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  Building a wooden surfboard
Posted by: fyfey1234 - 3 hours ago - Forum: Woodworking - No Replies

Hey guys, I have a bit of a random question, but does anyone know a way to significantly lighten the weight of wood, without cutting chambers into it etc?
I am building a surfboard out of wood, and I am trying to get it as light as possible, but I don't want to chamber it. I was wondering if anyone knows another way to significantly lighten the weight of wood, someone suggested charcoaling it, which doesn't make much sense to me, because I thought that when you charcoal something it loses all of its structure, so therefore could not be used for a surfboard. Does anyone know if you could charcoal wood (I am using pawlownia) without it losing its form? Or maybe just heat it at high temperatures below its burning point so as to make it lighter?

Lots of questions sorry, but thanks for your help.

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  building with prefinished ply
Posted by: mr_skittle - 5 hours ago - Forum: Woodworking - Replies (2)

While it seems counterintuitive, I can get prefinished maple for pretty much the same price as unfinished maple ply. This is the first time I've used prefinished ply and so far it's fine. A little extra care not to scratch it up, but since it's going to be for cabinet boxes, even a few scratches aren't a big deal. The issue that has me scratching my head is, how to finish the face frames. In my days at the cabinet shop, we'd tape off the interior of the cabinet whenever we painted the face frame and needed the interior to stay clear. But that was after we already sprayed clear on the interior of the box. With the box already finished, taping everything off seems like so much extra work. I was thinking of prefinishing the assembled face frames before attaching them. 

So my big question is: how are folks dealing with finishing cabinet face frames when the boxes are made of prefinished ply?

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Big Grin Another old planer coming back to life!
Posted by: ®smpr_fi_mac® - 9 hours ago - Forum: Woodworking Power Tools - Replies (3)

A buddy of mine, if I remember the back story correctly was given this by the school he works for; it was owned by the art department and shows *incredibly* little wear.  He never had use for it and it took up way too much room in his 2-car garage (he has three big lathes, two bandsaws, a shaper, and two giant table saws). 

We struggled, fought, and cursed it into my trailer because the engine hoist failed to lift it to full height. 

I got it home the next morning (900 mile round trip) and started working on it today.  It runs, but I think one of the feed rollers needs some grease in its bushing.  I ordered new blades and will replace the bearings, too.

Motor is a giant 3hp, 3ph, and I'm pretty sure it's original. 

It needs a going-through, and I really regret selling my 100 before getting it dialed in (I have wood projects ongoing), but hindsight is 20/20!

Eventually I'll put in a Byrd head but that's gonna be $1800 in the future. 


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  Cosman's AdjuSTAR - Improvement or Gimmick?
Posted by: AHill - Yesterday, 02:06 PM - Forum: Woodworking Hand Tools - Replies (7)

I stumbled across this video and it's interesting, but I think he's exaggerating it's benefits.  I don't seem to have issue he claims with either my vintage Stanley, Lie Nielsen, or Veritas hand planes.  Would like to hear opinions from y'all.

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  Sierra Diamond Dresser
Posted by: imapseudonym - 05-22-2022, 08:42 PM - Forum: Tool Swap N' Sell - No Replies

Spring cleaning coming a bit late this year, but working my way through some box lot finds.  First up is a nicely designed diamond dresser that I hadn't seen before by the Sierra Mold Corporation. Machined to ride along the platform on a grinder and dress the wheel.  This looks like it only saw occasional use. Current retail is $75 plus shipping. How about $50 shipped anywhere a small flat rate box will carry it.


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  Firmer Chisel set
Posted by: maswindell - 05-22-2022, 07:27 PM - Forum: Tool Swap N' Sell - No Replies

This another set of Firmers,3/4" 4" blade, Atco Tool works,5/8" with 3"blade, Witherby,1/2" 5"blade PS&W,
3/8" $inch blade Lakeside. Backs finished to 320 grit,$60     [attachment=42387]

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Posted by: maswindell - 05-22-2022, 07:04 PM - Forum: Tool Swap N' Sell - Replies (1)

One set of firmers, 3/4" 5" blade faint marker d-m.co ? 1/2" witherby, 5"blade, !/2 PS&W 5 in blade, 3/8" PS&W 5 " blade, Hopefully the back pic shows up. $75


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  Oil Dry
Posted by: gear jammer - 05-22-2022, 06:55 PM - Forum: Woodturning - Replies (3)

Leaving the parts store today and noticed oil dry on sale. Would this work on pulling the moisture out of green turnings? I can get some paper soybean seed bags to use this on also.  Could use it for it's intended purpose afterwards.

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  Chisel Sale Feedback
Posted by: maswindell - 05-22-2022, 03:13 PM - Forum: Tool Swap N' Sell - Replies (6)

I am curious as to why my sales have no bids or even offers. I base some of my pricing on the bay listings and other woodworking sites. I don't believe the prices are unreasonable as half of the chisels needed new handles and all required some degree of sharpening etc. The cost of the chisel, handle and my time comes to a fair price of $20 each. The 750's are somewhat of a collectible so perhaps I priced thoe set too high. I realize the posts were confusing and in the future I will be sure to review the listing prior to posting.

I have been a member since 2003 and not a super poster but due to medical issues I have had to start over in this forum. If you are leery about my posting then all you have to do is send a PM to me and I will respond promptly.


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  Woodworking tribute to my grandpa
Posted by: OneStaple - 05-22-2022, 01:37 PM - Forum: Woodworking - Replies (9)

Some storytime, and something I just finished making...

About 15 years ago, I spent the first few years of my woodworking hobby working up at my grandpa's house in his shop every other weekend. He was generous enough to give me full reign of his tools, back when I had few to call my own. Looking back, I really treasured those years, not only for the fun creating things, but for really having an opportunity to spend a lot of one-on-one time with him and getting to know him better. We shared many a meal, laugh, and good conversation.

He passed away about 9 years ago. When we were clearing out his house prior to selling it, I came across a pile of his white oak that he'd likely been saving for decades with some special purpose in mind that he never got to (he saved EVERYTHING). 12" wide, flat sawn boards about 10' long. Unfortunately, some of it was fairly bug-riddled and had to be tossed, but I managed to cut around the worst of it and save a small pile (after making sure any remaining bugs were dead).

Well, I just finished a tool cabinet for my garage using it, and I made it with him in mind, kind of as a tribute to him. All the visible wood is from him (most of the drawer sides/backs/bottoms were pieces that I had on hand). The wood had been cut to dimension at a lumber yard with a circular saw, meaning they likely were using at least a 26" diameter blade. Instead of removing the saw marks, knots, bug marks, holes, and stains while I worked the wood, as I usually would, I left as many of those "features" in as possible, which is something that I think he would have done. He always liked to let the unique character of the wood speak, with each knot a treasure to cherish rather than throw out as waste. You'll even see a black streak on the right side of the bottom drawer. That goes through the wood and is caused by a screw that was embedded in the wood that reacted with the tannin in the wood. Luckily, I found it before it destroyed any blades, but there's a hole in the back of the drawer face where it used to be.

There are 17 full-extension drawers, with usable depths from 1"-5.5" (most are either 2" or 2.5"). They're about 29" wide and 19" deep. All the drawer fronts were made from six pieces of the 12" wide original boards, with the quantities in each set from top to bottom being 3, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2. Some are more obviously from the same board than others. These are meant to hold most of my dedicated woodworking hand tools (and a few small power tools). And hopefully help my clean up my garage! The project was also a chance to practice hand-cut dovetails, which is something that I've been wanting to learn for years (a Moxon vise was wonderful to have!). There are 68 sets of dovetails (34 sets of full dovetails on the backs of the drawers, and 34 sets of rabbeted half-blind dovetails on the fronts). I previously showed a few dovetails as I was doing them in the handtools section.

I plan to store things on top of the cabinet also, so I extended the sides above the top a bit to keep things from falling off. Also, I plan to add labels for each drawer. There are magnets embedded in the front right side of each drawers (from behind). For now, I plan to put some magnetic tape that I can write on with a sharpie on pieces of bar stock (this has been tested and works fine). Once I'm happy with the drawer contents/layouts, I would like to find a way to have some pieces of wood laser engraved to indicate the contents of the drawers (can also be attached with metal or magnets). That would just be a classier finish for the long-run.

I'll certainly think of my grandpa each time I reach for a tool in my cabinet!

Thanks for looking!







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