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06-07-2014 05:14 PM

Turning Tiny Knobs - 5 replies

I recently made a what will become a jewelry case that included 16 small drawers. Each drawer has an ebony know that began as a 3/8” x3/8” cylinder with a 3/16” tenon. A Jacobs chuck in the headstock was used to hold the knobs for turning. While woking on the first knob I realized that the situation was quite dangerous as my...

01-11-2014 02:37 AM

Big E Woodworking Show - 2 replies

Hey LJs,Anyone going to The Woodworking Show at the Big E in Agawam, Mass on Sunday. If so I suggest we get together at noon at the cafe to say hello and meet other LJocks who live in the area. I’ve gone to the show several times and I always learn something…and buy too much. Coffee’s on me. Cheers

01-05-2014 09:55 PM

Help Turning Manzanita Root Burl - 2 replies

I received 4 manzanita burls some years ago. I’d never seen anything so narled and dusty. I like turning odd lumps of wood and tried to turn some bowls, but the pieces were so fragile that they fell apart during turning, so now I have 2 burls and lots of little pieces. The maroon wood is quite beautiful. I sliced off some pieces and they ...

12-25-2013 01:22 AM

Retrofitting planer with helical cutter heads - 3 replies

I’m contemplating adding a helical cutter to a Powermatic 15” planer. I was surprised to learn that the Byrd head costs over $700. That was about what I paid for the used planer. Does anyone have experience with this and willing to give some advice?

05-08-2011 05:29 PM

Woodworking Vacation - 2 replies

Hi All,I’ve been thinking about a woodworking vacation over the summer. I had put down a deposit to spend a week making a craftsman-inspired desk with Kevin Rodel at the CT Valley School of Woodworking. Unfortunately I now have a full-day meeting right in the middle of the week which I can’t move and which is too disruptive for the...

03-21-2011 01:26 AM

Using Boiled Linseed Oil - 35 replies

Hi Folks,A fellow woodworker recently told me that he finished some oak with boiled linseed oil followed by a few coats of Waterlox. He said that the BLO darkened the oak, which is what I’d like to do, but I don’t want to either stain, dye, or fume. I’ve never used BLO, but have read the can and a few posts here and it seems ...

03-15-2011 02:51 AM

New Workshop Posting and Dust Collection Question - 6 replies

Hi All,I’ve just posted a number of shots of my workshop on my homepage and thought some of my fellow LJs might be interested. My next shop project is to add ducting for dust collection. I currently have a 1.5 hp JDS collector. It is right next to my table saw and router table and about 8-10 feet from the jointer and planer. I’...

03-26-2010 02:01 AM

Turned drawer pulls or knobs - 2 replies

I’d like to turn some drawer pulls and I’ve been thinking about the methodology. I think that I’ll need to make a chuck to accept the drawer end of the pull to turn the outer end. Has anyone ever done this before. I’d love to see some examples an a simple how to. I’m sure I can figure it out, but I like to learn...

03-20-2010 12:03 AM

Jury awards $1.5 mil for table saw injury - 4 replies

I read that a jury in Boston awarded someone $1.5 mil who injured himself with his Ryobi table saw. Apparently his lawyer’s main arguement is that the saw didn’t have the flesh detection feature (like SawStop). We blame lawyers, but juries are comprised by folks like us, well in this case probably not like us.

03-03-2010 02:44 AM

Tiny, very tiny, tool gloat - 16 replies

In a moment of weakness I succombed to the marketing strategy of the folks at Lee Valley who conspired to send me an e-mail introducing their new Veritas Detail Rabbet Planes. To make matters worse they are offereing an introductory price during March. I have the Veritas medium sized shoulder and the Lie Nielsen small shoulder plane and I thou...

03-02-2010 03:59 AM

Embedding Photos in a Blog - 7 replies

Hi All,Please help. I just wrote my first Blog entry and tried to embed a bunch of photos. I thought I followed the directions. I simply copied the web address from the properties info for each photo in the Flickr acct I established and pasted them into the blog. I thought they would be...

02-20-2010 05:53 PM

Sources for recycled wood - 11 replies

I’m interested in using recycled lumber. I’ve done a number of internet searches and I’ve mainly come across companies that demolish old barns and other buildings and make flooring. I’ve also come across a company here in CT that has huge beams for sale, but very pricey and a bit too much for me to handle since I have n...

02-07-2010 11:26 PM

Woodworking Tour of the Berkshires - 1 reply

Hi LJ’s, At the end of next week a couple of my woodworking buddies and I are going to visit some woodworking- related businesses in southwestern Massachusetts. It got me thinking that our trip might be of interest to other LJ’s and that many of you might like to share similar woody adventures in your area. When I’m on vac...

01-30-2010 09:13 PM

Router Table Design - 1 reply

Hi All,For years I’ve had a shop made router table built int my table saw extension table. Just got a older PM 66 and I’ve decided to buiild a stand-alone router table around a Woodpecker aluminum plate and a Triton TA-001 router. I’ve done an extenive Internet search for table designs and found many I like such as the Ultima...

01-30-2010 06:04 PM

Drill Press Laser Alignment Question - 4 replies

Hi All,I recently bought a Delta 17-950L drill press with the crosshair laser. I’m having some trouble with the laser alignment. It’s easy to get the lasers to cross at the base of the aignment pin or a drill bit, but I’m having trouble making the lasers lines parallel to the line on the alignment pin which is in the chuck. I...

01-24-2010 01:12 AM

220 vs 110 Volts - 18 replies

I just bought a jointer and the motor can be wired for either 220v or 110v. I’m planning to wire it for 220 because I assume that 220v would produce more power from the motor. I’m thinking this way because my more powerful tools (TS, planer, lathe) all run on 220. Is my assumption regarding power correct? Are there other advantag...

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