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|14 days ago||
Just returned home - 1 reply
I live in SE Wisconsin. It is a flat, plain, “rusty” part of an otherwise pretty state. Last week I visited my daughter in New Hampshire. We bummed around Dover and Portsmouth and then spent part of the day in Portland Maine. It is some of the most beautiful country I have visited. The towns were charming and the countryside was rugg...
|57 days ago||
Overpriced strop - 21 replies
Pardon my rant: I’ve been using my chisels to make M&T joints. I’ve been taking breaks and honing them every 10-12 mortises. I thought, well I should really get a leather strop and chrome oxide to make a finer edge. I went to woodcraft and picked up the chrome oxide, < $10, pretty cheap. The strops started at $28, and went ...
|60 days ago||
How snug should tenons be made - 18 replies
I’m making a set of 3 nesting end tables. This is the first project I’m making with M&T joints. The first table fit together well on the dry fit. On the second table, I was very careful and made the tenons snug to each corresponding mortise. I actually had to lean on them to test the fit. Well when I put it all together for a ...
|73 days ago||
Static electricity and DC - 15 replies
I was using my planer for the first big project. I have it connected to my DC via 4” plastic hose. I noticed the hair on my arms standing up anytime I got near the DC hose. Is this common? I know static is generated with any type of movement. Later I took a length of wire and ran it from the hose clamp on the DC hose to my cold water pi...
|110 days ago||
Upcoming Planer purchase - 6 replies
I’ll be purchasing a portable planer soon. Ive read a lot of reviews here and talked to some friends. I would like to buy a spiral head. But the only spiral head portable in my budget would be the Steel city 40200H or 40300H. I am wary of purchasing because of the mixed reviews posted on LJ. I’ve also read some reviews on LJ ab...
|145 days ago||
Incra mitre safety question - 1 reply
Hey all, I purchased an Incra mitre 1000HD. It is very cool and it worked better than expected. While using it I came across a problem. I was using the work stop and pushed a piece through cutting at a 45 degree angle. To be safe I would have to push through all the way past the riving knife to remove the piece. This would make me push the...
|216 days ago||
Gluing up curved objects - 4 replies
I have a question about gluing up curved stock. I’ve watched some videos on cutting stock into thin strips. Then gluing them back together in a jig to follow a curve, (think curved arm rests for a chair). When doing this is the glue used straight or diluted? I remember seeing something about diluting yellow glue but I could not find that l...
|216 days ago||
Question on planers - 5 replies
I’m looking at purchasing a planer in the next year. I was wondering how a helical head is sharpened. I understand that 2 blade or 3 blade units can have the blades removed. But how does it work with a helical head? Do you remove the whole head? Individual cutting blades? Thanks for any help. BJ
|253 days ago||
Shooting board - 1 reply
I have a question about shooting boards. Are they meant to true up miters when using a hand saw? Or are they used to clean up any cut edge? I would think a sharp blade on a power miter saw would give a good clean edge. Or if a TS was used with a cross-cut sled the edge would also be pretty clean and true. BJ
|259 days ago||
Flattening a plane's sole - 3 replies
I received some advice in an earlier post to use a plane to flatten out some joined boards. Before doing this I thought I would dress up my cheap knock-off plane that I purchased 3 yrs ago. I followed the method used by Paul Sellers’ You-tube video. Starting with 220 grit paper on a sheet of glass. Much to my surprise, soon after starti...
|262 days ago||
Best way to flatten joined boards - 8 replies
Hi, In the past I have made cabinets using frames w/plywood sides and backs. I am trying to make a small bookcase/CD cabinet and I am making the top and sides out of 3/4 red oak. I have to join two boards together. I am using a biscuit joiner to glue them together. I can see as I am gluing them up that I will need to work the joint to flat...
|311 days ago||
Zero clearance insert for TS - 5 replies
Last spring I purchased a Sears Craftsman Hybrid table saw. I love it. It was a great step up from a +40 year old craftsman. It works well for my small projects. I’m looking for a zero clearance insert for the saw. It has a granite top so the insert is a heavy metal plate that clips in place. I have not been able to find a zero clearanc...