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updated CNC machine

The update to my original CNC router design. I traded out some of the weaker wood for extruded aluminum and made some changes to the gear ratio on the x-axis as well as moving the pillow bearings to...

My first CNC Machine

This was my first design for a home built CNC router. The project took about 4 months to complete and a little longer to create my first project which was a simple address plaque. There were small...

Electric Guitar for my son

The neck is hickory, with a bubinga fretboard, and the body is birdseye maple dyed green and finished with gloss lacquer. My son decided after seeing the finished piece that he wanted it for...

Recent comments

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

I have always thought that the "imperfect" wood is always the best wood. The most figured the most streaked, the most color, it has a personality 100 time more powerful than a piece of plain boring black wood. Give me the figured , the streaked the color and the personality of the tree that grew that wood and I will make something to honor that tree just as beautiful or almost as beautiful as the tree was before it was cut down. The idea that we have to have solid black wood is a joke. As far as I am concerned the ebony with character is the grade "A" wood and the solid black is the "B" grade, B-for boring, no life, no story, nothing special about a plain black piece of wood. I love Black walnut that has both light and dark mixed in, instead of adding maple to contrast the piece I try cut what I have to accent itself no gluing, and no extra work needed. I build guitars and I don't even use ebony, I like bubinga and some of the other interesting colored species.

Thanks Bob-for bringing the true Ebony to market!!!!

Re: UPDATE: Using and Tuning Your Bandsaw by Hendrik Varju

It would be nice to see how to set up my bandsaw to actually make a straight cut for once. I have plenty of wood to re-saw.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

Sorry about the delay in writing the mini review on the DVD collection, it has been a very busy past couple of months.
Now on with the review. This DVD set is excellent. The Surface Preparation and Staining collection goes into great detail about surface preparation and staining it's like having Hendrik Varju right in your shop teaching you all of his tips and tricks. I consider myself an intermediate woodworker and this DVD set gave many good ideas and pointers for both sanding and staining. Hendrik Varju goes into great depth on the types of stains and their characteristics with different types of woods both common and figured. I wish I had seen these DVD's before I used the aniline dye on birds eye maple, it would have saved me from having to strip and refinish my guitar body. Whatever you do don't use shellac on pieces that have been dyed. The dye will immediately bleed out of the wood and into the shellac... WHY?? you ask, because the alcohol in the shellac sucks the dye right out of the wood. I recommend this DVD set for all beginners and even an advanced woodworker will find benefits after watching the DVD set. Thank you very much FWW, and Hendrik Varju for allowing me to review this great dvd collection. I will be watching it a few more times to to review the areas where I am still a little weak, and there is quite a bit of information to digest.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

I can't think of a better DVD set to have. The most difficult part of woodworking is surface prep for staining and a final finish. I would love to have this DVD set for instruction and for reference. Good luck to everyone that would like to win a copy.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

Scientists prove EMF from Routers causes hair loss.

Follow up headline ....

Man sues Router manufacturer for 20 million dollars over hair loss.

Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

here we go again ....I hate to say it and bring politics into this but we all know Mass. to be one of the most liberal anti corporate states in the country and they have proved it again ... I know from experience My family is originally from Mass. and it goes to show that when you put a liberal judge in power they will find any reason to put the blame on the company and not the individual. It is never the individual's fault, in their eyes there is always someone else to blame and someone to sue .... The company must and better take this to a higher court the "idiot " that bought the saw could have purchased one with the skin-detection device he was too cheap period. I munched my finger on my table saw and it was because I was careless I won't ever be again. I still have it but ...sometimes I wonder if it would have been better off gone. I didn't sue sears for my screw up and I can't believe anyone in their right minds would have given this guy the time in court to even hear the case. Then people wonder why there are no jobs and why companies are leaving this country in droves. WHY because our legal system is so perverted and corrupt that you can be sued for telling a joke ... something is very wrong here ....very wrong.

Re: Borrowing Tools

unfortunately non of you have mentioned nothing about the wife that grabs the nicely sharpened chisels and proceeds to use them to scrape caulking off the concrete sidewalk .....then decides its a nice tool to clean the construction glue off the blocks from a block wall so they can be reused .... needless to say I got a new set of chisels for Christmas :)

Re: UPDATED: What Tools Are on Your Holiday Wish List?

The CarveWright machine is the top on my wish list ... and that is just it too... a big wish ... it either that or a full on CNC router which I know it really a huge wish .... a person can dream right?

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

out of all the different types of furniture I find the craftsman furniture to be the most sturdy and the nicest looking furniture one can make. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to the few furniture design books I have.

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

This would be perfect to have as an addition to my shop. I have DVD, television and VHS available to use but no instructional tapes or DVD's to watch. This would be a perfect way to prove to the wife that it was a good idea to have these things available in my shop... and not just for watching television and movies :)

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