Now, if I tried playing with one of these things, my back would
absolutely kill me. So, I''ll just give it a grade of B-.
You'll never get anywhere if you believe what you "hear". What do you
- Granny Weatherwax
This is a rare jewel you have uncovered and shared. Now I understand
and apologize to you! My next question is, has anyone else out there
used paraffin in woodworking before? Sounds primitive but represents a
sound idea, nonetheless. I've used it for surfboards and candles(I
used to live down the street from Ron Jon in the 60's), but it never
dawned on me to use it for woodworking. Any ideas or experiences out
there? I am still new at this so, please, do not flame me for my
ignorance. I can think of many ways to brainstorm the use of use
paraffin. Is it better than the 5 dollar bit of "Beeswax" you buy from
Woodcraft Well, let's find out!
Fly Safe and Have Fun!
Absolutely! I keep a bar of paraffin in my tool box all of the time. Rub
your screw threads into it just before you drive the screw into a
pre-drilled hole in hardwood. Excellent lubricant. I used to do this with
soap but there are concerns about soap drawing moisture and paraffin works
just as well. Cheap1
Oh wow! Memories.
Does anyone remember the Boy Mechanic book that was published duirng the
late 1940's or early 1950's. It was a compilatioin of projects from Popular
Mechanics that were aimed at "boys". The book included some pretty
interesting and challenging projects - some of which would have gotten dad's
heart rate going and some that caused moms to have a heart attack. Some
were fairly boyish but others included:
- An engine/propeller driven ice boat capable of speeds of 80MPH
- Conventional sail driven ice boats capable of speeds of 50-60MPH
- Various chemistry lab projects that might take the roof off (hydrogen
Kidding aside this book and its projects helped me maintain a fair amount of
curiosity regarding the way things work and went together. Probably
insturmental in my intrest in woodworking and fiddeling.
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