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11-11-2008 04:40 PM

Shopsmith Lathe help - 7 replies

I’m trying to set up a shopsmith I was given (and which I restored), a model 500, to work as a lathe. I’ve never done any lathe work, so I really don’t know what is required. These two pictures show you what I have in terms of centers (i think they are called): I THINK you need some sort of “faceplate” ...

11-08-2008 03:18 PM

United States of China - 82 replies

It seems like I ever since I started woodworking, with a focus on quality – materials, design and construction, I’ve become very sensitive to the quality of other consumable goods, such as furniture, but also other general consumables – clothes, tools – just about anything you’d find at say, a Wal-Mart. And IR...

10-27-2008 11:59 PM

DOH! I made yet another mistake on the same project! - 4 replies

You may have seen my earlier thread, When a mistake is not a mistake, in which I recount how i turned a too-big routing for an inlay into something that actually looks better. Well, I made YET AGAIN another mistake on the same project, just as I was finishing it! DOH! DOUBLE DOH! It’s an urn, and I was attatching the baseplate wh...

10-26-2008 01:44 AM

When a mistake is not a mistake. - 13 replies

Maybe you guys have stories like this…. Today I was in the shop making a box, and it has a inlaid piece of Amboyna burl on the top. In my initial design, that’s all there was on the top. Then reality happened. While routing out the inlay, I went too far on one side (of course). Now it was either toss the piece I was routing ...

10-19-2008 06:32 PM

I've designed it in Sketchup; now what? - 3 replies

I don’t mean seem dumb here, but… I’ve designed a small clock in sketchup; everything seems to look good. Now what do I do? How do I make “plans” to take with me down to the man-cave (shop)? I’m guessing I “explode” the drawing, and put measurements all over the place, and print out some v...

10-18-2008 02:15 PM

Dream / Idea Projects - 9 replies

I came across this marvelous antique table on ebay, made of qtr sawn oak. It gives me inspiration…and ideas for other projects. The craftsmanship is so much better than mine (and I’m not too bad) it makes me want to cry like a little girl. LOL Then I thought, why not share with my buds at LJ, and maybe they’d get inspire...

09-26-2008 11:29 PM

One of Your Favorite Projects - and Where to Buy the Plans. - 4 replies

I thought we might try an little something different. Did you buy a plan online, make the project, and it came out great? Wanna share that plan with others? I made this neat little clock from some plans I got on the Shopnotes website. This is how it turned out: It was made of Cherry, and was a nice little weekend project. If you are...

09-08-2008 02:10 AM

The Gratitude Factor. - 9 replies

I, and I’m sure many others, would like to hear stories of gratitude, stemming from a wood project you did for some one – whether paid, or not. I get a sense of accomplishment and pride with pieces I’ve done that I really like; the frosting on the cake is when the recipient is wowed. I’d like to hear stories from you guys...

09-03-2008 09:54 PM

Stripping? - 1 reply

No, not that kind of stripping. Regarding furniture stripping. Has anyone ever used a glass bead blaster (like a sand blaster, but with miniature glass beads) for stripping wood? Years ago, when I was using one in a container booth to strip metal, I had a piece of metal from a dirty, oily engine laying on a pine 2×4. The pine was stained...

09-02-2008 02:31 PM

So, how are you heating your home this winter? - 30 replies

It’ll soon be fall here in the northern US, and of course, Canada. I’m understanding that fuel oil and gas, will be up this year, and quite a bit. I’m on gas, so I’m better off than the fuel oil guys, but still. My best friend has put in a wood stove last year, and man, his house is like 85 all winter – with the ...

08-07-2008 05:25 AM

Why is it.....? - 22 replies

Why is it, back in the early 1990s, I had a Geo Metro 3 cylinder, that got 60, yes 60 MPG highway, and yet we can’t get a non-hybrid car today that gets over 40 MPG? If GM would revive that model, they wouldn’t be able to make them fast enough!

08-04-2008 03:54 AM

How do they make these signs? - 10 replies

Anyone out there know how they make these very nice engraved wood signs? They are usually embellished with gold leaf. I’d like to know how they make those large engraved letters. I don’t think they are hand carved, but if done by a router, man, that’s one big router bit! Here’s some samples:

07-22-2008 03:01 PM

Book or website on unusual projects? - 2 replies

What I’m looking for are books or websites on woodworking projects that involve secret compartments (like the Presidential desk in the movie National Treasure, or the secret compartment found in this Pennsylvania Spice Box at FWW. Also, looking for plans or pages about toys or curiosities, like pachinko machines.

07-17-2008 07:28 PM

Redneck / Funny pics - 16 replies

Since we all need some comic relief once in a while, I thought I’d start a thread for just Redneck and funny pics. Please join in!

07-15-2008 10:27 PM

Almost 5,000! - 1 reply

Wow, as of this writing, LJ has 4,941 members! I wonder what the average gain of membership we have per month?! Where will we be in a year?! Nice to see!

07-15-2008 02:07 PM

Music stands - 2 replies

For you guys looking for ideas…. I found this woodworker that makes high end sheet music stands, which are quite nice. Thought you might like to check it out. Here’s a sample: The website is MisterStandMan

07-13-2008 02:47 PM

What sells at a craft festival? Some ideas... - 12 replies

Well guys, just got back from the Corn Hill Arts Festival here in Rochester, NY. Corn Hill is a one of those important stops on the craft show tour, from what I understand. I like it because they have a wide variety of stuff. Being the entrepeneur that one day hopes to sell at shows like this, I was on the lookout for the “hot thing”...

07-11-2008 09:19 PM

Cows, The Constitution, and The Ten Commandments. - 4 replies

Three things to think about: Cows - Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a single cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And they track her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wanderi...

07-09-2008 02:08 PM

Why we love woodworking. - 36 replies

Why do you love woodworking? What is it that keeps you interested? I enjoy the technical challenges, and making something that will last for generations, and is useful.

07-05-2008 03:06 PM

Working with copper - 7 replies

I maybe using sheet copper in an upcoming project, in which I will hammer it. I can recall doing some copper hammering way back in shop class in the 70s, and we applied some sort of liquid, that would quickly blacken the copper. You would then use some fine steel wool to rub off all that black – except in the recessed areas – giving ...

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