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|9 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...
|37 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 ...
|48 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...
|91 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 ...
|115 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...
|119 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...
|128 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 ...
|186 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...
|196 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 ...
|199 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 ...
|205 days ago||
Moderate gloat - and what kind of file/rasp is this? - 21 replies
What a day! I left home with $200.00 in my pocket to see about getting enough rough maple for my workbench. In total, I needed just over 35 bf. A few months ago, I bought a few hand tools from a gentleman in a nearby community. When we were chatting, he said he had some rough maple at home and would send me a picture.We emailed back and f...
|216 days ago||
Drawer front issue - problem solved! - 30 replies
I’m making progress on my Not So Big Workbench from Fine Woodworking. I spent the better part of today wrestling with a big ole slab of walnut. Resawing it was no a pleasant endeavour, but I got it done. In the picture, I just have the drawer fronts stacked up on each other so that I don’t mess up the order. In doing so thoug...
|268 days ago||
Random act of LJ kindness - 25 replies
I checked the mail today, and lo an behold, there was a package from LJ Joein10asee. He had asked me a few weeks back for my mailing address (reassuring me that he wasn’t a crazed stalker). This is what arrived: An extra set of blades for my Ridgid planer!!! It put a big smile on my face that’s still there. Not only w...
|275 days ago||
Help -Problem with Ridgid belt/spindle sander - 12 replies
Ack. For those of you who own one, I have a question. I just got this last week. After less than an hour of using the belt assembly, the sander stalled. Once I reset the breaker, I took off the belt assembly vacuumed out all the sawdust and took a look. I took the fan off and did the same. Put the fan back on, and started it up without t...
|279 days ago||
Hand planes for 15$ -bought Falcon Pope - 31 replies
Good morning, Be still my beating heart. I just found this on Kijiji and it’s about a 10 minute drive from me.I’m just new new new as far as hand tools go, hoping someone was awake this morning and could look at these pictures.I see one that looks like it says Made in Canada, a Stanley, I think that the little red one is one of t...
|302 days ago||
In case you’re wondering – yes, I think I have more money than brains sometimes. I presently have no fixed clamp set up or vice. I bought a nice second hand bench vice last year, but can’t set it up properly at my work desk. My desk is great for storage, but is too high for doing any kind of work with hand tools. My Dur...
|304 days ago||
SWMBO - 30 replies
I grew up with the boys, played with the boys and work with the boys. Not in a spikey-haired comfortable shoe sort of way (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but in a ‘wait-up-or-I’ll-tell Mom” kind of way. So, suffice it to say, I appreciate the directness of male humour in general. I must admit, it took me...
|310 days ago||
Planer tripping circuit - FIXED - 23 replies
Howdy, I tried to start my Ridgid 13” thickness planer two days ago and it immediately tripped the circuit. It was at the cold end of my shop, so I wasn’t too concerned about it. I rolled it closer to the heater and cranked up the heat overnight. Next day, tried it again, letting it run for a second or two at a time and then ...
|312 days ago||
Lacquer on Chisels - SUCCESS!! - 17 replies
I have a new set of Stanley sweetheart chisels that have been patiently waiting for me in a drawer of my work table. My night time reading has been Leonard Lee’s Complete Guide to Sharpening, I have an angle jig and guide at the ready, today may be the day….. My question is this: how exactly do you get lacquer off the chisels...
|322 days ago||
Rikon 10-325 assembly question - 5 replies
For those who have a Rikon 10-325 bandsaw…. I’m in the process of assembling the base for my saw. I’ve followed the instructions, keeping in mind the issues that I had read about here – shelf not fitting quite right and the fiddling factor of getting the bolts in the corners. Despite that, it went together fairly qui...