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2297 days ago

Basic Carving Tools for the Non-Carver - 9 replies

So, I’ve been pondering how to take my skills up a notch and have decided one way might be to learn some basic carving skills in order to augment basic box, bowl & furniture designs. You know, basic things like:Egg & Dart, Letter Carving, etc. The question is this:With this goal in mind what would you consider to be a BASIC s...

2310 days ago

PayPal Yes or No? - 44 replies

While reading the form topic Lumberjocks Site Support- Lets Reinforce the Joint! it became apparent that there is or has been some less than stellar experiences with PayPal. Bill mildly rebuked me (rightfully so) for asking the question there . 1. What exactly is wrong with using PayPal? 2. If not PayPal then what else? Let’s try...

2312 days ago

Sandpaper for an older R.O.S. - 2 replies

I have an older 4” Random Orbit Sander that still works just fine. However, I am now out of sandpaper for it and I cannot find a source for the life of me. Do any of you Ladies & Gentlemen have a source? I really would rather not have to replace a perfectly good piece of equipment… Thanks

2320 days ago

Bandsaw Thrust Bearings - 17 replies

My Jet 14” Band Saw has a lower thrust bearing that is completely shot (frozen up). Which of the following would you do: A) Replace it with a a original Jet bearing B) Replace it with an after market part? C) Replace all of the guides and thrust bearings with the Carter Guides? D) None of the above? Thank in advance for y...

2327 days ago

Mulberry: To turn or not to turn - 9 replies

My Dad needs to take down a Mulberry tree in his back yard and has asked if I wanted some of it. The sap wood is very light with purple heart wood. Have any of you ever turned any? Or, has anyone ever used it period? I’m very interested in any examples you folks may have.

2359 days ago

Bevel a Large Radius - 4 replies

The Situation: I will be making a desk top that is 1” x 35” x 50” with a large radius cut on both ends of Padauk The Problem: How would you cut a bevel on the radius? The top will be constructed of two pieces of Padauk that are 21” wide and 19” wide respectively and 15’ long and are still 6/4 rough at th...

2416 days ago

Familiarity Breeds……? - 15 replies

It occurred to me that I should post a reminder that we should not be complacent in the workshop. I managed to Re-saw the end of my left ring finger this weekend. Boy that was loads of fun! To save any weak stomachs I will NOT post a picture of it. I was rounding off some Cherry bowl blanks on my Jet 14” bandsaw and had my mind on other...

2458 days ago

My Favorite New Tool - 2 replies

I don’t know if any of you have seen this. I picked up the new box knife / pocket knife by Bessey when I was Woodcraft the other day for $15.00 It has become my new favorite; I am always in need of a knife for marking or opening, etc.. This has filled the bill for me.

2459 days ago

Delta DJ-20 Opinions - 2 replies

I do not currently own a jointer and have the opportunity to purchase an older Delta-DJ-20 for $550.00 Do any of you lumberjocks have any experience with these machines? Arethere any pitfalls I should be aware of with a used jointer of this type? etc…

2467 days ago

Jointer/Planer Combination Machines - 8 replies

Does anyone have any experience with or know of anyone who has had experience with either the Jet or Grizzly Jointer /Planer combo machines? I plan on purchasing a jointer and / or a planer in 2008 and was hoping someone has had some experience with these machines. I cannot afford the $4,000+ for one of the nice euro models. The Grizzly ...

2474 days ago

Air Sander Question - 5 replies

My dad has asked for a “jitterbug” pneumatic finish sander as a possible Christmas gift. I have no experience with air tools other than my Brad and Finish nailer’s (Porter-Cable). Does anyone have sa suggestion as to a reliable mfg? Thanks in advance….

2494 days ago

Hand Plane Tuning - 5 replies

So, I took a class at Woodcraft that covered Tuning Handplanes. I am now convinced that I need to do more work on my planes. I took my #5 with me to the class because it is my work horse; I found out just how badly my plane was out of true. I had enough time to complete truing up the one plane, now comes the rest of the collection. However I ...

2502 days ago

Stanley #8 Plane Parts - 25 replies

It’s a sad day for me… I was happily joining some White Oak and needed to touch up the blade on my Type-4 #8. When I went to release the lever cap the bottom part of the lever itself broke. This is the section that the pin runs through. This plane was manufactured 1880 – 1890 from what I have been told. It’s been a great ...

2505 days ago

Incra 1000SE Miter Gauge - 8 replies

I have never seen the need to purchase an expensive miter gauge. I have always just taken great care in ensuring that my stock gauge was aligned properly. That is until this week…. I was given an Incra 1000SE for my birthday and had not really had a chance to put it through it’s paces. I built some storage units for the garage thi...

2511 days ago

When life starts to stress you out... Remember - 5 replies

I justed wanted to share a couple of pictures from my summer mission trip to Alaska this year. This series of pictures is of two glaciers near the Top of the Chugach Range. It took these pictures from a two seat Piper Super Cub. Marching Penguins? Believe it or not the ice is 3/4 of a mile away from me (this picture is not zoomed)...

2548 days ago

Selecting Lumber for Table or Desk Legs - 14 replies

So… here I am busily trying to design my first piece of furniture from scratch. Then it occurred to me; How should I go about selecting stock for legs? Previous projects were accomplished using pre-purchased legs. I suppose my biggest confusion is grain orientation. Any suggestions you folks may ahve would be much appreciated. The pi...

2598 days ago

Shoulder Planes - 37 replies

I currently have a nice #3, #4, #5 & #8 old Stanley’s as well as a new L&N adjustable mouth BLock Plane (love it). My wife gave me permission to spend $300.00 as my birthday gift. I was considering a shoulder plane…. Anyone have a suggestion?

2598 days ago

Plans or Suggestions - 1 reply

Would anyone have any ideas for a “Mantle” headboard? My wife happened to see somebodies headboard that resembled a colonial mantle; now she wants one…. Any ideas? I have never built a mantle… there is not much need for one in Florida.

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