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|140 days ago||
Dogs in the Shop - 28 replies
Hey all, My wife and I just got an older black lab from a dog rescue association. She’s a beautiful friendly dog (as most labs are!) and of course wants to be where we are. I’ve been quite hesitant to take her into my shop with me; I’m concerned about damaging her hearing with all the power tools. I have the benefit of wearing...
|166 days ago||
Freud blade sharpening in Canada - 3 replies
Anyone in Canada know of a good sharpener for Freud saw blades? The town I live in doesn’t have anyone that will sharpen sawblades and I haven’t found too many options in Canada on the internet. I have a couple of blades that are crying to be sharpened and even with the cost of mailing them out to get sharpened, it is still cheaper t...
|246 days ago||
Even Sheen with Poly - 15 replies
I’m in the process of finishing a slab of redwood burl. I’ve put 2 coats of Minwax natural stain on it, and I want to now put several coats of polyurethane on top. I experiemented a bit on the underside of the slab with gloss poly and the sheen was quite uneven. Any tricks to getting a nice even sheen when using poly? I typically use...
|253 days ago||
LJ Membership expiry - 62 replies
I had way too much time on my hands this morning and scrolled through the 1032 pages of “members” who have signed up for an LJ account but never posted. 1032 pages x 35 members/page = 36120 LJ “members” who have contributed nothing to this site other than a numbers boost. This is more than half of the total LJ membership....
|299 days ago||
Stabilizing punky wood slab - 13 replies
Hey all, I have a large slab of redwood burl that I want to make into a coffee table. As you can see from the pics, some of the wood on the edges is pretty soft. I have read about turners using epoxy/CA glue to stabilize wood for small turning projects, however I’m not sure how I’d use CA glue to stabilize the large edge of this sla...
|310 days ago||
How many types of Wood in your shop? - 19 replies
I use wood scraps from my shop in my wood stove. I sometimes have a unique mix of scraps that end up in the fire. It makes me curious what species of wood we all have in our shops at any one time. Here’s what is currently in my shop:Walnut, Oak, Maple, Cedar, Poplar, Pine, Cherry, Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Yellowheart, African Blackwood, Che...
|347 days ago||
Bench length without sagging - 9 replies
Hey all, I’m building a bench out of a slab of elm to compliment a elm slab trestle table I’ve made for the dining room. The slab is ~2 1/2” thick and about 75” long. I’m just curious if it would be strong enough to support 4 people without bowing in the middle or if I’ll have to design some sort of support ...
|371 days ago||
How do you mortise? - 66 replies
Hey all, I am curious how everyone cuts their mortise’s. I have tried a couple of different methods (hand cut, router, drill press) and not really been satisfied with ease and/or accuracy. I know that there are probably as many different ways of cutting mortises as their are LJ’s; how does everyone do theirs?
|416 days ago||
Fixing Cracks in Slabs part 2 - 4 replies
Another question for those of you who’ve worked with large slabs; I have some cracks on the bottom of a large elm slab that I’m going to use for a tabletop. The crack is about 1/2 deep in a 2 1/2” thick slab. I don’t care about the appearance (it’s going to be the underside of the tabletop) but I would not be happy ...
|420 days ago||
Fixing Cracks in Slabs - 18 replies
I’m building a dining room table using several 2.5” thick slabs of elm. On one of the ends there are a couple of long cracks through the slabs. I’ve seen many tables like this with “butterflies” over the cracks; my questions for those of you that have done this:-is this necessary to stop the cracks from progressing?...
|558 days ago||
Summertime Lull - 8 replies
I’ve realized that I’ve barely been on LJ’s over the past month. Mostly my time on LJ’s directly correlates with the amount of time I spend woodworking. As summertime approaches I’ve barely spent any time in the shop over the past month, and though I have several projects in mind, I have little desire to build them ...
|560 days ago||
Future of Ebony - 1 reply
I found this quite an interesting video. I applaud Bob Taylor for his efforts to harvest ebony in a more ecologically sound manner. I think that we’ll still see a lot of different “exotic” woods become unavailable in the next 50 years though; some of the hard wood trees have taken over 100 years to grow, our rate of harvesting ...
|656 days ago||
How would you fix this?? - 12 replies
My wife has a bedside table that her grandfather made for her, years ago. It is a good example of what happens when wood moves…as you can see the trim has pulled away from the top. I’d like to repair it; the easiest way would be just to cut the trim off and replace it; the problem with this is that I don’t think that I could ma...
|662 days ago||
What's on your shop "To-Do" list? - 45 replies
It seems like every project I realize that I need to make a new jig or that my workshop could use some other sort of improvement to improve efficiency/safety/increase storage space etc. I’ve had a bunch of stuff to build for my new house, so the shop projects have been sorely neglected. Recently I made a list, of which I hope to tackle at ...
|712 days ago||
I have a few 20×20” walnut shelves I’ve glued up; my plan was to finish them using handplanes rather than sanding, but I’ve run into a few difficulties.1)Removing the glue squeeze out; I scrapped off most of it before it was dry, but I’m still having to plane off some of it; it’s killing the edge on the blade o...
|748 days ago||
Sign me up for Wood Hoarders Anonymous - 9 replies
Took an awkward step towards recovery from my wood hoarding addiction and got rid of a small amount of scrap pine, trim and some oak railing and balluster (from a house I no longer live in but that I was keeping “just in case”). Cut it all into smaller pieces for firewood but I had tears in my eyes as I did it…
|851 days ago||
LJ's in the Toronto Area - 0 replies
Saw this ad on Kijiji a few days ago;http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-equipment-hand-plane-collection-300-W0QQAdIdZ303381616 I emailed asking for pics, here is the response: “i have about 10 #78’s—can be changed from rabbot to bullnosed rabbot.A record #405 in oak box complete,mint with 28 blades and book.—1877 stanley c...
|856 days ago||
Question about plane restoration - 23 replies
I’ve started to restore a couple of hand planes and I have a few questions for those of you with more experience with this. First plane is a Stanley Bailey #4 type 12. I’ve been attempting to flatten the sole; how flat is flat enough?? I have read that the important parts are to have the toe, mouth and heel all flat relative to each ...
|913 days ago||
Stanley Bedrock vs. Lie-Nelson - 21 replies
So, as a handplane novice (and a woodworker novice) and recently inspired by Garrett Hack’s handplane book, I was thinking about investing in a good smoothing plane. Curiously though, the #604 Stanley Bedrock planes on Ebay are more expensive than a new Lie-Nelson #4 smoother. Other than the nostalgia, and the potential appreciation in val...
|932 days ago||
Need Shop Floor advice - 1 reply
My wife and I have purchased a new house with a marginally larger garage than what I have now (currently 13×23, moving to 17×30). Thankfully she doesn’t want to do anything silly like park a car in the garage, and has given it over to be my workshop. My current garage has a pressure treated plywood floor, with no underlying concr...