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24 hours ago

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 ...

83 days ago

Share your woodworking tips & tricks - 5 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...

247 days ago

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...

447 days ago

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...

475 days ago

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 ...

507 days ago

Hand planes for billionaires . . . - 42 replies

For the billionaire woodworker who has everything . . .

600 days ago

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

609 days ago

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 (

617 days ago

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 Coghlan 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 ...

637 days ago

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” ( 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...

737 days ago

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...

754 days ago

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...

782 days ago

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

784 days ago

A comment on the old Craftsman (Belsaw) thickness planers - 13 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...

900 days ago

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...

977 days ago

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://...

983 days ago

Getting a glass smooth finish using polyurethane in four coats - and other tips - 5 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...

1020 days ago

FREE : $3,000 A3-36 jointer/planer :FREE! Another Hammer USA drawing! - 1 reply

Hello to my fellow Lumberjocks, I am the one who recently won the $4,000 Hammer Table Saw (European style with the sliding table) that was announced here on Lumberjocks. I received a telephone call this morning from Hammer about my saw and was told they are having another drawing, this time for one of their $3,000 A3-36 jointer/planers. Of c...

1045 days ago

Required reading for users of imported woods (and probably domestic too) - 1 reply

This story is about Gibson Guitar but it outlines what the Federal Government was looking for and why Gibson had no idea of what law it had violated. No telling who will be next and you pretty much have no way of knowing what it is you have done if you are using foreign woods. This episode cost Gibson $3 million and its wood has been confiscated...

1078 days ago

Thanks to Lumberjocks I have just won a $3,000 table saw!!! - 37 replies

At 9:00 this morning I received a telephone call from the president of Hammer Woodworking Machines USA to tell me I have won the $3,000 Austrian-made European-style Hammer K3 sliding-table table saw ( The saw is due to be delivered in two weeks. I have ...

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