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|497 days ago||
Tools for making curves - 2 replies
I never use a drum sander to make nice curves. Sometimes I pattern-rout them if I need several of thesame. Router tear-out can be more trouble than it is worth,in my opinion. Otherwise, here’s what I use: 1. I mark out and bandsaw or jigsaw to a line. 2. I hack off unaesthetic bulges with a drawknife orShinto saw rasp. Spok...
|502 days ago||
Favorite tool bag or box - 3 replies
I bought a Veto 25” carpeneter’s tool bag several years back. The long length and robust build allows it to hold a jack planea framing square and a 24” level inside. It holds a ton of othertools as well. Darn thing does get heavy… but the shoulder strap is wellpadded. The secret to carrying it is to counterbalanc...
|503 days ago||
While I’m skeptical of his valuation of the machine, he surehas a good sales pitch. Enjoy. http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/3157025913.html
|510 days ago||
Table saw overhead dust collection - 5 replies
I just installed overhead dust collection via a 2.25” x 10’ flexibletube shunted into an overhead 4” dust collection pipe. My sawalready has good dust collection through the bottom, but perhaps owing to the high arbor speed it kicks up a fair amount of dust on top. I’ve had it long enough that I’veforgotten how ...
|512 days ago||
Arched pergola beams - how to make them? - 13 replies
A client wants me to build a pergola with arched beams. The sample pics I’ve seen of the sort of thing they want areglue-laminated out of shaped curved parts, lotta waste and a lot of clamping to make just 4 or whatever. So I’ve got a question of whether: (a) can I outsource theseglue-lams at any kind of reasonable cost? a...
|527 days ago||
Questions on VFD and 3 phase motors - 27 replies
I recently acquired a Holz-her laminate trimmer (600 lb machine, not a router) with a 3 phase motor. I thought I might justswitch it out for a single phase motor but the motor in it appearsto run at 9500 rpm… or that’s the cutterhead speed – there’sa plate on the side of the machine but not plate on the motor. In any ca...
|535 days ago||
Source for lift-top table apparatus - 2 replies
I client asked about this sort of thing and I haven’t thoughtabout them in several years so I thought I’d ask here. I’m looking for the kind of mechanical lift that thrusts the topupwards and transforms a coffee table into a dining table.
|539 days ago||
feast your eyeballs on this old arn - 9 replies
|546 days ago||
Best funky tool bargains from Lee Valley? - 13 replies
Lee Valley for years has been a source of interesting tools. My thought is the company buyers and catalog copywriters work together, often selling a tool on the virtues of an “out of the box” use. Excluding Lee Valley’s headliner tool like all the fine Veritas planesand chisels from the survey, do you have any favorites fr...
|551 days ago||
Favorite pocket or shop knife - 14 replies
For years I had a little Frosts Mora fixed-blade knife that was my favoriteknife I kept in a shop drawer… those knifes take and hold an incredibleedge and the grind helps them excel at both whittling and pull-cuttingheavy leather. The little Mora got misplaced and I mourned it and got by with a small collection of carving and marking k...
|559 days ago||
I used to be in an area where a local lumber dealer had “blank” cutting boards in stock for slide-out kitchen applications. Of course I can make them but it’s a lot of labor for somethingthat’s a common product and probably benefits from a controlled industrial process in terms of consistency anyway. Where do you bu...
|560 days ago||
The ugly furniture pics thread - 11 replies
Furniture styles change and there are regional variations and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. But I thought it would be fun to makea thread of furniture designs we find unattractive, hopefully in a good-naturedway. I ran across an ad for this chair for sale today and I thought it was realheinous, but you know somebody w...
|565 days ago||
I reckon it’s a super low-rent substitute for acquiring trophy spouses, houses or cars, but I confess to being a sucker fora good-looking chisel.
|569 days ago||
Medieval mortise chisel on ebay, real or fake? - 8 replies
Check this out: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-chisel-or-mortise-chisel-Kievan-Rus-Viking-c12-13-AD-Medieval-tool-/320905925093?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab77bd1e5
|577 days ago||
I think somebody had a saw with the rail but no fence. http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/3010729326.html Hard to get a craigslist seller to ship you something, but it’sworth a shot.
|577 days ago||
anybody have a tenoner machine? - 9 replies
I’m just wondering. I’ve got my eye on an old tenonerand I’m wondering if they are worth the hassle and expense for a shop that’s not running like a factory.
|579 days ago||
I just bought one of those newer Reeves drive electronicdrill presses with the laser… standard Jet knockoff or whatever. The belt looks like a 3/8”. I know it will stretch and raisethe minimum speed. Since I generally like to run my drill press slow, I don’t want that. My question is will a link belt work well as a re...
|580 days ago||
World's smallest drill press - 3 replies
|593 days ago||
Real big clamp - 9 replies
Here’s a bookbinding press I recently acquired. I estimate itweighs around 800 lbs assembled. I can barely deadlift thetop section. I figure I can lift about 250 lbs in a deadlift butperhaps I am underestimating my own strength. I cannot deadlift the base. Taking it apart to move was a big hassle and I ached fora few days from the exe...
|593 days ago||
Do you use MDF in paint grade work? - 17 replies
MDF has many good qualities, but it seems to me a lot of work to paint it well, with all the sanding to get goodadhesion and filling of profiled edges. I know some cabinetmakers love to make paint gradepanels and cases from MDF but I just don’t see the benefit when the labor of a nice paint job is figuredinto the cost of doing the job. ...