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12-13-2012 02:51 PM

We all know Lumberjocks is a great resource for finding out how other people do things, some of which you won’t find in any book or magazine.
If there’s just one thing you learnt to do this year from visiting LJ’s, what was it?

I always struggled with putting in threaded inserts until someone had a query. The venerable a1Jim came up with the goods – use the drill press to hold the rod and insert and wind it into the piece. It’s so simple but it works so well, because the insert can’t go off perpendicular.

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 03:05 PM

I learned that I could go back to work (a job as production mgr.), and not be impatient with those on my team that don’t wanna try a different way to do their WWing job.
Then I go home and scream at my drill press. It is tall and skinny like some guys in the plant.


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#2 posted 12-13-2012 03:33 PM

I learned to make a mallet. I learned even more about sawblades from KnotScott. I learned oodles about humidor construction from a plethora of talented people (and mine is almost done).

-- jay,

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 03:41 PM

Learned how to make wooden hinges from shipwright. Now to just get up the courage to inset them.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 03:48 PM

Just one thing? That is really hard, but I’d say that the biggest learning experience was about Greene and Greene furniture thanks primarily to Darrell Peart’s posts and the work of other LJs copying and experimenting with that style. From there the list goes on . . .

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 05:54 PM

I learned that sharpening chisels wasn’t such a big deal from Paul Sellers.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 06:03 PM

learned its a lot to learn, being a loner by nature ,learned many has helped on this journey of this craft with encouragement and learned sometimes just a good word to makes this journey a little easer to travel

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 09:32 PM

Amen, Eddie.

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 12:39 AM

I learned that slipping while using a chisel and sending said chisel into the side of your index finger hurts like heck.

Also learned that same night the importance of keeping a first aid kit and a phone with me in the shop.

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#9 posted 12-14-2012 12:49 AM

That can happen Pendle.
I have 1 1/4 scar on my left index finger from an 1 1/4 chisel.
Good tip on the first aid kit and the phone.

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#10 posted 12-14-2012 12:49 AM

I learned that there are many different people on this site with unique and varied thought processes and values.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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#11 posted 12-14-2012 01:23 AM

I also learned the threaded insert trick from Jim and got to put it to real good use. Also learned how to easily make zigzag cutting boards from mafe I believe; other then that I continue to relearn that I have a long way to go.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#12 posted 12-14-2012 01:31 AM

I became addicted to handplanes
addicted to mallets
addicted to wood
addicted to tools
addict to lumberjocks.

-- Joel

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#13 posted 12-14-2012 01:44 AM

I learned that a person can be completely incompetent in their job performance, absolutely have no clue as to what makes business work and people to be prosperous and happy, and to have all of this completely documented and still this person can go on talk shows and tell lies about their opponents and whoop it up with the big time entertainers and totally ignore their responsibilities and failures and they get to keep their job.

Just proves what my momma told me years ago and I with my IQ of over 150 was just too stupid to understand; It aint WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know..

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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#14 posted 12-14-2012 01:51 AM

I was thinking more along the lines of technique, finishing or safety tips, Crank. Like Paul Sellers sharpening or wooden hinges.

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#15 posted 12-14-2012 02:24 AM

I learned that there’s always something to be learned.

-- Custom furniture

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