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09-16-2014 05:49 PM

Pallet lumber near Louisville KY - 0 replies

For you folks who like to do pallet lumber and near Louisville, KY, here's some for you.

09-10-2014 11:27 PM

Comparing Dado Blades - 9 replies

I bought an Amana 6” dado blade on CL a couple of years ago, and I’ve never been totally happy with it. The bottom of the cut is often a bit uneven, and it is a pain to use all the shims for standard dado sizes. After reading that someone on LJ bought an inexpensive Oshlun dado blade set, I decided to try it. Here’s what I l...

09-10-2014 04:37 PM

Possible good deal on lumber near Louisville, Evansville, Indianapolis - 3 replies

This guy's got 1000 bf of air-dried cherry, red elm and sassafras for $0.25/board foot! I’d get it, but I don’t have room to store 1000 bf of lumber.

09-09-2014 02:27 PM

Silicone glue trays and brushes - 14 replies

i’ve become a fan of the Rockler/Peachtree silicone glue brushes and trays. I’m a cheapskate, so I’ve been looking for all the options. Thinking about buying a set of these cups for glue trays. I’ve also looked at some of the cheaper silicone basting brushes, but they all seem to have long bristles that wouldn̵...

09-09-2014 02:24 PM

What do you use to hold finish while finishing? - 19 replies

IN order to keep my Arm-R-Seal pristine, I am working on always dispensing some from the can, closing the can back up, and not returning any to the can. I’ve just been using cheap disposable plastic sandwich type containers to hold the currently used finish until the end of the project. Any better ideas?

09-08-2014 05:30 PM

Hall Machinery Jointer - 14 replies

I’m on my 5-year to find a cheap jointer on CL. Today’s entry is an older Hall Machinery model I did the requisite Google search and didn’t find anything. My requirements: 110v, long bed 6” Thoughts? It’s about 60 miles away.

09-06-2014 04:37 PM

Mortiser bit length - 5 replies

This has not been a good week for me and my motiser. I needed a 5/16” chisel/bit for the project I am working on. I did the first couple of mortises with my 1/4” bit, but since the mortises are 3 1/2” long, I was heating up the bit after having to basically cut each mortise twice to get the full width. I decided I should get...

09-05-2014 01:25 PM

So . . . what's my mortiser made of? - 21 replies

I have a Grizzly mortiser I bought off Craigslist some time ago. Nice, solid generic mortiser. Looks a lot like this one. I put on an x-y vise and it works pretty well. I was cutting some mortises last night and the light wasn’t quite right, so I grabbed my magnetic light that I use on my drill press and bandsaw. Except that ...

09-02-2014 05:18 PM

woodworkers who travel a lot - 15 replies

I travel a fair amount, mostly domestically, but a international trip every year or so. This cuts into my woodworking! Usually all I do WW related on a trip is to read a mag (usually electronically) or read things on the web. Anybody who travels a lot use their time in more interesting ways related to woodworking?

09-02-2014 03:43 AM

The pleasures of a good circle cutting jig - 8 replies

One of the things about being a bit more proficient as a woodworker is how things that used to be complicated are now much simpler. Last fall I made a bandsaw circle cutting jig to cut out the opt of a craftsman table I built. Tonight, I needed to cut out two 19 7/8” circular pieces of OSB for the separator I am going to try on my dust...

09-01-2014 01:36 AM

Save me from a bad idea--installing walk through door in roll up garage door - 19 replies

So . . . my shop is a one car garage with the only entrance being a roll up door. Saw on youtube this mod of such a door where the guy cuts a door size opening out of the garage door, and with a combination of garage door hinges and overlapping metal frame, makes a walk through door in the garage door while keeping the roll-up working. Seems...

08-29-2014 06:27 PM

I'm a convert to using a real Dust Collector! - 28 replies

Soon after I started this phase of woodworking in my life, I started using a 6 hp (right!) shopvac hooked to a Dust Deputy for dust collection. It was a great improvement on no dust collection, and I was generally happy with it. What pushed me to upgrade was my planer—the 2 1/2 inch connector and the cfms of the shopvac were just not wor...

08-26-2014 08:03 PM

Gnats in your poly? - 16 replies

I’m putting the final coats of Arm-R-Seal poly on my project, and noticed some gnats flying around as a was applying it (no air-conditioning). Went in this morning and there were 15-20 gnats embedded in the top! Fortunately, they were relatively easy to get rid of, but it was a pain since they disturbed the poly surface as they dried to ...

08-14-2014 04:27 PM

Delta Shopmaster Downdraft Table - 5 replies

I’ve never had a downdraft table. Worth $25 from CL? I’ve read that they’re not that efficient, but I’m not going to build one or buy a more expensive one right now. Thoughts?

08-06-2014 02:18 PM

Keeping tools unplugged? - 30 replies

Somewhere when I was setting up my shop, I remember reading the tip that one should use one centrally available extension cord in the shop and power tools should only be plugged in when in use. This was relatively easy for me since I only have one outlet in the shop. So I run a couple of power strips off of it for cordless tools shop lights, e...

08-02-2014 10:51 PM

Well-dried lumber . . . or not? - 17 replies

There are two sawmills somewhat near me, and the two owners used to have a business relationship of some sort . . . but not any more. I don’t know or care what happened between them, but they both claim that the other one doesn’t know how to properly dry wood. Again, I don’t really care about their dispute. What i want to ...

08-02-2014 06:32 PM

Planing difficult wood - 17 replies

I need two 12” wide walnut pieces for the project I’m working on, one 1bout 5’ long and one 18” long. I don’t use lots of walnut, so I only needed two 8’ boards for this. The woodworking store nearest me (Bargain Supply) was unexpectedly out of walnut, and they haven’t called to say they have more in. ...

07-27-2014 05:28 PM

Some Old Iron Delta/Milwaukee tools--Your expertise Needed - 8 replies

I have a friend who inherited some old Delta/Milwaukee tools from his father: table saw, bandsaw, scroll (saber?) saw, drill press, and grinder. My sense is that the table saw isn’t worth much—no table extensions, no fence—just a blade sticking up in a thick cast iron top. I may take the floor drill press—seems very ...

07-24-2014 04:49 PM

Sled to crosscut live edge slab - 29 replies

I’m working on a live edge coffee table with a waterfall leg. That means I need to crosscut the slab with a very clean cut, and then I will need those adjoining edges to be at 45° so I can make the 90° for the leg. My first thought was a simple crosscut sled with t-track parallel to the blade about 12 inches on each side I could use 4 ...

07-20-2014 02:13 AM

Spelling and woodworking - 2 replies

I frequently snort to myself when I read Craigslist posts or posts on woodworking forums that contain references to thickness planners or refer to hand planning. Then today my wife asked why I described using a plane as planning in a blog post. Must have been auto-correct, and that may be a big reason other folks make the same mistake. I...

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