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|4 days ago||
I’m looking for those brass hinges you see on cheap wooden boxes They’re small and thin and don’t take screws. The outer edge of each leaf is bent 90 degrees and serrated and it is pressed into the wood. You usually see them on throwaway type boxes if that makes sense. Anyone know what they’re really called, and where I c...
|5 days ago||
Whatzit4? - 20 replies
I feel like I’ve asked this before but forgotten the answer. So here it is again. This time I promise to write it down.I have a few of these bits. They are some sort or drill bit, or maybe milling bit or router bit. I think they are carbide because they are much heavier than regular drill bits of the same size. The finish on them is also m...
|8 days ago||
Help me reverse this motor please. - 19 replies
I’m not scared of electricity or motors but this one has me stumped. I need to reverse the direction it’s running and there is no diagram on/in it. It’s a JET 3/4 HP, 110/220 1725 rpm 4-pole motor. I opened it up inside expecting to see more wires than this: I’ve got a black and red coming out to one lead.I’v...
|10 days ago||
I just blew up my oven. (FIXED!) - 24 replies
Cooking dinner – the last chicken pot-pie in a Marie Callenders 4-pack – and the oven died a violent death. It was about 5 minutes into cooking and I just happened to be in the kitchen with my back to the oven when I heard a loud pop and a big hissing and cracking noise like you get when welding. I turned around and looked at the ove...
|12 days ago||
saw and axe info - a website worth checking out. - 6 replies
This has probably been mentioned on LJ before, but here it is again for anyone who missed it. The Federal Highway Administration has a bunch of publications by the US Forest Service. You can download pdf versions of all sorts of saw books – crosscut saws, how to choose them, how to sharpen them, how to identify them in the wild (so you ...
|19 days ago||
Needed - switch for drill press - 29 replies
I’m finally finishing the refurb on a Craftsman 113.24560 drill press. It came with most of the electrical guts missing. (It had a 1/3hp motor that had been soaking in water, no other electrical whatsoever). Original replacement parts are no longer available. Here’s the diagram: All that stuff sits in the head of the drill pre...
|21 days ago||
Need help converting yellow scans to white - 12 replies
Although I prefer a hardcopy, I’ve downloaded quite a few old books and catalogs while doing old-tool research. It seems that 99 times out of 100 the original was yellowed with age and the people doing the scan just tossed it through the machine without tweaking the color settings so I’m left with a pdf that looks like this: (That...
|23 days ago||
User avatar images are all gone – I just see a white box with the backup words “View soandsos profile”. Those who never added their own image still have the generic guy-wearing-suspenders on a brown background thing. On reviews all the images are gone. On projects there are pics on the first page but the columns are all o...
|51 days ago||
Free Video on Saw Sharpening (There's a catch) - 8 replies
If you’re into saws, I’ve got a video by the late Tom Law called Hand Saw Sharpening. It was made by ALP Productions in 1999. It’s free to the first person who tells me he/she needs it. There’s just a couple of catches. 1. You gotta be in the US. Sorry, I’m not being xenophobic it’s just that I’m too ...
|51 days ago||
Hobby Lobby? - 14 replies
Kind of long intro here, let me lay the background, set the setting, paint the picture and so on. Or if you’re impatient you can skip on down to the questions – they’re in the last paragraph. A Hobby Lobby just opened in a city near me. They went in to the space Walmart was at before Walmart moved and super-sized. So now Hobby ...
|54 days ago||
OT: Not Enough Porn On the internet. - 20 replies
I was wondering how much the ads on the left/right of the page are related to my own previous searches, and how much is tied to the content on the page. So this is just a little test. Where is all the porn on the internet? There just isn’t enough free porn anymore. What happened to all the porn pics and videos? Can anyone recommend a go...
|67 days ago||
How do I do fake mortise tenon? - 20 replies
Picture an old baby’s crib with slats on the sides.If there are 50 slats on a side then you have to make a top rail, a bottom rail, and 100 mortises.Without an assistant and a mortise machine that would suck. I’m building something that only needs about 10 slats and I don’t want to chop 20 tiny (1/2×1”) mortises. ...
|71 days ago||
A Craigslist Whatzit - 12 replies
The guy calls it a “carving tool” and sets a price, and then admits he doesn’t know what it is, and posts three of the blurriest pics possible. Any guesses?
|82 days ago||
Help me figure out a chair design please. - 2 replies
My Mom has a nice round oak table with four antique oak spindle-back chairs that she says are too uncomfortable. I’d like to try and surprise her with a set of four chairs to match the table, but with padded seats and padded back. But I’ve been googling for ideas and all I’m finding with padded backs are the type that are compl...
|105 days ago||
8 days til I head across country and I got sucked into making a couple of surprise gifts (can’t say what, someone reads this, pics when I get back). I got all the parts for the first one made and sanded today. Early tomorrow I will assemble it. That leaves the finishing. It’s cherry, rather plain figured, and I’m going wi...
|116 days ago||
What's this lathe tool called? - 7 replies
I’ve got a lathe tool I bought a decade or so ago. I think it’s by Crown tools, but can’t find it on their website anymore. I just need to know what it’s called. First I’ll try with just a description, and hopefully someone can help before I have to break out the camera. It’s not a conventional skew, gouge,...
|120 days ago||
WTB: blank cutter 2-1/8 - 2 replies
I need to buy a blank plane iron 2-1/8 W, 6.75-7” long, and normal 3/32-1/8 thickness. I’ve got a small pile of old cutters but they won’t work for this project. I need just the iron itself, no slots or anything. I can buy a bunch through online metal store but they ship UPS and I have no road so I’d have to drive 20 mile...
|124 days ago||
WTB: Metal Shaper - Will Pick Up! - 6 replies
I’ve been looking for an affordable metalworking shaper for a few years now and they’re just not coming up in my little slice of the desert. But I’m driving cross country next month, leaving 3 September, and hopefully I can find something along the way out or back. I want a shaper – Atlas, Southbend, Cincinatti, No-nam...
|128 days ago||
Whyzit or Whozit (Not a Whatzit) - 4 replies
I went to an auction today and bought two lots. First was a Union plane, about the size of a Stanley #6 but fatter (18” long, 2.5” cutter) for $22. The other lot I paid $18 and got a cheap cold-chisel set, some nice pin punches, 2 NOS Nicholson files (large), 1 NOS Nicholson rasp (from before they stopped caring and started producing...
|134 days ago||
Any chance that somebody has a 4,000 and a 6,000 King waterstone, the older one that comes on a brown plastic holder, not the newer double-sided ones? They’re about 8”x3”. The brown plastic holder they are glued to says KING and a bunch of writing in japanese? Well I do. Along with a 10,000 grit one. And I put the 4K and 6K ...