My bench costs rose slightly today. I bought some lag bolts to attach the top to the base. $3.50. Let’s see, about 60 in wood, 65 for the vise, a bottle of glue; I figure I’m close to $135 into this so far. I still have to get some hardwood jaws for the vise but I’m pretty sure I’ll keep total cost under 150. Here’s a pic with the top attached …After flattening the top I went ahead and attached the vise. I found the instructions kind of complicated so...
Hey guys. While reviewing a new Starrett tool promotion at work, I noticed a new jigsaw blade. Knowing that Starrett sells jigsaw, bandsaw, and hole saw blades, I was interested. So I went to their website, and found them. It seems they are neutral in the center, have teeth going down on the down stroke, and teeth directed up on the up stroke. I thought this was ingenious, and wished I had invented it!! I can’t speak for other woodworkers, but I seldom use my jigsaw on furniture d...
There is an ongoing debate about whether Lumberjocks should be the focus of a marketing plan by professional woodworkers. There are quite a few professionals on this site now, all of us trying to make a living. I define “professional” as someone that makes all, or most of their income from their woodworking and craft work. Selling something once in a while from your hobby work really has nothing in common with “having” to sell something every day to buy food and s...
I ordered two of his blades. After unwrapping one, I found a serious nick in the bevel. The shipping envelop had not been damaged but the overwrap around the blade was damaged right over the nick; clearly, the wrapped blade had been dropped or knocked. I sent an e-mail with a picture of the problem, and Ron Hock sent a replacement in a couple of days – no questions asked. I like that and will continue to be a customer!
I just read through the posts on the thread Current Market for Everyone and it is making me think (I hate that). I’ve been somewhat of a side-liner when it comes to politics and the economy for a while now. I once thought myself to be very educated on both fronts, but I soon learned that sitting, watching, and taking it all in was wiser than expressing opinions especially to those who do not share them. We are in a horrible time in our history where the real problem is not a recess...
I was hoping that someone could steer me in the right direction to a great online blade sharpening company. The local people that I used to use has closed. I live in Northwest New Mexico, so I would like to ship them somewhere close to save on costs. Thanks, Grant
I have decided to build a hallway table with two large walnut boards I bought last year (from craigslist). I have included two sketchup drawings of the concept. It will be 15” deep x 40” long x 31 1/2” tall and fits at the top of my second story stair landing. The detail picture shows where I’ll use some left-over cherry to border the drawers and rails with cherry that I will bead for effect. The drawing also shows a cherry inlay strip and circle, but if I have a good...
A while back while scrounging around in Chicago used book stores I found a couple of OLD books on woodworking. I had always wanted to really see how people learned how to use hand tools back when that was the only option so I picked them up. They where not in great condition, so I was a little scared to actually read them. They ended up on the bookshelf in a protective shield and sat there looking cool. I finally came up with the idea of scanning them and getting a professional printi...
Well while I am waiting for the glass for my wifes display case, I am working on designing my daughters shelf for her room. She has a ton of webkinz, and she also has some glass dolls that were my wife’s. The dog is able to get on her bed and pull down the webkinz(bad very bad..eheh) so I am tasked with designing a shelf system that will help even out the density of the toys. Right now they are all piled on top of each other and fall down all the time(also making them an easy target for...
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