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11-02-2014 02:56 AM

What batteries to get?? - 2 replies

My dad just gave me a Dewalt combo tool set which includes a circular saw, sawzall, drill, and flashlight. All 18 volt. The tools haven’t seen much action but the batteries aren’t holding a charge since they’ve been sitting. I can easily get OEM Nicad batteries but I noticed Dewalt have lithium equivalents. I already have a ...

09-27-2013 03:06 PM

Question on putting a round-over on thin wood - 10 replies

I have to put a round-over on a small oblong shaped piece of wood that will be about 2” tall, 1.5” wide, and 1/4” thick. The round-over has to be on both sides, top and bottom. I have to do this for a lot of them. I tried to do it on a router table and got a ridge in the middle that I will have to sand out. I would like to a...

08-23-2012 04:05 PM

Tool brands: How do you decide? - 66 replies

We all tend to gravitate to one brand or another. Some people buy Powermatic or Festool because they want a high quality tool while others love Harbor Freight for the value. In a perfect world we would get high quality at a low cost with great customer service. That’s probably never going to happen. I find myself somewhere in the middle...

12-29-2011 12:10 AM

Sharpening new chisels - 9 replies

I just ordered an 8 piece Stanley Sweethart chisel set. I’m looking for some recommendations to sharpening them. Since they are new I won’t know how much work the backs will need to get flat. Is there a general rule to what grit to start with? I’ll be using the Worksharp 3000. I know I can start with a low grit and work my way ...

11-04-2011 06:33 PM

Easy projects that look hard - 6 replies

We’ve probably all been there. We bang something out in a couple of hours and everyone thinks we are woodworking geniuses. For one reason or another I got on a band saw box kick a while back. It seemed that every chuck of scrap I had turned into another box or a test box. When I showed them to people they always seemed amazed. I think a lo...

11-01-2011 11:28 PM

Basement shop or garage shop? - 47 replies

I’ve always liked the fact that my garage was my shop. It’s easy to get tools and materials in and I don’t have to worry about rattling the house when I turn something on. Plus, the leaf blower makes quick work of “dusting”! However, when fall come around and the temperature dips I envy those who have basement sh...

01-31-2011 07:34 PM

Another dust collector question - 9 replies

I just joined the ranks of many of my fellow LJ’s and picked up a HF 2HP DC. I had a coupon for $139 and couldn’t pass it up. It’s been sitting in my shop, assembled and unused, for a couple of weeks now. Like everything else I do I’ve been agonizing over my duct work and how to go about it. I also spent hours on this sit...

11-17-2010 11:43 PM

Bandsaw: Bearings or cool blocks? - 24 replies

My Powermatic 14” BS came with bearings. What’s the general consensus regarding one over the other (bearings/cool blocks). I find that if I use an 1/8” blade it can sometimes slip out of between the bearings.


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