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824 days ago

Hook and loop velcro for your homemade drum sanders ($7 Total to cover shipping and my time) - 5 replies

I just finished building my drum sander and I used the hook and loop conversion kit from Grizzly. It worked out great for me. The description of the item is terrible but I can tell you that it comes with two long hook rolls with the sticky back and two 120 grit loop rolls. I only needed just half of one of the rolls for my 16” long x 4&...

1017 days ago

Designing a Sushi Tray - wood movement problems? - 4 replies

I’m planning on making a couple of simple maple sushi trays, the ones that’s just a single board with two runners on the bottom. I’m concerned about the two runners going perpendicular to the main board. Will there be any expansion problems if I just glued it on? The main board will expand and contract but the runners will...

1154 days ago

General Tools Moisture Meter on sale @ Lowes for $9.98 - 8 replies

Found this in my local Lowes today. Not “professional grade” quality moisture meter but a pretty good price if you’re in the market for a moisture meter. Free in-store pickup as well: Moisture Meter More reviews found at Amazon

1262 days ago

Hawaiian Koa wood characteristics? - 3 replies

I wanted to make some pens out of Hawaiian koa wood, so I bought a few blanks off ebay. I’ve never worked with Koa before, but the blanks seemed unusually lightweight. I read online that it’s a medium density wood similar to walnut, but I can tell very easily that they are not the same weight. Here’s a picture of the blanks:...

1367 days ago

Favorite Bottle Stopper Finish? - 6 replies

I made my first bottle stopper and I did a high gloss CA finish and I kinda like it. I’m just curious about other ways to finish it to see if there are better/easier ways to do it.

1386 days ago

Lucky find at Home Depot - 10 replies

I always take a look at the hardwood section whenever I’m at Home Depot, and I found this gorgeous piece of birdseye maple the other week. You never know what you’ll find there! It’s less than half the price than buying birdseye from my local hardwood dealer. I resawed it to make a couple pencil holders for Christmas.

1399 days ago

How can I tell my Forrest WWII needs sharpening? - 7 replies

I got my Forrest WWII just over 2 years ago and it cut like a dream. I used it for about 90-95% of all my cuts in my shop. For the past 4 months, I noticed that it’s a lot harder to push wood through the blade, especially anything over 3/4”, plus a decent amount of saw marks and burning. I clean the blade every 2-3 months I would ...

1429 days ago

I joined the club! - 1 reply

The club of making fine, fine shavings from a hand plane that is. I had a old Stanley contractor’s bench plane that you can tell is pretty cheaply made. The lateral adjuster hardly moved the blade, frog was far from solid, the knob/handle was plastic, and the adjustment knob was plastic too. That still didn’t stop me from trying...

1591 days ago

Making dry wood into green wood for turning? - 9 replies

Has anyone come across any methods (if there are any) to saturate dry wood with a liquid to make it easy to turn as green wood? This Wood Juice from Woodcraft seems to do just that while minimizing risks of checking, but it’s kinda pricey. Is there a homemade formula of the juice or any other method to do that? Wood Juice

1620 days ago

What first bowl gouge size should I buy? - 1 reply

I tried searching but I couldn’t find a straight answer. I love my PSI turncrafter pro lathe and have been enjoying turning pens for a few months now. But I want to expand into turning bowls and other non-pen things. I’m going to buy a Nova chuck (the one that comes with both 25mm and 50mm jaws) sometime this week but I don’...

1705 days ago

Pens off center -- need help! - 5 replies

I’ve been having a great time turning pens with my new PSI lathe. I’m slowly learning about the world of turning. Only problem is the pens aren’t exactly centered. Part of the wood is flush at one part of the bushing, but 180 degrees around the other side of the pen, the wood protrudes away from the bushing. I checked the h...

1753 days ago

AO Safety Woodworker's Respirator discontinued? - 15 replies

I use the 95190 respirator and I’m a big fan of it. I’m running out of replacement filters (95191) but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. All the places that sell it like amazon and every other vendor, either has it out of stock or unavailable. Does anyone know if AO Safety is discontinuing this product line?

1787 days ago

Pen Mandrels, #1 and #2 ?? - 2 replies

I’m thinking about learning how to turn pens lately. I have a nice county government owned shop in the area with a nice set of lathes so I don’t have to go buy one myself. I might even take a pen turning class in Woodcraft, but until then I’m trying to read up on it and watch some videos. I was looking at the hardware needed...

1828 days ago

Sapwood in endgrain cutting boards - 1 reply

I have some boards of cherry and walnut that have a decent amount of sapwood. Is it not good practice to use sapwood in endgrain cutting boards? Kinda interested in the unique designs that it will give the dark woods too.

1870 days ago

Attaching breadboard ends to a table top with biscuits - 5 replies

I have a 16” x 16” cherry tabletop (three ~5” wide boards) that I’m worried about cupping later on, so I want to try attaching breadboards on the end grain sides to minimize cupping. Are biscuits strong enough for the job? Thx.


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