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783 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...

791 days ago

Any good mail order sources for kitchen cutting boards - 5 replies

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...

792 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...

797 days ago

Do you buy hand tools just because they are good looking? - 40 replies

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.

801 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

809 days ago

Did somebody want a Biesemeyer, fence only? - 1 reply

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.

809 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.

811 days ago

Do link belts work well on Reeves drive drill presses? - 3 replies

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...

812 days ago

World's smallest drill press - 3 replies

825 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...

825 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. ...

833 days ago

Sheds - build yourself or buy a used shed? - 40 replies

Like many folks here I am perfectly capable of building my own shed,but I’ve been checking around and I have noticed a fair numberof used sheds for sale… many of which are solidly built. The issue is how to move the things. We all know energy and timeare factors. Shopping around it doesn’t seem difficult to acquire a shed ...

833 days ago

A couple of nice machines for sale in Los Angeles - 0 replies

Ok – the prices the seller is asking are way too high, but you goand look and offer $1500-$1800 for the lot and I’ll bet shesells it to you after a day or two to think about it. http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/tls/2964090408.html

835 days ago

Motor hoist gave out - diagnosis? - 2 replies

I have a ceiling hoist and it gave out on me today doingroutine stuff with it. I noticed the switch unit (it’s a banana colored thing on a coiled cord attached to thehoist with a 3-way switch and a solenoid in it) got warmunderneath the switch itself. Anybody got a clue on diagnosing this? The hoist is not worth enough to send out ...

836 days ago

Did Shopsmith make a 6" jointer? - 1 reply

Shopsmith experts check this out… it’s a 6” jointer badged asa “King” but I reckon it’s a Shopsmith clone or something.

839 days ago

Question for any owner of DW746 - 2 replies

What’s the diameter of the fence rail on these saws? The reason I want to know is somebody has a used 30” rail inmy area for sale. I want a 50mm rail or tube for a project ofmine and 50mm is an uncommon N. American dimension – thoughits a standard table saw fence rail diameter in Europe. If I could trouble anybody to mea...

842 days ago

Internet search-fu for locating machinery bargains - 2 replies

I figured this out recently. There’s a site called JLAforums.com that aggregates postings fromCraigslist and perhaps other sites automatically. It also archives themso you can find deleted or expired Craiglist postings on it. The forum has been around for years but I think maybe this Craigslist aggregation feature is relatively new....

844 days ago

Nice planer deal, Granite Falls, MN - 0 replies

I like my Belsaw a lot. Here’s an auction on one for pickup in Granite Falls, MN. Definitely a recommended buy under $250. In terms of performance theyare worth far more but they’ve kind of been forgotten as ugly ducklings. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Belsaw-Surface-Plane-/260996772186?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc49eb15a

848 days ago

Whirlwind featured on NPR radio - 1 reply

Interesting short feature on the Whirlwind saw guard: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/02/149843351/fixing-the-cutting-edge-innovation-meets-table-saw

854 days ago

Big saw bargain - 5 replies

I’ve seen deals like this several times before. There are a coupleof issues with machines in this class: weight, how to move it, andheadroom in your shop. This one probably weighs close to a ton and about 9’ tall. The price is pretty good. http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/tls/2924141484.html

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