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03-17-2009 09:20 PM

Question for the Electrical Experts - 35 replies

I can change out a switch or a receptacle, or replace a light fixture… but that’s about as far as my electrical expertise goes. Hence the question: Ever since I replaced my Ryobi table-top saw with my Ridgid TS3660, my wife complains about how it dims the lights when I start it up. It was never a problem with the Ryobi, even thoug...

03-02-2009 08:16 PM

Shop Vac Question - 21 replies

This may be a dumb question, but I honestly don’t know the answer…. physics was not my best subject. After reading some positive comments, I have ordered a Dust Deputy to hook up to my shop vac. I know it’s not a dust collection system…. I am mainly getting it because I’m tired of constantly clogging up the filte...

02-04-2009 07:58 PM

Mine's Bigger Than Yours - 33 replies

Okay, it’s not really mine…. it resides in the carpentry shop of the university where I work. This baby was in operation up until a few years ago. It has 38” wheels, stands over 8 1/2 feet tall, and adjusts to take blades anywhere between 18 1/2 and 20 feet long. According to the brochure, the crated weight was 3,400 lbs. The s...

02-03-2009 08:10 PM

Funny Email Ad of the Day - 14 replies

Maybe it’s just me, but I laughed when I saw this ad from Woodworker Supply in my inbox. Doesn’t the name of the product make it sound like something you’d find in an adult novelty store? :-) It does look pretty handy, though!

12-07-2008 04:30 PM

I'm Baaaaaaaack! - 21 replies

In case you fellow Lumberjocks missed my pithy remarks for the last few days, I was on a little vacation in New York City. We took in some shows and some sights, and got to visit with my daughter, who is a student at City College. But I did bring you all back a little souvenir. My wife and I were wandering through the design and architecture gal...

11-29-2008 04:22 PM

Thin Kerf Blades and Splitters - 9 replies

Many of you responded to my question about belt tension on my new Ridgid TS3660 table saw. As I’m getting to know the saw, another issue has come up that I’d like to hear comments on. The saw came with a thin-kerf blade, which cuts well enough. On my first test rip, I noticed some resistance when the workpiece reached the built-i...

11-23-2008 01:11 AM

Table Saw Belt Tension - 26 replies

I’m thrilled to have my new Ridgid TS3660 set up. I got a factory reconditioned model from CPO (brand new by all appearances) for $409 with free shipping. After using an $89 Ryobi for the past four years, using this thing is like trading up from a Yugo to a Cadillac. I do have a question that the manual was unclear on: The motor hangs o...

09-02-2008 10:17 PM

I'm Still Kicking - 37 replies

Thanks to all who wrote to express their concern. My internet access is limited, but I just wanted to let everyone know my family and I are fine. We evacuated to a beautiful golf course condo in West Point, MS and are just waiting for the okay to return home. As far as I can tell from reports and a brief conversation with a neighbor, my home ...

08-11-2008 03:11 PM

Fame for one of my uglier children - 47 replies

Some time ago I posted my rolling tool caddy on Wood Magazine’s shop projects gallery. Months went by without me giving it another thought, until I was contacted the other day by the editor of the upcoming 3rd edition of “America’s Best Home Workshops”. It seems he wants to include my humble project in the gallery section...

07-26-2008 09:19 PM

What's Wrong With This Saw? - 30 replies

I’ve been thinking for a while about a cordless circular saw, but not too seriously. It was just the kind of thing that I thought would be nice to have every now and then. Well, I stumbled by accident across this company called CPO Makita that specializes in new and reconditioned Makita power tools. They were advertising this Model 5620...

07-18-2008 08:44 PM

Converting Millimeters to Fractions - 107 replies

Okay, so it’s a slow day at work, but this has been a pet peeve of mine. I often run across a measurement given in millimeters, and wish I had a handy reference to convert that number into fractional inches. There are a lot of charts and calculators online that will give you decimal equivalents, but nothing I could find that will quickl...

05-02-2008 03:26 PM

PayPal Revisited - 27 replies

After expressing my satisfaction with PayPal in the recent forum topic about it, I must have jinxed myself somehow. I had a very disturbing experience yesterday, and would like to know if anyone has experienced anything similar. My last PayPal transaction was a small donation to this site I made on 4/28. The transaction went smoothly, with no...

04-20-2008 10:17 PM

Recommendations for Inlay Fillers - 16 replies

I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for filling template-routed inlays like the one shown here: This is just plain wood filler on a scrap of walnut as a test piece. Naturally, I’d like something a bit more decorative than wood filler. I’ve used Inlace epoxy, and it is good for applications like this, but fairly ...

03-16-2008 03:52 PM

Steel Wool & Mineral Spirits - 18 replies

Somewhere recently I read about making a solution to ebonize walnut by letting some steel wool soak in mineral spirits for a couple of weeks (at least I thought that was the time frame). I’ve had a large hunk of steel wool in a jar of mineral spirits for about a month now, and the resulting liquid, even when shaken up, does not look dark e...

02-15-2008 05:11 PM

Is Constructive Criticism Overrated? - 36 replies

I came in late on Leon’s post about constructive criticism, just stumbling across it yesterday. After making my initial comments and sleeping on it, I awoke this morning with this thought: Is constructive criticism overrated? I started thinking about why I hang around here, and I think I’ve narrowed it down to four reasons: ...

02-01-2008 08:54 PM

Router Recommendations - 19 replies

I use my trusty PC690 for both table-mounted and freehand work. I have a fixed base to leave on the table permanently, and both a plunge base and an extra fixed base for non-table work, so dismounting from the table is not any big deal. I would, however, like to get something with a little more power, as well as variable speed, so I could safely...

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