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02-16-2015 03:30 PM

Domino for sale - 8 replies

I had to think long and hard before writing this message. Just a couple of days before my stroke I had purchased a Festool Domino System. I have never even plugged it in. Because of my stroke I am very limited in what I can do. I hope to be able to do some woodworking on a scaled down basis. I will have very little, if any, use for the...

02-14-2015 06:09 PM

Lumber for sale - 5 replies

Many of you know that I had stroke recently and I am scaling back on my woodworking. Elsewhere I have spoken of the tools I have to sell. I also have a lot of lumber I will never use, including a lot of exotics. This lumber is available a great prices. My collection includes - 2 beautiful large 6/4 bubinga boards about 15 bf each A large ...

02-13-2015 06:27 PM

Selling workshop - 33 replies

Some of you may recall that I suffered a stroke in April. I am recovering slowly but I accept that I will never recover fully. Partly due to my condition we are moving to a condo. I hope to do some woodworking, but on a very scaled back basis. I am going to sell my larger tools- If anyone is interested, I am providing a list below. I ...

02-12-2015 03:28 PM

Shopsmith lifting aid - 5 replies

We are moving to a house with limited space. I am going to downsize my shop equipment. Going forward I expect to rely more on my Shopsmith. I can vaguely recall seeing a device for a Shopsmith that provided lift assistance with springs. I am looking for it now and I cannot find it. Does anyone recall this and can anyone provide guidanc...

01-30-2015 12:50 AM

I may be done - 38 replies

If you have not heard, I suffered a serious stroke in April. For all intents and purposes, my right arm and hand are worthless. I’ve made some progress and I expect to make more, but I don’t think I will ever reach the point when I can work in the shop safely. I have not completely given up yet, but I am starting to deal with a s...

05-11-2014 02:59 PM

Stroke - 36 replies

I thought some people would want to know that I had a stroke. I’m still in rehab and hope for a full recovery.

02-15-2014 04:34 PM

What finish? - 3 replies

I’m making a small rocking chair. My wife will be painting some decorative designs on it but her painting will not cover the entire horse. I want to put on a finish that goes over both her painting and the bare wood. I also want the finish to be child safe and somewhat durable. Any suggestions for the best finish for this situation?

01-06-2014 12:15 AM

Project for a young boy - 18 replies

Does anyone have experience or ideas regarding a project for a young (7 year old) boy. I want him to feel like it is “his” project. Of course, I want it to be a safe project. I’ll supervise and do anything dangerous myself. Ideally it would be about a 2 hour project, not including any finishing work. Any ideas? Th...

12-26-2013 03:20 PM

DremalSaw - 23 replies

My wife gave me a DremalSaw for Christmas. I smiled and said that it would be real handy. In my mind I was thinking “What the hell am I going to use this for?” It is corded. If I want to use a small circular saw in a remote location I would prefer my cordless DeWalt circular saw. Does anyone else have one of these? What ...

10-28-2013 09:56 PM

Unwanted advice - 63 replies

On at least 90% of my woodworking projects that I do my own thing my own way. I don’t solicit or accept any other opinions on how I should design my projects. That is the way I like it and, pardon my lack of modesty, but I think I am pretty good at it. Now I am building some mirror frames that will be in OUR house. I’m runni...

10-25-2013 03:14 PM

Hardwood at Menards - 22 replies

I’m sure many of you have seen (and maybe purchased) hardwood at Menards. For me, Menards is close. All other sources of hardwood are at least 35 miles away. I need about 15 board feet of cherry for a project i am about to begin. At Menards, all their cherry is sold as finished boards wrapped in cellophane. I did some quick calc...

10-22-2013 02:10 PM

Bathroom mirror revision - need advice. - 23 replies

In our bathroom we have double sinks, side by side. In front of the sinks is a single large rectangular mirror that is almost 4’ by 8’. My wife advises me that these large mirrors are out of style. She would like a smaller framed mirror in front of each sink and some shallow shelves between the mirrors and on the outside of the...

08-22-2012 12:50 PM

Irrational fear - 63 replies

I can think rationally and logically about the risks I face in the workshop. I try to be very careful, but there are still dangers in the shop and I have made 2 trips to the emergency room that confirm this. My question is about irrational fear. I confess that I suffer from it with respect to my 18” bandsaw. When resawing, I alwa...

06-26-2012 07:56 PM

Morse Taper connection on Drill Press - 10 replies

I was using a large (3”) Forstner bit on my drill press. The bit snagged and the chuck fell out. The Morse Taper did not hold. I jammed it back into place. However, the connection is not as secure as it was. The chuck has fallen out several times since then. Is there a technique for getting this morse taper to seat securely?

04-11-2012 10:01 PM

Composite Decking problem - 10 replies

I know this is only a quasi-woodworking subject, but I need some input and i know this is almost always a good source. I’m building a deck for someone. The customer wants composite decking, which I have never worked with and, frankly, don’t like much. The decking has grooves down each side and it is secured to the joists wit...

03-17-2012 12:58 AM

How do you feel about screw head options? - 120 replies

I’ve been working on a project where I had to use a Torx driver to remove some screws. I don’t think I have used a Torx head before. It got me thinking. I know there are a number of specialized screw head designs but there are really only 5 basic designs of screw heads: slot, phillips, square drive, hex drive and torx driv...

03-10-2012 02:09 PM

Installing kitchen cabinet - 12 replies

I know this is more of a carpentry question, as opposed to a woodworking question, but I suspect there is someone out there with good advice on this question. I am installing new kitchen cabinets into a condo. I am using pre-made cabinets. There is one cabinet that sets between the stove and refrigerator. It is only 12” wide and d...

03-04-2012 02:13 PM

Dad's High School shop project - 6 replies

We are moving my Mother into a retirement home. As a consequence of the move, she asked me if I wanted this book shelf. I had never seen it before. Mom told me that it was one of Dad’s high school shop projects. This would have been made in the mid-1930s, probably with no power tools. Oh how I wish I had known about this befo...

03-01-2012 02:29 PM

Bed Hardware - 8 replies

Below are 2 pictures of some bed hardware from a very old bed. This hardware is incredible. When the bed is together, the bed does not appear to wobble any. Yet, when I disassemble the bed, the hardware comes apart very easily without tools. It does not bind. I’ve never seen hardware like this before. I’m building a bed...

02-23-2012 04:33 PM

Am I just being lazy? - 40 replies

Whenever I am cranking my TS to tilt my blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees I remember the days when we used to raise and lower the windows in our cars and trucks by cranking on a handle. I have not even seen a window crank in many years. Ever car or truck I drive or ride in has power windows. So I ask myself – - Why can’t we...

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