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08-18-2014 05:04 PM

Problem with belt on Rikon 20-110 jointer - 5 replies

I have a Rikon 20-110 jointer and have had problems lately with the belt coming off during use. I bought a new belt from Rikon in the last few months, so I don’t think that is the problem. I’m afraid I may be missing a part—after I put the pulley on the shaft and add the key, there is nothing to hold the pulley onto the shaft. ...

07-10-2014 09:02 PM

Spoonmaking question about dry wood - 2 replies

I’m very new to spoonmaking and don’t yet have any wet wood to work with. I was wondering if it would make sense to take some chunks of dry wood and soak them in water to get them wet for easier carving. Has anyone ever tried that?

06-27-2014 09:58 PM

Thank you, Lumberjocks! - 27 replies

There’s too much belly-aching and not enough gratitude for the inspiration and community provided by Lumberjocks. For all the people behind the scenes who never get thanks and only get grief from complainers, I want to thank you for providing this amazing resource FOR FREE. I can’t express how much I’ve prospered by it through ...

05-09-2014 06:53 PM

Would these cast iron wings fit the R4812? - 2 replies

Just saw this add on craigslist for two cast iron table saw wings for $85. It says they are for a Jet saw, but I’m wondering if they’d fit the R4812. I think I’m remembering that the R4812 has kind of an unusual mounting system…

05-07-2014 09:54 PM

Forrest thin kerf blades -- 3/32 vs. .100 - 3 replies

I’m about to pull the trigger on a new Forrest table saw blade with a thin kerf. Went to Amazon and was confused by these two choices: Forrest Woodworker II Thin Kerf General Purpose Blade 3/32 Kerf Forrest WW10407100 Woodworker...

05-01-2014 05:35 PM

Would you buy a used zero clearance table saw insert? - 9 replies

I just put a full kerf table saw blade up for sale on Ebay so I can switch to using a thin kerf blade on my Ridgid R4512. I’m considering selling the zero clearance insert because I don’t think I’ll have use for it anymore. I know they are supposed to be sort of calibrated to a particular saw, but for someone using a full kerf...

04-28-2014 02:26 PM

Ridgid R4512 -- Loose Riving Knife - 3 replies

Please have a look at the little video attached here. The riving knife on my Ridgid R4512 is loose. I don’t remember it being this way. I’m wondering if something is broken or somehow out of adjustment. I’m still able to use the saw, as the riving knife finds its way to the kerf, but I don’t think it is completely safe l...

04-22-2014 07:13 PM

Ridgid R4512 Riving Knife Question - 7 replies

Hey folks, I’m realizing that the riving knife on my Ridgid R4512 kind of wobbles a bit even when it is locked in. I can’t remember if it is supposed to be a bit wobbly or if it should be rigid. There isn’t much effect. During a cut, the riving knife always ends up where it is supposed to be, but I just wanted to ask those who ...

02-17-2014 05:14 PM

Design question about foot rest for stool - 6 replies

I’m playing around with a design for a minimal foot rest for a three legged stool. For the front leg, I don’t have much thickness to work with, so I’m wondering if the following could work. It would be two little wings installed on either side of the tapered leg. The top part would be three inches across. These wings would b...

01-22-2014 10:28 PM

Chicago Galleries and Furniture Happenings - 2 replies

I’ll be in Chicago toward the end of February and wondered if anyone has recommendations of furniture galleries or anything else related to woodworking. Thanks.

12-19-2013 06:58 PM

Splayed legs on coffee table - design problem - 10 replies

I’ve got a bit of a design conundrum. I am making a coffee table with kind of a slab top. The legs need to be splayed and angled out at about 45 degrees—out toward the corners of the top. I don’t want there to be an apron, but I also don’t want the legs to come through the top (like with through tenons). This is kind ...

12-04-2013 09:50 PM

breaking down lumber for project parts -- how do you start? - 17 replies

One thing that wastes a lot of my time and causes a bit too much anxiety is how to start breaking down lumber to make parts for a project. For example, I have several wide pieces of 8/4 maple that i’m going to use for cutting boards. I start worrying that if I rough cut them the wrong way, I might not have the right pieces in the right si...

12-03-2013 05:45 PM

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Gloats - 20 replies

I’m curious to know what great deals everyone scored on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I got a Rikon 3 Speed Air Cleaner for $139 from Woodcraft. It’s still available at that price, actually. Let me know what you scored.

10-11-2013 05:26 PM

Using mineral oil for general finishing - 43 replies

With the cold weather coming (and no heating or insulation in my shop), i’m thinking of ways I can still get finishing work done. I use mineral oil on cutting boards all the time and it occurred to me, why not use it for furniture as well. It’s cheap, easy to apply, keeps wood from drying out, has a nice satin-y surface and doesnR...

10-03-2013 02:52 PM

Idea: V-drum sander/bench grinder combo - 2 replies

I’ve been thinking for a long time about making a V-drum sander. I’ve got a tiny shop, so space is a premium. I have a Delta bench grinder and rarely use it. I want to keep it for when I do actually need it, but the idea of giving it double duty really appeals to me. The motor speed at its lowest setting is 1725, so that would work ...

08-02-2013 05:02 PM

Purchase of used jointer - 8 replies

Pending the sale of some other stuff on Craigslist, I’m about to pull the trigger on a used 6” jointer. I’ve got three possibilities nearby, a Grizzly G1182ZXHW for $200, a Rikon 20-100 for $375 and a Jet JJ-6CSX for $400. These are the CL list prices, so there might be wiggle room. I like all of these jointers. I think I’d be happy with any...

08-02-2013 02:16 PM

Roasted maple -- information on process - 34 replies

I just discovered roasted maple thanks to a mention in Fine Woodworking. Does anyone have information on the process of roasting maple? I read that the wood is kiln dried to 4% then heated at 360 degrees F for four hours. The carmelization goes through the whole board. Is this something I can do in a regular oven? Has anyone ever tried this?

07-18-2013 02:35 PM

Re-envisioning an old melodeon - 1 reply

A relative has offered to give me a melodeon, a 19th century keyboard instrument (example below). It is made of rosewood and I believe has ebony and ivory keys. She says there really isn’t an antique market for these. There was a botched effort at restoring it as in instrument a few years ago, so it doesn’t work as an instrument. As much as ...

07-17-2013 08:11 PM

Loose tenon thickness -- your 2 cents - 6 replies

I’m making a table out of walnut (but oak and cherry in the future) that will have 1/2” thick stretchers and I’m going to use loose tenons. (they will extend about 5/8” into the legs and the stretchers.) I’m thinking of making the tenons 3/16” thick, going with the 1/3 thickness rule. There will be double te...

05-20-2013 08:21 PM

Sketchup compatibility with Windows 8 - 8 replies

Are there any Sketchup users out there who use it on a Windows 8 computer? Also, is it possible to use a stylus to draw on the tablet in Sketchup?? Please let me know your experiences. Thanks,Mitch

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