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173 days ago

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...

227 days ago

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...

289 days ago

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...

559 days ago

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...

737 days ago

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...

934 days ago

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...

1056 days ago

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...

1115 days ago

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...

1258 days ago

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...

1281 days ago

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...

1292 days ago

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...

1323 days ago

Anyone used portable soda blasters for sandblasting wood? - 7 replies

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...

1390 days ago

RBI Industries Hawk Model 220 scroll saw for sale - 3 replies

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 ...

1390 days ago

Laguna LT-18SE Bandsaw for sale - 1 reply

Specs: 16” resaw (at least 3/4” less with the sled I’m currently using – haven’t done anything over 14” so far and really hadn’t planned to as that’s big enough for these old bones to handle), 17” throat, foot brake, height 77”, weight 473 lbs., rack and pinion, cast iron trunion, 5HP motor (1 or 3 phase), 1/8” – 1 3/8” blad...

1459 days ago

Finishing Question - 8 replies

Have any of you LJer’s tried to use water based poly as a glue size to seal end grain instead of using a glue/water mix? The process I’m using is to apply a coat of Minwax hand rubbed oil based varnish first (maybe I should be using unwaxed shellac instead?), then a coat of water based poly, and 3 or 4 coats of the hand rubbed poly o...

1679 days ago

Bandsaw Sled Design Flaw - 3 replies

Don’t know how many of you saw, or remember, the bandsaw sled I posted awhile ago as a workshop jig, but I got a ton of positive feedback on it, and this post is to let you all know there is definitely a design flaw in it that I’m hoping I might be able to get some help on. The sled is a regular 4’x8’ 3/4” sheet of ...

1735 days ago

Boring 3 1/2 inch holes in thick log slabs - 18 replies

I just joined Lumberjocks and am looking forward to the network. Question: I’m trying to bore 3 1/2 inch diameter holes in 6 to 10 inch thick log slabs to hold wine bottles, and was wondering if any of you out there have any ideas on the best way to go about doing that? I’ve tried using a hole saw with mixed results (plus, this process is slow, ...

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