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04-30-2018 09:31 PM

Estate Auction - Louisville KY - 0 replies

Thought I would share this with fellow LJ’s who might live in Louisville KY area. There is an online estate auction on with some valuable items as part of several tool groups with names like Robert Sorby and Veritas. Three days left in auction. 3 hour drive for me but still tempting if some groups go for right price.Try this link ...

01-25-2018 07:02 PM

What do you think about this special tool? - 10 replies

The Hope treading jig suggests a relief cut at bottom of the cavity you will cut threads in like this:I had a difficlut time creating the recess with my existing tools. So I took and old skew and ground it to this shape:Ground the cutting face to be like a negative rake tool:Haven’t tried it yet. Before I do I wondered if some fellow LJ wi...

12-28-2017 12:32 AM

2017 Using Wood Awards - 0 replies

Let’s start a thread for 2017 Wood Use Awards. You name the category and make a nominee. Category: Use of Wood on TVNominee: Set of Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

11-17-2017 12:09 AM

MDF for Workbench? - 19 replies

Making a workbench with several layers of MDF for the top (77” x 31”) with a final layer of hardboard. Should the MDF be glued, screwed or both to fasten together? If glued then how much to use (stripes, around border, full coverage, or something in between)? I plan to frame this with an red oak border. Your advise please?

09-08-2017 01:20 PM

Oops - bowl too big for Cole Jaws - 14 replies

I am looking for suggestions. The bowl I have made is too big in diameter to reverse and mount on my cole jaws to remove the waste block and finish the bowl bottom. The segmented bowl of maple and mostly walnut has a inner diameter of 10 1/4” and a height of 8 1/4”. I have a piece of mdf that was used to help as each ring was mounted...

10-20-2016 12:58 AM

Join Team SABLE? - 0 replies

I heard this on NPR this morning in an interview with a car/motorcycle model maker. It fits me and likely many of my fellow Lumberjocks. SABLE – Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy Hello my name is Gene and I am a member of team SABLE :)

10-03-2016 09:35 PM

Michigan Wood Sources? - 5 replies

Spending next week touring that state up north as Buckeye fans refer to Michigan. Does anyone recommend a stop at a lumberyard, wood source or store? Maybe some turning blanks or wood for segmented turning – holly, flame elder, etc. Going from Ohio, up the east coast to Mackinac, Sault St Marie, Western UP, Traverse City, Frankenmuth.

09-02-2015 11:45 PM

13.25" on DW735 planer - 2 replies

It looks like one could put a carrier board below a 13.25” wide board on a Dewalt DW735 planer and shift the board left and right with multiple passes to plane the board similar to how some joint boards wider than their jointer. Is it possible? Is it safe?

06-12-2015 12:36 AM

Smoking drill - 11 replies

A XRP 18v Dewalt hammer drill 4-5 years old that I haven’t used for a couple of months had smoke coming out of the rear vents when it was used in to drill a couple of 1/4” holes in 5/5” particle board. Other than smoke it seems to sound and run OK. Any suggestions?

04-02-2015 03:33 AM

Seeking LJ's with Essential Tremors - 27 replies

I have an essential tremor. The Mayo Clinic says “Essential tremor is a nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) that causes a rhythmic shaking. Essential tremor can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you try to do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass, tyin...

03-07-2015 02:44 AM

Can this be saved? - 11 replies

Maybe a better question is should I try to save it? I roughed out 2 bowls from ash this summer and left them in paper bags to dry. When final turning the first one, as I was cleaning up the outside after bringing both inside and outside back to round and getting inside to the point of sanding, I got a catch that blew it up and broke the bowl int...

02-05-2015 01:48 AM

Repair Help Requested - 19 replies

This chair has one spindle out of place. I have tried to spring it back in place with no success. Can you suggest a solution?

06-27-2014 01:59 AM

Venting a basement shop - 5 replies

I’m looking for suggestions on venting my basement shop when applying finishes or using some solvents. The shop is about 14’ x 26’ with 3 1’ x 3’ windows.

12-12-2013 02:58 AM

suspected headstock alignment with bed problem - 12 replies

Advise please – When I turn between centers there seems to be some misalignment between the headstock and bed rails. The headstock has been aligned with Recently as I turned 16 cherry 8” spindles 3/4” stock, first marked marked the center on one end then mounted the spindle on the lathe with other end in a chuck and the marked ...

11-06-2013 01:50 AM

Artistry in Wood 2013 - 2 replies

Just a reminder to those who will be near Dayton, Ohio this weekend of the Dayton Carvers Guilds 32nd Annual Artistry in Wood on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10 at the Airport Expo Center, Dayton OH3900 McCauley Dr, Vandalia Ohio. Last year was my introduction to this event. I was in total awe at the wonderful items on exhibit and of...

09-12-2013 11:13 PM

top turning question - 2 replies

It seems to me that a wood top design that concentrates the mass near the rim of a disk like the flywheel on the old hit and miss engines or early John Deere tractors would maximize spin time. A lot of wood tops I have seen have bulb shapes not discs. Anyone have knowledge or experience on this topic?

01-29-2013 03:44 AM

Setting tool bars in handles - 3 replies

I have turned 4 maple handles for 1/2” bars. Using the mortising attachment for my drill press, I’ve created 3” mortises for the bars. The bars slide in to the mortises with little free play. My question is what is a good method to epoxy the bars in place? My fear is if I place epoxy in the hole that the bars will push a...

11-08-2012 05:06 AM

What to make? - 12 replies

I have three grandson’s 6, 7, 8 yr. old. I’m thinking that a great Christmas gift might be some type of partially completed project for them to complete with their non-woodworker dads over the holidays. Something where most of the initial sizing and surfacing of wood components is near complete. The project might require sanding, as...

05-05-2012 02:15 AM

How to slice for turning? - 3 replies

I want to use this piece of maple to make some turnings. Maybe a platter/tray and or a bowl. The piece is 16” tall and diameter is 6” at smallest. Can you suggest the cuts to make on the band saw prior to mounting on the lathe?

05-02-2012 04:33 AM

Why end grain butcher blocks? - 19 replies

I have some guesses but would like to know why most butchers blocks are made so surface is end grain?

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