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07-13-2017 06:58 AM

What kind of oil should I use to sharpen a card scraper? - 8 replies

I’m trying to figure out how to get a sharp card scraper. I watched a video and it showed that you should use oil when using a burnishing iron. What kind of oil should I use? Would any household oil work or do I need something more specific? Thanks!

12-24-2015 11:26 PM

I need a craftsman in the Washington DC area - 2 replies

I’m trying to find a craftsman in the Washington DC area who I can pay to repair a dresser that I built and shipped out there a couple years ago. Does anyone have a lead for me? I would really appreciate it, thanks!

07-23-2015 05:08 PM

any craftsmen in the Boston area? - 2 replies

Hello everyone, I’m looking for someone in the Boston area who could do a repair for me. I recently shipped out a dresser to some customers out there and the shipping company damaged it. As best I can tell the damage is strictly cosmetic, so it will just require some finish work. If anyone is in that area and interested please let me...

07-12-2012 03:14 PM

need some advice about this antique grinder - 4 replies

I inherited this beautiful piece of machinery from a friend yesterday. It’s made by Mummert Dixon and It works, just needs a little cleaning up. Here’s my question- it appears to be an oil stone, is this true? And if so, what type of oil should I buy for it? And, do I put the oil directly on the wheel I’m going to use or do...

05-02-2012 05:04 PM

a little confused about watco danish oil - 46 replies

I use Watco Danish oil to finish pretty much everything, and for the longest time I was only using one or two coats and loved the way it looked. But, everyone kept telling me I should use at least three coats. So I started going to three, and I’m finding that the sheen is much slicker and shinier, which is OK but not really my preference...

04-26-2012 05:38 PM

Do I have anything good here? - 17 replies

A couple years ago, I was given free reign of my wife’s grandpa’s garage after he had passed away. Her grandpa was not any kind of serious woodworker that I know of, but he was somewhat of a tool hoarder and had also taken on some estates of some of his friends before he passed. So I gleefully took all kinds of tools that I knew I ...

03-23-2012 06:44 PM

template routering pin technique? - 5 replies

I trace a lot of templates with my router as I’m sure most of you do as well. I generally use double-sided tape to affix the template to the work, and this works fine, but is a bit slow since I have to change the tape fairly often, and the tape is not cheap. Recently I heard John Nyquist speak and I asked him how he does it, and he sai...

03-19-2012 07:11 PM

Do any of you use Bose noise-cancelling headphones? - 28 replies

I’ve been wanting to figure out a way to listen to music and/or the radio while I run my planer/drum sander/table saw etc. and I thought of the Bose noise-canceling headphones. I’ve heard they completely block out everything, but is that true even with heavy machinery? Does anyone wear these while they work in their shop? TheyR...

03-05-2012 07:18 PM

fixing veneer blemishes? - 2 replies

Hey everyone, I was refinishing a knock-off Eames chair this weekend when I encountered a common problem- I sanded through the veneer in a few places. Does anyone have a recommendation for hiding small places where this happens? I’ve tried to use stain pens but they are too broad and difficult to control where the stain goes, and plus...

01-16-2012 07:09 PM

Powderpost Beetles in my walnut!?! - 1 reply

Hey everyone, I built a bed out of walnut about 3 years ago and I love it, but my wife and I started noticing about a year ago that it was getting eaten up by little bugs. As best I can tell, the bugs are called powderpost beetles. They have made hundreds of tiny (the size of a ball-point pen head) holes, and every morning there is new sawd...

09-13-2011 08:05 AM

need some advice on cabinet doors - 16 replies

Hey Lumber Jocks, I need some help. I’m building an armiore and it’s going great except the doors aren’t lining up in the middle the way they should. The doors are baltic birch with Jatoba veneer and they seem to be warping, especially the door on the left near the top right corner. I tried to clamp a solid piece of wood ...

06-28-2011 08:31 AM

Burn Marks on my Drum Sander Sand Paper- what gives? - 24 replies

I recently bought a drum sander and it’s great, but I keep getting burn marks on the sandpaper. I have figured out that they can be avoided by taking lighter passes, and running the conveyor belt at slower speeds. OK, but even when I think I’m being extremely careful they still pop up when I’m not expecting it. The worst par...

02-23-2011 12:02 AM

clean edge on a piece of veneer? - 7 replies

I need to use some veneer and I don’t have a sheet big enough for my project so I’m planning to place several sheets side by side. The veneer I have does not have a clean edge though, so I’m trying to think of a way to get a good, clean edge. I was thinking that perhaps I could set the veneer on my table saw, set a plank of w...

02-22-2011 10:52 PM

strong, cheap wood? - 12 replies

I have a question for you all: If I don’t care about aesthetics but want a strong wood, what’s the best way to go? I’m building a piece where I need a strong support piece that will not be seen. I think Pine will be too soft and weak. So what should I use without wasting a piece of walnut that will never be seen?

01-13-2011 09:45 PM

chisel sharpening - 20 replies

This is probably a very silly question, but what’s the best way to go on sharpening chisels? I recently bought one of those tools that holds your chisel at a set angle while you take it back and forth across your stone, but I kind of get the feeling that a truly seasoned veteran would scoff at this. I don’t know, it seems like an a...

01-07-2011 06:51 PM

finding sander marks? - 13 replies

Hello fellow lumber jocks, you know how sometimes you think you’re done sanding only to apply a finish and the finish reveals sander marks that you didn’t see before? Does anyone know a trick to revealing these marks before applying precious finish? I’m building a table top out of solid cherry right now and it looks good but ...

12-14-2010 10:26 PM

Can you make a tenon with a router? - 19 replies

I’ve been contemplating how to get my tenons better with large pieces of lumber. I can get them pretty crisp with smaller projects, but with large stock it’s quite difficult to get the lumber to stay in place with the miter gauge. I was thinking of trying to make the tenon with a rabbit bit on a router, by just setting the proper d...

12-14-2010 10:19 PM

Problems with my DeWalt planer- please help! - 8 replies

I bought a DeWalt planer second hand and it seemed to work great at first but eventually started overheating. I checked the blades and realized they were dull, so I put brand new blades on. It worked OK for a while before shutting down completely (wouldn’t start up). I noticed that the brushes were blown out, so I ordered new ones and p...

09-28-2010 05:57 PM

Performax drum sander problem - 8 replies

Hey everyone, I have a performax 16 32 drum sander that I bought second hand. The problem that I’m having is that the conveyor belt keeps working it’s way towards the outside of the machine. If I don’t continually release the tension and move it back to the inside, the belt starts to tear, and the belts are expensive. I trie...

09-22-2010 06:01 PM

Legacy Ornamental Mill Model 1000 - 5 replies

I came across this tool, brand new, but I’m not 100% sure that I have all the parts. Does anyone have either an owner’s manual or instructional DVD that came with this tool? Or, any pictures of one assembled? Or any advice?

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