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881 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...

889 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 ...

897 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. ...

963 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...

966 days ago

An interesting Tree - 8 replies

Just saw this on a British news site and I thought you might like it.

1398 days ago

What is an acceptable thickness variation for bandsawn resaws? - 19 replies

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...

1501 days ago

A trip to the mountains in Norway - 32 replies

Hi everybody. The wife and I took a little trip to the mountains last Wednesday that I’d like to share with you. I’ll try to describe what you are seeing as I go, but the main trip begins in Kleppe which is about 25 minutes south of Stavanger in case you want to check it out on Google Earth. On our trip we passed through Aalgaard, Ol...

1509 days ago

Anybody have a good wall shelf storage for air nailers? - 29 replies

I have 3 pneumatic nailers and a gun for car lug nuts that I want to store in a wall shelf. It’s not that hard to come up with something myself, but I can’t see any reason to reinvent the wheel if someone else already has a good design for one that they have found to be good in actual use. I do remember seeing one some time ago on LJ...

1512 days ago

Any thoughts on using Titebond lll for bent laminations? - 25 replies

I would like to try some bent lamination work, but I want to keep life simple for the time being, so I wonder how wellTitebond lll would suit the purpose. I am aware that there are different alternatives such as epoxy and other types of ‘mix’ glues, but I’m not sure if they can be purchased here in small affordable quantities....

1515 days ago

Attention All you Computer Geeks - 14 replies

Maybe I should have said all you guys who are smarter than me, but I wanted to narrow the field down to computers only. I need your help to solve a small problem for mankind, but a big irritating one for me. Your guidance would be humbly appreciated and never forgotten, by me at least. When I am surfing the projects listed after an LJ sear...

1518 days ago

Bandsaw Veneers - Outboard or Inboard Cut? - 11 replies

I have done a bit or resawing on my 12” bandsaw for a number of years, but I have just purchased a new 18” bandsaw which I plan to use a lot for resawing and sawing my own veneers. Which way do you do it, and why do you like that way best? I have watched some videos and seen both methods used. One obvious advantage to cutting the ven...

1523 days ago

Are Woodfast Bandsaws Good? - 8 replies

My local woody store has a special price on a Woodfast MBS500 with an 11” height cutting capacity. I haven’t been in to see it yet, but I wondered if anyone was familiar with this saw or has one. I would like to know if it’s a good quality. I’m a little worried because it’s 2/3 the price of other saws like Record fo...

1523 days ago

Safety Concerns.........or not - 8 replies

I was reading an article recently about tablesaw safety. I do take safety seriously in my shop, but for some reason the article got me to thinking about an experience I had as a kid. One day when I was 8 years old a totally black kitten followed me home. My brother aptly named it Jinx, and it certainly turned out to be a jinx for him. My moth...

1525 days ago

Stavanger Cathedral - 4 replies

This a picture of Stavanger Cathedral which is about 20 minutes from where we live. It was originally built in 1125 and then rebuilt after a fire in 1275. I ran across this picture locally and thought it was an exceptional photo of a really old church and so I though some might find it interesting. The interior is also very nice with a lot of w...

1528 days ago

A Short Trip Down the SW Coast of Norway - 34 replies

My wife and I took a 1 hour drive down the coast today from where we live in Kleppe (Stavanger area) south down to Egersund, which is still a very busy seaport and in fact is the largest in Norway in terms of fish hauls landed in their harbor. I’ve found a few interesting historical facts about the city which I will include above the photo...

1658 days ago

Do we really want to become good at woodworking? - 33 replies

I used to be a risk taker and made my own decisions, but now if I’m in doubt I just post the question on an LJ forum and at least several experts have the right answer(s) for me, just like that! Am I becoming a woodworking machine programmed by others? On top of that the membership is composed of people from so many trades and professions...

1667 days ago

What is good for plugging holes in Acrlyic plating? - 19 replies

I bought a new router and had to drill new holes in my router table mounting plate which is 3/8” acrylic plating. I would like to plug the old screw holes for the old router. Can anyone advise me what would be a good filler? I have thought of expoxy, but I heard it doesn’t adhere too good to plastic. I am also considering Polyurethan...

1670 days ago

Trend routers - 6 replies

Does anyone know anything about Trend routers? I’ve been offered a sale price on Trend’s 2000W T11 router. The store I buy from here normally sells good quality products, but I don’t really know anything about Trend.

1710 days ago

Help! It's Christmas again. What to buy the Wife? - 25 replies

I know it’s pretty late to come with this, but I am desperate. Once again (the 44th time actually) I still haven’t purchased my wife’s Christmas present. The fact is, I haven’t got a clue what to get her. We just bought her a lot of new clothes, but she more than deserves them and it won’t be a gift. Besides, joggin...

1714 days ago

Guilty conscience - 12 replies

There are so many really good projects being posted that deserve recognition that I feel guilty when I don’t comment on them. The problem is that there are so many of them, I just can’t seem to keep up anymore. I’ve been just trying to keep up with my buddies posts, and that’s about as far as I get. I am getting a quick l...

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