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08-06-2014 04:05 PM

Moving to a new basement shop - Ideas welcomed - 55 replies

In the next month ill be moving into a new house and into a new shop space that is a completely unfinished basement. Its got good height ceilings at around 8.5’ high but aside from that there is nothing down there. Im talking no electrical no nothing. It does have the hot water furnace, the air handler for the central AC and the water f...

01-20-2014 03:50 PM

Underhill Hatchet - 17 replies

I recently acquired a couple of boxes of old tools from my uncle who presumably got them from his father, my grandfather. At the bottom of the box was a hatchet. Cool. It was one of the last in line to get cleaned up. As I started to scrub off the rust a logo appeared: Underhill Co. Boston A bit of internet research turned up the U...

01-15-2014 03:29 PM

What would you consider a full saw till? - 18 replies

Recently ive embarked on the journey of learning to sharpen hand saws. Ive got a mish mosh collection of hand saws that were my grandfathers, my uncles, from flea markets, picked up on the side of the road, and a couple bought brand new. As is started cleaning and sharpening them I started to think about which saws I really need to have in my ...

01-09-2014 03:08 PM

Any lighting reps out there? - 8 replies

We did a demo job and the guys neglected to protect one of the fixtures that was next to our work area and smashed the hell out of it. Now the grand opening of the building is a couple of days out and I need to replace the fixture. The building was formerly occupied by Hubbelll if it helps. Here’s a pic of said fixture: Any hel...

12-18-2013 02:35 PM

Cork Flooring - Any experience? - 37 replies

For the last 4 months ive been working on a kitchen remodel and its time that I started to think about replacing our ceramic tile flooring. My wife had an idea of using cork flooring. Reading some online reviews ive gotten quite a bit of different reviews on the product. There seems to be the floating, click lock type with a HDF core and the ...

11-25-2013 12:28 AM

What do you use to hold your finish while applying? - 27 replies

So im in the shop and im about to brush on another coat of finish and like always, im wandering around tge house trying to find something to hold my finish in. I found a hard plastic cup and a plastic dessert bowl. So i ask you all out of stupid curiousity, what do you put your finish in while applying it to a project?

08-06-2013 01:56 PM

LJ Fantasy Football League - The Innaugural Season - 469 replies

All right gang, we’ve got our 10 man league set. This years prize will not be monetary but it will have an unheralded value to guys like us. Your ante to get in is a medium flat rate box of cut offs. One winner takes all. Here’s a quick link to the league homepage: Here...

08-02-2013 03:30 PM

Hybrid saw filing - When to add fleam to a rip saw? - 9 replies

Im just getting started in filing my own hand saws and have a question to you folks out there with some sharpening experience. Here’s the situation … im about to start work on a 12” 14 ppi Disston backsaw. Its a special saw to me as it was my grandfathers, it feels great in my hand, and would like it to be my go to saw for cu...

07-21-2013 06:56 PM

Frozen AC condenser - where's the leak? - 28 replies

Ive known for the last 2 years or so that ive got a refrigerant leak in my central AC system but have been leery of the cost that it will take to find said leak. Ive had to have refrigerant added the last 2 summers and its a total popsicle out there right now. Any HVAC guys out there got any tricks or tips to finding a leak within that system th...

06-12-2013 08:10 PM

Me and McMaster Carr - rantalicious. - 48 replies

Im not much of a ranting person but I want to share my little story here with the group. Ive been attempting to purchase files for sharpening hand saws and with the global supply of saw files at a minimum I turned to McMaster Carr after everyone else was out of stock. Now, ive never purchased from them before but ive heard nothing but good t...

05-20-2013 05:46 PM

Where to buy saw files? - 142 replies

Ive been meaning to acquire all the tools necessary to reshape and sharpen up about a dozen or so hand saws and last night, when I finally got around to purchasing all the gear, I found that no one has them in stock. This include Lee Valley, Lie Neilson, and Tools for woodworking. Apparently Grobet, the main manufacturer, cannot keep up with t...

03-25-2013 07:19 PM

My lucky day - Wood Gloat - 43 replies

So i’m sitting here at my desk, working on my most favorite tasks, monthly billing and accounting when our operations manager pops his head in. Doug looks at me and give me the curly finger. “Come check this out”. We take a stroll back in to the warehouse and he points to the corner. Antonio is moving and clearing some st...

03-18-2013 11:47 PM

"State of The Shop Address" - Post Yours - 19965 replies

As an ever evolving thread ive come to realize that our shops aren’t just related to our woodworking arenas but can be found outside, at the kitchen table, or on top of a couple of saw horses buried in the middle of nowhere. Our projects might not only be made of wood but concrete, grout, paint (yea i said it), and caulk too. Show of...

02-19-2013 03:47 PM

Plumbing Stench - Running toilet - Correlation? - 32 replies

A bit off topic here but ive got a plumbing question again for the esteemed panel of LJ’s. Lately, well for the last 2 years or so, ive been getting a stink in the basement. At first i thought it was a dead mouse or sometihng along those lines but its just never gone away entirely. Its not a full time stench. Recently ive been connec...

02-12-2013 06:52 PM

Lets chat about snow blowers (throwers) - 27 replies

Well after a 6 hour battle with my driveway post blizzard here in CT im in the market for a new snow blower. Ive got a driveway with some serious pitch to it and around 150’ long. I gave my 8hp 24” snow blower the beatin of its life time and after falling on my face one too many times humping that pig up the driveway im in the mark...

02-09-2013 11:14 PM

Blizzard of 2013 - 26 replies

Well winter storm Nemo has come and gone. We had a total of around 30” of snow here in central Connecticut. Ive never seen anything like it. Ill spare the sob story about how sore i am but after 6 hours of snow blowing and shoveling the driveway is clear enough to get out.

01-23-2013 09:30 PM

Ridding your shop of bad luck - 34 replies

Now, we all go through those spells where we just cant seem to get anything right. Mark the wrong side of a board, drop a chisel, ding a plane iron, rabbet the wrong face, so on and so on. Most of these errors are harmless to our well being but can cause frustrations. I find that these things tend to happen in clumps, then things go right for...

01-06-2013 09:11 PM

Cool Stanley poster i found ... - 16 replies

I was out browsing around a local country / antique store and came upon this cool poster. Copyright 1926. Just figured id share.

11-17-2012 06:02 PM

Gloat-Tastic - 24 replies

On my never ending rust hunt, this week has taken the cake. The continuation of my decent down the slippery slope has brought me these new gems. First is a complete set, 13 bits, in the oringinal box, of Russell Jennings type 100 spur auger bits and a Millers Falls brace. Second is a Type 4 Stanley #71 router plane from another LJ who...

10-26-2012 01:20 PM

Hurricane Sandy - What are you doing to prep? - 38 replies

Maybe some good ideas will come from this post. Hurricane Sandy seems to be eyeballing the east coast of the US. Being pegged as “Frankenstorm” here in New England ive been getting all my ducks in a row preparring for what might be another week without power. Ill be gathering fuel, testing the generator, stocking up on water to fl...

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