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08-08-2019 01:26 PM

Water spotted polyurethane-finished maple - 11 replies

My bathroom is finished in maple, and it’s a little over ten years old. Nice woodwork (wish I could say I had done it) but I’ve got a place where I would reach for the towel with wet hands, and over the years water spots accumulated on one of the maple pieces and now it looks pretty bad. Hitting it with “Feed and Wax” (ora...

05-01-2019 12:21 AM

Youngblood Lumber in Minneapolis winds down - 4 replies

Just heard that Youngblood Lumber, a premium hardwood yard here in Minneapolis is winding down. They’ve had a “quiet liquidation sale” going on for a while, and could be done as early as this week. News story at http://www.startribune.com/youngblood-lumber-winds-down-in-northeast-minneapolis/509141712/ Wish I had the space to h...

09-16-2018 05:08 PM

Ideal length of bow saw cheeks (arms)? - 19 replies

I’ve recently build a Gramercy Tools Turning Saw from their kit. I think it turned out pretty well. I’ve read their design thoughts and they discuss a lot of the design issues, but there doesn’t seem to be any discussion of the length of the cheeks (or arms) of the saw. If you’re going to hold it by the cheek, clearly the cheek needs to be bi...

05-06-2018 02:04 PM

Hand tool forensics #4 - we have a winner - 13 replies

Following up on Ron’s idea, here’s another photo. As in the past, See if you can identify the operation and hand tool that produced this waste. Akin to mechanisms of injury. Seeing an end result and determining the cause. What was I doing, and with what?

01-06-2018 01:01 AM

Spring 2018 Box Swap - 1220 replies

Ladies and Gents (used loosely), It’s time for the next swap, and this time it’s a box swap. A Note: This swap is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks. Ba...

12-19-2017 09:45 PM

Awful lot of Daily Top 3s - 29 replies

I follow the twitter feed which announces new Daily Top 3 projects. Looks like we’re getting about a dozen of them per day, which seems larger than three. Not really complaining, but it seems a little generous.

11-10-2017 12:29 AM

Spring 2018 swap preliminary discussion - 416 replies

Looks like I’ve volunteered to run the next swap after the knife swap wraps up tomorrow. I’ll start another thread when we get closer to the actual swap, but the consensus seems to be that we don’t want to start until February or so. In the mean time, let’s kick around some ideas for what we’ll swap. Mallets (pos...

01-17-2017 12:26 PM

Being a vulture at the bargain bins - 13 replies

I suspect I’m not the only one, but I routinely rummage through the bargain bins at the local big boxes and smaller lumber-yard that I frequent. This weekend’s score was three very clean 2×4s x 30” long $0.49 each, and a piece of maple, 6/4×3+ x 70” that got ripped and cut into three 33” long 6/4 square...


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