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25 days ago

When you tell others you are into woodworking, what responses bug you? - 7 replies

I (like many hobbyist) live in a white collar part of the country, with many decidedly un-hands-on friends/co-workers/affiliates. While many of my friends/coworkers/affiliates have creative hobbies, such as photography, cooking, sewing, grilling/smoking, beer brewing, electronics (soldering/programming), etc…the level of handy/hands-on ex...

29 days ago

Finishing Cherry with GF Arm R Seal - 8 replies

I’m planning on trying out satin GF Arm-R-Seal for my pepper mill turning. For the application, I have had good success with a wipe-on approach and plan on doing the same. To maximize the Woodcraft sale this weekend, I do have a few questions I am hoping to get some guidance on: Given that the project is cherry, would you recommend a ...

34 days ago

Router for Router Table: ~2HP vs ~3HP, variable speed control - 15 replies

I’m weighting my options for purchasing a separate router for a benchtop router table, and I wanted to properly spec my requirements. While more power and features is better for future-proofing (and if money and space wasn’t an issue), I am curious what the right router would be appropriate for my situation. As it stands right now:...

34 days ago

Benchtop Router Table: Buy (which one) or build? - 28 replies

I’ve been going through a similar router table buy or build dilemma as Nates02gt. Rather than (try to) hijack his thread, I thought I’d start a new one. For a router table, I know that I have to make it portable, and easy to carry through the house to use outdoors. I initially thought I would build one, but after factoring in the ...

39 days ago

Rockler F-Style clamp - Any thoughts on if it is a good buy at the sale price? - 3 replies

I was curious if others had any thoughts on the Rockler F-Style clamps vs the Bessey Tradesman. I’ve been gradually replacing my HF F-style clamps, and my 12” range, while functional, do look like they are in pretty sorry shape. I’ve primarily been eyeing the Bessey Tradesman range as a viable replacement. However the curr...

41 days ago

Considering but hesitating on pocket screws...could it lead to woodworking skill stagnation? - 30 replies

Context: During my short woodworking journey, I have seen the pocket screw craze take a considerable foothold in the online woodworking community. It seems like half of the woodworking build themed YouTube videos that I find features pocket holes as the primary form of joinery. While I in no way question that it is a perfectly valid form of jo...

46 days ago

Dewalt Quick Grip Clamps - 5 replies

When I think of quick grip clamps, I almost always default to the blue and yellow Irwin Quick Grip series. Looks like Dewalt is stepping up their game to try to compete with Irwin with more of an equal footing. Well, at least specification-wise.

48 days ago

Military and Veterans - Grizzly thanks you for your service, and so do I - 0 replies

For anyone who have or currently serve in the US military, thank you again for your service to our country. Grizzly also wants to thank you with 5% off your entire purchase. This is apparently on top of any discounts they currently offer. Read more about it at Link is also posted on the main Grizzly ...

49 days ago

Hardwood scraps - Smoking meat with cut-offs that have glue on it - 10 replies

I have been going through cleaning up my scrap lumber stockpile, looking for any hardwood scraps that I can pass off to a friend for smoking meat. I have a lot of white oak cut-offs that would be perfect, but they are a mix of clean cutoffs as well as from glue laminations. I was wondering if anyone is aware of the need to separate the laminat...

49 days ago

Incoming - Ridgid R4510 to R4513? - 0 replies

I thought I’d put out a heads up for anyone who may be interested, but it appears that Ridgid may be on the cusp of releasing an update to their portable job site saw. Now I know job site saws aren’t exactly ideal fine woodworking tools, but for anyone who is low on space, have a non-negotiable need to move the tool frequently, this...

53 days ago

DC Area Home Depot Irwin Quick Grip Clearance - 3 replies

It appears the big box clamp supplier shuffle continues to progress. I stopped by a DC area Home Depot and found that they are liquidating their Irwin Quick Grips at a little more than 50% off. It appears they will be clearing out the local store Irwin stock in favor of Dewalt-made versions. I stopped by 2 local stores these past few days t...

61 days ago

Delta Contractor Saw Offerings - 17 replies

I came across an interesting article about new Delta contractor saw offerings. It looks like they may be pricing to compete with the Jet ProShop.

80 days ago

Would you question if she knows what she is doing? - 11 replies

Meet Greta de Parry, a ”supermodel who welds” – See time-stamp 2:36.

85 days ago

Lowes phasing out Bessey for Irwin? Home Depot moving from Jorgies to Bessey? - 21 replies

My recent review of the Jet parallel clamps perked my interest on pricing for Bessey clamps. As I was perusing the web today, I found that Lowes has taken almost all of their Bessey products off their website, and in lieu have listed the Irwin parallel clamps (24” and 48”). Does this signal the departure of Bessey clamps from the b...

85 days ago

Are you a Harbor Freight "Gold" Customer? - 6 replies

I got my monthly Harbor Freight ad in the mail yesterday, and the ad listed that it was now a “gold” customer. Despite the supposedly precious metal status, I’m not convinced this is anything other than another plot to get me into their store to grab another freebie (and maybe extend my blog series). Out of curiosity, did a...

120 days ago

Shellac (Zinsser SealCoat) for sealing in odor? - 11 replies

My wife found a chest of drawers on Craigslist that had the retro design elements she wanted our daughter’s bedroom to have. We are planning on painting the entire dresser, but have been struggling to get rid of the musty smell that permeates the dresser before embarking on the stripping and priming journey. After a bit of talking and br...

132 days ago

Variable Speed for a Random Orbit Sander - 13 replies

I was wondering if other LJs can shed light on a question has been burning on my mind for a few months. What is the practical use of variable speed for a 5” random orbit disc sander in woodworking. Is it useful for woodworking? If so, when would one take advantage of the lower speeds?

135 days ago

Sold! Celebrating the sale of a bottom feeder table saw - 1 reply

Years ago (before I realized I was destined to fuel a woodworking addiction), I bought a cheapo Skil table saw on Black Friday. It served me “well” through my early year of woodworking, like a teenager getting their first beater car. As I learned more and more about table saw safety, every time I fired up that sucker was the start ...

141 days ago

Crowdsourcing: Top Coat over GF Milk Paint? - 4 replies

I’m down to the final stretch for a step stool project. As a painted piece (it’s made of poplar), I’m enjoying the lovely debate with my wife over the paint scheme (I blame Pinterest), despite the fact that the stool is a birthday present for the our friend’s 3 year old. This delay in painting gives me the time needed t...

145 days ago

I had a dream on a rainy day... - 2 replies

Today is a rainy day, and I took a nap at the same time as my daughter. During that nap, I had a dream that I walked into my basement tool storage area (currently 6.5’ tall x 10’ x 4’), and found that it had grown to 9’ tall x 20’ x 20’, perfect to setup my hobbyist workshop. And if that wasn’t enough,...

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