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1395 days ago

A New Member site on Hand Tool woodworking - 8 replies

Hello fellow LJ’ers. I have spent a lot of time in the last few months building a new web site and playing around with some subscription options, but I have officially launched The Hand Tool School. After putting out over 100 podcast episodes over at The Renaissance Woodworker and getting so many emails about teaching hand tools, I decid...

1576 days ago

Air Drying Lumber: Is there a bad way to do it? - 9 replies

I was listening to Matt Vanderlist’s latest interview with Hendrik Varju the other day and the topic of “poorly dried” wood came up a few times. I’m no sawyer and I don’t do this very much, but I do keep an eye out for found wood and fallen trees to potentially harvest for my own use. I have sliced up a few cherry...

2028 days ago

Jointer Not Flattening Boards: Need Help! - 17 replies

Hey Everyone, I have a Grizzly 6” jointer and it seems that I have always had problems getting my boards completely flat. The jointer behaves like the tables are not coplanar. When I run a board across it and move my pressure to the outfeed table I rarely get the cut to continue across the board to the end. If I keep pressure on the inf...

2042 days ago

Using a Circular Saw to square up benchtop ends... - 10 replies

I still have a few more laminations to glue on my bench, but I am already thinking about squaring up the ends of this 4” thick top. My circular saw doesn’t have the capacity to do this so I will have to attack it from both sides. Anyone has any tips for doing this accurately so I can get a straight and square cut? I will be cutt...

2056 days ago

Woodworking during Biblical Times - 42 replies

I am trying to help out my mother-in-law with her Sunday school class. She is doing a lesson on Jesus as a child working with his earthly father as a carpenter. I am cutting and prepping parts so that the kids can assemble a small stool using only tenons and wedges. I wanted to augment this with some background info on the tools and technique...

2056 days ago

Workbench Vise Garters???? - 1 reply

Good Evening Friends, I am in the middle of my workbench build and my wood screws from BigWoodVise.com just arrived. There are grooves routed in the screw to accept an internal garter. The groove is set back from the hub about an inch so that the garter can be centerd in a 2” chop (according to the maker). I have been in contact with...

2110 days ago

The Renaissance Woodworker free giveaway!!! - 1 reply

LJ’s, My blog and podcast, The Renaissance Woodworker has landed a sponsor: Penn State Industries! As part of this sponsorship Penn State has sent me two of their finest kits including drill bits, bushings, and a spalted Tamarind blank. I will be making one of the kits on the show and giving the other away in a drawing. We are discus...

2145 days ago

Woodworking Sites of Interest in Charlottesville, VA area - 2 replies

Hey everybody, I’m heading down to Charlottesville, VA for a long weekend for my sister-in-law’s PhD defense at UVA. Gonna have some time on my hands Friday and Saturday. We will be visiting Monticello while we are there but I was wondering if anyone knows of any woodworking related points of interest in the area that I should chec...

2162 days ago

Recognizing High Speed Steel??? - 3 replies

Got an interesting question lately provoked by one of my turning podcasts. I have been digging around on the Internet and while I have learned a great deal about high speed steel and it’s many alloys, still not answer. When in doubt, see what the jocks can tell you! I have a listener who just bought a used lathe. It came with several...

2174 days ago

Jocks on Twitter?? - 11 replies

So it seems that there is a little woodworking world forming over on Twitter. I have to admit to being a little addicted to it. I am having a lot of fun keeping up with all the bloggers and podcasters out there during the work day. I would be curious to see how many Jocks are on Twitter. I would love to look some of you up and shoot the bree...

2201 days ago

Lathe Drive Center???? - 2 replies

Anyone have any good experiences or recommendations for a high quality after market lathe drive center? I am still using the one that came with my Jet lathe and it holds about as well as scotch table when it comes to spindle turning. Thanks in advance.

2222 days ago

Thanks for the feedback and kind words... - 1 reply

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the emails and comments on my blog about my guest host podcast on Matt’s Basement Workshop. I just started in the blogging thing a few months ago and thought I would help out Matt while he was taking July off. I cannot believe the response my site has gotten and the tremendous amount of ema...

2231 days ago

The Wood Whisperer is a stand up guy!!! - 26 replies

So there were some fireworks over at the Wood Whisperer site today when a negative comment was posted and a sparring match started up. Marc Spagnuolo is definately no stranger to this site and I believe him to be very well respected in the online community, so it was intriguing to see some criticism popping up there. To their credit, Marc and ...

2243 days ago

Woodworking In America Conference Registration is Open! - 3 replies

Hey everyone, the registration is finally open for this awesome event in Berea, Kentucky. I just complete my registration and it is overwhelming when you look at the agenda. My resounding thought is that I have to find a way to clone myself because at any given moment there are 4 things going on. Hopefully there will be plenty of jocks repr...

2270 days ago

What finish to use??? - 3 replies

My father-in-law was recently going through the tough task of cleaning out his recently passed mother’s possessions. He came across these carvings that used to be the arms of a chair. He vaguely remembers mounting them to a board to keep them about 50 years ago. He asked me if I could do something with them so they could be displayed mo...

2274 days ago

Turning acrylic: don't like the smell! - 2 replies

I am making 9 pens for a customer and she has requested acrylic for the blanks in a color scheme that matches her school colors. This is my first foray into acrylic. I have turned 4 of them so far (I’ll post the project when all 9 are done, they look cooler in numbers) and the smell is just horrific. It has migrated throughout my entire...

2276 days ago

Attention Pen Turners, repetitive cutting of brass tubes... - 5 replies

LJ’s, I just purchased some replacement brass tubes for pens and they came in long lengths from the retailer. Since I know that I will be making a lot of this style of pen I am wondering if anyone has any ideas or built any jigs that allow for repetitive cuts safely in this small scale. The repeatability and safety are my biggest conc...

2292 days ago

How to finish turned acrylic? - 7 replies

Hey all, I have a customer that wants 9 pens in an acrylic that matches her school colors. Being a woodophile I have not yet turned acrylic. I understand that the tools need to be very sharp so I hit the Tormek and went to town. It was fun to turn and then I realized that I haven’t figured out how to finish them yet. I did some rese...

2324 days ago

Motor upgrade? - 2 replies

Has anyone ever bought a new motor for their bandsaw? I wanted to upgrade my 1HP Grizzly to a 1.5 HP for some greater resaw ability. Grizzly sells the 1.5 HP but it has a different mounting point and they do not sell one that has the correct mounting method. Any other sources out there?

2326 days ago

Building my first website.... - 27 replies

Hey all, I desperately need to get a website up and running to showcase some of my stuff and to direct customers to. I have only done two craft shows so far and I had business cards made up at Kinkos to hand out. As I expected, everyone asked, “what is your website?” My mom called from Colorado and said that when she was at the...

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