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09-23-2016 12:24 PM

Exterior House Paint Advice - 12 replies

Hi gang – It’s time to repaint the front of our house, and I thought I’d seek some input on paint and prep suggestions. The house is 40 years old with cedar siding on the front, and we live in Rochester, NY, which means we get northeast weather that’s pretty similar to Buffalo and Syracuse’s. We painted over stain...

03-31-2016 09:47 PM

My Daughter - The Award Winning Soprano - 16 replies

There’s really no clever way to disguise the purpose of this post….thanks in part to some prompting from fellow LJ member, Joe Lyddon, I’m just blatantly bragging on my youngest daughter’s recent accomplishments. :-) “Tess” is the youngest of our six kids, and just turned 17 this week. She’s a junior...

02-03-2016 01:47 AM

Advice for Recording Vocal Solos from the Audience - 22 replies

Hi all – I’ve got an inexpensive Olympus VN-702pc (see pic) handheld digital recorder that I use to record my daughter’s live vocal solo performances….recitals, plays, coffee houses, etc. The vocalists are usually not miked,a nd there’s usually a piano accompaniment. I’m often sitting 40-50 feet away, and w...

01-21-2016 01:25 PM

Help With Tree Cutting Strategy - 44 replies

A large ash tree fell in our back yard about 10 days ago. I plan to cut it into firewood with a chainsaw. I do have a fair amount of chainsaw experience, but have never been faced with a task quite this large or this precarious, so I’m looking for tips on how best to safely get this thing to ground level so I can cut it. The saw is a 34...

01-15-2016 12:31 PM

Information about an Antique Parlor Stove/Heater from Jewel Stove and Range Co - 10 replies

Last night I picked up an old parlor heater locally, and am looking for any and all information I can get about it….value, age, restoration tips, rarity, websites, history, etc. It’s from the Jewel Stove and Range Co, says “Garnet Jewel” on the front, and “No. 1” on the back. I can get a better look at it in...

01-13-2016 03:02 PM

Clarity of Table Saw Types - 23 replies

This may seem trivial to some, but for the sake of clarity, especially for newbies, I think it’s worth mentioning so that we’re all on the same page. I routinely see the term “contractor saw” used erroneously when actually referring to a “portable jobsite saw”, and the trend seems to be growing as more and m...

01-10-2016 10:39 PM

Need A Chainsaw - 83 replies

Just lost a large ash tree in the back yard, and need to clean it up. I am looking for suggestions on the best bang for the buck in a home owner grade chain saw. Size, brand, models, etc. I’ve owned two Poulan’s previously that really haven’t held up all that well. I don’t want to spend a fortune, but would like this s...

01-02-2016 01:38 PM

PSA: Delta Contractor Saw w/Biese Fence in Buffalo, NY - $300 - 2 replies

This is not my saw, and I know nothing about it other than what’s mentioned in the ad, but I thought it looked like a sweet deal for someone in the vicininty who’s looking for a saw. Listed 10 hours ago, and will likely sell quickly.https://buffalo.craigslist.org/tls/5383838677.html

12-03-2015 01:49 PM

PSA for Western NY - Jet Contractor Saw with Xacta fence and Cast Iron Wing - 2 replies

This is not my saw, and I know nothing about it other than what’s in the listing. I thought it looked like a decent deal for someone looking for a used full size old school contractor saw. $350. Looks to be complete with blade guard, has one solid cast iron wing, from the late 1990s, has an extension wing, belt drive induction motor, and...

04-24-2015 12:34 PM

Track Saw Help Please - 60 replies

As an owner of a circular saw and some DIY straight edges, but having never used a true track saw system, can someone explain how they justify $500-$600 for what looks like a good circular saw and a proprietary aluminum track? I can buy a really nice circular saw for a bit over $100. Can aluminum track really be that expensive? There must be ...

03-14-2015 01:49 PM

Ridgid Tools - 50 replies

I’m not much of a name brand loyalist….they all seem to have some winners and losers, plus they’re market positions can change over time. Rather, I tend to evaluate the tool itself and not the name plate. Ridgid’s reputation is a far cry from top shelf, but their pricing is competitive on most, and over the years the...

02-03-2015 08:53 PM

How Do You Identify and Help a Vocally Gifted Child? (sound added) - 16 replies

This question is WAY off topic from woodworking, but is a question that I could really use some guidance with from the vast resources here who just my have some tips. The youngest of my 6 kids is now a 15 year old young lady. She’s always loved to sing and has always shown considerable aptitude for singing… even when she could barely form ...

01-27-2015 11:40 PM

Reference Blogs - 6 replies

For those who’ve been asking for my blogs on table saws, picking saw blades, bargain blades, router bits, and hand planes, they’ve all been fully restored, and some updated with additional info. For convenience, I created a quick link blog that takes you to all 5 of them.http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/46865 HTHScott

01-23-2015 06:50 PM

Need Some Guidance on Buying a Tablet - 15 replies

Somewhere along the way I started getting old and have lost touch with technology, and I could really use some guidance about what to get and what to avoid. I’m way out of my wheel house here! We’re looking for a device to take pics and record videos of the kids/grandkids, download them to PC, share them, etc. Some of the videos w...

01-21-2015 10:23 PM

PSA: DeWalt DW7670 Stacked Dado Set for < $109 shipped. - 9 replies

Credit “isotope” for spotting this. The DW7670 is currently $136 shipped on Amazon, but at checkout, before you execute the order, the total should come up as $108.79 shipped. You’ll get a message saying ”This Item is Included in Our DEWALT Accessories Promotion. From January 5, 2015, through March 31, 2015, you can g...

01-09-2015 04:43 PM

What Proof of Tool Ownership is Required for an Insurance Claim? - 32 replies

Fortunately I’m not in a situation where I need to make a claim….just wondering what the insurance companies require in the event of a fire, burglary or other disaster, and I needed to replace my tools. I currently have pics and descriptions online here of most my tools, plus have a spreadsheet of the tool description, brand/model, ...

07-05-2014 11:44 PM

Would a light color stain work as a wood conditioner to control blotching? - 9 replies

The title pretty much says it all. Has anyone ever tried a lighter color stain as a wood conditioner. The plan is to stain generic pine dark, and wondered if a lighter stain would reduce blotching? I’d appreciate any feedback….

06-26-2014 11:58 AM

What a Difference a Good Saw Blade Makes! - 17 replies

My son needed to cut some reclaimed pine from an old waterbed and I was concerned about encountering staples, nails, screws, etc., so I dug out an Irwin Classic 40T blade, cleaned it, and tossed it on the saw. I could hear the difference from the second I turned on the saw. It rang, zinged, whined, and ticked my ZCI due to blade runout. The soun...

05-22-2014 01:09 PM

Looking for Feedback on the Ridgid R4331 Planer - 27 replies

Anyone using or familiar with the newer R4331 planer (not the R4330)? Comments, insights, etc., good or bad?

05-19-2014 02:06 PM

Need Input on older Makita 2012 or Makita 2040 planers - 14 replies

I’m looking into buying one of two older Makita thickness planers. One is the 12” model 2012 for $250….it’s in very nice condition with little use, and looks to be “plug and play”. The other is the 15” model 2040 for $275. Both have universal motors that run on 110v. The 2040 obviously has more capac...

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