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|12-21-2016 11:09 AM||
Woodshop Secret Santa - 7 replies
In 2 of my advanced level Woodshop classes, the students (Grades 11 & 12) organized a secret Santa and included me in on the action. Knowing that I can’t really give out tools (sharp blades + School rules = bad news) I always design and make hoodies for my recipients. I got the inspiration online, but printed them myself in our graph...
|12-06-2016 12:56 PM||
Best finish for lincoln logs? - 6 replies
Hello all, I’m making a set of Lincoln logs to give as a Christmas gift for my buddy’s son. I want to put some some of finish on them, but I don’t want to spend 8 hours doing so. With all of those little pieces and dado cuts, I’m hoping to use some sort of oil; but that being said I also want to consider a finish t...
|10-28-2016 03:47 PM||
Every "Grunt" from Home Improvement - 1 reply
A friend sent this to me, and I couldn’t help myself from forwarding it on. I know I’ve done this when opening the box for a new Airgun, Miter Saw, router, or any other tool for that matter. https://youtu.be/YQwYNca4iog Enjoy!
|08-06-2016 12:21 PM||
Festool Domino in a HS shop? - 29 replies
I am a HS wood shop teacher, and our Mortise Machine has recently soiled the bed. Looking into new mortising machines, I kept coming back to the Festool Domino. I know that it is considerably more expensive than a traditional Mortise machine (Domino is $970 compared to a JET M.M. around $380) but it seems like it would be a lot faster with bet...
|05-04-2016 02:21 PM||
Table Saw difficulties - 29 replies
I have been getting a lot of resistance recently from making basic rip cuts on 3/4” oak. Despite using an riving knife, it seems like the work pieces are twisting as I am making cuts, causing the blade to bind up on the outfeed side of the table. see picture below: It’s pinching so much that the blade can’t cut the piec...
|01-30-2016 10:42 PM||
Isn't it time for a Mobile App? - 13 replies
I’ve been on this site for almost three years, and have loved every day. The projects, communication, advice, comradery, and skillshare had been invaluable to me as a woodworker and teacher. That being said, isn’t it about time that LJ Published a mobile app? Although I can access the site in a browser on my phone, a mobile app ...
|01-07-2016 10:36 AM||
Are Radial Arm Saws a thing of the past? - 77 replies
I am currently in the middle of renovating my the production lab at work, which is a high school wood shop. As part of the renovation, I am going to be building a large fixed base Miter Saw station with extensions that will be roughly 13’-14’ long. In order to fit this in the same working space, I may have to get rid of the older R...
|11-18-2015 03:59 PM||
Are you Serious, Rockler? - 41 replies
I just saw this in an email from Rockler . They are now selling cutting board “kits” with various wood strips, and the prices seem borderline astronomical. Now, I am a fan of most of the things that Rockler has available. Personally I would rather make the items myself (for a fraction of the cost), but this is the first time I...
|11-09-2015 10:48 AM||
Drying wood for rustic/log furniture - 4 replies
I’m looking for reference material on building log furniture. A buddy of mine asked me to build him a table for his camp, and I’d like to make it out of pine logs with a slab top. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any decent information on drying logs specifically for use with log furniture. Sure, I know the general rule...
|10-29-2015 12:24 PM||
Dust Collection - 10 replies
I’m looking for some advice on Large Dust collectors. About 15 years ago, the DC at our HS broke and was disassembled and never replaced due to budget issues. Currently, we run multiple small dust collectors (DustRight single ports) for each machine that we have. Not only does it get really loud, but I have to worry about each one actual...
|10-09-2015 03:38 PM||
Bandsaw drift? Help please! - 16 replies
I have a Laguna 14-12 bandsaw, and was just cutting down some logs for a spalted box. I noticed the blade was moving a LOT, and got some REALLY crooked cuts: After cutting them all, I noticed the table insert was cut into as well: My blade tension is set appropriately, does anyone know any other suggestions for things I could adjust?
|09-22-2015 02:05 PM||
Highlands HS Cutting Boards - 13 replies
Cutting boards are a great way to use up scrap pieces of wood, and are a project that can be done with minimal investment in time and finishing materials. They make great gifts, and can be either as simple or complex as you’d like them to be. Search LJ’s for projects that are tagged with “cutting boards”, and add at l...
|09-20-2015 01:27 PM||
Any Unfinished projects out there? - 27 replies
When I found this site several years ago, I was eager to get on and start posting projects. The very first project I ever posted was the shed that I designed and built in my backyard (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82426 ). for about 4+ years now [I built it 2 years before I created an account] I have been looking at an unfinished project ...
|09-16-2015 02:20 AM||
How long do accounts stay active? - 27 replies
So someone I knew had recently signed up but couldn’t remember the exact username, so I decided to start looking through the Jocks section to try and find them. Being that the person just signed up, I figure I would start at the back of the Jocks section since they probably weren’t very active. I went through 40 pages of members...
|05-20-2015 02:07 PM||
Stanley Handyman Plane Technical Drawing - 4 replies
Does anyone have- or know where to find- a technical drawing for the various parts of a Stanley Handyman hand plane? I have a student who is trying to reverse engineer it for CAD class, and he is having difficulty with the red “Frog” piece that supports the blade. Google searches haven’t produced much, so maybe someone ...
|04-21-2015 02:04 PM||
rotating pictures from Smart Phone - 4 replies
So I have a question for anyone posting pictures from a smart phone. My students are posting pictures directly from their phone and the pictures are posting sideways. As a basic phone user, I have no idea what to tell them to do in order to fix the problem. I have suggested that they go into their gallery and try to rotate them before post...
|03-18-2015 09:45 AM||
Pipe dream? - 5 replies
A buddy of mine likes to partake in smoking a pipe from time to time (the brown tobacco, not the green tobacco). In consideration of making a gift for his upcoming birthday, I was thinking about taking a shot at carving out a pipe and turning the mouthpiece on the lathe. I have a piece of figured cherry that would work out just terrific, and...
|03-02-2015 10:20 PM||
TED has a TWITTER! - 14 replies
So I follow a guy on Twitter known as @WoodworkIdea because he normally tweets funny sayings about woodworking. Recently I noticed he has been tweeting links to the TED site with over 16,000 free plans, so i figured it was just more of an advertisement than anything. Well, just yesterday I noticed he posted a tagline that I recognized from L...
|02-19-2015 03:48 PM||
TED'S Woodworking- is it a scam? - 48 replies
In a moment of weakness, I fell Victim to purchasing a subscription for something called Ted’s Woodworking (web site here), which promoted that it offered over 16,000 woodworking plans. As a woodworking teacher, I am always on the lookout for pre-made plans of projects that are at a “high-school-level”, and thought this would ...
|02-14-2015 02:12 AM||
Sawstop saves a special thumb - 18 replies
yesterday during my 6th period Intro to Woodworking class, my Sawstop made a special save. The class is made up of all different ability levels, including 2 students with special needs. normally they have an aide that comes to class and helps monitor what is being done and helps assist me watch out for their safety. yesterday, however, one of...