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|103 days ago||
Hi all, I am trying to wire a motor to go in reverse. It’s a lathe—and you will tease me, but it’s a harbor freight lathe. The 12 inch type, model 34706. This one: http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-x-33-3-8-eighth-inch-wood-lathe-with-reversible-head-34706.html#pr-header-back-to-top-link I successfully wired my prev...
|107 days ago||
is this a woodworking tool? :) - 15 replies
Hi folks, My buddy bought this tool the other day and I was making fun of him—I think this is a chef tool and not a vintage woodworking tool! I can’t think of what it would be used for besides chopping veggies. Take a look and tell me what you think please. Note that the sharpened edge seems to be on the wrong side. it can...
|108 days ago||
How loud is an electric chain saw? - 10 replies
Hi folks, I turn green wood so I often need to hack down big logs into manageable pieces. I tend to use hand tools (hatchet, splitting wedges) but I have recently come across some VERY big pieces. Does anyone have any experience using electric chainsaws? I am looking at the remington/craftsman ones at SEARS or the harbor freight 50 dollar...
|198 days ago||
Can you help identify this wood? - 12 replies
I snagged this log from a landscaper friend of mine. I cracked it open, and boy—I swear it smells like a horse stable (Manure hahaha). I guess you could call it “earthy” if you like. Otherwise, the wood has remarkably straight grain, and what I think it a beautiful contrast between light and dark. The bark is flaky and roug...
|198 days ago||
What is this turning tool?! What's it for? - 5 replies
I got started turning by buying an old Craftsman Companion and a box of tools from a nice Swiss bloke down the road. One by one, I have been learning about the tools and what they do. But one, I just can’t track down online. No markings, of course, and a home-made handle. I’ve included pics. Ideas: For shaping the lips of b...
|243 days ago||
Problems with lines when sanding - 19 replies
Hi all, So I have noticed a scary pattern: often, as I sand, I leave light swirls and lines that won’t come out. In fact (and this is what scares me)—I can tell the lines are coming from my sanding, not my tools (though to be fair, I know my tools don’t leave a flawless finish). I can see the lines appearing and multiplyi...
|246 days ago||
So I have plenty of odd tools lying around the place and I’ve heard that creating your own lathe tools is a great way to add to one’s collection. I could use some scrapers with different profiles, like a sharp point, or a long, cruved skew scraper or chisel. I just have a basic set and some bowl gouges right now. I am looking at...
|255 days ago||
Hi everyone, I will say something that amazes you, then say something that will probably make you scratch your head, then ask a question. - I do a lot of woodworking in a basement apartment in the middle of a 5-apt unit. My two neighbors both work during the day and don’t mind the noise at night. I make them things and it’s a...