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|334 days ago||
strange markings on tape measure - 7 replies
Harbor Freight has a coupon this month for a free measuring tape. When I got one yesterday I noticed little diamonds at 19 7/32, 38 13/3257 19/32, etc. I was wondering what these diamonds were marking? They don’t seem to match the various spacing of studs (16, 24, etc.).
|335 days ago||
number of runners on crosscut sled? - 11 replies
I have always built my table saw crosscut sleds with two runners, one for each miter slot. I figured that this would help eliminate any racking and keep the back fence at a right angle to the saw blade. I regularly see designs of a sled with only one runner in a single miter slot. Why would I want a single runner instead of two? The only...
|341 days ago||
grizzly h7695 6 pc giant brad point bit set? - 14 replies
I have a 3/4 inch brad point bit I use for a craft project. In building my new workbench I needed 3/4 inch holes in the top for bench dogs. I grabbed my bit and went to work; unfortunately I hit a hidden nail and dulled it. So I am in the market for a new bit As I was checking various sites I found that woodcraft: had one for $19.95, Rockler ...
|341 days ago||
Why are my sanding belts breaking? - 9 replies
Three years ago I purchased a bunch of belts for my Ridgid oscillating spindle / belt sander. Recently I have been using them and they keep breaking at the glue / tape line. I stored each belt hanging from a 1” dowel (old broom stick). They have been exposed to Missouri winters in an unheated workshop (0 degree days) and uncooled summer...
|347 days ago||
problem with DeWalt 788 blower - 9 replies
The blower tube that connects to the upper arm and flexes to blow the saw dust off of the wood cracked and now will not stay where I placed it. The first joint where the black plastic connects to the steel ball has a crack in it. The slight vibration when the saw is running causes the entire tube to drop onto the table. Here is a picture of...
|354 days ago||
self leveling finish? - 8 replies
In construction work there are self leveling cement mixes you can use to eliminate slight dips in a concrete floor. I have a workbench top that has a roundish area about 3 inches in diameter that is about a 1/32” lower than the rest of the top. Is there a finish that I could poor onto the entire surface that will provide a good finish an...
|355 days ago||
tape to block shellac finish? - 4 replies
I am working on finishing a couple of projects using shellac. I need to mask off certain areas to prevent the shellac from penetrating that area. In some places I brush the shellac on and in another I apply shellac with a rag. Specifically I need to mask a 3/4” circle on a flat piece of cedar. I will later glue something to the masked ...
|369 days ago||
performax 16-32 sandpaper question - 2 replies
I have a performax 16-32 sander that is currently on loan to a friend. Normally I purchase long rolls of sandpaper and cut my own strips. Unfortunately, I have misplaced my description of what sandpaper to order (type of backing paper, type of grit, etc.) I would like to order paper for it so I can be ready to use it when the sander comes hom...
|373 days ago||
I have been (and still are) sick. This put me behind in my woodworking projects for Christmas. I was planning on finishing cedar with a single coat of 2lb shellac, let it dry and then wrap it in bubble pack and ship them. If I finish in my 65-70 degree basement, is overnight sufficient before I wrap it in packing? If not how long?
|386 days ago||
tapering on a jointer - 6 replies
I received the regular Popular Woodworking e-mail today. One of the articles is a video on how to taper a leg by using the jointer. I have an older Delta 6” long bed jointer (the one with the open leg bottom). Even with new blades and after a full alignment I get massive chatter, tearout and vibration if I take 1/16” deep cut. ...
|400 days ago||
question on plywood storage - 4 replies
I am looking for a way to store plywood on its long edge leaning against the wall and on the floor. When I want to tip each sheet out to look for the one I want. I am trying to figure out how to keep the plywood tipped out so I can look at each sheet. The previous location used to have a heavy radial arm saw setting where I can lean the ply...
|401 days ago||
help calculating angle for spine - 9 replies
I have a project with two pieces of wood joining at a 150 degree angle. I would like to glue a spine into one of the pieces and have a snug slot in the other that I can slide the spine into. Latter I can pull the two pieces apart for storage. I am having a “senior” moment and can’t figure out how to cut the groves for the ...
|405 days ago||
As winter approaches, I find myself moving from the tee shirt to adding a flannel shirt over the tee. Eventually it will be thermal under garments. But, I don’t like to have long sleeves near power tools for safety reasons. I am thinking about taking a couple of “work” flannel shirts and cutting off the sleeves so they jus...
|408 days ago||
adding castors / lift mech to workbench? - 9 replies
As I design & build (and re-design) my new bench it is now time to start thinking about adding a method to move the bench. Current plans are for the bench to be against a wall with plywood storage behind it. But, I am sure that there will be the need to move it to the center of the shop, or to get it out of the way of the plywood. Therefo...
|409 days ago||
Workbench catch all tray on back? - 7 replies
I don’t know the correct name for the wooden tray that runs along the back of some workbenches. But, I am thinking of adding one to my (soon to be) new workbench. Is there an official name for this tray?Is there a standard size (width, depth) for the tray?
|410 days ago||
workbench design placement of top rails? - 2 replies
I am sure this will be the first of many questions as I work on designing and building my new workbench. I was given a 24” x 60” solid oak table top. It is made up of laminated strips of oak and finished with a poly(?). I am working on the placement of the legs, in particular the top set of horizontal rails. My first plan was...
|411 days ago||
how should I size tenons? - 4 replies
I am going to build a new workbench this weekend. I plan to use existing 2×4s that I have on my wood rack. I need to get rid of them and make space for “real” wood. I was going to mortise and tenon joinery. My plan calls for through tenons on the horizontal rails connecting the front left leg to the rear left leg. The top j...
|416 days ago||
Anyone who has a drum sander (Performax, Jet, V-Drum, etc.) has long strips of sandpaper in various grits. Mine are 6+’ in length by 3” wide. I am looking for a good way to store the strips and the rolls I cut them from. Currently, I roll them up and use rubber bands. Then I throw them into a cardboard box. Has anyone come u...
|417 days ago||
Prefinished plywood? - 14 replies
Whenever I go my local plywood wholesaler for ply he always offers me prefinished. My understanding is that it has a finish sprayed on both faces. Cost difference is around $8 per sheet. I have never purchased any. Yesterday, while picking up another sheet of 3/4 ply I was offered the prefinished ply. Today as I glue up some drawers and h...
|417 days ago||
About a year ago, a well known nationwide woodworking chain, offered a 4 piece safety set for a good price. Yesterday, I needed a push block and opened one of the sets. I double-sided taped it to the piece and it worked well. But, when I attempted to pull off the block the glue that holds the rubber to the plastic was weaker than the double-s...