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|9 days ago||
Dust collection on all or some machines - 13 replies
I put DC only on machines that create fine dust, like sanding machines. Other machines, like drill presses, bandsaws, jointers/planers make chips, so I don’t run DC ducts to them. I find that you can never get every bit of sawdust, so I have to sweep anyway. I have DC on my floor saw because some woods can burn and produce smoke, but for a...
|26 days ago||
I need a cordless impact driver - 12 replies
I bought a Bosch impact driver 2 years ago as a reconditioned tool from CPO. It has worked fine up until a few weeks ago when the switch started to work intermittently. The cost of a new switch is $56. My choices now are another reconditioned one at $80 (includes 2 Li-Ion batteries and charger), new HF (includes one battery and charger) for $45 ...
|36 days ago||
Buying on-line from catalogs. - 19 replies
I have been dealing with McMaster-Carr now for over 15 years. They have EVERYTHING. I think their motto was “If you can’t find it here, you don’t need it”. Their on-line catalog is a masterpiece. Easy to search and to order from. There are CAD drawings that you can download to your Cad files. Prices are reasonable and del...
|36 days ago||
Fastener prices are out-of-sight - 11 replies
I had to buy some wood screws for a fix job and went to my local big box store. The cost of the screws I needed were way out of reason, but I had to have them. When I got home, I looked at on-line fastener outlets and found that the screws I bought, I could have gotten for 1/4 the price I paid. I’m going to make a list of fasteners I use a...
|37 days ago||
Snodgrass; only way to go. - 5 replies
I just set up my 14” (W/riser) band saw using the “Snodgras” method. It took me about 15 minutes and I was done. The hardest part was getting the table back on it’s trunnions. I can now say WOW!!! What a difference it made. I set up a fence parallel to the blade and ripped a piece of wood about 16” long. When I meas...
|41 days ago||
Hex Key Wrenches - 9 replies
Who makes the best hex key wrenches? Some of the wrenches (I have hundreds of them) get their corners rounded off when tightening socket head cap screws or set screws. I know of Allen and Bondhus; are there any others that are higher quality?
|45 days ago||
Zero Clearance Insert opinions - 10 replies
I have been thinking about using 6061-T6 aluminum plate for a ZCI. Everything I have read about carbide tipped saw blades indicates they can cut aluminum with no problems. Steel; no way, but I think 1/4” aluminum would make a good insert. It would be important to be able to prevent the insert from rising out of the table. I might even dril...
|50 days ago||
Saw Blade Technology - 2 replies
I’ve been working with tools for over 60 years and after all that time, I thought I knew a thing or two about saw blades; but after visiting this website, http://www.carbideprocessors.com, I realized how little I really knew. I’m not the typical woodworker. I like to dig deep into the workings and technologies that we all use. I̵...
|50 days ago||
I just got two new saw blades - 0 replies
Responding to an earlier thread about Lenox band saw blades on sale at ACE hardware, I checked their website and found that the also carried 105” long blades for 14” saws with 6” risers. I was able to order it from them and I picked it up at my local store. No upfront money and no special order charge. I also picked up a made i...
|51 days ago||
"Worlds Best Saw Blades" - 6 replies
Has anyone tried the “Worlds best” saw blades manufactured and sold by Carbide Processors. They use ceramic material instead of carbide and claim 500 to 700% longer life over carbide. The prices are about the same as Forrest. They have a fantastic website. Go to http://www.carbideprocessors.com.
|51 days ago||
WARNING - 17 replies
I had a can of spray paint sitting on the bed of my wood lathe. When I went into my shop a few days later, I found the can had leaked it’s contents under pressure all over the lathe and floor. I asked why this happened on another forum, and I was told UV radiation from fluorescent lighting could cause the cans to leak. I don’t unders...
|52 days ago||
How to sharpen a circular saw blade - 4 replies
This is an incredible machine.http://r8---sn-p5qlsu7s.googlevideo.com/videoplayback?source=youtube&ip=2602:306:ccb6:82c0:c863:1b63:435d:586c&key=cms1&ipbits=0&ratebypass=yes&itag=43&fexp=913434%2C923341%2C930008%2C931324%2C943106%2C944902%2C945529&signature=0C16BB84FDE0EFC66BDD6F09E7F657E4FD155145.5E9704A644168759FAD1...
|52 days ago||
How safe are we really? - 21 replies
I have noticed that the forum “Safety in the Woodworking Shop” gets very few hits compared to other forums on this Lumber Jocks site. Safety is not something we should assume we know and don’t need reminding. When there is so much concern over safety recently, I feel I need to speak up to enlighten and educate the woodworker as to safety issues....
|54 days ago||
Table saw safety - 25 replies
The following instructions came from a Harbor Freight table saw instruction manual. It really doesn’t matter which manual it comes from; they all say the same thing. The point here is: The safety precautions have been spelled out and if anyone is injured using a table saw, the reason is because you didn’t follow these basic instructi...
|55 days ago||
Saw blade kickback - 5 replies
I came across this video and thought it would be good for all to watch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7sRrC2Jpp4
|55 days ago||
Left tilt/right tilt, saw blades and rip fences - 0 replies
There have been comments about left tilt vs right tilt saws. Some prefer LT and others RT. The LT crowd feels it is safer, but with one drawback and that is the cursor setting on the rip fence when switching from standard to thin kerf blades. This is really not a problem, as RT saws have the same problem when switching blades. Let’s say I ...
|60 days ago||
HF DC update - 11 replies
I have my 2 hp HF DC up and running after much thought. I did away with everything except for the motor and fan. I made it into a 2 stage system and direct the fine dust out of the shop. No filters, no back pressure. I have it hooked up only to my saw right now and it is extracting 100% of the dust as far as I can tell. I made a manifold that I ...
|61 days ago||
10" dia saw blades - 14 replies
While reviewing the various 10” saw blades available at a reasonable price, I came up with the following:Bosch 60T thin kerf made in Taiwan $48.32Milwaukee 60T thin kerf made in Japan $43.97Irwin/Marples 60T thin kerf made in Italy $42.97 Has anyone had a personal experience with any of these blades. I’m making an assumption that ...
|62 days ago||
How to make this locomotive driver? - 6 replies
I’m thinking a router with a template on a router table. I have several of these to make. Material can be Birch plywood or even MDF. Any other way to do it? I don’t have a jig saw. I’ve made them in the past using a fret saw by hand; very time consuming and results not consistent. A CNC router would be perfect, but I don’...
|69 days ago||
Extending capacity of small air compressor - 5 replies
I have a small air compressor I use for brad and pin nailers. I was thinking about connecting my AC with a 5 gallon air tank; the idea is to reduce the recover time the compressor runs. By doing this, do I really save on overall run time? With the tank, I can drive more nails before the AC cycles, but the AC runs longer to fill the tank.