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|3 days ago||
Festool Circular Saw Blades - 0 replies
I was watching a “How it’s Made” episode on TV and there was one about how they make circular saw blades. They showed the steps they go through to make a saw blade and a fleeting view of a blade with the Festool name on it and what looked like a 1” hole for the arbor. That would indicate that Festool makes 12” and l...
|4 days ago||
Thinking outside the Box - 0 replies
I follow these forums pretty regularily now that I am retired. I read most of the posts and reply if I think I can help. Many of the posts are pretty straight forward and so are the answers, but some of them are unique. The standard answer doesn’t always satisfy and that is where “thinking-outside-the-box” comes to the rescue. ...
|4 days ago||
Want to hear a bummer? - 3 replies
I just spent over $2000 to replace the drainage field for my septic system. The county utility authority is now installing a sewer system and a water system. It is a mandatory tie-in that will cost me $45 a month. My well water doesn’t cost me and now the county will be charging me $15 a month for my water. To make matters worse, they will...
|10 days ago||
Free HF 27 LED Worklight/Flashlight - 6 replies
I’m sure most of you are aware of the free LED lights that HF gives away as promotionals. They are free with a minimum purchase and also without any purchase, (store only). I have lots of them in my home. They are really great. They have a built-in magnet and a hook for hanging. They are really very bright and for free, what else can I say...
|11 days ago||
How to become a craftsman - 16 replies
A well known musician was on his way to Carnegi Hall in New York City to give a performance and passed a street musician. The street musician approached the well recognized musician and asked him how he could get good enough to play at Carnegi Hall. The reply was; practice, practice. The same goes for anyone wanting to be good at whatever he wa...
|12 days ago||
Plywood - 2 replies
I use a lot of plywood in my projects and generally use Baltic Birch, but wondering if there are better plywoods available. I know there is a Russian birch and a Finnish birch and maybe some others from the Baltic countries. Here at home there is a birch plywood that comes in 4×8 sheets (BB comes in 60×60 panels). Is the domestic bi...
|14 days ago||
Using vs collecting tools - 32 replies
I wonder how many tool collectors actually use their collectable tools. Collecting tools would be the same as collecting antique automobiles or musical instruments. They should be used; not sitting in a museum. The famous Stradivarius violins in the Smithsonian collection are taken out and played on occasion. They are there to be appreciated; no...
|37 days ago||
Bosch impact driver - 1 reply
The trigger switch seems to be going, so I tried to open the case to look at the switch and replace it if needed. The screws that hold the 2 halves of the case appear to be smaller than a #10 torx. Does anyone know what type of screws they use? They don’t look like hex or star drive either.
|51 days ago||
Anti kick back device for table saws - 14 replies
I’m surprised no one has mounted an anti kick back device on their fence for ripping. Ripping is when kick back happens. Radial arm saws have an anti kick back device that is a toothed crescent of metal on the end of a rod placed at the outfeed end of the saw carriage. The teeth glide across the wood as you push the wood through the blade....
|59 days ago||
Who do you buy your machines from? - 17 replies
Based on my personal buying habits, all of my machinery purchases have been from local dealers except for one. I bought my Powermatic jointer off Amazon. The reason why I like to buy locally is; I can examine what I’m buying before buying. I can’t do that with Grizzly, so I don’t have any Grizzly machines. Bad things can and do...
|60 days ago||
TitebondIII froze - 9 replies
Can it still be used or throw it away?
|74 days ago||
Just ordered a new tool - 5 replies
Before I get carried away, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now for the new tool. I just ordered a California Air Tools portable compressor. It weight 39#, it’s whisper quiet, 1 HP, pumps up from empty in 50 seconds and recovers in 20 seconds. The tank is aluminum. Will drive 6 framing nails before cycling. I will be ...
|77 days ago||
TV programming - 8 replies
I don’t subscribe to any social networks like Facebook or twitter, so I thought Coffee Lounge might be an acceptable place for this rant.Most TV viewers in this country either subscribe to cable or satelite systems. We pay for this “service”, but more and more, there are programs that are infomercials that are all over the plac...
|85 days ago||
Gluing tips - 6 replies
I make wood models and need small dabs of glue. Titebond glue bottles deliver large globs of glue, more than I need. I tried hypodermic syringes, but they don’t deliver enough glue. I hit upon the small squeeze bottles that are used to dispense eye drops, ear drops and lots of other drops. Once cleaned out and filled with glue, they deposi...
|90 days ago||
Layout tool - 0 replies
Here is a tool I made for laying out dimensions on sheet goods with greater accuracy than a tape measure can deliver. To use it, you start from one edge and adjust the caliper until you get the dimension you want. You then scribe a mark at the end of the tool. When larger dimensions are needed, adding flat bars in increments of 6R...
|90 days ago||
A Tip for HF shoppers - 12 replies
This is not a HF bash. I buy things there all the time and I’m not going into the pros and cons of their tools. Like many, we all get HF sales flyers in the mail on a routine basis. Some toss them, but I keep them up until the time their sale expires; then I use them to start my barbecue. The latest on-line flyer has a “professional ...
|99 days ago||
Wood cars - 10 replies
I have seen a few automobiles (full size) made of wood on a metal chassis. Some of these are absolute works of art. I was wondering if there is a website for those who build cars from wood. There is still one car maker who builds cars from wood with a sheet metal overlay. (Morgan). It would seem that there would be a lot of interest from woodwor...
|109 days ago||
Where do you get your tools? - 32 replies
I have been watching a series on TV of “how its made”. Recently, they have been following the making of exotic cars, like Ferrari, Bentley, Audi, etc. I noticed that the portable tools they were using were Makita, Dewalt and Bosch. This would indicate to me the quality of those tools. I don’t think you would find Skil, Ryobi o...
|114 days ago||
HF DC - 5 replies
I finally got my HF 1-1/2 horse dust collector up and running. I scrapped most of it and kept only the motor/fan assembly. I have it hooked up to my cabinet saw and blowing to the outdoors by way of a chip separator barrel. Since most of the sawdust is fine, not much settles in the barrel. There seems to be too much suction resulting in a lot of...
|118 days ago||
Making wedges - 5 replies
What is the best way to make wood wedges that I want to use to clamp wood together? They need to be small and I need to use around 10 at a time.