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08-21-2016 05:28 PM

An open letter to the morons at Lowes - 23 replies

I have bloody well had it with criminally stupid marketing executives. Today I walked into my local Lowes store and was accosted by Halloween Decorations!( for those who live elsewhere, it is officially seventy-one days until freaking all hallows eve ) #boycott-lowes For decades now we have all been complaining about how the turkey day ...

07-02-2016 03:58 PM

fuzzy figured maple - 7 replies

I have some “curly” maple I’m using for a bathroom vanity. I’m having trouble getting all of the surface smooth and ready for finishing. Most of it is fine…but there are “trouble spots” that I don’t know how to deal with. Not surprisingly, these trouble spots are in areas that are “fig...

06-26-2016 12:02 PM

What is the best "shape" for a workshop? - 44 replies

I just bought the large lot for my “forever” homestead.  Naturally, given that I’m posting here, a nice shop building is a big part of the plans. So, I’m just starting the “blank piece of paper” part of the design process.  Blue-skying it, as it were. I started thinking “inside the box”, in a...

05-17-2016 11:35 PM

Do we have a name for this? - 3 replies

I admit it, I’m addicted to watching woodworking/making youtube. As addictions go, this one is somewhat benign, but there, I said it. I’m an addict. Moving on…I think all of you are familiar with the uncontrollable butt clench that follows watching some supposed expert (well, they are making a video, doesn’t that mak...

04-26-2016 07:28 PM

silly little "invention" - 7 replies

The other day I realized that there were lots of times when I probably should put on a breathing mask…but “hey, it’s just a couple of cuts; not worth the hassle”. I am old enough to have “short arm disease”, so I need readers in the shop. I kept misplacing them and having to walk all over the shop to find ...

04-16-2016 11:19 PM

Folding ruler - I don't get it - 89 replies

So, I think I must be missing the point. I have seen a number of youtube videos that include the use of one of those “old school” folding wooden rulers. You know the kind…the kind your father (or grandpa) used to use all the time before tape measures stole the show. Can somebody explain it to me? I don’t see the a...

04-01-2016 11:22 PM

vertical work bench - New Voubo style workbench from Lee Valley - 0 replies

Actually, I did a search and they used this a couple years ago on April first. vertical work bench The really sad thing? I want one!

03-19-2016 12:06 PM

Another power tool with blood on it... - 18 replies

Yep, hurt myself again. Is it just me, or are power tools just as dangerous when they are…off? Starting to think I would only be safe in a rubber room ;) Knocked a small box full of sheets of miscellaneous sandpaper off of the stool I had set it on to get it out of my way. Was bending over and picking up the mess. First time,...

03-06-2016 12:40 PM

Sliding table saw - awesome as it looks? - 2 replies

It seems like I’m seeing more and more you-tubers with a “sliding table saw”. Essentially a miter sled built into the left wing of the table and set up to glide on linear bearings. In the videos, it looks really awesome. Looks very safe and stable and convenient. Looks like the sliding on nice bearings would give it sort ...

02-26-2016 12:29 AM

not all topics showing at LJ/forums - 4 replies

There is a bug! I have a topic that is getting replies, and it shows up near the top in its specific forum (skill share), but it is nowhere to be found at the general all topics url of: I was sure this url showed ALL topics from all of the sub-forums. Not so. What’s up with that? How many other ...

02-25-2016 12:14 PM

router table direction of motion - 20 replies

Have any of you come up with some sort of a mnemonic device or trick to help you remember which way to push stock through a procedure on your router table? Here’s the setup: Making a minor piece of “shop furniture”, I needed to make a loose 1/4” slot in a piece of 1/4” melamine for a bolt to slide in. I knew my...

02-19-2016 12:33 PM

Half-baked tablesaw dust collection idea - 12 replies

Like many of you, I’m disappointed with the performance of my “under the table” dust collection on my saw. It is a sawstop pcs saw, and it seems they built a sort of “shroud” around the blade area to attempt to create better suction…in reality, all it does is greatly reduce the airflow. That said, a big ...

02-14-2016 12:14 AM

retractable vacuum hose? - 21 replies

It seems I am in need of something that doesn’t exist. Didn’t think I would EVER stump, but I typed it in there and got zero results. Where can I get, or how can I make, a vacuum hose for my shop that retracts out of the way, and that I can pull down with lots of slack to suck a significant area…and then let go...

02-10-2016 12:27 PM

Took a break from woodworking - hurt myself on the toilet - 3 replies

Somebody put together an interesting and remarkable interactive graph of things that send people to the emergency room. Spoiler alert…almost everything you do is apparently more dangerous than your woodworking… Emergency room visits

01-31-2016 12:28 AM

Shop air system...leaking slightly - 10 replies

I have been in the throes lately of moving all my noisy stuff outside the shop. The (20 amp) HF DC was first, and it is working well now with a simple trash-can separator before the unit and nothing but 7 acres of woods to filter the small amount of dust that makes it past the separator. This past week I’ve been plumbing in a typical...

01-12-2016 03:50 PM

Am I missing an eyebrow? (propane shop heater) - 7 replies

That title, for the unfamiliar among you, is a famous quote from the Mythbusters TV show on Discovery. Harbor Freight was having a sale on their “sits on top of a propane canister” heaters, so I picked one up. This morning I learned why it has that little hole in the back of the reflector with big lettering around it that says ...

01-12-2016 12:20 PM

"Cordless" Router - 20 replies

I’m shopping for a router plane. This will hopefully be a “one time purchase” for me. In other words, I want to spend a little more and get one that won’t have me thinking a year or 5 years down the road “I should have gotten the one with the…” Right now my prime suspect is the Veritas (Lee Valley...

10-26-2015 12:31 PM

oil-based poly - satin over semi-gloss? - 8 replies

First, this is not about a fine woodworking project. I have an old Ikea dresser in a spare bedroom that has fallen victim to various abuses over the years. I decided on a whim to lightly sand the top and apply some new finish just to make it a little less ugly. I had some minwax poly laying around and it was semi-gloss. Really wanted to go...

10-15-2015 02:16 AM

Stanley No. 6 question - 5 replies

I recently inherited a Stanley No. 6 The plane overall is in pretty decent shape. While cleaning it up today, I discovered an issue with the “depth knob” (the knurled knob used to set the blade depth – no doubt it has some special name in the plane world, but you get the idea). The knob does work, but it is very hard to ...

10-11-2015 07:55 PM

Walnut is DANGEROUS! - 9 replies

Well, not so much walnut the wood, but walnut…the nut! My “shop” is a 70 year old dilapidated detached garage. To look at it from the outside, its ONLY saving grace is the lovely 80 foot walnut tree draped over it. This time of year, no matter what kind of wood I’m working, walnuts make it dangerous. Several tim...

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