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08-09-2013 11:24 PM

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/...

07-20-2013 04:52 PM

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, ...

07-17-2013 06:20 PM

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...

06-30-2013 02:21 PM

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...

12-09-2010 06:13 AM

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 ...

11-26-2010 04:50 AM

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...

09-27-2010 02:35 AM

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...

09-22-2010 12:54 AM

Delta 30" capacity Unifence, 36-205 - 3 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...

09-01-2010 03:09 PM

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,...

08-24-2010 05:54 PM

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...

08-12-2010 03:53 AM

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...

08-11-2010 03:59 PM

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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