to have a desk built. He wants the faceframes dovetailed to the side panels and the side panels dovetailed to the back panel etc. Now it has been a few years since I have used a dovetail jig. I used a porter-cable to make drawers for year but no longer have the jig. I am going to need a way to dovetail up ...

03-29-2012 05:21 PM

What's up with this Julliet123 - 19 replies

I don’t know what is up with this profile, but it looks like it has spamed about 50 blog post in the past few mins. whats up??? This needs to be addressed and fixed immediately !!!!!!!!!!!!!1 here is the profile link. I hope someone does something about this. This is the kind of thing that is not acceptable in my opinion. http:/...

03-26-2012 01:12 AM

What did you do today? - 38 replies

I was wondering what everyone did today. I was going to work on a countertop but the rain keep me inside. The top is to big to easily work on inside my small shop so I figured I would wait for the nice weather tomorrow. So what do you do on a rainy day? I found a Mahogany box left over from the big batch of boxes I did at Christmas time. It...

03-25-2012 03:57 PM

What is your favorite wood and why? - 28 replies

I am sitting here looking through lumberyard websites and there are so many beautiful woods out there. So many I have never worked with or even seen for that matter. My current favorite is Bolivian Rosewood also known as Santos Rosewood. I find it extremely beautiful and easy to work and it leaves my shop smelling wonderful. I have read th...

03-15-2012 01:08 AM

Need to buy some hardware for sliding doors on a cabinet - 9 replies

I am designing a hostess stand and need to have sliding doors instead of normal swinging doors. I am not real familiar with this type of hardware and was wondering if anyone out there is. I am mostly wondering if there is a product out there that is built and designed well for this purpose. I’m sure there is since I see them anywhere, ...

01-27-2012 04:16 PM

router tables???? - 7 replies

I have been using the router table extension on my craftsman table saw. It worked great with the craftsman router until I just replaced it with a dewalt. I cannot make up my mind weather to try and drill new holes through the cast iron, buy a router table, or build one. I will be needing it soon and just cannot make up my mind what to do. Th...

01-06-2012 07:20 PM

Has anyone put polyacrylic over tung oil finish? - 7 replies

I was wonder if anyone has tried to put polyactylic over a tung oil finish. I am more interested in long term. Maybe a project from a few years ago. My main concerns are adhesion problems if the piece ever warms up enough for the oil to weep. The project I have in mind is a mahogany box that I think the oil finish will really bring out the...

04-13-2011 04:08 PM

new machines in a small shop - 10 replies

I have always worked in small shops but never as small as my garage. I am trying to fit everything I need in it and still have room to use it. I know I have to make sacrifices, but how much power verses space should I give? The three main pieces I still need are a jointer, band saw, and lathe. I figure I can get away with a 6” bench...


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