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68 days ago

anyone a member of "Woodworkers Guild of America"? - 1 reply

Yesterday I got an e-mail from The Woodworking Shows offering me 67% off of a years membership to Woodworkers Guild Of America. Is anyone a member? If so, is it worth the cost?

71 days ago

saw blade with a _minimum_ depth of cut? - 13 replies

I never heard of a saw blade having a minimum depth of cut until I read the latest e-mail from Woodworker’s Supply. They list a series of freud saw blades and for each one they list a minimum depth of cut when crosscutting and a minimum depth of cut when ripping. Do saw blades (10 inch) really have a minimum depth of cut?What happens i...

92 days ago

will a 240V electric heater work ok on 220V? - 17 replies

I found a local company that is selling a 17000BTU (5000 watt) electric heater at a good price. Using online calculators my shop needs between 12,000 BTU and 18,000 BTU heat. But the heater is listed as 240 Volt. Will a 240 volt heater work ok and provide the same heating on 220 volt? I should say this is single phase, and local ordinanc...

150 days ago

How much clearance around rods in an end vice? - 1 reply

I am finally making time to finish the end vice on my workbench project. I have a woodriver hardware to make an end vice. I will be using wood for the faces of the jaws. I was initially thinking that I would drill the clearance holes in the wood an 1/16 over the size of the two rods and the acme thread. A friend was concerned with wood mov...

159 days ago

using 4" infeed fitting on thien top hat and 5" out - 4 replies

I am having problems finding a reasonably priced 5” fittings to build the thien top hat from. Since I will be immidently reducing the inlet from 5” to 4” for the hose to connect to different tools, is there a problem with using a 4” elbow as the inlet into the top hat and a 5” outlet into the dust collector?

162 days ago

harbor freight spray can for finish? - 6 replies

I have several of the harbor freight spray cans where you open the top, pour in a liquid, screw the top back on and then use an air compressor to pressurize the can. (A quick scan of hf’s web site did not bring up a link.) I have had good luck using this to spray WD-40, etc. I have always wondered if it would work for spraying a finis...

165 days ago

best way to plug & seal holes in dust collector ring? - 7 replies

I am continuing the project of revamping my harbor freight dust collector. I have designed a new mounting system for the dc ring. I need to decide how to plug and seal the various holes that used to have bolts in them. There are three sets of two threaded holes for the old mounting method, and one set of two holes where the plastic handle use...

169 days ago

finish on back of hvlp needle (Earlex) - Problem? - 8 replies

Yesterday I sprayed two coats of Minwax PolyCrylic water based poly. Between coats I cleaned the front part of the spray gun (fan control, spring, nut, nozzle and wiped off the tip of the needle). After the second coat I pulled the needle out to clean all of it and I noticed white colored staining of the back end of the needle, it’s spri...

170 days ago

Does shellac pound cut change color of finish? - 4 replies

Shellac is not a finish I normally use. I was wondering if the “pound” of the cut affects the color of the finish? Could you make a given color (blonde, super blonde, gannet …) lighter by adding more alcohol and darker by using less? Would mixing two colors (say blonde and orange) give you something in the middle?

184 days ago

Should I use Metal or Plastic in dust collector refit? - 6 replies

In replacing the plastic bag on the bottom of my Harbor Freight dust collector I am wondering if I should use a metal trash container or a more economical plastic model? I was planning on metal until I got to wondering if the seams in the metal container would leak over time. What do you think?

185 days ago

How to Seal Dust Collector Modifications? - 2 replies

I am modifying my Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector (dc). I have dust leaks from where the Wynn nano filter attaches in place of the top bag, and dust comes out from around where the bottom plastic bag attaches. I would like to use MDF to form rings that will better seal the Wynn filter and to replace the plastic bag with a ridged container (t...

190 days ago

ATB saw tooth layout and Table Saw alignment? - 3 replies

I started to align the contractor’s saw today. As I was using a dial indicator in the miter slot to verify that the saw blade is parallel to miter slot, I noticed an unusual thing. As I slide the dial indicator’s tip across the side of a carbide tooth the dial indicator changed its reading by a 2 – 3 thousandths. So when I t...

191 days ago

Runout in router - How much? - 2 replies

As the temperature falls into the 70s and 60s for highs it is time to get back out into the shop. As is usually I start with a tune-up of the tools. This morning it was the Triton Router in the router table. I am ciours about how much runout do you think is acceptable. I clampled my dial indicator to the table and placed a 6” steel...

266 days ago

meaning of writing on back of sandpaper? - 2 replies

I recently purchased 2 rolls of sandpaper for my drum sander. As I was unrolling some to cut a length to go on the sander I was wondering what all the words / codes meant. Can anyone interpret the following for me? XA911+ P100 Aluminum Oxide LV 22-19 01 P100 The 100 is the grit, and Aluminum Oxide is the type of grit. What does the rest...

288 days ago

flappers inside of wynn filter for cleaning design ideas? - 6 replies

I have cleaned my Wynn filter twice this week by blowing air into it from the outside. I have seen pictures where people have built a hand crank and flappers inside to knock the dust free. What kind(s) of material is used for the flapper? How about how much contact it should have with the inside pleats?

321 days ago

does water based poly have problems with humidity? - 4 replies

Usually I work with oil based finishes and will not spray in high humidity. I would like to spray water based poly tomorrow but the humidity will be high. Does water based finishes have the same temperature and humidity considerations as oil based?

325 days ago

time between shellac and water poly finish? - 11 replies

I am trimming out a window with 1/4” oak veneer ply. I want to use shellac to get the warm brown look of an oil finish, but the top finish will be water based poly. With the temperature in the mid to high 70s what is the minimum dry time for the shellac before I can spray the poly on?

360 days ago

spalted apple worth saving? How? - 8 replies

This morning I finally got a chance to work in the yard (first time this year). I had some old apply logs from the trunk of a red delicious apple tree. I started cutting them into chucks that I could feed into my outdoor fireplace and noticed that there was spalting. Below are a couple of pictures, my question is should I try to save the wood...

394 days ago

Size of fittings for Thien separator - 0 replies

Based upon reading various posts and articles it is my understanding that the inlet and outlet fittings for a Thien separator (built into a metal garbage can) should be the same size as the inlet fitting on the dust collector. My Harbor Freight dust collector uses a 4 7/8s inch inlet. I would assume that this is considered to be a 5”. ...

396 days ago

What do you mean when you say "Hot Melt Glue" - 15 replies

Sometimes I will read a post and they will refer to “Hot Melt Glue” and after consideration I decide that they are referring to Hot Hide Glue. Other times I decide that they are referring to the glue sticks that run through a gun to liquefy and then harden on cooling. These guns are usually a favorite in the crafts. I was just r...

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