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12-13-2010 08:12 PM

Saving up for a new cabinet saw. Anyone have one of the new (post 2000 or 2003) Oliver Table Saws? - 10 replies

Just curious what is your take on these? Thing is, it reminds me of a grizzly with some extra bells and whistles and I doubt they are made in the USA, not that anyone is claiming that. I this is the model I am looking at. http://www.olivermachinery.net/index.php?node=machines&type_id=5&model=4016 From prices I have been quote it seems l...

02-20-2010 06:29 AM

Why Not Ash? - 9 replies

I am planning my dream workbench, reading books, planning ahead, pricing lumber. Almost all benches I have seen use maple tops… Even Sugar Maple is not inexpensive, and around me several suppliers have 8/4 Ash at half the price of maple. Is there any reason I should not use Ash I have not thought of? Dave M

01-28-2010 07:43 PM

What's the deal with granite tops? - 23 replies

I am half looking for a new table saw. While I am leaning towards a Sawstop contractor saw I am seeing more and more saws, jointers, and planers with granite tops. I really don’t see any advantage to it. I’d be very worried that if i dropped something on it I would crack it, while Cast Iron would dent and ding long before a crack. Bu...

11-29-2009 09:08 PM

Anyone Using Endmills in Their Router? - 13 replies

Well I need to cut a bunch of deep large mortises in my upcoming workbench project. I have been experimenting with some methods because don’t want to invest in a hollow chisel mortiser right now. Chomping out a 3/4X2-1/2×1 to 1-1/2 inch deep mortise by hand is not going to work, even when drilling out the bulk of the wood I am not ha...

11-10-2009 03:28 AM

Reminder, Hand Tools Can Hurt You Too - 4 replies

I needed a reminder tonight and scraped my very sharp dovetail saw across my hand. Long but shallow cut. I bandaged it up and will be fine by tomorrow but sometimes we all need a hand tool warning. Last week I saw some one slice a finger open on a marking knife enough to need stitches. My father took off the tip of a finger with a chisel. An eng...

11-09-2009 12:40 AM

Any Thoughts on Sjoberg's Nordic Plus 1450 Workbench? - 3 replies

I have been planning on building a small workbench to supplement the very large bench I have in my workshop. My current bench is a massive 8ft long but lacks dog holes and no practical way to mount an end vise. I was planning something along the lines of 24”x60” with a front and end vise. Then I got a flyer from woodcraft in the mail with thi...

10-25-2009 07:25 AM

Reflatten a Stanley Transitional Plane? - 9 replies

I picked up a really nice condition Stanley #33 Transitional Jointer. Problem is while it has been nicely taken care of it also has a concave shape to the wooden sole from jointing many narrow boards in it’s life time. I have flattened and lapped the sole of a few all metal bench planes, but am a bit worried about doing this one a wooden s...

10-23-2009 07:14 AM

Hello, I am a new member. - 10 replies

I just wanted to saw hello. I have been reading posts here for a few weeks and just joined. Thank you all for making this a great source of knowledge, and I hope to learn more from all of you. I posted a longer about me blog for any one interested. Take care Dave M


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