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12-26-2014 12:39 AM

HF Bench Grinder - 3 replies

I got a HF 8” bench grinder. When I flip the switch, it takes about 7 seconds to come up to speed and it vibrates some. My old 6” bench grinder comes up to speed in about 2 seconds with little vibration. What could be the problem? I bought it because it had good reviews and I had a 25% off coupon.

12-23-2014 05:57 PM

They don't make them like they used to. - 6 replies

You have heard that statement many times. Sometimes that is no longer true. Some things were made better back then, but improvements have been made that negates the idea that today’s stuff is inferior to that which was produced 80+ years ago. The automobile is a good example. They are so much better today than what was produced back in the...

12-16-2014 08:25 PM

Oliver 10", 5 HP cabinet saw - 0 replies

I just came across this saw for $2945, with free shipping. The price is well in line with Sawstop, Baileigh and Powermatic saws. Oliver is a well respected name in woodworking machinery. I assume it is made in taiwan, like many of the others, but this one looks a lot different from the others. If interested, search Oliver Machinery.

12-02-2014 09:50 PM

Hitachi Router Problem - 11 replies

The speed control on my Hitachi M12V router quit. Can anyone tell me which wires to disconnect/connect to bypass the speed control so I have only one speed? A new speed control module costs around $110.

11-22-2014 07:44 PM

Baby rocking cradle - 6 replies

I have been commissioned to build a rocking cradle for my Grand Daughter. I plan on using 3/4” birch plywood. I was asked what finish to use that would not be toxic. Since this is for a baby that just sleeps in the cradle and not a toddler who can knarl on the edge of the wood, I think an ordinary finish, like shellac would be a safe finis...

11-19-2014 05:49 PM

Protector for machine surfaces - 9 replies came across this product for protecting machine surfaces like table saw and band saw tables. It is supposed to protect from rust and allow work to slide across the table frictionless. The size is 27” x...

11-16-2014 05:02 PM

New CNC build - 4 replies

My home built CNC machine measures 36”x84”. It is made of MDO plywood; a gantry design. The mechanicals are 90% complete. I’ve tried to maximize rigidity by using metal in key spots. I now have to get the steppers and electrical components. I have the computer running Windows XP. I do my drawings using Autocad 2004. My question...

11-15-2014 05:49 PM

Reconditioned tools - 8 replies

I have bought a couple of reconditioned tools in the past and have been happy with them. I was wondering. Where do these tools come from; where do they go and who reconditions them. Since they are made offshore, do the returned tools go offshore to the factory, or are they serviced here? They seem to be very popular. When I go shopping for a rec...

11-12-2014 11:17 PM

My Hitachi M12V Router quit. - 6 replies

My M12V just quit on me in the middle of a job. The router starts, speeds can be changed, but soon after starting to route, it quits. I think the problem is the variable speed control. A new control costs $126, so I’m not sure if I should go ahead and repair it or buy a new one. I’m thinking about disconnecting the speed control and use it as a ...

11-12-2014 06:53 PM

Cleaning bandsaw blades and tires - 17 replies

After a lot of resawing 2” pine, my blade and the tires are all gummed up with resin. What is the best method to clean them?

11-06-2014 11:22 PM

Table saw sled - 1 reply to pg 47 of this PDF to see a table saw sled that came from a 1931 book from Delta. Sorry I wasn’t able to tag the link, since it is a PDF file. Notice the safety issues.

11-02-2014 05:44 PM

Sharpening hand saws - 2 replies

I was reviewing several posts on handsaw sharpening that I had responded to with a reply. I made the statement that the files used had a “safe” edge. That was wrong. The files used are single cut, taper files. The corners are cut so it can file both sides of the tooth at the same time. The gullets on hand saws are sharp and conform t...

10-29-2014 10:58 PM

Which shellac to use? - 12 replies

A jock recommended using a spray coat of shellac on cast iron surfaces to prevent rust. Which shellac do I use, wax or non wax type?

10-24-2014 05:12 PM

Practice makes perfect - 5 replies

Why is it called a “doctor’s practice”. Why do lawyers practice law? What does the Democratic or Republican party do? Party?? It seems they party more than they should.

10-23-2014 08:22 PM

What is the definition of a "Lumberjock" - 15 replies

It finally occurred to me that the term “Lumberjock” implies a person of the male persuasion who works wood. Since there are many women who also work wood, the term “Lumberjock” may not be appropriate. Is this a male, sexist attitude or do women mind being called “Lumberjocks”

10-20-2014 07:09 PM

Why is only one machine rusting? - 11 replies

I have a table saw, bandsaw, drill press, lathe and jointer in my shop. All have cast iron tops. All tops are relatively free from rust except for the Powermatic 6” jointer. There is no wax or other rust preventative on any of the machines, but the jointer has a thick layer of rust on the tables and fence. I did derust it a while back and ...

09-03-2014 05:36 PM

Please correct me if I'm wrong - 6 replies

I have always been of the impression that the set on the outer blades of a dado set are always facing toward the outside of the stack. In other words, the outside blades are ground with the set only on one side, so there is a right and a wrong way to set up a dado stack. Am I correct? I have never heard anyone state a caution when setting up a s...

08-30-2014 12:03 AM

Bench Hook (of a sort) - 0 replies

Here is a handy jig that can be screwed down to the bench top for holding boards for planing. The board stands on edge and the wedge is driven in to hold the board stationary. I have been using this for many years. It doesn’t mar the wood. Dimensions are not critical. They can be changed to suit your needs.

08-18-2014 03:52 PM

Accident with a "Skil" type saw - 27 replies

Last night, my daughter called to tell me her husband cut off two toes with a “Skil” saw. I don’t know what company made the saw, hence the parenthesis on Skil. He was cutting with the saw and after finishing the cut, placed the saw on the ground. Somehow, the guard stayed retracted and the saw ran over his foot severing two to...

08-09-2014 10:50 PM

New machines vs old American iron - 54 replies

I know this will get some negative press, but what I have to say is intended to educate and save you some hard earned cash. I direct this thread towards anyone who is just starting out in woodworking and/or has little experience with machine tools. Those who are over the age of 50 and have been active with machine tool usage will probably know w...

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