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09-20-2014 04:00 PM

WARNING! Dremel 3000 fire hazard! - 9 replies

I had to call the fire department a few days ago as I kept smelling burnt electricals somewhere in the shop and couldn’t locate it. They came and smelled it too and they couldn’t find the problem even with a heat detector. After they left, I sat down at my work bench and began working, keeping on the alert for the problem. After a sh...

08-01-2014 02:16 AM

Note to all Dremel tool owners - 2 replies

I have worn out my fourth (or maybe my fifth) Dremel tool in my 60 plus years of model building and woodworking. Sent it to Dremel for repairs. Was informed that model was no longer made, Dremel offered to sell me a new (reconditioned) 3000 model for $20. As a new one costs $60 retail, I took them up on it. this is the second time that have done...

07-18-2014 04:16 PM

Please tell me why no one is interested . . . . - 42 replies

A short while ago I posted a thread for Lumberjocks to tell us their tricks and tips they use in woodworking. I know that after 60 years of woodworking I certainly have found small things that make woodworking easier and more precise. Even the woodworking magazines have a “tips & tricks” area. I wrote out one of my favorites and ...

07-10-2014 04:34 PM

The Georgia Redneck Engineering Exam . . . - 5 replies

As a good ole Georgia boy as I am you have to know these things! Redneck Engineer Exam: 1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a persimmon tree that will support a 10 pound possum. 2. Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when placed on blocks in your front yard? (A) ‘65 Ford Fairlane ...

04-19-2014 05:07 AM

Share your woodworking tips & tricks - 62 replies

The one thing I have noticed we don’t have here on Lumberjocks is a place to trade tips and tricks pertaining to woodworking. There is a wealth of knowledge here and we need to share it. So I thought I would start a thread that each of us could share a little tip or trick they have devised or picked up over the years to help the rest of us...

11-06-2013 02:16 AM

How To Buy Electric Motors at Harbor Freight - 1 reply

What? Electric motors are not listed on the Harbor Freight website? Its true. You can’t even search the website to find an electric motor. But they do sell them. I found this out the hard way and had to e-mail Harbor Freight to find out how to look them up on the website. I surmise they don’t sell too many motors this way. Any...

04-19-2013 09:51 PM

Sources for used tools and machines - post yours here! - 4 replies

Its about time we compiled our sources for used woodworking machines and tools. Many times we overlook what should be an obvious source when we are trying to find a nice table saw, planer, bandsaw, or some hand tools. Most of us will be limited to a reasonable radius of travel from where where live, so be sure to note the location along with the...

03-23-2013 03:46 PM

Scraping with razor blades - 11 replies

I am wondering how many of you use single-edge razor blades as scrapers. A number of years back I tossed my card scrapers into the drawer and rarely if ever use them any more. I find single-edge razor blades to be quick, easy, and disposable with no sharpening. Just toss a dull one aside and reach into the box of 100 blades I buy at hardware ...

02-19-2013 04:17 PM

Hand planes for billionaires . . . - 42 replies

For the billionaire woodworker who has everything . . . http://www.holteyplanes.com/

11-18-2012 02:35 PM

Great Tool Deals You Won't Want To Miss!!! - 6 replies

11-09-2012 02:08 PM

How many of you buy your tools at Garret Wade? - 55 replies

I constantly shake my head at how certain businesses stay in business. Garret Wade, who has been around a long time, has always been WAAAY overpriced. Today I received an e-mail from them that touted a lighted headband magnifier at a “reduced” price of $41.56 (http://www.garrettwade.com/product.asp?pn=19R05.01&sid=EC111030&...

11-01-2012 02:20 PM

Ash Trees - there is a deadly fungus among us - 15 replies

Will this come to the USA? Are Europe’s ash trees finished? October 2012 by Andy Coghlanhttp://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22449-are-europes-ash-trees-finished.html?full=true A fungus deadly to ash trees has just reached Britain and Ireland, after emerging 20 years ago in Poland. Already it has devastated ash trees in mainland ...

10-12-2012 11:18 AM

The story behind these arcane wood dimensions at the lumber year - 1 reply

I subscribe to a little weekly newsletter that answers strange and odd questions of all sorts called “The Straight Dope” (http://www.straightdope.com). This week it answered a question about wood sizes. Here is what was said: Why aren’t two-by-fours two inches by four inches?October 12, 2012 Dear Cecil: Why is a two...

07-04-2012 02:18 PM

Starting a new shop and 3-phase. Good machines cheaper? - 4 replies

For those of you who are in the beginning stages of building a really nice home shop with top end industrial quality machines, you might want to pay attention to this. I have considered 3-phase in my home shop in the past but never did it as my machines were collected over a long period of time and it didn’t occur to me there might be s...

06-17-2012 04:01 AM

Just WHO is buying all of these expensive woodworking jigs, fixtures, and tools? - 80 replies

I just came back from Woodcraft today and it has set me to wondering. Just WHO is buying all of these expensive woodworking jigs, fixtures, and tools? Over the years I have noticed the people in these woodworking specialty places (we have a number of them around here) seem to be hobbyists and not people making a living from woodworking. And th...

05-20-2012 01:02 PM

Heads up! Nice used Jet 14" 110V bandsaw at auction, Trac, Calif. area - 0 replies

http://www.machinerymax.com/detail.asp?id=988&n=JET-14quot-BANDSAW&utm_source=Copy+of+Copy+of+Copy+of+Copy+of+Western+Cab&utm_campaign=CC&utm_medium=email

05-18-2012 03:40 PM

A comment on the old Craftsman (Belsaw) thickness planers - 16 replies

Yesterday a friend and I finished up cutting up some hardwood logs (pear wood) and running the boards through my old (early 1970s) Craftsman 12” planer which is simply a Belsaw planer with a Craftsman nameplate. I have had this planer since I bought it new. In those days there were no thickness planers made for home workshop use other than...

01-22-2012 05:33 PM

A heads up!!! Power tool auction - New never used Sawstop + other nice stuff - 3 replies

I received an e-mail from this auction house this morning (I have no connection with them other than I am on their mailing list) that has some really nice floor woodworking power tools located in Ripon, California and among them is a brand new Saw Stop table saw sitting on its shipping skid. A potential nice buy for someone! http://machinerym...

11-06-2011 07:52 PM

Post your links to woodworking e-books, magazines and articles here - 4 replies

There are a lot of books, magazines, and helpful articles that are legally available on the Internet that would be helpful to this woodworking group. I am trying to start a thread that would list them. If you know of any, please post them here. To start this out, here is one about making and mastering wood planes I just ran across: http://...

11-01-2011 05:47 AM

Getting a glass smooth finish using polyurethane in four coats - and other tips - 6 replies

This evening I was varnishing a project and began to think of some of the painting, varnishing, and finishing tricks I had learned over the 63 years I have been building things ( I started at 8 building model airplanes). I thought I would put these on Lumberjocks. I am sure many of you experienced builders are aware of many of these, but the ty...

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