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02-09-2013 04:46 AM

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?

02-09-2013 02:04 AM

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...

02-07-2013 01:44 PM

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...

02-06-2013 08:19 PM

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...

02-05-2013 07:47 PM

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...

01-28-2013 04:50 PM

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...

01-26-2013 10:46 PM

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.

01-25-2013 05:45 PM

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...

01-20-2013 10:03 PM

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...

01-20-2013 05:40 PM

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...

01-20-2013 02:27 AM

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.

01-18-2013 07:11 PM

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.).

01-17-2013 03:46 PM

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...

01-12-2013 03:12 AM

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 ...

01-11-2013 06:20 PM

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...

01-05-2013 06:18 PM

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...

12-29-2012 04:19 PM

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...

12-29-2012 03:02 AM

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 ...

12-14-2012 05:05 PM

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...

12-10-2012 11:43 PM

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?

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