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103 days ago

Can boxes be art?? - 52 replies

When I make a box, I am not thinking at all about creating a piece of art. I don’t think of them as “art” at all. Craft, perhaps, but not art. For me they’re functional items first. When folks comment and say something like “It’s a work of art” I graciously accept the compliment as it was intended, b...

1106 days ago

How much is enough?? - 55 replies

Patience, cost, craftsmanship, and timelessness. As an ex business owner and consultant, I am more than a little aware of my time and cost. I’ve always made things, of wood, metal or whatever. I do, admittedly, have more patience than I did when I was thirty, but still, how much time (or cost) is enough? I have a Kentucky rifle hanging ...

1150 days ago

Problem: Huge project pictures - 10 replies

Starting about a month ago, when I view a project, then click on one of the additional pictures, I get an image that is huge and often so pixelated that it is incomprehensible. Not on all projects, but probably about 60-70% of them. Prior to a month ago or so, I never had this happen. Has something on the site been changed? Does it have to d...

1232 days ago

Cheap carbide scraper burnisher - 6 replies

Thought I would pass this along. If you use small spiral carbide router bits, you have probably broken a few. I have. It occurred to me that the broken piece would make a good burnisher for my scrapers. I just took the piece and epoxied it, broken end in, into a walnut graver handle I had turned a while back. Viola! a great little burnishe...

1241 days ago

Cleanup solvent for two-part epoxy - 10 replies

I want to epoxy an applique to a surface finished with French polish. I expect to get a small amount of squeeze out. Does anyone know the proper solvent that would clean off the squeeze out with, say, a Q-tip while it’s still fresh? ...without damaging the shellac finish (which is, of course, dissolves in alcohol)Roger

1262 days ago

Material cost vs. labor time: How much to spend? - 29 replies

How do you decide how much to spend on the materials for a project. I’m not really speaking of “for sale” projects here, but rather those things we build primarily because we want to, or for our own use. Professional decisions are of course determined by selling price, profit targets, and the like. LJ offers such a wide dive...

1268 days ago

Precision: How close is close enough? - 18 replies

When I visited Andrew Crawford in England last year, I thought I was a pretty good box maker. In the course of our discussions, he he suggested that I leave a “little extra”. When I asked how much to leave, he replied: two tenths of a mil. Not being too tuned in to the metric system it blew right by me at the moment, but later I r...

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