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02-11-2011 11:11 PM

how to join 3/16" hardboard floor edges? - 6 replies

I’m helping a buddy buddy tomorrow to build a seamless wall. We’re framing out a 2×4 stage floor with 3/4” ply on top, then on top of that goes a surface of 3/16” hardboard. Adding difficulty is that near the wall we’re curving things up along curved plywood ribs (think fins with 90° circles cut out, ~3.5’...

01-18-2011 08:30 AM

walnut + maple end grain drink coasters finish? - 7 replies

I had some leftovers from a walnut and maple end grain cutting board, and realized I could make end grain coasters to match it. I have 4 little ~4”x4” striped square blocks, about 1/2” thick now. I’ll be finishing the cutting board with butcher block oil, which will significantly yellow the maple. I considered using it fo...

02-27-2010 10:17 AM

Can't remember what this bench component is called... - 18 replies

I was introduced to them by Steve, who brought his bench to the recent swap meet at Anderson Plywood. It’s a simple device, often on the outside end of a leg vise into which you can wedge the end of a variety of widths of board. The more you plane toward the board end (and this hook), the more it wedges itself into a tight grip against the...

01-16-2010 08:58 AM

YouTube videos no longer show up on LJs - 9 replies

I was trying to post a YouTube video to my blog here last night, but previewing it, there was nothing there. I gave up for the night, but today after browser restarts and everything, they don’t show up. I went back to old videos I’d posted, and they aren’t in the posts anymore. It’ll say something like “Check out th...

01-07-2010 11:25 PM

woods known to be safe for cutting boards? - 26 replies

I know black walnut (Juglans nigra) and sugar maple (Acer saccharum) are old favorites, but I’m really looking for a few more colors to work with in end-grain cutting boards. There are plenty of beautiful exotic imports that really aren’t very safe. Ideally, I’d like a handful of additional colors to choose from that have prope...

09-11-2009 11:45 PM

Making my own Sorby Sandmaster discs - 22 replies

I like my new Sorby Sandmaster, but the hook-and-loop discs go for $6.59/10pk for 60-grit, whether through Rockler, or Amazon. They’re only 2” diameter, and I’ve shown already that I can go through 1 or 2 of each grit on a single piece – anywhere from 5-10 by the time I’m done. The price is just not there. If my ...

08-04-2009 07:36 PM

Anyone recognize this dark orange wood? - 17 replies

There’s a picture at Woodcraft at this 2-inch bowl sander link. It’s the darker of the 2 woods in the example bowl being sanded. I thought maybe padauk by the color, but it’s not really like any padauk I’ve seen. I like it, and would like to one day use it, but I’m the detail-oriented sort and like to read up on eve...

07-25-2009 10:32 PM

no more email updates? - 15 replies

I just realized that I haven’t really gotten any comments on my latest blog post, so I went in to check. There were 5. I only got a notice on the first one, some 26+ hours ago. Is there something new or different that I need to do to ensure I get notified of comments? I haven’t gotten any updates, even on other posts to which I’...

06-26-2009 01:10 PM

cocobolo turning blanks, on the cheap - 1 reply

Rockler sells 1.5”sq ×12” cocobolo turning blanks for $5.99USD (currently $4.79 on special). I just happened upon this site, which claims through “manager’s specials” to offer cocobolo at over $50 off bundles vs. other sites. They have a bundle of 38 blanks in the size I mentioned for $120. At Rockler’s discou...

06-16-2009 03:38 AM

plywood stickers? - 7 replies

I’m on the verge of resawing things now, and it’s time to think about stacking and stickering the small slabs I’ll be creating. Any reason not to use 1” strips of plywood? I’m not stacking huge slabs. Everything will be from logs between 3” and 11” wide, and under 3’ long. Is 3/4” plywood thi...

06-06-2009 03:51 AM

Rockler 9'' Quick-Release Wood Vise - on sale tomorrow - 5 replies

Here it is It’s 21% off currently, but for Father’s Day, it goes on sale at nearly 50% off tomorrow, down from $115 to $60. Any thoughts? Anyone used it? Is it worth it? I’m curious about the quality, and whether or not it’s worth it, even at half the price. The only other vises I have are a huge metal drill press vise...

05-29-2009 01:21 AM

laundering dust collection bags? - 17 replies

I’ve been meaning to research this for weeks, and I finally remembered. I found this on the subject, which is pretty fancy. I have a Delta AP400, bought on a sale from Rockler (no longer sold on their site). I only just realized how bad the collection bags are: 30 micron! Still, it’s way better than nothing. The suction has been g...

05-02-2009 01:58 AM

Irwin Quick Grip® 12" clamps on sale at Rockler stores tomorrow (May 2nd, 2009) - 6 replies

I’ve seen some posts from folks here who swear by these things. I even picked up 4 from Rockler on their last sale after all the glowing reports here, and they’ve come in handy. It’s in-store only, but if you’ve got a Rockler in your area, they’re marked down from $23 to $10 for the next month, starting tomorrow as ...

04-06-2009 09:16 PM

Who says miter saws have no kickback? - 4 replies

Title is a riff on padre's post on band saws. Maybe no one says miter saws have no kickback, but they’ve long been regarded by me as ‘the safe circular saw.’ I had the same problem yesterday cutting round stock. After too much work with a great carpenter saw cutting up Eucalyptus logs and branches, I realized my Home Depot-b...

03-21-2009 12:03 AM

quick and dirty green wood sealer? - 7 replies

I got my hands on some Eucalyptus this week. I cut a few pieces off the long thin tree last night, and even did a small, green turning (pencil holder cup thing), but it’s splitting. Everything’s splitting, and fast. Before I cut the rest into logs and turning blanks for drying, is there a quick and local thing I can use to seal the e...

03-14-2009 06:37 PM

wood stabilization for turning blanks? - 20 replies

I did a lot of research last night on stabilizing wood. I should note up front that I’m not interested in sending it out to be professionally stabilized, nor in buying the many available blanks out there. I’m a process nut, and just love trying out new techniques, even more so than creating finished products, and the more esoteric, t...

02-26-2009 12:38 PM

Dust collector as spray booth? - 10 replies

This is something that’s popped in and out of mind over the last couple of years. Has anyone heard of, or had an experience with building a little spray booth/box hooked to a dust collector to draw in the fumes? Of course, I don’t want all of that going into my pipes and hoses, and don’t want flammables flying past the motor, o...

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