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10-12-2011 10:50 PM

The perfect miter gauge. - 14 replies

With a miter gauge the most important thing is a good close fit in your table saws miter slot. Without that the accuracy of the angle setting part is useless. Being able to adjust it to the slot on your individual table saw is a must. The Osborne does a great job of it but the angle setting feature isn’t the best. The Incra doesnR...

10-12-2011 10:16 PM

Batteries suck! - 26 replies

Since I have joined the digital age in the wood shop I now have to deal with batteries for a lot of things. I have two digital protractors ($20 for one and the other one for free), A digital Angle gauge (Wixey) and a digital height gauge for the Planer and Router table. I think that’s it, but the point is that they a lot of batteries. ...

05-05-2011 11:40 PM

The proper way to fold sandpaper. Is there one? - 12 replies

Well, as far as I know there is no one way to properly fold sandpaper. (BTW, why does it always seem to be made in Canada? Do you Canucks have the market cornered on the glue or something? :-) ) I do know that you don’t fold it so that grit side is facing grit side. They would just wear each other out before you even got the chance to u...

04-30-2011 03:26 AM

My simple inexpensive tool and method to set jointer knives - 21 replies

Starting out my life as a machinist and evolving into an engineer made the, intimidating for some, task of changing the blades on my jointer fairly straight forward. I had all the tools I needed to do the job, but I wanted a simple. fast foolproof way to do it. There are really 2 things you need to do. 1. Find amost top dead center for...

02-24-2011 12:46 AM

What the heck is a compression router bit? - 29 replies

This is mainly for the members that are relativity new to woodworking. Most all of us use a router and one type of router bit is a solid carbide spiral bit. Did you know that there are more than one type? Here’s the most common one: It looks just like a drill bit (minus the point) right. This is called an UPCUT bit. It̵...

07-28-2010 04:01 AM

2010 Contest - 4 replies

As the Summer 2010 Contest comes to a close I wanted to congratulate all the entrants. This has to be one of the most creative batch of entries I have seen so far. As a winner of 3 contests in a row I know the sense of anticipation you are all feeling. I just wanted to wish all of you good luck. Take care,Gary

02-21-2010 01:18 AM

How about a pedal powered WOOD scroll saw - 9 replies

This guy is a real character.

02-20-2010 01:51 AM

Blast gate plugged up and won't close all the way? - 12 replies

I just read a review of some self clearing blast gates. That’s great if you are buying them because you don’t have any. But what about all of us who have the inexpensive plastic ones. Years ago when I first got mine, I noticed that they got dust crammed in them preventing them from closing all the way. Well I came up with a simple...

12-30-2009 08:21 AM

Where do you wipe the glue from your finger? - 91 replies

We all do it. Using our finger to spread glue, catch some drips, wipe off some squeeze out… But what do you do with the glue left on your finger? Back when I was in California in my garage shop I used to wipe it on the underside of my bench. Now then my bench was a solid core door so I didn’t care all that much for it. Now that...

12-14-2009 03:14 PM

Christmas is fast approaching: How about some quick easy projects? - 4 replies

It’s that time of year again. Getting close, but no too close to get out to the shop and make some presents. I have put together a little collection of my projects that all can be done in less than a day. Some you can mass produce and make quite a few of them. I made about 20 of those back scratchers one year. Remember, it’s no...

12-14-2009 03:28 AM

Do you have a dirty cluttered workbench like mine? - 87 replies

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of working on a project and realize that you end up stuck working in a little tiny area of your workbench? Well, I got up from my workbench tonight and looked that the damage I just wrought in just a few days of part time work. Then I wondered if others were afflicted with the same thing. It seems th...

12-11-2009 04:54 AM

Lowe's has Irwin Quick Grip clamps 4 for $20 - 27 replies

I was just at Lowes this evening and they had their about once a year special on their Quick Grip clamps 4 for $20. I remember mentioning this somewhere on this site and someone thought I was making a mistake. They are usually 2 for $20. These are great single hand clamps for light clamping jobs. You can find out more about them HERE. I...

11-29-2009 08:39 AM

Finish question - 26 replies

I am making a project for the first time using cherry. I usually use dye but that doesn’t seem to work too well on cherry, so I went out and bought some Minwax Red Mahogany stain. I haven’t used stain in at least 10 years so I followed the directions on the can. Apply, wait and then wipe off extra.Then wait 8 hours before doing an...

11-19-2009 03:03 AM

Which wood stays redder over time? - 24 replies

I have a project I am looking at and I need some red colored wood. It will be exposed but will remain indoors. I am looking at redheart, bloodwood and Chakte Kok (redwood will be too soft). Which of those would maintain their color best? Is there another red colored wood that I haven’t thought of? I would hate to have to dye s...

11-13-2009 09:25 PM

Good old fashion woodworking tools - 22 replies

They just opened a new park/museum a couple of miles from my house. Mostly old farm equipment, but it did have a lot of woodworking tools. Except for the hand tools in the last two pictures they were all either steam driven or water wheel driven. Most using leather belts. The little video shows a wind powered fan pumping water to fill a ta...

10-07-2009 11:22 PM

Anyone recognize this tree? - 58 replies

Any thought as to what this might be? Thanks! This is from about 100 miles east of Dallas, Texas. The trunk is about 8-9 inches in diameter. ......

07-11-2009 11:33 PM

Flashing phone for a loud shop - 25 replies

I remember a long time ago there was a question about hearing the phone in the shop due to noiseand using something that will flash instead. There were a lot of suggestions, but I have found a purpose built device. It’s called Shop Flash and Grizzly sells it. http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/Shop-Flash-/G8590

07-03-2009 04:18 AM

One of the best tool chests ever constructed. - 34 replies

For those who have never seen the H.O. Studley Tool Chest here it is. I just found it on youtube.

05-29-2009 03:43 AM

The Coffee Lounge Forum - 164 replies

I have been on this site for close to 2 years now and I have a suggestion for Martin. I will probably get a lot flames for this but here goes. 1. This is a woodworking site. 2. People come here for things concerning woodworking. 3. This is a place to post your woodworking projects for comments or to just show them off. 4. It’...

05-21-2009 09:01 PM

Is a Ringmaster Model 723 for $200 a good deal? - 8 replies

I have heard about these but don’t know much about them. Does $200 for a single speed ringmaster sound good?

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