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|901 days ago||
veritas aluminum straightedge: somewhat dissapointed - 11 replies
I just received a 24” aluminum lee valley / veritas straightedge I had ordered. Given the usual high quality of tools from lee valley, I was expecting it to have a perfectly flat, smooth edge that I could use to check wood and tools for flatness. It does seem to be flat, but the quality of the machined edge is not very good. It still ha...
|908 days ago||
interesting hammer - 10 replies
I’ve had this hammer since I was little, given to me by my dad who also used it when he was growing up. It starts out looking ordinary enough: Then you unscrew the handle to discover a flathead screwdriver: Then you keep unscrewing to discover… They actually managed to squeeze 4 screwdrivers into this thing. It...
|971 days ago||
Old Delta Bandsaw Restoration - 18 replies
(moved from projects post) I bought this old Delta bandsaw off craigslist and spent about a month restoring it. It had a missing belt, broken trunnion, cracked pulley, crumbling tires, old seized-up bearings, warped blade guard, and lots of dirt/grime/corrosion (many of these issues I didn’t find until after the purchase, of course...
|995 days ago||
CL band saw score - 7 replies
I picked up this old Delta / Milwaukee 14” band saw off craigslist for $100. There is pretty much no rust, and only some dirt and grime to clean off. It is tremendously heavy, with good cast iron parts. Aside from a missing belt, all the parts seem to be there. Since the lower tire is in poor shape and it has metal guide blocks, I orde...
|1054 days ago||
lathe chuck question - 4 replies
I want to buy a chuck for my old delta lathe. The Teknatool Supernova 2 is on sale at woodcraft, and it seems a pretty good buy. It apparently comes with jaws that fit a dovetail profile cut on bowl bottoms and the like. This is fine, but will these jaws will also hold straight (non-dovetail) tenons? It would be nice to use this for other ro...
|1112 days ago||
tool gloat: old delta/rockwell lathe - 2 replies
I picked up an old delta/rockwell lathe at an estate sale today. It’s in pretty good shape (no rust, though lots of dust and crud), though I’ll need to replace the power cord. It has a 5.5” center height (11” swing?), and about a 35” distance between centers. The legs are old plywood and could maybe use some new ...
|1121 days ago||
padauk wood gloat - 10 replies
Replied to a craigslist ad today, and received a good load of old padauk. This was apparently from some piece of furniture made entirely of solid stock padauk. It’s all about 3/4” thick in various lengths. Not pictured is a large tabletop glueup of the stuff, over twice the size of the large square in the back. All in all, maybe ...
|1152 days ago||
how it's made: wood inlay boxes - 15 replies
Found a great “How it’s Made” video showing some ornate inlay boxes (second item showcased in the episode): http://www.megavideo.com/?v=LJH0V062 These guys sure crank them out… it would take me months to make something like that.
|1210 days ago||
Fun with the new fujifilm s1800: Hopefully I can get some better shots of future projects now :).
|1217 days ago||
My $25 Dresser Tool Box - 17 replies
I purchased an old dresser for $25 from a garage sale about 6 months ago, and I finally thought of a good use for it… awesome tool storage for the shop/garage :). The finish on the top was peeling and nasty, so I scraped and sanded it off, then stained and finished (minwax stain, then a tung oil / poly mix) it to pseudo-match the rest. T...
|1408 days ago||
old bandsaw on craigslist... good buy? - 3 replies
I found this old bandsaw listing on craigslist today: http://boulder.craigslist.org/tls/1727102096.html Looks like a pretty good buy, though it needs new tires and some refurbishing. Should I go for it? Has anyone ever used or heard of the Sprunger Brothers brand?
|1412 days ago||
interesting locust board - 3 replies
Here’s an interesting board I picked up from the local sawmill yesterday ( www.tcwoods.com ). The employee there told me it was locust (he didn’t specify if it was golden/honey or black). It had some amazing figure, so I picked it up despite the large split through the middle. There is a yellow tint to the sapwood, though I doubt ...
|1454 days ago||
fixing scratches mid-finishing - 3 replies
I’m finishing a box with some wipe-on poly and made a small mistake. After the first coat, I did some light sanding by hand with 220 grit sandpaper on the back of the lid (where some snow had blown onto it while drying outside, making the finish spotty), first in circles, then with the grain, then buffed with 000 steel wool before applyin...
|1531 days ago||
mounting a picture in my newly completed frame - 4 replies
Sorry if this is the wrong area to post this, but I’m a bit stuck in the last stage of my current project. I just completed building a picture frame to fit a painting, but now I’m not sure how to actually mount the painting in the thing. It just has a single rabbet, almost the exact depth of the painting, so it needs some support f...