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10-12-2018 10:10 PM

Plywood; now and then - 20 replies

Plywood used to be manufactured to even fractional sizes, such as 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” etc. At some point, the face and back veneers got thinner and thinner making the present plywoods a 1/32” less making it 23/32” instead of 3/4”. The same went for all other sizes. Why didn’t they adjust the core veneers th...

10-06-2018 02:11 PM

How to use a marking gauge? - 27 replies

Can you educate me on how to use a marking gauge correctly There are MK’s with a nail like pin for scribing and one that has an exacto type blade. The problem I have is; when scribing with the grain, the scriber tends to follow the grain giving me a less than straight scribe. The same with cross grain; the scriber doesn’t want to sc...

10-01-2018 08:16 PM

Beware of Microsoft Scam - 4 replies

I received a phone call informing me I had a refund coming to me. I went along for a few minutes until I realized it was all a scam. The person on the phone (Indian accent naturally) told me I had $299 owed me due to an overcharge by Microsoft for security software that was tacked on to my MS account. I believe Microsoft does not contact people ...

09-29-2018 06:36 PM

Cabin Fever - 7 replies

No, I’m not talking about being confined to the cabin during Winter snow storms. I’m talking about being confined to my house because I can’t go to my shop. I can’t go to my shop because I am having back problems that affects my ability to walk safely. I have to use a cane and a walker to get around in the house. That is ...

09-29-2018 05:57 PM

The Worldwide Web - 23 replies

I just want to express my feelings about the world wide web. Although there is a lot that is wrong about the web, there is a lot more that is good. The web allows me to communicate with people anywhere in the world and speak about common interests, like woodworking, along with anything else of mutual interest.

09-29-2018 05:32 PM

Buying On Line - 70 replies

I have heard many complaints from people who buy on-line and were not happy with the outcome. This isn’t limited to major purchases such as machinery, but also to everyday things, like those “as seen on TV” items. I have been following all such complaints, mostly out of curiosity, but also so I personally don’t fall victi...

09-05-2018 12:54 AM

Sawhorse - 1 reply

Here is a saw horse design I plagiarized from Sunset magazine many years ago. I have made many of these in different sizes and heights. They are a bit more involved to build due to the canted legs and bevels involved. I wanted them to be strong, but light weight and that they are. The wide top is useful for setting a miter saw upon. I have stack...

09-02-2018 09:35 PM

Parts for the Biesemeyer fence - 2 replies

I looked on this site, and was shocked. How can they charge $226 for a set screw that can be picked up at any big box store for pennies. I have to believe they made a typo on their pricing, but based on the prices for other fence parts, I’m not so sure. Most parts can be made by...

08-25-2018 08:19 PM

Are we losing our creativity skills? - 76 replies

We are woodworkers and woodworkers not only build things from wood, we also make tools and fixtures tailored to suit the work we do. While it is patriotic to support businesses that feed the woodworking pastime, many prefer to “DIY”; that is, to make it rather than buy it. Not only can you save a lot of money, you improve your woodwo...

08-20-2018 03:35 PM

Carbide cutter head - 2 replies

Does anyone know if there is a Shelix cutter head for a Powermatic model 50 jointer? I e-mailed Byrd, but got no response.

08-11-2018 06:53 PM

Acronyms - 30 replies

We all use acronyms as a substitute for a long drawn out description or a type of tool or manufacturer. Acronyms like RAS (radial arm saw), SS (Saw Stop), CSMS (compound sliding miter saw) are used for very good reasons and most of us know what they mean. But, there are a few acronyms that may escape us now and then. One such acronym that had me...

07-22-2018 04:28 PM

Bandsaw blade for Aluminum - 2 replies

I have been using my 14” bandsaw to cut aluminum using a wood cutting blade. It works, but is slow going. I have also cut aluminum on my table saw using a wood blade, but I have since used an aluminum cutting blade and it cuts like butter. I really need to use the bandsaw for aluminum cutting and wonder if anyone knows of a bandsaw blade t...

07-15-2018 04:53 PM

How to improve your woodworking skills - 7 replies

New woodworkers to this forum ask many beginner questions and that is OK, but here is a tip for all beginners. Nothing helps improve your skills like actual doing. That said, I would suggest a project that will improve your skills going forward. Every shop needs an orderly place for everything. After building your first workbench, start making a...

07-10-2018 08:51 PM

Blades for planes - 4 replies

Does anyone know what kind of steel is used for plane blades? I can make them if I know what steel is used. Can it be HSS, oil hardening or air hardening steel stock? I can use Starrett precision ground steel stock in either grade of hardness. I want to make some new blades for some small planes that have a non-standard blade size.

07-10-2018 05:17 PM

Leg Fabrication - 11 replies

The sketch shows a proposed leg fabrication; it is for a small workbench I’m building. I want to rip the 1×2’s from 2x stock, but I know that it will not be straight once ripped from the mother board. Is there a way to maintain straightness, or will the legs remain straight once glued up?

07-08-2018 06:12 AM

Sharpening jointer blades - 6 replies

Has anyone sharpened their jointer blades by running an oil stone left/right across the knives while it is running? I came across this sharpening method while reading my Powermatic manual. As it is explained, you set the infeed and outfeed tables in line with the blades tip; then lower the outfeed table .003” and run the oil stone across t...

07-02-2018 10:42 PM

Wood shop selling out - 4 replies

Anyone in South Mississippi looking for some good woodworking machinery, this is the place. I suspect most of it is 3 ph .

06-23-2018 11:18 PM

China tariffs - 83 replies

This is not intended to be a controversial, or confrontational post. Please don’t turn it into one. I wonder what will be the impact of the China tariffs on our tools. Will Harbor Freight products suddenly sky rocket in price? Will tariffs on steel and aluminum mean a big increase in the cost of our tools? It is not something I want to ...

06-09-2018 06:14 PM

DRO's on a table saw - 13 replies

Has anyone put a DRO (digital readout) on their table saw or any other machine tool? I have been thinking of putting one on my saw so I can fine tune the fence when ripping. The DRO’s I am looking at don’t cost an arm and a leg; usually under $35 and much less (made in China naturally). They are used on metal working machines and alm...

06-07-2018 10:57 PM

Forrest saw blades - 7 replies

While surfing E-bay, I came across a place that is selling new Forrest Woodworker II, 10” saw blades for $51. This has to be a scam, right?

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