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35 days ago

So, Just one quick cut? - 30 replies

Yeah right! Who woulda’ known that eye protection can save an eye! I never heard such a thing. You know, for all those times we asked ourselves “Where are those stinking goggles? Oh well – I just need to make one cut. What can happen?” Today, I just made one thin rip. Too thin for the anti kickback. I cleared a smal...

171 days ago

Rockler blowing out shorts - Dallas Texas - 4 replies

Howdy, I dropped by Rockler tonight in Richardson Texas. They are selling red oak and poplar shorts for a $1 a unit. A unit is arbitrary and doesn’t correspond to board feet. By my calculations, most of the shorts are running about 2.10 a board foot. Most pieces are 4 feet long. The wood is double planned and one side has been jointed. ...

241 days ago

People... - 10 replies

Friends, What makes us Tick? What do we need? I’m no expert on your needs because I’m hardly an expert on my own needs. But – And there had to be a But – I know a little about respect. I have a quick anecdote. Yesterday, 2 young men were stranded at convenience store and needed to be somewhere else. That somewhere else was 3 mil...

260 days ago

Where can I buy wood in Dallas at a decent price? - 14 replies

Howdy gents. I’m hitching a ride off another post about finding an inexpensive source of hardwoods. Please tell me if you know one. The prices I was seeing in the other post are 1/3 to 1/2 what I pay because I only know of Rockler and WoodCraft. When I look at the lumberyards online, there are no price lists. It makes it real hard to fi...

282 days ago

Why Do You Keep that Garbage?? - 12 replies

I kept asking myself why I kept those hunks of odd trim pieces. What’s the deal with that chunk of OSB? The 6 foot warped 2X4 is not fit for a sawhorse leg. And why oh why would I keep a couple of old buckets that I can’t even mix grout in? And the Rocks? What was I thinking? The clothes dryer died today and we are really tight on...

293 days ago

Big Brother - 10 replies

I can’t even have a smoke in peace without having the feeling that someone is watching me.

318 days ago

Adding upholstery to your wood work. - 7 replies

Howdy Lumberjocks, I recently saw an episode of woodsmithshop that involved a little upholstery and cushions. I think it’s a wonderful show. I just saw them make the exact same mistake that most wood workers make. Many if you have made the same mistakes because you are thinking like woodworkers. Here is the common mistake. Padding is...

446 days ago

I give bone heads a bad name!!! - 54 replies

Off cuts included for your amusement…. Stock Bosch blade that came on the table saw. Freud, full kerf, 40 tooth ripping blade. Freud, full kerf, 40 tooth ripping blade installed backwards!!!! I will turn in my novice LumberJocks card to the next member who approaches in public. That is – IF – you can stand to be see...

446 days ago

Bosch 4100 series stock blade? - 8 replies

Before I start ripping into my Brazillian Cherry with the new table saw I have a question. Should I switch out to my Freud Full kerf ripping blade or not? I don’t want to mess up the factory measurements for the fence but I want a very clean cut with no tear outs. Any advice – experience? Thanks very much for your input!

483 days ago

Best glue for Marquetry? - 7 replies

Howdy, Ever since I saw some of Paul’s (ShipWright) marquetry examples, I have been dwelling on them. Artistry, skill craftsmanship. Dwelling on them – yes. Thinking I could possibly do it – NO. Then, I caught an Episode of woodcarvers. A young lady was doing some marquetry. I’m not saying it looked simple or easy t...

495 days ago

Finish for flooring. - 5 replies

Howdy, I made some floor transition pieces out of flooring. I had to strip the finish to match the wood floor. I don’t poly will stand up to foot traffic. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of anything that would stand up to it. Recommendations?

523 days ago

How many tools today? - 8 replies

Just curious about something. Most of the tools I used today had to be put away. I was amazed by the sheer count. Task: Upholster a love seat and make legs for it. Tools:Staple pullerWire cuttersPliersChalkPencilNotepadYard stickMeasuring tapeRafter squareScissors2 upholstery needlesSewing machineClampsCarpentry hammerMalletCompressorStapl...

544 days ago

The 'Stuff' that get's in the way. - 14 replies

My garage is a total mess. There are projects in there that can potentially keep me busy for the next year. I have to clear a path just to walk through the garage. I need the garage so I can work on all those future projects. Everything has a layer of sawdust on it. Nasty!! I want a nice dill press, a workbench, great table saw with run off, ...

563 days ago

Artists - the lot of you! - 40 replies

Something has been bugging me lately. It’s about some of you artists and how you value your work. I know that much of your work is priceless and yet when you put a price tag on it, it gives a gross of $5 to $20 an hour before materials, traveling, maintenance on tools, workspace, utilities and the cost of getting new work. I understand ...

574 days ago

The dumpster find PAIN!!! - 30 replies

Some of you may recall that I found some flooring at a local lumber liquidator dumpster. Here are 2 pieces. One with original finish and one that has been stripped down. Yesterday I had a choice – cheapo belt sander or good orbital sander. I opted to by a rigid 5 inch ROS. I have already spent an equal amount on sanding discs. The p...

580 days ago

Guilty of dumpster diving.. - 23 replies

Howdy Lumberjocks, I was picking up my hard wood floor order at Lumber Liquidators yesterday. I was at the back door waiting on the loading ramp. The door opened and I had to get out of the way of the fork lift. The fork lift swang toward me again so I got out of the way again. This put me right next to their dumpster. I took a quick peek ins...

582 days ago

What did you want? What did you get? - 3 replies

Just before I got married, I decided I was going to make a very special entertainment center. We are talking early 80’s here so bear with me. It was going to be a sleek shiny black laquered masterpiece. As long as I was going to build one, I might as well knock out 2 of them. I went out and immediately bought 6 sheets of 1/2 ” build...

589 days ago

I think I got lucky on this wood - 15 replies

Howdy Lumberjocks, I got three solid oak countertops at a habitat for humanity RE’STORE over the weekend. I used some coupons and bought all of them for $32 Plus tax. Total. I have no reason to believe there are any nails and the wood is a full 2 inches thick. Right now, I only have one blade that can work with this wood so It will ...

633 days ago

Please help with plinth and rosette design. - 4 replies

I’m finished with my hallway for the most part but I’m going to make some custom door trim for the entire house. I’ve designed a plinth and rosette and made a mockup from a hunk of scrap wood. Here’s a little diagram I will use for cutting ‘next’ time. I was a little off when I eyeballed the cuts...

653 days ago

Figuring out the miter on this light? - 28 replies

The more I think about these lights as a project, the less likely I am to ever try them. I think they are Way beyond my remedial skill set. To make a simple pentagon will all sides of an equal length, the miter cut is at 36 degrees. That’s the easy part. The rest is beyond me. I thinks each short board will have to be mitered toward...

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