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03-30-2014 05:00 PM

Pan Flute - 5 replies

Although I am not a musician, I think a 22-note, wooden plan flute would be a challenging and rewarding project. Internet searches have yielded the formula for, and numerous references to, tube depth, but I’ve been unable to find information regarding the best tube diameter for each of the notes, wall thicknesses, best wood, instrument cu...

10-31-2013 08:19 PM

Delta 17-990X Drill Press Quill Alignment - 0 replies

I’ve sent the following question to Delta, and I’m sure they will respond. I am also posting it here in the hope of a quicker response. The Quill (part 78 on the Parts list) has a milled vertical groove which is kept in alignment by the milled end of a “Special screw” (part 81). The milled end of this screw is smaller than the m...

06-29-2013 12:57 PM

Topcoating Fumed Oak - 6 replies

Yesterday I tried fuming a white oak mission-style clock using 10% ammonia for seven hours. I like the color after the initial greenish- grey brown mellowed overnight, with the green cast almost gone. A question I haven’t seen addressed with fuming is how long I should wait after removing the project from the fuming container, before app...

10-11-2011 06:15 PM

Glue type - 3 replies

Several of the Brusso machined brass knobs and hanging pins are to be installed by gluing into a drilled hole. I’ve looked extensively, but have been unable to find what glue to use. I know epoxy would work, but I’d like to use something else if it will hold properly. My knobs and pins are for a jewelry chest made of Philippine Ma...

05-19-2010 04:05 PM

Porter Cable 690 - 7 replies

I had an old Porter Cable Model 690 single-speed router (vintage 1990) that I have given to my grandson. Does anyone know that tools rpm? Thanks!

04-16-2010 12:26 AM

Batteries? - or Charger??? - 10 replies

Several years ago I bought a 12-volt Dewalt Drill. In the beginning I used it infrequently, so I wasn’t especially surprised that the batteries were almost always down. I’d charge them up, use them for a day or two and put them away again. It was only some considerable time later as I began using the drill more frequently that I r...

02-24-2010 05:34 PM

Gluing Sandpaper to Wood - 17 replies

A jig I’m making will require a strip of cloth-backed sandpaper (about 3/4” x 24”) to be glued to Hard Maple to help pieces of wood from slipping as it’s run through the saw. I’d like the bond to be as permanent as possible. Any suggestions as to the type of glue to use? Thanks!

02-16-2010 11:06 PM

Planer Infeed/Outfeed Table - 6 replies

I plan on building infeed and outfeed tables for a DeWalt DW735 planer. The tables will be a demountable type with folding legs. Storage of the demounted tables will not be a problem regardless of length, but obviously in a small shop, the longer the tables are while in use the more they will be in the way. Most of my planing needs will be fo...

01-21-2010 06:33 PM

Flexible Shaft - 4 replies

I was recently given a rather old flexible shaft. I’d like to know a bit about it before I use it (maximum speed, lubrication, etc.), but unfortunately the manufacturer’s name is not on it. Here is a general description. Overall length is about 42”, including the 6mm shaft at one end, and a Jacob’s “Multicraft...

01-10-2010 07:43 PM

Broken Drill Press Spring - 4 replies

The spring assembly that returns the quill and handle on my 6-year-old Delta Model 17-990X has broken. Likely the spring broke, but since I have not yet disassembled it, I don’t know for certain. If anyone has had a similar experience, I would appreciate knowing what, if any, difficulties they encountered in making a repair – and a...


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