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31 days ago

Wiring on/off switch to router cabinet - 11 replies

I’m in the middle of building a router cabinet and purchased this to use as the switch: My experience with electrical work consists of shutting down all power to the house to change out light fixtures, replace baseboard heaters, simple stuff… I’ve been looking on LJ and elsewhere for some very basic instructions. I know ...

53 days ago

When your shop is a mess, what's the first thing you do? - 121 replies

At the moment, my shop is a complete disaster. I just finished a project, picked up some lumber and hardware on Kijiji and on top of that the garage stuff seems to have multiplied. Tomorrow’s mission is to get it back in order. So, I was just curious – for those of you who can’t relax unless there’s some order in your...

66 days ago

Lower wheel adjustment Rikon 10-325 - 40 replies

While overall, I’m quite happy with my Rikon 10-325, it has certainly pushed me past my comfort zone as far as mechanical ‘tinkering’ goes. When I was first trying to re-saw, I thought my saw was bogging down, but one of the issues was that the belt was slipping off. By the time I figured that out, the belt had been damaged....

78 days ago

Lee Valley Customer Service-UPDATE - 16 replies

Not only did my new vise arrive promptly in the mail, but I also received a nice note and a check refunding me the difference between the quick-release vise and the replacement one. Already loved Lee Valley – this is icing on the cake *About a year ago, I ordered a quick-release vise from Lee Valley.It was a struggle to install, ...

89 days ago

Spousal translation issue - 46 replies

Last night, I went into the garage (aka my workshop) where my dear hubby was changing the wear bars on his snowmobile. After 24 years together, we’ve mutually accepted the fact that he is NOT handy. At least he thought to ask before trying to use my impact driver to drill through metal. I try to be patient, but I gasped in horror and ...

91 days ago

Another Rikon bandsaw question - 8 replies

Now that I have re-sawing basically under control, I need to address another issue with my Rikon 10-325. Since getting the saw, the belt from time to time works its way off the pulleys. I tightened it up which seems to make it worse. So before looking into whether the wheels are co-planer and all the mess I can create by trying to fix that,...

94 days ago

Look Pa! I can resaw with my Rikon 10-325! - 22 replies

I bought my Rikon 10-325 a year ago and I was fairly happy with it with one exception – I could NOT resaw without significant drift. I read and read, and then bought a woodslicer blade. My resaw capabilities went from dismal to mediocre at best.More reading, particularly Taunton’s Complete Illustrated guide to Bandsaws. Then my ...

127 days ago

Look what an LJ Santa sent me!! - 26 replies

I’m almost, but not quite at a loss for words. After rambling on awhile ago about wanting to improve my router table, I got a PM from a fellow Canadian, LJ Doe. She had a router table top that she wasn’t using. After looking at some options to get it to me, and my protests, here’s what arrived by mail. Anyone who deals wit...

155 days ago

Ridgid planer update and question - 11 replies

I posted last week about my Ridgid planer and the seized screws holding the blades in place. By the end of it, I successfully removed one of the screws, but the other two broke off. The broken ones are on the same blade, but I was able to tightly seat the blade nonetheless. I contacted Ridgid, and they told me that to have it serviced, I ...

166 days ago

Ridgid planer blade question--Update - 29 replies

Well, it appears that the blades of my 13” planer either need to be replaced or at the very least flipped. There’s a good nick in one of them which would account for the gauging the last time I ran a board through. Being the instruction reader that I am, I set about using the supplied hex wrench to loosen the screws that hold the...

209 days ago

What I've learned in 365 days - 42 replies

To celebrate my first year on Lumberjocks, rather than saying something sappy (pardon the pun) I thought I’d list some of the things I’ve learned about woodworking. -Good tools are expensive-Hand tools aren’t reserved for the elite or the Amish. -Square and flat is the be-all end-all. Period.-Sharp is a close second.-There ...

234 days ago

Table saw arbor question - 22 replies

Yes, it’s happened. I learned a valuable lesson this week about lending tools. No lectures please. I live in a fantastic neighbourhood. Several of the households have relatively handy people living there, and it’s common to hear the power tools going on any given day. One family has been building a deck, and I’ve been ove...

237 days ago

39" Lee Valley Lathe?? - 8 replies

The following ad appeared this evening on Kijiji. LEE VALLEY LATHETop quality, very impressive 39” heavy duty lathe on a great shop-built stand. Variable speeds for all kinds of jobs. These lathes are rare and appear to have been manufactured in the early ‘90s for Lee Valley by Shell-Ryn of Brooks, Alberta (a major manufacturer of...

247 days ago

Use for torrefied maple? - 3 replies

Good morning folks, I contacted a small mill about 40 minutes from here, asking if they had any shorter 8/4 pieces of hardwood such as hickory, walnut or ash. They got back to me saying they had some cherry, oak and torrefied maple. From reading online, I see that torrefied means it’s been heated to a high temperature and therefore ...

304 days ago

Bench top question - flat vs level - 15 replies

I’m getting ready to flatten my bench top. I plan on using a router and sled on rails. I haven’t permanently attached the bench top to the base yet, because I prefer to do the messy power tool jobs outside. So my question is this, is there any reason why the bench top should only be flattened after being attached? I’m t...

314 days ago

Not spam - 1 month of free shipping on Amazon - 15 replies

I often shop online, and sometimes use Amazon. While I was reading about routers, I saw that Amazon was offering a free trial of Amazon Prime, which gives you free shipping and maybe some other perks that I didn’t bother to read about. Of course, the catch is that after your first month, they charge $78.00 a year. So I went into the ...

317 days ago

Ripping thick maple - she got 'er done! - 43 replies

Next step in my workbench build is ripping maple for my benchtop. Some of the pieces are close to 3” thick. I have a Bosch 4000 10” contractor saw with the 40-tooth carbide tip blade that came with it. The only other TS blade I have is for plywood and plastics. (can’t remember how many teeth, but at least 80 with shallow ...

323 days ago

Moderate gloat - and what kind of file/rasp is this? - 21 replies

What a day! I left home with $200.00 in my pocket to see about getting enough rough maple for my workbench. In total, I needed just over 35 bf. A few months ago, I bought a few hand tools from a gentleman in a nearby community. When we were chatting, he said he had some rough maple at home and would send me a picture.We emailed back and f...

334 days ago

Drawer front issue - problem solved! - 30 replies

I’m making progress on my Not So Big Workbench from Fine Woodworking. I spent the better part of today wrestling with a big ole slab of walnut. Resawing it was no a pleasant endeavour, but I got it done. In the picture, I just have the drawer fronts stacked up on each other so that I don’t mess up the order. In doing so thoug...

386 days ago

Random act of LJ kindness - 25 replies

I checked the mail today, and lo an behold, there was a package from LJ Joein10asee. He had asked me a few weeks back for my mailing address (reassuring me that he wasn’t a crazed stalker). This is what arrived: An extra set of blades for my Ridgid planer!!! It put a big smile on my face that’s still there. Not only w...

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