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07-07-2017 09:20 PM

Clock movement thoughts; great, good and bad - 3 replies

I’m going to make some Craftsman style clocks with ceramic tiles to sell in a store. My intent is to put a quality movement in the clock too keep with the tile (Motawi and Pewabic) expense. Most will have a pendulum, but I am not going to get into sound. It would be great if there was a recognized brand that I could highlight. Klocki...

08-12-2015 08:04 PM

5' x 5' vs 4' x 8' plywood sheets - 1 reply

I have found that the glues used for the two sizes of plywood are different. Seems 5’ x 5’ is glued with Urea Formaldehyde Adhesive, and 4’ x 8’ is glued with Phenol Formaldehyde Resin. Both glues are industrial. I learned the glue information through a bad experience with 4’ x 8’ sheet material not getti...

09-16-2012 04:29 PM

Need some shipping advise - 11 replies

I am considering to give selling online another try. One of my problems is figuring out how to ship for the best price. Today I took one of the USPS freebie boxes, put two of my 6” square by 4” tall inlaid wood boxes in it and it came up just under $14 to ship from Michigan to the west coast at the Post Office. Taking one of my bo...

05-04-2012 02:12 AM

Selling in a mall - 15 replies

I cut puzzles that stand up on a scroll saw. My wood is 1” Basswood (Linden) that I buy at 5/4 and plane down. The finish is simply mineral oil. Then I shrink wrap them. These are pictures of my products and the display I made at a store in the mall. This store is where you pay by the month plus commision and volunteer a day per mon...

03-11-2012 03:27 AM

Hinges for smaller boxes - 32 replies

I finally got to the point on my list to make a box. Not an Andy box or Brit box yet, but a simple box. I wanted to include some inlay like Jim Finn does in the top. My after build list of lessons learned is long and I am confident the next box will get me past some of the issues. My real issue is the blasted hinges. If cost wasn’t ...

08-26-2011 01:18 AM

Finish for inside of flag or bible box? - 4 replies

I’ve been asked to make a display box for a flag and a box for a family bible with glass top. Construction and sizes are taken care of, but I was thinking that the “inside” that touches the flag or bible shouldn’t have a finish in case of reaction to them. Then, talking to myself some more, I was concerned about the w...

06-06-2011 01:57 AM

How are 2011 Shows going - 8 replies

I haven’t done a show yet this year, but 2010 wasn’t bad and remarkably better than 2009. I had a lot of expectations for 2011, but some people who have done shows this year are seeing very poor sales. The shows they have told me about were annually good ones, but everyone was selling way below 2010 levels. I’m going out i...

12-04-2010 11:47 PM

Roaming "Advertise Here" - 28 replies

For couple weeks on the Projects forum I have been perplexed by the horizontal “Advertise Here” banner going across pictures and today it went across where you can go to the next page. It seems to appear at random places vertically on some pages and stays put at the bottom on others. I am visually oriented, but this is different....

11-04-2010 08:38 PM

How do you store your finishes and paints over the winter? - 23 replies

All the LJ on the Big Island (not the Aussies), Southern Florida and San Diego can just move past this. I used to bring all my finishes into the house over the winter due to fear of freezing them. Over the year I have accumulated too many for that to work as well. Every can of paint or finish it seems has the legal warning against storing b...

08-23-2010 04:59 PM

Glass, Acrylic or ??? for display case - 7 replies

I have been asked to quote a display case for jewelry vendor who does weekend shows. Due to some misfortune at couple shows, she needs to keep higher price items secure from snatch and grab crews. Her current case is 5” high box with glass top and open in the rear. Biggest problem for her is reaching in to the front for item and setti...

06-13-2010 11:21 PM

Does LJ start new markets? - 4 replies

I went to an outdoor weekend artisan market today and saw three booths selling bandsaw boxes. My first time to this venue in 2010, but there were no bandsaw boxes in 2009. Wonder how many time stevemarin video has been played? Got there too late to strike up a conversation with the booth people. Oddly, there were no cutting boards. St...

06-07-2010 04:55 PM

Smaller craftsman rant - 20 replies

One major hurdle I see for the smaller one person size shop, which I am, is having a store front presence. People may buy a cutting board, inexpensive box or under $20 item at a weekend show, but they prefer a stable store front for any substantial purchase. Like any contractor they want to know how to contact the person for warranty, customiz...

06-03-2010 03:28 PM

Bleed through in veneer? - 12 replies

I made my first attempt at trying to veneer with vacuum and the process worked great except that it seems the glue soaked through the veneer in places and has created a stain. I used titebond II and left it under vacuum overnight. The staining is at two edges of one side and center of the other side. This was just a 5” by 6” tes...

05-17-2010 05:06 AM

Drawer sides by the board? - 16 replies

In the past two months three of the wood stores / mills I go to have started offering drawer sides in 6’ lengths. They are all quality domestic plywood with rounded tops and groove for drawer bottom. Well sanded and ready for building with. Offered in 3”, 4”, 6” and 8” height. Shorter heights are 1/2” thi...

04-22-2010 06:16 PM

Senior Music - 6 replies

All of the under 45 LJs can just move on to the next post unless you are in a band that does weddings. This was sent me by my daughter.-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=Some of the artists of the 60’s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the Limbo(?) as if it were yesterday. They include: Bobby...

04-20-2010 03:16 AM

Furniture makers raise prices as costs increase - 3 replies

Darn China workers want a real wage and China Government isn’t propping up the shipping charges or raw material. Article at; [some excepts, more at website]Furniture makers are blaming higher labor and material costs for producing in Asia as w...

04-07-2010 06:15 PM

HD clearancing Rigid Planer - 11 replies

Just got back from HD and see that Rigid planers that were selling for $429 yesterday are now $299. I didn’t write down the model. Darn Rigid BS1400 band saw is still $389 at my closest store while other stores less than 5 miles away had clearanced theirs for $186 last month. Missed those and bought Rikon clone. Steve.

04-07-2010 05:27 AM

Deal on Kreg K3 - 4 replies

Hartville Tool is having a pretty good deal on Kreg K3 right now. Essentially you buy the K3 and they include an extra K3 Drill Guide Block. AND there is more, you get a Kreg T-Shirt for the next trip to buy screws. I have found that Kreg is one of those brands that control the prices so that a discount or mark down i...

03-03-2010 11:23 PM

Need advise on ROS operation - 12 replies

I finally broke down and bought a Bosch ROS20VS primarily based on my past experience with Bosch tools that I have. My prior sander was a non-orbital Bosch pad sander better suited to drywall than boards. In trying the ROS out on some scrap boards, I have a question on wether it is working correctly or not. Per the instructions, I start wit...

02-25-2010 11:19 PM

Need finish advise for poplar and ash - 6 replies

I have just cut the parts for a table 28” tall and 16” square with a drawer. The legs are 1 3/4” poplar and the aprons are 4/4 ash. Drawer front will be 4/4 ash also. Top is a 3/4” pine glue-up that I bought and will put 4/4 ash frame under it. Aprons are M&T to legs. Drawer is rabbet construction with pine sides...

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