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3 days ago

Occasional redirect to Garden Tenders - 4 replies

Occasionally I get redirected to Garden Tenders, been happening since yesterday or the day before. Example, the thread Parts of a bowl in woodturning links to a URL in Garden Tenders

4 days ago

Your lathe dust collection ... - 10 replies

Since getting a dust collector I’ve been tying the hose to the tool rest and it works well, capturing probably 95% of chips and pretty much all sanding dust but I want a more permanent solution. Most of the hoods I’ve found sit behind the work piece, when I move the hose to the back of the lathe it’s much less efficient. So I&#...

12 days ago

Recycling free lumber, what to make with these? - 11 replies

I snagged these from someone’s trash, probably was a futon frame. I have no idea what type of wood, maybe birch or some type of maple, but it was too good for the dump. But I have no idea what to make from a bunch of slats and some of you guys are good at this sort of thing. Any ideas (besides a futon frame) jump to mind?

19 days ago

Turning template/pattern idea from an old book - 14 replies

I found this template idea from a late 19th century turning book. Basically a full size pattern with notches where your pencil marks go then you turn each mark down to the listed measurement. You can also add half circles the exact size that you cut out for measuring. Cut the half circles with a saw and sand to the line. Example 1 with patter...

65 days ago

Parallelogram Table Saw Sled by Bridge City Tools - 8 replies

Video is 3 years old so I’m sure some of you have seen it but it is new to me and I didn’t see a previous post on it… a parallelogram table saw sled/jig from Bridge City Tools. The video explains it in about 90 seconds. Blog post:

81 days ago

Self Centering Steady Rest - 4 replies

For awhile I’ve been thinking of a self centering steady rest similar to a Longworth chuck. It would require a bit of accuracy since it would have to be aligned with the center point of the spindle but otherwise shouldn’t be too difficult. Comments? Here is an optic mount that is pretty much just as I imagine, just needs wheels in...

88 days ago

I liked the wider format. - 12 replies

I did not have any display issues when the forum changed but unfortunately it was broken for many people. I suspect the fixed width was too wide for older or smaller monitors, but I liked the wider format and longer post previews. Please bring that back but test it first.

94 days ago

Shop Vac hose with dust collector? - 8 replies

I have a fairly long Shop Vac hose that would be handy to use with my Delta AP400 (1 HP) dust collector for cleaning cracks and crannies in the nether regions of my shop. Good idea? Bad idea? The vacuum burned up years ago or I would just use that.

98 days ago

Improving an old 1HP dust collector? - 22 replies

Someone gave me a 1HP Delta AP400 dust collector. Previously my only dust collection was a shop vac and not a very good one. I understand the limitations of the Delta, low air flow (650cfm), 30 micron bag, but I’ll only be using it on a tablesaw and lathe plus cleaning up the floor/bench and it will be better than no dust collection. My pl...

101 days ago

Anyone built a Woodgears 12" jointer? - 1 reply

Someone gave me a 12” Delta Shopmaster planer, haven’t used it yet but these things get mediocre reviews. Was thinking a big jointer might be handier to have.

126 days ago

Wood going out of round while turning - 7 replies

So I have this weird issue where if I take a break, when I come back the wood is out of round and I’ll have to remove maybe 1/64” – 1/32” to bring it back true again. And it doesn’t have to be a long break, 5 or 10 minutes. When I say out of round it may not actually be out of round, I didn’t measure, but it d...

145 days ago

Interesting Russian turning tools - 21 replies

Watching a tv show today called How do they do it?, basically another How It’s Made type show. Anyway they were showing a Matryoshka doll factory in Russia. The wood is rough turned on customized metal lathes then the blanks go to a platoon of big Russian women for turning. They use a hollow jam chuck and just pound in the blank but what I...

164 days ago

Let's Swap Christmas Ornaments. - 65 replies

Updated… Give an ornament, get an ornament; it’s that simple. Make a holiday ornament and swap with another LJ. Soon as you have an ornament completed, private message me your address and I’ll match you up with the next person done. The deadline for shipping is December 14th but go ahead and ship as soon as you are matched u...

176 days ago

Anyone used this type of duplicator? Template Semaphore. - 2 replies

177 days ago

Glossy finishing? - 18 replies

Talking about shellac or lacquer from a can. I’m not having much success with getting a shiny finish without resorting to wax. Seems like it would be easy on the lathe. I’ve tried smoothing the finish with fine sandpaper then putting on a light coat and buffing with a paper towel but it still looks dull. I’m tempted to try buff...

187 days ago

How much leeway on bandsaw blade size? - 2 replies

My benchtop takes 60” blades but most I’m finding are 59 1/2” or 59 1/4”. Just wondering how much leeway I have on blade size?

193 days ago

What would these lathe tools be used for? - 18 replies

These were in a box of old lathe tools I bought and were ground from old Buck Bros tools. They work okay as scrapers but not as skews.

199 days ago

Finished, collaborative chest of drawers for auction - 4 replies

Some may remember the dulcimer drawer front I posted back in August. It was part of a collaborative effort to produce a chest of drawers that will be auctioned. The money will fund club activities like The Wounded Warrior Project and Youth Outreach. 5th row, 3rd from left (between Wright Bros & Chess) is from Garrett Hack who always s...

214 days ago

How do I save this bowl? - 23 replies

If you look toward the back, about the one o’clock position, you can see a missing chunk. The bowl broke off my Nova chuck and when remounted, doesn’t want to stay. I don’t think I have enough bottom left to use a screw chuck. I thought of using a glue block but not sure how I would get it back out. Also I have no Longsworth or...

240 days ago

Pages taking a very long time to load... waiting on - 5 replies

I’m guessing this has something to do with ads but pages are taking a very long time load. One page took a couple minutes, another has been trying for about 5 minutes and still isn’t loading. The first post loads then at the bottom of the screen it says… waiting on Anyone else having this problem?

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