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07-09-2014 03:31 AM

Question on lathe tail stock quill - 6 replies

I was using my lathe as a horizontal boring machine to make a 3/4” hole. I need it to be about 5” deep, so after I ran the bit in the entire travel of the quill, I added a bit extension. I can no longer get the quill to advance, the threaded center attached to the hand wheel just backs out of the tail stock body. I know I must have...

05-10-2014 09:04 PM

Question on lighting for a cabinet unit - 9 replies

I am building a wall mounted unit for my daughter and her husband. It has two single cabinets about 17” wide and 30” tall with glass doors, connected by 2 shelves, on at the very top and one about 16” below that. I will be building brackets for them to hang their wine glasses upside down from these shelves. I thought it woul...

02-17-2014 02:52 AM

Problem with Hitachi 18 ga. brad nailer - 1 reply

About a year ago my cheap small compressor from workshop tools bit the dust. Hitachi was running a great sale, and I got their small compressor, and 18 ga, staple bun, and 18 ga. brad nailer, and a 23 ga. pin nailer. I loved them, and they were working flawlessly. The other day, i went to use the 18 ga. nailer. It sounds like it’s wo...

02-06-2013 03:30 AM

Advice on how to do inlay - 2 replies

So I’m officially addicted to turning. I’ve been making pens, bottle stoppers, duck calls, razor handles, etc. Now I’ve gotten into goblets and bowls. I’ve had several bowls that came out nicely, and then days or weeks later developed some cracks. I want to repair some of them, I’ve seen repaired bowls that look...

01-12-2013 05:03 AM

Help! My bowls are cracking - 5 replies

So I;ve been turning, but just pens and bottle stoppers, and making square sticks round. Got some nice wood (logs) from a friend, and decided to start trying bowls. First one in cherry turned out great. The blank was from the end of a log, about 5 inch diameter. The second one turned well, but cracked some on the bottom. The third one was h...

12-30-2012 03:24 AM

How to put a Drill chuck in tail stock - 4 replies

I have a used Jet 1236 lathe, and have really gotten the bug. I’ve made a bout 50 pens, and half that many wine bottle stoppers, and recently a few duck calls. I got my first Nova chuck, and plan to try my hand at bowls very soon, as I was given a lot of raw wood (logs) recently in cherry and some other nice woods. I would also eventu...

12-16-2012 01:54 AM

Turning finishing question - 5 replies

I have made several dozen pens now, and about 18 wine bottle stoppers. So far, I have used Shellawax only, except 1 purpleheart pen where I tried spray on lacquer. My question is, what other finishes should I be trying? I see ads for HUT wax, and I see a lot about CA finishing, but that seems like a lo more work, is it really better? Just lo...

12-01-2012 03:08 AM

Need some help on a mistake. - 17 replies

I made a box for my niece for her wedding. It is about 14” wide, 8” deep, and 5 1/2” high. It is a simple mitered box, made with walnut. Mitered corners with oak dovetail splines. It has a solid raised panel top. I wrapped the grain, and built the whole thing as one piece, and then cut the lid off, so the grain would flow p...

08-31-2012 01:13 AM

Drill Press question - 20 replies

I have a 14” Delta floor model drill press, and I’m having a recurring problem that seems to be getting worse. The chuck connects into the machine with what appears to be a morse taper. Periodically the chuck will drop out of the opening. It basically happens when the bit is biting into the wood. It seemed to start when I was mak...

08-15-2011 06:57 PM

I can get some "Free" Pecan. - 12 replies

A cousin of mi wife’s recently took down a very old pecan tree on his property. The main party of the trunk is about 28” across and 7+ ft long. there is also a 14 ft long piece that tapers from 28 ” to about 12”, and a 3 piece 10’ long, 17” on the fat end that flattens to 12×18 on the “skinny”...

02-26-2011 06:40 AM

Tool Gloat? Questions - 1 reply

I stopped by an auction for an estate sale. the guy had a huge shop with gads of OLD tools in it. Mostly power tools from the 1950’s and 60’s, mostly stuff I already had. I did put a few bids in on some and tools, and I got this Stanley no. 5 plane for $20. It looks like it is decent shape, some corrosion on the side. ...

08-20-2010 01:13 AM

Jointer advice - 12 replies

Fellow LJ’s, I’m thinking of buying a jointer to straighten some boards I have that are only finished on 2 sides, and some have some bow in them. I did my last project with this lumber, and got it straight using my tablesaw, but it was time consuming and left some burn marks on the wood that needed sanded. A jointer seems like a pe...


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