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11-14-2014 09:17 PM

Anybody tried the $60 HF drill press - 36 replies

I need a small, cheap drill press for square drilling of veneer packets. The only reason that I haven’t bought one of these HF ones before is that the chuck is less than a precision grind and I need to grip #74 drill bits. I just ordered some carbide bits that have 1/8” shanks so that problem should be gone. I’m just wondering ...

10-15-2014 12:23 AM

Gotta love hot hide glue, a small shop mishap - 12 replies

I had a little glue spill today …... on my workbench top. Back in my epoxy days this would have been a major catastrophe if it had been mixed up and worse if it wasn’t, and expensive too. Even with pva glue it would have been a messy cleanup with an unlikely material recovery prognosis. ...but with HHG, I just waited for it to coo...

10-01-2014 02:51 AM

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10-01-2014 02:49 AM

Anyone else lost their watchlist? - 13 replies

Just checked my watchlist and it’s empty. It is set for 30 days and should have around ten items.?

08-30-2014 07:18 PM

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, anyone going? - 11 replies

I will be in the Festival this year (Sept. 5,6,7) with Friendship and would love to chat with any other LJ’s in the area that might be taking in the show. Friendship shouldn’t be hard to find and I’ll be aboard most of the time.I hope to see some of you there. Lots of beautiful boats to see.

06-10-2014 07:52 PM

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...

04-08-2014 01:28 PM

Let's See Your Arty Woodworking Photos - 86 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

03-31-2014 11:44 PM

Sideways photos - 51 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...

03-24-2014 12:54 AM

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...

03-03-2014 09:58 PM

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...

01-26-2014 06:37 PM

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...

01-20-2014 11:06 PM

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 ….....

01-04-2014 02:59 PM

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...

01-03-2014 10:23 PM

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...

12-31-2013 04:29 AM

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&...

11-24-2013 04:15 PM

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...

09-14-2013 04:00 PM

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...

07-25-2013 04:59 AM

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...

07-06-2013 11:01 PM

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...

05-17-2013 03:33 PM

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).

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