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11-03-2014 11:33 PM

Pen turning problems - 16 replies

Over the past fall, I’ve tried my hand at turning pens. I tried again today, but had a few problems and was wondering if anyone has had any similar issues. My biggest issue is when I go to put the gouge to the wood, the wood stops spinning. So I would stop the lathe, tighten everything down and get the same result. I bought a few differ...

09-10-2014 06:14 PM

Entry way locker - 3 replies

I’m building an entry way locker out of cherry for some friends, and I’m almost ready to finish assembly. The base is about 20” deep and a little over 36” wide. The top cabinet is about 12” deep and almost as wide as the base. So my question is, how would you keep the top and base aligned? I was thinking of usin...

07-17-2014 03:07 AM

New Pen Mandrel for trade - 0 replies

I ordered some pen turning supplies and bought a kit that included an Apprentice pen mandrel that I cannot use with my lathe. It’s a morse #2 and has a few 7mm bushings with it. It’s brand new and still sealed in the original packaging. http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/16/5751/Apprentice-Pen-Mandrel I would be wiling to tr...

04-01-2014 02:11 AM

Help with bunk bed design/stability - 2 replies

My wife would like me to make a bunk bed for our daughters by next year, so I’m starting now. I need to make a frame for a twin bed that can be lofted above a full bed frame, that I will make by next year, hopefully. I was thinking of making the legs out of 8/4 walnut, 2” wide. I have a piece that is around 80” long, so I coul...

04-23-2013 12:26 AM

16/4 Black walnut - Twin Cities, MN - wanted - 1 reply

I am looking for some 16/4 black walnut. I have 3 4”x4”x48” posts that I’m using to make a dresser and I need a fourth, obviously. If anyone has anything that would work, I’m willing to pay for it. I’d like to make a changing table/dresser for our next baby (due in 5 weeks). Something like this http://lumber...

04-10-2013 03:01 PM

Silent Auction Donation for fellow woodworker - 0 replies

A friend, and fellow woodworker, of mine was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He’s a family man with 2 kids and has been a great resource of woodworking questions for me. We are going to put on a fundraising benefit to help with medical expenses. I’m seeing if there are any LJ’s in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, metro ar...

01-03-2013 03:23 AM

Powermatic DC Filter - 0 replies

I just picked up a 1.5hp Powermatic dust collector off craigslist. I’m wanting to get a cartridge filter for it to really keep the dust down. The outside diameter of the filter housing is 13 3/4” The filters from Wynn are bigger than the opening. I’m curious if anyone has an idea of where to get a filter from. I think Penn...

09-07-2012 12:46 AM

Tool restoration and gloat - 3 replies

Earlier this year I was able to pick up 3 tools for my job from a coworker. A floor model bandsaw, 6” jointer, and a sanding disc/belt station. The tools were her dads who had passed away years ago. All the tools worked once I got them home except the jointer motor needed a new capacitor. I have cleaned up the bandsaw already and put on...

10-14-2011 08:08 PM

Brand new workshop - limited space - 5 replies

I’m sure this has been posted before and, well, I’m too lazy right now to look for it (work on a Friday afternoon). My wife and I just bought a house and I have not been told that I can’t build a new workshop. So basically the ok. What size would you build other than extremely large? What are some tips, features, and needed...

07-05-2011 05:19 AM

Spraying lacquer - 12 replies

I’m about ready to finish a project that I started a long time ago. I’ve never done this, but I want to spray lacquer on it for finish. I’ve sprayed poly before and I really like spraying. I’m just wondering what types people have for using lacquer? I have gotten the retarder so that I have a longer working time with it.

03-01-2011 04:29 PM

Maple glue up - 8 replies

I just read an article on FWW website about wood glue up. In the article they use an equation to help suggest the number of clamps needed for a proper glue up. The equation is Surface area (sq. inches) x Recommended Clamping Pressure (maple is 600 for quartersawn, 1200 for flat sawn) divided by the strength of the clamps (1050 for 3/4” ...

12-10-2010 07:58 PM

Which Finishing Book - 6 replies

Just posting a general question to all LJ’s on here. Which finishing book do you have or would you like to have? And why? Is it comprehensive, does it have good tips, techniques, does it answer most of your questions….

12-07-2010 06:15 AM

Wood for Jigs - 3 replies

I’m not quite sure where to post this so I thought it might go well here. I don’t much of a shop nor a place to buy quality cabinet wood, but I do have a Menards close by. They have a plywood bargain area and I have been getting full sheets of particle board and MDF anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 for $2.00 a piece. All of these pieces h...

10-07-2010 05:13 AM

Thinking of adding a new rip fence to a Craftsman table saw?? - 6 replies

I have a slightly older Craftsman table saw and I’m thinking of trying to put on a Delta Unifence. Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions or has tried it? I’m just not sure if mounting the Unifence will be easy or not.

06-23-2010 06:02 PM

Looking for a Dewalt battery charger - 3 replies

I was lucky enough to find a 14v cordless drill while I was overseas. It was in great condition and had two batteries but no charger. Does anyone have a charger they don’t need anymore? Just reply to this if you do! And thanks!

02-25-2010 11:02 AM

Power Tools Needed - 15 replies

I’m looking for a biscuit joiner and a regular jointer. I’m just starting to acquire enough tools to have a decent woodshop and my wife would like me to build a few projects this summer and I’ll need these tools. I would like something that is in pretty good shape since they will have to last me a while. I think a table top ...


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