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|308 days ago||
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...
|312 days ago||
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...
|316 days ago||
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 ...
|323 days ago||
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...
|327 days ago||
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...
|329 days ago||
Other woodworking sites? - 23 replies
Asking this question might, in normal circumstances, be considered “bad form”, but there seems to be no such thing these days on LumberJocks, so I’m going to ask… What other woodworking sites would people recommend?My personal main interest is in seeing a wide variety of projects rather than being able to ask questions...
|330 days ago||
Productivity is down but smiles are UP! - 12 replies
Last week we found an abandoned kitten between our wall and our (rabbit proof) fence. Gosh did he have a voice on him! Over the next few days we tried to find the mother, but, alas, to no avail. He’s been taking up a lot of my waking time this last week. It’s quite amazing how he grows from one day to the next – a week ago he c...
|332 days ago||
Where have all the flowers gone, and why? - 6 replies
Yesterday I started my research ahead of building another stool.As is my custom, I started by doing a tag search on LJ and looking at the many stools that have been posted here – some excellent work and some great ideas for my own project.However, I was shocked by the number of people who’d posted great work and hadn’t been on ...
|333 days ago||
Inspirational quotes... - 15 replies
A lot of Jocks here have great tag-lines – some amusing, many inspirational. A few of my favo(u)rite inspirational quotes are… "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step" Lao Tzu "A wise man plants trees under which he will never sit." Chinese proverb "There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to tr...
|334 days ago||
Oily rags - what now? - 15 replies
So I’ve been a good boy, and I now have a small bucket of water full of oily (linseed and tung) rags and steel wool. Everything I’ve ever read says this is the right thing to do to avoid spontaneous combustion, but I don’t recall anywhere seeing what you do with them afterwards. So, my question … what do I do with them...
|343 days ago||
Masterworks of our art - 19 replies
We all know, I hope, some of the most famous works in the “painted arts” – the Mona Lisa, the Scream etc etc.And Masterworks of literature – Romeo and Juliet, The Catcher in the Rye, Nausea etc etc. (I’m looking to argue about these, they are but examples) I was wondering, what do people think are the “Mast...
|353 days ago||
Why isn't my router table flat? - 24 replies
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to move to a large-than-cupboard-sized workshop, and one of my first tasks was to make a new (version 3) router table.I do almost everything on my router table (which is why it’s the only tool you can see in the ‘shop), and I thought I’d treat myself to a “manufactured” router...
|365 days ago||
Wood generally changes colour when the finish is applied – something dull and lifeless suddenly springs to life to reveal all its glory.But I find while I’m working on a piece I like to, once in a while, get a glimpse at how it’s going to turn out – for example is that ash going to contrast with jatoba nicely or nastily?O...
|369 days ago||
Please remove DaveMu from this site - 7 replies
The user “DaveMu” on this site has made 46 posts.His only aim in life in posting the banal comments he makes, is to include single white pixel “tracker pictures” linking back to “chdsolutions.com” – some sort of web design/hosting company (whose contact form doesn’t work, by the way – I tried...
|369 days ago||
The Olive Trees of Serpa - 7 replies
We are just returned from a small holiday south of where we live in Portugal.One of the places we visited (for the third time) was SerpaFor me, one of the highlights of visiting this place is the ancient olive trees outside the city walls. Now that I have a half-decent camera, I thought I’d share a few of the pictures – although I do...
|378 days ago||
Isn't it time for a purge? - 73 replies
I found myself looking on the “Jocks” page just now, and at the “recent” members.I was shocked at the number of these people who are spammers.So I went off to google and did a search for …site:lumberjocks.com zimbio since a lot of these spammers are pointing to zimbio. there were 2,590 results.Yes, over two th...
|394 days ago||
LJ Jocks Directory - 23 replies
I’ve created 2 “LumberJocks Jocks Directory” pdf files. The first, the “basic”, is text only and looks like this… The second, the “pretty”, contains text and jock avatars and looks like this… In both cases the “Jock” is, of course, a clickable link that takes you to that ...
|434 days ago||
"Shallow cuts with the router", but how shallow? - 13 replies
I do almost everything with my router – mostly in the table, sometimes hand-held.I’m familiar with the mantra of “many shallow passes”, and I do that.I’m also a subscriber to the idea that “if it works, it works”.I also suspect that I have a tendency to be ultra-conservative, and take more passes than I ...
|444 days ago||
Mad as a March hare (video) - 4 replies
We own a few hectares in the Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede, in Portugal.Our land is completely enclosed with a rabbit proof fence. Normally this is to keep critters out, but in our case it’s to keep the rabbits, and hares, in – ours might be the only place where they’re actually safe from being shot at.Anyway, early thi...
|482 days ago||
Once again scorecardresearch... - 14 replies
...has been messing up my LJ browsing experience.Some internet research shows that I am not the only person that has had problems – there are many. Their web site, http://www.scorecardresearch.com/About.aspx says… ”We require that any website using our web tags include a notice about their use to collect anonymous traffic...