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01-17-2012 05:09 PM

SOPA and PIPA - This could be bad for LumberJocks - 49 replies

I usually stay away from political stuff outside of specifically political forums, but … HR3261 (SOPA) and S968 (PIPA), if enacted, have the potential to put an end to LJ in the U.S.. I’ve been reading around about this legislation, and Craigslist has a great summary of the information. The original intent of the legislation was...

01-13-2012 05:38 PM

Your Thoughts and Suggestions on Building a Pocket Hole Machine - 19 replies

I have a Kreg K3 Pocket Hole Jig (you know, the one with the handle in the right place), and it gets a lot of use, enough that I’m thinking a pocket hole machine would be nice. However, the $900 price tag on Kreg’s basic machine is kind-of holding me back! I’ve been thinking about building a machine, and I think I’ve ...

01-04-2011 06:58 PM

Tiny Hole Saw - 14 replies

Imagine the shape a hole saw without a pilot bit would cut – a round slot. I need to cut a round slot .25” outside diameter and leave about a .222” post in the center. I’ve been searching for tiny hole saws, with no luck. Does anyone know where to find tiny hole saws? Alternately, I’ve been thinking about ge...

03-17-2010 05:14 PM

A limerick in honor of St. Patrick's Day - 2 replies

Ode to an Honorable ProfessionWoodworking is a career that’s fun,You can even make a small fortune.Some say it’s not true,But it’s easy to do:You just have to start with a large one!

03-17-2010 04:20 PM

Selling Delta Mortising Attachment - 5 replies

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to be getting rid of some tools that I don’t use much anymore. Someone asked me to offer them here before Craigslist or Ebay. This is a Delta Mortising Attachment for a drill press. These things get a lot of bad press because they aren’t as good as a mortising machine. The truth i...

02-11-2010 06:20 PM

Help me decide - 14 replies

I’ve always wanted to build my own really nice workbench based on the Shaker style benches, but the price on this bench may be too good to pass up. What do you think?Sjoberg Nordic Plus 1450

07-23-2009 09:20 PM

Bandsaw Tracking - Does it have to be this difficult? - 11 replies

I have my bandsaw tuned up just right. I can resaw 8” Hard Maple with almost no blade drift. The wheels are coplanar, and I can go from 1/4” to 3/4” blades with a quick adjustment of tension and guide bearings. But I can’t get a 1/8” blade to stay on – it quickly wanders off the front edge of the bottom w...

03-07-2009 08:07 AM

I know I saw it around here somewhere ... - 7 replies

HELP!! I need your help finding a project I saw a while ago. I thought I saved it in my favorites, but it’s not there. I don’t have any idea what you’d call it, and typing, “You know, that thing I want” in the search field didn’t really work out. I think when most of us want to cut down a sheet of ply wi...

01-17-2009 08:53 PM

Is This New? Great Feature! - 1 reply

I just saw this on “My Home” page …... and I’m not sure if it’s new or I just never noticed it before, but it looks like a neat feature! I’m planning a major revamp of my website, and I think I might add this in! Thanks Martin!

11-22-2008 06:50 PM

How about supporting our LumberJock GIs? - 2 replies

Hey, all – I just came across this information, and wanted to share. Our GIs in Iraq can’t just go into town and buy a hammer and a screwdriver – it wouldn’t be safe, and apparently DIY tools aren’t readily available anyway. But there are things they want to build to make their situation a little better. Rich...

09-06-2008 06:52 PM

Jointer Safety Question - 10 replies

I’ve read a couple of articles recently that specifically state that when using pushblocks on the jointer, you should never put your fingers around the handle, as your fingers may be trapped in a kickback situation. Instead, you should put your palms on top of the handle. This sounds good in theory – no one wants their fingers &#...

05-23-2008 05:54 PM

What is it?? #5 - 3 replies

Okay, we’ve had a couple of fun “What is it?” challenges (thanks to Odie for suggesting them), and I thought I’d throw one out for you all to consider … What is this? It’s about 14” long and about 8” wide, made of oak and ¼” MDF core ply. The stripes on the ply don’t mean anythin...

03-13-2008 06:12 PM

What the ... ? How did that happen? - 16 replies

In addition to staining or dyeing, I often color projects by tinting my varnish with stain. This avoids problems like grain reversal and over-coloring, while giving a subtle glaze effect. I’ve done it dozens of times without any problems. This week I had problems. I had put down two coats of clear varnish without any issues, and put ...

03-05-2008 03:50 AM

South Idaho, East Oregon, North Nevada, North Utah LJ Picnic - 19 replies

The LJ picnics that have been going on in other parts of the country sound like a lot of fun, and I’d like to see one happen around here. There has been some discussion about it, and I think there are several LJs who might be interested. So let’s stop talking about it and get to it! Thos. Angle offerred to have his lovely wife p...

02-11-2008 04:34 AM

Attaching Rare Earth Magnets - 8 replies

I’ve meant to do do work with rare earth magnets before, but never really had a reason until now. I’ve attached metal items to wood before, and had good luck with silicone adhesive and poly glue. But I’ve tried both the silicone and the poly, and neither seems to stick to the magnets. I haven’t tried epoxy yet. What d...

12-19-2007 06:18 PM

Alternate Rail & Stile Configuration - Anyone Tried This? - 5 replies

The traditional rail/stile layout for doors is with the verticals (stiles) to be the full height, and the horizontals (rails) to go between, as in the sketch on the left. For a job I’m working on, it would really help if the rails were vertical, and the stiles were horizontal, like the sketch on the right.I’ve seen this done occasio...

12-14-2007 10:11 PM

Big Surprise! - 8 replies

There is a thread going about the worst tool you’ve ever bought, and another thread about the best/most useful tool in your shop. How about big surprises? Maybe you picked something up on a whim, and when you got into the shop you found you had a real treasure – maybe not your favorite tool, but well worth the price. Or maybe you ...

11-15-2007 04:00 PM

Free Wood - Don't Make Me Beg! - 24 replies

Every time I see a tree down, I ask about it. I’m just sure I’m going to mill it and find a hidden gem. But invariably they are going to use it for firewood. 12 Black Walnuts came down near here recently. The biggest had a trunk that was straight for at least 12 feet, and was probably three feet across the cut. Firewood. Ther...

11-15-2007 03:44 AM

Alternatives for Spraying Small Projects - 17 replies

Anyone have any great ideas for spraying paint or finish on small jobs? For instance, I have to put a pretty thick latex paint on one cabinet door tomorrow. I love my Earlex sprayer and it would have no problem with the job, but I hate to set it up and clean it up for each coat on each side of one door! But that’s what I usually do. ...

11-07-2007 05:36 AM

Feature Suggestion - 2 replies

There seems to be an up-tick in spam postings on the website. I suggest a function to flag a posting as spam/inappropriate. Enough flags would either remove the listing or send it to Martin (or other moderator) for review.


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