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140 days ago

Tapered blades for woodies - 2 replies

I had a batch of tapered double irons manufactured for my hand planes. Locally made from O1 steel. They are for sale on my site. I am including a milled stainless steel cross pin ($15) and offering free shipping till April. Be GoodRhett

234 days ago

When they're gone, they're gone... - 4 replies

Posting this on the only two forums I visit. Check my site, I’m clearing out of my planes and blades at stupid low prices. Not closing down shop by any means, just reorganizing. BIG THINGS TO COME…

419 days ago

What makes a master? - 36 replies

Just throwing this out to see what fellow ww’ers think. I’ve heard 10 years or 10,000 hours you can master anything. I’m sure that holds true, if it’s a single function, but woodworking encompasses a large array of disciplines. I’ve met plenty of ww’ers and visited many wood shops. Only a few times have ...

440 days ago

Ceramic sanding belts. - 5 replies

Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about these things! I’ve use silicon carbide and zirconia oxide belts in the past but theses 3M regal belts are mind blowing. These things eat metal like a sharp blade through a 2×4. Anyone who uses a belt sander for touching up chisels and plane irons needs to check these out. I can now go f...

448 days ago

Keys to living off wood - 14 replies

Curious what others might say are some keys to making a living cutting wood. I’ve made a meager, yet satisfying, career of it. As I see it, it has more to do with work habits and efficency than actual woodworking skill. Woodshops are a glaring example of time = money.

453 days ago

Grassroots marketing - 0 replies

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has bought, reviewed and/or critiqued our planes and blades. This is the best and only woodworking forum I subscribe to. Sorry if you think you have seen too much, Nice Ash, lately.

1260 days ago

Make it or buy it.... - 8 replies

Let me preface this topic with a little disclosure. There is a jig in my shop which I made. It is probably the 5th version, as I have been tweeking the design each time. Every woodworker who has seen it has asked for my “plans” or has made one from memory. Therefore, I am thinking of making a small batch and trying to sell them o...

1349 days ago

I think Grizzly has found a way to make their tools even cheaper - 1 reply

I got my Grizzly holiday catalog. I noticed that they are selling a “polar bear series” of tools. It is my assumption that they are saving money by using the stock white machinery parts of shop fox/jet and calling it a polar bear. Not a bad idea I might add. A universal paint color probably saves them thousands of dollars per year...

1416 days ago

How many jigs does it take.... - 6 replies

Just wrapped up a set of chairs and was looking at all the jigs I fabricated to complete the project. I made a total of 12. These were templates, router guides and an entirely new tool (hot pipe). Got me thinking, whats the most jigs you have made to make one piece. This would be anything extra you had to build to make a cut. Twelve is my...

1462 days ago

class went great - 1 reply

I had my “Intro to Woodworking” class last night. Went great, had a full roster. I spent about 20 hours getting this 1.5 hour class ready, so I made a little over $1 an hour. Good news, besides getting 3 personal students, is that the adult ed programs are now going to be integrated into the vocational studies of the state. Bas...

1476 days ago

Dealing with a callback - 29 replies

I am in a bit of a situation with a past client and am wondering how to address the issue. About a year ago I built a large 3’x7’ dining table for couple as a wedding present. It was commissioned by the wifes grandfather, so I never met with or dealt with the couple. I was just given the dimensions and some wood from the family ...

1483 days ago

FESTOOL complaint unrelated to price - 13 replies

This may be the only place you will ever hear a bad word said about a festool other than that they are expensive. I have a ROS that has been in use in the shop for little over a year. In the past year, I have had to replace the velcro pad, and now I need to again. Paper will not stick at all. Granted I put this little guy throught the pace...

1512 days ago

I will have to assume that most LJ'ers are men..... - 4 replies

I just looked at the “hot project” button that was installed. I can only assume why two of the top 9 have so many views, and I don’t think it was to look at a project.

1515 days ago

Do you unplug - 76 replies

I know you are supposed to, but I want honest answers. Do you unplug or cut off the power to your TS when you change the blade? Do you think you need to with a magnetic switch?

1523 days ago

Do people really pay these prices - 7 replies

I got an e-mail from Woodcraft. It said they had their Blumotion slides on sale. For the low price of $41 a pair! Do people actually buy these slides at those prices? I can think of atleast 5 online retailers selling the same exact product for atleast 35% less with free shipping. I promise they are no better because Woodcraft sells them.

1525 days ago

Sometimes its just a dirty blade - 16 replies

I have an old friend who is starting down the woodworking path. He called me stating that his tablesaw was producing severely burnt looking cuts. Wanted to know if I could help tune up his saw. Knowing that I would get free run of his homebrew, this was a no brainer. Conclusion, the saw is fine. The blade was simply covered in gum and pit...

1545 days ago

Teaching woodworking without tools and a shop - 23 replies

Got a call from a lady who runs an adult education center. She was curious if I would be interested in giving some classes on woodworking in the evenings. The issue is that there is no shop and flimsy foldup tables at best in the classrooms. I could give a few classes on wood and basic joinery with pics and examples, but at some point, isn...

1554 days ago

Question - 26 replies

Person A, a retired person with a pension and skill in the shop vs person B, a person with an income based soley on woodwork and skill in the shop. If person A decides to sell items for the cost of materials, just to fill their free time, then how is person B supposed to compete? Before someone tells me “you don’t compete with ho...

1589 days ago

What's the "right" way to do this in sketch-up - 6 replies

For quick presentations, I have been drawing my cabinets by setting my dimensions and then pulling up the squares to proper height. I then pencil in the faceframes and set each cabinet as a component. I then use the faceframe as a guide to draw the doors and drawers. These shapes are then pulled out to 3/4”. My typical cabinet has 1/2&...

1618 days ago

Dovetail drawers for lazy LJ's - 2 replies

I see lots of questions/comments/remarks concerning dovetail drawers. Yes, handcut dovetails are nice and blah, blah, blah. This is a link for a company in CA who specializes in drawers. You can input sizes and specs for wood, joint, edge detail etc and it gives you a running total of cost. I have found it cheaper to order premilled dovetail...

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