I took the plunge today! I finally bought a Magswitch featherboard at Rockler. I have been eyeballing them for a long time, but too stingy to let go of $70! I thought I would just get a couple magnetic switches to make up my own. The other option is just making up an expanding rail to fit in the miter slot. Neither have gotten done, but I have been watching eBay for bargains on magnetic switches. Low and behold, I found one with about 900 pounds pull with a shape that that would easil...
It’s time to get busy again. The LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Winter 2011 are officially here and this time we have a very creative theme that should result in many amazing entries. As always, the goal is to highlight the creativity of all of our members (regardless of skill level) through the use of materials that are available to all woodworkers. And here is the theme: The Art of Joinery – dovetails, mitres, and even the good old butt joint can turn a practical project into a...
It’s time to let the creative juices flow again! Thousands of LumberJocks, five sponsors, a whole bunch of amazing prizes and one category. That’s the summary of our LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Summer 2010. Our goal is, as always, to highlight the creativity of all woodworkers – regardless of skill level – through the use of materials that are available to all. So here is the Summer 2010 topic: Fluidity – “Like grasses swaying in a summer breeze, the fl...
I bought some goodies yesterday from Rockler. I used the Rockler Gift Card I won from doing the 2009 Fall Build Challenge. the sawdustcronicals.com I bought a combo water stone 1000/6000 ( was reading around and people are saying that this is a good grit to start with, if you can only afford one), and a jig to hold the blades while I give honing a try. I also got a nice Shop Dust Collection Expandable hose and a good system for hooking it up to my machines. Lets face it, looks really ne...
Picture a scene in 1978…Ten year old boy carefully scrutinizing the new JCPenney Christmas catalog. Decisions have to be made and so the boy looks through each item and sees how it would work with the current toy collection, whether it will enhance or detract from adventure scenes he has in his head. He wonders how that Big Jim camping gear will look in the toy camper he has in his room, does his GI Joe headquarters need another bunk bed? Thirty-two years later, same boy spent a day ...
My new scrap cutoffs shelves are handy for odds and ends, too, like the little roll of brown paper that’s always in my way, rolled-up foam sheeting, some jointed and planed 2×2s I use as straight bars during panel glue-ups, and a few sets of rails for my router bridge setup. You know… all the narrower stuff under 2’ long. I also finally emptied the two boxes of exotic turning blanks (on sale still!) that I got quite a long time ago. It’s very easy to forget...
9 great videos featuring the very creative uses of the Rockler Bench Cookies have been posted in our Workshop Cookies Video Challenge. I’m happy to announce the winners (random draw) of the following prizes by Rockler: $100 Gift Card – lew $75 Gift Card – David Craig $50 Gift Card – GaryK $25 Gift Card – Willey $10 Gift Card – Kerry Drake Sets of Bench Cookies with Bench Cookie Tshirts: Craftsman on the lake Zuki revieck ...
Well, I finally put together an entry for the bench cookie challenge08. I made it using my Mac with included software. The music is public domain. Enjoy!
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