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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 - 6 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....

06-02-2013 04:49 PM

Shop Cabinets Design - Help! - 5 replies

Before I make a mess out of these, I could use your thoughts for building some cabinets. I have been searching You Tube, and perusing the various forums. However before I go any further, I have a couple of questions. Before the questions, here is my setup. One car garage used for woodworking and storage ( along with washer, dryer, freezer, ...

05-24-2013 05:12 PM

Dang I hate sanding! - 15 replies

Just sayin: :-) ROS with dust collector connected to it. Air filtration unit running on high. Box fan/filter running on high. A good dust mask in place. UGH! The end result is worth the effort, but Dang I hate sanding!!! :-)Just sayin’

05-16-2013 07:10 PM

Time to clean up - 3 replies

Today I decided to do a little clean up and rearrange my mobile tool carts. I really needed to de-clutter the area. Afterall, it is a one car garage with washer, dryer, upright freezer, hot water heater, storage shelves along one wall …and the HF dust collector on the same wall. I decided to move a shelving unit to another location so m...

05-12-2013 05:52 AM

Wanted: Bosch RA1166 Plunge Base - 1 reply

Looking for a plunge base for the Bosch 1617 Router. Let me know if you have one for sale.ThanksMike

05-05-2013 02:04 AM

Which mortising machine - 50 replies

I am considering purchasing a mortising machine for a couple of projects on my list. It seems most reviews have their fair share of negative things ranging from crummy fence to hold downs.UGH What would you suggest…budget is flexible say under $500.

05-01-2013 02:56 AM

Small Shop Air Filtration Unit - 4 replies

I would like to hear from those of you that have an air filtration unit set up in your small shop. My “shop” is actually a one car garage approximately 12×20 x 8 feet high. I have the Harbor Freight 2 hp dust collector w/Wynn nano filter cannister. I hope to order a filtration unit in the near future. Being able to replace th...

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