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12-31-2009 11:39 AM

wear a helmet when in Manila for new year - 1 reply

It,s 5.30 pm manila time and the fire works have started in earnest. The idea here is to make as much noise as possible so with any luck the guy down the sreet won,t get so drunk as to let off a full clip from his armalite like he did last year. From last years newpaper “Supt Nicanor Bartolome stated that 38 persons were injured when...

11-19-2009 02:19 PM

wipe on tung oil - 7 replies

Need some opinions. I,ve only ever used brush on or spray on poly/varnish/NC type finishes and have just found wipe on tung oil in the local hardware. So whats it like. It sounds like a “no muss no fuss” finish according to the label. It claims to be resistant to heat and alcohol damage and only needs a couple of coats and the jobs d...

10-26-2009 11:03 PM

finish on handplanes - 9 replies

I,ve just finished my first wooden handplane, a 28inch jointer, and would like opinions on a good finish to use to protect the wood from sweat etc. Wax, varnish or something else? I,m thinking something renewable is best. Any suggestions.

06-04-2009 03:56 AM

joseph p mchugh resources - 4 replies

Can any Arts and Craft fans out there point me in the direction of some web resources regarding Mchugh mission furniture. I,m looking for images more than just text. A Google search didn,t really help much other than tell me where to buy some books.

06-03-2009 10:03 AM

dennis in basra needs help - 24 replies

Heads up. Got one of those emails from someone needing to shift 7million bucks out of the country and offering 15% if I give them all my account details. This time the country it,s Iraq not Nigeria or the ivory coast. At least these assholes have updated the location to somewhere more relevant. Guess this trick must still work on the slow and be...

05-19-2009 02:28 PM

Bowsaws from bandsaws? - 5 replies

Thinking of making some framesaws, bowsaws, bucksaws and the like. Has anyone used bandsaw blades for these? Is it possible? Seems like it would mean I could make one frame and just have a variety of blades for ripping, crosscutting and cutting curves. Should save a packet on doing it this way instead of buying multiple saws. Any thoughts.

05-03-2009 03:19 PM

forstner bits for braces - 6 replies

Being new to the hand tool gig i,ve been researching bits currently available. Ive found an American company called Convalco who make what is claimed to be the closest new forstner bit to the original made in the late 1800,s. but here,s the thing, the original could be used in a brace but from what i,ve read these new ones should only be used in...

04-21-2009 03:44 PM

Neat uses of timber - 3 replies

At an air show in New Zealand this weekend will be a plane that last flew 90 yrs ago. Built in New Zealand from scratch with an original engine. it,s a credit to those that constructed it. Anyone who loves old planes needs to check out this site those with their feet firmly on the ground I found this very nice tandem b...

03-25-2009 10:22 AM

what have we learned - 15 replies

Heard this on Radio New Zealand national on the web today sent in by another listener. Thought it was timely given the climate.Question. What have we learned in two millenia?” The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public dept should be reduced and the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled leas...

03-15-2009 07:40 AM

Fatal things to say to your pregnant wife - 9 replies

Don,t know how long this has been around , i,ve just seen it on an expats site but it sounds like a “leno”.Fatal things to say to your pregnant wife. 17 “I,ve just finished the oreos.” 16 “Not to imply anything but I don,t think the kid weighs forty pounds.” 15 “You know, looking at her you would n...

03-10-2009 01:05 PM

Andys been busy - 11 replies

Didn,t know where to post this, maybe i should of Blogged it.It seems “andy” from china is trying to make a bit of extra commision! Can,t blame him for trying I guess. Having experienced chinese hardware in a production enviroment I must say their inconsistant quality caused me many headaches. Drawer runners from different batches we...

02-17-2009 04:54 AM

more scam stories - 4 replies

With the recent scam attempts on this site I thought I would pass this one on from the Philippines. I was involved, thankfully not financially , but I got to see it first hand. First a history lesson. When the japanese occupied this country in the second world war they used it as a staging post to ship all the riches they could lay their hands o...

02-10-2009 03:34 AM

Bushfires - 1 reply

Hope all the fellow lumber jocks in victoria Australia are ok after the fires that swept through there. I never saw it that bad in the time I was there. Hope all are well and our thoughts are with you.

01-20-2009 06:42 AM

lite reading - 3 replies

plenty of online books about almost everything at under home improvments for the woodworking books.

01-09-2009 04:29 AM

japanese cabinet making - 6 replies

Can anyone recomend web sites about traditional japanese furniture. I can find tool sellers and the like but not anything in depth . I have Kazuko Koizumi,s book and it has sparked a curiousity. I,m also saving up to get anything by toshio odate but that may take a while.Being an expat means you live a somewhat nomadic existence and the mobility...

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