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1470 days ago

How did the Router get its name - 4 replies

I deal with Cisco Routers by day and Porter cable routers by night and was wondering how the router (tool) got its name. The networking router makes sense, it routes packets from one network to another. But what about the tool?

1529 days ago

Part number - 6 replies

I have a Craftsman 14’ Professioanl band saw and need to order a new belt for it today. I am at work and do not have access to the unit and cannot get the model number to order the part. I went on line to the sears sit and the model number is not correct. Does anyone happen to have one near them that they could tell me the model number ...

1827 days ago

Jointer knives - 3 replies

I have a central machinery 6” jointer that my wife purchased for me from Harbor Freight last year and I cannot find replacement knives. the Harbor Freight store said that they do not carry them. I looked online and did not find a place that I can buy them. Can someone point me in the right direction, although I would rather have an 8...

1897 days ago

Help with design - 2 replies

I have been (volunteered) by my wife to build the interior of a train car for the local theater group for the production of Music Man. It needs to be a half view that can be moved on and off stage. My problem is comming up with some decent photos to share with the Director (this evening) I have found a few using google but not enough. Does anyon...

2270 days ago

When is it good enough? - 22 replies

I have been struggling with projects and never seem to be satisfied with the quality of the projects that I produce. I was reading a book by James Krenov titled A cabinet makers notebook. He discussed this very topic and I was floored that someone of his skill would feel the same way. Is this something that is universal? How do you get pas...

2274 days ago

Whats in your toolbelt/apron? - 42 replies

What tools/stuff do you keep on your person when working in the shop? I have a tool belt that always includes: Tape measure with pencil sharpener. Several pencils, a floding knife a machinists square, calcutator, 1/2 inch chisel, multi head screwdriver. spare safety glasses and hearing protection.

2332 days ago

Shop power shut off. - 7 replies

I went to visit a friends shop and he put a panel by his door that all of his tools are wired to. He shuts it off when he leaves the shop and that cuts power to every tool in the shop. He says that most production shops do this and that it is an Indstry standard? Is this true? do any of your shops have this setup?

2361 days ago

Do you have enough - 6 replies

I am trying to finish putting my shop together and sought the advice of a fire marshal to determine what I needed to have for fire supression. Turns out I need to have at least 4 extinguishers, 3 10 pounders and at least 1 5 pounder. How many do you have in your shop.they cost a few hundred dollars to get them but… After he left I reali...

2366 days ago

Shop reference card - 17 replies

I am putting together a card that I can carry in my wallet the will list the information that I need to buy supplies as I seem to forget whan I find things on sale or just need to stock up. For instance: 6mm staples for staple gun, length of my band saw blade ect. does anyone else have something like this and or advice on what else to put ...

2486 days ago

You know your hooked when... - 8 replies

OK Am I the only one who does this? How many of you have made a mental note of trees that you have seen locally that you want if they get cut down or are blown down? I was riding my bike with the family and stopped several times to look at trees and noted to my wife. “If this tree is ever cut down I would love to get my hands on it. ...

2506 days ago

Good tools. - 3 replies

I don’t know about others but I get frustrated by the quality of some of the tools on the market. I have decided that as long as I buy them I am helping to make a market for them and they will continue to grow. Therefore I have made a promise to myself that I as an individual can choose to “buy once and get a good quality toolR...


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