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05-20-2015 08:14 PM

Wood filler - 8 replies

I went to buy some wood filler the other day and was shocked at the price of the stuff; so I decided to try and make my own using fine sawdust and glue. Do you have a ratio for the amount of glue/sawdust to use? This is to fill small cracks and gouges in soft wood. I would have tried Bondo, but the can I have is very old and the hardener is prob...

05-03-2015 04:25 PM

Are things better now than a hundred years ago? - 10 replies

Many years ago in this country, machinery makers built machines of high quality. Although these makers are no longer in business, their machines still exist and are still being used today. Trying to compare them with today’s machine offerings is like comparing apples to oranges. I still have several machines that were made almost 75 years ...

04-23-2015 06:14 PM

Dewalt battery packs - 4 replies

The battery contacts in my my Dewalt 18 volt drill/driver get corroded so that there is intermittent contact causing the drill to run/stop/run over and over. Is there a way to clean those contacts inside the drill and at the battery contacts?

04-21-2015 09:44 PM

Oliver Machinery building burns down - 1 reply

I came across this link reporting the destruction of the Oliver Machinery building.

04-19-2015 09:00 PM

Marking and layout - 9 replies

When laying out lines on wood, how do you compensate for the thickness of your pencil line? If you are using a marking knife, no problem, but sometimes you need to make a mark without scribing into the wood. If I strike a line with a marking knife and then draw a line with a pencil, the distance between the scribed line and the pencil line can b...

04-14-2015 08:03 PM

RAS vs Table Saw - 10 replies

There has been much discussion here and on other forums about the safety of RAS’s. Many feel the RAS is very unsafe. I have both types of saws and use them both. I do most of my crosscutting on the RAS and ripping on the table saw. In the past, I have used the RAS to make miter/ rip cuts, before I got a table saw. From a safety issue, I fi...

04-09-2015 06:08 PM

Need air hose - 6 replies

I’m looking for an air hose for my nail guns. I have a retractable plastic hose, but it isn’t flexible enough. If I stretch it out, the force that wants to retract the hose is very high. Anyone know of a flexible light weight hose.? It doesn’t have to be retractable.

04-05-2015 06:05 PM

Question for multi tool users - 21 replies

I’m looking for a way to cut openings in 1/16” aircraft plywood. The openings must be square and vary from 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” to 6” x 2”. I’m thinking a multi tool could be used, but have never used one. Is a multi tool easy to control to make the cut, or will it grab and make a messy cut? The openings need...

03-27-2015 04:30 PM

Nobody is Perfect - 10 replies

The title says it all, but I will add: “We should always work toward being perfect”, although we will never reach it. I hear so many people say; “it’s good enough”. It’s never just good enough. If you work for a passing grade, that’s what you may get. If you work for an “A”, you may not get a...

03-14-2015 06:42 PM

Unusual behavior - 6 replies

I am sitting at my computer and when I stare out the open door into my parking area, there is a small bird that keeps fluttering around the side mirror of my pickup. It then flutters around the window as if to want to get in. Does anyone know why this is happening?

02-28-2015 04:59 PM

New Forum Topic - 15 replies

I think it is about time to create a separate forum for Sawstop.

02-25-2015 04:23 PM

Sanding after sealer application - 1 reply

If the project I am building has been sanded and sealed with a sanding sealer, and if I go over it with a 400 grit sandpaper to remove the fuzz, how much can I sand before the sanding sealer is removed? In other words, how deep does the sealer penetrate the wood? (pine in this case)

02-03-2015 09:05 PM

Finish for Baby Crib - 5 replies

I need to finish a baby crib I made from pine. Is there any finish I should be concerned about using due to it being for a baby?I was thinking about; first a wash coat of shellac, followed by light sanding; second, 2 coats of an oil base stain and third a satin coat of polyurethane varnish.

02-03-2015 08:22 PM

Expensive hand tools - 35 replies

When speaking about high quality hand tools like planes and chisels, Lie Nielsen’s name pops up. They are expensive and out of reach to most woodworkers of moderate means. Two other tool companies are hardly ever mentioned in polite company. They are Bridge City Tool Works and St James Bay Tool Works. Has anyone ever bought anything from t...

02-01-2015 06:21 PM

Dowel tenoning jig - 2 replies

I needed a way to cut tenons on the end of 5/8” wood dowels, so I came up with this jig. I could have drilled a 5/8” dia. hole instead of the 5/8×5/8 square slot, but the dowels were not perfectly 5/8 dia. I cut the slot a little oversize so the dowel would rotate without binding. I clamped the jig to the router table and used a...

01-25-2015 06:26 PM

Stanley video - 1 reply

Watch this video at your own peril. It will drive you crazy.

01-24-2015 05:47 PM

Harbor Freight different model numbers? - 5 replies

I’m sure anyone who has looked at the HF catalogs, sees 2 or even 3 tools, same tool, same price, but different item numbers. The reviews may be different for either tool. Take for example the 10” sliding miter saw; one has rave reviews and the other not so. I have been in the situation where I wanted the tool with the best review, b...

01-19-2015 11:42 PM

Pop-ups - 3 replies

Why am I getting all these underlined in blue popups and how do I get rid of them. They are most annoying.

01-14-2015 04:11 PM

Sharpening Bandsaw Blades - 14 replies

Is it worth sharpening bandsaw blades? I have all the tools to sharpen anything that cuts, or would it be just a waste of time considering the cost of a new blade?

01-08-2015 08:01 PM

Tools used by industry - 19 replies

I watch several TV programs. Among them are the DIY type programs like “This Old House”; “How it’s Made; “Factory Made”, etc. I have noticed that the tools they are using are usually Dewalt, Milwaukee or Makita. I realize a show like This Old House gets their tools free from the company that makes them as part...

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