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02-11-2018 02:07 AM

Toy making - 9 replies

I’m planning on making some wooden toys and need to know what finish I can use that is “child safe”, both paint and clear finish.

01-22-2018 06:32 PM

Non-carbide saw blades - 12 replies

I have a few 10” saw blades, non-carbide that I will never use. What can I do with them? I was thinking of making scraper blades from them, but don’t know if the steel used is good enough for that. Does anyone know what type/grade of steel is used for saw blades?

01-12-2018 08:03 PM

Habitat for Humanity - 8 replies

Habitat for Humanity, (H-H) was founded by former President Carter to provide homes for the poor. In areas around the country where H-H operates, Restores have been set up to allow the public to buy surplus building materials and many other items like furniture, appliances, lighting fixtures, etc. I went to the one in my area, (Gulfport, Ms) and...

01-07-2018 06:24 PM

Clear pine in 2x4's - 4 replies

Is it possible to find 2×4’s in clear pine or southern yellow pine with no knots or at most a few pin knots? It is readily available in 1x, but I can’t find it in 2x. I have a project that requires the wood surfaces to be smooth (sliding fit).

01-01-2018 08:12 PM

Woodworking Projects for 2018 - 15 replies

I am planning on building/rebuilding some power tool work stands to make my shop more efficient. Although I have a 1200 SF shop, I want all my tools to be moveable with the exception of my cabinet saw and RAS. I propose to incorporate a small DC within the base of each power tool. The DC I now have will only service my saw. I’m looking at ...

01-01-2018 07:26 PM

Too cold to work - 19 replies

I was able to finish building a workstand for my new oscillating spindle sander on Saturday, 12-24-2017 just in time before the temperature around here turned to below freezing. It will remain this cold for the rest of the week and I will be confined to the warm house until then. Imagine temperatures in the teens in S. Mississippi; almost unhear...

12-29-2017 07:16 PM

Harbor Freight image - 41 replies

What’s with the new HF labeling of their products? They are now giving “brand names” to most of their products. Previously they only had a few “brand names”, like Badlands, Pittsburg, Central Machinery, Predator, U.S. General, etc. Now new “brand names” have popped up, like Hercules, Yukon, Vulcan, Vikin...

12-29-2017 05:53 PM

Magnetic switches - 4 replies

My 3 HP saw runs off 220 V and uses a magnetic starter. Magnetic switches are available for 110 V tools. Why are magnetic switches not provided on all 110 V tools. A magnetic switch or starter is a safety device to prevent a tool from restarting automatically once power has been interrupted. It would seem that it would be mandated by OSHA. Any 1...

12-27-2017 05:29 PM

Magnetic starter - 6 replies

Are there any magnetic starters available in 110 volts, similar to the magnetic starters on 220 volt?

12-26-2017 07:54 PM

Why am I being blocked by Horizontal Mike? - 8 replies

I was going to reply to a thread posted by Horizontal Mike and found I was being blocked.

12-20-2017 07:58 PM

Collins lunchbox planer - 4 replies

I bought this benchtop planer about 15-20 years ago. It has worked pretty good all that time, but the other day, I tried to use it and flipped the switch; NOTHING. I checked all the obvious things, but could not find why it won’t work. I searched online, but could not find any mention of a Collins planer. I’m guessing it was built by...

12-06-2017 07:25 PM

Unisaw vs other saws - 38 replies

I have heard the original Unisaw of the late 30’s was the standard for all saw to come. I acknowledge it is a great saw, but how does it compare with all other saws both past and present? Aside from features, what make it any better than modern saws? Comparing a Unisaw with saw “A”,”B” or “C”, Is there a...

12-06-2017 07:02 PM

Plywood, now and then - 11 replies

I recently came across some 3/4” DF plywood, grade A/C that was in my shop. It has to be at least 50 years old. It is 7 ply and a full 3/4” thick. The plywood is remarkably sound with no warping or delamination. Compared to what you can buy today, it is still usable in any project requiring quality plywood. The piece I have is 18R...

12-03-2017 06:16 PM

Nasty and rude replies to posts - 62 replies

I have been a member of this forum for many years now and have noticed an increase in replies which are rude and sometimes downright nasty. I’m thinking it’s due to the far left in this country coming out of the woodwork. People who would not comment all of a sudden are coming out to criticize anything and everything as if they were ...

11-05-2017 07:08 PM

RAS's and SCMS's - 14 replies

Before sliding compound miter saws(SCMS), there were radial arm saws(RAS). Miter saws then added rails so the head could slide rather than to just cut on the “chop” stroke. It now resembles the RAS, except for the “chop” feature. Why is it said to pull the head forward, then put in the chop position and then push the blad...

10-28-2017 05:16 PM

Learning about Tools and other things - 3 replies

When I was growing up, magazines like Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Mechanics Illustrated and Science and Mechanics were the only magazines sold on the news stand and that is where I got my interest in all things mechanical. They had articles on woodworking, fixing your car, building electronic devices, etc. Today only PS and PM survive, b...

10-26-2017 08:51 PM

The value of forums like these - 13 replies

I have to declare these forums are very valuable; not just Lumberjocks, but all forums. I say this because when I think back 40 or more years ago, when you were looking for advise, ideas, recommendations, etc. you either went to the public library or your local hardware. Hardware stores back then were treasure troves of information. The clerk wa...

10-24-2017 05:00 PM

I have finished my deck....... - 10 replies

...and am now looking to finish/preserve it. The deck boards are pressure treated southern pine. They are wet with the recent downpours. What is the best way to preserve it? I was thinking Thompson’s water seal and a stain. Should I wait for the wood to dry out before applying any finish/preservative and if so how long until it’...

10-19-2017 04:58 PM

Deck construction - 3 replies

I wasn’t sure where to post this so I ask here. I’m building a deck and I have framed it all up ready for the floor boards. I stretched a string across the joists and found 2 or 3 joists are way out of line. In other words, they have a crook. I want to remove them and either reverse them so the crook faces up (bow) or replace them wi...

10-17-2017 02:05 AM

Wood competition in Japan - 6 replies

I found this video on you tube; totally amazing. Turn up the sound.

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