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08-08-2012 11:44 PM

I'm Having Withdrawls - 14 replies

I haven’t been able to get anything done in my wood shop for the last 6 weeks because of the trees that either fell down or we had cut down need to be gotten rid of.I’m having severe withdrawal symptoms from not being able to play with my table saw or router or even the ROS! The best I can do is stand outside and look through the ...

07-21-2012 11:09 PM

Making Turning Blanks - 9 replies

On my thread for a lost tree Thread , Arlin suggested I offer turning blocks and blanks. I don’t know how to make them since I don’t do any turning and don’t own a lathe. Can I get some information from the great wealth of wood turners here?

07-19-2012 04:14 PM

Lost another Beauty Yesterday - 40 replies

We had on our property couple of beautiful Live Oaks in the 80 – 100 year old range. They grew side by side for decades, shading, fostering and creating peace and calm for squirrels, birds and even the occasional camper that wanted to just sit out and enjoy the scenery. Contrary to popular belief, we in East central Texas have been in ...

07-15-2012 08:36 PM

New Chainsaw, Crap, I wanted a better one! - 67 replies

This morning we went to Bryan/College Station, (Our local big city). I have been after the wife to let me buy a new [to me, I seldom buy new], chainsaw for the last few months. Finally Yesterday after mowing, I was cutting up some of the waste from the trees we just had taken dow and the old junker decided to show it’s arse and not rest...

07-13-2012 11:34 PM

Need help from an Engineer for a Dust Collection Idea - 8 replies

I don’t want to go into too much detail, but would like some ideas on an oil bath oil filtration system. Are there any air flow engineers that would be willing to connect with me and tell me I’m ready for the self hugging padded jacket?

07-10-2012 07:57 PM

New Toys to Play With - 9 replies

The tree guys were in here last weekend to take out some trees killed last year during our drought. 1 White oak, 1 pin oak, 1 live oak, 2 elm trees and the rest of my Bois de Arc and some Sycamore. I’ve saved some of the good parts out of each.

06-25-2012 10:48 AM

Horshoe Hooks for Hat and Coat Racks or? - 5 replies

I was given a large number of Horseshoe hooks and thought I would make them available to everyone. These are well made hooks made from real St. Croix Forge size 0 lite Horseshoes. All the welds are strong that I’ve found so far. They are is pretty rusty shape so I’ve been cleaning them up by electrolysis and wire wheel. U...

06-14-2012 05:19 PM

How Much Pressure Is TOO Much? - 28 replies

In a recent thread it was and is at the moment being discussed about Harbor Freight F clamps. Some say that nothing less than a Jorgy or a bessy is acceptable and others say that if the HF clamps are used they will stretch/warp/bend or in some other way ruin the glue up or even worse, break leaving the user up a well known creek without the p...

06-04-2012 11:19 PM

Want to build a Vacuum Kiln - 3 replies

I’ve been thinking lately about building a small vacuum kiln, probably only large enough to do maybe 20-50 board feet at a time. I looked around and really couldn’t find any information on a unit this small. What I am looking for is how much vacuum is needed? What about heat transfer? If I use a water bed heater between the lay...

05-14-2012 10:49 PM

Treasures from the flea market. - 4 replies

Yesterday the wife wanted to go out to the flea market and since it was Mother’s Day, how could I refuse? We wandered around for about 3 hours looking at antique glass ware and some western roping saddles. At one place, this feller had a bunch of tools in bins with each bin marked $1 or $2 or $3. I saw the end of what looked like ...

04-15-2012 04:32 PM

Homemade Biscuits.... Help? - 14 replies

I have a number of small pieces of aromatic cedar that need to be joined at odd angles and directions. I tried gluing, but the joints aren’t very strong, mostly because it’s end grain to end grain but also partly due to the natural oils in the cedar. The joints will be visible from both sides and so I can’t use nails or b...

04-07-2012 10:09 PM

For Trade: HF Coupon - 4 replies

OK, here ya go. I’ll trade my 25% off any single item at Harbor Freight (good for Easter Sunday only) for more experience in my shop.I’ll go first and post the coupon. You print and use as you see fit. Later just send me some experience at your leisure. or from here:

03-31-2012 06:05 PM

Discussion of Styles, ie: Craftsman, Mission, Shaker, S. Western, etc. - 4 replies

OK ladies and gentlemen, here is a question that has plagued me for years. What defines a particular style of building or furniture or basic design? I grew up in a few houses that were ‘Craftsman’ style when I was young, but as I grow older I’m told they are closer to being Cape Cod Bungalow. Just for information, the hou...

03-17-2012 05:30 PM

Wood Glue - 10 replies

For years I used Elmers carpenters glue or hide glue.Later I used Titebond, TB II and TB III.Now days I use Gorilla Wood Glue for almost everything when joining chunks of cellulose together. Lately I’ve been wanting to get into some veneering and have looked into vacuum gluing with a catalyst glue. I have a nice vacuum compressor tha...

03-09-2012 01:43 AM

HF Drill Master #68341 Questions.. - 11 replies

I am going in to town tomorrow and one of our stops will be at Harbor freight. I’ve been needing a new router because my little Craftsman 1.5 HP is struggling with some of what I’ve been putting it through. It also only has a 1/4” collet which is actually too small at times. I’ve been looking at the Harbor Freight D...

03-06-2012 11:12 PM

More Firewood in case you aren't tired of it yet. - 6 replies

The other day I had to take some dead branches off one of our sycamore trees that were dead or dieing and threatening us as we walked under themThis is some of the wood I saved from the burning pile: Then we had a limb come down on one of our outbuildings from an old Live Oak and I saved these: It’s not a lot of lumber and some will ...

03-05-2012 04:45 PM

4 Piece Gear Wrench Set - 2 replies

True Value Hardware has in the local Ad paper this month a 4 piece gear wrench set in either standard (for our BT3XXX’s) or metric (For all the guys that don’t have a BT3XXX). Standard SAE is 3/8” to 9/16”. Sorry, I didn’t check the metric sizes. Priced at $9.97 http://www.truevalue.com/ensemble/Ba...sc/272...

02-23-2012 07:10 PM

The effect of Sodium Hydroxide on Tungsten Carbide - 26 replies

Big Words. I keep seeing posts to the effect that Sodium Hydroxide (Lye or Oven Cleaner) will degrade Tungsten Carbide cutters. Usually on saw blades, but we could extend this to anything made with tungsten carbide. This would include most of the carbide tipped band saw blades, drills or moulding and router cutter heads. My question is thi...

02-12-2012 11:26 PM

Met a Local LJ and Acquired a new Planer - 20 replies

This morning a wonderful thing happened…The wife and I got up and drove over to Temple, TX to meet with a local LJ'er that I met here on LJ’s.Todd and his wife, were very gracious and even though it was cold showed us around the well equipped shop. I have to say, Todd is made of tuff stuff…. he stood out in the wind, (at home w...

01-31-2012 08:07 PM

Question about DIY Drum Sanders - 5 replies

I have been watching the various threads on homemade drum sanders and have been seriously considering building one for myself. It seems that some people use a lathe to turn layers of plywood (I think), to make the drum. My problem is that I don’t have a lathe and my ability to cut repeatable circles diminishes after about 2. Even whe...

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