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08-22-2016 07:56 PM

Woodpecker Tools - 11 replies

Woodpecker tools are pretty in that anodized red finish. I don’t own any of them nor do I plan to in the future. I’m sure they are plenty accurate and precise for woodworking, but I feel they cost too much. My only other objection is they are made of aluminum. In the metalworking world of which I am a member, precision tools of the t...

08-17-2016 12:19 AM

New Woodpecker tool - 32 replies

These people must be nuts! They have come out with “the ultimate doweling jig”; cost: $600. It may do what it is promised to do, but $600; no way. One can make a simple jig for next to nothing to do the same thing. I don’t think they will be selling too many of them. Even at half the price, it is still way out of reason to spen...

08-15-2016 06:43 PM

Japanese furniture making - 10 replies

Again I was watching on U-tube how a Japanese furniture maker is making a small chest of drawers. His only tools were saws, planes, chisels and a hammer. The case appeared to be about 24” wide x 12” high x 8” deep. No fasteners were used; only glue; but the amazing thing I noticed was how perfect was the drawer fit to the carca...

08-15-2016 06:15 PM

Japanese Woodworking (Observations) - 0 replies

I spent a couple of hours watching how Japanese woodworkers work. It was fascinating to watch how they cut wood with a saw, chisel and plane. They use the draw technique when sawing and planing. Their chisels and plane irons appear to have much less bevel than our chisels and irons. Ours are much more acute. Probably a factor is the steel in th...

08-03-2016 09:34 PM

Bates National Rule ruler - 3 replies

I have a Bates National Rule ruler bnr-24 which is a thin stainless steel rule 24” long. It has a cork non-slip strip on the back. I don’t know much about it or where I got it. I’ve had it for around 30 years and it was tucked away in a drawer until recently. I found that the non-slip cork backing made it ideal for drawing line...

07-30-2016 09:43 PM

Formula for preventing accidents - 17 replies

After working in one shop after another over a 70 year span, I have developed a partnership with my machine tools. I have and work with on a daily basis around 10 machines that have the potential of doing bodily harm. That doesn’t include the small portable drills and saws that can also cut or mame. I have experienced few accidents; certai...

06-30-2016 09:07 PM

What ever happened to Minimax bandsaws? - 4 replies

I have always heard that Minimax bandsaws were top-of-the-line, but I haven’t heard if they are still in business or not.

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...

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