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09-08-2016 06:24 PM

Sanding Complex Contours Trick: Mold the Molding! - 0 replies

In a recent crib project I routed a complex moulding with fine detail. I was trying to figure out how to sand a complex molding without messing it up. I poked around on the internet and found that the two most common suggestions were to hand shape hard foam insulation, or use a rotary sanding tool on a drill. I didn’t have either, and neit...

07-31-2014 04:13 PM

Cutting Board With Thick Veneer: Asking for Delamination? - 2 replies

I saw a lovely quilted maple cutting board created by FJPetruso recently and I was really impressed. It got me thinking about using thick veneers on cutting boards. It takes less work to produce cutting boards using a thick 1/4” veneer, than it does to laminate a bunch of boards together, but it looks like a million bucks. http://lumber...

02-07-2014 06:07 PM

Really Weird Email for Editor's Choice Award in my Inbox - 37 replies

I just got a weird email in my inbox this morning saying that my project got an editors choice award. At first I thought it was a joke, and then I followed the link in the email that showed the project in the editors choice area of the projects. The reason that this is so weird is that it wasn’t an especially great project. It was just ...

02-07-2014 05:50 PM

Ingenious Forked Stretcher by Sergeich: Input Needed for Implementation - 3 replies

There is a project posted recently by Sergeich that I can’t stop thinking about. It is a simple stool, that incorporates a forked stretcher. At a glance, it’s just a lovely, solid, well made stool. The stretcher is forked which has visual appeal, but you need to look closely at the forked stretcher to appreciate how marvelous this pr...

01-27-2014 06:48 PM

Anchor Seal Classic Alternative - 12 replies

I’ve been doing a bit of research into the best end sealer to use on 3000bdft of lumber that’s being cut on my Dad’s land this week (ash, maple, yellow birch, paper birch, oak). It sounds like there is some consensus that anchorseal classic is the best product for this, and that the winter formulation is the thing to get given ...

01-26-2014 07:13 PM

A (Grizzly) Bear of a Tool Gloat: Score of a Lifetime - 55 replies

I feel like I should post this tool gloat to give hope to patient craiglist-trolling Lumberjocks everywhere. Weeks of seeing crazy prices for beaten down junk can wear you down. After literally months of watching every craigslist in a 100 mile radius to find a good bandsaw at a decent price, I hit the mother-lode. All of the tools were a few ...

01-26-2014 03:11 PM

Retrofitting a brake on a bandsaw - 33 replies

I just picked up a Grizzly G0514X 19” bandsaw on craigslist for $600. I wanted to get a 14” delta bandsaw, but every time they popped up on craigslist the deltas were in rough shape, and they still wanted $600. The Grizzly is a much bigger saw than I was Iooking for, but it’s in fantastic shape. It looks like it’s brand-n...

01-17-2014 05:58 PM

Got Riving Knife? Tablesaw Kickback Demonstration Video For Class... Wow - 13 replies

Eugene posted a video in another thread that I thought was pretty amazing. The topic was anti-kickback pawls, and Eugene posted the following video produced by Kelly Mehler of the Kelly Melher School of Woodworking where he demonstrates kickback for a class using a piece of styrofoam. The intentional kick-back demonstration occurs at 11:55 into ...

01-07-2014 03:12 AM

Selling a Roubo Workbench - 19 replies

I haven’t asked a dumb question in hours,so I guess I’m due :) I’m building a Roubo workbench out of solid ash. I’m building it from ash, because I have several thousand bdft kiln dried hardwood lumber I need to do something with. Building a Roubo seemed like a good way to use up some of the lower grade wood. Even the ...

12-31-2013 10:59 PM

Linear Bearing for leg vise - 18 replies

I saw an interesting post about the use of a linear bearing in lieu of the traditional pin board to prevent a leg vise from racking. It looked pretty effective, and it’s cheaper and easier to install than a benchcrafted Criss-Cross. That said, I’ve never seen anyone else post a successful implementation. Are there any lumberjocks out...

12-14-2013 09:02 PM

Of Short Legged Leg Vises - 4 replies

I searched the forum for posts about short leg vises, but I couldn’t find any. I’m guessing that means that I might be headed in the wrong direction. In any case, my question is how short can a leg vise be, and still be equal to or superior to an average face vise with respect to holding power. This being lumberjocks, I’m be...

02-01-2013 04:33 AM

Downsizing a Grizzly 1023slx Cabinet Saw - 13 replies

I have a bit of dumb question, but I’ll ask anyway… I’m looking to upgrade my tablesaw and I’ve been eyeing the Grizzly 1023RL. I like the footprint, and since I work almost exclusively with solid lumber, I don’t have any need for a big extension table meant for sheet goods. Well, the craigslist alert fired me an...

01-05-2013 02:06 AM

Help Finishing a Quartersawn Maple Trestle Table Top - 7 replies

I’m a danish oil kind of guy with some exceptional wood on his hands and I need some help. Specifically, I need some help figuring out the finish for a trestle table top built entirely from quartersawn maple. I love the look of the tabletop with a wide expanse of perfectly parallel grain, without a single square inch of flatsawn grain in t...

12-06-2012 05:46 PM

Are Most Benchtops Woefully Underclamped during Glueup? (probably not) - 88 replies

Hi All, In the course of researching my split-top Roubo workbench build, I came across an article “Get Serious About Clamping” in Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Fine Woodworking written by Roman Rabiej, who is an avid woodworker and a professor of industrial engineering at West Michigan University. This is the guy Titebond calls when they ...

12-06-2012 05:03 AM

Can a Shop Smith cut 2 1/4 inch Solid Ash?: Don't try this at home... - 9 replies

Hi All, I inherited a Shopsmith when my father-in-law’s neighbor’s father died. They tried to sell it, but no one would even pay $500 for it. I’ve got to say I wasn’t too keen on it when I first got it. But since I didn’t have a table saw, drill press, bandsaw, jointer, or belt sander, it seemed slightly better ...

12-06-2012 01:31 AM

Bandsaw Fever: Anybody got a Grizzly Coupon near expiration? - 5 replies

Hi All, I’ve finally decided on going with a big bandsaw rather than a cabinet saw after taking a short class with Roland Johnson at the Fine Woodworking Live event in New Paltz New York this past August. Ironically, the class was about table saw tune-ups! I’m going to pull the trigger before I go to bed. I think some of you guys ...

12-03-2012 05:46 AM

Portable Sawmills are Too Much Fun: Way too Much Lumber. Help!!! - 40 replies

My father and I have been jawing about cutting down some trees on his land in Weld, Maine, and having a portable sawmill operator come to mill it for us. Well, we finally did it at the end of September. We milled up a whole pile of hard maple, ash, and white birch. The sawmill owner/operator that we worked with was a character named Dan Charles....

08-19-2012 04:30 PM

Help! Restoring a Vaughan and Bushnell 905 (Stanley Bedrock Clone) - 5 replies

Hi All, I just recently bought a Vaughan and Bushnell 905 bench plane, which is a Stanely Bedrock 605 clone. The trouble is that I haven’t a clue how to fettle it. I have a ton of information on restoring Bailey bench planes, and I even took a class with Roland Johnson from Fine Woodworking Magazine two weeks ago on how to do it, but I ...

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