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12-06-2018 10:17 PM

Where can I find guide bearings for router bits? - 5 replies

I’m working on a project plan that calls for a cut using a 5/8” straight router bit and 1 3/8” guide bearing to basically cut a 3/8” dado along a curve. I checked Rockler and Woodcraft for a guide bearing to put on my bit, but they don’t have them, and I haven’t had much luck finding anything online. If an...

12-05-2018 05:28 PM

DW7491RS saw won't go to 45 degree bevel. - 6 replies

Chalk it up to a newbie mistake: when I first bought this saw I never thought to check and be sure the angle will go all the way to 45 degrees. I needed it for the first time this past weekend when I was making some french cleats, and made the discovery that it won’t go all the way to 45. With some extreme persuasion I can get it to within...

11-21-2018 03:53 PM

Just bought a new drill press but table doesn't totally lock in place. Need help. - 5 replies

Since I’m new to woodworking as a hobby and don’t do a lot of projects, I decided to go cheap on a few things: one of them being a drill press. I picked up a HF 17” drill press with one of their 25% off coupons. It seems to be working ok, but one issue is that when I lock the table to shaft it still moves laterally fairly easil...

09-24-2018 03:13 PM

Ever get anything stuck in your skin you can't get out? Any tricks on what to do? - 24 replies

I was helping someone install a cabinet mount microwave yesterday and now I have a feeling like something, maybe a very small piece of metal, got into the tip of my finger, but I can’t even see it, let alone get it out. I can only tell because once in a while when I touch something or run another finger across it I feel a swing of pain tha...

08-18-2018 02:57 AM

Anyone have experience with Earlex 4500? - 1 reply

I saw this on amazon and it looks basically the same as the 5500 at half the price. But the odd thing is it only has 3 reviews and I can’t find anything about it online. HD sells it too for a much higher price and I don’t see it sold at any other major retailers. Earlex 4500 It may be just as good as the 5500 and a fantastic deal or a dud ...

06-22-2018 12:07 AM

Lost my jointer safety key and need help - 12 replies

I’ve gone and lost the little yellow safety key to my Cutech jointer. I’m not surprised I lost it so fast. It barely stayed in! Fell out nearly every time I turned it off. But I looked over the whole garage and can’t find it. Anyone know of a way to get around them or a good substitute? Or if you know any major brick and mortar stores that se...

06-16-2018 02:16 PM

Quick tip for a better free Sketchup - 6 replies

I just started using sketch recently with the online free version, but was annoyed I couldn’t print out my designs for taking into my “shop” (garage) and it seemed like my only current options were the $100+ subscription to Sketchup Shop, which is the free web version with a few extras, or the Pro version that is $700! Both ...

06-13-2018 04:19 PM

Are Woodsmith Shop Video good for skill building? - 21 replies

I’m a subscriber to Woodsmith magazine, but don’t know much about their videos. I saw that they offer access to all of their videos for $89 and was wondering if it’s a worthwhile investment to get useful information, instruction on projects, and skill-building. I’ve seen some video series that will glance over a lot of...

06-05-2018 09:17 PM

Dewalt DW7670 or Freud SD208 Dado Stack? - 5 replies

I’m looking to buy a dado stack for my saw. This will bew my first time owning and using a dado stack. My saw is a Dewalt 7461, so it won’t take a huge dado stack no matter what. I’ve read a lot of good things about both, so performance-wise I’m not too concerned unless someone says otherwise. The Dewalt is about $25 m...

05-31-2018 08:34 PM

Lookin at an old Rockwell 14" Band Saw for $200, worth it? - 6 replies

I’m been looking for a band saw and this popped up on CL. I’m guessing I might be able to get the seller to back off the price a little, but the real challenge is that I’m very new to woodworking and this kind of machinery, so I don’t know if it could be a good price or if I may be in for at least another $200+ to fix it ...

05-27-2018 03:00 PM

What’s a reasonable discount for a display model purchase? - 9 replies

A Sears near me is closing and have a Craftsman 12” drill press and 10” band saw, both display models, on sale. The overall store closing discount is 10% off. Since they don’t have the product in stock I asked about buy8ng the display models. They said standard is 10% off, so 20% off in all. 10% off for a floor model seems kind of low, especi...

05-24-2018 02:48 AM

Master force 10” band saw for $150 a good deal? - 4 replies

I’ve been looking for s good benchtop bandsaw and heard the masterforce is pretty good and basically the same as the Rikon 10-305 that gets great reviews. The owner says it’s barely used. Hard to tell from the photo, but looks ok. It’s been listed for 2 months at $200. Good deal or pass?

03-20-2018 07:04 PM

Dewalt 735 Dust Port Clogging Issues - 6 replies

I recently got a Dewalt 735 (as I believe many people have) and seem to be having issues with the dust port. It seems to get clogged every time I pass a piece of wood through it, both at the planer end and/or at the dust collector end. I don’t feel like I’m taking a ton off of the wood when I make a pass, Less than 1/16 according to ...

02-02-2018 10:10 PM

What do you think about Shop machines and benches on casters? - 38 replies

I have started hobby woodworking in my one car garage that’s occupied by a car whenever I’m not working ,so I need to be able to put machines to the side or into a closet when not in use. I know a lot of people have workbenches or machines on stands with locking swivel casters. I always assumed that even when locked something on cast...

01-24-2018 06:55 PM

Planning for Major Home Repairs: Pay for an Inspection? - 6 replies

This is a random question, but seemed like the right place and there are a lot of sharp people here that I think can give good advice.. I have a little money squirreled away for major home repairs (new furnace, roof, appliances, etc) and save some every month, but if I needed to replace my roof tomorrow I might be forced to take on a little c...

01-23-2018 09:00 PM

Where do you get your lumber in SW Ohio area? - 6 replies

I’m just getting into this hobby and I’m disappointed in the lack of places to go for anything other than building materials. I’ve searched this site, but related posts mention old locations that are now closed. I have a Rockler and Woodcraft in town, but their selection is small and seems expensive. If anyone knows of a mill, lumber yard, or...

06-18-2017 09:57 PM

LED shop lights getting hot: normal or electrical issue? - 20 replies

I just installed six 4’ LED shop lights in my garage. After they have been on for a while I noticed the metal housing was getting pretty hot. Not so hot that they burn my fingers but hot enough to make me worry. I assumed that since they’re LED they wouldn’t generate much or any heat at all. A little info on the setup: I hav...

06-16-2017 07:48 PM

Anybody using the Dewalt Rolling Miter/Planer Stand DWX726? - 0 replies

I’m getting ready to buy a miter saw and stand, and I need a stand that I can roll around and folds up with the saw attached for storage. It will also be helpful to have when rolling it around to my back yard for an upcoming shed build I have planned. I found a decent deal on a Dewalt 716XPS and rolling stand on Factory Authorized Outlet. ...

06-13-2017 08:15 PM

Whadaya think? Cutech 8” Benchtop Jointer w/ Extensions - 30 replies

I’m looking for a good benchtop jointer and came across this curious new offering from Cutech. ” I’m going to be working out of a one car garage that is occupied by a car most of the time, so almost all tools need the be rolled/packed away in a small closet in the back of the garage, which is why I’m looking at benchtop jointers instea...

05-26-2017 07:04 PM

Do LED shop lights work in near to below freezing temps? - 10 replies

I am working out of my 1 car garage. IT’s a tuck under, but not insulated or heated, so it will get below freezing in the winter. The old florescent shop lights finally gave out and I planned to switch them out entirely for some new LED shop lights. I assumed LED fixtures would be a great replacement, but I read some product reviews on ...

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