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|07-26-2015 04:09 PM||
DIY shows and the ROS (random orbit sander) - 11 replies
Howdy, I used to watch DIY shows all the time. Nowadays I watch occasionally. I still learn and get new ideas but I don’t immerse myself. There is something I have never seen on one of those shows. They don’t show the correct handling of an ROS. What I see time and time again is people using the sanders with rapid back and f...
|07-08-2015 04:21 AM||
This is woodworking! - 14 replies
Howdy, I have spent the last 3 weekends working with my son on his 2002 Honda Civic si. Yep, I’m covering new ground here. It started when my son was stranded and dismayed that his radiator was leaking. We pulled out the radiator and found the culprit. We ran to the auto parts store and my son was already giving up hope. He needed ne...
|04-28-2015 04:21 AM||
A frame finishing trick. - 7 replies
Howdy, I know there are a whole bunch of ways to skin a cat. So here’s one more. If someone already does this, I’m not surprised. It’s really hard to finish all sides of a picture frame unless you can get to all sides without touching an area you already added the finish to. Try this. Grab those tiny clamps that cam...
|12-06-2014 02:28 PM||
Router planing plywood uh-oh! - 4 replies
Howdy, A few weeks ago I shared a very basic sled design with everyone. I am happy with the basic sled but I ran into an issue when planing my sideways Baltic birch. Please forgive the lack of details in the picture below. You see I have spent several hours sanding the uh-ohs. Most of my problems have been sanded away. Enough of that. T...
|11-30-2014 01:08 AM||
Cornering a width of board without waste. - 12 replies
Howdy, You might be able to take advantage of this math equation. Its a little basic algebra that can really help. How do you turn this:Into this?: I’m not talking about the rabbit cuts. I’m talking about how to calculate exactly how much to rip so when you glue up the two parts you get the piece that is as thick as it is wi...
|11-29-2014 12:28 AM||
Out-feed\In-feed roller stand. - 9 replies
I have kinda sorta wanted to buy some of those adjustable height roller stands. But its like this. They were just expensive enough for me buy something I really wanted instead. My wife bought me an el cheapo work-light a few years back that when through halogen bulbs like candy. One side of it broke a month ago. I was going to refurbish the t...
|11-27-2014 04:09 AM||
Collins Quality 10 inch miter saw. - 2 replies
Howdy, I’m putting out a tickler tonight with a quest for information. My step brother passed away about 10 years ago. He was a midly retarded man with a heart of gold. Although you could not expect him to create something visionary, he could build some nice simple cabinets that were high quality and very sturdy. His basic woodworking s...
|11-22-2014 11:21 PM||
Christmas came early for the fiddler. - 14 replies
Howdy, Many of you know that I have been working with my fingernails for a while. Finding the right tools at a good price is really hard sometimes. All my patient craigslist monitoring has finally paid to off. I saw an add on Thursday night for some clamps. They looked good in the picture and I was willing to take a risk on them. I go...
|09-18-2014 09:39 PM||
Mark-ism 785 - 6 replies
I needed a laugh. Work has turned into a living nightmare for the past few months. I saw a sign above the sink that just gave voice to the painful parts of the craziness. If you look closely at the images, you might just find the Markism. I was too busy laughing to be legible and coherent. It will take good eyes to find my correction. ;) ...
|08-15-2014 11:57 PM||
Bosch TS4100 went silent. Come back to me!!! - 18 replies
Howdy, I was ripping up some 4/8 harder than Hell mystery wood. The TS said “uh uh” about 2 feet in. It tripped. I decided that the mystery wood didn’t need to be ripped real suddenly. I confidently said to myself, “I think I’ll just find the reset button and give it a push.” Guess what? No reset button....
|06-29-2014 05:40 AM||
New Users. - 11 replies
Hi, New user accounts Hank Weidman and Ratunga are Trolls. The two accounts posted profanity on my Blog. Hank posted profanity on my home page. More than likely, both accounts belong to the same user. Thanks for the awesome site! This is my first run in with this level of childishness on Lumberjocks. That speaks Very well for the admins. ...
|06-06-2014 10:35 PM||
Mark-ism 784 - 5 replies
I remember my younger days when I would work out, shower then immediately go to a night club. I wanted everyone to marvel at my swollen chest and biceps as I sauntered through the door. If at all possible, I wanted every guy in the place to be intimidated and every girl to want my body. Yeah – uh huh. I’ll go straight to a tangen...
|06-04-2014 10:11 PM||
Mark-ism 783 - 7 replies
My relevance to this world can only be quantified through the use of an asymptotic line as it approaches 0. For those of us who tossed our math studies out the window when we didn’t need them anymore, I will translate. I’m about as important as fly squat. Still – my peculiar and rather nerdy mind comes up with Mark-isms. I provide Mark-isms f...
|05-25-2014 01:59 PM||
I can't stand it! I have to share! - 7 replies
Everyone, I have been watching a liquidation website for woodworking tools. The tools keep on popping up and I can’t take advantage due to location, need or other reasons. http://www.lonestaronline.com/listings/details/index.cfm?itemnum=1074316708 Just use the online auctions link on the main page. I have seen entire sets of high end...
|05-17-2014 08:18 PM||
Yard sale surprised the heck out of me. - 8 replies
I’m redoing the office. I say office but I really mean the room that caught all of our junk for years. I went ahead and put my entire DVD collection in binders and added a ton of shelf space to the closet. I had the 3 huge shelves I made years ago (not nice ones and the garage was already getting crowded with stuff from the room). Where t...
|04-20-2014 01:23 AM||
Wood Sleuths - Am I right? - 22 replies
I believe these pallet slats are Jatoba. Any other opinions? I’m worried about bringing this wood into my shop. One of the planks has played host to a bunch of critters. Should I just wave this wood on it’s merry way to the fire pit? Any advice would be appreciated. I’d kind of like to use this wo...
|03-14-2014 12:59 AM||
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...
|10-29-2013 01:39 AM||
Rockler blowing out shorts - Dallas Texas - 5 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. ...
|08-19-2013 11:00 PM||
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...
|08-01-2013 03:03 AM||
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...