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06-15-2015 05:19 PM

How to Restore Hand Planes - 4 replies

I have had the opportunity recently to get my hands on some old Stanley and Shelton hand planes. All of my hand planes to this point have been bought new so I was wondering if anyone could point to some articles or tips or anything else that will help me restore these planes to their original glory. Thanks!

03-23-2015 05:51 PM

Work from your Shop - CNC Owners Apply Now please!! - 4 replies

I am looking to contract some of my production work out to someone with an eye for quality and the tools and equipment to do what I need. There are several ways we can make this work, depending on what works best for both of us. You will be paid per piece. Price paid will be determined by who pays for the lumber (if your close to one of our d...

02-17-2015 07:09 PM

Woodriver handplanes any good? - 10 replies

I was on the woodcraft website and I came across the brand Wood River. They make all sorts of stuff but I was interested in their hand planes. Does anyone have any experience with these? How do they compare with the elite brands like Lie Nelson, etc? Any observations would be appreciated. I am looking to buy about 4 new planes and these are...

02-03-2015 02:40 PM

Grizzly Planer Question! - 7 replies

I have the 15” 3 HP 240V Planer with Spiral Cutterhead from Grizzly. I believe model is G0453Z. I really like it, it works well and does what it is supposed to do at a much lower cost than the other brands. The one issue I cant stand is the final outfeed roller is slightly serrated so some of my boards come out with lines in them! Why ...

02-03-2015 02:41 AM

which joiner planer is best? - 5 replies

I am getting ready to buy a joiner and I am wondering if there is a significant difference between brands? I am looking at an 8 inch with spiral head cutters. The powermatic is 3x the price of grizzly and I just can’t see where the few differences equal that much additional cost. The General and Grizzly are identical, I’m convinced t...

01-22-2015 02:10 PM

dust collection - 1 reply

I have a newer Grizzly 3HP dual canister dust collector with a 7 inch inlet. How long of a main run would be acceptable for a machine this size without losing too much suction? There is very little horizontal branches off the main trunk, it mostly goes from the main trunk straight down to the machines which all have 4” ports. I also hav...

01-22-2015 01:22 AM

Dust collector questions - 1 reply

Hello all, I am re-designing my dust collection system this year. I currently have a Grizzly 3HP dual canister machine with 7” inlet. This machine is hooked up to a router, two stationary sanders, a dual drum sander and a planer right now. I use 7 inch pipe all the way to the machine where most go directly to 4” to hook up to the ...

01-11-2015 09:26 PM

speed control on single speed motor - 24 replies

I am building a tumbler and I have a 1hp motor. I need to be able to slow it down until I get to 15rpm (so pretty slow). What is the easiest way or best controller to do this? Thanks for the help in advance guys! Thought I would add this to the original post as well since folks are asking for more info below :)I have not built this yet, but I...

06-28-2014 03:44 AM

Planer: Powermatic vs Grizzly?? - 11 replies

I am looking to buy a new planer with a spiral carbide cutting head. As I look around I just don’t see that much difference between General, Powermatic, and Grizzly when it comes to these planers. They are all made in Taiwan, same HP, same speeds, appear to be the same everything almost. I am not a brand snob or brand loyal, I have a hu...

06-23-2014 01:46 PM

Finish planing question - 3 replies

If I buy a Powermatic planer with spiral head and carbide inserts, how smooth can I get the board surface? I get my lumber planed by the lumber company right now but it comes with burn marks and snipe, so I want to plane my own if it will come out with a nice finish. Being able to take one pass through the drum sander after planing as opposed ...

06-17-2014 12:45 PM

Shark CNC machine for sale - 7 replies

Hey guys, I bought a Shark CNC machine from Rockler about two years ago and it has been used sparingly. It is a nice little machine, works exactly like it should. Shortly after I bought it we landed a huge account that allowed me to buy an industrial 4×8 machine and this guy has been taking up room in the shop ever since. Everything work...

06-13-2014 01:07 AM

Help, drum sander burn - 6 replies

I have a newer General brand dual drum sander. I am getting burn on the sanding drums, it seems random though. I know that I am not taking away too much material at one time because I only turn it about 1/8 of a turn per pass and I have done 50 boards this way with success. I also know that I am not hitting knots or anything, I inspected the ...

05-28-2014 02:07 PM

Favorite Industrial woodworking equipment? - 13 replies

I know a lot of us are hobby woodworkers but I’m guessing a lot of you have worked in millwork and cabinet shops, woodshops, etc. I am wondering what is out there for production work where you have to make a lot of repeatable parts and pieces and stuff like that. I know it is expensive but what is out there for the big companies to use a...

05-06-2014 04:10 PM

safer way to cut small cubes?? - 11 replies

So I have 8ft long boards that I have cut to be 1.5” by 1.5”. I now need to chop them into cubes, so 1.5” again. I normally set up a miter saw with a zero clearance fence but cutting small cubes doesn’t seem super safe with my fingers that close to the blade, never been hurt but had a few scary cube launches across the ...

05-01-2014 12:45 AM

Alternate to finish sanding? - 4 replies

So I need to assemble the brain trust here, if you have dealt with large quantity production runs of wood items this might be right up your alley. For this scenario I am cutting out small shapes for toys. Think 4 inch stars, flowers, etc. I do wholesale orders of my products for companies all the time but they are growing into the thousands...

01-05-2014 04:24 PM

Question about 220V - 14 replies

I am moving into my new shop soon and I need to run a 220 outlet for my dust collection system. Normally it is no problem, I know how to run basic wiring and 110 and 220/240 outlets safely. However, this panel does not seem to have a main breaker to shut off power to the entire panel. Is that possible? If so, is there a shut off outside at t...

12-16-2013 05:04 PM

7 inch dust collection ducting? - 8 replies

I recently bought a Grizzly 3HP double canister dust collector for my new wood shop. It turns out that the inlet is 7 inches and I am having a heck of a time finding any piping and fittings that will work with this size of an inlet. I think PVC only comes in 6 or 8 inch and I’m not sure about easily obtained metal duct work? Also, I nee...


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