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03-08-2014 06:27 PM

Emerald Ash borer destruction - 25 replies

This is Sharon Woods, Ohio. I live about 4 miles away and regularly take my dog for a walk through the woods. These ash trees have all been felled because of the beetle infestation. The destruction is very widespread unfortunately. It’s enough to make you weep.

10-13-2012 12:49 AM

Shop insulation - 20 replies

Probably a much discussed topic so I will apologize in advance. Much as I would love to have a temperature and humidity controlled workshop, I work out of a two car garage with no air-conditioning or heating. With winter approaching I am thinking once again about practical and realistic ways to keep my shop comfortable enough to work in withou...

05-23-2012 12:21 PM

Going through HM Customs with hand made items - 4 replies

I am travelling to England in a few weeks for my nephew’s wedding. I am taking some of my recent wood turning projects as gifts for my family (pics included). I am a bit concerned about what issues I may have with HM Customs and Excise, and if I am expected to place some value on these items other than nominal. I am not a profes...

02-24-2012 01:46 PM

Making the grain pop on Quilted or Tiger maple - 13 replies

I realise that this is a much discussed topic but a quick question. I want to subtly bring out the grain on some quilted and tiger maple but maintaining the natural maple color as much as possible. I have seen where a light amber stain is used to enhance the grain and then sanded back to almost bare wood before finishing. The results were spec...

02-24-2012 01:33 PM

Reducing the suction of my Ridgid shop vac? - 7 replies

I would like to be able to attach my orbital and profile sanders to my trusty Ridgid sop vac. The problem is that the suction is too strong and the sanders don’t move smoothly across the wood. If I was to buy a variable speed Festool or Fein dust collector I can just imagine the discussion with my very tolerant wife “Hey sweetheart...

11-21-2011 06:20 PM

Shop Fox 1.5 HP Portable Cyclone - 13 replies

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Shop Fox mobile 1.5 HP cyclone dust collector? I want to upgrade from my .75 HP Rockler unit, which while fine for small machines is inadequate for my Delta Unisaw and 8 inch jointer. I typically buy Delta or Jet equipment but I was quite impressed by the Shop Fox unit, as it appears well d...

08-03-2011 02:15 AM

Tips on correct technique for rolling beads with a skew chisel - 5 replies

I wondered if there are any skew chisel experts out there who could offer some tips for correctly rolling beads (I am not referring to those who are using the skew chisel as a scraper…..). I have no problems executing planing cuts to form a cylinder, peeling cuts, or v cuts, etc. However, I struggle to create nice, regularly shaped round...

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