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3 days ago

Design and building a dresser help - 7 replies

Hi All; I am in the planning phase of building a dresser. Since I haven’t built anything like this before, I was wondering what the frame should be made out of. Can I get away with 1×3 or should I use 2×4? Can the sides have a sub base of 1/4” ply since I will be using flooring as the outside look? I just don’t...

94 days ago

An "Old" Door Table and glass - 4 replies

Hi All; I’ve got a small problem to solve and it shouldn’t take to long to come up with something, but I just can’t think of what will work best. My currently project is to make an “old” looking door with glass panel inserts into a dining room table. I say old because I am making the door because I couldnR...

204 days ago

Is this jointer worth looking at? - 6 replies

Hi all; I currently have a 6” jointer and really need to upgrade to an 8”. Here is a WW2 era 8” jointer link Is this something that I should even consider since I’ll most likely drop it to 110 V. It definitely needs some TLC too. Also, does anyone know where I can get new knives? Thanks, Mike

257 days ago

Jointer Push Blocks - 5 replies

Hi all; I recently ran into a problem with the safety push blocks I use on my jointer. Over time the pads on the bottom aren’t gripping the boards and they are starting to slide. As many of you know, this can not only get frustrating but also dangerous since your hands can slip. Instead of just going and buying a new set, does anyo...

375 days ago

Re-wiring a motor on the H8259 lathe - 3 replies

Hi everyone, I’m left handed and it is becoming increasing difficult to turn on a “right handed” lathe. Does anyone know if the motor on the H8259 lathe by Grizzly can be set to turn in both directions? I know that with chucks and screw mounts I need to keep the standard rotation, but for small objects like pens and sandin...

416 days ago

Rough Cut Lumber in TriCity area TN - 2 replies

Hi all, I was wondering if someone might be able to recommend a lumber supplier in the Tri-City Kingsoprt and Johnson City preferably) area in TN. I just moved to the area from PA some I have no clue what is in the area and what species are common. I’ve done the traditional google search with little success since everyplace seems to b...

491 days ago

Hatchet or Knife? - 21 replies

Well this might sound crazy to some of you, but here it is. I am picking up and just driving across the US since there isn’t any reason to stay where I am since there is no work. I’ll be camping in the backwoods in a lot of National parks for the fun of it. Here is my question; other than a tree saw which I might be bringing, what...

527 days ago

K-Cup Dimensions - 6 replies

A friend’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and he loves the K-Cup. I’d like to make him a really nice wooden box for him to store them in. Does anyone know what the dimensions of the individual k-cups are?

563 days ago

Hand Planers - Eat your hearts out - 5 replies

Take a look at this amazing video from Japan of woodworks competing to see who can make the thinnest wood shaving. This is just way to impressive. Video

610 days ago

G0645 Mortiser Issues - 5 replies

So I picked up the Grizzly G0645 Mortise Machine over this weekend and I am running into a small issue that I am hoping someone has a work around for. When I setup the chisel and bit into the chuck and bushing and tighten the set screw to hold the chisel, the set screw forces the chisel out of alignment (I have tried this with 2 different chise...

611 days ago

Some Designs you just need to Sleep on - What do you think? - 16 replies

So after many months, I decided to go ahead and start designing and building a new bed frame. Based on the design on the cover of the the Feb. 2013 issue of Fine Woodworking this is what I felt would be a good starting point. Not wanting to jump right in and start building from the plans inside, I CADed the project first (using Solidworks). W...

638 days ago

Grizzly Mortise Machine G0645 - 8 replies

Hi all Once again it is that time of year that I look at new tools for the shop. I am looking at the Grizzly G0645 Mortise Machine. I was wondering if anyone has one and what their thoughts on it were. I plan on making furniture with it and most likely light duty work. I was also looking at the Northern Industrial Drill press mortise ...

647 days ago

The Wood Database - 1 reply

So there is often a thread about identifying the type of wood someone is using. This database has been around for sometime but is still very useful.

668 days ago

Woodworking around the US of A - 10 replies

I found this photo of a really cool project. It’s a bookcase made into the shape of a map of the United States.

706 days ago

Have you seen the new Dewalt Nail Gun? - 4 replies

I came across this new Dewalt Nail-Gun and have to say that I think that it has some real fire power. It must, I mean, it even has a shoulder stock to prevent kick back from those nails that are to pesky to stay in the board. Not a fan of Dewalt? well here is a identical one by Milwaukee!

742 days ago

Cutting Coves on a Tablesaw - 8 replies

So for the first time ever I cut my first cove molding. I have to say that it is very similar to how you use a jointer. I thought that it was going to be very difficult to do, but it is remarkably easy. Here is the video that I watched prior to attempting it. I hope it helps someone else. By the way, on the first pass, make sure that you on...

819 days ago

Prevent theft of your swag by cloning it - 0 replies

So this has been around the web for a little bit of time, but I still think it is really cool to share. Many of you know about lathe duplicators, but what if you want to duplicate entire 3D objects? Check out this video of a copy carver working on an old school phone.

850 days ago

What went wrong with the glue? - 4 replies

Hi all, I keep attempting to make a beer mug and on my second attempt I got it completely turned and finished with beeswax. I then try the water test over night for 10 hrs just to make sure that it would hold. When I checked on it, this morning, I discovered I had created a modern art sculpture. 2 of the joints seemed to have catastrophical...

959 days ago

Moving to another city - 19 replies

So I just got a job offer and it is in another city. I am most likely going to take the job, but here is the question: What is the best way to move my power tools? Before anyone asks, no not yours, can’t have them, they’re mine! ;) Any ideas? Thanks, Mike

969 days ago

Craftsman Professional 10 in. Contractor Saw (Sears#21833) Question - 28 replies

So I have a great chance of getting a Craftsman Professional 10 in. Contractor Saw (Sears#21833) for a really good price. The saw is new too. I was wondering if this was a good buy or should I pass on the deal for the Ridgid or Porter Cable version? Has anyone used the Craftsman? Is the quality good? Thanks! Mike

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