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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. ...

01-30-2017 04:15 PM

How to make this joint.... Biscuits to help with allignment? - 32 replies

I decided to use a mitered corner joint to connect the end panel style to the front panel style on this hope chest build. I originally planned on using a lock-miter bit joint, but later bailed on that idea, as I couldn’t find any examples of lock-miter joints on long edges (21” in my case). So my plan is to just rip cut the l...

01-18-2017 12:45 AM

I screwed up big time... now how to fix this. - 6 replies

The Amana AGM raised panel set I’m using has a back cutter and came set up with a large bearing. Everything turned out great, but I did think that the depth of the Ogee wasn’t quite what I thought it should be and the panels don’t drop into the styles very far. The instructions that came with the set seemed gr...

01-12-2017 03:24 AM

How to sand end grain on raised panels - 10 replies

I just finished routing my first ever raised panels with an Ogee profile. Now I’m wondering how to sand the end grain on the Ogee section. I’m afraid that if I hand sand across the grain, it will still scratch, even though it’s end grain. Any recommendations? (Note: the long edges are actually straight, but the ...

12-19-2016 04:20 PM

Any one find use for a Multi-tool in their shop? - 27 replies

I have a finish carpenter friend who said that he held out and didn’t buy a multi-tool for a long time, but once getting one, he finds uses for it all the time. Aside from detail sanding (and I’m not sure if multi-tools make good detail sanders or not) I’m not sure that I can think of any uses for a multi-tool in a woods...

05-02-2016 03:35 PM

Right handed woodworker using a left handed bench. - 10 replies

I re-furbished an old industrial bench years ago and added a pair of vises in the normal orientation for a right handed woodworker…. accept the face vice could not be mounted all the way to the left end of the top, due to interference with the metal legs. I’m getting my stock prepped to build an additional bench soon and am starti...

05-01-2016 09:18 PM

Cabinet Maker's Vise - 7 replies

I purchased this vise from Grizzly some time ago and am just now getting my plans organized to put it to use. It’s quite a massive piece of hardware with a 1-3/16” screw and seems quite well constructed. But now I’m wondering about the design and its intended orientation for use. My question is driven by wondering why ...

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