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326 days ago

Wood suppliers in Oregon, McMinville area - 5 replies

Fellow LJ’rs, I am going to be traveling to the Pacific Northwest soon and was hoping to find a couple of places to pick up some exotics if possible. Any suggestions?

339 days ago

Minneapolis Tribune Woodworking article about who is taking up the craft - 2 replies

Today’s Minneapolis Star and Tribune had an article about woodworking and the emerging demographic that is embracing the craft. The article also mentioned that Rockler was going to be having a grand opening for its new Super store in Maple Wood. It is an interesting read. http://www.startribune.com/business/224958692.html

570 days ago

Wife made versatile shop apron - 20 replies

Since I have made many projects for my wife I only found it fitting that she make something for me, besides dinner that is. I have always wanted a nice shop apron and since my wife is an experienced seamstress it was logical to me that she could make me one. She did a lot of research on the design and wanted to provide me with an apron that woul...

571 days ago

Home built router table and lift (FINALLY) - 5 replies

Up to now I have had a very unsatisfactory router table. I basically used the Delta extension table that came with my contractor saw (3/4” particle board with laminate), cut a hole for a plastic insert and I was ready to go. I hung my PC 7518 under it and got to enjoy many years of substandard router table fun. After 20 years of hanging un...

595 days ago

Workshop extreme makeover (environmental) - 13 replies

A year or so ago I made a decision to either make my workshop a healthier place to be or to give up woodworking altogether. For the better part of 20 years I had been using a Jet 2hp cloth bag dust collector to keep my shop’s air clean. I had a long piece of 4” flex tubing that I would just clamp close to any of the tools I was us...

805 days ago

Spraying VS Brushing question - 9 replies

I’m preparing to start my first attempt at spraying a finish on a project. I have been practicing with the sprayer using water with food coloring in it. I seems to me that I will be using considerably more finish using a sprayer than by brushing it on. Is this a normal fact of using a sprayer that the process will consume far more finish o...

817 days ago

Wood species identification Part III - 11 replies

The pics. What species is this. extremely dense and heavy. brownish red on the outside, yellow on the inside.

817 days ago

wood identification - 5 replies

I purchased a 4” x 4” x 24” piece of wood at a local auction for a couple of bucks. The piece was a rich dark redish brown on the outside. I was surprised when I ran it through the joiner and once the outer skin was taken off the inside was a bright yellow. Any help on what species this might be. Could it be Yellow Heart? Thank...

827 days ago

Loose tenon issue - 5 replies

I need a little advice from my fellow LJ’rs. I’m building a bed and have all the parts cut, sanded and milled. In total I have 28 loose tenons that until two days ago dry fit perfectly in the mortises. Since then we have had over 3 inches of rain and today when I tried dry fitting the tenons none would fit. They have all expanded to ...

901 days ago

Bandsaw blade recommendation - 25 replies

Hi all, I am expecting a delivery of a 14” bandsaw this week, a birthday present compliments of may dear wife. It comes with a 3/8” blade but from what I have been reading it probably won’t be very good. Here’s my question, what is a good all around blade for me to purchase? I will mostly be using it for projects other th...

945 days ago

Calculating an arc - 13 replies

I wonder if anyone can give me some ideas for figuring the radius of a circle that I would need for cutting an arc for a headboard. the headboard is 60” long and is 7” in the middle and 5” on the ends. So, basically the arc drops 2” in 30” of run. How long of a radius would I need to lay out to make that arc. Anyone...

962 days ago

Getting a straight edge on rough planks - 7 replies

Hi, I’m a new member and a novice woodworker. A while back I was given about 150 board feet of red oak boards. I ran them through my planer and now they are nice and smooth and range in width from 3” to 10” and are about 8’ long. My problem is that none of the boards have a straight edge on them and I was hoping that some...


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