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577 days ago

A question: what is the difference between a Jointer and a Jointer/Planer? - 27 replies

OK, so for the last two weeks I’ve been inching along on restoring an old Delta jointer. I have a few questions that I haven’t been able to find answers for, probably because they’re the sort of questions that only the newest of newbies would ask… Basically, I am wondering if I can use my jointer as a planer too, an...

577 days ago

A thorough electrolysis resource: let's make one - 3 replies

OK, I admit it… sorta cheating here. But only sorta. I’m in the middle of researching electrolysis for my own purposes, and I don’t have the best research skills, nor much of a background in chemistry, so it’s slow going. But from what I’ve learned so far, I’m pretty alarmed at some of the resources IR...

577 days ago

Should I buy it? Walker-Turner "Driver Line" mini benchtop lathe - 11 replies

$50. Needs a tool rest, and a fair amount of TLC. And a motor, but I have those. I believe it’s 8” swing, 22” between points. I can’t imagine needing a bigger lathe, since all I really want to do is make tool handles and such. Not terribly drawn to making bowls. Maybe someday. I could imagine getting a metal la...

584 days ago

New Rescue: Air Compressor. Now... what do I use it for? - 23 replies

I’ve been putting together a shop, mostly out of junk and broken tools, brought back to life. Most recently, I picked up a little air compressor from a friend. “One day it was working, the next it wasn’t,” he said, and he’d already bought a new one. I didn’t particularly want an air compressor. Never u...

587 days ago

FeralVermonter's Home for Battered, Homeless, Elderly Tools has beds available! - 0 replies

My woodworking journey, thus far, has been characterized by trying to take a bunch of seriously battered old tools and getting them back into fighting trim. And I found, after a while, that there’s something that I really love about the restoration process, not least that it’s an invaluable education in how to use the tools in quest...

587 days ago

Opinions on Teflon Spray V. Paste wax for unfinished metal? - 4 replies

Hey folks, Restoring an old jointer, and I asked my wife to pick up some Johnson’s paste wax for the beds, fence, and other unpainted metal parts. The guy at the store sent her home with some Teflon spray instead. Anybody used this stuff? Opinions for or against?

593 days ago

Wannabe apprentice in Southern VT, or, do you need a shop monkey? - 0 replies

Title pretty much says it all: I’m in Southern VT, trying to learn more about building all manner of things, and I’m looking for people willing to pass on their knowledge and skill. In person. In depth. I’m unemployed for the season, so I’m long on time and short on cash, and I’ve been working at setting up a s...


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