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|06-18-2015 02:53 PM||
Maple Burls and roots - 1 reply
A neighbor’s big maple trees were taken down by the power company and I was able to salvage some good sized burls and just out of curiosity I took a six foot long root about an inch and a half thick. ( Yes, yes, I know. I just posted about using metrics. I’m as stuck as many others.)My question about these parts of the maple is this:...
|04-27-2015 05:01 PM||
Rose of sharon - 11 replies
Has anybody used the wood of the Rose of Sharon bush? I know it’s not properly a tree but the trunk can get pretty big and the wood is the whitest I’ve ever seen. I cut a ten year old specimen down and wondered if this wood might be used for making stringing or something. DB
|12-25-2012 02:44 PM||
Safety products for the woodworker - 10 replies
I’ve been having issues with safety products specifically for the face, ears, eyes and breathing. Haven’t you? Well, maybe not.My personal problems stem from long time. often daily, exposure to dust, noise and flying particles. I’m not ashamed to say I’m old. That not only implies experience, but also vulnerability to cas...
|12-18-2012 06:07 PM||
minimum temperature question - 2 replies
The instructions for Minwax Polycrylic give the ideal temperature for good curing, but I don’t have the ideal conditions.What is the lowest temperature in which the finish will still cure satisfactorily? Don
|09-11-2012 01:39 PM||
Question: How do you buy and use euro hinges? - 9 replies
I haven’t used these things before but now I need a fully concealed hinge for a special cabinet.The trouble I’m having is discerning what kind of hinge to buy and how its used.I bought a hinge that was only $.50 and found it inadequate for the project.So I went shopping for a better one. First I found one that satisfied the criteria ...
|01-05-2012 09:16 PM||
ID this wood - 9 replies
I have a customer’s rocking chair in my shop. It’s old, but I have no idea how old. It has paw feet on the front legs where they attach to the rockers. It was originally, I think, heavily upholstered.The owner asked me if I could tell what specie the wood is. It was stained or coated in a colored varnish, colored a dark, reddish, sor...
|11-03-2010 05:36 PM||
How do you share 560 Ft² with all that? - 18 replies
My shop is only 20 feet wide and 28 feet long. A sixteen foor overhead door is on one end.I have these so called “stationary” machines: Cabinet style table saw, NOT ON WHEELSLegacy Ornamental mill model 1500EX (one big bugger)FlatMaster sanderGrizzly band sawHegner scroll sawDelta compound miter sawShopSmith (28 years old)CarveWright...
|10-30-2010 02:28 PM||
Overhead tool racks - 7 replies
My shop is way too crowded.Sometimes what I need at the tablesaw is somewhere else, requiring a walk and sometimes a search party.I make numerous jigs for the tablesaw and have a number of tools I wish were handy there, too.So the way I deal with the situation is to hang racks from the ceiling.Although it’s still in the experimental stage,...
|08-18-2010 09:01 PM||
A SketchUp Quandry - 1 reply
|08-06-2010 04:02 PM||
Shooting Board - 9 replies
|06-11-2010 02:58 PM||
Outdoor clearcoat/varnish? - 8 replies
I realize that marine spar may be the best, but what other finishes are there to use in outdoor projects? I have a job building a truck bed for a custom street rod. He wants it to be in Black Walnut and it should resemble a fine furniture finish. It will be driven on the street, and likely will be rained upon. It also may be put to the test w...
|03-28-2010 02:48 PM||
Looking for a planer - 17 replies
The wife and I travelled to a small city about 50 miles away to buy some nice hardwoods. This guy has burls and galls, curly maple, curly walnut, curly everything.He also has surprisingly low prices. We bought a load of pretties for $150. So on the way home SWBMT (She Who Buys Me Tools) turned to me, talking over the boards that were too long...
|03-13-2010 04:31 PM||
B&D replacement drill? - 6 replies
I have an older B & D cordless drill, CD180S, using 18V battery pack.After a number of years of relatively satisfactory service I dropped it and the bottom of the clamshell body broke off.I’m wondering if any of the new cordless drills will be able to run on the batteries I now own.Scouring the B&D site for tech details was disappo...
|11-23-2009 03:53 PM||
Who knows what tree this is? - 8 replies
I was driving in the city a few days ago and saw this unusual tree. The shape of the crown has been altered by the power utility crews, but still, the limbs are oddly contorted and the color and bark are strange to me. It even has a detail in which two adjacent knots have a clear “tunnel” beteween them. Just curious, y...
|09-11-2009 02:50 PM||
Heavy projects from the ground up - 9 replies
Whenever I start to build cabinets or anything large and heavy I have to consider how to deal with it as it grows and gets heavier and more ungainly as work progresses. I’m forced to think about my ability to move such projects. I am 76 years old and not able to do heavy lifting.I MUST move the projects because everything, tools and pro...
|05-21-2009 03:10 PM||
Better but not expensive - - - 3 replies
My old ShopSmith bandsaw, on its own floor stand for years is getting a little worse for wear and it isn’t the bandsaw I would like it to be.I do want a better one, but I can’t think about the top-notch machines in the thousands of dollars. I am a retired, old person on a budget.So what are the recommendations for a better band saw ...
|05-01-2009 02:40 PM||
The Official SketchUp Blog - 4 replies
I received an email today and was linked to a blog I think every student of, teacher of and user of SketchUp should join.http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2009/03/woodworkers-3-sketchup.htmlTry it out. You may just learn something new from time to time. Best regards, Don
|03-09-2009 06:38 PM||
ShopSmith's dinky switch - 16 replies
As a longtime ShopSmith owner and one who has kept up with maintenance issues, I make this observation about it:The little power switch on it seems to me to be wrong. If I’m switching something that approaches 15 amps and maybe more on startup, I’d want something more substantial and I’d like it to be enclosed.When my original...