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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...

08-08-2014 06:18 PM

Cove Molding Tool - 2 replies

Have you seen the new Starrett combination protractor? It is model CP505E-12. It’s pretty expensive at $132, but looks like it makes crown moldings a no brainer.

07-26-2014 09:06 PM

Fixing sanding belts that come apart - 6 replies

A while back, there was a post asking the question; “How to splice sanding belts. The question was tossed around, but as I recall, nothing positive came about. I was reading up on a 3M tape called Scotch VHB (very high bond) tape. I knew about this tape for quite a while, but didn’t understand the correct way to use it. It appears...

07-15-2014 04:30 PM

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...

06-28-2014 08:59 PM

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 ...

06-18-2014 05:23 PM

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...

06-18-2014 12:11 AM

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...

06-17-2014 11:01 PM

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...

06-13-2014 06:15 PM

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?

06-09-2014 07:01 PM

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...

06-04-2014 10:10 PM

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,, 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...

06-04-2014 07:32 PM

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...

06-03-2014 09:24 PM

"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

06-03-2014 05:20 PM

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...

06-02-2014 07:26 PM

How to sharpen a circular saw blade - 4 replies

This is an incredible machine.

06-02-2014 12:31 AM

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....

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