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01-04-2015 08:12 PM

What do y'all bring inside when the shop is really cold? - 19 replies

I’m getting ready to be out of town most of the time for the next three weeks. There will be no heat in the shop, and it is supposed to get down to 0 for some of that time. I’m bringing in: waterborne poly water-based stains and dyes cordless batteries glue What else should I be bringing inside?

11-30-2014 08:57 PM

"Gentleman" Woodworkers - 35 replies

The title of this post should be taken with a grain, perhaps a pound, of salt. I was watching a Charles Neil video the other day and there was a closeup of his fingers—all kinds of stains on his fingers, etc. That got me to thinking. I am in the type of work where having calluses on my hands, stain marks on the tips of my fingers, i...

11-23-2014 09:54 PM

Understanding How to Use Air Dried Jatoba - 15 replies

A friend offered me a deal on three Brazilian Cherry boards, 9’x15”x1”. I’ve read up a bit and it is supposed to be hard as heck, but pretty easy to glue up and finish. I’ve seen furniture made with it, and I really like the look. However, now that I have it, I have a few questions. The first is the identifica...

11-23-2014 07:19 PM

Using Reclaimed Wood - 17 replies

I bought some wood today (I’ll do another post on that), and the guy threw in a 10 ft x 8 piece of reclaimed 8/4 poplar, suitably darkened with the saw marks still on it. I assume if cleaned up, it would look a bit like this oak: I don’t really want to use this for anything, at least on our main floor, but for a place were it wou...

11-21-2014 12:03 AM - 7 replies

Since the refugees from Popular Woodworking announced they were starting this new venture,, I have not had much clarity as to what this website would offer that others did not. I played around a bit around there today, and I think I am beginning to understand. All content is free through the end of 2014—I haven’...

11-20-2014 02:28 AM

Is there an online library for woodworking shapes? - 13 replies

i’m working on a design, and I need some examples of feet shapes to help me with the design. I work best by doing variations on patterns I’ve seen. Are there any online repositories of common/classic woodworking shapes? Thanks, Charles

11-18-2014 02:55 PM

Face Jointing a long board - 11 replies

I’m relatively new to using a jointer. I mostly love it. I learned a lot by using hand planes to do my face and edge jointing for a couple of years, but I am amazed at how much more quickly I can do the job with a jointer. Now, of course, I want an 8+” model, but that’s another issue. I was having a bit of a problem with ...

11-17-2014 02:12 AM

Designing a wooden pocket door mechanism (like for an entertainment center) - 11 replies

I want to pick your brains. I want to make a shoe rack with a pocket door mechanism, similar to what is often used in entertainment centers. One can buy these mechanisms, sometimes north of $100. Rockler sells this one for for around $60. I have some leftover european style hinges I can use, so I was wondering if it would be feasible to desi...

11-09-2014 06:52 PM

Central Machinery (HF) dust collector just died--any ideas? - 7 replies

I use the 2 hp CM dust collector attached to a remote. I used it couple of times today. Then when getting ready to make a cut on table saw—clicked the remote—nothing. I’ve plugged it in to a couple of different outlets, so that’s ruled out. The switch still seems functional (it’s flips with a hard stop, not mush...

11-05-2014 06:05 AM

Ideas on New cast iron wing for 113 Craftsman - 22 replies

I’m thinking of replacing one, maybe both, webbed wings on my Craftsman 113 table saw. Two reasons: I can’t use my lovely mag switch feather board efficiently at all with the webbed wing, and that wing sometimes catches the ends of long, thin boards when they hit the edges. I don’t need one on the right—I’d only do ...

11-03-2014 05:32 PM

Rift sawn vs. Quartersawn walnut - 17 replies

I’m considering building this coffee table for someone The plan calls for rift sawn walnut for the legs (Walnut plywood for the top—huh?). 90% of the info on the web around this concern oak. Around here, QS walnut isn’t easy to come by, but it is possible. I’d have to special order rift sawn. I know a bit about the...

10-31-2014 02:33 AM

Silly Grr-ripper question - 5 replies

I wonder why you can buy replacement legs in either black or yellow? Merchants must stock, track, sell both. Can’t see what the advantage might be to choosing one over the other. Seems silly. Thoughts? What am I missing?

10-30-2014 12:35 PM

Paul Sellers on Bevel Up Planes and Sharpening - 0 replies

Thought it was pretty interesting.

10-29-2014 01:59 AM

If you have just too much money . . . - 26 replies

. . . and can’t tear your own sandpaper, this $12.99 help is for you.

10-29-2014 01:46 AM

New Leigh Router Table Dovetail Jig - 20 replies

I’ve been working at hand cutting dovetails, but this new Leigh RTJ400 dovetail jig looks really interesting. For some reason, this router table jig seems like a much better idea to me than the standard dovetail jig. Price is a bit steep at $365 Thoughts?

10-26-2014 06:14 AM

For those of you with a Wynn Filter and some kind of separator/cyclone for your DC - 30 replies

Why not just set up the DC exhaust outside and avoid the need for $200 filter? I have my DC setup with a good ducting system, etc., but I’m concerned by Bill Pentz’s warning that it’s the dust I can’t see that is the most dangerous. I wear a 3M 7500 series mask when using ROS and hand sanding, but certainly not when u...

10-22-2014 04:25 PM

Moving fence to the right/re-designing crosscut sled - 14 replies

i am considering moving my fence to the right a la MT_Stringer and Knotscott. This creates a problem for my crosscut sled which extends to the left. I don’t have room to allow for the rails to extend further right and my crosscut sled to extend far to the left. The capacity to handle long boards with a precise stop block is one of the best...

10-20-2014 06:32 PM

Downdraft table design - 31 replies

I’m considering making a downdraft table. I would use a 4” dust grate at one end, 4×10”. I’m thinking of putting in a piece of 1/4” ply sloping from one end toward the dust grate, and then two triangular pieces at an angle that would extend the entire length, the lower end of each at the mouth of the grate. ...

10-16-2014 07:47 PM

What kind of audio or video do you have in the shop - 88 replies

I’ve had an old clock radio in the shop for years—I mostly listen to ESPN radio. The volume control just stopped working, so I am considering replacing it. If you believe that woodworking’s purity should never be spoiled by the radio or television, this thread is not for you. 1) what audio/video equipment to you have in ...

10-16-2014 03:53 PM

Don't seem to be getting email notices for posts last day or two - 1 reply

I don’t think it is a problem with my spam filter—I’ve checked. Anybody else noticing this?

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