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08-01-2019 07:23 PM

Coffee Table to match Morris Chair - 10 replies

Hey gang… I’d like to solicit some stylistic feedback for a new design I’ve done for a coffee table to go with my recently completed Morris Chair. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Here’s the design my wife likes. But when a made a cardboard rectangle the size of the design and se...

05-19-2019 10:20 PM

Lacquer question - 9 replies

I’ve often heard (and practiced) that when building up a polyurethane finish, one should do the build up layers in gloss (higher solid content and less fog from the silica used to dull the gloss to create semi-gloss or satin) and then switch to satin for your last coat (if you want a satin finish). My question is, does this also apply t...

04-24-2019 05:33 PM

Dust collector fire - 19 replies

And this, boys and girls, is what happens when you don’t empty your DC bags…. As some of you know, I work at an industrial packaging plant and we now have 40,000 sq. ft dedicated to manufacturing crates and pallets (and another 9,000 sq. ft. for pallet repair/recycling). Last night at 5:30 the dust collector for our panel s...

03-01-2019 02:49 PM

Candy shopping for another big boy! - 65 replies

I was sharing some news from work on the Stumpyville thread and thought I’d pull it over here for the CNC geeks to enjoy…. We’re likely going to drop $100K on (another) new CNC router and $125K on an automated panel saw at work andI’ve been swimming in CNC router specs and features and minutia details about their inner workings. I...

02-18-2019 04:38 PM

Dedicated cross cut blade for TS - 18 replies

My WW game is finally up to the point that I need more reliably accurate cross cuts than I can get on my old Milwaukee SCMS. And I’ve dialed in both miter gauges and sleds to hit dead “dead nuts” each and every time. For some time I’ve been getting great results from a the Freud Fusion 40 tooth Hi-ATB blade, but my cu...

02-17-2019 12:16 AM

Shop vac tip - 4 replies

I think the most frequently used tool in my shop is my shop vac. I bought a nice one with a 15 gal stainless tank back when I was building my house some 22 years ago and fortunately I’ve been able to repair it when the switch fried and the brushes went wonky. Back in the day, putting a HEPA filter on was a fairly expensive upgrade and thou...

12-21-2018 06:13 PM

Gift Packaging for Pens - 3 replies

I came across some nice looking and inexpensive jewelry gift boxes for necklaces that work out very nicely for pens, so I thought I’d share… Got them on AmazonThey have a nice foam backer, elastic and a little wire loop at the bottom, which I pried open to fit the tip of the pen. I turned 15 pens to give as Christmas presen...

10-19-2018 06:05 PM

Modifying a Corian kitchen counter top - 5 replies

I have a Corian counter top on 30” deep base cabs in my kitchen, so I have a slide-in gas stove/oven (i.e. no back panel like a free standing oven and not quite as deep). The oven is 22 years old and recently crapped the bed. When we estimated the cost of repair, we decided that it didn’t owe us anything and it didn’t make ...

08-20-2018 01:22 PM

How to move a really heavy machine - 2 replies

I thought some of you LJs might get a kick out of this. We purchased a new die press for our foam fab shop at work. It’s an Italian made 220 ton hydraulic, retracting head beam press that weighs 22,000 lbs. We had just one problem. Our largest fork truck can only lift 9,000 lbs. So we looked into leasing a larger fork truck to make t...

08-12-2018 09:26 PM

Best place to get "quality" pen kits - 8 replies

I’ve been dabbling in pen turning and so far have turned… Slimline (7mm tube, Pioneer (7mm tube with 10 mm belly)Manhattan/Wall Street/Gatsby (27/64” tube one piece) and my market research team (wife and kids) as picked the Slimline as their favorite…. I’ve purchased pen kits from Rockler, Woodcraft and Pea...

05-02-2018 07:51 PM

Spoil Board Surfacing Bit - 5 replies

Just got our new spoil board leveling bit in. The one we have set up for the other router is from Whiteside and has two carbide inserts in the vertical orientation. There are a whole lot more options available today than when I sourced that bit years ago and this one from Amana looked very promising (and cost quite a bit less). It is 2.5...

05-01-2018 05:31 PM

HSK tooling for our new CNC router - 8 replies

Thought I’d share what one of the tools for the new router looks like… >3/4” dia., 3” LOC solid carbide high helix cutter by Onsrud>ER40 collet>HSK 63F style tool holder (German made) This setup cost us ~$300

04-04-2018 01:15 PM

Bowl blanks - 6 replies

So call me a sucker… but while making a “quick” run to Woodcraft to get a wine bottle stopper kit, I perused the turning blanks and was smitten by a 6×6x3 Marlblewood bowel blank, thinking it would make a very nice candy bowel for the Mrs. As is typical for Woodcraft, the blank is covered by wax…. So never havi...

03-04-2018 11:14 PM

Setting knives on a PM 15 planer - 11 replies

Hey gang, I recently scored a smoking deal on a Powermatic 15 planer and managed to rig it down my bulkhead and into my basement shop yesterday. As part of the extensive clean up (this machine was pulled out of use and put into a leaky storage trailer last summer) I pulled the chip breaker and knives, and then decided to flip the knives and ...

12-27-2017 03:31 PM

Software primer - 8 replies

This may have been done previously, but there are a lot of LJs getting bit buy the hobby laser bug, so I thought it might be helpful to provide a primer on the different software aspects to CNC machines. 1. create image: Artistic images are often done by the artistic crowd with a graphics program like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator, while t...

12-22-2017 06:10 PM

Fastening pre-stained pine boards together - 2 replies

Getting ready to assemble a pallet style platform bed out of 1x EWP. Boards have been sanded, sealed and stained x2 on top face and all edges with water borne stain from General. No protective coating has been applied yet, as my plan is to spray with polyacrylic after assembly. My plan was to glue the deck boards to the stringers (1×6 ...

11-13-2017 10:36 AM

Shop vac tip - 24 replies

I’ve been using the same old shop vac with an accessory HEPA filter (or at least that’s what they call it) for close to 15 years, and aside from replacing a switch, it’s always done just what it’s supposed to do?...sucked! I hook it up to both my belt sander and ROS, and though it’s no Festool dust extractor, it...

09-13-2017 10:46 PM

General Finishes Waterborne Stains - 7 replies

Can anyone please tell me if these two are the same? The guy at the store tells me that it’s just new label artwork, but the new can makes no mention of being EF, where the old one seems to highlight it as being a distinctive feature.

09-08-2017 08:12 PM

Hurricane Harvey effect on wood prices - 32 replies

This is becoming a predictable pattern, as where I work, we saw the same thing after Katrina and Andrew…. The huge volume of plywood shipped into TX and FL to board everything up and the predicted multi-year effect of the demand for lumber products to re-build are rapidly driving up prices. Where I work, we consume a tractor-trailer ...

08-02-2017 01:24 AM

Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning - 25 replies

I’ve turned a couple small wood and plastic projects on my metal working lathe using metal cutting tools mounted in the quick release tool holders, but this restricts you to straight line cuts. So I purchased a set of lathe chisels from PSI and set about to make a tool rest to use with the lathe. Here’s what I came up with…...

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