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915 days ago

scrollsaw tips - 7 replies

I have been scrolling a bit lately and have come up with a couple of ideas that make it a bit easier to keep on scrolling instead of spending your time trying in vain to get the tape off the front and back of a project just scrolled. Instead of putting the tape directly onto the back of the wood, first put some plain paper down . I tried newspa...

1156 days ago

How would you make splines without a tablesaw? - 29 replies

Simple enough question for those in the know. How would you make splines without a tablesaw? As you can gather I dont have a tablesaw and I gather that is the prefered method of making splines. Thought about using the router but i have reservations about that. Any other ways?

1178 days ago

making an octogon-cont. - 19 replies

Ok, I have been trying to cut the 22.5 degrees of an angle for a perfect cut to produce a octogon. The problem is I will cut the timber on a bandsaw then perfect the angle using a sander. My problem after countless hours of trying to get the PERFECT 22.5 angle, (to make a template for a triangle so I can then use the gizmo on the machine to make...

1184 days ago

How do you make an octagonal shape - 24 replies

Ok, I am planning to do another project that requires a little more from me and once again have not done anything like it before.Anyway as my husband is seriously getting into trains he thought it a good idea since I had finished with all the xmas presents that I should make him a clock. But he wanted it to resemble a station masters clock or re...

1198 days ago

Polyurethane safety question - 11 replies

Recently one of the Lj’s posted a question about the saftey of oils, varnish and Polyurethane and it got me to thinking-If I use rags, paper, or anything else that gets saturated with Polyurethane they must be drowned in a tin of water and disposed of in the correct manner. But what about gloves ?I always make a mess with the stuff all ove...

1247 days ago

driftwood horses - 14 replies

I really had to show you guys this. They are amazing. They start out with drift wood they find on the beach and simply just go from there and make life size horses out of them. They really must love horses as they have got all thier characteristics down pat. If you want to see more photos just google drift wood horses

1249 days ago

Ok I've done it again- bent the bandsaw blade! - 31 replies

Yea I have again bent the bandsaw blade and it’s a new one too. I know what I did with this one but how to prevent it happening agin. I was just cutting 5 mm slices off a birch tree branch approx 6cm thick. Some of the side was a bit corky and it just caught and twisted the blade. My question is how do you know what is suitable to cut on t...

1305 days ago

"useable or firewood" part 2-sliced up! - 11 replies

Well thanks to those who helped me decide whether this lot of birch tree was viable as timber to use in projects or not.As Grizzman said -”cut up all of it and see what you have”. Well I did just that. I asked my husband to slice it in half with the chainsaw then I cut it up on the bandsaw into lengths and finally I used the thickne...

1307 days ago

useable or just firewood ???? - 9 replies

OK, I know this is a lame question but since you guys are just soooooo helpful I just had to ask as I have been dwelling over this problem for a while. And now well…. we need the trailer back to fill it up with gardening waste rather than a dead tree!!!!We had a large Birch tree that had died during the drought, since we were to lazy to do...

1309 days ago

A.A.A.D.D. -Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. - 27 replies

I got this sent to me by my lovely daughter- I hope this isn’t the way she sees me!!!!! :-) Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.This is how it manifests itself: I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide itneeds washing. As...

1309 days ago

Out bush for the day - 22 replies

<div></div> Hi guys, This is what we got up to today, I know that some of you also like where wood actually comes from too, so I thought that I would share this with you.It was a great day out. Had to travel quite a bit into the bush in our new Suzuki (which by the way is fantastic). This is part of our hills, we can see these from our ...

1328 days ago

HELP ...What do I get Hubby for 50th Bday - 45 replies

Ok everyone I really need HELP!!!!!! I know you answer lots of questions so here is one for you!!!My Husband is turning the big 5 0 !!!!!! OMG I will be married to a 50 year old.!!! Now that is amazing! :-) I have been thinking about it for so long, but I have absolutely NO idea of what to get. We have recently stopped dirt bike riding (be...

1336 days ago

Australian Huts - 11 replies

Mads showed us some Danish houses inside and out that were really interesting and I thought that I would post a few huts (only from the outside) that we have in the high country around Canberra ACT Australia. They are located in the snow country and sometimes the weather can catch you out. So most of these huts were built to protect you from the...

1347 days ago

pencil carving literally!!!! - 16 replies

For all those carvers out there who think they can carve, just look at this - http://teh-nomad.livejournal.com/461057.html I hope this works, I recieved an email and I couldn’t get a way to forward but found some words, Russian I think and googled it. Well I found it. Enjoy

1390 days ago

How do you show off fiddleback - 6 replies

I recently bought this lovely piece of maple that had a great example of fiddleback in it. Now I have seen somewhere on the net how to make the most out of the great pattern that nature has provided for us but do you think I kept it or know where to find the page :-z !!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know what you have to do to bring the wood to life ...

1416 days ago

bases and feet on boxes, how do you do it? - 9 replies

Ok, while I am still recooperating and not really in the shop. I got thinking about boxes and how they are put together. While we see a lot of the finished boxes from the outside, we rarely see the base or feet. As i am really only learning about box making I was wondering what methods everyone is using to put thier bases and feet on and why us...

1426 days ago

out of the shop for a while I think :( - 37 replies

Well I went dirt bike riding in the bush the other day, It was such a lovely day for it too. There was little or no wind, and the Autumn weather was perfect- cool to start and warming up to reach the late teens. Blue sky over head with the birds busily out and about, roos jumping across the track and the last of the butterflies scattily flying o...

1444 days ago

How do I add coloured leaves -naturally - 7 replies

I am in a bit af a quandary, I found a small burl piece of Eucalyptus that I have sliced & inlayed into a lid for a box. The thing is it looks a little too plain, so I was thinking of putting a stencil type of thing of gum leaves scattered over the box to give it depth and more meaning. The thing is I dont know how to go about it. I dont wa...

1482 days ago

Help!! my scrollsaw is cutting narrow on the bottom - 8 replies

Ok. I worked on this project for a few hours here and there. In between using the saw for numerous other cuts. It is a A4 leaf shape stacked with ply and MDF to about 20mm. Now nearing completion the saw is cutting excessivly thin on the bottom while the top is perfect. As you can see this project involves many fine cuts so each one needs to be ...

1500 days ago

Tell me how to quieten down a noisy dust extractor - 9 replies

Ok, i have this problem. I use a scroll saw heaps and instead of blowing the sawdust away I prefer to suck it up. I initially used a plain old vacume but decided to get a large, better extractor instead. We have made a floorless wooden box out of chip board in the hopes that that would have cut the niosy drone out. But it only did so slightly. ...

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