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12-22-2017 12:30 PM

How Do I Protect Logs From Bugs? - 12 replies

So, in April 2016 I had to fell a large Silver Oak in our back yard as it was threatening to fall & damage buildings. Obviously I decided to keep the wood for future projects even though I had no idea what the wood was like. This morning I took one of the small branches to the bandsaw to slab it just to see what it is like on the inside....

03-27-2010 08:44 PM

Take the LJ Integrity Pledge - 122 replies

PoopieKat has a thread going about Plagiarism, and I think Kunk raised a good point – We can only control ourselves, and suggested that we take a pledge. With respect Kunk, I think that idea needs its own Forum topic, so I have taken your idea and modified it a bit, and post it here. If we (LJ’s) keep adding to the pledge, then t...

12-04-2009 02:56 AM

My Home Made Alaskan Jig - Prototype & Redesign - 4 replies

This is a repost of two previous posts as the pictures in the originals were lost during a website reshuffle, and some people have recently expressed an interest in the design. ========= This was my first attempt, and is the jig shown in my other posts. I still use it, but there are some improvements I must incorporate into my next jig. It...

12-04-2009 02:39 AM

Rescued Wood - Norfolk Pine - Repost - 1 reply

I am reposting this as the pictures in the original post got lost during Marc (thewoodwhisperer’s) website reshuffle, and some have asked for details of the Alaskan Jig I used in this process. ========== Sometimes, while chatting to woodworkers, I mention that I have rescued a few (metric) tons of wood of various species from going t...

10-30-2009 12:09 AM

My Planer Ate my Cellphone - 19 replies

My “new” workshop is an ex fish-farm barn, and has no cabinets, counters, shelves, or any other type of workshop furniture, so there is a long road ahead to get it decently workable. I have been taking pictures of the journey with my cellphone camera as it is the best digital camera in the house. Anyway Last night I was millin...

10-26-2009 12:52 PM

South African Indigenous Blanks on Sale - 2 replies

I am not a turner, so I won’t be taking advantage of this opportunity, but I heard this through the grapevine and thought I’d share for all of you who might be interested. Red Ivory Trading in South Africa (website is going through tough times, and to try keep afloat, they are discounting their prices for a ...

10-19-2009 09:36 AM

Stanley RB 10 found in house move - 6 replies

We moved house about 6 months ago, and last week I had the chance to unpack some of my workshop boxes. Guess what I found?A Stanley plane I didn’t even know I had. I didn’t even know this type existed – a Stanley RB10 - The crumpled paper on the right turned out to be the User Manual - I inherited some tools fro...

05-06-2009 10:04 PM

Evening Peace - A Ramble from Zululand - 3 replies

Tomorrow morning I leave home for a couple of months again. A couple of weeks ago I came home to our new home for the first time, and these 2 weeks have gone far too quickly. Life on a (small) farm is very different from life in the suburbs. Each day we have to remember to run the bore hole pump or risk running out of water in the middle of...

05-03-2009 09:58 AM

Especially for Odie - Please Help Me - Going to the dogs - 28 replies

Well Odie, I’ve been reading your post about us dog faces, and maybe you have shamed me enough to come out of the closet. :-) How’s this for a new avatar? Or this one? Or this one? Or this one? Actually this is the real me. Nah – Just kidding – really !!! So for all of you Anti-Dog LJ’s –...

04-02-2009 04:59 PM

Bandsaw Blade for Green Wood? - 2 replies

Hi Folks, I ordered a couple of Wood Slicer BS blades today for resawing. (The much recommended 3-4 TPI resawing blades that seem to be in the top 3 for excellence.) I initially thought that I could use it for my several metric tons of green wood, as well as after the wood has been seasoned. Unfortunately, I see that the Wood Slicer is NOT...

03-31-2009 05:40 PM

Drill-Press Recommendations Please - 4 replies

Hi Guys, Gals, and any Others Sometime in the next few months, I’ll be buying a drill press, and I’d like to pick your collectives brains. I have NEVER used a drill-press before. Oh yes, I have had a press thing that I used to fix my hand drill in, but never a dedicated drill-press. Space will not be an issue, and the budget...

03-10-2009 05:32 PM

Wood Rescue - (Gloat) - 16 replies

Well, I got a pleasant call from my wife this morning. Actually, it didn’t start pleasantly, it started with a wail of “I wish we had some spare money” and she meant US $ 1100. :eek: Do you have that much lying around? I don’t. Anyway, she was offered 7 cubic metres (about 247 cubic feet) of freshly felled Yellow...

03-07-2009 10:53 AM

Home Made "Alaskan" Jig - Revised Design - 7 replies

For those who have been waiting, here is the revised deign of my prototype slabbing jig posted at There were some operational shortcomings with the original design, and I have attempted to correct the issues in this design. Note that I have not yet built & used this one. I know it will be an improvemen...

02-27-2009 08:50 AM

I'm Afraid to Ask - 8 replies

In an African country that speaks predominantly French, Swahili, and English, there is a Chinese restaurant that charges in US Dollars. Obviously there are some translation issues, but there are some items I wouldn’t order: $8 for Hot & Soup Soup $8 for Preserved Preserved WHAT???? $8 for Stir Chicken Stomach in Chill Sau...

02-24-2009 02:01 PM

Home Made "Alaskan" Jig - 11 replies

As promised in my post, here is the design of my prototype version of the “Alaskan” Jig. Before going any further I have been advised to state a disclaimer. I wish I didn’t need to, but with the way the world is going, I’d rather be safe than screwed. This information ...

02-19-2009 08:58 AM

Rescued Wood - Wild Plum - 12 replies

Further to my post “Rescued Wood – Norfolk Pine” at here are some pics of the Wild Plum I also slabbed on the same day. This log is the bottom piece of a tree that blew over on the pavement (sidewalk for those who speak American) in front of our courts in June 2007. The Council’s only...

02-19-2009 08:34 AM

Rescued Wood - Norfolk Pine - 10 replies

Sometimes, while chatting to woodworkers, I mention that I have rescued a few (metric) tons of wood of various species from going to waste. This is usually in log form, and most woodworkers ask how I make it usable. Well, I mill it myself, with my self-built Alaskan mill. Several people off-forum have expressed an interest in how I do it, s...

02-14-2009 02:58 PM

Measuring a Gap you can't reach - 5 replies

I found this tip on how to measure a gap you can’t reach in the February 1961 issue of Popular Science on the Google Book Search website. It’s one of those things that can cause frustration, but is so obvious when you know how.

02-14-2009 02:57 PM

Measuring a Gap you can't reach - 3 replies

I found this tip on how to measure a gap you can’t reach in the February 1961 issue of Popular Science on the Google Book Search website. It’s one of those things that can cause frustration, but is so obvious when you know how.! a gap)

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