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05-14-2011 05:31 AM

Capacitor start for jointer? - 11 replies

I am in the process of rewiring a 3 phase induction motor to single phase for my jointer. Do most of you guys have capacitors on your jointer’s motor? I know a jointer isn’t a tool that needs high start torque. Just wondering. - Chris

03-23-2011 04:35 AM

green wood moisture content - 10 replies

Last summer I cut down a red cedar tree (i didn’t know much about trees and thought it was pine so i threw it in the dump). But I got lazy since I have no chainsaw and was taking it down by hand and left a 3 foot tall stump!!!!Two weeks ago i took the rest down, split it , and planed it into 2 boards to set to air dry. Today I bought a ...

02-26-2011 05:28 PM

Woodcraft Jointer Knife hone. Opinions? - 14 replies

I am buying a used jointer (my first) soon. It has HSS knives already in it. I figure before I get it I should devise a plan for sharpening them. I stumbled across this jig which allows you to sharpen knives without removing them from the cutterhead… ...

02-13-2011 01:18 AM

When to replace table saw belt? - 15 replies

Is there a set time for when I should replace my table saw belt? Its been in used for atleast 8 months, and before that since I bought my saw used.

02-07-2011 09:59 PM

Polyurethane help! - 11 replies

I am new to using polyurethane and am trying to apply it to mdf. My mdf was perfectly flat now after 3 coats of poly it is not flat anymore (checked with level). I am using minwax fast drying poly. Applied it with a foam brush. I sand in between coats. Only the last coat (3) has got gloss to it, the previous ones just absorbed and drakened the ...

01-26-2011 06:01 AM

Should I wax my Table saw? And Oil my miter slot? - 10 replies

I want Wood to slide better on my table saw. Would automotive (turtle wax brand) be find to put on my table saw? Will the wax gum up my stock? Also is 3 in 1 oil the best to lubricate my miter slots with? What do you all do?

01-16-2011 06:13 AM

Is my Saw blade dull? - 13 replies

I have a 50 tooth ridgid combination blade (alternative bevel). I have been using the blade for light-duty hobby work since May 2010. I mostly cut softwood, plywood, and some hardwood. Two or three times I cut UHMW plastic with the blade. After I cut the plastic the blade worked just as before. Recently I have noticed that it takes harder pus...

01-09-2011 09:57 PM

Dovetail joinery for hexagon joints? - 1 reply

I am going to build one of those table saw dovetail cutting jigs. However I need to know if it is possible to cut dovetails normally on them though the boards ends will be beveled 45 degrees because the project is hexagon shaped. The jig i am building is from a fellow LJ’s…

01-05-2011 04:43 AM

What tool for burning writing in wood? - 2 replies

I am making a simple sign to go on my front door that says my family’s last name. I want to burn the letters into the wood. Would a simple soldering iron like below work? ......... If the one in that link is good do I need a special tip? I don’t want to ...

12-31-2010 05:30 AM

Milling lumber, before or after its dry fully? - 23 replies

I have several very small logs in my shed from a tree I cut down 3 months ago. The bark it is still on the logs. I want to use the wood for some small projects. I know they can’t be dry already. Should I wait to mill them into lumber until after they are fully dry or mill them in my planer now and let them dry the rest of the way rough ...

12-05-2010 08:29 AM

Will Phenolic be perfectly flat? - 7 replies

I need A perfectly flat sheet for a project and I haven’t had much luck with the batlic birch recently as my sheets are close but slightly twisted. Will Phenolic sheets work? Will phenolic stay flat? I would use steel but its too expensive for the thickness I need.

12-04-2010 06:31 PM

Induction vs. universal for Jointer? - 17 replies

I am interested in buying my first jointer but am shaking on a few aspects of it. I can’t afford to spend much so I was looking at a 6 1/8 inch jointer from harborfreight for $200. The description didn’t say but when I downloaded the manual I realized the motor was universal. Why do they put these things in stationary machines that r...

11-27-2010 07:41 AM

UNflat MDF...Can it be fixed? - 3 replies

I have a 2×2 ft. piece of mdf left over from another project and want to use it on something. The problem is for what I need to use it for it MUST be dead flat and currently it is cupped about 1/8 to 1/16 in the center of it. Is there a way to make it flat? I can’t hand plane it because I lack the skills (i just can’t get go...

11-22-2010 05:40 AM

Problem with Making Drill Press Auxiliary Table - 5 replies

Hello All, I have run into a bit of a problem when trying to make a wooden aux. table for my drill press. I thought someone might have an answer. My press’ current table is about 1/3 the size of the plywood one to go over it. Its just 1/2” thick plywood with solid spruce rabbetted around the edges and 2 spruce support glued under the...

10-01-2010 08:21 PM

no dust collector/ Always sneezing - 12 replies

In my shop I always get sawdust and chips on the floor. I was cleaning it after it falls with a cheap shopvac but no matter how much I empty it the motor doesn’t get suction like it used to. My contractor table saw has a bucket under it for dust but a lot gets out from it and the saw’s open back. Dust used to not bother me but now ...

08-14-2010 10:27 PM

Homemade Jointer/ Cutterhead assembly - 3 replies

I am currently building a homemade bandsaw and am happy with how much easily it is to build machinery than I though…. I though it was like rocket science at first. I can’t afford a jointer so eventually i want to build one. I heard it could be dangerous trying to make one so I figured if I purchase a cutterhead replacement part I ...

07-20-2010 05:37 AM

How would I glue Rubber to plywood? - 4 replies

I am working on something very urgent and need to glue rubber to the end grain of plywood (the edge, where you see the plys.) What adhesive would I use? Also is there a special technique I should use?

07-07-2010 01:15 AM

Table saw fence (for tube style rails) - 3 replies

I need to buy a fence for my delta contractor saw. I bought my saw used and it didn’t come with its stock fence. I would rather buy only the fence and keep the tube style rails but just a replacement head casting for the fence is $100+!!!! I don’t want to buy a fence system , I don’t need a hi tech t square fence , just ...

07-06-2010 03:44 AM

cleaning a saw blade. - 12 replies

I hope this is the correct section. I have a ridgid combination blade and its has grunge all on one side of the blade (i think that is leaving “burn looking” marks on my wood, it also could be partly cause I am ripping hardwood with 50 teeth :P) I tried scrubbing it alone but nothing and I don’t want to buy chemicals and ...

07-05-2010 10:53 PM

Ripping 6-8 foot boards (IT NEVER ENDS!!!!) - 17 replies

I am starting to work on larger projects now and i need to rip boards that are 6 – 8 foot long. After much thinking about how to provide outfeed support, I bought a little roller stand. However after having to buy a roller stand , return it ,and buy another I need infeed support apparently. I refuse to buy another roller stand and don̵...

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