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06-23-2012 05:51 AM

evening project: wooden end caps for my bicycle handle bars - 7 replies

I got tired of my ugly worn-out plastic caps for my bicycle handle bars, so I decided to turn a new pair out of mahogany: They came out pretty good, though I had to trim the backs a little with the bandsaw and file them to make them fit. I’m slowly converting everything I own into wood.

12-01-2011 03:38 AM

clamp gloat - 3 replies

Just got these awesome Bessy K-Body clamps off craigslist for a good price: 4 of the 24” clamps, and 4 of the 40”. I’ve been wanting a set of these for years. They’re all in excellent condition, and clamp extremely well. Maybe my large glue-ups won’t suck as badly now.

11-28-2011 06:12 PM

lee valley sale on a couple odd planes - 9 replies

Lee Valley is having a sale today, most notably on a few factory second planes: I ordered the shoulder and the mini edge planes. Rare to find these on sale.

11-06-2011 03:44 AM

good video of quick dovetails - 2 replies This guy sure cranks these dovetails out. Hardly any marking, mostly just sawing by eye… impressive skills.

10-26-2011 05:44 PM

manual bow lathe turning - 0 replies

Found this video of a guy making chess pieces with a bow lathe. Puts my turning to shame with just a skew chisel:

10-09-2011 03:48 AM

identifying wood - 2 replies

I found this a while back… it gave me a good laugh:

09-25-2011 12:03 AM

veritas aluminum straightedge: somewhat dissapointed - 28 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...

09-18-2011 06:57 PM

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...

07-17-2011 06:28 AM

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...

06-23-2011 12:30 AM

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...

04-25-2011 05:01 AM

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...

02-26-2011 09:40 PM

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 ...

02-17-2011 07:48 AM

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 ...

01-17-2011 09:43 AM

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): These guys sure crank them out… it would take me months to make something like that.

11-20-2010 10:45 PM

playing with the new camera... macro of my chisel - 2 replies

Fun with the new fujifilm s1800: Hopefully I can get some better shots of future projects now :).

11-13-2010 08:16 AM

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...

05-06-2010 05:40 PM

old bandsaw on craigslist... good buy? - 3 replies

I found this old bandsaw listing on craigslist today: 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?

05-02-2010 06:22 PM

interesting locust board - 3 replies

Here’s an interesting board I picked up from the local sawmill yesterday ( ). 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 ...

03-21-2010 12:42 AM

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...

01-03-2010 03:20 AM

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...

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