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346 days ago

Veritas Inset Vise - placement? - 3 replies

Didn’t know where to put a question on workbench design. I guess you could say it is a Jig or Fixture… kind of the primary one. I am at the point in my workbench where I’m ready to create the cavities for the Veritas Inset Vise. I plan to use it as a very lightweight tail vise. If you don’t know: it’s about 7/...

366 days ago

Learning to Sharpen - 15 replies

Introduction I have mainly been a power tool woodworker, but recently bought some used planes – a #3, #5, #7, and a little trim plane that I don’t know what it’s proper name is. The total was around $200 from Tool Barn, Bar Harbor, ME, a great little store. I already had a small block plane and some chisels from my Dad, ...

369 days ago

Wood movement in Butcher Block tops - 14 replies

I am trying to work out the best way to fasten a butcher block top to my metal bench support. Wood movement is new to me (I mostly use sheet goods) but I need to understand it, and I think I do. I would welcome any comments from you more experienced folks. I found this article about wood movement, and it seems pretty good. For the pictur...

386 days ago

Flatness of workbench top? - 24 replies

I bought a slab of butcher block from IKEA to be used as my new bench top. I got the wider one (37”) which required trimming the width to fit, and also allowing the trim to be used for aprons in front and back. To my dismay, I noticed after cutting it that the top is not as flat as I had hoped. It’s ok on one end, but on the oth...

1321 days ago

Bench grinders - 13 replies

Some years ago I took a washing machine motor bolted to a board with a grinding wheel attached to it home to my basement. It came with a couple of extra wheels. The AC cord is connected to two terminals – which are exposed, though there’s kind of a plastic shield sort of covering it. I thought, this is ok, I don’t need to ...

1334 days ago

Router Table Experts: Where to place router plate on table saw extension (revisited)? - 3 replies

I asked this question a few months ago, but have had a lot of new ideas as I have studied the problem. I have written it up with pictures in today's blog entry. I am posting here in hopes of getting ideas from router table experts BEFORE I commit to my design by cutting the hole for the miter channel and router plate… which ideally I w...

1394 days ago

Google Sketchup questions - 5 replies

I find Sketchup difficult to start using, even though I’m an experienced computer user, and have used various drawing programs before. As a learning project, I want to create a model of the basement area that I am building cabinets into. I have built a closet, and there are obstacles to be drawn in the diagram (gas meter, etc). I am s...

1399 days ago

Delta 30" capacity Unifence, 36-205 - 0 replies

I’m still gathering pictures etc to post on eBay. If you’re interested, though, tempt me not to post on eBay by making an offer. I will assume that cost of shipping (TBD) will be on top of any offer. Any advice on what to expect for a selling price? Better to put it on Craigslist, in which case how much? Delta Unifence Saw G...

1419 days ago

Joining two MDF slabs, face to face, and getting it flat - 18 replies

I want a 1-1/2” thick MDF table top as an extension table + router table combo for my table saw. The thickness is required for a stable router table surface. A key goal is to have this table be very flat. In one of Bill Hylton’s router books, he rolls yellow glue evenly over a surface, maybe both surfaces(?), puts them together,...

1427 days ago

Router Table Experts: Where to place router plate on table saw extension? - 5 replies

I am new to router tables. I have used routers a little, and would like to move to intermediate level and have equipment that won’t hold me back. I made my first router table with mixed results. Using a suggestion from Bill Hylton’s book, I placed the router plate at an offset from center, fairly close to the front, and centered...

1440 days ago

Cutting with a fence on the left side of the blade? - 13 replies

My Delta Contractor saw allows cuts on both sides of the blade, and the Unifence can be used on either side, but only the right side has a measuring rule. For that reason, when using the rip fence, I generally use the right side of the blade. Why would you want to cut anything on the left side of the blade, when the right side has a longer s...

1440 days ago

Questions on Incra LS32-TS - 2 replies

Hi, I’m new here. I just ordered at LS32-TS with router package (-WF). My primary motivation is fast and easy accuracy for cutting wood, but Incra is just as famous for guiding routers, and I have a router too (but I’m more of a newbie there). I’d appreciate feedback on these questions: 1. UNIGUARD & Incra: Has an...


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