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04-30-2015 12:54 PM

Finishing Suggestions - 9 replies

Hi all, I am currently doing some large batches of wood that I have run through a tumbler. It’s all really small – think earrings, necklaces, that kind of stuff. Right now I am finishing them by laying them flat, spraying with lacquer, waiting, turning them, lacquer, etc. This is rather time consuming (Though I can do 100-200 at a...

07-02-2014 01:23 PM

Craftsman Radial Armsaw With Stand - 12 replies

I actually have two of these, one is slightly older than the other. Comes with stand, is in good working condition. They are both 10”. I need to get rid of them because they do not have enough “safety features” to be appropriate for a shared workspace with kids who are not familiar with these awesome old school saws. I’...

05-15-2014 03:04 PM

Tung Oil Help - 18 replies

I have a customer that wants me to make his item with a tung oil finish. I’ve been messing around with it a little bit and I’m wondering if you can give me any suggestions.. What should I expect out of the finish? So far I’m kind of underwhelmed. I buffed it in like the label said, and it looks nice but then 12 hours later it l...

05-09-2014 02:30 PM

Pen Blanks / Small Turning Blanks - Lots to get rid of - 11 replies

Hey all, I am cleaning up my wood supply and I have a LOT of cut offs that are perfect for pen blanks or other small turning projects. A huge assortment of woods, mostly in the realm of maple, walnut, cherry, ipé, mahogany. May include other types too. I would rather it get used than burned or tossed in the trash so I am willing to ship so...

12-30-2012 12:52 AM

Tamboti - 3 replies

I recently worked on Tamboti for the first time and I am having some minor issues with it… it’s turning green on me. One piece is entirely the darker part of the wood so the green is very subtle, but the other piece has mostly the lighter portion of it and it’s a very, very obvious green. It looks kind of like I put it in a bat...

12-17-2012 03:17 PM

Bark Edge - Help? - 17 replies

I have been asked to make some ornaments from logs – it will basically just a slice of log, with a hole for the ribbon (and some engraving but that’s not important to the question). The customer is very insistent that the pieces have the full bark around the edge… they will be able 2-3” dia. How do I keep the bark in-t...

07-30-2012 09:31 PM

Picture Rail - 35 replies

I am going to be installing some picture rail in a house—a fair amount of it, let’s say six rooms. I’ve looked up the picture rail online and it is fairly expensive—average price I found was $15/8’ length… and it is SPF. I would prefer a hardwood, maybe even a kind of cool looking hardwood… Having tro...

07-22-2012 04:16 AM

Bed lumber - 17 replies

I am planning on building another bed… I made the one that I sleep on every night now, but it is made mostly of dimensional lumber. I have decided it is time to move up a little and I have my heart set on some hardwood. (Tigerwood, specifically) What I am wondering about is the thickness of the main components. I’m having some tro...

06-29-2012 01:12 AM

Carving Green Lumber - 9 replies

I am doing some CNC carvings on green lumber. It was a living tree less than two months ago. I am not concerned about cracking or checking or any of that—for what I’m doing, any of this will simply be “features”. What I AM wondering is about the tooling, feeds and speeds. Any of you that use a CNC ever run green lum...

06-26-2012 05:31 PM

Cutting Board Table - 45 replies

I am working a project that will require me to make a ”’butcher block” style table that will be roughly 100 inches by 50 inches. It’s going to be out of hard maple (what else) and roughly 5” thick. What I need advice on is—should this get a layer of plywood on the bottom for stability or should it be okay ...

06-25-2012 09:02 PM

Cork - 3 replies

I have a bunch of sheets of cork – about an inch thick (maybe a little thicker) in varying sizes from little pieces up to 12×18”, or so. Maybe a little bigger. I have no particular need/want for these. Anybody interested? Not sure what this kind of thing goes for but I will sell it cheap .. :) Nice thing is shipping on this w...

06-25-2012 03:02 PM

EEE tips - 6 replies

I have this jar of EEE finish and I’ve tried to use it a few times and I feel like maybe I’m missing something. Can you guys give me any tips with it? What’s the best grit to start at when I apply it? How long should I rub it? Is this best with a liberal application or a very small amount? Does it stand on its own or should ...

06-20-2012 12:15 AM

Rock Maple - 1 reply

As many of you know already, I have a boat load of salvaged rock maple flooring. I have significantly more than I need for anything and would love to see a lot of it get happy homes for projects with other people. Here is how they clean up: The wood is all Michigan-grown, old-growth very hard maple with very distinctive...

06-18-2012 01:03 PM

Plywood - 8 replies

I am looking for some sources to buy cabinet-grade plywood. Specifically, I am looking for something a little on the unusual side.. interesting woods or grains.. preferably out of a darker wood(s). The edge of the ply will be visible in my projects so it should look good on the side as well. I’ve found a few places and I bet LJs know of...

06-18-2012 02:33 AM

Knife block plans - 2 replies

I want to make a couple of knife blocks… the solid wood kind, rather than the type filled with skewers or other material. I’ve looked around a lot and I just find myself getting perplexed. Can anybody show me some plans? The few I found were rather vague.

06-11-2012 02:33 AM

Milling Advice - 7 replies

I recently got a bunch of logs—Mulberry, Ash, Hickory, Cherry, Elm and maybe Sycamore. The logs are all relatively short (about 2”) and vary between 6” and 14” dia. A lot of them I will be using for turning, but I want to make a bunch of boards too. I milled a couple of them this weekend and it was not too bad! But I a...

05-27-2012 10:18 PM

Segmenting with a steep angle - 10 replies

I am doing some segmentation and I have been playing around with angles. Specifically I am doing something akin to the Celtic Knot, except just one line rather than the whole knot. I am turning some things on a bottle stopper mount. Three or four times now I have been midway through turning and end up snapping the wood clean off at the glue j...

11-12-2011 04:52 PM

Finishing pen off the lathe - 17 replies

I have been making some pens lately, and it’s been great. I’m going to start doing a little bit of a mass production of them for a fundraiser, and I need to hammer out this process. The part I’m stuck at is finishing. From what I see on the internet, everybody finishes it on the lathe. I can’t do that. That’s...

08-31-2011 03:33 PM

Casting Epoxy to Turn - 18 replies

I did some searching, but found that all I could find was posts on filling cracks so I do apologise if this is a repeat subject (or at least a recent repeat…) I have a bunch of extremely pretty exotic sawdust and some chips that came out neat.. like curly-cues or something. Also have a bunch of sawdust-like chips from some plastic proje...

08-23-2011 08:29 PM

Help me out, guys- jointer - 38 replies

Hey all, I tried to order a Grizzly jointer this week. Just the little Grizzly G0612, which is roughly $200. I figured it would be worth trying since Grizzly CS is known to be pretty spectacular generally. Except, it was AWFUL! Seriously guys- they were really awful to me! They refuse to process my order because I need it shipped to a diff...

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