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10-17-2016 04:42 PM

Anybody have experience with ICS Cutting Tools - 2 replies

I keep an eye on sets of vintage Irwin tapered shank auger bits on e-bay. I can’t justify the purchase at the moment as I don’t have a current project that requires it. I have not had good luck with the newer Irwin bits that are made in Brazil I believe. I was looking online for other options and ran across ICS Cutting Tools. It ...

03-09-2016 02:28 PM

PC 4216 Dovetail Jig, why isn't it your favorite? - 18 replies

The romance of hand-cut dovetails is wearing thin with me. I have several projects on my list, and they all seem to have drawers. More importantly, I notice myself avoiding going into the shop to push ahead because I just don’t want to do all that work by hand. I am thinking it is time to invest in a dovetail jig that I can use my route...

02-14-2016 02:52 AM

I am a terrible saw sharpener, but I am having fun - 29 replies

I picked up a nondescript Warrented Superior 8 ppi crosscut saw while rust hunting today. If nothing else, it is good practice for sharpening. The points are getting plenty “sticky” sharp, the way a sharp saw feels, you know what I mean. Swapping out my worn file for a fresh one was a big help. The biggest problem I see with what...

12-11-2015 08:10 PM

The lowly pencil, what kind is your favorite? - 60 replies

Sure, a pencil is a pencil is a pencil. Right? Maybe not. I’ll bet there are some of you that have a favorite style or brand, and feel put out if you have to use something different. So, whatcha got behind your ear other than that weird smelly wax stuff (that works really well for making a smudge mark, fyi, learned that from my Grandda...

12-09-2015 02:28 PM

One piece rail and stile router bit ... now what - 11 replies

I was able to get a great deal on a one piece rail and stile router bit recently. The only problem I am having now is figuring out the best way to put it to work. I don’t find instructions anywhere on the intarwebz, and I’d rather not do something dumb. So, who has used one of these beasties? Tips and tricks please. My understan...

09-09-2015 04:12 PM

Kudos to DeWalt Service - 1 reply

I had a DW7491RS jobsite saw that needed one small e-clip to repair the riving knife attachment assembly. I am fortunate to have a DeWalt Service center close to home, so I took my saw in for repair. The service center folks entered the saw information into their system, and it came back saying the saw was eligible for a warranty replacement. ...

08-28-2015 03:33 AM

Where is the best place for a shop? - 34 replies

We all have a workspace, or at least want a workspace. Where is your preferred space? Is it a basement shop, a garage shop, an outbuilding on your property, a rented space away from home? Tell me your preference and why. My current workspace is in my basement, it is small and I long for more room. I also find myself working in houses a lo...

07-30-2015 03:44 PM

Mitering thin pieces on a CMS, got any tips? - 6 replies

I was cutting a 45 angle on some quarter-inch thick strips of maple (face towards the fence) recently on my compound miter saw, and on several cuts the piece pretty much just exploded. I repeated the process with poplar and had no trouble. Obviously there is some property of the maple, I assume hardness, that didn’t agree with my techniq...

07-15-2015 01:48 PM

Trimming out an outside corner in three dimensions. - 12 replies

I messed around with this long enough to find a compound bevel that works. My question is why does it work? I want to know the logic behind why 33.9 degrees allows these pieces to come together. I understand the 45 degree piece of this compound bevel, and in my head I imagined somewhere near 40 degrees was the magic for the second angle. The...

07-07-2015 08:36 PM

Is there a cross-slide vice that can actually bolt to the T-slots on my drill press? - 11 replies

Every drill press I have ever seen, including my disposable little HF 8” benchtop, has T-slots in the table and base supposedly useful for bolting on attachments such as a vice. However, I don’t seem to be able to find vices that will actually fit the spacing on those slots. What is the simple thing I am missing here? I understan...

07-02-2015 08:10 PM

Removing wax on saw blade back from sharpening service - 12 replies

I didn’t turn up anything in my search of the forum, so here is my question. How do you guys remove the waxy material the sharpening service applies to the sharpened blade so it can be handled safely until it is ready to use? I picked one tooth’s worth off to see if I could easily just peel it off. That didn’t work very well...

06-22-2015 04:24 PM

What/How are you guys cutting ipe? - 16 replies

I have some 2×6 ipe cutoffs I am trying to find some uses for. Just messing around, I was squaring up the edges of my cutoffs to get a feel for the material. Holy smokes is this stuff hard! My saw blade was getting close to needing sharpening before. It is dead dull now. How do you folks cut your ipe? What tools do you use? What tool...

06-22-2015 03:40 PM

Is a Freud D1080X Diablo 10-Inch 80-tooth ATB blade disposable? - 10 replies

I have a Freud D1080X Diablo 10-Inch 80-tooth ATB blade that has gone dull, and is probably not safe to use at this point. I don’t have any premium saw blades yet, and have not used a sharpening service. Is this Diablo blade worth sharpening? A new blade is going to run around $40. For 80 teeth, I would imagine the price of sharpening ...

06-05-2015 02:31 PM

Compressor abuse, why not? - 8 replies

I recently acquired a Bostitch pancake compressor, nothing fancy, and not the compressor I want. But, it was the best option available at the time. I understand that standard practice is to drain the tank at the end of the day and empty any condensation that has collected to prevent rust and extend the life of the tank. However, bearing in mi...

06-02-2015 02:51 PM

I found a nail, with my jointer. - 13 replies

I found a nail in some old deck boards I am re-purposing. Not surprisingly, it did a number on my jointer blades. They all kind of look like the above picture. Are they salvageable, or should I just forget it and get a replacement set?

06-01-2015 01:35 PM

Delta 14-650 T2 Mortiser Adapter Bushing - 11 replies

I’m hoping somebody can help me find an adapter for my Delta 14-650 T2 mortiser. This model uses 5/8” chisels, and I would like to locate a 3/4” bushing or adapter that would allow me to use 3/4” chisels. Hopefully somebody has an idea. I called Delta Parts and they have nothing available. They referred me to MikeR...

05-29-2015 08:26 PM

Milling flooring from hardwood cutoffs - 4 replies

I have gotten into the habit of raiding the cutoff bin at the local lumberyard about once a week. Sometimes there are some interesting pieces, today I snagged some ipe that I imagine will end up as a cutting board. I have gotten aromatic cedar I used to make a box for LOML. There is generally always red oak and poplar if I need some of that. ...

05-19-2015 01:27 PM

To hackberry or not hackberry, that is the question. - 13 replies

I am planning to begin working on a bedframe and a pair of nightstands soon. I had planned to use cherry as the medium with walnut accents. However, when I went to a local mill to see what was available they did not have much cherry in stock at the current time. They did have a nice supply of hackberry, some of it with interesting spalting. ...

05-13-2015 01:40 PM

How to make a long board longer? - 19 replies

I am planning to help my son-in-law attach a ledge to a knee wall in his basement finishing project. The ledge will be 15 some feet long, and we will be using some 8 foot long select 1×10 pine from big-box to create the ledge. My question is what will be the best way to join these boards end to end to get the desired length, while minimiz...

05-05-2015 02:58 PM

Portable band saw ... why? - 15 replies

Every tool has a job for which it is the best solution. I see portable band saws on Craig’s List from time to time, and I always wonder, “What job is that the best tool for?” What say you, LJ’s?

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