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2124 days ago

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...

2143 days ago

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...

2147 days ago

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...

2148 days ago

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 ...

2175 days ago

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!

2178 days ago

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:

2190 days ago

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.

2195 days ago

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!

2197 days ago

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!

2197 days ago

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

2199 days ago

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”...

2201 days ago

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...

2203 days ago

Why we love woodworking. - 28 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.

2207 days ago

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 ...

2211 days ago

Mortiser - a one trick pony? - 6 replies

I’m strongly considering getting a benchtop mortiser, specifically the Steel City 25200. I think I know the answer to this question, but are mortisers just one-trick ponies? Or, can they be used for something other than making square holes? Also, do you use yours very much? Was it worth buying?

2212 days ago

George Washington, where art thou? - 8 replies

George Washington, where art thou? John Adams, where have you gone? I’m sure I’m not alone when I long for a President, or statesman, the caliber of George Washington or John Adams, to guide this country through it’s problems, and dealing with the world and it’s dangers. This is not a diatribe against the curren...

2212 days ago

Exploding in Sketchup - 3 replies

I’ve been using SU for about 3 months now, and have become pretty handy with it. However, I cannot seem to “explode” my project. Users of SU will know what I mean. I tried a plugin, found here. Couldn’t get it to work – thru any combination of groups or components – not that the directions were that clea...

2215 days ago

Ideas needed for making a baby - 23 replies

Uh….baby project, I should say. LOL My best friend is finally having his first child, and I’d like to make the happy couple and/or baby something, but I just don’t know what. Not a cradle, or those beds with the slide up railings….something else….but I’m coming up short on WHAT to make. Any ideas?

2225 days ago

Mortise and Tenon via a router. - 10 replies

I suppose THE way to make mortise and tenon is to use a tablesaw tenon jig and a mortising machine, but without that, how about the same thing via a router? It’s easy enough to use a plunge router to make a mortise, but that of course leaves you with an elongated oval. So how to make an elongated oval tenon easily? One thought I just ha...

2227 days ago

Woodworking theme crossword puzzle! - 1 reply

I have a little treat for you crossword puzzlers out there – I’ve made an interactive woodworking-based crossword. I think you’ll enjoy it. You can find it there:

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