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638 days ago

Gibbs buys a Shopsmith (NCIS fans) - 37 replies

As any NCIS fan knows, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a woodworker, primarily building boats in the early seasons, later working on other types of projects in his basement. Through it all, Gibbs seemed to be a confirmed hand tool only user, even being known to make the occasional insulting comment about power tools. Well, in tonight’s episode (...

737 days ago

An Unconventional Hand Plane Refinish - 8 replies

First of all, if you are a purist when it comes to restoring or refinishing of hand planes, look away now… A while back, my wife was at a yard sale, and she saw an old looking, very rusty and dirty hand plane. Since it was only $1, she decided to take a chance and buy it for me. It turned out to be a #5 size plane with no markings o...

750 days ago

Use Foxit to view PDF Plans - 0 replies

Several years ago I switched from Adobe Reader for PDF files to using Foxit PDF reader. For me, it is faster and seems to use less resources on my computer. It also had a couple of features that were handy that were not in Adobe, but although I use it a lot I never really explored all the menus or anything. Recently Foxit was updated to a n...

892 days ago

Flea Market Find: Bedrock 605 Type 3 (updated with pics) - 10 replies

I usually don’t post this type of thing, but I do need a question answered if someone will be good enough to help out. I was out antique shopping with my lovely wife yesterday, and came across a flea market we hadn’t seen before. I am always on the lookout for good deals on planes even though I don’t really need any more, a...

1323 days ago

Ryobi Table Saw Recall - 1 reply

Saw this this afternoon on a local news program. Haven’t seen it mentioned on any of the Woodworking sites I visit or have news feeds from, but think it is important to get out there. Sorry if it has been posted and I missed it. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11066.html Portable Table-Saws Recalled by Ryobi Due to Lace...

1669 days ago

Table Saw Link Belt Question - 12 replies

I would like to try a link belt on my new table saw since many people seem to have good luck with them. The saw isn’t exactly loud and has pretty minimal vibration but if a few dollars can improve it then why not. I don’t have any kind of woodworking store (Rocklers or the like) within three hours so I checked at the local auto pa...

1703 days ago

Outside discharge dust collection - 6 replies

I have been doing a bit of research on dust collection options. Everything I have seen seems to involve some type of filtration for the dust to be collected inside the shop. I am looking for something a bit simpler. I just want to have the dust sucked up from the machine, and then discharged outside. This would eliminate any worries about ho...

1703 days ago

Mobile Version of Site - 2 replies

I was wondering if there is some way to access a “mobile” version of the site, that is one formatted for use on something like the iPhone or iPod touch. This is usually how I access this site and some others. Some places will automatically reformat for the small screen, while a few others require you to type in a slightly different...

1707 days ago

MDF for shelving - 4 replies

About 9 years ago, I installed built in shelving into an addition to my house. The shelves were made of 1×10 pine that the local building supplier sold as “shelf boards.” While not exactly furniture grade stuff, they were flat, straight and smooth, requiring only a little round-over on the edges and light sanding before painti...


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