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|07-25-2016 11:06 PM||
In my own "no sympathy for stupidity" Department - 17 replies
I’m almost embarrassed to post this….almost, but not quite. Awhile back, I posted a finished project (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100237) in which JayT asked me about expansion with the breadboard ends. Well, as it turns out expansion and contraction did become a HUGE issue and I’m winding up having to make an entirely n...
|01-21-2016 10:08 PM||
Woodstoves and Flash Explosions - 31 replies
In doing a bit of research on this, I was able to verify what I already knew about dust and/or sawdust causing flash explosions if sparked. What I haven’t been able to find anything on is whether woodstoves are a risk, big or small, for flash explosions. I try really hard to keep my shop as dust free as possible even though I don’...
|08-01-2015 04:27 PM||
New Website Feedback - 4 replies
I haven’t posted on LJ’s in quite awhile for several reasons, none of which reflect badly on the site at all. I’ve been in a shop “transition” from one building on our property to another which is taking me a whole lot longer to get done than I thought it would (old bones can’t do as much anymore in a day as t...
|03-12-2015 11:46 PM||
BUGS (at least I think they are)! - 12 replies
In my years of falling trees and letting them dry for a few years before cutting up for woodworking projects, I’ve never seen anything like this! Those growths you see sticking up in these two photos? At first, I thought they were a fungus growing out of the bark, but they’re not. As I looked closer, I realized they’re insec...
|02-16-2015 05:36 PM||
Cottonwood and varnish - 22 replies
This coffee table for our daughter has been a long time in the works: I’ve had a lot of starts, stops, and do-overs, but it was finally starting to come together when I ran into one last problem (hopefully). As you can see in the photo below, on either side of the epoxy inlay, there are strips of what appear to be areas that ...
|10-23-2014 12:33 AM||
Cracks in juniper tabletop - 17 replies
Awhile back, I posted a project (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100237) of a juniper table. One of the questions I was asked was how did I accommodate expansion and contraction. My answer was rather naive – that I didn’t account for either. The client I made the table for was ecstatic with it, and then the cracks started to form. He...
|09-06-2014 01:13 AM||
Railroad spike coat hangers - 3 replies
Hope I’m posting this in the right forum. Does anyone know where to purchase railroad spikes that have already been drilled and tapped for mounting on coat racks? I’d try to drill and tap them myself, but with my limited knowledge of this process I thought I’d start by looking for something already pre-made. Thanks,TZH
|01-31-2014 01:53 AM||
No Sympathy for Stupidity - 48 replies
I wasn’t going to share this on LJ’s because I was so ashamed of what I did, but my wife told me I had to. It can definitely be inserted into that “no sympathy for stupidity” category of carelessness in the shop. In other words, I got into a fight with my tablesaw and lost – badly. The irony is this didn’t nee...
|12-07-2013 10:55 PM||
Stanley Dovetail jig Model #H61-A - 1 reply
Anyone out there have any familiarity with one of these, and, if so, do you know where I might be able to get a user’s manual? Seems one came in a box of stuff my daughter bought for me on Craigslist (bottom of the box, didn’t even know it was there). It appears to be in great condition, but I don’t know a durn burn thing about...
|10-06-2013 07:58 PM||
Mixing wood stains - 1 reply
Been thinking I’d really like to find a wine red oil base stain. May be looking at dyes in the future, but for now I’d like to make my own, if possible. Heard mixing red oak, cherry, fruitwood, or mahogany with black walnut (Watco Danish Oils) works pretty well, but haven’t been able to find any ratios. Anyone out there have...
|01-09-2013 03:20 PM||
PSA video - 0 replies
Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school in CT, there’s been a heightened awareness regarding active shooters both in schools and in public places. This PSA video was put out right about the same time as the shootings that took place in Aurora, CO. Please consider passing it around via FB and email contact lists. It’s empowe...
|07-15-2012 04:05 PM||
To epoxy or to spar varnish? - 2 replies
My son has posed a dilemma for me. He’s seen all kinds of vegetation epoxied into the tops of tables, and has decided that’s what he wants to do with green leaves. Problem is, most everything I’ve seen is recessed into voids or has had an area routed out to accommodate the vegetation. He wants a “bas relief” where t...
|01-01-2012 12:48 AM||
Craftsman 3" belt sander rubber sleeve - 0 replies
My Sears Craftsman 3” belt sander rubber sleeve has slackened a bit and doesn’t seem to want to hold the sanding belt in place so it stays on the wheels when aligning it. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with how to take out the slack without having to purchase a new one – the sleeve is still in good condition, just l...
|09-01-2011 12:42 AM||
Epoxy/Resin over clear silicone caulk - 3 replies
Does anyone have any experience using epoxy/resin over a layer of clear, fully cured silicone caulk being used as a “filler” of sorts? I have an upcoming project that has me stumped. The piece I’m working on has a hole in it similar to this one: The hole in the piece I’ll be working on is a little irregular in shap...
|07-04-2011 03:07 AM||
Using E6000 adhesive for inlay? - 7 replies
I’ve tried CA glue and epoxy and my results have been mixed (granted, I’m “adhesive challenged” when it comes to stuff like this). So, basically I’m wondering if any of you inlay experts out there have ever tried E6000 for your inlay work? And, if so, what your results may have been. I’m experimenting right...
|02-10-2011 07:15 PM||
Uses for used belt sander sanding belts - 19 replies
I go through a bunch of sanding belts when using my belt sander (they eventually snap apart at the seam), but there’s still a whole lotta grit left on most of them. Up till now, I’ve just tossed them in the trash when this happens, but was wondering if anyone has ever re-used them as drum sander sleeves? I have a set of three pneumat...
|01-19-2011 12:16 AM||
Finish for a fireplace mantel - 2 replies
A client brought me their mantel of Rocky Mountain Red Juniper to refinish because when they fired up their woodstove insert, the existing finish “browned” significantly in the center of the mantel. I had given them this mantel as a housewarming gift (their first house burned to the ground, and when their new house was built, they ha...
|01-07-2011 08:55 PM||
Gap between stairwell and landing - 3 replies
Does anyone have an idea on what type of sealant might work the best with a large gap that has appeared between our stairwell and the landing? We remodeled our home a few years ago, put in a new stairwell, and the whole thing settled a bit leaving a gap of between 1/2 to 1 inch wide the entire width of the stairwell (see photo). I donR...
|12-08-2010 03:13 AM||
I’m considering getting a sandblaster to help clean juniper and pine for my woodworking and saw a portable soda blaster at Harbor Freight that looked interesting to say the least. Baking soda is much more eco friendly, but since I have no experience with this media, I’m not sure how effective it might be versus old fashioned sand. An...
|10-02-2010 05:12 AM||
This RBI Industries Hawk Model 220 scroll saw has never been used. It is considered by many to be the “Rolls Royce” of scroll saws. My woodworking went in another direction, so I don’t need this wonderful tool. Includes magnifying glass/light, extra blades, and more. The scroll saw is priced at $850 ($1100 new). I’ll ...