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03-28-2015 08:59 PM

Is it my brushes? - 9 replies

My Bosch ROS sander that I’ve had a few years and put a fair number of miles on it has suddenly started acting strangely. When I start it at full speed it is a bit slower and when I put it to wood it has very little power. Sometimes after several minutes it will gain power and act normal and sometimes it does and then becomes anemic again....

03-05-2015 08:05 PM

Recommendations for hutch topper design? - 6 replies

I’m building a small hutch. It’s about 36” wide. It’s made of cherry and will have a natural poly finish to match the rest of the kitchen I made. I’m in a quandary about a good style for the top of the hutch. I suppose it should match or at least complement the rest of the kitchen design. I’m not sure about w...

02-25-2015 04:44 AM

SpokeShave, any recommendations? - 10 replies

Years ago I had an old spokeshave. I used it a lot and loved it. I have no idea where it is and haven’t seen it in years. I’m considering purchasing another one. It will be a straight one as opposed to a curved blade one as it’s most useful to me. I’d love a veritas but $95 is a bit steep. I’m sure it’s the...

02-20-2015 08:54 PM

How to repair cracked kitchen cabinet door? Anyone with advice? - 25 replies

After two years one of my cabinet doors in the kitchen that I made has cracked. I suspect the unusually dry winter we’re having might have something to do with it. I also suspect that even thought the doors panels are floating as they should in the frame this one probably caught the edge of the glue at the rail/style miter and the corner i...

09-30-2014 12:02 AM

Interior door with cabinet bits? - 5 replies

I was wondering if anyone has done this, can recommend from experience how to do this, or can give advice on another way. My question: Has anyone ever made a double sided raised panel interior door like this with regular cabinet bits? I have made lots of raised panel cabinet doors. I have sets of Frued bits in various configurations. IR...

04-19-2014 06:32 PM

Can't find it now. I should have favorited it. - 6 replies

Grrrrrr. I thought I had favorited it, now I can’t find it. I’ll bet someone has it in favorites It is a large round coffee table project. Thick round edged glass top. It has two stylized flat vertical pieces of wood that pivot by an embedded aluminum rod at one end of each of them. Here is a REALLY bad freehand scribble of about...

03-25-2014 10:37 PM

double emails? Never mind, problem solved. - 13 replies

I don’t want to start another issue post but just documenting in case it’s an issue. On email notices that come to my mailbox suddenly they are all double. Two of each. Again… is it me or anyone else? My inbox was set to receive any mail with ‘amazon’ twice…. problem solved, and nothing to do with LJ’s.

03-20-2014 11:22 PM

Sigh.... Another LJ website issue? Anyone seeing this or is it just me? - 16 replies

I wanted to see how people have decorated the face of their murphy beds as I’m currently building one. I decided to search LJ’s to look at some. No matter what I search for I get this. Maybe it’s just me? Anyone seeing it?

03-17-2014 06:04 PM

anyone get his message on blog pages? - 5 replies

I keep getting this message when I come up on blog pages. Anyone get this or is it just my computer? It’s about not being able to run a script on the webpage.

02-28-2014 09:29 PM

Cleaning the shop give aways: screw clamps to anyone local to So. Maine - 8 replies

spoken for by manic matt. Interestingly he lives just down the road I sent out five ‘if it fits it ships’ boxes this morning as I continue to clean and do a complete remodel of the shop. Here are some screw (Jorgensen) clamps that I’ve never used. They had five years of dust on them. I blew them off and here they are. In goo...

02-25-2014 07:24 PM

Still cleaning: a couple more tools to give away - 5 replies

Spoken for. The first PM got them. Sorry! I’ve got these two pump screwdrivers to give away to a good home. Anyone who uses hand tools or collects them is welcome to them. Like the previous offers I just ask that you return the envelope with the cost of postage that will be in the box. And like before, I hate asking postage but to date...

02-22-2014 04:16 AM

Screw choices, buying some and need some feedback first - 23 replies

I use screws a lot. I’ve always used phillips wood screws and deck screws in the shop. I’ve recently begun liking the cabinet screws that I have that are used with my Kreg jig for general purpose use as they snug things up niceliy without splitting anything. They’re a cabinet screw and don’t have to be ‘kreg’ ...

02-21-2014 09:02 PM

Shop Cleanout: Before it goes to the dump, can anyone use any of this stuff? - 4 replies

Abrasives are spoken for, sorry Still cleaning and renovating the shop. I’m getting rid of stuff that I’ve never used and hasn’t been touched in 5 years. Yesterday it was some auger bits and dados. Today it’s some other stuff that someone might want or not I don’t mind tossing them but if someone can use it…...

02-20-2014 11:56 PM

Hand tool users. I've got a few things to give away. - 4 replies

The set of bits are taken… I’ve emailed the person who got them. It was the first one. Also, the stacked dado is spoken for. .Well, in cleaning the shop I’ve got stuff to get rid of. It’s good stuff too. I just don’t see myself using any of it. It’s free (minus shipping, see below). Send me a personal message ...

01-25-2014 08:01 PM

Is the long format back? - 21 replies

Is it my computer or is the long format back. This time the website isn’t messed up but the blog and other areas are loooonnngggg. I guess it depends on the length of the blog. This long format is sort of ridiculous. If I were really verbose in a post then decided to put in a quoted article from another woodworkng website I wonder if i cou...

12-19-2013 12:45 AM

Advice on repairing shrinkage damage? - 6 replies

I have an entertainment center that I made a few months ago. The top mostly maple and framed with a 3” wide border of cherry that is 45’d at the corners. It looks like the maple might have shrunk a bit and pulled away from the border and the torn grain is about 1/8” wide and about 3” long.. and irregular in shape. I can s...

12-04-2013 11:13 PM

Dust collector orientation question - 9 replies

After about 5 years being here at LJ’s and the building of my shop I am at the point of a complete remodel. I’ve finished a bunch of stuff here since my first project years ago. I’m just about finishing the complete remodel of the inside of my home. The shop needs some attention now. I’m pulling out all my tools from the ...

11-13-2013 12:54 PM

Do screwdrivers defy the laws of physics? - 46 replies

A question was asked of my years ago and it always stuck with me. Why is it that when you use a longer handle screwdriver you get more turning power? Explanation of question. If you have a ratchet with a socket on it and you need more torque you get a longer handled ratchet or add an extension to the handle like a pipe. With a long enough ...

05-01-2013 12:43 AM

Lathe opinion please - 23 replies

I’ve been looking to obtain some kind of usable lathe for a long time. I’ve got a fully equipped shop but have never tried lathe work. I’d like to make some chisel handles and such just to learn for now. I've found a lathe on craigslist. I’ve kept my eye out for a long time. This one has caught my eye as a possible lea...

03-09-2013 09:28 PM

The shop thing I hate most: Clamp removal. What's yours (besides cleaning) - 20 replies

Just a small issue here. Nothing earth shattering. I love putting on clamps. You’ve got to pay attention to get things aligned and joints tight etc. WHAT I DISLIKE? Removing the clamps afterwards. It seems like there’s a gazillion of them sometimes. Then you’ve got to hang them up. The other day I did a bunch of small pan...

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