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The Traveling Lumberjock #2: Sacramento, California

07-22-2010 06:52 AM by PflugervilleSteve | 4 comments »

Week of July 12, 2010 – I fly to Sacramento and head up to Woodland, CA. I’m loving the name and I know there’s tons of walnut in the area from a previous visit a couple years ago. I start digging and end up hooking up with a guy who has a firewood company. I’ve had some decent firewood pile finds (Osage Orange, spalted ash, etc) so I drive over to 8320b (barn) Hazel Ave. Orangevale, CA 95662. Turns out his big business is natural pest control products (like lady...

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I'm gonna stick my foot in "The Health Care" thingie...

07-22-2010 06:49 AM by jack1 | 30 comments »

I won’t do this very often but I’ve noticed a Lumberjock or two bragging on Canada’s health care system. Just found this today. Another rationing wrinkle. Those of you with small shops with employees (I’m not one), need to be aware. Just sayin’...

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The Traveling Lumberjock #1: The idea

07-22-2010 05:47 AM by PflugervilleSteve | 7 comments »

I work for a scientific instrument company and end up traveling for my job quite a bit. I mostly stay in the US, but I visit Canada a couple times a year and occasionally travel to England and other parts of Europe. I got tired of bringing knick-knacks home for the family from every trip because I’m running out of room for refrigerator magnets and coffee mugs! I had the bright idea earlier this year that instead of knick-knacks, I’ll try to find some local wood from wherever ...

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Building my secondary workbench

07-22-2010 05:39 AM by yuri | 2 comments »

I have one workbench, which is kind of universal. It started as glued together two office table tops, lying on something quickly made from 2×4. Whole construction is attached to the garage wall for stability. Heh, it proved as not fancy thing but pretty good start. Later it started to be evolutionary changed. I added front vise, made bench dog wholes, and began to dress top with oak edging. I could work on it without problem, but … since I do not have a lot working surface, these t...

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Extremely Average #201: Things I Love

07-22-2010 04:58 AM by Ecocandle | 6 comments »

Hello LJ’s, I have glued the box together. It is a simple act, though I fussed over it for a long time. When the moment arrived to apply the glue, it was much less stressful than I imagined. I am getting excited about making another box. It will be far less scary. And likely go much quicker, as I won’t be goofing around trying to understand what I am doing. Tonight’s post is entitled ‘Things I Love’... I hope you enjoy it. Brian

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Mikros Kosmos #11: I like shiny floors.

07-22-2010 04:20 AM by tyskkvinna | 31 comments »

By the way, I’m happy to be back. :-) It’s true. I like my hardwood floors very shiny, with a glass-like surface. So—the floors were all glued in through the whole house. They were, however, a wee bit uneven. There’s some slight variance in the planks – we’re talking less than 1/16”. Just enough to be OBVIOUS in such a tiny scale. So I got some sandpaper and used a little sanding block (which was a piece of purpleheart, haha, just what I had...

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Free plans

07-22-2010 03:08 AM by FlanelLover | 4 comments »

Not sure if everyone is aware but Wood magazine is giving away free wood plans tomorrow Thursday July 22

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MA wooodworking sites

07-22-2010 01:10 AM by FlanelLover | 8 comments »

I am going to MA on vacation sometime this summer and want to look at historical woodworking sites. Does anyone know of any in MA or by MA that are interesting and informational?

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Need help with finishing Blanket chest

07-21-2010 11:08 PM by shopmania | 2 comments »

My brother and I have spent a good deal of time lately building a blanket chest our of quarter-sawn white oak. We have the inside lined with aromatic cedar (not fully installed yet, till after we put the finish on the rest of the project). I thought that I wanted to spray on the stain and the topcoat (was planning on polyurathane). I bought a turbine HVLP sprayer, the one from Rockler, which I wanted to get eventually anyway, b/c I keep reading/hearing that it puts a better finish on. I hav...

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Need suggestions for an impact driver

07-21-2010 10:14 PM by crank49 | 10 comments »

I am starting a remodel project, new basement shop and new kitchen and utility room and will be driving a bunch of screws. Have always used my cordless drill for this but I think the impact drivers do a better job from what I have read. I am pinched for cash and want to get a decent tool that will work without over spending for a professional contractor grade of tool. I won’t be driving screws for a living. I have looked pretty closely at several models. I don’t like the 10.8 &...

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