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560 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...

568 days ago

Speed up shellac dissolving? - 11 replies

I am in the middle of applying shellac as a finish I just realized that I will need more shellac. Color match is not a major consideration since each item is a separate craft item and color can vary between them. Is it possible to speed up the dissolving of shellac flakes in alcohol? I was wondering about placing the glass jar in warm water...

570 days ago

Question on MagSwitch featherboard - 2 replies

One of the ways a magnet is rated is the amount of “pull” then have, as measured in pounds. I was wondering how much “pull” the magnets on the MagSwitch have. I was thinking of making my own and needed to know how strong of magnets to buy.

571 days ago

Your opinion on Rockler's Dust Right Expandable Hose - 5 replies

I got the monthly Rockler sales flyer and noticed that they have their “4 Dust Right Expandable Hose sale. I like the idea of the hose compressing back to 3’ for storage. But, I have read mixed reviews where some said that the hose was too heavy to stay hooked onto the tool and that the hose split. Currently I have 20 feet of bl...

576 days ago

Advice on mounting end vice wanted - 1 reply

I want to mount a end vice on my new workbench. I bought the screw assembly from Woodcraft while they had it on sale. I am debating if I should screw it direct to the bottom of the 2” thick top or use a space to lower it between 1 and 2”. Lowering the rods will allow me to clamp a wider board horizontal in the vice, but would take...

576 days ago

dual input ports for air borne dust collection? - 0 replies

Last night I was musing over how to build and where to locate a dust filtration unit to collect air borne dust. I release that it is best to collect it at the source, but sometimes some escape. My thoughts wondered to the low priority (due to cost) of adding a gas furnace to the shop. I have two locations in the shop that seem to produce fi...

577 days ago

Is old window glass worth saving? - 4 replies

(I am not sure where to post this) Over the years I have accumulated about 20 pieces of old window glass of various sizes. I was wondering if it was worth keeping. I heard somewhere that it is harder to cut old glass than new.

578 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.).

580 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...

585 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 ...

585 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...

591 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...

598 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...

599 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 ...

613 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...

617 days ago

drying time of shellac before packaging for shipment? - 4 replies

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?

630 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. ...

644 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...

645 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 ...

649 days ago

Long sleeve, mid sleeve or short sleeve in the workshop? - 25 replies

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...

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