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|9 days ago||
What is this "hook" shaped chisel? - 13 replies
I got this small hook shaped chisel bundled with a bunch of turning chisels I bought. It doesn’t seem like anything I would use for turning, unless I enjoy tools flinging across the room. What is it and what would I use it for?
|32 days ago||
Ongoing Segmented Whatever... - 32 replies
Since it will be at least a week, probably longer, till I can stock up on pen blanks… and my job has me too busy to get into any project start to finish, I figured there is no reason my little lathe should sit idle. So I screwed a piece of Sapele to a turning plate, rounded it up, and will add bits and pieces of Whatever wood when I have a...
|56 days ago||
White Residue in Leopard Wood Grain - 15 replies
Just messing around with some leopard wood for the first time, I discovered the white residue looking stuff in the grain. I realize it’s not a residue but rather it’s part of the grain. Still, I don’t like it. Are there any tricks to hiding it or getting rid of it? The photo is what I turned on my mini-lathe, cleaned with al...
|90 days ago||
Master Grip 12 Piece Set, Worth $100? - 22 replies
I’d like to get started in carving but really clueless about chisels and what are good brands. Master Grip sounds to me like some made in Taiwan cheapies that won’t hold an edge in the softest woods, but this set looks tempting. The only information the seller provides is that it’s a brand new set, never been used. Would thi...
|97 days ago||
What does your nickname (handle) mean? - 170 replies
I certainly would not stop addressing people by their username just because there is an underscore or numbers in it…. if somebody prefers to be called somnam327 then I will address them by that name, but doing so takes away much of the closeness and informality that helps make LJ forums what it is. That said, I have a really simple requ...
|104 days ago||
Coming Soon... Free Wordpress Hosting - 4 replies
Wordpress just released version 3.9 (Smith) and it’s awesome! Named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 aims to “close the gap” between what you see when creating posts in the backend of WordPress and what you see published on your site. The 3.9 release includes a raft of improvements that build on features in p...
|303 days ago||
I will finally be able to afford health insurance. - 738 replies
Last year and several times before, I tried to get health insurance but it just cost way too much. Fortunately, I have my VA health benefits to fall back on. But I don’t want to lean on fellow tax payers… I want to pay my share. Well, tomorrow I am going to shop for health insurance that, finally, I can afford. Thank you President Ba...
|303 days ago||
Cool Birdhouses - 9 replies
Somebody posted this Harley Davidson birdhouse on facebook, just thought I’d share it here and see if anybody else has seen some unique and imaginative birdhouses to share.
|557 days ago||
Is it real or photoshopped? - 50 replies
I’m guessing it’s photoshopped, or otherwise not real. Why? because looking at the cut… it would take a 30 foot chainsaw to make that cut. Also the large splinter hanging on the side, by the cable. Seems a splinter that big would have fallen off. But I could be wrong. What say you?
|560 days ago||
Safety Glasses Reminder - 39 replies
At work today I used my brad nailer to put down a small threshold, and I got a big reminder why we should ALWAYS wear our safety glasses. It’s not uncommon for me to not bother grabbing my safety glasses when I’m only shooting a few brads, or other small task. This time I just happened to be wearing them because I was using the table...
|577 days ago||
RBI Hawk -VS- Bushton Mfg. Hawk - 9 replies
As I’m sure many of you scroll saw experts are aware, RBI closed their doors in 2009 and was subsequently bought out by Bushton Manufacturing. Bushton has made some significant improvements to the Hawk line of scroll saws – all 2 models :). I might have a chance to get my hands on an old RBI scroll saw for just under $300 plus a m...
|579 days ago||
Questions about Variable Speed and Foot Pedal... - 38 replies
Hi Scrollsaw Users I’m saving up for a scroll saw and want to do a little research in the mean time, so a couple of questions to help get me in the right direction. I don’t need anything super heavy duty but I do want a good saw with plenty of features. That would include: 20” ThroatVariable SpeedEasy Blade Changing, pref...
|584 days ago||
Remembering Childhood - 6 replies
Every holiday season I find my thoughts wandering back to my childhood. Needless to say, my thoughts have to wander a little farther back every year. I think about the simple things that made me happy. One of the things my siblings and I enjoy very much was watching kid’s shows on our black & white Zenith television – shows like ...
|594 days ago||
Bandsaw Riser Block and Blade Guide Question - 13 replies
Looks like I might be able to squeeze a decent bandsaw in to my budget pretty soon, and I’d like to get a decent resaw capacity. One that is built with 10” or 12” depth of cut will probably not be within budget, so I’m thinking one that will accept a riser block. What I’m wondering, however, is how does one compensa...
|604 days ago||
I’m a beginner with woodworking, so hoping to learn a little (or a lot) more about the less common woods use in the craft. So what is the rarest wood you have ever worked with? Please elaborate… how did you come across it, how workable is it, what did you use it for… and a photo or 2 if you have it. This inquiring mind wants to...
|618 days ago||
I'm kicking the habit - 76 replies
I bought a pack of Marlboro and stashed in my freezer because I know the stress will get to me at least a few times before I can say I’m clean free. My objective is to never finish that pack of smokes. I’ve been averaging a pack a day since I was 12… over 41 yeas ago. I think it’s time.
|620 days ago||
Do you take vitamins or nutritional supplements? - 50 replies
If so, what do you take, why, and does it seem to make a difference? I’ve never been one to take vitamins on a regular basis, and I don’t know much about what vitamins I should take, if any. But I smoke, drink lots of coffee, don’t eat right, and I will turn 54 this January. I’d like to learn a bit more about nutrition...
|633 days ago||
What's For Dinner? - 29 replies
Having dinner? Got a camera handy? Take a pic and show us what you’re eating. Here’s mine… and yes, that is genuine garlic powder fresh from the plastic shaker.
|649 days ago||
Catch the Orionid meteor shower this weekend - 8 replies
Just thought some of you might want to check this out. I’m in Chicago so doubt the city lights will allow much of a show here. Usually, waking up before sunrise is a good way to get a head start on the day. On Oct. 21st, waking up early could stop you in your tracks.Blame Halley’s Comet. Every year in mid-to-late October, Earth passes ...
|649 days ago||
Making due or making do? - 16 replies
What is the proper grammar, making due or making do? For what it’s worth, I need to know for a woodworking article I’m writing, so not completely off topic.