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07-16-2017 03:06 PM

Woodworking machines at auction - 3 replies

This link is for an auction near Pasadena, Tx. The school district is auctioning off machines from the schools shop classes. https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/list/current?orgid=181290

07-09-2017 04:51 PM

Wood joints - 27 replies

Ignoring the use of the Domino machine, I ask you which of the following joints is the most reliable and easiest to do?....Dowel joint; biscuit joint; spline joint; Kreg joint. I think the dowel joint is the most difficult joint to make due to the precise spacing of dowel holes. Biscuit joints are easy to do, but I always have a misalignment iss...

06-18-2017 02:08 AM

The case for using jigs - 14 replies

Jigs can be the woodworker’s best friend. True, it sometimes takes more time to make a jig than to build the project, but if you want accuracy, a jig is a worthwhile investment in time. It is also an important item when repeatability is required. I have built projects without using a jig and learned the hard way that a jig when built properly wi...

06-10-2017 09:32 PM

Bessey clamps - 46 replies

I don’t see anything special about Bessey parallel clamps; in fact, I hate them. I have 6 of them and I can never get them to clamp. I turn the screw and it doesn’t make contact with the serrations on the bar. I push in while screwing and it doesn’t want to tighten. I end up out of thread and have to back out and start again. T...

05-30-2017 08:23 PM

Building a ground level deck - 15 replies

I’m planning on building a ground level deck, 16’ x 16’. I’ve looked at many articles on line, but none seem to satisfy my situation. I am located in South Mississippi. The site for the deck is reasonably flat. I get different opinions about how to prepare the ground. One says to lay down plastic sheet over the vegetation...

05-30-2017 07:16 PM

Picnic table - 3 replies

I plan to build a picnic table, 30” wide x 96” long. I want to use decking that is made with recycled plastic (Trex or equal). I will need to tie the boards together with battens. Anyone have any experience with this type of decking? such as; what material to use for the battens? What screws to use that will hold in this plastic mate...

05-14-2017 09:47 PM

Are popcorn trees good for anything - 14 replies

Here in the South, we have an invasive specie of tree known locally as a popcorn tree. It is also known as a Chinese tallow tree and is native to Asian countries, especially China. Various forestry services in the Southern states, declare them as harmful to our native vegetation. They drain the nutrients from the soil, starving nearby vegetation...

04-15-2017 07:12 PM

Looking for a "Handyman" - 5 replies

I have some work I need to be done on my house. Due to age/ health, I can no longer climb ladders and do things I could do 20 years ago. The work I need doing is to replace facia boards, gutters and a patio roof, none of which requires much skill. I have found in the past that if I ask a “handyman” for an estimate, their quotes are a...

04-08-2017 05:05 PM

Clamping wood set at an angle - 18 replies

When clamping for a glue-up, how do I clamp 2 pieces of wood set at an angle as shown? The glued surfaces slide and any clamping pressure wants to move the angled piece.

03-30-2017 10:00 PM

Biesemeyer fences - 4 replies

Here is an idea for those who have the original Biesemeyer fences. As you know, the fence surfaces are made of Baltic birch which is attached with screws to the body of the fence and a laminate glued over it which conceals the screws. Replacing those surfaces are a pain, as you have to remove the laminate in order to get to the screws. What I...

03-28-2017 09:46 PM

Bloody hell - 18 replies

I just ran my thump into my band saw blade. Lots of blood, but I will survive. I was pushing a 4” thick block of wood through the band saw and pushing it with my left thumb when the blade broke through and my thumb went into the blade. So much for woodworking for today. I’m typing with my right hand. Now going out to the porch to dri...

03-07-2017 06:58 PM

ROS Sandpaper - 12 replies

ROS sandpaper come in 5, 6 and 8 hole styles. Does it really matter which style of sandpaper is used on any ROS? Dust pickup on most ROS’s is pretty poor unless a vacuum attachment is used.

02-19-2017 08:28 PM

Baileigh power tools - 7 replies

I have noticed Baileigh is advertising on TV. How many LJ’s own Baileigh power tools and what is your opinion of them? I have their catalog and they appear to be industrial quality. They also appear to be more expensive.

01-16-2017 06:25 PM

WARNING - 3 replies

There has been some discussion on this website regarding cutting aluminum on a band saw. It should not be done on any band saw that uses rubber or urethane tires. I started cutting aluminum on a band saw about 2 months ago and it was working great, but the other day as I was powering up my saw, there was a loud noise and the upper tire came flyi...

01-08-2017 08:44 PM

Outdoor table - 6 replies

I have an 8’ folding conference table with an MDF top. It was left out in the rain and now the top has turned to oatmeal. I want to put a new top on the metal frame and am thinking of using recycled plastic deck boards. What do you think? Does this material hold screws well?

12-15-2016 06:45 PM

Best material for an outdoor table - 5 replies

I have one of those folding leg tables that are sold as conference tables, or as an extra table. The table is 8’ long x 30” wide and the frame and legs are steel. The current top is particle board which is now crumbling as it was left out in the rain. I want to salvage it by replacing the top with a weather resistant material. Other ...

11-30-2016 06:00 PM

Please accept my apology - 15 replies

I visit this forum, and others as well to give advise and provide answers to other’s problems. At 82, I feel it is my obligation to give back some of the experience and knowledge I have gained over the years. Here is where the apology comes in. I am more a metalworking than a woodworking guy, so my given advise is often based on my meta...

10-25-2016 05:51 PM

Another expensive Tool from Woodpecker - 12 replies

The latest one-of-a-kind tool from Woodpecker is a machine that makes dowels.; cost….$399.95. The video of it shows a beautifully made tool (typical of all their tools). I’m guessing there must be a market for them despite their high cost. I don’t criticize the cost, as a lot of precision machining goes into it, but there are a...

10-07-2016 03:50 PM

Application of CA glue as a finish - 3 replies

If I want to apply a CA finish, how do I apply it? It bonds immediately to fingers, so how do I avoid that? I just don’t understand how it’s done.

10-01-2016 08:46 PM

Sealing end grain - 2 replies

I want to seal end grain wood so I can apply a paint finish that will be smooth with no grain showing. What is best for this. I heard CA glue works, but how do you apply it without your fingers being glued to the wood?

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