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04-26-2013 03:01 PM


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...

02-28-2013 09:48 PM

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...

01-12-2013 07:18 PM


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...

01-02-2013 04:26 PM

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.

09-17-2012 02:12 PM

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.

06-04-2012 08:18 PM

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...

03-29-2012 05:09 PM

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...

03-21-2012 08:28 PM

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 ...

03-13-2012 09:27 PM

Anybody Using Sketchup For Marquetry Design? - 12 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. ...

01-07-2012 06:01 PM

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...

01-04-2012 11:54 PM

An interesting Tree - 8 replies

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

10-29-2010 08:05 PM

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...

07-18-2010 10:26 PM

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...

07-10-2010 07:31 PM

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...

07-07-2010 03:58 PM

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....

07-04-2010 06:11 PM

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...

07-01-2010 04:53 PM

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...

06-27-2010 01:40 PM

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...

06-26-2010 09:16 PM

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...

06-25-2010 12:26 PM

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...

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