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|10 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…
|194 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 ...
|216 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...
|224 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.
|229 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.
|1036 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...
|1125 days ago||
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...
|1192 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...
|1237 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...
|1252 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 ...
|1259 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...
|1288 days ago||
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.
|1291 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?
|1299 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.
|1301 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...
|1321 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...
|1330 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...
|1365 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&...
|1394 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...
|1413 days ago||
The journey of 1000 miles..... - 6 replies
...... starts with the first step. I have tried avoiding it, but there is no way around it. Downloaded Sketch-up today and am trying to learn some new skills. Todds’ blog is what brought things to light, thanks I think. I’m still avoiding microwaves and cell phones though. Hopefully I will have something to show for it soon.