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06-05-2017 05:11 PM

FS/FT 5hp dust collector - 0 replies

Large dust collector/blower for sale or trade. 3 phase 5hp. Was used in a industrial setting to pull vacuum on a 52” wide 50’ long conveyor belt. Impeller is 19” in diameter and is supported by pillow block bearings that are good. Inlet and outlet is 5.5” This thing moves a ton of air. Too big for my small...

05-22-2017 01:58 PM

Building a Lathe, need some ideas. - 36 replies

Been turning on a 12” HF lathe the past few years and finally smoked the motor. I have been wanting to upgrade for awhile but it just hasn’t been in the budget, nor can i find anything that really suites me. So, being a shade tree machinist and fabricator I have decided to build my own. Basic specs are, 38” swing, 30” wor...

09-02-2016 03:26 PM

Thick Butcher Block Table, Need Some Help. - 2 replies

Hello all! I have a client that wants me to make a pretty large end grain butcher block table out of white oak. The dimensions for the block are 30” X 30” X 6” thick. I have made dozens of both end grain and long grain boards so I understand the process, but never done anything to this scale. I have a 13” planner, 6...

11-06-2015 06:54 PM

Ideas on making axe handles....the fast way ? - 7 replies

I have a friend who makes quite a lot of forged axes. He has asked me to make axe handles for him. I have made a couple before using hand tools and it was a tedious process. I pretty much swore off making them then, however now my shop has grown and I have more tools at my disposal and a little more experience. Any thoughts on how to mass pr...

11-06-2015 01:31 PM

What is the best wood for axe wedges? - 17 replies

Well the title pretty much says it all. I have a good friend that is a black smith, and makes quite a number of axes. So much so the local supply of wedges have been depleted and the quality of said wedges is lack luster at best. So I have been asked to make a couple hundred. What would be a good wood to make these from? Ash, oak, walnut, popula...

11-06-2015 01:29 PM

What is the best wood for axe wedges? - 1 reply

Well the title pretty much says it all. I have a good friend that is a black smith, and makes quite a number of axes. So much so the local supply of wedges have been depleted and the quality of said wedges is lack luster at best. So I have been asked to make a couple hundred. What would be a good wood to make these from? Ash, oak, walnut, popula...

05-06-2015 11:10 AM

Homemade Drum Sander Questions - 7 replies

Been lurking around for several months researching and reading everything I can find on homemade drum sanders. Still undecided on what I need. V drum vs the typical drum sander where the object to be sanded is pushed under the drum. Im both a machinist and steel fabricator by trade so construction is no problem but $cash$ is, so I only want t...

01-29-2015 04:34 PM

Interior Finish For Cedar - 5 replies

Hello all! Want to give a huge thanks for the wealth of information that is freely shared here! I have a question about finishing cedar. I make several small items like scarf hangers, small bowls etc and looking for a non-yellowing finish for cedar. All pieces will be for interior use only. I have read that Sherwin Williams CAB acrylic is abou...

09-01-2014 10:58 AM

What should i seal coasters with? - 4 replies

Awesome information on this site. My skills would not be nearly as developed if it weren’t for it!! So I have made a few sets of coasters. Made from cherry, oak, and other hard woods. I cant figure out what the best thing to seal them with is? Something that is easy to wipe off and dose not leave a ring… Iv tried mineral oil but con...

01-01-2013 07:41 PM

Anybody here keep honey bees? - 8 replies

So who else here is a bee keeper? I currently have 3 hardy hives. My parents kept bees for a few years and I took them over a couple years ago. Really enjoy doing it. Hopeing to expand to about 10 or so hives this spring.

12-28-2012 07:36 PM

Ambrosia Maple, Can it be indentified standing? - 9 replies

Im not sure where Ambrosia Maple can be found, Im in Central Kentucky and have several hundread acres of farm land with lots of standing timber. What is the current range of the beetle? I don’t even know if its in my area or not. And is there a way to tell if a tree has been infested with the critter without felling it? Such as holes in th...


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