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|07-03-2016 08:50 PM||
Inspiring conversation at yesterday's show - 9 replies
My show yesterday was a bit lackluster in terms of sales. No one was doing very well – but that was probably due, in large part, to the stifling hot temperatures. So while I did have my lowest sales ever – I had a very nice conversation with a lady who I’d say was probably in her mid to late 80s. She came to the show with her s...
|06-23-2016 12:17 AM||
Noise reduction - 15 replies
As we all know planers are loud! I’ve got mine mounted on a rolling cabinet – metal to wood with bolts. Does anyone use any type of noise reduction material under the planer – or is such a thing even available? I’ve not had any noise complaints from my neighbors but I’ve notice my little 4-legged buddy Peter gets...
|06-05-2016 12:23 AM||
Wixey WR300 angle gauge - 19 replies
Curiosity question – I have the Wixey angle gauge and it seems as though I’m always having to change batteries in it. I had it about a year before I had to change out the original battery. In the last 3 months or so I’ve gone through 4 batteries. The first replacement I chalked up to maybe to just getting a bum battery, but now...
|05-31-2016 12:30 AM||
Would Wood type make a difference - 16 replies
Can’t remember how long exactly I’ve had my DeWalt 735 planer – but at least two years. I’ve never had this problem before but when planing face grain boards my planer’s fuse pops. I take small bites on each pass through. I plane all of my end grain boards with zero problems and until just the last two weeks or s...
|05-13-2016 01:59 AM||
Saw Stop mechanical issue - 17 replies
So, once again, I’m showing my lack of mechanical skill and/or understanding. Last night I hit a nail with the blade – that tripped the brake into action – just like it’s supposed to. Tonight I have changed the brake. Now – when I try to raise the blade all that moves is the the riving knife section and the...
|05-08-2016 10:45 PM||
How It's Made episode - 12 replies
I’m addicted to the show How It’s Made. I’m watching an episode now from December 2010. There’s one section of the episode that deals with wooden kitchen items. One item is, of course, a wooden cutting board. Must admit the set up they have for gluing and clamping is pretty impressive, but the part that worries me is they...
|04-17-2016 03:02 AM||
Amazon - 10 replies
Anyone who’s been on LJ’s for long – know I’m not the best with electronics and the associated particulars. So now I’m stuck on Amazon and need a little help. I ordered a product – it says it’s shipped and it to arrive 4/4 which is well past. I’ve tried to find a number or email to contact Amazon a...
|02-14-2016 05:01 AM||
Casters - 18 replies
I have these poly casters on most of my mobile bases. http://www.rockler.com/5-heavy-duty-polyurethane-casters I believe they are all 10 years old (give or take 1 or 2). They are now all coming apart. Every time I move a tool more and more of the poly comes off – they don’t roll very well when all of the poly comes off either. ...
|02-14-2016 04:45 AM||
CA glue for tiny holes - 7 replies
I’ve got a board that I think looks pretty good. Here it is: Now you’ll notice the little specks in the middle. The second shot show a “long” speck. I want to fill those tiny specks. I usually use two part epoxy for knots and any other small defects. But these particular specks are small enough that you couldn’...
|02-09-2016 03:34 AM||
Fixed - Spring sprung - DW735 planer - 8 replies
So now I have an issue with a spring. The spring popped out and landed in the little devit under the crank handle. I am no mechanic – but I’m pretty sure that I need that spring to be attached to something. I’ve looked at the plans and I think the part is number 106. Question is how to fix this – I know I could take it to...
|11-29-2015 10:49 PM||
Dewalt 318 jig saw problem - 11 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. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1525 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...