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10-15-2011 06:07 AM

Miter saw height - 4 replies

I understand that this question has no one ‘right’ answer, but: what does the average-height woodworker consider the best height from the floor to the deck of your miter saw?

05-02-2011 05:46 AM

Polishing/treating brass and copper - 12 replies

I have several projects on the drawing board that include the use of brass and/or copper. For instance, I have a large number of 1920s vintage glass door knobs with brass bases , as well as their brass escutcheons, that I intend to turn into coat racks by mounting them on oak boards. My question: how do I remove all tarnish or oxidatio...

02-28-2011 09:10 AM

Craftsman fence - 7 replies

In an earlier post Kiefer made the comment that you should let no one tell you your fence is junk. Sorry, Keifer, but mine is junk—-at least within my understanding of it. I have a 70s vintage Craftsman flex drive (the identical saw Dakremer showed in his sled blog) and the fence is virtually useless. Dakremer’s sled is a good p...

02-07-2011 07:57 AM

Another jointer question - 3 replies

I share the frustration of Jeff, the previous poster who is flummoxed by the difficulty of getting his jointer adjusted correctly. In my case, the job of making micro-adjustments is a challenge for a guy with old, weak eyes. My specific question: others have talked about “rolling the blades” to top dead center. I know what that...

02-01-2011 07:07 AM

HF Chain Saw Sharpener - 5 replies

I really don’t enjoy hand-sharpening the cutters for my chain saws, but I do it. I’m wondering if the $29 chain saw sharpener at Harbor Freight reallly does the job, and if it is more or less a hassle than hand-sharpening. Anyone have experience with this tool?

01-26-2011 08:27 AM

Lemon Oil - 3 replies

I have heard that liberal applications of lemon oil have a wonderful rejuvenating and retorative effect on aged and dried wood. I am refinishing an old oak desk, built in the 30s or 40s, and I am wondering if I should dose it with lemon oil (Old English Furniture Oil, e.g.) prior to finishing. Wouild the oil have a detriimental effect on wha...

09-03-2010 06:35 PM

DW735 on sale - 8 replies

The Lowes here has the DW735 planer marked down $50 to $599. Don’t know if that price is in every store, but if it is, it might help some to decide to take the plunge. Here in Louisiana we’re having a “sales tax-free” weekend, so there’s another $25 bucks savings for the La. guys, or the Texas, Arkansas and Missi...

08-26-2010 09:52 PM

DeWalt DW718 Miter/Slider - 0 replies

Anybody have any comments good or bad about the DeWalt 718 12” slider miter? I suppose your comments are moot since I’ve already bought one. Lowe’s had just enough of a discount last week to make me pull the trigger.

05-24-2010 11:38 PM

Wood glut - 6 replies

I’m a guy who refuses to throw away a 2×4 cut-off that’s more than 6” long; I have some hardwood scraps that are almost as old as I am. So imagine how I’m feeling right now: Last week we had to take down a southern yellow pine on my wife’s rural property. It was 40 inches at the butt. I now have two sections, one 16 feet and ...

04-22-2010 05:45 PM

PC tool combo at Lowe's - 3 replies

My paper today had a Lowe’s ad for a PC 18-volt combo set that includes drill/dirver, circular saw, recip saw, light and 2 batteries, all for $129. I assume this is a national ad campaign. I don’t need ‘em, but sounds like it might be a nice opportunity for someone just getting into woodworking.

04-21-2010 06:25 PM

Green wood/wet wood - 3 replies

Jayman raised the question earlier about how to make dry wood wet. I have a related question; it may be a dumb question but I’m a dumb guy and don’t know the answer. It is stressed over and over here that your wood should be at a proper dryness (don’t remember the percent) before you build it into a project. I’ve r...

02-17-2010 02:44 AM

Which wood is best? - 2 replies

I have been intrigued by wood and have “worked with wood” in various ways most all of my life, though only marginally as a “woodworker”. Making a living, plus moving around a lot and generally getting my life in order hindered me from doing the fun, creative type woodworking I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. Most of what I’ve done has bee...

02-05-2010 06:14 PM

Sears offers free shipping on Jet tools - 1 reply

For what it’s worth, my paper yesterday had a Sears flyer saying that they have free shipping on Jet tools through Feb. 13. I didn’t even know Sears sold Jet tools. The blurb showed a tablesaw as their example. This is the on-line store only, but it’ll take a better computer hand than me to learn the details. I gave up.

01-26-2010 11:50 PM

Jointer won't joint - 14 replies

I’ve become very upset with my new Ridgid JP06101 jointer. I bought it more than a year ago and just got it out of the box a couple of months ago, very excited about using it. Problem is, everything I run through it comes out convex: when I try to match up two edges for a glue joint I have two fat middles and open space at both ends. Using...

01-20-2010 07:50 PM

Using Hand Planes - 10 replies

I have several old Stanley planes, including a No. 5, a couple or three Bailey No. 4’s and a few block planes. I would like to be using these tools, and I am in the process of cleaning them up after many years of neglect. I haven’t really worried much about sharpening them yet because I first need to learn how to set up and use th...

01-14-2010 06:02 PM

Removing flooring glue - 3 replies

A number of years ago I happened to be in the right place at the right time when the company where I worked decided to replace a wood mosaic patterned floor in a reception area. This was groove-and-spline mitered 3/4 inch red oak—very high-dollar stuff. It was being replaced because the installer had not glued it down properly when it ...

01-11-2010 09:37 PM

Another dado question - 3 replies

As with most of the questions I will be asking on this board, this one is very elementary: When making a table saw insert to accomodate your dado set, do you make one insert the width of all the cutters and shims combined and assembled, or do you make different inserts for each set-up? This is stuff you don’t know if you don’t ...

12-31-2009 07:24 PM

Do respirator masks do the job? - 22 replies

I went out to my “shop” last night for the first time since the holidays began, and I ran some white wood through the jointer. That outing confirmed what I had been fearing—that I am super-sensitive to dust in general and wood dust in particular. I had a box fan blowing out an open window, and I was wearing a stack of about four of the whi...

12-29-2009 10:52 PM

More on dog holes - 3 replies

Just read some great discussion of bench dog holes, but I have some questions that are more fundamental than how to drill them, and I didn’t want to hijack Botietruck’s thread. I too am building a bench with a two-inch maple top. Problem is, old though I am, I’ve never seen an actual woodworker’s bench——one of my many areas of ...

12-17-2009 01:01 AM

What DC set-up do I need? - 2 replies

I haven’t yet started doing much woodworking; I’m mostly setting up my “shop” and collecting tools. Until I retire next year I won’t have much project time. I have learned that I’m very sensitive to dust—-wood dust and ‘dirt’ dust. I’m wondering how well the respirators work. ...

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