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|12-26-2015 08:10 PM||
Cutting aluminum - 15 replies
I have cut aluminum on my table saw using a combination blade with no problems. I now want to do a large amount of aluminum cutting and wonder if a combination blade will hold up for such a purpose, or would it be better to buy a dedicated aluminum cutting blade. P.S. I have to use a table saw. A band saw won’t do what I need done as th...
|10-09-2015 06:58 PM||
What is the value of re-branded tools? - 8 replies
I’m talking about tools that were marketed by stores like Sears and Montgomery Ward. They all sold tools that were made by well known tool makers, like Stanley, Millers Falls and others with the Sears or MW name on them. In many cases, they were identical to the name brands, but may not have had the fine finish of the name brands. In opera...
|09-26-2015 07:41 PM||
Hitachi resaw - 2 replies
Back in around 1980, I came across a Hitachi resaw that cost new $500. It used a 3” wide blade. At the time, it was too expensive for me. Today, I wish I could find one. Does anyone have one and what if so what do you think of it? Ryobi also made them; there is a picture of one in the Mark Duginske band saw book, page 34.
|09-22-2015 07:50 PM||
Edge planing on a surface planer - 17 replies
What is your take on planing edges of boards in a surface planer by standing the board on edge, supported by a jig. This would only be used on boards less than 6” wide (1×6, 2×6).
|09-13-2015 05:55 PM||
Fingers cramp up, legs too. - 14 replies
This is not about clamps (cramps in the UK), but about a problem I am having with cramping in my fingers. You see, when I am working in the shop, I often have to apply much force using my fingers to hold an item, or grip a hand wheel, or any action which requires a strong grip. By the end of the day and when I go to bed, my fingers will “l...
|09-11-2015 04:08 PM||
Remember 9-11 - 1 reply
A silent prayer for the victims of 9-11.
|09-06-2015 06:38 PM||
Invention is the Mother of Necessity - 8 replies
I watched a video by mirock, a LJ from Ukraine. He made a replica tool of one made by Bridge City Tools. I was highly impressed with his ingenuity in using simple tools to make something that would be considered difficult, if not impossible to do without expensive specialized machines. He has jigs and fixtures that I have never seen or imagined....
|09-04-2015 05:55 PM||
Professional vs Amateur - 33 replies
I wonder what percentage of LJ’s are professional. Professionals, who make a living at it have a different agenda from amateurs who do it for pleasure. This difference seems to affect replies made to questions on this forum. Is there a difference or am I imaging it For example, a professional, responding to a question may say “use...
|09-01-2015 06:27 PM||
Definition of a Woodworker - 36 replies
Many people call themselves woodworkers. It is a generic term for anyone who works wood. I work wood, but I don’t consider myself a “woodworker”. Besides working wood, I also do metal working and dabble in stuff like casting metals. I am a DIY’er; have been all my life. I build furniture, but hardly to a craftsman’s...
|08-21-2015 09:50 PM||
"How it's Made" - 2 replies
This is a popular TV show that shows how different things are made. I saw one the other night about how they make powder horns for gun powder. Pretty straight forward; the large end is closed and sealed and a small hole is drilled in the tip of the horn to serve as a spout. The question is: how do they put powder in the horn? The pouring spout s...
|07-05-2015 06:30 PM||
What tools do they use? - 7 replies
I watch several TV programs such as “How it’s Made” and “Modern Marvels” and keep a mental note of the tools they use. I found that most use either Dewalt, Makita or Bosch. Others I was not able to identify. When I brought this up before, I was told the companies were provided the tools by the tool company as free ...
|06-25-2015 05:25 PM||
Surface Planning - 15 replies
I am going to re-saw pine 1/8”+thick. Can I run that through my lunchbox planer to 1/8” thickness without it breaking up?
|06-17-2015 07:50 PM||
Lounge chair for the shop - 1 reply
I came up with this idea today. I have an old Toyota car sitting in the back yard and it is destined to be hauled off to the junk yard, but before that happens, I wanted to pull the front bucket seats out and use them to make a lounge chair. The idea was to mount the seat on a suitable base, either wood or metal. Because the seat has a reclining...
|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. http://www.eaglemachinery-repair.com/
|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.