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465 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...

500 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”. ...

501 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...

509 days ago

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...

510 days ago

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...

519 days ago

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 ...

521 days ago

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...

522 days ago

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 ...

522 days ago

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?

527 days ago

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...

527 days ago

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.

531 days ago

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...

532 days ago

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.

532 days ago

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.

533 days ago

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...

537 days ago

Is the official name for Red Oak Black Oak? - 6 replies

I was at the woodworking show today and one of the two hardwood dealers that had booths was calling oak either White Oak or Black Oak. I asked him what Black Oak was and was told that was the government’s name for Red Oak. Is this true?

537 days ago

Random rumors I heard from "The Woodworking Show" vendors - 41 replies

The woodworking show is in town this weekend (Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, Earth). I have been going long enough that I recognize various vendors and they remember me. If they are not too busy, and today was not a busy day, I stop by and talk with them. I picked up various “rumors” that I thought I would share. Take these with a...

538 days ago

Attaching wood jaws to vice hardware? - 1 reply

A friend gave me the hardware kit to make a vice for my new workbench. The guide rods (correct name?) measure 3/4 inch and the screw measure 1 1/4 inch in diameter. Should I use these diameters when I drill the two pieces of wood (the fixed part that attaches to the bench and the moveable piece that attaches to the front of the vice)? Or shou...

539 days ago

flattening a rocking board with a thickness planer - 6 replies

I have a 6” jointer and a 7” wide board that rocks. The board is hard maple 1 7/8” thick. I need to resaw a 1.00” thick piece from it. Since the board is wider than my jointer I can’t use it. I was thinking about applying hot melt glue along one side quickly flipping the board over and pressing it onto wax pap...

540 days ago

workbench questions about end/tail vice - 13 replies

I am still working on a new workbench for the shop (since November). I have moved on to an end/tail vice on the right end of the top. I have a couple of questions and hope to get some enlightenment. 1. I keep confusing the end vice with the tail vice. The one I am building goes all the way from the front to the back. I think this is call...

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