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|753 days ago||
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...
|788 days ago||
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.
|807 days ago||
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:http://www.amazon.com/Carbide-Spiral-Router-Diameter-Cutting/dp/B...
|866 days ago||
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!
|879 days ago||
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...
|882 days ago||
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...
|913 days ago||
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. ...
|913 days ago||
Major problem with Dewalt DW734 Planer - 22 replies
As I started discussing on a separate thread, I’ve got a major problem with my Dewalt DW734 planer. I bought it used and in good condition. Because of some performance issues, I realized I needed to change the blades. From all I’ve ever read, this was supposed to be a snap. The only thing that has snapped so far is my patience. There...
|927 days ago||
Hello all,I have an ebay auction going for a Stanley Bedrock 605 smoother. It is a Type 14 according to the Leach system. It has minimal rust. The only problems are that the tote is broken and I think the hardware on the front knob might not be original. Anyway, please have a look and let me know if you have questions.Thanks,Mitch PS. I asked...
|931 days ago||
Vintage tool stores in Buffalo, NY - 3 replies
I am likely traveling to Buffalo in the next few weeks and wondered if any locals could recommend vintage tool stores or antique shops with tools. Thanks!
|942 days ago||
Preference for vintage Stanley plane types - 4 replies
I’m getting more and more into vintage Stanley planes. I’m curious about which types within the different models people prefer and why. If you have a No. 4 smoother, do you like a type 6 or 9 or 11 or what? Is there an era you prefer over the others? I know that the quality of materials started to decline, and that Stanley started us...
|961 days ago||
Stanley 35 Transitional Plane - 5 replies
A relative sent me a Stanley 35 transitional plane and I’m considering restoring it. All parts are present. It is very rusty and the sole is way out of flat. I’m wondering if anyone actually uses one of these as a smoother. Is it worth the time to restore?
|1039 days ago||
Steel City Benchtop Jointer at Lowes - 7 replies
I was just looking online at Lowes and saw this “Steel City 6 benchtop jointer. It says it has a cast iron top and spiral cutting head. The price is $302. 47 as of 05-03-11. I must say I’m intrigued. Has anyone laid eyes or hands on one yet? I’m curious to know whether the fence is cast iron as well. Thanks.
|1088 days ago||
Snap hasps for cases - 2 replies
Hello all,I’m looking for a source for snap hasps for a small case I’m going to make. The ones pictured here are way too big. I need them so small that each part is about 3/8” tall, so that together they come to about 3/4”. A hasp is the thing on a suitcase or similar case that keeps the case closed. Hard to describe. Any...
|1096 days ago||
Thin kerf saw blades -- splitting hairs - 8 replies
In my search for a new blade for my table saw, I’m interested in a thin kerf blade that says it is .09375” thick. The splitter on my table saw says it is .094” thick. So that means my splitter is .00025” too thick. I’m really splitting hairs on hairs here. Also, there is enough wobble in my blade to probably cover t...
|1106 days ago||
Testing table saw arbor runout - 14 replies
I’m a little concerned that I may have some arbor wobble going on, so I wanted to show what I’ve done and get your feedback on the results. I’m using an a-line-ment set with a dial indicator. The first photo is lousy, but shows the pin touching the surface of the arbor. As I turned the shaft, I got a measurement of a lit...
|1108 days ago||
Table Saw Blade Combinations - 10 replies
Hello All,I have a new table saw I’m thinking about which blades to get. I’m not concerned with brands at the moment but rather what types of blades people recommend. Let me start with what I want to accomplish: I’d like to be able to rip boards and have them be ready to glue up. (Because I have a contractors saw, I’d lik...
|1136 days ago||
Broken bandsaw blade guide - 4 replies
I have an old Craftsman bandsaw and the cast aluminum blade guide broke on me. I’ve searched high and low for a replacement, but unless I want to go super expensive, I’m out of luck. So I’m wondering if anyone has the ability to weld this back together for me. I would certainly pay you for your work. Do we have any welders in t...
|1212 days ago||
Wooden jointer plane for sale - 3 replies
I’m trying again to sell my Knight Toolworks customade jointer plane on ebay. Please have a look. Thanks! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200540770187&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123
|1241 days ago||
For sale: Knight Toolworks Jointer Plane - 1 reply
I’m relisting this jointer plane on Ebay. Please have a look: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200530296221&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT