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10-07-2013 06:02 PM

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...

07-23-2013 11:55 PM

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...

07-02-2013 06:01 PM

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?

05-30-2013 03:17 AM

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?

05-26-2013 05:33 PM

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?

04-21-2013 05:42 PM

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...

03-18-2013 04:13 AM

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”. ...

03-16-2013 02:30 PM

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...

03-08-2013 10:08 PM

With a Thien separator in front of a HF Dust Collector do I need a full height bag? - 11 replies

As time permits I am designing changes to my Harbor Freight (HF) Dust Collector (DC). As I search for information and ideas I have come across several posts that indicate that almost all of the chips and dust is collected in the thien separator and does not make it into the plastic bag. So in my redesign, would there be any reason I could no...

03-07-2013 02:33 PM

What does adding a wok or frying pan to a HF Dust Collector accomplish? - 9 replies

As time permits I am designing changes to my Harbor Freight (HF) Dust Collector (DC). As I search for information and ideas I have come across several posts pertaining to adding a wok (or frying pan) to the bottom of the metal ring close to where the plastic bag attaches. Unfortunately, I have not figured out why. Would you please explain why...

02-26-2013 09:59 PM

Do push blocks loose their grip? - 11 replies

I have various plastic push blocks that I have acquired over time. Recently I noticed that the set I keep with the jointer are slipping. By this I mean that as I try to push the wood through the jointer the push blocks slide on top of the wood instead of griping the wood and forcing it through the machine. So od push blocks go bad? Do I need ...

02-24-2013 06:18 PM

Routing using a template: Bushing v. Bearing? - 3 replies

I was reading an article in FWW magazine and for one piece the author instructed me to create a template. I am supposed to drill a 3 1/2” hole in the template so that I can use a bushing in the router to make the hole in the final piece (drill an undersized hole and route the hole to the correct size). Then he goes on and tells me to m...

02-23-2013 11:37 PM

How thin can a Performax drum sander sand to? - 10 replies

I need to sand quite a few pieces of walnut, cherry and oak to 1/16” thick they will be 6 to 8 inches wide and I can make the length as long as I want (cross cut them later). I am concerned that the sandpaper on the drum will contact the moving conveyor belt. Which brings me to my first question: How thin can the Performax 16-32 sand a ...

02-23-2013 03:48 PM

Groove is to Dado as Rabbit is to ???? - 9 replies

I always called a notch cut in the edge of wood a Rabbit. But, I remember reading somewhere that there is a different name for a Rabbit that goes cross the grain. I think it started with an F. What is its correct name?

02-19-2013 01:34 AM

A question about liquid hide glue - 13 replies

I recall reading somewhere that any liquid hide glue squeeze out can be washed off using warm water and it will not show in the finish. Is this true? I was hired to build a set of projects for a customer, while the clamps are on it is nearly impossible to reach in and remove any glue squeeze out. After the glue is dry and the clamps are remov...

02-18-2013 07:44 PM

biscuits for structural strength? - 30 replies

Are woodworking biscuits intended for alignment purposes only or do they add structural strength to the joint? I have read both stories on the Internet.

02-14-2013 05:55 PM

What to clean while changing planer knives? - 1 reply

I have the old Delta 22-540 12” planer. I wish I had a better one, but it is what I have. I got several chips in the current knives so it is time to switch them out with new ones I have on hand. I plan to do the following during the process: blow out the machine with the air hose wipe down the gib (?) and its screws with lacq...

02-13-2013 11:04 PM

Decording information printed on back of sandpaper - 1 reply

I have a roll of 3” wide sandpaper. The back of the paper says the following: Klingspor cs311 oc p150 x Antistatic 458 I have figured out that this is a Klingspor brand and 150 grit. Can anyone tell me what the other information means?I am looking for type of grit and weight of paper in particular.

02-13-2013 09:05 PM

End vise wood thickness to hold bench dogs? - 5 replies

I am building the wooden part of my end vice. I was given the metal screw part. I plan to use round 3/4 inch bench dogs. How thick of a piece of hard maple do I need to be able to withstand the pressure caused by tightening two bench dogs? Anything over about 1 3/4 inch requires me to laminate two pieces together.

02-12-2013 04:12 PM

Will the cold affect digital displays? - 3 replies

Years ago, in far far away Michigan, I left my calculator (HP 41c), that had a LCD display, out in the car overnight during the winter. Evidently the LCD froze and cracked something and it was expensive to get it repaired. I believe that I was told that there were actually thin glass sheets holding the liquid crystal material in place. Jump...

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