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04-19-2010 05:48 PM

Fire extinguishers - 84 replies

I believe the risk of a fire in the workshop is low but I also believe it is real. Therefore, I keep a fire extinguisher in a convenient location in my workshop. I’m curious – How many people keep a fire extinguisher in their shop? Perhaps, because of this post, someone will say, “Yea – I should get a fire exting...

04-17-2010 09:52 PM

Hanging closet doors - 8 replies

My church (once again) has asked me to help them by doing another closet project. They want a closet with sliding doors that are suspended from a track mounted to the ceiling. They have suggested/requested that I make the doors 4’ wide and make them out of a sheets of oak plywood. I am thinking I would probably use oak veneered MDF...

04-13-2010 04:44 PM

Blue Mahoe - 2 replies

Blue Mahoe is a somewhat rare wood that is native to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and some other Caribbean countries. As the name implies, it is blue. There is an organization that harvests some of this wood in an environmentally responsible fashion. You can see their website here. They don’t always have wo...

04-13-2010 04:04 AM

Festool shop vac - 7 replies

Okay – I’ve just got my Festool TS55 plunge circular saw. I am in love. I gave this saw a good workout today and I am really impressed. This will be a great addition to my shop. Now I agree that I need one of the Festool shop vacuums – but which one? The offer the mini, the midi, the CT22 and the CT32. It is ea...

04-08-2010 06:08 PM

Wooden Screw Clamps - wooden threads - 3 replies

I responded to a Craig’s list listing and discovered an estate sale. I found these 4 clamps and offered them $30. They said “sold”. My original thought was to not use the clamps with the wooden threads. I would just display them. However, I think they are tota...

04-06-2010 08:28 PM

Festool on sale - 29 replies

The general understanding is that Festool products are never on sale. That is not completely true. For today and tomorrow, Woodcraft is offering a 10% discount on the Festool plunge circular saws (TS55 and TS75). They are also offering free shipping. If you ever wanted a Festool plunge circular saw this may be the time. Questions ...

04-06-2010 05:28 PM

Finishing in general - 8 replies

I’ve seen lots of advice that could be labelled, “this is how I do my finishing”. That advice is often helpful. Nonetheless, I am often mystified by all the finishing options available. We have shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, polys, etc. We have products designated as sanding finishers, conditioners, top coats etc. ...

04-04-2010 12:25 AM

Woodworker's block - 7 replies

I have often heard the term “writers block”. It refers to the situation when a writer just can’t get started on a piece. They probably have a dozen or more ideas jumping around in their head and they just can’t pick one and go with it. I’m suffering woodworker’s block. I need to build a very simple ...

04-03-2010 07:16 PM

Craig's List Jackpot - old magazines - 6 replies

Yesterday I posted about the jackpot of wood and clamps I got from a Craig’s List listing. I forgot to mention another aspect of the “jackpot”. There was a stack of old woodworking magazines in the corner of the garage. I asked if I could have them and he said “sure – no charge”. I didn’t look a...

04-02-2010 09:57 PM

Craig's List Jackpot - 23 replies

I saw a listing on Craig’s List that said “hardwood $2.00 per bf”. I called and then went over. Two adult children were selling their father’s estate including his inventory of hardwood, basically just walnut, oak and cherry. I found some fascinating pieces including several very wide walnut and cherry. One wal...

03-28-2010 03:09 PM

Chainsaw problem - 3 replies

I know this is not a true woodworking question – but it is woodworking related and I know the people on this website are some of the most helpful anywhere. Yesterday I fired up my chainsaw. It started with a few pulls and ran strong for about 5 minutes. Then it just stopped instantly. I could not restart it initially. After a...

03-17-2010 02:53 AM

Conventional Drum Sander vs. V Drum Sander - 5 replies

Can anyone opine on the advantages and disadvantages of buying a conventional drum sander versus a V Drum Sander? I will not be using the sander to modify the thickness or flatten the board. I will only be using it to sand an already flat surface on a board that is already at the right thickness. While you are at it, can anyone tell me w...

03-01-2010 11:37 PM

Just got an order of Kauri - 10 replies

I was curious so I placed an order for some Kauri wood. This is wood that has been recovered from the bottom of a bog in New Zealand and the wood is, allegedly, 30,000 to 50,000 years old. As I said – I was curious. Maybe it will really look like something special after I have applied a finish to it but, as a few pieces of dry wood...

02-12-2010 10:53 PM

Gluing granite to wood - 17 replies

What is the best way to glue granite to wood? I’ll be gluing a 12” by 12” piece of granite to some plywood so I don’t think I need to be concerned about movement. Epoxy, CA, Gorilla, some kind of construction adhesive ??? Thanks in advance for any help.

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