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09-11-2015 07:09 PM

Getting Settled in the New Shop and a New Table Saw - 25 replies

Well, we had a little organizing fest this past weekend, so I managed to get all the shop equipment laid out in my little corner of the barn that I will eventually frame in to make that corner my new shop. Also spent some time Wednesday and most of the day Thursday assembling and adjusting my new table saw. Things are looking up. ...

09-02-2015 11:33 PM

There's no place like home... - 9 replies

The new place and all of our belongings in the pole building which will someday house my shop

08-26-2015 11:17 PM

Looks like I came to the right place... - 25 replies

Those of you who know me know that I’m quite fond of hand tools, and that I just got finished moving out of my home of 13 years and in with the in-laws to take care of them. So I’m out in my father in law’s pole building today where all of my belongings are being stored while I build the new shop, and this is what I came across...

08-20-2015 10:06 PM

How to join two plywood corners - Has anyone seen a product like this picture - 9 replies

I’m getting ready to replace all four plywood sides of my utility trailer, and I want to improve the way the corners are handled. I envisioned a type of corner channel like my sketchup model below, that would allow me to slide the edges of the plywood where they meet to make a corner into this channel. I made this channel up, hoping that t...

08-17-2015 12:51 AM

Updates on the Move - 12 replies

Never would have thought at the beginning of this move that I’d have the stones to take this monster – 450 lbs of planer, over on my little tilt trailer. I thought I’d have to rent a lift truck, but here we go…

07-25-2015 08:53 PM

Updates and a slight detour in the journey of life - 46 replies

Hello to all of my friends, Well, as we get ready for the big move to McMinnville there was a slight bug splat… By Monday the 20th, I had the entire shop packed up, along with the music studio and goodly number of books in the basement. Then disaster, at around 12:45 AM on Tuesday I took a bad spill in the living room and hit my hea...

07-13-2015 02:05 AM

Life Changing Events - 33 replies

Something life changing is going on for my wife and I. Our landlady passed a few months ago, and we were recently informed that the kids who inherited all of her houses don’t want to deal with rental properties, so we have to move. My wife’s Dad has Parkinson’s, her mother has Alzheimer’s. They’ve been aski...

06-05-2015 07:38 PM

Nothing here. - 9 replies

Edit in progress

05-14-2015 06:49 PM

How to Stick it to Stickley - 66 replies

Well, Stickley really knows how to put the Stick in Stickley. I requested some information from them on their #703 finish because I have a client who wants me to refinish a 1994 Stickley dining room table. They refused to even give me any guidance, much less tell me about their formulation, citing it as being proprietary. Thank God for ...

05-03-2015 07:14 PM

Requesting Help on making two dining room table leaves - 16 replies

I have a refinishing customer who wants me to manufacture two leaves for an antique Duncan-Fife dining room table. She believes it’s solid Mahogany, but I’m not so sure that it’s not some sort of composite or veneered laminate. Anyway, my experience tells me that making leaves out of solid wood is risky to say the least because...

04-25-2015 07:09 PM

How to Eliminate Band Saw Blade Drift - 21 replies

This article appears in popular woodworking from the August 2006 issue #156 Make Drift a Myth Thought it would be a good share as this continues to be a pervasive problem. This is the magic bullet for making your own veneers.

03-27-2015 02:27 AM

I'm Baffled.... - 6 replies

Okay, I made this lovely Thien baffle for my new HF dust collector. and my plan was to vent it to the outside, I’ve read that’s the best thing to do, especially since the HF filter bag is only good for 5 micron particles, and from what I’ve read, the most dangerous ones are in the 2-3 micron range. So I thought that ...

03-20-2015 06:54 PM

Calling All Shopsmith Owners - A Dust Collection Question - 43 replies

Well this is my first day back on my feet since Monday, when I suffered a severe allergic reaction to some Spanish Cedar I was sanding for the liner of a humidor build I am doing. I was using a NIOSH certified face mask with a P100 rating. I guess I didn’t have it fitted to my face properly, and a little of the obnoxious dust got in, maybe...

03-15-2015 01:37 AM

Home Made Dado Stacks - Genius or Lunacy - 45 replies

I was divided about where to post this, but ultimately since I’m wondering if this is safe, this is where it wound up. After looking at multi – hundred dollar dado sets, I had to ask myself, “Self, what really is the difference between a bunch of saw blades mounted on the same arbor and an “official” dado stack? ...

03-07-2015 05:25 PM

Kerfing Plane - 8 replies

As Mark TWW would say, only those of us of the “galoot” persuasion might appreciate this amazing and unique hand tool. Go to time mark 2:40 to see it in action. I thought this was the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. View on YouTube

03-06-2015 03:00 AM

Please say a prayer for a good man's wife - 11 replies

My friend Ryan Ramsey of told me today that his wife had been hospitalized with a blood clot in her heart and was going to have to undergo surgery to get it removed. Could we all take a moment and say a short prayer for her speedy recovery. Thanks,Jerry

02-27-2015 04:12 PM

What is the best way to put a top on a box? - 9 replies

Okay, I know it might seem a little strange for me to be asking this question after I’ve made so many boxes. Every time I make a box I wonder, is this really the best way to put a top on the box? When I did my first boxes I just glued the top onto the box, later I started putting in captive bottoms on the boxes, but I knew that would look ...

02-25-2015 04:09 PM

Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off!!! - 5 replies

I know that as I get older, I have a harder and harder time controlling my weight. I just found this video today and was so astonished, I thought I’d share it with all of you. View on YouTube

02-11-2015 10:26 PM

How to embed YouTube videos now that they have removed the "Use old embed code" button - 2 replies

Those of you who were embedding videos from youtube in the past know that since this site does not support flash or iframes that you had to use the “use old embed code” option on YouTube. Well, true to form, YouTube has messed things up again, the button is gone, and the old embed code is no longer available from YouTube, but take he...

01-28-2015 07:28 PM

Does anyone know how to make foam inserts for boxes? - 17 replies

I just finished a box that I want to turn into a harmonica case for a friend of mine. He’s a professional musician and has several harmonicas, all of varying sizes. I want to make a foam insert for the inside of the box that is cut to fit each harmonica exactly. I don’t have a laser cutter and it would probably be too expensive to ha...

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