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05-03-2020 08:16 PM

How sharp for a turning tool? - 11 replies

Ok … How sharp do you sharpen a turning tool? I’m spinning some American Elm and getting treat out in spots. I assume it’s because I need to sharpen? Also tried some cedar ugh!! But they feel sharp. Not as sharp as my chisels but way sharper than my mower blade ;-) or axe. So how do you know/tell?

04-23-2020 12:36 PM

Glue for Segmented Turning - 9 replies

Ladies and Gents – I’m going to try my hand at segmented turning and I’m curious to know what you use for glue ups. I am basically making a plate so my starting piece will be about 1” -1-1/2” thick about 10” in diameter. I have Titebond II, III and epoxy at my disposal. Thoughts, ideas, suggestions? Anythin...

02-29-2020 06:11 PM

Wagon Vise - 6 replies

Ok – knew it would happen eventually. Screwed into Pine end grain and while workign on the Mallet Swap I reefed down a bit too much and jacked the screw out. Besides the peg and glue the holes or drill and insert hardwood cross dowels are there any other ways to reinstall/strengthen these?

01-18-2020 05:09 PM

Sad day on my bench... - 16 replies

Sad to say but some how my No. 5 has a hairline crack in the side behind the adjustment knob. No idea how/when. I was working an Ironwood (Hophornbeam) log and noticed it. This one is my go to. It a 1950’s? vintage? Thick casting, plastic handles, made in USA. Oh well – It will still work for a while then I’ll have to ...

11-02-2019 06:58 PM

Barn find - 13 replies

Just pulled this out of a barn. Cleaning it up a bit but I it’s not turning. Wanted to use it for buffing wheels. Any thoughts on whether it’s worth the time to disassemble and replace the bearings

09-21-2019 08:01 PM

Vintage Craftsman Shaper - 10 replies

I was digging through the barn this morning and uncovered a 1949 Craftsman Shaper made by King Seeley Ypsilanti Michigan. The old girl is in pretty rough shape but I think that I might be able to bring her back. If anyone has any insight on a restoration let me know.

05-21-2019 05:14 PM

Spoons and wood - 9 replies

Questions for the LJ Sages. My sister wants a simple spoon to stir her coffee. I have Gaboon Ebony, Cocobolo, Bloodwood, Paduk, Hard Maple Cherry, Walnut, Poplar, Pine Spruce, Osage Orange, and several more unidentified. Fist question – out of the lot listed above any recommendations, even if it something different Second – ...

03-21-2019 05:59 PM

Jennings Bit Box Dimensions? - 20 replies

Ladies and Gents – anyone out there have drawings, sketches, dimensions for a Jennings 13(?) Bit box? I have 19 bits that need a home and I’ve been thinking about building one but I haven’t found any dimensions. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Jennings box. Maybe an Irwin Swing out? Or if you have a better idea ...

02-18-2019 03:04 PM

Any Tips on packing/moving the shop? - 13 replies

Hey Folks – about 60 days until we list and (hopefully) sell. I need to pack and move the shop. All of the Stationary tools (Table Saw Band Saw, RAS, Lathe) are on wheels so those are pretty easy. It’s the host of hand tools and hardware laying about. I’ve packed a small fraction in a layered chest (6 layers) and have a second ...

11-20-2018 02:01 AM

Bringing the 45 online - 8 replies

The 45 is finally usable and I started to run a bead on a drawer front for my Sharpening cart – I definitely need to learn the adjustments and nuances of this tool but I think it’s going to be a good add to my tool chest.

11-06-2018 11:38 PM

Stanley 40 Restoration - 13 replies

I have a #40 that’s actually in ok shape but the handle needs a new finish. It’s a blonde wood (beech?) and the finish is cracked and flaked off. 1) how do you remove it? Sanding, stripper, scraper? and 2) what finish,BLO? Wattco, Varnish, Paste wax? Thanks

09-14-2018 11:48 AM

Scrollsawing Brass? - 13 replies

Looking to draw on the vast LJ wisdom. I have a scroll saw – 16” Craftsman from the late 90’s. I want to scroll some small pieces of brass. What thickness can I cut 1/16” to 1/4”? And are there special blades? And any tips for actually cutting it? Thx

08-04-2018 10:57 PM

Router Mistake - 13 replies

Minor bobble with my router. I’m making a hall table, Pine with a maple strip inlay And the router wandered a bit. So now I have a divot 3/16” wide about 3/8” long and 1/4” deep. No finish (so far) on the maple and just Jacobean stain on the pine. The Maple is not yet glued in. My first thought is to chi...

08-04-2018 01:33 AM

Carbide Round Over Bit to work Brass - 9 replies

I’ve been thinking of using 1/4”x 1/2” brass trim on a project then rounding with a Carbide bit. I know the carbide will cut the brass but anyone have experience routing brass? Any precautions? Is chatter a possibility?

07-26-2018 10:27 PM

Making a No 45 knob - 9 replies

I bought a Stanley No 45 and it needs a skate knob. It is not the newer “through screw” kind. It screws on to a cast stud on the skate. Has anyone turned one? Any patterns out there? Dimensions? Any hints, thoughts or tips? I have a great piece of Honduran Rosewood for this too.

07-15-2018 02:53 AM

Attaching a Granite Top - 8 replies

Poling the wisdom of Lumber Jocks. I’ve made a base for a hall table and my wife wants a granite top on it. Any suggestion on how to attach a 3/4” granite slab (17”x 46”)?

12-28-2017 04:39 PM

Shop is just too cold - 28 replies

Ok, unheated garage is just too cold to work in this week. Moving ops to the basement with very limited suite of tools (yes, I’m a power tool guy).

11-25-2017 04:29 PM

Another " What wood is it" Question - 2 replies

Bargain bin wood from Woodcraft. 1.25 Diameter 12” long 0.426 lbs. looks like a light shade of mahogany. The reason I ask is that it literally smells like a horse stall when I’m turning it. Any ideas?

09-06-2017 02:11 PM

Chip and Dust Bucket Separator - 7 replies

So I built this 5gal bucket separator. My objective is to separate out most all of the fine sanding dust before it hits the filter. Mostly this is to save me having to knock out the filter every 15-20 minutes (It clogs fast). No Thien Baffle just a 90 degree inlet and a strait centered outlet to the vac. This works pretty good for gene...

09-01-2017 09:28 PM

T-tracks on a workbench - 14 replies

New bench top is still sitting on horses. Looking for some thoughts on installing T-tracks on my new bench. The dog holes aren’t in yet. There will be a string along the length for the wagon vise on the right and a short string on the left for the Wilton. Bench is 6’ long the front is 12”, 3” Gap, and back is 10R...

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