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88 days ago

Great quote struck a chord with me this morning. - 16 replies

“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.” Robert Hughes (1938-2012), Australian art critic I don’t know about y’all, but I know sometimes I feel the “just one more tool” or “I wish I had a nicer (insert tool name here), then I&#...

112 days ago

Pipe Fittings for Mallets - 9 replies

Kind of a neat idea IMHO. Saw it on Pinterest while looking at other woodworking stuff. Looks like it came from Woodsmith. I like the idea of being able to swap out the mallet faces when they get too beat up. What do ya’ll think?

115 days ago

Basic Sketchup Tutorial - Ana White - 9 replies

Hey all, Sketchup seems like an awesome tool for furniture design. I’ve read tons of blogs/posts that talk about the utility of the program, but every time I’ve tried to use it I get frustrated and give up. It’s a little intimidating and, at least for me, not very intuitive. With a new baby in the house I’m doing ...

143 days ago

To Haunch or not to Haunch...that is the question. - 4 replies

I never haunch the tenons on anything I build. I’ve read that it helps prevent twisting on table aprons and the like…but I’ve also never really had that problem. I’ve seen haunches on a lot of older furniture that I’ve repaired or taken apart to be re-purposed. So what do you think? Just curious to hear pe...

146 days ago

How would you do it? Wall mounted table design - 18 replies

Good morning ya’ll. Working on an interesting design right now, and wanted to put it out into the LJ universe to see how everyone else would approach it. The table itself is actually designed to roll up the wall similar to a garage door when you don’t need to seat as many people. A little back story… A co-worker saw t...

163 days ago

Pre-painting Tips - How do you do it? - 8 replies

Hey Ya’ll, I’ve got a project coming up with lots of parts in hard to paint places – it’s a bed with square spindles on the head and foot board. On the last bed I built like this I painted everything AFTER glue up – I was afraid the paint would interfere with the glue on the joinery. To be honest, it was a big P...

165 days ago

Bar top finish on waterfall style table - 3 replies

Good morning Jocks! Question for the masses. I have been building a waterfall style table for a friend…the kind where the grain wraps 90 degrees down the leg like Elwood89’s table here… He has requested a bar top epoxy finish for the table. The problem is, I’m not really sure how to apply it to the leg. The top...

174 days ago

Craftsman scroll saw model 103.0404 value? - 8 replies

Hey folks – I know there are a lot of vintage guys on here…I have a scroll saw that’s been taking up space in my shop forever….since I have a band saw and smaller bench top scroll saw, I don’t really need it anymore. In fact, I could really use the space for other stuff in my garage shop. Problem is…I hav...

176 days ago

Table saw motor bogs down when set to 45 degrees...any ideas? - 18 replies

Have a craftsman table saw that I purchased used. Really like the saw overall but have noticed something strange. When I tilt the blade to 45 I lose a lot of cutting power. My previous craftsman never had this problem. In fact, this saw is supposed to be more powerful than the previous C-man. It has a link belt on it if that makes a differ...

214 days ago

Twin over full bunk bed plans? - 8 replies

The google didn’t do me much good so I’m turning to the expertise of the site. Does anyone have a good resource for bunk bed plans? They don’t need to be free. Specifically looking for twin over full bunk beds with stairs. Sketch up plans would be good as well. I tried to use sketchup to design my own the other night and ...

265 days ago

Source for Amboyna Burl for guitar tops - 2 replies

Does anyone have a good source for Amboyna Burl that is suitable for guitar tops? I can find alot of pen blanks and knife scales, but not much that would be suitable for tops. Needs to be at least 1/2” x 7” x 14” or so. Ebay has a few slabs but they are pretty expensive. Any guys on this forum specialize in this ki...

291 days ago

Sycamore lumber - is it worth it or this stuff junk? - 15 replies

I’ve got an opportunity to get my hands on about 110 board feet of 4/4 sycamore for about $1.50 a B/F. Never worked it, and never heard much about anyone working it. What I’ve read online says that it can cup,warp and twist something awful. But pictures look sort of like lacewood/maple mix. What do you guys and gals think? ...

292 days ago

Question for Guitar Builders - 40 replies

I’m getting ready to start my first guitar build. It will be a solid body telecaster – in cherry. My question concerns the neck for the guitar. Do you guys build your own necks, or buy? When I look out at some of the guitar building forums there seems to be a pretty equal split. Seems like a good tele-style neck will run ab...

299 days ago

Squaring the end of a hand plane iron on a grinder - 10 replies

Hey folks, The iron for my #7 is pretty out of square on the cutting end. To the point that it is getting difficult to consistently sharpen. I have a 6” grinder that I was planning to use to grind the new bevel and square up the end. I know I need to be aware of how hot it gets, use a light touch…so I don’t ruin the t...

305 days ago

Setting Jointer Knives - intimidated - 11 replies

I recently bought a used Powermatic 50 jointer. All three knives were shot. After reading online, I tried to sharpen the knives in place – no luck. So I built a small sharpening jig that I found on LJ’s. The jig is sweet, and would work really well, but the last owner, (maybe the owner before that) tried to regrind two of the kni...

356 days ago

Use for Cast Iron Table saw top? - 11 replies

In another thread I posted about buying an additional table saw to replace my burnt out motor. I ended up picking the new (to me) saw up, cleaned it up and have it set up. The problem – Now I have two saws in my cramped garage shop. I thought about selling the old one, since, other than the motor, it is in good shape. But, these ol...

359 days ago

Thoughts on this craftsman 3 hp table saw - 13 replies

A little context… I currently have an old 1 hp craftsman contractor table saw. I’ve been pretty happy with it. Yesterday the motor died. Took it apart, cleaned it up, think the thermo switch is bad. After scouring the internet and talking with a motor shop here in town, it seems like the parts might be more than replacing th...

363 days ago

Bandsaw Problem - upper wheel rocking non-functioning tracking adjustment - 7 replies

Hey all. Tonight I put my new riser block kit on my 14” bandsaw. After getting it all put together, tensioned, etc. I ran it for a few minutes. It threw the blade, so I tried to adjust the tracking. I put the blade back on, put some tension on, and started turning the upper wheel band hand to get the tracking to adjust a little be...

374 days ago

Bandsaw guides - alternative techniques to cool blocks and roller bearings - 12 replies

I’m not sure if this is the right part of the forum or not, so please feel free to correct me :) Thanks to another member’s post about adding a riser block kit to their harbor freight bandsaw, I decided to purchase the kit and add some more re-saw capacity to my old 14” bandsaw. At $29.00 I’m pretty excited for the ki...

466 days ago

Jointer Question - is this thing worth $200? - 20 replies

Saw this on CL this morning and considered offering $200 for it.” I currently do all of my jointing by hand. It’s fun, but takes forever. As much as I wish I could go out and drop 700-1,000, Like everyone, my WW funds are always limited. Rust aside, with some elbow grease and a little work would this be a solid jointer? ...

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