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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? - 25 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 ( ). 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? - 40 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...

12-03-2014 03:21 AM

Drying logs without cracking - 9 replies

A friend of mine asked me to help make 40 center pieces for a wedding, which would simply be slices of logs (roughly 2” thick) cut with a chain saw. (see the “inspiration” pic below) We have the logs, we have the saws, and we have a decent amount of time to get them done. What I need, however, is some information on ho...

10-12-2014 12:05 PM

Router sled for end grain cutting boards - 6 replies

So I have a few students making end-grain cutting boards, and am looking into making a small router sled to be able to flatten them after glue up. Is anyone willing to share pictures/plans of their sleds? its not going to need to be crazy big, just something to accommodate boards 10” wide by 20” long (at the most).

09-30-2014 02:34 PM

HHS Pd 4 & 8- Cutting Boards - 13 replies

Cutting Boards are a great way to use up scrap wood. Here’s a couple examples of different symmetric and asymmetric styles: Find an example of a cutting board that you would like to make in class, and upload a picture on this forum topic.

08-26-2014 02:55 PM

Klockit customer service - 5 replies

EDIT Finally got through to a person and was taken care of – thanks.

05-23-2014 09:59 AM

Maple- to stain or not to stain? - 21 replies

A student of mine is building a gun cabinet and used Maple plywood for the main box, with maple hardwood for the face-frame and doors. He is almost done with the build and will soon be moving on to the finishing. I told him to start thinking about color, so he stained a few test pieces but they all came out looking muddied and blotchy. I kn...

04-27-2014 01:35 PM

using pocket holes with maple - 11 replies

So I was helping a student build a face frame for his gun cabinet, and we were pre-assembling the frame with picket hole screws with intent to glue on the whole thing at once. Much to our chagrin, the very first screw that we put in split the front face of the stock. So my question is- was this a fluke? A one-time mistake that we should jus...

04-01-2014 10:14 AM

Anyone have an Etsy Shop? - 15 replies

I have been slowly dwindling on making things as of late, and I think it’s because I don’t have any reason to make anything right now. Sure, I have a couple projects on the back-burner, but no real reason to get creative and build. So I was looking into starting a shop on Etsy, but I have no experience (nor know anyone with experien...

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