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|850 days ago||
Lathe Cylinder / Checkers - 5 replies
I have much less turning experience when compared to other methods of work. Pens, tool handles, and Mills mostly to this point. I’m about to turn some checkers to go with a chess set I just completed (Turned almost every piece twice do to mistakes, duplicator would have helped). I’m hoping for some insight on how you would go abou...
|870 days ago||
Tool Steel question - 10 replies
I’m about to do a couple of shop made tool projects that will call for tool steel. Between the two projects, I’ll be having to sharpen, heat until a red glow is obtained, and twisting the steel will it’s heated for aesthetics. I notice it’s not expensive to order the steel (haven’t found it at a bog box store or t...
|1357 days ago||
No way this law suit was won. Wow. - 3 replies
Article Link Wow, won a law suit because there was no flesh detecting safety feature. This is basically ever saw that’s existed other than Sawstops. I’m wondering if there will be a snowball effect on lawsuits. Riving Knives are now the standard. I’m wondering if the flesh detecting technology will be next. The price of...
|1557 days ago||
Turning plastic ? - 2 replies
I’m new to the pen game and have got bored with wood blanks and decided to play with some plastic and corn cob blanks. I’ve ran into a couple plastic issues. What’s your finishing strategy. Progressive grits of sandpaper, buffing, etc. . ? I’ve got paper on hand up to 1200 grit in increasing increments. I also have s...
|1584 days ago||
Lathe Tool Rest ? - 3 replies
My mini lathe came with the standard 6” tool rest. I’ve added an extension bed am often working with pieces well over 6”. I sometimes and working in a tighter space than 6” as well. The obvious solution was to modify the 6” with a longer range, or to completely build a large tool rest to fit the stock hardware. ...
|1641 days ago||
Belt Wear ? - 8 replies
I’ve never had issues with belts on my machines in the past. I bought a ShopFox Mini Lathe about a month ago and have been stumped by issues wth the motor belt. The first belt wore/shredded after only and few hours work. I assumed I didn’t change it right when changing speeds and it disfigured due to misalignment. Got the same be...
|1738 days ago||
Selling to the Mags - 5 replies
I’m curious, are there a lot of LJ’s out there submitting to the WWing publications? Having been following the site for a while, I’ve seen some very cool and unique ideas. I submitted four projects in last year and all four picked up by the same Mag. This is not a gloat, but rather a suggestion to do this as I honestly not i...
|1967 days ago||
New Job Blues - 7 replies
I’ve known a change was coming for a while now as I was closing a company over the period of a year. That resulted in some short days in the last few months and some nice long weekends. This in turn, resulted in more production in the shop and being able to check the site more often. Now I’ve got newbie standing at the office and ...
|1978 days ago||
Outdoor Furniture - 8 replies
I’m just about finish with an Adirondack project made of red cedar. I realize cedar has some natural resistance to rot and weather, but I plan to finish it with a clear topcoat. Spar or Marine seems the way to go. Any thoughts? How about the end grain on the legs? They will most likely see some water as they will be on a patio that i...
|2027 days ago||
Wooden Plane Thoughts - 11 replies
Hey all, I recently tried my hand at making my first plane and ended up with a pretty paperweight. Anyone have a good internet resource for free detailed information on constructing a very basic plane that would serve more as a learning process. Wayne posted a blog of several dozen sites, but I haven’t found what I’m looking f...
|2036 days ago||
Overarm Blade Guard First Impressions - 7 replies
I posted this as a project yesterday, but thought I’d follow up in the safety section as that is really the more pertinent location. Anyways, you can link to the project for all the construction details as well as a link to the very thorough resource from another woodworker used to base mine on. I took some liberties, but the concept is ...
|2041 days ago||
Very, very dumb moment - 19 replies
First off, I’m an idiot. Probably should leave it at that. Anyways, I had to cut a couple bevels on my tablesaw last night. That meant that I took off the zero clearance plate and put the factory one back on. No problem. Switched them back when done. Later, I started hearing a metallic rattling sound when I turned the saw on and duri...
|2042 days ago||
Food Safe Finshes - Revisited - 14 replies
There’s a lot out there and really more than I can digest in regards to food (or child) safe finishes. I posted a cutting board I made a month ago and noted in the project notes that I finished it with a gel varnish by GF’s. I got a couple raised eyebrows, so to speak, in using that product. I was told to use mineral oil, salad bo...
|2044 days ago||
Machine Guards (Lexan/Acrylic) - 3 replies
Just curious. Anyone know of a way to keep Lexan or Acrylic from being coated with dust? I’m wondering if there’s a product that prevents sawdust from adhering to plastic so as to keep a better view of the cutting point. I just built a ceiling mounted counterweighted table saw guard that is mostly Lexan, but it does have a couple ...
|2083 days ago||
Just got an interesting thread in an email from Toolcrib. I thought I’d carry it over to Lumberjocks as I don’t follow the other sites closely. Anyways, it was about the best “recycled” items for the workshop. This is one of the things I like about woodworking. . . Having a problem and creating a solution. Many hou...
|2094 days ago||
BS Blade Tension Experiences - 7 replies
I have Rikon’s 14” Deluxe Bandsaw. I’ve been using it for about 6 months now. My projects have so far have been handled with only 2 blades. Basically, a smaller blade appropriate for general use and scrolling and a larger blade for resawing and rough work. They are Timberwolf blades which to my understanding (which is limit...
|2114 days ago||
Bandsawn Boxes - 4 replies
I keep hearing how easy these are, but I do have a couple questions. I’ve glued up a couple of blanks and have shaped them. the next step will be to start cutting the portions of the blanks to be reassembled in the end. One blank was a rectangle. Is there a strategy to covering the end grain on two sides? The end grain is a bit of an ...
|2120 days ago||
Tolerances? - Tablesaw specifically - 11 replies
I tried to google for a decent compilation of typically woodworking alignment tolerances for various tools and had no luck thus far. I spent some time tuning my tablesaw after it started to burn rip cuts. The issue was the fence to blade alignment. Anyone know of a good resource for what would be considered acceptable tolerances for precision...
|2126 days ago||
Interesting Article from ToolCrib/SMC - 19 replies
Just saw this article in an email from Tool Crib. They were shocked (as am I) at the results of how many people had TV’s in their shops. I can’t imagine watching one even if I had the room! With the DC and other shop noises, it wouldn’t seem to be even enjoyable should I put it out there. I like to follow some sports scores...
|2135 days ago||
What do you mean there are wires behind walls? - 32 replies
As the topic title eludes, oops. I was hanging my newly constructed lumber rack in the shop and was very satisfied when done. I used 5” lag bolts After swinging on it a bit and loading it up, I decided to call it a night as it was about 2AM. To wind down from the work, I decided to jump on the net and play some freebie Hold’Em ...