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12-06-2013 04:59 AM

Tools of the trade - 7 replies

Some days all you need is a little heat and a hammer. Heat it up and beat the heck out of it. Then wrap up and get back to work. Bur when all else fails, it may be time to say “The heck with it”

11-14-2013 04:33 PM

Wine Bottle Rack/Storage Ideas Needed - 15 replies

I have decided to build a wine bottle rack or storage project for my step daughter. She loves her wine. I asked her if she could save me two or three empties for a project I was working on and she said “I’ll have four for you by Wednesday!” :-) So, with that said, here is what I have on hand to work with. There are five piec...

11-14-2013 01:44 AM

Spell check failure! - 2 replies

Somebody needs to fire the spell checker! :-)

11-13-2013 04:37 AM

Got clamps? - 24 replies

You can never have too many clamps! Just sayin’! :-)

10-18-2013 01:55 AM

New life for my Kreg Jig - 26 replies

I am slowly gathering parts to modify my Kreg pocket hole jig so it will be much easier and safer for me to operate. Some of you have probably seen my set up (pics shown below). It works great. I have drilled hundreds of pocket holes with it. But, therein lies a problem. When I am drilling holes in panels such as plywood cabinet members, I ha...

10-05-2013 05:21 PM

Notice from Adobe - System hacked - 2 replies

I received this notice via email, but I am posting the notice posted on the Adobe website. They say their network was hacked and suggest I change my password. I use Adobe Reader for viewing pdf files and Photoshop Elements…and Lightroom for editing my photos. Note: I never follow links to sites where a password is required such as PayP...

09-23-2013 07:44 PM

Looking for 12 Inch F Style Bar Clamps - 8 replies

My work table has 7/8 inch holes drilled for bench dogs. I would like to find four clamps that I can insert up through the hole in the 2 inch thick top so I can clamp things in place. What I am looking for is a clamp without the spring clutch. I have some of these and they are a pain to work with. The other requirement is the hole diameter (7...

09-20-2013 05:12 AM

Shop Made Set Up Blocks - 7 replies

While ripping a few boards today, I decided to make some set up blocks . I had a piece of 3/4 inch melamine coated shelving material (particle board core) so that is what I used. For each block, I made trial cuts until I had exact results for each block. So far, I have 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch blocks. I measured each one with a digital ...

09-11-2013 01:46 AM

Mikey's New Toy - 4 replies

I convinced my wife that I needed a drum sander if I was going to build our kitchen cabinets. She fell for it. :-)Actually today I have been sanding the white pine for another toy box and a book case. Boy, I am loving it. This is not a review. I will save that for later after I get some dust piled up. Here it is in all of it’s glory ...

09-07-2013 09:27 AM

Spammers on the refurbers forum - 2 replies

I just dropped in over there to check it out and the spammers are running amuck.

09-02-2013 12:53 AM

Cracked and split barnwood - 9 replies

Just a quick question. I have a piece of 1×12 55 inches long that I plan to use make a picture frame. It is reclaimed barn wood and very weathered – cracks and a few splits. My plan is to rip it and miter the joints so no fresh cuts are showing. It will not be stained or finished, just left natural. What would you suggest I use ...

08-20-2013 07:49 PM

Lowe's Bucket Max - 12 replies

I have been using a Lowe’s Bucket Max for about 8 months for utilitarian duty. Light clean up and dust collection for several of my power tools that have small dust ports. Well, blow me down! I just realized today that the 2 1/2 inch dia hose off my Shop Vac brand vacuum fits the port on the BM perfectly. Turns out, there is a reducer t...

08-16-2013 03:46 AM

Went fishing today - 8 replies

Yes, I did catch what I was after! :-) I hate it when I drop something down into the bowels of my table saw. Luckily this time it just so happened that I had a 36 inch piece of flat bar and some magnets. Fished that washer right out of there. :-)

08-08-2013 03:38 AM

Mineral Spirits to the rescue - 10 replies

Well, sorta. I have never used mineral spirits to check my projects before applying stain but I did today for the first time. Boy am I glad I did. The piece looked ready to stain and was smooth to the touch and looked ready to go. I put some mineral oil on a soft rag and wiped it down. Lo and behold, right in the middle were several scratches...

08-07-2013 06:22 PM

Looking for Rocking Horse Plans - 4 replies

I have been searching the internet for plans for a childs rocking horse. We have a grandson due in November and I would like to build one for him to use when he gets a little older. So far, I haven’t found one I really like…except this one. I sent the forum member a private msg about the horse and also sent a msg to his Facebook p...

08-02-2013 04:05 AM

Credit Card Fraud Alert - Harbor Freight Tools - 3 replies

Somewhere in the past few days, I read where Harbor Freight Tools had been hacked and credit card info for customers may have been compromised. I was out of town so today I went to my bank to request a new debit card. I was explaining what I just described as the lady looked up my info. Then she said a fraud alert flag has been added to my ac...

07-23-2013 05:11 AM

Harbor Freight Tool Box - 1 reply

This just a casual observation and not intended to be a tool review. I was in HF today and stopped to look at the General Tool boxes. Overall, I was somewhat perplexed and disappointed. The reason I say this is I have the big rolling tool box with an add on cabinet with trays and another add on cabinet for storing power tools like routers and...

07-16-2013 10:31 PM

Project Ideas Needed for Cedar Picket Scraps - 1 reply

I am using some cedar fence pickets for a project and there will be some leftovers. I had been using the 5/8×3 1/2 inch cedar fence pickets but the quality has gone to heck. So I bought some of the 5/8×5 1/2 inch fence pickets. After milling down to 3 1/4 inch, there should be enough left to do something with. When I prep the boards...

06-28-2013 09:31 PM

Tape Dispenser /Storage - Show me yours - 18 replies

It never fails. When I need to mask off something, I can’t find the painters tape…or the duck tape when I need to tape up a vacuum leak or the double sided tape when I need to secure a template to the wood I am fixin’ to rout. Most of the time the various rolls just sit stacked on top of each other. Then they disappear and I...

06-16-2013 05:56 PM

Recess in wall for miter saw - Your Thoughts - 2 replies

I am doing some remodeling/ reorganizing in my garage which doubles as my workshop. No cars are allowed! And haven’t been for the past 25 years. I have an area about 8 foot long along one wall that I hope to build a miter saw station which will incorporate other tools as well to maximize storage and provide a place for other tools also....

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