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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

03-24-2013 05:50 PM

Commissioning Sketch-up Drawing - 3 replies

I’m a not-so-talented beginner at Sketch-Up. I have a long way to go to build my skills, but I have a project that can’t wait for me to catch up. I’d like to talk with someone who is very good at making Sketch-Up drawings of reproductions going by a couple of photos and basic dimensions. Basically, there is a project I’...

03-12-2013 02:26 AM

V-Drum Sander Question - 8 replies

I’m considering making a V-Drum Sander and I wanted to ask people who made them and used them over the last couple of years to describe their experience with them. The main thing I would use it for is flattening end grain cutting boards, but I don’t even know if this is possible on a V-Drum Sander. Please let me know your experienc...

02-11-2013 05:55 PM

Veritas Low Angle Block Plane -- Using optional tote to make it a smoother - 12 replies

I’m seriously considering buying the Veritas Low Angle Block Plane. I’m intrigued by the idea that you can add an optional tote and knob and use the plane as a small smoother:,41182,48942 It seems like a great idea, especially if you’re like me and don’t have ...

02-06-2013 05:10 PM

Block planes with adjustable mouths -- how often do you adjust them? - 14 replies

I’m in the market for a block plane. I’ve read the reviews of the Lie-Nielsen planes and the Veritas planes. I’m sure I can’t go wrong with any of them. They seem to be such high quality. My question is about the Lie-Nielsen low angle 102 – the one without the adjustable mouth. The 102 seems great for lots of t...

10-26-2012 01:37 PM

Travel to San Francisco -- furniture sites to see? - 2 replies

Folks,I’m going to San Fran next week and am wondering if any of you have recommendations for woodworking/furniture doings. Any galleries to recommend? Stores that sell handmade furniture? I’d appreciate any suggestions.Thanks,Mitch

09-13-2012 04:43 PM

Advice about a stack of air-dried maple - 4 replies

My brother had a maple tree cut down and milled into boards. They have been stacked and stickered in a barn for about five years now. I’m not sure if the maple is hard or soft. I also don’t have a clear idea of how much he has. Once I determine board dimensions and board footage, does anyone have suggestions on what to do next? ...

07-25-2012 08:55 PM

Do Knots in Cedar Cause Structural Weakness? - 11 replies

I’m making a set of Adirondack chairs and this is my first time to really use Western Red Cedar. If you look at the crude drawing, I’ve tried to show the location of a knot in one of the boards I’m going to use for arms. Will a knot in this location cause structural weakness? Thanks for any comments.

03-06-2012 09:32 PM

Handsawing question - 7 replies

I’ve got a sweet Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw that I’d love to blame for my sloppy saw work. Seriously, when I make a full stroke, it kind of bounces a little. Is that telling me it needs to be sharpened? I’ve had the saw for probably 5 years and used it a lot. Thanks,Mitch

02-13-2012 10:47 PM

Using a router to cut a segmented ring - 2 replies

I’d like to hear some suggestions on using a router to cut a segmented ring. The wood (cherry) is glued up in three layers of segments. The final outside diameter is about 5 inches. The inside diameter is about 4 inches, so the ring is about 1 inch wide. The three layers make it about ½” thick. The first thing I tried was attaching the glued u...

01-09-2012 08:29 PM

Question about when to use table saw zero-clearance inserts - 24 replies

I currently don’t have a zero-clearance insert on my table saw but am getting one soon. My question is when to use an insert. Is it a good rule of thumb to use a zero-clearance insert all the time except when you are making angled-blade cuts?Thanks, as always.

12-21-2011 04:10 PM

Router bit question -- upcut vs. downcut - 11 replies

Can anyone explain the difference to me? I’m wanting to buy a simple 1/8” router bit for routing grooves to make boxes. I’ll be using it with a router table. I’m looking at Whiteside bits on Amazon and want to know the difference between these two: Upcut:

10-23-2011 04:58 PM

Ridgid Jointer JP610 question - 1 reply

I’m considering buying this model from someone on craigslist and wanted to know if anyone who has one could post pictures of the fence and the fence mount. I’m wondering how substantial the mounting is. Also, if anyone could comment on the strength of the fence, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

10-10-2011 09:15 PM

Quest for non-toxic, nonflammable finishes - 3 replies

Since winter is coming and I don’t have access to environmentally-controlled space, I’m exploring the idea of using finishes that I can apply in my living room. I am intrigued by the whey-based finishes from Vermont Natural Coatings and will try them at some point. I am also intrigued by water-based shellac. One idea is to use water...

10-07-2011 05:04 PM

Bench grinders and fire safety - 12 replies

Hello all, I’m thinking about buying a grinder for tool sharpening. Since my shop is in my basement and since my shop cleaning skills are not as advanced as my shop dirtying skills, I’m concerned about sparks smoldering in saw dust and causing a fire. While my first defence would be to sweep up and eliminate most of the dust in the a...

09-06-2011 08:13 PM

Question about using a table saw to cut thin material - 5 replies

I made a miter sled to cut 45 degree angles on my table saw. I’ve used it on 1/2” to 1” thick material several times with no problems. It makes a great quality cut. Last night though, I tried to cut miters on material that was a little less than 1/4” and it didn’t work at all. A piece would break off and go flying. ...

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