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1515 days ago

Good Morning, Shop - 17 replies

My shop is my “happy place”. I don’t get nearly enough time in it, but when I do, it allows me to be calm, and enjoy the experience. Lately, I’ve begun talking to my shop – is that weird? Not running conversations mind you, just a “Hello, Shop”, or “Good Morning, Shop” when I go in. A...

1521 days ago

Jointing large boards - 10 replies

I’ve got several large, rough cut boards that I want to joint. A couple of them will make up the top to my new workbench. First, here’s the specs/machines: The boards (5) are 8’ long, 11” wide, and 5” thick – white oakThe jointer is a MiniMax 12” jointer/planer combo. I started on the first one y...

1605 days ago

Identifying your tools - 2 replies

Since I’ve started to work more with hand tools, I’ve been (slowly) outfitting myself with a well stocked toolbox. Now that I have the tools, I’m taking what classes I can, and also bringing my tools with me for various installs and repair work. What are some good options for personalizing had tools? I love the way the too...

1612 days ago

Decent hand saws for rip/crosscut - 4 replies

I’m trying to decide which way to go on hand saws (not joinery saws – panel saws). I’ve got a couple of old Distons that I might be able to tune up into users, but I’m not smart enough on handsaws to really know. I’ve also been looking at: PaxWenzloffLie Nielsen I’m not certain just how much rippin...

2328 days ago

Bottle stopper problems - 1 reply

OK, they have to be one of the simplest of turning projects, but I’m having a problem. I bought a pack of corks – the ones that are meant to slide over a dowel. I have a Jackob’s chuck, so I drilled the blanks, glued in the dowels and let everything dry over night. I chuck the blank in and rough it to round with the tailstoc...

2334 days ago

.Mac gallery photos - 4 replies

OK, I managed to get the embedded photos to work, but they are showing up HUGE in my blog entry that I’m editing. Does anyone know if/how I can embed a smaller version (like the size that I see in my .Mac gallery pages)? Is there some secret tag that I don’t know about? Thanks!


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