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02-25-2012 11:20 PM

air powered woodworking tools - 3 replies

i’m always checking out auctions in my area for tools and whatnot. i just ran across this listing. it’s a company that builds small storage sheds. i’m assuming that they’re amish. i’ve heard of them using pneumatic machinery and there’s alot of them in that area. this sale has several pieces of dewalt woo...

12-06-2011 01:58 AM

harbor freight band mill - 3 replies

i found this and thought it was an interesting item. anybody used one? http://www.harborfreight.com/saw-mill-with-7-hp-gas-engine-67138.html

02-13-2011 05:08 PM

walnut oddity - what is it? - 10 replies

a friend of mine showed me this piece yesterday. it is local black walnut (NW indiana). he said that he had a couple of boards like this. this is just one small end cutoff that he carries around. this pattern is in the endgrain, and ran through the entire length of the boards. it looks like gear teeth and is very clear on the actual piece. ...

02-02-2011 01:08 AM

stanley bedrock 605 type 1 - 6 replies

i picked up this plane last weekend at an auction. i don’t really need it, and bought it to resell. i believe all the parts are original. from the info i could find online, it appears to be a type 1. the patent date is apr 2, 95 which makes it from 1898 (the first year for the bedrock series). given it’s age, i’d say it...

11-20-2010 03:38 PM

powermatic colors - 6 replies

i know that in the beginning powermatics were green, then gold, now yellow. this week, i picked up an old powermatic model 45 lathe at an auction for $300. it’s currently painted gold. however, i believe it was orginally painted green. the inside of the headstock cabinet is green, and there’s a small wear mark on the back that s...

10-25-2010 03:12 AM

exotic lot - 1 reply

over the weekend, i purchased a collection of exotic boards. i had our local club expert look them over. here’s what i’ve got: cocobolo:3/4×3 7/8×51 3/43/4×3 7/8×49 5/81 3/16×6 7/8 51 3/4redheart: 3/4×6 1/4×48bubinga: 1×7 1/8×60 1/2bocote: 13/16×4 1/8×41 3/4purple heart: 3/4...

10-04-2010 02:43 PM

great wheel lathe demo - 18 replies

every fall, there’s a historical reenactment just outside our town. it’s based on a french trading post/fort that was on the wabash river during the 1700’s. it’s called “feast of the hunter’s moon”, and represents a gathering of traders. two of my friends (dan and scott) are woodturners and put on a d...

07-25-2010 04:28 PM

spalting kiln dried lumber - 4 replies

i’ve read articles about people intentionally spalting green wood. i tried an expirement to see if i could get spalting to occour on some kiln dried soft maple that i had. i found a trick that sort of worked. the two pieces in the picture are the result i got. what i did was to seal the wood in a ziploc(airtight) bag with a piece of st...

07-05-2010 02:27 AM

spammer solution suggestion - 11 replies

i know we get alot of talk about spam on this site. from what i’ve gathered, the current solution when one pops up is to just PM martin and he deletes it. it seems to me that this would require alot maintainence on martin’s part. would it be possible to just let the users police the site themselves? you could add a “report ...

06-07-2010 05:15 PM

compucarve/carvewright fyi - 1 reply

i just got back from sears after a tip off from a friend. i don’t know if it’s all stores, but our local store is no longer going to carry compucarve bits at the store. the ones the had remaining were on clearance for 2/3 off. that’s a great deal, i stocked up!

01-21-2010 03:46 PM

anyone know what kind of joint this is? - 21 replies

this joint is on a drawer front on a small antique piece. i’ve never seen one quite like it before. at first i thought it was a just drilled out and a dowel was driven it. but it’s actually a round through tenon from the side of the drawer face. i can only imagine what a pain this must have been to make. any ideas what it’...

01-04-2010 01:11 PM

project library observation - 1 reply

i’ve beed intrested in looking at all the past projects on the site. i started at the beginning (first projects ever posted). there is really no way to properly view everything in one session due to the volume of work posted. i didn’t see any kind of “jump to page” option, and was afraid that i’d have to skip thro...

12-29-2009 03:13 AM

anyone burn chinese elm before? - 5 replies

my dad cut down a chinese elm tree that was in his yard for firewood. when he burns it, it does something really wierd. instead of turning to ash, it forms rock hard grity clumps. it looks like a clump of wet sand, and they’re too hard to break apart by hand. i told him that our cat makes them too, because it looks just like “bur...

11-08-2009 03:47 PM

cheap vacuum press solution? - 3 replies

has anyone else those “as seen on tv” products called space bags? it’s basically a thick plastic bag with a little adaptor/valve to hook up a vaccum and suck the air out. it’s for storing clothes and blankets in a compacted manner. i was just wondering if anyone has tried using them as a vacuum press for veneering or l...

09-06-2009 04:50 AM

what's special about 31.62 degrees? - 10 replies

i was recently doing some trim work with my compound miter saw, and i noticed that there’s an indicator at 31.62 degrees. i can’t figure out what this angle would be used for. can someone please fill me in on this one?

06-19-2009 10:59 PM

lumber drying method? - 7 replies

i had an odd thought today about drying green lumber. my father is a farmer, and on his farm is a grain bin. attached to the grain bin is a heater and a giant drying fan. when grain is harvested and put into the bin, it is dried to reduce it’s moisture content and prevent rotting. anyone in the midwest should know what i’m talkin...


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