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10-17-2011 07:42 PM

A complaint about plywood - 13 replies

First, let me say that I really don’t like working with plywood, but sometimes the job requires it. I was recently doing a job that required me to work with 3/4” oak plywood. I bought 3 sheets at Lowes. To my surprise, I discovered that it was exactly 3/4” thick. At other stores, 3/4” plywood is 19/32” thi...

10-16-2011 08:50 PM

My Father-in-Law - 6 replies

Under another, woodworking related, topic, Grizzman asked about my wife’s father. I thought it better to respond with another topic under the “non-shop talk” label. First, Grizzman, thank you for your concern. He is not doing well. Physically, he is pretty good for an 89 year old, but his mind is at least 90% gone. ...

10-16-2011 02:38 PM

Steam bending - 15 replies

Normally, when I think of steam bending (which I have never done) I think of a rigged up outdoor apparatus with a fire, boiler and a pipe that is used for steaming wood. Then it occurred to me. We use a steamer on the kitchen stove to cook a few different foods. If I wanted to steam bend a small piece of wood, could I steam it in that sa...

10-15-2011 03:10 PM

Live and Learn - building a custom door - 0 replies

I needed a closet door that measures 73×24. I wanted to keep it simple, heavy and solid. The frame is 6/4 oak with stiles on each side and 3 rails (top, center and bottom). The stiles are 1.75” wide and the rails are 3.5” wide. The panels are 3/4” oak plywood. I put the the door handle where the center rail is....

10-14-2011 10:01 PM

Bell Forest Products - 0 replies

Be advised that Bell Forest Products has a pretty good sale going on for the rest of the month – - 20% off on any online order. I have purchased wood from them several times in the past and I have always been pleased with the quality of the wood I purchased and the quality of their service. Besides – They are Yuppers. http:...

10-12-2011 05:09 PM

White Oak versus Red Oak - 16 replies

I am aware of an oak tree that the owner wants removed. Does anyone know how, based on the appearance of the tree, one can tell if it is white oak or red oak? I’ve done a little web searching but, so far, I have found no help.

10-08-2011 12:58 AM

Does anyone know anything about log chains? - 13 replies

Some will recall a post I recently made introducing my new toy, a ‘49 John Deere A. It has great compression and is in great condition. I want to use it to pull out some fence posts and maybe a small tree stump. I believe it to have the pulling power. However, so far, it has only demonstrated an ability to break ropes. I nee...

10-02-2011 08:14 PM

Cutting a tapered hole - 13 replies

Can anyone think of a way to cut a tapered hole? I want a hole in a 3/4 piece of wood that is 1” in diameter at one end and 1 1/8” in diameter at the other. The best idea that I have come up with is to make an insert on the lathe that I stick into a bigger (1.5”) hole. I small lip hanging over the top edge would be acc...

09-30-2011 10:57 PM

Rough Cut - Season 2 - starts tomorrow - 20 replies

I’m quite excited to see the first edition of season 2 of Rough Cut tomorrow. I think Tommy has received a lot of input and I believe he will be making improvements in his second season. I enjoyed season one but there were times when it was a little “rough”. Maybe this year they can change the name to “fine cut...

09-30-2011 03:54 PM

Drum Sander - 10 replies

For years I have been thinking that I didn’t need a drum sander. Then a friend decided to upgrade his drum sander with a bigger model and he offered to sell his used Performax 10 – 20 Plus at a reasonable price. I bought it. What a delightful tool! I used it yesterday and now I regret not getting one earlier. I now own 8...

09-24-2011 10:13 PM

New toy - 63 replies

Did you ever see something that you knew, without reservation, that you wanted to buy, despite the fact that it is illogical and, perhaps, even irrational to buy? That happened to me today. I now own a ‘49 John Deere A. Let me explain – I grew up on the multi-generational family farm and I was very close to my Grandfather. ...

09-20-2011 02:24 PM

Cordless Electric Chainsaw - 31 replies

I need a small chainsaw to cut down some small trees and cut some branches off of existing trees. I’ve found that my cordless reciprocating can do the job, but VERY slowly and I am not that patient. In the past I have found gas powered chainsaws to be dirty and temperamental. A corded electric chainsaw would work for me, but I woul...

09-18-2011 03:15 PM

Flock or felt - 13 replies

I’m building a stand that will hold cordless mikes when they are not in use. It is nothing more than a board, support by a pedestal and legs, with some 1” holes in it. The tapered base of the cordless mikes with be set into the holes. (For my newest buddy, cloakie1, these will be 25.1 mm holes). My customer wants me to line...

09-17-2011 03:01 PM

Scosch or tad - 39 replies

FYI – This is not intended to be a serious topic, but we may get some interesting responses. I’ve had an assistant helping me on a project at the church. He’s very helpful (and he likes to do the clean up). When we are checking measurements and he finds that we are off by a very little bit he will say that we are off b...

09-02-2011 03:54 PM

Decimal versus fractions - 40 replies

I have a ruler that has a scale that divides an inch into 10 parts (and in the first 3 inches in 20 parts). With this I can determine that a measurement should be x.y inches instead of the fractional equivalent. As a coincidence, the scale on my jointer also measures in inches on a decimal basis. I’ve decided I like to measure and ...

08-29-2011 06:30 PM

Frustrating Carpentry work - 21 replies

For the last 2 weeks I have been more of a carpenter than a woodworker. I’m building an audio control booth for my church. I swear, this 70+ year old building does not have a floor that is level, a wall that is perfectly vertical or a corner that is square. I am constantly trying to compensate for problems with the existing building ...

08-26-2011 04:13 PM

Will I ever stop making dumb mistakes? - 116 replies

Here’s my latest dumb mistake – - I had a 4’ board that I had to cut exactly in half. I had no wood to spare in this application. I measured to the halfway point and marked it with a marking knife. Then, I lined up the laser from my miter saw precisely with the mark. After the cut, one board was longer than the othe...

08-22-2011 03:52 AM

It's been 40 years for my wife and I as of today - 46 replies

I’d like to share with my LJ family that my wife, Nancy, and I have been married 40 years as of today, August 21st. I’ve been a very lucky man to have such a loving and supportive wife for so many years.

08-20-2011 03:51 PM

Music stand - how thick should the back be - 3 replies

I’m building a music stand with red oak. I’ve glued up what will be the back of the music holder. It is currently about 3/8” thick and, IMO, it looks too bulky. I want to make multiple passes through the thickness planner and make this back thinner. Essentially, I want to make it as thin as possible without compromisi...

08-19-2011 05:31 PM

Blue Mahoe - 1 reply

Blue Mahoe is a very interesting wood. I have turned some very nice bowls with it. The link below connects you to an organization that has some Blue Mahoe for sale. I know a little about this organization. They are dedicated to protecting this particular wood and they do research on it. However, they also harvest some of it in a very ...

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