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06-20-2016 03:57 PM

What wood for this project - 7 replies

I am building a train model (3/4” scale) and need to make these window frames. I made a sample one from pine, but it was not strong enough. It chipped out at the point indicate on thge sketch. What would be a good hardwood to use to prevent the chipout? Lignum Vitae aka ironwood would probably work, but would be difficult to find. I’...

05-28-2016 08:46 PM

New Forum needed? - 9 replies

We have been seeing some outstanding wood models built by members “down under” and some stateside. This is an area that is of much interest. Maybe we could have a forum that covers model making.

05-26-2016 06:26 PM

Measuring tape in 10ths - 8 replies

I have a Stanley (CST/Berger) tape that is graduated in 10ths and 100ths of a foot. I don’t recall how or why I got it. What is this graduation used for? Who uses it?

05-15-2016 07:07 PM

Micro gripper - 6 replies

I’m not usually interested in after market gadgets, especially those that are so simple, they can be duplicated by any competent woodworker. I was impressed by the Micro gripper. Although it is a bit pricey, I can see a lot of work goes into it’s design and construction. My tendency is to make one myself falling on the details shown ...

05-14-2016 09:35 PM

1935 tool catalog - 2 replies

I came across this 1935 catalog of Duro power tools. I was amazed at the prices and what a dollar could buy back then (BTW I was born in 1934). What really struck me was the electric drills shown on page 32. You will notice in the pictures the screw-in adapter on the end of the cord. Back then, most homes didn’t have wall receptacles. only...

05-08-2016 05:25 PM

Ground Level Deck - 5 replies

Dear fellow LJs; First off, I am 81, so I’m not up to much physical labor. I also have limited resources. I want to build a ground level deck on my property (8 acres). In an effort to minimize physical labor and money, I have designed a modular deck. Each module would be 10’ x 10’; all perimeter boards and joists would be 2...

04-15-2016 07:18 PM

I hate Bessey clamps - 20 replies

I have 6 Bessey bar clamps and I curse them when I have to use them. They are heavy and trying to hold it in place while turning the screw is an exercise in frustration. The teeth don’t want to grip the movable jaw until I fuss around with it. The screw runs out without tightening so I have to turn the screw back out and reposition the jaw...

03-24-2016 03:57 PM

American made plywood - 3 replies

Does anyone know if American made plywood is available in actual 1/2” & 3/4” thicknesses and if so where can I find it? I’m not sure if “cabinet” grade or “marine” grade plywood is still made in those actual thicknesses.

03-15-2016 04:02 PM

RAS not cutting right - 4 replies

I have a Dewalt/B&D RAS, approximately 1976 vintage. I’ve been fiddling around trying to get it into alignment. The manual says to adjust the (2) set screws at the back of the yoke to set the blade parallel to the arm. The problem is; I make a crosscut; the wood left of the blade has a nice clean edge with no chipping; but the wood on ...

03-15-2016 03:51 PM

Since when did plywood go metric? - 16 replies

I was building a closet organizer and measured the thickness of 3/4” (top choice from Lowes) plywood with a micrometer. It measured .710”. 18 mm =.7087”. This is totally unacceptable for 3/4” plywood. If you use an undersize router bit to cut dados, the dado is still too large as the bit is only 1/32” (.032) undersi...

03-12-2016 05:43 PM

Dado blades and radial arm saws. - 9 replies

As you know, RAS’s should use a blade with a negative tooth rake in order to counter the “self feed” characteristic. If using a dado in a RAS, would it tend to self feed more aggressively than a single blade? I am not aware of dado sets available with a negative rake.

03-05-2016 05:22 PM

Saw inserts - 24 replies

I make my own table saw blade inserts. I make them flat from plywood, but after some time, the insert bows up in the middle leaving a raised insert. If I adjust it down, the leading and trailing edges are below the top of the table. My question is; what is the best material to make inserts from that will remain flat?

03-01-2016 05:27 PM

Edge molding for plywood - 5 replies

I’m in the process of building a shelf system. I am using 3/4” (.712” actual) plywood from Lowes ($42/sheet). The sheets don’t lay flat. That causes a problem when trying to apply a solid wood edge. I used a 1/4” rabbeting bit centered on the plywood edge, but due to the unflatness , the rabbet is not centered in so...

12-26-2015 08:10 PM

Cutting aluminum - 15 replies

I have cut aluminum on my table saw using a combination blade with no problems. I now want to do a large amount of aluminum cutting and wonder if a combination blade will hold up for such a purpose, or would it be better to buy a dedicated aluminum cutting blade. P.S. I have to use a table saw. A band saw won’t do what I need done as th...

10-09-2015 06:58 PM

What is the value of re-branded tools? - 8 replies

I’m talking about tools that were marketed by stores like Sears and Montgomery Ward. They all sold tools that were made by well known tool makers, like Stanley, Millers Falls and others with the Sears or MW name on them. In many cases, they were identical to the name brands, but may not have had the fine finish of the name brands. In opera...

09-26-2015 07:41 PM

Hitachi resaw - 2 replies

Back in around 1980, I came across a Hitachi resaw that cost new $500. It used a 3” wide blade. At the time, it was too expensive for me. Today, I wish I could find one. Does anyone have one and what if so what do you think of it? Ryobi also made them; there is a picture of one in the Mark Duginske band saw book, page 34.

09-22-2015 07:50 PM

Edge planing on a surface planer - 17 replies

What is your take on planing edges of boards in a surface planer by standing the board on edge, supported by a jig. This would only be used on boards less than 6” wide (1×6, 2×6).

09-13-2015 05:55 PM

Fingers cramp up, legs too. - 14 replies

This is not about clamps (cramps in the UK), but about a problem I am having with cramping in my fingers. You see, when I am working in the shop, I often have to apply much force using my fingers to hold an item, or grip a hand wheel, or any action which requires a strong grip. By the end of the day and when I go to bed, my fingers will “l...

09-11-2015 04:08 PM

Remember 9-11 - 1 reply

A silent prayer for the victims of 9-11.

09-06-2015 06:38 PM

Invention is the Mother of Necessity - 8 replies

I watched a video by mirock, a LJ from Ukraine. He made a replica tool of one made by Bridge City Tools. I was highly impressed with his ingenuity in using simple tools to make something that would be considered difficult, if not impossible to do without expensive specialized machines. He has jigs and fixtures that I have never seen or imagined....

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