Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I'm planning to build a Roubo workbench soon and I sure need some help with planing. Thanks!

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

I'd love to win this - I've wanted very much to have the complete collection.

Thanks for making this possible!

Re: Winner Chosen for Tablesaw Safety Tip Challenge

Never use the rip fence by itself to set the length of a crosscut. The workpiece can jam and become a missile coming back atcha. If you are doing repeated cuts and want a consistent length, clamp a small piece of scrap to the rip fence ahead of the blade. Slide your workpiece up to the scrap and make sure your workpiece will be off the scrap before the blade cuts into the wood. That way there will be a gap between the cutoff and the fence, avoiding that kickback potential. If you cut the scrap to an accurate 1-inch width, it will be easy to use the fence ruler by adding 1 inch to the desired measurement.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Tablesaws, from the editors of Fine Woodworking

I'm sure I could learn a lot from this book.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Tables You Can Make, from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

I'm looking for the "perfect" hall table for our new home, and maybe this book would help!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Turning, from Tree to Table by Bill Bowers and Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw by Carole Rothman

Perfect! I've been trying to turn firewood into art pieces. I need some help!

Re: Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

My shop is big enough but my time is too limited. As for equipment, I'm torn between a midi lathe and a new drill press. My current woodturning lathe is a 6" metal lathe with some modifications; and my drill press is a pre-WW2 benchtop model with just a bit too much runout.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Craftsman Furniture Projects from the editors of Woodworker's Journal

I'd like to have this book.

Re: Update: DVD Giveaway: Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju

I've found DVDs to be a good way to learn new techniques. I'd love to add this to my collection.

Re: How Not to Drive Your Wife Crazy: Mockup Before Milling

I have used Sketchup on several projects, and I find it easy enough to get what I want from it. However, my main tool is Microsoft Visio. I can very quickly create accurate drawings and apply microscopic movements to get perfect alignment. I have used it very successfully on projects as small as a replacement part for a spinning wheel and as large as a cabin.

My latest design was a set of shelves for our new pantry. There were 75 individual shelves supported with wall-mounted rails and vertical posts in the front. I designed it all with Visio, and then modeled it with Sketchup. The Sketchup work provided some insight into a few improvements, simplifications and one major problem that I solved before I ever cut wood. Getting the changes back into Visio was easy, and I used the Visio drawings to cut every piece of wood before I began any on-site assembly. All fit fine and we're very happy with the results.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Jointer and Planer Secrets by Hendrik Varju

I'd like to learn more about these tools. Hope I win!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Choosing & Using Hand Tools

I'm hoping to get some ideas on the ideal turning tools and chisels.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw

Sounds like a great addition to my library. I use my bandsaw quite a bit, and I'm still learning new ways to use it.

Re: Book Giveaway: Furniture Restoration - Step-by-Step Tips and Techniques for Professional Results

Looks like a great addition to my library. I am embarking on a restoration project of an antique spinning wheel that has been in storage for many years. There are broken parts and bad paint jobs to overcome, but the wood is sound.

I also have an antique pump organ that I want to restore. The wood appears to be mahogany but there are many layers of finish to uncover and some repairs to make.


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