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53 days ago

Hawthorne Trees - 14 replies

A few years ago we planted a Hawthorne tree. Prior to that I had only read about them, usually in novels set in the 19th century. Mention of them was usually couched in nostalgic phrases and they seemed to be much loved, and usually growing in a favored outdoor place around the homes. I can’t remember hearing any mention of them in modern ...

58 days ago

Some fantastic wood carvings - 16 replies

Thought some of you might like this.

110 days ago

More Naughty, er Nautical photos - 16 replies

Went to one of our local hotels for lunch today and they had this figurehead mounted in the lobby. It’s from a Swedish sailing vessel that got wrecked on our coast nearby in 1822 . I thought is was kind of cool, so I took a couple of photos. She has a name ‘Mathilde Christiane’ carved her right side. I guess that was the name ...

112 days ago

Eye Candy for our LJ Sailors - 37 replies

I had to go to Stavanger today to get my eyes checked after the laser surgery. Luckily there were a couple of tall ships tied up to the quay right in front the ophthalmologist’s offices. The first two photos are of a German ship and the third one is Norwegian, the ‘Christian Radick’ with it’s home port in Oslo. It has be...

135 days ago

See some swans coming back to Norway for the spring/summer - 42 replies

My wife and I were driving home from visiting my MIL Sunday and I got this photo of some swans which are returning after winter. The week before there were about a hundred of them in the same field and even though there weren’t so many this last time I though it was worth taking a photo. They are so big they almost look like sheep from a d...

136 days ago

Email Notifications - 20 replies

I’m not getting my LJ email notifications. Am I the only one? Everything is set up ok on my home page for notifications and I sent an email about it to LJ yesterday, but no response yet. Email notifications from all other websites are coming in ok.

221 days ago


Most of my modest knowledge about hand planes comes from the net. The one thing I really don’t get is the correct mouth opening. The experts say that the mouth opening should be set to about the desired thickness of the shaving. I don’t dispute this, but it just doesn’t work for me. For example, I’ve been smoothing som...

412 days ago

Handplane Setup/Use - Do my plans make sense? - 32 replies

NEW PLANES PROMPTED THIS POSTI just took delivery on some relatively good quality planes (Lie Nielsen Chinese Clones), a #4 smoother, a #5 Jack and a #6 foreplane. I thought that these would cover just about all my personal planing needs aside from my block plane. I might not really need the foreplane for the mostly small work that I do, but I c...

412 days ago

Handplane Setup/Use - Do my plans make sense? - 5 replies

THIS POST IS PROMPTED BY MY NEW PLANESI just took delivery on some relatively good quality planes (Lie Nielsen Clones), a #4 smoother, a #5 Jack and a #6 foreplane. I thought that these would cover just about all my personal planing needs aside from my block plane. I might not really need the foreplane for the mostly small work that I do, but I ...

439 days ago

How to build a cheap wooden bridge - 8 replies

It just takes a little patience!

439 days ago

How do I Veneer and adjacent 90deg. edge with the same veneer I used on the face? - 9 replies

I have googled veneering techniques and find that usually an edge tape with natural wood which matches the face veneer is normally used for edges. I would rather use the same veneer to do the edges as I used for the face. This means I won’t have to try buying matching tapes and I will get a better match. I am mainly concerned about getting...

455 days ago

Can Rust Free Machine Screw be Shortened And Still Be Rust Free? - 20 replies

I would sure appreciate some help with this. Thanks.

455 days ago


Many of you probably already know about this archive of old books from around the turn of the 19th century. I have browsed through a bit and found a lot of still very relevant woodworking techniques, tools, benches, wood and ideas. It is a little far between illustrations compared to our modern books, but you might find it worth at least a brow...

511 days ago

The Passing of Woody Grainly, a Woodworker - 18 replies

Woody passed at a relatively young age of 68. His wife of 43 years Bella and his three grown children, a daughter and two sons attended the funeral along with members of his extended family and friends.Pastor Frank held a glowing eulogy praising the work Woody had done helping to restore the old but venerable church interior back to it’s f...

558 days ago


Man: Hi Birchy, I’ve been keeping an eye on you for some time now and I think you have a lot of potential. Tree: Oh, that’s nice. What do you have in mind? Man: Well, I’m thinking that your destiny is indoors, out of all this cold weather and having a more purposeful life. Now that you are almost fully grown I think more responsibilit...

569 days ago

Jeweler's blades for marquetry work? - 16 replies

I know that many folks are using jewelers blades for their marquetry work. I would be interested in knowing the advantages of using these blades compared to regular scroll saw blades. I also wonder what sizes would be appropriate. Any help with this is much appreciated.

676 days ago

A world changing technology - off topic - 12 replies

Couldn’t resist posting this link. Subject is a cardboard bicycle that support a rider weighing 220kg or 485 lbs. and which only costs about $16 to produce. Of course it’s not just about bicycles as the technology could be used to cheaply produce so many useful things.

780 days ago

Garage Workshops - 52 replies

A few years ago I saw a video made by a well know router work expert in California. It looked like his shop was in his garage. The video was taken in front of the open garage door on the driveway where he had his router table set up. It was very noisy. I can imagine that most folks would leave their garage doors open while working during the war...

848 days ago

advice needed on different ways to make tapered plug - 24 replies

WHAT I NEEDSome of you might have seen my blog on making chinese balls. One of the requirements to making these balls is to make a plug for each one of the first 11 main holes to reinforce each one as they are turned. These plugs can be made of any material that can be formed to the correct shape and are rigid and strong enough. However, I prefe...

855 days ago

Sawdust, a problem or a resource? - 38 replies

I was thinking about how much sawdust and shaving are created by LJ members every day, and I was wondering what folks do with it. I also wondered if I’m throwing away a useful resource. I know some use it in the flower beds, but I understand that it ties up the nitrogen in the soil and so is not all that great for that use. What do you do ...

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