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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?

08-22-2016 07:56 PM

Woodpecker Tools - 11 replies

Woodpecker tools are pretty in that anodized red finish. I don’t own any of them nor do I plan to in the future. I’m sure they are plenty accurate and precise for woodworking, but I feel they cost too much. My only other objection is they are made of aluminum. In the metalworking world of which I am a member, precision tools of the t...

08-17-2016 12:19 AM

New Woodpecker tool - 34 replies

These people must be nuts! They have come out with “the ultimate doweling jig”; cost: $600. It may do what it is promised to do, but $600; no way. One can make a simple jig for next to nothing to do the same thing. I don’t think they will be selling too many of them. Even at half the price, it is still way out of reason to spen...

08-15-2016 06:43 PM

Japanese furniture making - 10 replies

Again I was watching on U-tube how a Japanese furniture maker is making a small chest of drawers. His only tools were saws, planes, chisels and a hammer. The case appeared to be about 24” wide x 12” high x 8” deep. No fasteners were used; only glue; but the amazing thing I noticed was how perfect was the drawer fit to the carca...

08-15-2016 06:15 PM

Japanese Woodworking (Observations) - 0 replies

I spent a couple of hours watching how Japanese woodworkers work. It was fascinating to watch how they cut wood with a saw, chisel and plane. They use the draw technique when sawing and planing. Their chisels and plane irons appear to have much less bevel than our chisels and irons. Ours are much more acute. Probably a factor is the steel in th...

08-03-2016 09:34 PM

Bates National Rule ruler - 3 replies

I have a Bates National Rule ruler bnr-24 which is a thin stainless steel rule 24” long. It has a cork non-slip strip on the back. I don’t know much about it or where I got it. I’ve had it for around 30 years and it was tucked away in a drawer until recently. I found that the non-slip cork backing made it ideal for drawing line...

07-30-2016 09:43 PM

Formula for preventing accidents - 17 replies

After working in one shop after another over a 70 year span, I have developed a partnership with my machine tools. I have and work with on a daily basis around 10 machines that have the potential of doing bodily harm. That doesn’t include the small portable drills and saws that can also cut or mame. I have experienced few accidents; certai...

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