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11-29-2015 10:49 PM

Dewalt 318 jig saw problem - 10 replies

Things were going great – then bang – my blade in the jig saw broke. No big deal – happens all the time. But, of course, this time is different. The blade broke inside the clamp. The lower part of the blade just fell away, however, the part above the set screw is stuck in place. I’ve taken the set screw out all the way an...

11-08-2015 12:00 AM

Reviews - paid off again - 1 reply

I love the reviews on this site. Most are well thought out, pros and cons, and then there are generally replies yea or nay with opinions each way. The banter back and forth is very helpful. This is the review I’ve used most recently. I was looking at seeing if I could save a little money on sand...

11-01-2015 04:37 AM

pipe clamp maintenance and a Bessey fix question - 15 replies

I have pipes for, obviously, pipe clamping jobs. Some of these pipes are older than Moses and have seen better days but are still sound. But what I’ve been finding lately is that some of the pipes have so many little nicks from the clamp mechanisms that they are almost a ratchet clamp. So my first question is what would be the best way to ...

10-31-2015 05:55 PM

Small Electric Fire - 9 replies

So I’ve had quite a summer and fall – very expensive season for me. First I had a bad allergic reaction to Aleve and very nearly lost a lot more than money. I’ve fully recovered except for the bills. Then last Friday I was cooking dinner and sparks starting coming from an outlet – and not tiny sparks either. I ran like a ...

10-26-2015 02:19 AM

Oak in cutting boards - 24 replies

I have always worked under the assumption (or maybe the myth) that Oak, with its large, open pores is not a good wood to use in an end grain board. The general assumption I think would be that bacteria would seep into those large pores and essentially become a breeding grounds for bacteria, smells, and other nasty little stuff you don’t wa...

10-09-2015 02:12 AM

Drinks coasters - 13 replies

I want to make some drinks coasters for a friend who is getting married back home. She and her hubby to be are quasi minimalists and they don’t plan to have a large house – as she says “if you didn’t have so much stuff you wouldn’t need a big house.” So a gift has to be on the smallish side. I’m also com...

10-06-2015 02:06 AM

If this were in your shop what would you make of it? - 23 replies

I’ve been moving this slab of wood from house to house for 15+ years. Finally decided I needed to take some time and sand it to see what would come out. With just a cursory sanding it looks pretty nice. Now that I’ve made it this far and having made a pledge to myself to never move this to another home and to get something made of it...

09-13-2015 03:02 AM

Dust collector repair - 11 replies

I have Jet dust collector and the part that holds the rod that keeps the upper bag vertical has essentially bent in and become loose. I’ve put in a new bolt and nut which worked for a while but the nut always seems to come loose so I’ve had to tighten it several time. But the holder has now bent and nothing I’ve done has manage...

09-10-2015 01:23 AM

I like my DW735 13" planer but for... - 10 replies

those darn red thumb screws that hold down the hood. I’ve got two that the actual bolt has striped out of the plastic “holders”. If I could use a general purpose socket I’d have no problem. But you try to get a correct size socket onto those darn things and you can see why I’m not in love with the red plastic holder...

08-22-2015 04:01 AM

How would you respond to this comment from a show - 73 replies

I’ve been thinking about this comment for a while now. I do an occasional show to try to recoup lumber money so I can build something else – for sure not a “I can make a living at this” just fun. I call it my “wood therapy.” Anyway, a lady was eyeing one of my pieces and someone she was with, I’m assu...

08-13-2015 05:37 PM

Yellowheart - 8 replies

So I’ve been wanting to add some yellow heart to a few cutting boards but I’ve held off doing so because I thought it was not a domestic wood to the USA. Well, as they say about making assumptions…. (makes an ass out of you and ME), I finally googled it and find that it’s a wood from the southern USA and an especially nice vari...

05-19-2015 05:36 PM

Bulge Cutting Board plan - 3 replies

So I know I’m not very good at searching for these things but I’ve spent about 3 hours in the last couple of days looking for a pattern for the bulge cutting board. I find tons of pictures that I can copy from but it sure would be nice if I could find the paper version I can use to figure out the positions of the inlay. Can someon...

05-12-2015 02:10 AM

Beeswax - 4 replies

I have a question about beeswax. Will beeswax “bleed” or leave marks on a table cloth? I have a serving platter that I would prefer to use a vanish on but the friend it’s for is really set on a mineral oil/beeswax finish. I agree that oil/beeswax has a much nicer feel but I’m concerned about it bleeding on her tablecloth....

04-11-2014 12:05 AM

flower holder thingy - 10 replies

So I have no idea what this thing I want is called. I tried to find a project to show what it is with no luck. But basically what I am looking for is the plastic/metal insert that is used to hold a small flower in a wooden vase. Anyone know what that is called and/or where to get them? I want to make a set for a wedding gift and not knowing what...

03-12-2014 02:59 AM

Just have to laugh at myself - 6 replies

I was cruising through my old projects trying to find my hall table picture to show a friend and I stumbled on this project I see in my description that I say I don’t plan to make any more boards because this one was tedious. That was almost 6 years and 300+ boards ago. I think that might qualify as “ea...

02-16-2014 09:29 PM

Dewalt scroll saw - 10 replies

Okay, so my lack of mechanical know-how will be on full display again. My scroll saw has popped the fuse button. Ive pushed it back in and the machine comes on for a millisecond and pops again. On most things when the fuse pops, you push it back in and you go on your merry way. The electic outlet happens to be the only thing on the particular br...

02-13-2014 01:08 AM

Cutting boards - never make another mistake - EVER! - 8 replies

So I’ve got your attention.I apologize in advance for my lack of photographic genius and even more for my lack of editing abilities. I get frustrated with trying to edit, etc. hence I don’t do much posting with pictures…. In the last year I’ve made a lot of cutting boards and have sold quite a few along the way. I very...

02-08-2014 07:58 PM

this seems like a safety question to me - 7 replies

How does a person who purports to be a fellow LJ get my personal email when my last name is not listed here? I don’t mind getting messages via our internal message system but getting an email from someone I know I’ve not given my email address to is a little unnerving to me. Not being very computer savvy can someone explain to ...

01-04-2014 02:23 AM

Dewalt 735 planer issue - 6 replies

I am having trouble finding an online manual for the 735 planer. Every link I find turns into something not a manual. I tried the Dewalt site and still could not get the manual. Getting frustrated to say the least. My search for the manual because I was running a board through and a piece apparently broke off and I believe it is jammed up in ...

09-30-2013 03:06 AM

drum sander motor issue - 26 replies

Slowly but surely spending more time in the shop. Have even done a couple of small shows with lots of help from friends …. but still making sawdust. I have a Delta 36” drum sander that has always been a good steady tool. However, tonight it simply quit. The table belt moves but the drum does not. It worked for about 3 passes then ...

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