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01-31-2012 01:24 AM

Bowl turners - to chuck or not to chuck? - 19 replies

Hi guys. skone (Ted) here. I have finally had a chance this winter to use the lathe (my first) that I got of craigslist last summer. It’s an old Craftsman tube style 15” swing. I have made one very—and i mean very—small bowl from scrap butternut, so far. All I have is a face plate for this type thing. To put it plainly...

10-10-2011 03:19 AM

Ghosts in the Workbench - 3 replies

Okay not really. But it does have a history. First off, I live in a 1930’s “kit” home in Vermont. You know the type – modular. Layouts were in catalogues, etc. If you visit my “shop” here on LJ’s you’ll catch a picture of one of my two working surfaces in my basement shop. The one I’m t...

09-09-2011 03:24 AM

What type container do you keep your homemade finish in? - 9 replies

Hello, all. What type container do you keep your homemade finish in? For me, hearing you weigh in serves two purposes: 1. Safety – let’s not blow up the house.2. Creativity – sharing ideas on nifty containers might be interesting. Who knows George Frank? Awesome guy, RIP. Look up his book, Adventures in Finishing if...

08-18-2011 02:57 AM

And again... 12v or 18v Drill? - 29 replies

Guys, I know it’s not a new question, but the threads I’ve found addressing the topic are a little on the old side. I’m retiring a 12v Craftsman that spins out of round. I’m trying to choose between the 12v Bosch Lithium and the 18v Porter Cable Tradesman Lithium. This would be my main drill. (I do have a corded one...

07-16-2011 01:44 AM

Attn: turners...Tool gloat? - 3 replies

Tool gloat? Nah. But I do think I got a great deal. I won’t gloat because a.) I’m too much of a nube with this particular tool to gloat over it, and b.) The guy who sold it to me was incredibly nice and knew very well that he was giving me a great deal. Or at least this is how I imagine everything. You guys tell me. Craigslist ...

05-11-2011 02:27 PM

Want a "commissioned" project in the NYC tri-state area? - 2 replies

Hey, everyone. I live in Vermont. I have a friend who works in the Bronx and lives in Manhattan. She is interested in having someone build her a prayer kneeler. She came to me and I suggested she keep it local to where she is to avoid the cost and concerns re: shipping. Any of you Lumberjocks interested? She’s extremely nice and I think...

04-17-2011 05:53 PM

Check out this guys eyeglass frames... - 7 replies

Ted, here. I guess I’m giving this guy a free promo, eh? Anyway, I tripped across his site this morning and just couldn’t let it go without sharing it. Handmade wood eyeglass frames: Enjoy.

03-27-2011 08:19 PM

Will a drill press make a difference? - 23 replies

Hey everyone. I am working on a project with moving parts. 3/4” dowels move within 3/4” forstner bored holes. Just like the axle on a car. It operates a lid of sorts. Function is a no brainer. It’s simple. It’s accuracy that is killing me. I mark my centers with a punch through a template. That works fine. But st...

02-14-2011 07:22 PM

Buying my first ROUTER - your 2¢ - 23 replies

hi guys. first i want to say how thankful i am for this community we have here. some may use it more than i do, but it has indeed become my first place to turn for help, advice, inspiration, entertainment, etc. re: wood. that said, i’m looking for 2¢. you can paypal me 2¢ at, memo: new router. just kidding. with the exc...

02-02-2011 08:18 PM

For Sale: 1950's Delta Homecraft 16" Scroll Saw - 1 reply

For sale: My 16” Scroll Saw. It is a Homecraft from the early 1950’s. I bought this saw from my local Elk’s club about five years ago. I posted it for sale on Ebay a couple days ago for Vermont only bidders. There’s really no reason I should not be giving fellow LJ’s a fair shot if it’s something they’re...

01-08-2011 02:52 AM

"Vise Assembly" on the Miter Saw? - 12 replies

Greetings, all. I’ve got a number of saws. Never had a miter saw, though — until today. Today is my bday and believe it or not, craigslist came through for me with a very nice Hitachi C10FCE2 10” Compound Miter Saw. $50. Isn’t that something? Today’s buy was great for a number of reasons. Price (!!! wouldn’t you agr...

11-22-2010 03:32 PM

"Pound-a-peg" or "Pounding Bench" Toy - 10 replies

Greetings. I plan on giving my young son a “Pound-a-peg” or “Pounding Bench” toy this Christmas. You know – hammer the pegs through the holes, flip over the ‘bench’, repeat. It seems simple enough that many of us would draw up our own plan or “wing it”. I did a search on plans however, and wh...

09-30-2010 12:01 AM

Getting a career started in Vermont - 3 replies

Greetings, everybody. ‘therookie’ recently posted in the forum regarding his interest beginning to sell his products and/or services. I’m in a similar situation: wondering how to get started. I want an apprenticeship in wood. I want to work for / work under someone I can learn from. I’m open to any niches – from fra...

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