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|318 days ago||
Carbon Monoxide - 10 replies
During this latest cold spell, I came home to a house that was just over 50 degrees. I had a clogged condenser pipe that triggered an automatic shutoff. I was able to take care of it myself and heard the general warnings about carbon monoxide and home repair on heating devices. I became very conscious of the fact that my basement workshop has ga...
|351 days ago||
Christmas Oooops - 6 replies
Picture this scene - My youngest finishes opening his presents and notices all the tags that say “Santa” on the from tab. He looks at me and we have this conversation - “Santa got me a lot of presents this year Dad” “Yes he did. He was very good to you boys.” “How come you didn’t get us...
|362 days ago||
There is a favorite joke I heard about Pablo Picasso - A man recognizes Picasso in a diner. Happy to have finally met the artist and wanting a souveneir for the occasion, he asks him to draw a quick sketch for him. “Just something simple and quick. I will even pay you for it.” So Picasso draws a quick Cubist sketch of the man on a...
|364 days ago||
How sharp is sharp and how flat is flat? - 34 replies
You are a new woodworker or a new handtool user. You are just learning how to sharpen chisels and plane irons. As you work the metal for the first time, you ask yourself “Alright, just how sharp is sharp?” and as you flatten, you are sure you are pretty close, you ask yourself “How flat is flat?” You feel satisfied with t...
|366 days ago||
Emotional vulnerability in artistic ventures - 24 replies
Any kind of creative venture involves a certain amount of emotional vulnerability. I don’t care if you are following plans or winging it, committing yourself to making things, music, painting, writing, woodworking, etc. puts a certain pressure of success or failure and sensitivity to acceptance or rejection when sharing what we create. I b...
|367 days ago||
I think some of it is the area in which I live, woodworkers are not in high quantity where I live. It seems that innocent trips to the store for a thing or two will sometimes lead to amusement for me, confusion for all. Last summer I was working on a project and bought a couple cans of paint. I was a little confused when they wanted my driver...
|375 days ago||
Hand tool manufacturers across the globe - 8 replies
This is a topic that I have been curious for some time on. In America, there are tool companies that we look up to and regard for their high end products. Be it in the present or in the past. With more and more interest in woodworking tools that are not specific to the Americas (Japanese chisels and handsaws for example), I would have to assume ...
|380 days ago||
Social Networking vs. Self Promotion - 14 replies
I often see comparisons, commentaries, or speculations on where LJs fits in the area of social networking. After experiencing this site for about 3 years, I believe it is one of the few sites in which “social networking” can legitimately be argued to actually occur. The term social networking is usually applied to sites like Faceb...
|391 days ago||
The place between what we fear and what we hope - 25 replies
Perfectionist, ironically, means something different for everyone. I cannot claim to be one in my own understanding of the word, otherwise I would never be able to finish a project. For many, I would assume there is a special place in our own minds that exists between what we fear our project will look like and what we hope our project will look...
|392 days ago||
Before and After thoughts... - 29 replies
I am sure we all have been there. We all have thoughts on how something will go and the reality…well…is a little different… Before – “I am glad I got these tools, it will be cool to make my own furniture…” After – “Why did I get these tools? I can’t wait to make a board that is squar...
|392 days ago||
Machinist and Woodworker... - 21 replies
I think that there are some skills you assume you will have to learn and others that came unexpectedly when becoming a woodworker. Some folks have always been around tools since they were young, others developed an interest later in life without ever having this background. When I started, I assumed sharpening would be a skill set I would hav...
|396 days ago||
Feel the burn baby... scroll saw ooopsss - 3 replies
Ok, part of this is an admission to stupidity or at least an admonishment to myself to use the resources available to me to do some research before using something I am unfamiliar with. I have done a small amount of scroll sawing, but mostly with cheap blades and not usually the ones recommended by authors of projects. I had a collection of b...
|401 days ago||
I had a pretty large collection of toys when I was a kid, action figures (never say dolls :), smash up derby cars, racing cars on tracks that actually fit together, matchbox collections, the whole 9. I priced a number of these items in collector catalogs before. If I had not played with them, kept them in their boxes, and had them today, I would...
|403 days ago||
The tools are the cheapest part... - 24 replies
When I first started woodworking, I would always feel the need to justify purchases. People would ask me “Why do you need this?” and I would respond with some justification that would explain how this purchase would save me money because I can now make … Nowadays, I just tell people that this is a hobby and the hobby itself is ...
|404 days ago||
Tools and their symbiotic relationships - 20 replies
I see a great deal of posts from new woodworkers as they agonize about their new tools purchases (haven’t we all been there?). There is the concern for resaw height on the bandsaw, the type of jointer and planer to get, the size of the tables, etc. Many of the very silled woodworkers here will give advice on these things but one thing I se...
|575 days ago||
Hand Plane vs Computer - 25 replies
In one corner, Bailey #5. Age – 90, weighing in at about 4 3/4 pounds. Technical components, flat sole, removable blade, adjustable frog. In the opposite corner, Dell laptop. Age – 5, weighing in at about 5.5 pounds. Technical components, motherboard, 2.0 GHZ CPU, 512 MB memory and a 60 gig hard drive. Contest – Longevity...
|577 days ago||
Seriously? - 26 replies
I am posting this because I am a little confused. This is not an attack and I want to make it clear that I do not think badly of the person. I don’t want this to turn into a thing where a person is jumped on or insulted, but I really need to know the answer to this. I have just been blocked in response to actually defending the rights o...
|614 days ago||
The little things... - 5 replies
Mafe posted a blog regarding his USB micrscopic analysis of various sharpening methods. As intrigued as I was with his findings, I have to confess that I was also interested in his scope and made my own purchase of one. Whether for artistry or curiousity, I find it is a good idea to look at things in your surroundings in a whole different way fr...
|614 days ago||
Lumber sale this summer in Michigan - 1 reply
I just wanted to give the more local LJs a heads up that there will be a lumber sale coming up this late Spring or sometime in the Summer. One of the things Mike asked me to do, if anything were to happen to him, was to help Kris with his tools and lumber because he knew she wouldn’t know much about the pricing on these things. I am giving...
|615 days ago||
Michael Wurm's Funeral (jockmike2) - 9 replies
Well, I just came back from the service. Quite a few people were there, as could be expected. If the success of our lives was measured by the quantity of those that mourned for us when we are gone, Mike was most definitely part of the upper crust. Mike was at rest during the viewing with a rosary wrapped in his hands and letters from his gra...