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07-01-2008 01:48 PM

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?

06-30-2008 06:53 PM

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...

06-30-2008 02:44 PM

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...

06-27-2008 07:09 PM

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?

06-17-2008 01:54 PM

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...

06-15-2008 01:45 PM

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:

06-07-2008 02:44 PM

eBay: Not what it used to be. - 19 replies

I had a chance to buy some things really cheap at a store closing – with the intent purpose of reselling them on eBay for a profit. Much to my chagrin, eBay is getting nuts with charges. Here’s a for instance: I sold a radio for a final price of $139, with shipping. Now, the fees for doing that: Insertion Fee: 15¬ĘScheduled ...

06-03-2008 03:48 AM

Microplanes...any good? - 9 replies

I’ve seen these microplane “rasps”, and other woodworking products, and I’m wondering if they are any good?

06-02-2008 03:54 AM

To specialize, or not specialize; THAT is the question! - 13 replies

It looks like circumstances (and desire) are driving me towards a career in woodworking, specifically, furniture and furnishings (clocks, mirrors, frames, etc). The question now is, to specialize, or not? My thought at this point is to do work both locally (perhaps doing bigger pieces, like chairs, tables, etc.), and globally, via a website, ...

05-31-2008 02:34 PM

Thinking of a career? Think again. - 22 replies

I’d like to relay some advice to young people out there thinking about a career – think again. If you are thinking about being a (insert career title here), make sure you know exactly what you are in for. I was going to be a psychologist, but did not understand the work environment, nor the educational requirements to get me there...

05-28-2008 02:39 PM

The Ultimate Joint? - 15 replies

In searching for the ultimate strong joint (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), a little idea popped into my little head. Perhaps you make a box or dovetail joint – pretty strong. As we all know, gluing it then welding it is not an option – I’ve tried a hundred times, and it never pans out. So here’s another id...

05-22-2008 03:50 PM

Shopsmith Lathe: What else do i need? - 3 replies

I was given a shopsmith, one of the green machines, and I am trying to use it as a lathe. Never owned a lathe before. I am confused as to what else I need to make it a useful lathe. I have pictures to show you what I have now. What else do I need? Also, I will be doing primarily table legs – no bowls or pens. I’d appreciate any...

05-05-2008 05:10 AM

Resawing for beginners - 15 replies

Ok, so i finally got a decent bandsaw, that can do 7” re-saws! So I put a board thru, that was flat on both sides, and re-saw it, pretty much right thru the middle. So far so good! I plane the book-matched sides I have just re-sawn. Still, good. 15 minutes later, I have some thin, cupped re-sawn boards! I’m guessing some stress...

04-29-2008 05:38 PM

Stopping the spinning kitchen knobs! - 4 replies

Anyone know of a good way to stop kitchen knobs from coming loose, and spinning, on cabinet doors? I was thinking about thread lock….but is there any other way?

04-23-2008 05:50 PM

Crossword Puzzle - 9 replies

Well, a little something different for you, my friends – a woodworker’s crossword puzzle! I think you’ll enjoy it, check it out here.

04-21-2008 04:00 PM

Metric vs. English: Which do you use? - 54 replies

Here in the U.S., we are still stuck in the English system of measurement – inches, pounds, etc. – while seemingly the rest of the world uses the much easier, and more logical, metric system (the U.S. officically adopted the metric system with the Metric Conversion Act of 1975). Which do you use? I admit, I’m still stuck in ...

04-07-2008 04:39 AM

Wood expanision - give me the straight scoop - 11 replies

Here’s the deal: I’m making a mission style lectern. All qtr sawn white oak. I’m concerned about wood expansion and contraction. I would of course, like to just glue everything together, but, I have this nagging little monkey on my back warning me about shrinkage/expansion. I believe that qtr sawn wood is quite stable, and I...

03-27-2008 02:26 PM

All sides quarter-sawn! - 6 replies

If you look at my projects, you’ll see a preponderance of qtr-sawn oak. The issue is that you can only get 2 sides of a piece of the project to be qtr-sawn. So how about all four sides being qtr-sawn? I’ve made the legs for the lectern project I’m currently engaged in as such; I mitered 4 pieces of qtr-sawn and glued them...

03-25-2008 04:26 AM

CAN you make a living woodworking? - 50 replies

I’m wondering if you can make a living from woodworking, and let me qualify that – make some decent cash, maybe $30k or more, working a regular workweek? You see guys selling chairs for $3600, or some other crazy price, and you wonder…do these guys really sell these things? Will people pay that much for a dining room chair R...

03-23-2008 02:36 PM

Sketchup General Questions - 40 replies

I’ve been considering using Google’s free sketchup program to design my projects. I like the fact that you can print out templates and simply cut from them. Currently I use a 3D program called Bryce which does some great renderings, but you cannot print out templates, and measuring is a little weird. Some questions I had: 1) Once ...

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