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05-05-2019 03:02 PM

Notice for Firefox users! - 1 reply

I noticed my Firefox add-ons were not working this morning and I found out why . . . Due to expired certificate, all Firefox extensions disabledThom Holwerda 2019-05-04 Mozilla, Gecko 10 Comments Update: a partial fix has been shipped by Mozilla A few hours ago a security certificate that Mozilla used to sign Firefox add-ons expired. Wh...

03-08-2019 04:45 PM

Envisioning every step of a project before beginning - 26 replies

I was just sitting on the porcelain throne (where I do some of my best thinking) pondering a project I am about to begin. It is something I have never done before so I wanted to look for trouble and the best procedure to do the job. Going through each step in my mind, I thought about the best series of steps. Imagining different ways to accompli...

09-03-2018 03:27 PM

A glue for large laminates - 8 replies

I am contemplating a project that will require a rather large lamination and I am looking into a glue with the longest open working life before setting. My usual “go to” glue is Titebond, however this will set far faster than I need. Many years ago I used the old powdered glues like Weldwood (mixed with water) and resorcinol glue (dr...

05-07-2018 05:45 PM

The Neolithic Toolkit - 3 replies

Interesting reading: This is for all of you “back in history” woodworkers. Ron Aylor note! Archaeologist Experiments With Possible Bronze Age Saw BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA—Science News reports that archaeologist Nicholas Blackwell of Indiana University built a pendulum saw to test stone-cutting techniques that may have been emplo...

04-27-2018 01:59 AM

A thread for the damn fool things you have collected in your shop - 35 replies

Way back in the 1970s in a moment of insanity I ran across this thing at a local surplus tool place and thought it might be converted into something useful, so I bought it for $5. Here it is forty years later and it still sits unused. As it is the only one I have ever seen in my 77 years and it has never been used by anyone (it still has the tag...

03-20-2018 02:02 PM

A scientific study on why we like to build stuff - 9 replies

I have often wondered why I am driven to build things. This finally answers it. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/handiwork-how-busy-hands-can-alter-our-brain-chemistry/

12-26-2017 10:55 PM

Is Magnolia wood a suitable woodworking wood? - 4 replies

I ask this question a I read where the much loved and famous old magnolia called the Jackson Magnolia that dates from the days of President Andrew Jackson is to be cut down due to age and decay. It is located next to the White House on the south facade and is the oldest on the White House grounds. This has been decided by the United States Natio...

12-19-2017 04:21 PM

Suspicions confirmed . . . - 54 replies

Looking at the Lee Valley website online I ran across this vise which I have and is one of the best small bench top vises available. I love it! Available from Lee Valley for only $55.00! http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=75852&cat=51&ap=1 Or . . . you can buy the exact same vise from Harbor Freight for only $22.99 wh...

12-04-2017 02:18 PM

US enables China to sell tools cheap in USA - 2 replies

”As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A ‘Free Ride’ https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/11/27/americans-are-receiving-unordered-parcels-from-chinese-e-criminals-and-cant-do-anything-about-it/#758d635873da As the rates of the U.S. Postal Service continue on their precipitous ascent,...

11-02-2017 12:38 AM

Air compressor motor overheating - any thoughts to fix? - 11 replies

I have a 2 HP tank-type air compressor with a capacitor start electric motor. I bought the compressor (for home workshop use) way back in early 1970s from Sears. It runs fine, but lately after about 15 min. of use it quits. The “overheat” button on the motor pops out. After letting it cool off, I can push the “overheat” b...

05-08-2017 01:28 PM

We need a new way to post tips and tricks here - 32 replies

I am proposing that Lumberjocks add an additional section like the present “Projects, Blogs, Forums, Reviews, Videos, Shops, Jocks” for Tips and Tricks. I as well as other old timers have accumulated a number of ways of handling things that others would benefit from. Noting these in a thread in the Forums section doesn’t work a...

03-19-2017 02:29 PM

Glue suggestions for applying a felt box liner - 10 replies

I am working on a display/storage box for a project and will be lining the inside with felt for the protection of the project. It will be a fitted case so there will be small compartments to line. For this reason I would rather be able to brush on the glue rather than use a spray can of Spraymount. I have heard that white glue can be thinned wit...

02-18-2017 02:12 PM

The easy setting of plane blade depth after sharpening - 3 replies

I finished up sharpening all of my hand wood planes last night to a razor edge, the test on each one being to shave the hair off my forearm with ease. While putting the blades back in and setting them to take off a paper thin shaving I thought I might pass along one of the many “tricks” I have accumulated over 60 years of woodworking. To eas...

11-07-2016 03:00 PM

A zero clearance table saw insert from ALUMINUM - 8 replies

I have a Hammer sliding table saw that has a long thin opening for the saw blade. I tried making a zero clearance blade insert from wood but found it to be too flimsy. Then I tried making one out of aluminum and it worked like a charm! Many woodworkers forget aluminum can be easily cut with woodworking carbide blades and even regular steel saws...

11-06-2016 04:16 AM

How to store a wet paintbrush up to 3 days for reuse - 16 replies

Its a pain to have to clean a paintbrush after use when you are going to use it the next day for the next coat. Here is a quick cure for that. Wrap the wet paint brush tightly in aluminum foil to keep the air out. I have found a wrapped paint brush can go three days and still be wet and pliable for putting on the next coat. After three days it b...

08-12-2016 02:51 PM

The Making of a Step Stool - a very scary horror movie! - 3 replies

Here is a great video for all of us woodworkers who also like horror movies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84PCB3QE8mY Planeman

05-18-2016 03:16 PM

How to store CA glue almost indefinately on your work bench - 27 replies

As a long time user of CA (cyanoacrylic) glue I have developed some methods of use and storage that I want to pass along. The stuff is expensive as glues go and constantly throwing out old hard glue and going to the hardware store for more is a pain. So here is the method of storage to combat that.. Forget the refrigerator storage. It really ...

05-14-2016 05:37 PM

You cannot sue some Chinese companies for faulty products as they are "state entities"! - 5 replies

This is recommended reading! Some Chinese state-owned entities, backed by the key government agency that oversees major state industrial companies, have adopted a controversial defense when they face U.S. lawsuits: You can’t touch us because we enjoy sovereign immunity. Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China’s biggest state-o...

05-02-2016 03:38 PM

I anticipate Chinese made tools & machines will soon rise in price - 30 replies

I am 75 years old and have seen a lot. I watched the Japanese undercut the USA prices while making excellent cars and machines during the 1970s and early 1980s. I also watched the Japanese prices rise to equal USA cars and machines in the late 1980s and 1990s. I am now watching the same scenario with China. Add to that the very good chance tha...

06-23-2015 12:26 AM

Heads up! Nice Dewalt DW734 Planer at auction, San Clemente Ca. - 0 replies

Nice looking Dewalt planer. Anyone near San Clemente, Ca. should look into it. http://www.machinerymax.com/Listing/Details/1020799/Dewalt-DW734-Planer?utm_source=Copy+of+j1&utm_campaign=CC&utm_medium=email Planeman

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