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|72 days ago||
Which one do you like better - 54 replies
I’m building a couple of nesting tables for a client and have done a prototype to show her some options and to finalize the design before getting into the good material. She wanted “open” aprons and one of the questions that came up is round or square on the apron bars. Here they are in full size to compare. Of course the final...
|135 days ago||
Let's See Your Arty Woodworking Photos - 82 replies
This thread is for anyone who has taken an arty photo of their work at some point. I’ve seen lots of good ones in project posts and blogs so let’s get them all together where we can enjoy them. Try to keep them woodworking oriented and your own. Other than that, anything you think is “arty”. Here’s a start
|143 days ago||
Sideways photos - 48 replies
I realize that some people post directly from their phones and the photos sometimes show up sideways. OK that’s fine …... as long as they don’t expect their post to be read, by me anyway. Call me an old curmudgeon if you will but if someone doesn’t have the time to post their project properly, I don’t have the ti...
|151 days ago||
What does this burl veneer suggest to you? - 42 replies
A friend gave me a small stack of this olive burl veneer and the moment I saw it I knew what it was destined to become, not so much the object but the marquetry image. I have never had a piece of veneer speak this clearly to me. It shouted. The project is in the finishing stages now and will show up in a few days but I thought before I reveal...
|171 days ago||
Odd thrift store find - 23 replies
My friend picked this up at a thrift shop cheap, thinking he could make some sort of bench vice from it. It’s missing a nut.Question #1: Have you ever seen one of these. It seems awfully narrow to be a useful vice although the dog holes would be somewhat useful.Question #2: Any idea where to find a nut? We tried Fastenal and a specialty nu...
|207 days ago||
Anyone Used Pepper Tree Wood ? - 10 replies
We just had a pepper tree (Schinus molle) cut down in our yard and I saved some of the trunk. I milled a sample and it was impressed with its hardness and weight. The tree died over a year ago and has been standing in the Az. sun ever since. It’s only a few inches in diameter and appears quite dry but with very little checking. Just wonde...
|213 days ago||
Thanks for the Fix - 16 replies
I’d just like to express my thanks to the admin folks for the quick resolution to what I’m sure were unintended problems on the forum in the last couple of days. Murphy’s Law, of course dictates that it all goes sideways on a weekend but here we are on Monday and all is well with the world. I won’t blather on ….....
|229 days ago||
Anyone using the long HF power bar? - 14 replies
I just bought one of HF’s three foot long power bars. They seem like a great idea for above a fixed bench. The problem is that the breaker seems weak. For example my router works fine on the outlet that the bar is plugged into but trips the bar. It will power light loads so it’s not shorted.I think that either A) this unit has a bad...
|230 days ago||
Aha!! Moments (of your dreams ?) - 21 replies
I haven’t done much inlay work since I discovered marquetry, mainly because of the pita of chiseling or routing out the recess for the motif. The inlay itself is a piece of cake with the chevalet but there was always that tedious job of grounding out the recess. I know, I know, it’s not that hard or time consuming, my mind just finds...
|234 days ago||
A message from peteg - 7 replies
In case anyone has been wondering about the absence of our Kiwi friend Peter (peteg), you can stop holding your breath. I got a Christmas email from him and he’s fine. He has moved and is having internet provider problems that are preventing him from connecting to LJ’s. He asked me to post a note to let his many friends know that he&...
|270 days ago||
Potayto / Potahto .... Vice / Vise - 48 replies
In honour (honor) of the new “Vises of Your Dreams” thread, I would like to clear up a spelling issue that always causes trouble in these kinds of topics. Simply put both spellings are correct to describe the common clamping tool.“Vice” is English and “Vise” is American. This may not be an issue for most of yo...
|341 days ago||
Are comments down? - 61 replies
Is it just me or are the numbers of comments down on LJ’s? It seems to me that not long ago projects that reached the top three usually had thirty plus comments and fifty plus was not uncommon. Now projects frequently make the top three with under ten. I also noted a very good project last week that drew twice as many favourites as it d...
|393 days ago||
pop-up adds - 31 replies
All of a sudden I’m getting the double underlined pop up adds in the text areas of posts and comments etc. ...... when I’m signed in. I’ve always known they were there when you weren’t signed in but I’ve always had them disappear when I signed in. Now I’m signed in and there they are, Worse than that the first...
|411 days ago||
Missing part??? - 12 replies
I was in the shop today trying to design a mod to kiefer’s bandsaw sharpening jig to accommodate variable pitch blades (woodslicer). As is often the case with me I got sidetracked. In this case I decided, while I had the blade off the saw, I would investigate why my tension gauge had never worked.Since new, the gauge’s little red met...
|461 days ago||
Steam Powered Box Factory - 26 replies
This video has popped up a few places recently but I haven’t seen it here yet. It is a great look into the past … (when dogs had short tails).
|462 days ago||
Two new hand made tools... with a spooky connection! - 12 replies
OK here’s the story: About a month ago my friend Klaus (kiefer) posted a lovely little awl that he had made. My comment was: I actually have a use for an awl in my marquetry and I think you have just inspired me to make myself a beautiful one like this and discard my 3” nail with the end ground to a cone.I admire you guys who make th...
|476 days ago||
Another LJ with mail from Denmark - 11 replies
My wife came in with the mail today and I found that I had become the latest LJ to be honored with a gift from our friend Mads in Denmark. Inside the letter I found a fine little wooden stick with a leather strop on one side to keep my knife sharp and the soon to be world famous MAFE mark on the back. Now this Canadian can keep his Swiss army k...
|486 days ago||
Chevalet Clubhouse. - 274 replies
Whereas we now have several chevalets here on Lj’s and whereas we do refer to a “chevalet club” and Whereas we are unlikely to actually have a real meeting,I am proposing that we use this forum thread as an ongoing “virtual meeting” of the said club. There are no rules so far and I’m not about to make any ...
|517 days ago||
Almost Ready to go Home - 44 replies
The Arizona desert isn’t a bad place to spend your winters but when you have salt water in your veins, sooner or later you start to need an ocean. Just to get me thinking of home again, a friend recently sent me this video shot in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. You can call it that … I call it home. It is a little arty,...
|543 days ago||
There are now several lumberjocks who have completed level one at a The American School Of French Marquetry. In one of the level one exercises, each student produces a four-off set of self portraits, one of which is left behind at the school for the “rogue’s gallery”. This is done after only a day or two’s instruction ...