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|09-30-2016 11:38 AM||
Routing an exact centre - 4 replies
So there I was 20 minutes ago, staring at my little piece of wood, wondering how i was going to manage to route a slot exactly in the centre of it.Often I have a scrap piece of exactly the same width, so I experiment on that until I’m dead centre – but in this case I didn’t.Sometimes I have “spare” at the end of the...
|08-10-2016 04:04 PM||
Correct use of Japanese Saws? - 8 replies
I’m just back from the ‘shop, where I was cutting some finger joints using a Kataba that I bought a couple of years go. So impressed was I when I first bought it that I subsequently added a Ryoba, Dozuki and different sized Kataba. It would not be an overstatement to say that these saws have revolutionized my woodworking – n...
|05-26-2016 06:59 PM||
Project cards broken... - 12 replies
All links to “Project cards” after, and including, this one…No Project Cardnever finish, and, if I try to open them in a new tab or window, I get the “Oops! We couldn’t find this page for you” error.Before that project, all is well.
|08-10-2015 11:38 AM||
What type of glue was it...? - 8 replies
A goodly number of years ago I remember watching a box-making woodworking video. The guy did his thing, and, having made a finger joint box, he assembled it. I thought he was just test-fitting, but then he took some glue (I recall it being a small tube, but I wouldn’t swear to it) and applied it to the various joins, allowing capilla...
|09-26-2014 11:59 AM||
Semi-natural wood art - 4 replies
My wife and I have just finished our yearly “tourism in Portugal” week, and we stumbled across these rather fine pieces of art in the gardens surrounding Pombal Castle. Perhaps they’ll inspire someone…
|03-14-2014 07:25 PM||
I think we should have emoticons! - 11 replies
There’s been a bunch of stuff recently which centres around the difficulty in reading shortish comments on forum topics, and working out whether tongue was in cheek, tongue was stuck out, or no tongue was involved at all. People can easily become confused. Was that comment sarcastic, or straight up, or straight up offensive? I try...
|03-06-2014 12:41 PM||
His passing was reported, sadly, 4 days ago now. His profile has many condolence messages. I think it’s time he took his place among the great and departed on the in memoriam page.
|03-04-2014 12:23 PM||
I'd like to see a change... - 32 replies
...to the way that the “Daily Top 3” is determined. Oh no – not again – I can hear the sighs! Anyways… This rather fine piece of work… Didn’t manage to make it into the top 3.Quite a few comments, quite a few favourites, but it still didn’t make it. The basic reason was, I believ...
|02-20-2014 07:43 AM||
Some of the icons are missing... - 11 replies
I was on this page… http://lumberjocks.com/MsDebbieP And on the buddies list on the left you’ll see that “John McCormick” has no icon. This isn’t an isolated case – same problem here, and almost certainly elsewhere. FireFox and Safari on OSX (although if you look at the html you’ll see th...
|02-07-2014 06:05 PM||
Top 3 broken? - 27 replies
Maybe I don’t quite understand the whole “Daily Top 3” thing, but, looking at the pages just now, I count, in the daily top 3… 9 (nine) projects saying “1 day ago” 6 (six) projects saying “2 days ago” 8 (eight) projects saying “3 days ago” 6 (six) projects saying “4 days ago...
|01-19-2014 12:45 PM||
Armbands... - 6 replies
This time of year it’s somewhat cold (10°C) in my ‘shop, so I tend to wear a jumper. A pair of these guys… Easily and quickly transforms this somewhat dangerous situation… Into something less pretty, but a lot less dangerous… And it does it with style!
|01-12-2014 12:48 PM||
Prototyping - 17 replies
As I’ve been a little bit better at this woodworking thing, I’ve found projects are taking me longer and longer to complete – possibly because I’ve got wackier, partly because I’m looking to do a better job, and partly because I’ve become a lot more critical of the final result.And there’s nothing frustr...
|01-09-2014 05:50 PM||
A Market Opportunity - 6 replies
There are often threads along the lines of “What sells at craft fairs?”, “What can I make easily and sell for mega-bucks?” etc etc I think what I’m about to describe is a big opportunity to make money – at fairs, mail-order, and with strategic partnerships with vendors. No, there’s no pdf to pay for, ...
|01-04-2014 06:32 PM||
Aren't bandsaws the wrong way around? - 22 replies
Up front I should say I have little or no actual personal experience with a bandsaw, or a tablesaw – but I’ve seen a lot of pictures, and watched a lot of videos. On all the tablesaws I’ve seen, as the blade spins towards you, the fence is to the right of the blade. The “waste” wood is on the left, and the piece ...
|12-27-2013 03:13 PM||
PPD... - 12 replies
...or Post Project Depression. I’m wondering if anyone else suffers from this, and, if so, if they have any tips. So the latest project is finally finished – perhaps a little more finish required, maybe some wax, but the basic work is done.I might be happy with it, more likely not very (always room to have done it a lot better)...
|08-15-2012 11:11 AM||
Crisis? What Crisis? - 19 replies
Are you really sure there’s a financial crisis going on?Because I’d have thought, when times were tough, people would, if anything, try harder to sell you stuff.I’m finding it almost impossible to buy anything, basically, because it’s nigh on impossible to even get a price for something.The latest saga… I thought...
|08-11-2012 04:19 PM||
Mitred corner splines - Why? - 7 replies
I’m building my very first “thing” (it’s not a box, but if you think box you’ll be fine) using pure 45° joints. And, of course, I’m thinking of deploying splines like this… (this image nothing to do with me, just copied from here) I understand the need for, and the potential beauty of, the spli...
|08-07-2012 03:30 PM||
Who, if anyone, is actually running this site? - 48 replies
20 hours ago Martin, who used to run the site – I have no idea what he does now, added a new blog entry – part 2 of “LJ Woodworking Awards – Summer 2012 #3: Cast Your Votes!” Did he take the opportunity to remove the blatantly stolen woodworking entry? reported shortly after voting opened 5 days ago. No. Scan ...
|07-30-2012 06:29 PM||
What makes a great woodworker? - 52 replies
I’m not talking about from a design standpoint here, rather from the “great workmanship” viewpoint. Things weren’t going very well today, and I found myself at my desk and my mind drifted in this direction.I’m guessing if you took 100 random people and put them each in a well equipped shop, gave them some tuition...
|07-26-2012 04:42 PM||
Finishing ash end grain - 2 replies
Ash is one of the 3 1/2 different types of wood I can get.I’m also a big fan of end grain.My latest creation had a rather nice detail of book-matched ash end grain which looked jolly fine until I put on the finish, at which point all the detail just “fudges” – you an barely make out any of the grain. It isn’t just t...