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11-01-2014 06:08 PM

DeWalt Cordless Drill, or, MyWife Loves me! - 6 replies

My wife loves me! My old 14.4v Milwaukee 1/2” drive drill is about to give out after it’s second set of batteries and nearly 15 years. I won’t mention why I had to purchase it in the first place.Yesterday, the wife went to our local True Value and got me a spankin’ new “DeWalt 18V Cordless 1/2 drive VSR 2 speed dril...

10-03-2014 09:53 PM

Need Help with a Nautical Flagpole Build - 10 replies

Usually I can see a design in my head before I ever try to build it. This time however, I am having a bit of a problem.I have been given permission to build a flag pole for the place we work. What I want to do is build one from laminated pieces since I don’t have any wood that is much more than 7’ long. It will have a nautical...

09-26-2014 11:24 PM

Alcohol in the Woodshop - 86 replies

Hey all, I don’t mean to step on any toes, Geez, I drink beer in my shop to settle any questions on that! My question is, do you use any power tools while drinking? Do you look down on people who drink in the shop? Do you even care? To make this a little more honest, I’ll give you my preferences. 1. I drink beer in the...

09-25-2014 11:07 PM

3/4x6 Acme Thread steel rod - 2 replies

I decided to see if I could build my own version of a vise for my work table and ordered a chunk of 3/4” by 6tpi acme threaded rod along with some nuts.The only problem is, this chunk of rod is six feet long. I will probably only use about four feet of it at most, (I have another project I want to try with a short piece also).So, if anyone...

09-22-2014 06:54 PM

Delta 22-580 for parts or repair. - 4 replies

I’ll post this once more before I tear it apart and use the pieces for something else. I have a Delta 22-580 13 1/2” planer that is broken.It needs a transmission, (someone shifted from low to high while it wasn’t running and stripped the gears), probably a new toothed drive sprocket and a belt.I wouldn’t be surprised ...

09-22-2014 04:56 PM

He's a Better Man Than I, Gunga Din! - 11 replies

09-21-2014 08:07 PM

I want to see someone here build this thing. - 29 replies

If I even had a ghost of a chance of living another 50 years I wouldn’t have these skills.

07-21-2014 08:07 PM

Well Pump for our Sprinklers. - 6 replies

We need to water about 3 acres of the property we work at.The county supplies our potable water, but to use it for that much irrigation is prohibitive. Last year we were paying $285/mo to water only about 3/4 acre.We do have 3 old wells, all have 30” cement casings, (yeah, they are old, put in nearly a hundred years ago).The water level, e...

07-13-2014 06:19 PM

I need Someone to Turn a Fid for me. - 8 replies

I bought a 50’ chunk of 3/4” Poly/Dacron rope today to make some tow ropes for our tractors. Mostly lifting and pulling large branches that have fallen from trees on the property. The rope is rated at 1150 lbs. load strength, 11,800 tensile strength. It will never see that much, although if the loop is done right it is useable for a ...

07-04-2014 06:13 PM

Just Something for you Wood Turners to Contemplate - 9 replies

I have no comments on this, just something I thought was kind of cool! What You Can Do With Pencils!

07-02-2014 12:09 AM

Where, Oh Where to put it all! - 17 replies

A few weeks ago I was told by the new RV park owner that I could set up my shop again in the same place I had it before. I have most of the shop put back together but one problem I’ve run into is all the jigs and patterns I had made for various projects. When I was set up before the shop was not the most organized of places, but it was ...

06-22-2014 10:54 PM

A Milestone for me Lately! - 10 replies

Well, it has taken me over a week, given the distractions of mowing, working on upgrades to the office and a few other problems, but I got my table saw set back up! YAY Me!. 5 years ago I could have done it in a few hours. Now I do what I can, LOL. I did clean the oscilloscope and the laptop with the viruses off my assembly table. Now I am ta...

05-14-2014 11:02 PM

This is getting Suckier - 62 replies

I told everyone about my little setback with being diagnosed with CHF, class III what ever that last part means. About a week ago I gave my boss back the beautiful Craftsman tablesaw he gave me last winter. I added a Forrester blade, and a good fence, although I think the the original was much more accurate and repeatable. It kind of broug...

04-17-2014 10:42 PM

Free. Come Get it. - 21 replies

Today my boss in all his wisdom told me to clean out my small stash of logs that need to be slabbed.If you want them, you’ll have to come and get them as I’m not able to lift much anymore, other than loading some on my mower cart and hauling them that way. One is a 18” cedar. Actually, it’s probably Mountain Juniper, w...

03-10-2014 05:55 PM

Need Some Advice about Shop - 20 replies

Well, it seems things don’t go bad one at a time.Last Friday my boss came and told me I had to quit doing any work in my shop because it was raising the electrical bill too much. Hunh? I haven’t used the shop more than about 4 hours total since November.Yes, the electric bill is up. I live in a 50 year old house with little to no ins...

02-08-2014 11:36 PM

A Job on my Birthday - 11 replies

Today was a nice warm day, compared to the last few here in our small chunk of heaven. The thermometer was hovering around 50° and the wind before I started was pretty calm, that is, less than the gale force breezes we’ve been getting since Thanksgiving. I decided to get out and slab up at least one of my walnut logs. I started ab...

02-05-2014 11:28 PM

What is the "Tap Tone Test"? - 3 replies

I have a bunch of Walnut and Maple and Cherry and Osage Orange. How do I figure out the sound of a piece to make an electric guitar from or maybe even a semi-hollow body guitar?

01-23-2014 12:40 AM

Well This Sucks: Walnut Down - 41 replies

I finally got my walnut down. Lots of damage. I am hoping I can save some of it since the majority of the interior is clean. I hope to get a couple of 5-6’ logs out of it, but I’m not holding out for it.

01-14-2014 06:14 PM

Which Glue? - 17 replies

Lately I have been doing a lot of guitar repairs. Broken and cracked headstocks, scarf joints, necks, etc.I also have some Autoharps I need to get back into shape. I started out using Titebond III, which didn’t seem to have a long enough working time, then I used Titebond II on another repair and it just felt rubbery after curing, IR...

12-06-2013 08:48 PM

Lacquer line.... Taped too long. - 8 replies

OK, here I go.Monday I got a guitar repair project ready to finish with black lacquer rattle can from Ace Hdwe.Tuesday I hadn’t done the finish yet, was called away to get ready for cold snap but ran out of breath…. got an appointment for Wednesday at Dr. to see what the problem was, (again).Tuesday night I taped up the guitar neck, ...

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