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01-28-2018 04:13 AM

Good deal on a used 3hp DC - 2 replies

Found this on an auction site, good potential for a great deal for a 3hp cyclone DC

01-12-2018 08:23 PM

Sharpening Turning Tools - 6 replies

So, bought a smallish lathe and a few HSS turning tools from Lee Valley. Also bought a Wolverine sharpening jig for my 8” slow speed grinder. However….there seems to be 10000 different opinions about how to sharpen lathe tools. Several of the books I have on turning recommend just using 80 grit wheels on the grinder and then a quick ...

12-26-2017 07:34 PM

Best Lathe for under $1000 - 21 replies

I apologize for this topic; I never wanted to be the guy that posts a “what __ should I buy”. I know very little about lathes and don’t really have any interest in turning, but my wife really wants me to get a lathe so that she can learn to turn bowls etc. Any suggestions on what would be a good starter lathe, how much swing is...

04-24-2017 02:21 AM

How many use a shooting board regularly - 18 replies

My last several projects have involved long, wide boards for casework. I find it really difficult to get precise 90 degree crosscuts on my mitre saw despite a lot of effort to tune it, and cross-cutting 8ft long boards on the tablesaw, even with a large cross cut sled is very difficult. I imagine that wide boards used to get cut by hand and then...

08-02-2014 04:12 AM

Accuracy in Woodworking - 4 replies

I know that there has been may different discussions on LJ’s over the years with regard to accuracy and tolerances in WW, especially with machine setup. Here’s an interesting video by Bridge City Tools that demonstrates the difference of just a few thousands of an inch in joint tightness: ...

04-14-2014 03:25 PM

Wood for Bathroom Counter - 13 replies

Hey all, I’m in the planning stages of remodelling my bathroom; I’m looking at doing a wood countertop for the vanity, however I have some concerns about this. The bathroom is probably the most punishing environment for wood with changes in humidity; exposure to water from the sink etc. I could use a self levelling “bar top...

04-01-2014 07:30 AM

Cheap Machine HP upgrade - 11 replies

So, I was at the BORG last week and they had a sale on 6.5hp shop vacs. I was shocked that I could get 6.5hp out of such a small motor, especially at only 120V. However, I’ve been wanting to upgrade some of my larger machines for a long time; so I bought a few of the shop vacs and took the motors out and replaced the motors on my DC (previ...

01-19-2014 05:19 AM

New ads - 44 replies

As discussed in a couple of other topics today, it looks like LJ’s has made a few changes to the way they advertise. Unfortunately the ads I’m getting are not really appropriate. Unusual because I’ve never had anything like this show up on LJ’s before. Here’s a screen shot: Kind of embarrassing to open this up at...

08-03-2013 05:02 PM

Dogs in the Shop - 28 replies

Hey all, My wife and I just got an older black lab from a dog rescue association. She’s a beautiful friendly dog (as most labs are!) and of course wants to be where we are. I’ve been quite hesitant to take her into my shop with me; I’m concerned about damaging her hearing with all the power tools. I have the benefit of wearing...

07-08-2013 01:23 AM

Freud blade sharpening in Canada - 3 replies

Anyone in Canada know of a good sharpener for Freud saw blades? The town I live in doesn’t have anyone that will sharpen sawblades and I haven’t found too many options in Canada on the internet. I have a couple of blades that are crying to be sharpened and even with the cost of mailing them out to get sharpened, it is still cheaper t...

04-19-2013 08:04 AM

Even Sheen with Poly - 15 replies

I’m in the process of finishing a slab of redwood burl. I’ve put 2 coats of Minwax natural stain on it, and I want to now put several coats of polyurethane on top. I experiemented a bit on the underside of the slab with gloss poly and the sheen was quite uneven. Any tricks to getting a nice even sheen when using poly? I typically use...

04-12-2013 04:34 PM

LJ Membership expiry - 62 replies

I had way too much time on my hands this morning and scrolled through the 1032 pages of “members” who have signed up for an LJ account but never posted. 1032 pages x 35 members/page = 36120 LJ “members” who have contributed nothing to this site other than a numbers boost. This is more than half of the total LJ membership....

02-25-2013 06:34 PM

Stabilizing punky wood slab - 17 replies

Hey all, I have a large slab of redwood burl that I want to make into a coffee table. As you can see from the pics, some of the wood on the edges is pretty soft. I have read about turners using epoxy/CA glue to stabilize wood for small turning projects, however I’m not sure how I’d use CA glue to stabilize the large edge of this sla...

02-14-2013 05:06 AM

How many types of Wood in your shop? - 19 replies

I use wood scraps from my shop in my wood stove. I sometimes have a unique mix of scraps that end up in the fire. It makes me curious what species of wood we all have in our shops at any one time. Here’s what is currently in my shop:Walnut, Oak, Maple, Cedar, Poplar, Pine, Cherry, Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Yellowheart, African Blackwood, Che...

01-07-2013 07:46 PM

Bench length without sagging - 9 replies

Hey all, I’m building a bench out of a slab of elm to compliment a elm slab trestle table I’ve made for the dining room. The slab is ~2 1/2” thick and about 75” long. I’m just curious if it would be strong enough to support 4 people without bowing in the middle or if I’ll have to design some sort of support ...

12-14-2012 10:45 PM

How do you mortise? - 66 replies

Hey all, I am curious how everyone cuts their mortise’s. I have tried a couple of different methods (hand cut, router, drill press) and not really been satisfied with ease and/or accuracy. I know that there are probably as many different ways of cutting mortises as their are LJ’s; how does everyone do theirs?

10-31-2012 01:00 AM

Fixing Cracks in Slabs part 2 - 4 replies

Another question for those of you who’ve worked with large slabs; I have some cracks on the bottom of a large elm slab that I’m going to use for a tabletop. The crack is about 1/2 deep in a 2 1/2” thick slab. I don’t care about the appearance (it’s going to be the underside of the tabletop) but I would not be happy ...

10-27-2012 05:49 PM

Fixing Cracks in Slabs - 18 replies

I’m building a dining room table using several 2.5” thick slabs of elm. On one of the ends there are a couple of long cracks through the slabs. I’ve seen many tables like this with “butterflies” over the cracks; my questions for those of you that have done this:-is this necessary to stop the cracks from progressing?...

06-11-2012 04:41 PM

Summertime Lull - 8 replies

I’ve realized that I’ve barely been on LJ’s over the past month. Mostly my time on LJ’s directly correlates with the amount of time I spend woodworking. As summertime approaches I’ve barely spent any time in the shop over the past month, and though I have several projects in mind, I have little desire to build them ...

06-09-2012 03:47 PM

Future of Ebony - 1 reply

I found this quite an interesting video. I applaud Bob Taylor for his efforts to harvest ebony in a more ecologically sound manner. I think that we’ll still see a lot of different “exotic” woods become unavailable in the next 50 years though; some of the hard wood trees have taken over 100 years to grow, our rate of harvesting ...

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