Hello LJ’s, Today I worked on my dovetail cutting, which was fun and humbling. I also rescued some wood. I don’t know what to do with the wood. It is silver maple. I am really puzzled, but alas, I couldn’t let it just get burned up. http://bit.ly/9r8qIc Brian
I went to the Big Box yesterday for a couple of 2x’s. I did not like the 2×2’s, they were super warped. So I got 2×4’s. Problem is, a 2×4 is too tall for the amount of space I need. I needed them closer to 2” tall. Couldn’t rip it on the tablesaw (it’s packed), couldn’t figure out a way to safely do it on the circular saw, didn’t have the patience to consider doing it with a handsaw, can’t stick things that ratio in the plan...
My website was hacked some how. I have talked to about a half dosen people recently who have also had this problem. I dont see the point or what the people doing this have to gain. Well whatever it is its starting to frustrate many people. If you were on my site the two weaird posts have been deleted. Click Here for more details.
I’m an old guy in Carmichael, CA (suburb of Sacramento). Been making sawdust for quite a few years as a hobby, but it’s getting tougher to do as my body wears out faster than my mind. I’m wondering what to do with all ny woodworking gear if I croak—really don’t want to put that burden on my wife. I’ve been hoping to locate a dealer who could buy the whole lot (a 3-car garage that’s so full I have to put all the machines on casters, so I can move ...
Built-In Bookcases and Mantel Surround #3: MDF prices are soaring! (Or maybe it's the riftsawn white oak veneer on top of that MDF?)
I went to the lumber supply store last week and purchased 1-sheet of 3/4” riftsawn white oak MDF core plywood and 1-sheet of 1/4” riftsawn white oak MDF core plywood for the bookcase carcasses and backing material. Holy cow, that put a dent in the plastic! Good thing that card has a high deflection rate. The 3/4” sheet was $124, plus tax and the 1/4” sheet was $70-something, plus tax. The grand total for a couple of sheets of MDF was $212.37! Wow, MDF has g...
After finishing the cuts for the frame and making sure that everything goes together nicely I went to my local Woodcraft and found a real nice piece of 5/4 poplar to use for the sides of the project. All of the original pieces were a full 1” thick so I needed the 5/4 stock. The piece I found was 8 ft long and 15 ” wide with no knots or green streaks. A perfect find for this project. I needed 2 pieces 9 1/2” x 22” for the bottom sections and 2 pieces 9”x 21̶...
As you, gentle readers have found… I have a Harbor Freight 2HP Dust Collector. Not a perfect machine, but certainly capable of sucking up dust, and keeping it out of the air… And it is quite capable of being hooked up to a ducting system, particularly in a shop as small as mine… My biggest issue is that I don’t want pipe size to strangle it. Now the machine is capable of supporting 5” ducting, but… Well have you tried to find 5” duct? I have found ...
Interesting couple of days. Did a slight remake to the motor bracket and coach bolted the whole issue in. Mounted the height adjuster and the table. Also made a dust cover, a bit clunky but it does the job. Took one final look at the drum and thought ‘Its going to be a lot smoother when you next see it. Attached the dust hood.Made up a board with 60 grit on top and set about trueing up the drum.I’m using the medium drum speed, 950 rpm. Cranked up the height adjuster until I jus...
The Commission A door doesn’t sound like a significant project, until there are other details added like annual outdoor temperature fluctuation of 150° F, 90-100° F temp difference between in/outdoors, and a sporadic humidity level. Approved SketchUp Design One day I received a phone call from a lady who wanted an arched, solid wood door for her daughter’s upcoming new construction this May. Not one to turn down a challenge, I agreed and began a ton of researc...
I recently purchased a 16” jointer planer combo and 18” 3000 Series Bandsaw from Laguna Tools. It has turned into my worst nightmare. I have spent $6,245.83 on this order. It arrived damaged and I properly noted it on the freight bill. I contacted laguna about the most obvious damage to the band saw. The upper flywheel had come apart in shipping. I rebuilt it and it seems to work fine now. My nightmare starts really with the jointer. In short this machine should edge join using...
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