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02-20-2015 01:48 PM

It's SO cold...your words here. - 4 replies

I struggled through a morning in my shop yesterday, trying to make some forward movement on a guitar, since I have three guitar orders behind this one. My kerosene heater and fan system usually burns me out of my small 10’ X 24’ shop, but not yesterday.And today is another. I got the tinted burst stain on the body, but I don’...

11-21-2014 07:45 PM

Bidding on eBay in 2014 - 4 replies

I’ve spent the last couple weeks buying things on eBay. I returned to film photography, and it turned out to be a treasure trove of excellent used cameras and all associated equipment. But I have learned over the years a few things about bidding on eBay plus how it looks in 2014, and I thought I would pass them along for those who would like...

10-06-2014 03:39 PM

Warning on - 7 replies

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here – been just stupid busy since I retired from my day job, and now I am doing woodworking.I blew out a urethane tire on my Porter Cable 14” bandsaw, and began to look around the Internet for availability and price. This part is somewhat hard to get since they seem to break often...

11-13-2013 07:54 PM

My somewhat successful method of sales - 15 replies

For those of us past the gift stage, we always struggle on the best method of sales for our particular personal need. It really is a personal choice, since some people are much more aggressive than others, some build items that are so unique they demand a niche, some do more common items where competition is fierce, and some actually try to mak...

07-06-2013 11:37 AM

When things fail, always troubleshoot the simple stuff first! - 10 replies

Back in 2002, my wifey asked me what my dream lathe would be. Being kind of frugal in those days, I showed her pictures of small Novas, Jet, etc.“No”, she said, “I want to see the picture of the dream lathe.” So I pulled out two pictures from my magazines: A Powermatic 3520, and a Oneway 2036. Both of these beasts were...

06-11-2013 02:21 PM

Finally get a gloat - Walnut gloat, that is! - 20 replies

A few weeks ago a fellow from a town over called me about a guitar repair, he had cracked the guitar neck and heard about me.I took the job, and he turned out to be a FedEx driver who also used to refinish and was a fair woodworker himself, albeit currently without a shop.I did the work on the guitar, and when he picked it up he revealed to me t...

03-11-2013 08:34 PM

Selling off my Walker-Turner Series 1, early 40's - 0 replies Owned this drill press since 1977. Got it out of a mold shop inside a plastics factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania, been carrying it around ever since. Now I have a much smaller shop, and the bench 15” style does not fit my floor/bench pattern. Been struggling to keep it, but it jus...

01-03-2013 02:19 AM

Rigid 4512 failure... - 32 replies

I’d put this up as a reply to a review, but this was so bizzare I thought it should make the forums, rather than a buried reply.Bought my Rigid in July, use it maybe three times a week to cut blanks, almost always 4/4 lumber. Maybe 15 minutes of run time a week.Had a friend coming over to trim some red oak, so thought I would raise the bla...

10-02-2012 04:00 PM

Klingspor Bargain Boxes - 8 replies

Has anyone tried any of those “Klingspor Bargain Boxes”? I popped for the 20 lb Corase/Medium/Fine box last week. When it came, I weighed it in at 21 lbs of sandpaper. It was almost all aluminum oxide, like on most belts, and it was rolled up tightly in rolls in the box. I got everything from 60 grit up through 400, or at least w...

09-04-2012 03:13 PM

Name these easy woods! - 8 replies

Here’s a few that I use most of the time. The little one in the middle of the third picture is a bad example, usually more of the dark striping, but not too much more. Name them left to right, but the first picture with only two woods, big one then little one. Sixteen total woods! I’ll post the names of all the...

06-26-2012 06:35 PM

Finally pulled the trigger on a large bandsaw - 9 replies

Well, after weeks and weeks of reading reviews, both here and many other places, and talking to a couple local owners, I pulled the trigger today on a Grizzly G0513X2BF bandsaw, and a variety of Timberwolf blades to get me started. Grizzly told me the saw is backordered, but on the water as we used to say about imports, and the container is due...

06-15-2012 12:32 PM

Fun with Home Depot online ordering - 63 replies

Check out this wild ride I had ordering online with Home Depot!My town has no good outlet for decent bandsaw blades, save if I go to Chattanooga Woodcraft and shell out the big bucks. So I hopped online to find some decent, not great, 1/8” blades to do a little design work on some new bandsaw boxes to compliment my guitar business.Hopped ...

05-31-2012 11:39 AM

Anybody do business with - 6 replies

Just checking to see if anyone has had any dealings with I’ve been looking around for a pro bandsaw, and they have the Powermatic 1791216K PWBS-14CS for $1199, including a free riser kit, free roll around stand, and free shipping. This is about $200 less than anyone else I’ve found for this package. This unit is the o...

05-02-2012 04:55 PM

G0453PX snipe - 5 replies

I have to admit, when I put burl and quilted wood through my spiralhead Grizzly, it performs beautifully and produces a brilliant finish for a planer. But I just cannot seem to rid this machine of enough snipe to make me happy.I know all the rules about putting boards one after the other, the endless adjustments on the rollers, manual adjustmen...

04-13-2012 05:17 PM

Ever done anything this nuts, just to get wood? - 26 replies

Last weekend, my wife and I were on the way to Lowes to get some of our spring plants to put around the house. Driving down the road at about 45 MPH, I spot a large pile of what is obviously a freshly cut tree, waiting for the city to pick it up. As I go past, it dawns on me that the wood is not the usual oak or maple, but dark walnut with sig...

12-21-2011 05:43 PM

Traditional Dremel? Better options for me... - 5 replies

Okay, I know I’m going to get beat up on this one. I have two fully equipped Dremels hanging from my pegboard that I have not used in over 2 years. Between them and all the accessories, maybe $200+ worth of tools. And I build guitars, with a lot of delicate sanding, so I am using flexible shaft driven Dremel type 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2”...

11-24-2011 11:04 PM

Small shop, review and review for space? - 4 replies

I build guitars, so my space needed is not too bad. I am, however, a true tool hound. (Not good if you need space) I have had many shops over the years, starting in 1971 with an attic shop! I can think of at least four-five others as I moved around the US.I am currently in a 10 X 28 garage turned shop. I have a garage door, (insulated), and a...

11-04-2011 09:23 PM

Just when you think you've seen it all in wood... - 3 replies

Recently I found a fellow to take the cedar logs that have been stacked on my property for four years. Cedar in Tenneessee is cheap, and this was definitely old growth, (mostly red in color and in some cases a little punky). I only wanted one log back planked 1” thick, and also asked him for three, ten foot long planks of dark walnut tha...

09-16-2011 09:10 PM

Shipping your products - 10 replies

I shipped out a guitar to a fellow in Minnesota. I sent it UPS Ground, insured, double boxed, packed in foam and bubble wrap. When it arrived, the neck had been pushed away from the body, a huge feat in itself. The box was bent. Somewhere along the line, someone pitched it and it probably hit a table edge or something.I put in a claim, only to ...

08-03-2011 09:36 PM

Using more and more chisels - 20 replies

I’ve noticed that as I get older, (now a nice, ripe 62), I am using more and more chisels by hand to finish in joints and edges. Also more hand sanding, wayyy more. When I was younger, it was always power sanders, dremels, just about anything but a nicely honed chisel or a piece of 180 wrapped around a wooden block. Now I have two sets of...

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