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05-21-2016 03:15 AM

"The Workshop" in Fredericksburg, VA - 3 replies

Folks, We have begun the steps to start a shared workshop in Fredericksburg, VA. It is called The Workshop. Its like a gym membership, but for woodworking. We have many tools, lots of exotic lumber, and a space. What we are doing right now is working with the city to get permits and do the buildout. But we need help. We have a lot of buildout...

04-20-2013 08:59 PM

HF ROS question - 8 replies

My employer recently purchased a Random Orbit Sander from HF. When I turn it on, it spins up to the motor speed(unlike my Porter Cable). Is this the normal operation of these or is the clutch on this one broke? It is this one(Item #93431):

11-30-2012 06:12 AM

Natural Edge Table - Attaching the Leg(s) - 4 replies

Folks, I have purchased a lot of wood this last two weeks. Some of which will be used for a natural-edge table top. I’ve seen pictures of many of these. Of the ones I’ve seen, a LOT of them seem to have a hidden attachment. Most likely a mortise & tennon attachment. My table top will be approx. 20×26 x 2” thick. I h...

10-07-2012 04:20 AM

Wanna build one of these? - 12 replies

I would love to build one of these. Ref.: animusic resonant chamber starship groove

10-01-2012 04:27 PM

Woodburner at Michaels - 7 replies

A fellow instructor(that teaches woodburning) told me about the ‘Creative Versa-tool’ from Walnut Hollow. It has a regulator in the cord, comes in a carrying case, and also with about 10 tips. It is priced at $29. I used an A.C. Moore 50% off coupon and got it at Michael’s for $15. If I’d used it, I would have posted as a...

09-02-2012 12:42 AM

An interesting Hand Plane - 21 replies

A real good friend o-mine came across some handplanes, 4 of them. A #4 and a #5 Stanley/Record, a no-name block plane, and one in question. Tim had been looking to buy a #5 or #6 plane to “enhance his skills”. Although his woodworking skills are top notch as they are. All I could do was to recommend a WoodRiver #6 (v3). I think it wo...

07-03-2012 03:33 PM

Storms topples Prince William County's oldest oak tree - 7 replies Maybe someone closer than I could make some good use of this. Here’s an excerpt: [ DUMFRIES, Va. —Friday night’s violent storm toppled one of the oldest trees in Prince William County. The white oak tree, dubbed ...

06-08-2012 06:30 AM

Screws - Coarse vs Fine Threads - 19 replies

I ran across two boxes of 1-1/4” screws the other day. One is coarse and one is fine thread. I realize that coarse are intended more for soft woods and fine are intended for harder woods. I don’t really like stocking both though so I figured that the coarse ones would win out. With hardwoods I pre-drill anyways so I might just have t...

03-24-2012 05:09 AM

Festool-Domino Jointer - 6 replies

I am using a good friend’s Domino jointer and have some questions. The hairline does not line up exactly with the center of the bit. I know you can adjust the plastic window but I’m wondering if this is common to have to adjust these upon purchase? One more thing, is the width of the hole supposed to be set to the exact size of th...

01-05-2012 08:07 PM

Where Did I See That Fish? - 1 reply

I came across a nice fish skeleton here on LJ the other day. Fish Bones, if you will. It had some teeth but was not too scary. It was done in a white-ish wood. I can’t seem to find it now. It looked something like this: I thouht it was a recent project but I went back 8 days and can’t locate it. Does anyone know which one I...

12-30-2011 03:33 AM

Unorthodox Bandsaw Blade Drift Adjustment - 2 replies

I saw or read somewhere an article on combatting bandsaw cutting drift by adjusting the blade tracking, as opposed to the industry-accepted method of adjusting the fence. I have searched but I can’t seem to find that article. If someone knows the article I’m talking about, could you point me to it please? It would be much appreciated...

12-25-2011 12:24 AM

DC(Dust Collection) - Vertical Drops - 18 replies

I looked for a forum related to the Shop, but no category seemed to fit. I am assisting a good friend with installation of overhead pipes for his 2HP HF DC in his new shop. We have a 6” trunk with side runs coming off of it. I have some questions: 1) For machines that might need a large draw such as the TS or Planer, what would you r...

11-22-2011 10:14 PM

Ivory from old piano keys - 5 replies

Folks, I’ve been contacted about trading some old piano keys that are aparently made from real ivory. First of all, I have no idea what I would use it for, but that wouldn’t keep me from trading for it. 1) What are the legalities for this? 2) What is the advantage of using true Ivory over imitation materials? 3) Is it easy to work...

11-15-2011 07:07 AM

Alan Lacer's Skew - 0 replies

Near the first of this month I ran across a friend of mine(Steve Schwartz) that I used to play racquet ball with. It turns out(pun intended) that he is the upcoming(2012) president of the Capital Area Woodturners (CAW). He invited me to their next meeting which was this past Saturday. Alan Lacer was the guest presenter. I went, I learned, I impr...

10-23-2011 07:58 AM

Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign - 51 replies

In making a sign to hang over a doorway or to set on a desk, or to give as a gift, what suggestions do you have? No particular category at all, just thought I’d start this to have a place to consolidate many of the signs or sayings you might have or hope to one day inscribe(by whatever means) on a piece you’ve made. I’ve seen s...

10-20-2011 04:19 AM

How do I use LmberJocks? (musings) - 13 replies

Let me count the ways….... WARNING, this is a long, boring one… And no, this is not the 10 Step Method either. LOL! :D A Lurker – I began as a Lurker almost three years ago when a young student of mine told me about this site. He brought some of his wooden rings to the last day of class and I was so fascinated with t...

09-26-2011 06:03 AM

SketchUp Question: How Do I Join Two Components Together? - 6 replies

I have two separate components that I want to join together. However, I want to be able to easilly treat them as separate parts in the future. I don’t want the join to be of a permanent nature. Is there some kind of smoothing feature I can apply to hide the seam between the two components?

09-21-2011 05:59 PM

Which Handplane to buy? - 54 replies

I know my tag line currently says ”...and never buy a hand plane”, but I’m entertaining the thought (again). Shame on me. :) I’m particularly a power tool guy. I do use hand tools when I see the need for them, its just not that often. I even took up the task of teaching hand-cut dovetails to make myself learn the techn...

09-06-2011 07:10 AM

Attaching Face Frames-What do you recommend? - 7 replies

I have a cabinet(baltic birch ply) that I’ll be attaching a face frame to. Plywood is 3/4” and facing is 1 1/2” x 3/4” soft pine. The corner of the cabinet:     With the face frame:     The face frame is Kreg screwed together. I thought I’d glue it to the plywood edge and then use 2” ...

08-23-2011 08:39 PM

EARTHQUAKE In Virginia (5.8?) - 34 replies

We just experienced an earthquake here in Central VA. We are ok. Different reports, but maybe a 5.8/5.9 or thereabouts. Felt as far away as NY. I’m upstairs in a 1932 house. It started rumbling and shaking. I ran across the hall and screamed for my son and I to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. By the time we got out, it pretty much settled down. I...

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