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295 days ago

Stanley 42X Questions - 3 replies

I was lucky enough to score a Stanley 42x as part of a package deal this past week off the bay …now that I have it, I just have to teach myself how to use it. I do have a couple of questions… 1.) There is a small collar (washer) that is approx. 3/32” thick on the anvil height adjustment screw. It floats free and prevents the...

299 days ago

Off Center Split Nuts - 11 replies

Anyone have a method for removing off center split nuts without destroying them? This is what I’m up against…the bottom split nut was cut way off center The next question is: if it gets destroyed, does anyone have a good source for new saw nuts? Most of the ones I’ve found are going to cost more than I paid for the saw.

311 days ago

Lowe's Kobalt 2-Piece 6-in Slim/X-Slim File Set - Has Anyone Used Them? - 0 replies

I was in Lowe’s today for some misc. house stuff and saw that they have a 2 pack of saw files listed for $6.97(Kobalt 2-Piece 6-in Slim/X-Slim File Set – item #138721). Has anyone used these yet? There’s no information either on the package or on the web showing who is making them for Lowes. It would be nice to find a local ...

325 days ago

Mystery Wood Find/Question - 19 replies

In my travels this weekend I stopped at a tag sale and saw this box of wood sitting off to the side. A little haggling with the seller and it was mine for $8. The box is 24”x18”x6.5”,weighs about 25lbs, and is filled with offcuts and shorts of what appears to be exceptionally dense wood. At first I thought it might be walnut, b...

347 days ago

Mystery Plane Iron - 6 replies

I just picked up a plane iron at a tag sale for $1; overall it’s 1 5/8” wide x 4 3/4” tall, has a row of adjustment holes about 1 3/8” long, and is marked “L. Bailey Patent Dec 12, 1876” . I was thinking about using it for a small wooden plane. I’d like to know what kind of plane it was originally in? An...

776 days ago

Rikon vs. Central Machinery Mini Lathe - 28 replies

I’m ready to pull the trigger on my first lathe and have narrowed it down to the Central Machinery Model 65345 (link to Harbor Freight) or a Rikon 70-100 (link to Rikon). From what I can see, the main differences are 5spd-HF vs 6spd-Rikon, a spindle index/lock on the Rikon, and slightly easier belt changes on the Rikon due to the cover des...

1012 days ago

MDF - glued, screwed, then what? - 6 replies

I’ve been looking at a lot of workbench designs over the past couple of days; quite a few of the smaller ones use a multilayer MDF glue up for the top. Most pre drill a truckload of holes, spread the glue, and then drive screws through the layers of MDF to act as clamps. This is where my question comes up…no one ever mentions what...

1237 days ago

Supporting A Glass Work Surface - 2 replies

I’ve been using the scary sharp method on a 12×12 piece of granite for my chisels, planes, etc. and recently decided that I would like a little more room. So I stopped at my local glass place and they gave me a 28”x32”x1/2” piece of tempered glass that they had lying around and couldn’t use. (The disclaimer, I ...

1351 days ago

? for the Tablesaw Experts - 12 replies

Here’s the question: What is an acceptable amount of depression in a tablesaw top before it starts interfering with your ability to cut square? I am (at a minimum) the third owner of this particular Craftsman 10” tablesaw (model 113.298720); I got it from my father, who bought it used from someone else, who may or may not have bee...

1361 days ago

Workbench Top - 1 reply

I’m just about finished with the router table that will replace one of the extension wings in my table saw and am starting to make the materials list for my next project. I would like to build an outfeed table/workbench, similar to the one featured in the Sept 2007 issue of Wood Magazine, that stores over the table saw when not in use as a...

1376 days ago

Woodsmith 103? - 5 replies

Does anyone have a copy of Woodsmith Magazine #103? They replaced one of the wings in their tablesaw with a shop bult router table and I’d like to find out how they attached it to the saw. I’m sure I could come up with something; but I’d hate to re-invent the wheel if I don’t need to.

1675 days ago

Topcoats - How do you decide... - 5 replies

when enough is enough? I tend to favor satin vs. gloss on my projects and usually put on between 3-5 coats of poly, (I’ve had pretty good luck with Pratt & Lambert’s Varmor and Minwax Fast Dry) then scuff it with 0000 or rubbing compound just to smooth out the “feel” of the piece. Why do I do it this way?...because I...


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