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02-15-2011 02:39 AM

What's a Yooper? - 41 replies

Here’s a question for my fellow LJ’s… What’s A Yooper? Since all posts need to be woodworking related since the coffee lounge disappeared, I’ll admit that this has a little bit to do with me and my plans for a new woodworking show. So, as part of my market research… What’s a Yooper? (Hint- it isn&#...

02-10-2011 07:10 PM

Another dust collection idea- What do you think? - 74 replies

I got some great advise on my homemade dust collection thread this week (about using 2 HF collectors and building my own square ducts), but all of that got me thinking… Maybe there’s an easier, cheaper AND better way! All the experts say you need a powerful cyclone with a big expensive filter and large 6” ducts, not to menti...

02-10-2011 06:47 PM

A New Internet Woodworking Show- Any Ideas? - 5 replies

(Note- this is part of my recent blog on Lumber Jocks, but I wanted to put it in the Forum too because many don’t read the blogs and I need as many Ideas as I can get…) No point in boring you with the specifics that have filled my days since the snow began to fall here. But I thought I’d try and chat with you a little bit on one o...

02-08-2011 04:15 AM

Cheap tools- What's your best find? - 85 replies

I was in Harbor Freight the other day and right before I blacked out from the fumes of all that orange plastic in the power tool department I wondered, what was the best “cheap tool” buy I ever found. I realize that cheap tools usually mean bad tools. But occasionally you find a real diamond in the rough. So I thought I might ...

02-07-2011 10:53 PM

Dust collector mod on the cheap- Will it work? - 105 replies

I have been using the 2hp/5 micron/1550cfpm Harbor Freight dust collector for over a year now and love it. But it’s really intended to be rolled around the shop and hooked with short lengths of hose. A while back I mounted it in a corner, added a trash can lid cyclone and ran 4” pvc ducts all through the shop with blast gates. I ...

02-01-2011 03:29 PM

American Made vs. Cheaper Imports- what to do... - 117 replies

(Edit) I wrote this thread a long time ago to gauge woodworkers’ feelings on buying American made tools vs. foreign made. It ran its course, became a little more political than I would have liked, and died. Over a thousand days later it came back to life. So I am pulling out. Not because I disagree with your right to talk politics all you ...

02-01-2011 02:01 AM

New Woodcraft Ad - 19 replies

Maybe this is a wierd thread, but I got the latest Woodcraft Ad in the mail today and while I weas sitting on the toilet reading it I picked out a couple of things I wanted. In fact, it’s a real highlight of my month when the ad comes because I like to look at the products and dream about what I would like to buy. Here’s a link to the o...

12-25-2010 10:12 PM

Tricked our stationary sanders? Any ideas? - 3 replies

I have three stationary sanders and would like to make them into the ULTIMATE SANDING STATION! Here’s what I want out of my sanding station… 1. Speed of sanding small and medium sized and project parts for small scale production using three grits (120, 220, 320) 2. Accuracy. Most stationary sanders quickly ruin the flatness...

12-24-2010 04:17 PM

Ever use an antique wood body plane? - 13 replies

I am sure some of you have used them, but I wanted to know what you had to do to make them useable. I have a collection of very old, solid wood bench planes. Whenever I see one at an antique shop or estate salee, i just HAVE to buy it. I love history and these just make me think about the craftsman who labored with it 150 years ago. As you ca...

12-24-2010 04:13 PM

Ever use an antique wood body plane? - 2 replies

I am sure some of you have used them, but I wanted to know what you had to do to make them useable. I have a collection of very old, solid wood bench planes. Whenever I see one at an antique shop or estate salee, i just HAVE to buy it. I love history and these just make me think about the craftsman who labored with it 150 years ago. As you ca...

12-20-2010 11:49 PM

Ultimate Sharpening System - 32 replies

In my blog I began a discussion with some of the veteran Lumber Jocks about sharpening. I KNOW, I know, this has been covered before, in fact many times. But I am taking some time to “perfect” every tool in my shop. And I believe the best path toward perfect is through the experiance of the woodworkers on this site. Since the tool I ...

12-04-2010 02:22 AM

Wood kitchen sink- Can it be done? - 24 replies

I have made my mind up. As part of my complete kitchen remodel, I am making a wood kitchen sink. I know it’s possible because I’ve seen some websites selling beautiful wooden sinks for the bathroom, even bath tubs. So there’s no reason to believe the idea couldn’t be applied to a kitchen sink. My idea is a farmhouse st...

11-30-2010 06:57 PM

3 Trend Blades for $99 @ Woodcraft- Worth it or not? - 6 replies

Just got the new Woodcraft ad and they have a set of three trend blades (Rip, crosscut & fine finish) in a nice aluminum storage case for $99. I’ve never tried the trend blades, but am in the market for some new mid-range blades, so wondered if anyone has tried them and if they think the price is good. I know there are a lot better ...

11-26-2010 03:13 AM

The most important shop fixture- the Shop Dog! - 153 replies

I recently recieved a visitor at my workshop that never left. She’s a tiny, trembling little mutt not much bigger than a cat and had clearly been homeless for a while. I live in a small town but couldn’t locate her owner and I didn’t have the heart to turn her out. So I have two shopdogs now. Maya (below) we’ve had for...

11-13-2010 11:46 PM

Help with homemade clamps! - 19 replies

I’m making a lot of items that need to be glued up, and the shape makes using tape to hold them impossible. I need LOTS of small clamps. So I’m making my own- about 80 of them. I’ve seen a lot of wood cam clamps on this site and like them. What is youe experiance with them? Ever make your own? I also notice that most have re...

10-30-2010 01:15 AM

Ever build your own powered sharpening system? - 5 replies

In my blog (Starting a Woodworking Business) I have been having a discussion about sharpening plane and chisel blades. Everyone seems to use the standard stones, diamonds or paper powered by elbow grease. Others use one of the powered sharpening systems out there like a Tormek or a Work Sharp. My question is, have you ever designed and built ...

10-28-2010 09:08 PM

Carbide lathe tools-Ever make your own? - 91 replies

Ever see those lathe tools that have little replaceable carbide tips? Here’s a website that sells them for $120 each. My question is, why couldn’t you just buy a piece of rolled steel rod, tap a hole and mount a cutter on the end and make your own wood handle? The cutte...

10-01-2010 02:32 AM

Lumberyard Bargain - 18 replies

A year and a half ago I came upon a guy selling cut-offs from the lumber yard in neat stacks in his front yard as fire wood. For $30 a stack (works out to about $50 a face cord which is the going rate for good split firewood here). I bought about 2000 board feet of 4/4 and 8/4 maple, white oak and black walnut. A good amount of nicely figured ma...

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