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03-20-2018 02:02 PM

A scientific study on why we like to build stuff - 9 replies

I have often wondered why I am driven to build things. This finally answers it.

12-26-2017 10:55 PM

Is Magnolia wood a suitable woodworking wood? - 4 replies

I ask this question a I read where the much loved and famous old magnolia called the Jackson Magnolia that dates from the days of President Andrew Jackson is to be cut down due to age and decay. It is located next to the White House on the south facade and is the oldest on the White House grounds. This has been decided by the United States Natio...

12-19-2017 04:21 PM

Suspicions confirmed . . . - 54 replies

Looking at the Lee Valley website online I ran across this vise which I have and is one of the best small bench top vises available. I love it! Available from Lee Valley for only $55.00! Or . . . you can buy the exact same vise from Harbor Freight for only $22.99 wh...

12-04-2017 02:18 PM

US enables China to sell tools cheap in USA - 2 replies

”As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A ‘Free Ride’ As the rates of the U.S. Postal Service continue on their precipitous ascent,...

11-02-2017 12:38 AM

Air compressor motor overheating - any thoughts to fix? - 11 replies

I have a 2 HP tank-type air compressor with a capacitor start electric motor. I bought the compressor (for home workshop use) way back in early 1970s from Sears. It runs fine, but lately after about 15 min. of use it quits. The “overheat” button on the motor pops out. After letting it cool off, I can push the “overheat” b...

05-08-2017 01:28 PM

We need a new way to post tips and tricks here - 32 replies

I am proposing that Lumberjocks add an additional section like the present “Projects, Blogs, Forums, Reviews, Videos, Shops, Jocks” for Tips and Tricks. I as well as other old timers have accumulated a number of ways of handling things that others would benefit from. Noting these in a thread in the Forums section doesn’t work a...

03-19-2017 02:29 PM

Glue suggestions for applying a felt box liner - 10 replies

I am working on a display/storage box for a project and will be lining the inside with felt for the protection of the project. It will be a fitted case so there will be small compartments to line. For this reason I would rather be able to brush on the glue rather than use a spray can of Spraymount. I have heard that white glue can be thinned wit...

02-18-2017 02:12 PM

The easy setting of plane blade depth after sharpening - 3 replies

I finished up sharpening all of my hand wood planes last night to a razor edge, the test on each one being to shave the hair off my forearm with ease. While putting the blades back in and setting them to take off a paper thin shaving I thought I might pass along one of the many “tricks” I have accumulated over 60 years of woodworking. To eas...

11-07-2016 03:00 PM

A zero clearance table saw insert from ALUMINUM - 8 replies

I have a Hammer sliding table saw that has a long thin opening for the saw blade. I tried making a zero clearance blade insert from wood but found it to be too flimsy. Then I tried making one out of aluminum and it worked like a charm! Many woodworkers forget aluminum can be easily cut with woodworking carbide blades and even regular steel saws...

11-06-2016 04:16 AM

How to store a wet paintbrush up to 3 days for reuse - 16 replies

Its a pain to have to clean a paintbrush after use when you are going to use it the next day for the next coat. Here is a quick cure for that. Wrap the wet paint brush tightly in aluminum foil to keep the air out. I have found a wrapped paint brush can go three days and still be wet and pliable for putting on the next coat. After three days it b...

08-12-2016 02:51 PM

The Making of a Step Stool - a very scary horror movie! - 3 replies

Here is a great video for all of us woodworkers who also like horror movies! Planeman

05-18-2016 03:16 PM

How to store CA glue almost indefinately on your work bench - 22 replies

As a long time user of CA (cyanoacrylic) glue I have developed some methods of use and storage that I want to pass along. The stuff is expensive as glues go and constantly throwing out old hard glue and going to the hardware store for more is a pain. So here is the method of storage to combat that.. Forget the refrigerator storage. It really ...

05-14-2016 05:37 PM

You cannot sue some Chinese companies for faulty products as they are "state entities"! - 5 replies

This is recommended reading! Some Chinese state-owned entities, backed by the key government agency that oversees major state industrial companies, have adopted a controversial defense when they face U.S. lawsuits: You can’t touch us because we enjoy sovereign immunity. Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China’s biggest state-o...

05-02-2016 03:38 PM

I anticipate Chinese made tools & machines will soon rise in price - 30 replies

I am 75 years old and have seen a lot. I watched the Japanese undercut the USA prices while making excellent cars and machines during the 1970s and early 1980s. I also watched the Japanese prices rise to equal USA cars and machines in the late 1980s and 1990s. I am now watching the same scenario with China. Add to that the very good chance tha...

06-23-2015 12:26 AM

Heads up! Nice Dewalt DW734 Planer at auction, San Clemente Ca. - 0 replies

Nice looking Dewalt planer. Anyone near San Clemente, Ca. should look into it. Planeman

06-16-2015 06:43 PM

Great opportunity to buy good woodworking planes cheap! - 2 replies

For those of you who are trying to collect good woodworking tools, you need to keep up with this website They have a weekly newsletter that keeps you informed of the tools they will have on auction that you need to sign up for. There is one sale coming up expected be sold in the area from $40.00 – $80.00 R...

06-04-2015 01:49 PM

A simple desk with a hidden compartment to copy. A weekend project. - 1 reply

We are all looking for easy projects to accomplish over a weekend considering our busy schedules. Well here is one to consider.

05-26-2015 09:40 PM

Source of good inexpensive hand planes, chisels, and carving tools - 3 replies

I’m a “toolaholic” that has been woodworking for over a half century and have collected an extensive and wonderful shop full of almost every tool known to man so I don’t need any of these. However my “toolaholic” side makes me keep up with tool auctions and sources anyhow. I thought I would pass along some inf...

05-09-2015 01:30 PM

Help choosing 4" angle grinder tool for power carving - 6 replies

I am looking at buying a tool to fit onto my 4” angle grinder for power carving and hollowing out. I see two types, one is a bit of chain saw chain around a disk, the other are shaped burrs with little spikes on them. There may be others that I am not aware of. I would like to get some advice regarding the pros and cons of each design and...

03-01-2015 04:45 AM

Woodworking as a hobby keeps us out of the bars and trouble . . . - 2 replies

Years ago when I was married and my wife complained that I was spending too much time in the shop I used to tell her “it keeps me out of the bars and whorehouses”. She still wasn’t happy though. But see what CAN happen if you don’t keep with the woodworking! _Married TV actor wakes up to find his testicles have been S...

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