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10-07-2012 01:10 AM

Woodworking Hiatus Due to Health Issues - 25 replies

Just thought that I’d let everyone know why I haven’t been on LJ much lately. For the past several months, I have constantly felt tired, run down & weak. A couple of months ago, I started to experience nausea and found it difficult to eat anything; I’ve no lost nearly 70 pounds in the past six months! Good thing that I was ...

04-11-2012 02:37 AM

Measuring Distance on Circle Circumfrence - 10 replies

I am planning a holder/organizer to hold all of my forstner bits. I want to make it circular with hole spacing so that each bit will have 1/4” clearance from both sides. Have all of the measurements completed but began wondering how I am going to measure point-to-point distances (to 1/32”) on a circle’s circumfrence. Sure, I ca...

03-31-2012 08:36 PM

Woodworking Online Podcasts - 2 replies

I know that we have a lot of new members here at LumberJocks and thought I would remind the older members and advise the newer members of some wonderful podcasts at Woodworking Online, I have found these podcasts very informative and useful – I learned a lot! There are 44 different podcas...

02-28-2012 02:17 AM

Mounting Drawer Under Bench - 5 replies

My workbench is a piece of 3/4” plywood, attached to the wall along one side with hinges and with a 2×4 support that runs the length about 1/2 way in from the front. I want to add a drawer or two under the table top. I was going to build a box to mount the drawer in (5 sides, front open) but got thinking that there must be a better wa...

03-30-2011 04:22 AM

Identifying a Stanley No. 5 Plane - 6 replies

I have a Stanley No. 5 plane that my wife picked up for me at a yard sale. While it’s not in great shape, after a dip in Evaporust it looks a lot better than I originally thought. I wonder if anyone could help me identify its date (approximately, of course). Here is the information I’ve collected: - Body has a No. 5 on the fron...

03-26-2011 11:03 PM

Wanted: Bosch 1617 Plunge Router Dust Extraction Hood - 0 replies

I have a Bosch 1617PK router that is mostly used in a router table. A while back, I purchased the RA-1154 edge guide for this router and the seller threw in some dust extraction hoods he had sitting around. I thought I had all of them that are included in the RA-1173 kit but I went to use my router with the plunge base today and found that I don...

01-17-2011 04:11 AM

Warped/Twisted Wood - 3 replies

I have a 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” piece of birdseye maple that I’d like to use for a box cover. The problem is that it is warped (or twisted, I don’t really know what the difference is in the two malformations). If I place a straightedge across the grain, there is a slight gap at one edge (< 1/32”) and if I place it lengt...

12-19-2010 05:35 AM

Quilted Maple Lumber - 2 replies

Wondering if anyone has a source (mailorder) for quilted maple, 3/8” and 1/2” thickness. I own neither a bandsaw nor a planer and don’t seem to have the best of luck resawing on the table saw. Thanks, Jim

11-12-2010 12:13 AM

Homemade Wood Putty - 2 replies

I am working with leopardwood and have a couple of spots that chipped out when cutting the slots for miter keys. I know that I can mix some of the leopardwood sawdust with glue and fill the holes with this. But, I’m finishing with several coats of Danish Oil – how will the filler, after it dries, look under the oil? Probably better t...

10-16-2010 07:08 PM

Dust Collector Suggestions - 10 replies

My shop is in our underhouse garage, about 11×20, shared with the furnace and oil tank. I have been using a 16 gal. Shop-Vac – it does an ok job, but isn’t what I’d call efficient. I really don’t have room for a permanent dust collection system with permanently run hoses, blast gates, etc. I’ve seen some dc&...

10-13-2010 09:19 PM

Electrical Plate Covers - 5 replies

Wondering if anyone has ever made their own electrical plate covers (switch and/or outlet) from wood. I just did a search and see lots of them available in about every species of wood you could think of. But, like most woodworkers, I’d rather make my own. Didn’t find any plans or how-to’s during my search – anyone seen...

10-01-2010 04:03 AM

9 ft. High Bandsaw - 13 replies

Now here is a bandsaw for the everyday woodworker! I couldn’t even get it in my shop except laying down. Jim

09-21-2010 05:18 PM

Fix for Router Guide Bushings that Loosen - 3 replies

MLCS has begun selling a Bushing Spring/Lock Washers Set that prevents the nut on your Guide Bushings from loosening while you’re using the router. Personally I’ve never had this problem but have read many postings by people who have. For $5.95 for a set of two (free shipping always at MLCS), they would be great insurance; a loose bu...

09-21-2010 03:27 AM

Micro-Jig Splitters - 5 replies

I recently bought a combo-pack of the Micro-Jig splitters (thin & regular kerf). Made several new ZCI’s out of Baltic Birch, primed and painted red. When I installed the thin-kerf splitter last Friday, I did all of the steps specified in Micro-Jig’s excellent instructions. Drilled the holes with the drill held vertically, using t...

07-11-2010 04:35 AM

New Forum - Deals & Discounts - 13 replies

I think such a forum would be useful to allow us to share deals & discounts which we may learn about with our other LJ’s. Jim

06-18-2010 04:21 AM

Table Saw Hands On - 17 replies

Has anyone noticed that it is getting more and more difficult to get hands-on for a table saw before buying? Maybe those of you near cities don’t have this problem, but here in Maine, it’s very difficult. I was interested in looking at Ridgid contractor or hybrid table saws – all that Home Depot in the three locations nearest m...

06-11-2010 02:48 AM

Displaying of a Rare Spanish Olive Jar - 8 replies

More years ago than I care to consider, while diving in Puerto Rico, I discovered a Spanish Olive Jar (picture shown below). These are usually found in pieces but this one was at the bottom of a hole in the coral, mostly buried in a sandy bottom. Thus it had withstood the ravages of sea and time, protected by the surrounding coral reef. From wha...

06-03-2010 02:49 AM

Peru Wood Trio Pack at Woodworkers Source - 5 replies

I have no affiliation in any way with Woodworker’s Source other than having ordered from them in the past. I received an email today that mentioned this deal: Peru Wood Trio Pack 1/2’‘x6’‘x48’’ (3 pcs): Tigrillo, Chontaquiro, Yellowheart Three relatively unknown S. American woods (at least I hav...

05-11-2010 04:57 AM

Grr-Ripper DVD - 2 replies

I just purchased a GR-200 Grr-Ripper and was wondering if any of you have purchased the DVD and, if so, what you thought of it – is it worth the $10 plus shipping? Thanks,Jim

05-08-2010 03:40 AM

Can You Identify this Veneer? - 11 replies

Got this veneer in a variety pack and have no idea what it is. I would like to identify the species so that I can try to find some more. My guess is that it is either some type of ash or olive-ash. That’s from looking at images at Hobbithouse but there was really nothing very close. This was supposed to be a top for a tissue hold...

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