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10-09-2011 10:13 PM

Old thread - 159 replies

Weather you call him T-Chisel, T-Mac, Tommy Mac, or Thomas J. MacDonald- to me he’s a conundrum. You see, I’m not sure if I like him or hate him… I know I cringe every time I hear him say something like “Come on guys, you can do this, it’s not that hard…” which sounds to me like he’s really thin...

10-08-2011 05:29 PM

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TINY WORKSHOP! - 12 replies

I saw this video this morning and absolutely fell in love with this workshop! It’s all about his bench- which is wonderful in itself. But as you watch it, look at his quaint little workspace and all the hand tools. Makes me want to sell of my power tools and move my shop out to my garden shed (which is about the same size as his shop)! ...

10-03-2011 04:57 PM

My block plane has no identity! HELP! - 5 replies

Time for this plane to meet it’s maker! Just picked this one up for a song and need help figuring out who made it. At first glance it looks like a Stanley 9 1/2 low angle block plane. And that seems to be confirmed by the blade, which is indeed marked with “Stanley 9 1/2”. BUT… There is no logo anywhere on it. Below...

09-26-2011 01:22 AM

I'm gonna eat cake with my shirt off! Congratulate me! - 28 replies

I have so many people to thank! First, I’d like to send a shout out to the man upstairs- in whom all things are possible. (I wish he’d move out of my attic, but he IS my dad…) Yes, that’s right fellow Lumber Jockers! I’m ONE YEAR OLD today! I’ve been tolerated a full year on this site, like the guest that n...

09-18-2011 01:40 AM

Beer & Handplanes - 15 replies

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…. Sittin’ on the front porch as the sun goes down with a beer and another handplane I just found at an antique shop today. Could life get any better? It’s not a fancy plane, just a late 1800’s Stanley #20 transitional. But that doesn’t matter. Fact is I just finished some yard work, the smell of a fre...

09-12-2011 05:58 PM

Homemade Laminate Flooring? IT CAN'T BE POSSIBLE! - 19 replies

Homemade hardwood flooring… sure. But what homemade LAMINATE flooring? I’ve been throwing an idea around in my head about making laminate flooring for the house with a hardwood veneer. I got the idea from… you guessed it, commercialy made laminate flooring. They make that stuff out of a stable material with a photograph of w...

08-20-2011 01:30 AM

Learn Sketch-up without throwing-up... - 32 replies

My pencil is a nub and my eraser is smudging the paper. Time to move into the 21st century and learn Google Sketchup. I’ve used Sketchup a little and know the basics. (and by “basics” I mean I know how to draw a few lines) But I want to learn to use it effectively for designing woodworking projects. So here’s my questi...

08-15-2011 10:09 PM

HEY BUDDY- What the heck do you make in that shop? - 74 replies

I believe there are two kinds of woodworkers. Those who make things and those who make shops. I’m a little bit of both, but more of the latter. My shop has been built, torn apart, rearranged and reorganized a dozen times in the last couple of years. Just when I get it the way I want it, I tear it up and do it another “better” w...

08-14-2011 10:58 PM

List your homemade hand tools for me... (It's a matter of life and death) - 2 replies

Maybe the title is too dramatic, but it is a great question. I am looking for ideas on making my own heirloom quality hand tools. You know, like a marking gauges and all that good stuff that we all like to make with our exotic wood scraps. Some have even made their own dovetail saws and other more difficult things. I’m not looking for j...

05-28-2011 03:42 PM

Any ideas on uses for a Stanley #70 Box Scraper? - 33 replies

These things look neat, but are mostly useless. Has anyone ever came up with a use for one in the woodshop? For those who aren’t familliar with the Stanley #70, it was designed, not for woodworkers, but for companies who wanted to reuse wooden shipping crates. They could quickly scrape off the lettering on the side and repaint their...

05-18-2011 05:58 PM

A lot to LIKE about Lumber Jocks- PLEASE COMMENT! - 64 replies

Recently there’s been some criticism of the LJ site and its moderators. Some of it is very valid, and this thread is NOT intended to rehash any of those issues- so please don’t. But another of my friends just announced they are leaving this community and I thought it may be a good idea to offer a bit of balance. So I posted this topi...

04-22-2011 11:45 PM

Any LJ's out there do some Blacksmithing? - 39 replies

Woodworkers are tough, handsome, manly men. We make things with our hands, turn trees into dust and pee standing up (out the back door of the workshop). Blacksmithing seems like a natural next step for a woodworker to take. If we can rip wood, we can hammer iron, right? My great grandfather’s anvil just made it’s way into my shop....

04-13-2011 01:03 AM

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03-30-2011 03:44 AM

What to do with all the sawdust... - 46 replies

I vent my dust collector out to the backseat of my car and when it get’s full I drive over to my neighbor’s house and empty it out into his pool. It works for me, but what do you do with your saw dust? Some people bag it up and leave it for the garbage man. But there MUST be more creative ways to dispose of it. What do you do?

03-29-2011 07:48 PM

Band Saw or Bandsaw? And, do you really need a quick release? - 51 replies

Seems like whenever I do a band saw related search on the internet the search engine corrects me. if I search “Band Saw” is asks “Did you mean bandsaw” But if I type “Bandsaw” it wants to know if I meant the other way. I can’t seem to get it right. so let’s settle this once in for all- What the hec...

03-22-2011 09:10 PM

How much precision do you need in woodworking? - 142 replies

This morning GarageWoodWorks and I had a good natured debate about Starrett combination squares and it led to a question that I think is very interesting. So I thought I’d post it here… How much precision do you really need in woodworking, and how much of it is just overkill? From what I can see, there are two schools of thought. One appli...

03-06-2011 04:19 PM

Need Drill Press Help (What are your best improvements?) - 15 replies

I’ve got a reasonably nice 16 speed floor standing drill press which I am very satisfied with. It’s good BUT it could be great. I’ve seen some really nice, well designed improvements on Lumber Jocks. My question is- What improvements have you made to your drill press that you REALLY like? I’m looking for the ...

03-03-2011 05:04 PM

Need a Workshop Computer? READ THIS! - 5 replies

Need a new computer for the workshop? I got an email from Computergeeks.com this morning. They often have super closeouts for limited times. This morning they have a brand new Dell Pentium 4 PC with Windowx XP Pro for just $99! You can get an LCD monitor for another $79! I’ve bought a lot of stuff from Computer Geeks over the years,...

03-02-2011 05:33 PM

Make your own Band Saw Riser Block? - 29 replies

Like a lot of you, I enjoy the challenge of creating a solution rather than buying one. Well, I have a 14” band saw that needs a riser block. Why spend $100+ when I could make one? Any ideas on how to do it? First of all, I don’t weld well, so iron plate is out. And hiring a machine shop is out, I may as well just buy a commercial...

02-23-2011 05:55 PM

The Stumpy Nubs Show needs help with a LATHE TOOL RACK - 16 replies

Recently I’ve been working with some of my fellow LJ’s on an idea for a new woodworking video podcast, and I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas. So many, in fact, that I’m already starting to move from the overall development phase to working on plans for the first episode. Here’s a quick rundown of what the show will be like… - We’ve decided on ...

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