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|15 hours ago||
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...
|1 day ago||
Email Notifications - 15 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.
|85 days ago||
HAND PLANE THROAT OPENING - 44 replies
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...
|277 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...
|277 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 ...
|303 days ago||
How to build a cheap wooden bridge - 8 replies
It just takes a little patience! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323364/What-health-safety-say-The-amazing-Indonesian-root-tree-bridge-took-26-years-build--local-folklore-believed-makes-dreams-reality-swim-beneath-it.html
|304 days ago||
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...
|319 days ago||
I would sure appreciate some help with this. Thanks.
|319 days ago||
FREE ARCHIVE OF OLD WOODWOORKING BOOKS IN PDF FORMAT - 12 replies
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...
|376 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...
|423 days ago||
CONVERSATION WITH A TREE - 23 replies
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...
|433 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.
|540 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. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2204449/The-1...
|645 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...
|712 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...
|720 days ago||
Sawdust, a problem or a resource? - 29 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 ...
|728 days ago||
Anybody Using Sketchup For Marquetry Design? - 9 replies
I want to try doing some marquetry work. My drawing skills aren’t too good so I thought I might be able to use Sketchup to help design my projects. I have two basic questions: 1. What is the best way to create line drawings from photos imported from Sketchup?I have already tried this as you can see from the before and after pics below. ...
|794 days ago||
Need help with writing text - 18 replies
There have obviously been some changes to the text program while I was away. For example, when I am writing some comments to a post (mine or other’s) and I have scrolled down to the point where my first lines are invisible to continue writing , and then I want to go back to the first lines to make a correction or change something, every ti...
|797 days ago||
An interesting Tree - 8 replies
Just saw this on a British news site and I thought you might like it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082104/Carving-niche-Artist-uses-chainsaw-create-tree-masterpieces.html
|1229 days ago||
I haven’t done a lot of resawing in the past, but with my new bandsaw I am now doing some and planning a lot more. Today I resawed some pieces and then I measured the thickness along both edges. I then calculated the difference between the thickest measurement and the thinnest measurement, which was 0.016 of inch. Common sense tells me tha...