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12-21-2018 06:13 PM

Gift Packaging for Pens - 3 replies

I came across some nice looking and inexpensive jewelry gift boxes for necklaces that work out very nicely for pens, so I thought I’d share… Got them on AmazonThey have a nice foam backer, elastic and a little wire loop at the bottom, which I pried open to fit the tip of the pen. I turned 15 pens to give as Christmas presen...

10-19-2018 06:05 PM

Modifying a Corian kitchen counter top - 5 replies

I have a Corian counter top on 30” deep base cabs in my kitchen, so I have a slide-in gas stove/oven (i.e. no back panel like a free standing oven and not quite as deep). The oven is 22 years old and recently crapped the bed. When we estimated the cost of repair, we decided that it didn’t owe us anything and it didn’t make ...

08-20-2018 01:22 PM

How to move a really heavy machine - 2 replies

I thought some of you LJs might get a kick out of this. We purchased a new die press for our foam fab shop at work. It’s an Italian made 220 ton hydraulic, retracting head beam press that weighs 22,000 lbs. We had just one problem. Our largest fork truck can only lift 9,000 lbs. So we looked into leasing a larger fork truck to make t...

08-12-2018 09:26 PM

Best place to get "quality" pen kits - 8 replies

I’ve been dabbling in pen turning and so far have turned… Slimline (7mm tube, Pioneer (7mm tube with 10 mm belly)Manhattan/Wall Street/Gatsby (27/64” tube one piece) and my market research team (wife and kids) as picked the Slimline as their favorite…. I’ve purchased pen kits from Rockler, Woodcraft and Pea...

05-02-2018 07:51 PM

Spoil Board Surfacing Bit - 5 replies

Just got our new spoil board leveling bit in. The one we have set up for the other router is from Whiteside and has two carbide inserts in the vertical orientation. There are a whole lot more options available today than when I sourced that bit years ago and this one from Amana looked very promising (and cost quite a bit less). It is 2.5...

05-01-2018 05:31 PM

HSK tooling for our new CNC router - 8 replies

Thought I’d share what one of the tools for the new router looks like… >3/4” dia., 3” LOC solid carbide high helix cutter by Onsrud>ER40 collet>HSK 63F style tool holder (German made) This setup cost us ~$300

04-04-2018 01:15 PM

Bowl blanks - 6 replies

So call me a sucker… but while making a “quick” run to Woodcraft to get a wine bottle stopper kit, I perused the turning blanks and was smitten by a 6×6x3 Marlblewood bowel blank, thinking it would make a very nice candy bowel for the Mrs. As is typical for Woodcraft, the blank is covered by wax…. So never havi...

03-04-2018 11:14 PM

Setting knives on a PM 15 planer - 11 replies

Hey gang, I recently scored a smoking deal on a Powermatic 15 planer and managed to rig it down my bulkhead and into my basement shop yesterday. As part of the extensive clean up (this machine was pulled out of use and put into a leaky storage trailer last summer) I pulled the chip breaker and knives, and then decided to flip the knives and ...

12-27-2017 03:31 PM

Software primer - 8 replies

This may have been done previously, but there are a lot of LJs getting bit buy the hobby laser bug, so I thought it might be helpful to provide a primer on the different software aspects to CNC machines. 1. create image: Artistic images are often done by the artistic crowd with a graphics program like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator, while t...

12-22-2017 06:10 PM

Fastening pre-stained pine boards together - 2 replies

Getting ready to assemble a pallet style platform bed out of 1x EWP. Boards have been sanded, sealed and stained x2 on top face and all edges with water borne stain from General. No protective coating has been applied yet, as my plan is to spray with polyacrylic after assembly. My plan was to glue the deck boards to the stringers (1×6 ...

11-13-2017 10:36 AM

Shop vac tip - 24 replies

I’ve been using the same old shop vac with an accessory HEPA filter (or at least that’s what they call it) for close to 15 years, and aside from replacing a switch, it’s always done just what it’s supposed to do?...sucked! I hook it up to both my belt sander and ROS, and though it’s no Festool dust extractor, it...

09-13-2017 10:46 PM

General Finishes Waterborne Stains - 7 replies

Can anyone please tell me if these two are the same? The guy at the store tells me that it’s just new label artwork, but the new can makes no mention of being EF, where the old one seems to highlight it as being a distinctive feature.

09-08-2017 08:12 PM

Hurricane Harvey effect on wood prices - 32 replies

This is becoming a predictable pattern, as where I work, we saw the same thing after Katrina and Andrew…. The huge volume of plywood shipped into TX and FL to board everything up and the predicted multi-year effect of the demand for lumber products to re-build are rapidly driving up prices. Where I work, we consume a tractor-trailer ...

08-02-2017 01:24 AM

Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning - 25 replies

I’ve turned a couple small wood and plastic projects on my metal working lathe using metal cutting tools mounted in the quick release tool holders, but this restricts you to straight line cuts. So I purchased a set of lathe chisels from PSI and set about to make a tool rest to use with the lathe. Here’s what I came up with…...

07-16-2017 04:27 PM

Harbor Freight HVLP gun full of goop - 4 replies

I purchased the Harbor Freight HVLP spray gun a couple years back when it was on sale for $12 (the magenta colored one). I opened the box to make sure everything looked in order and then put it in a drawer until today. I’m going to try spraying some alcohol based die with the thing, and after reviewing some Youtube videos, I decided I ...

07-13-2017 07:33 PM

Solar Lux on Poplar - 9 replies

Hi all, I’m building a Blue Tooth speaker (budget build for shop tunes)... And I need some advise on finishing Poplar, which I’ve been warned is prone to blotching . Also, since this project is being done on the cheap, I’d like to bias my decision towards using what I have.-> I have a jug of Behlan Solar Lux medium ...

06-09-2017 03:24 AM

Stanley #4 meets the machine shop - 15 replies

I bought this plane on Fleebay years back and it has always been a source of frustration as the sole is pretty far from flat. I attempted to flatten the sole on a granite surface plate with sand paper. But after an hour of elbow grease I realized that the sole needed two much metal to be removed to fart around this way. I work with a 70 year...

05-13-2017 11:00 PM

Playing with precision - 26 replies

As a bonifide engineering geek, I’m always itching to measure something and over the years I have acquired some decent tools to do so. I understand that much of this is overkill for most woodworking and I fully subscribe to the “don’t measure with a micrometer what you cut with a chainsaw” philosophy. But when it comes ...

05-01-2017 02:02 PM

Best way to attach leather to a vise chop? - 11 replies

I’ve undertaken a workbench upgrade to replace my cheesy end vise (that’s not really and end vise) with one of these puppies….using 20” x 7” x 2” hard maple for the end block and the chop. I have leather to face these blocks with, but am unsure what to use to laminate it to the maple. Any recommendations w...

02-18-2017 07:08 PM

Thomas Moser show room visit - 24 replies

Howdy LJs… My wife and I are in Bean Town for a few days and when we saw the Thomas Moser show room was close by, we dropped in for a peak, I mean a drool… Or was it an inquiry. For. Those not familiar with TM, they do very high end furniture up in Maine, primarily using Cherry, but has branched out into Walnut and maple as well. ...

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