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|4 days ago||
Whip on poly, have I been using the wrong stuff? - 8 replies
Is there any advantage to the whip on polyurethane over the regular stuff. I hate brushes. I hate painting. I’m a lousy painter. So when I apply polyurethane (MinWax usually) I pour some out of a quart can, mix in some mineral spirits and whip it on with a rag. No runs, no holidays, no damn brushes to clean. Today I notice on the s...
|36 days ago||
Foot switch - 16 replies
Do you have a preferred foot switch for your scroll saw? I’m looking at this one.
|58 days ago||
I don’t think it’s possible to know less about scrollsaws than I do. The only thing I know is that one would be handy once in a while. I’m not planning any fancy fretwork or ornate decorative pieces, just something that allows a little more finesse than my Black & Decker sabre saw when it comes to cutting openings and bas...
|80 days ago||
Wood gloat - 6 replies
I plan on making some lawn furniture this spring so it’ll be ready for summer lounging. Got a good deal on some Western Red Cedar.
|127 days ago||
What are you reading? - 23 replies
The nights are long and my shop gets cold after the sun goes down, so winter is when I get caught up on my reading list. The list is getting pared down and needs to be replenished. So what are you guys reading? What would you recommend? I’ve finished these within the last couple weeks:Wealth and Democracy by Kevin PhilipsA Soldier of...
|229 days ago||
Yet another wood id - 6 replies
My wood identification skills are pretty limited. Basically, I can tell the difference between a sheet of plywood and a 2×4. So I’m wondering what this is. It’s from a pallet I dragged home from Sears so I’m assuming it’s of Asian origin. It’s hard and fairly heavy (I calculated these pieces at 4.8 lbs per ...
|305 days ago||
Dodgy dadoes - 30 replies
The other day in my project comments I bemoaned my lousy dado set. It seems I may have been a little harsh. Last night I was fiddling around making a finger joint jig and a zero clearance insert for a ¼ in dado. While fiddling around I had an epiphany. The shoulder on my arbor is .625 in. diameter and maybe slightly wider than 1/8 in. Whe...
|505 days ago||
Perspective - 15 replies
The futility of political and religious arguments among ideologues.
|507 days ago||
A major award - 4 replies
My daughter sent me this major award for Christmas. I want to put it in the front window but my wife seems very careless when dusting around it so I’ll move it out to the shop. I think it’s Italian.
|517 days ago||
One of golf’s greatest feats is to shoot one’s age. So, imagine how spectacular a day Kim Jong-Il had back in 1994. The North Korean dictator, who died on Saturday of heart failure at age 69, scorched the 7,700-yard Pyongyang Golf Course in a stunning 38-under par, 34. Now, before getting all bent out of shape that such a score is impossib...
|522 days ago||
A casualty in the War on Christmas - 4 replies
|545 days ago||
Bamboo for bench top. - 8 replies
I’m thinking about (the final stage of many of my projects) a decent woodworking bench. Hardwoods of any volume are rather precious in this neck of the woods so construction will most likely be of Doug fir. For a nice hard top I’m wondering if layer of bamboo would be acceptable. The engineered flooring is cheap. What are the dow...
|569 days ago||
Investing in a free table saw - 14 replies
I got this table saw in exchange for straightening out the lighting in a friend’s equipment barn. My previous and only other table saw was what can only charitably be called a piece of cheap junk. It was a $50 garage sale mistake – plastic case, tiny pot metal table, cheap ass inaccurate fence, flimsy damn stand. That being the case, it was...
|572 days ago||
So I walk into Home Depot - 10 replies
So I walk into Home Depot this morning. I picked up a cord end, a packet of #6×2” screws and a can of WD40. Go to the front of the store and there is one check stand open with a line of 4 people. Only one of us has any amount of purchases. The rest just a hand full of items. As we stand there, another employee comes down the line...