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2 days ago

Dado vs Router - 15 replies

There are two ways to make a groove in wood; a dado blade on a table saw and a straight bit in a router, either hand held or in a table. Some like to use the router for this job, but the problems that can happen has made the dado blade my tool of choice.With the variation in thickness of both plywood and solid wood, a router bit rarely cuts a pe...

5 days ago

Festool - 2 replies

For those of you who can’t afford Festool, a TV program called “Ask This Old House”, features their use by the hosts.

5 days ago

Tool Repair - 7 replies

Has anyone ever tried to order repair parts for any HF tools? I usually consider them “throw-a-ways”, but curious all the same. Most of their tools come with complete parts lists. I’ve ordered repair parts for other brands, like Makita and Bosch; no problems.

8 days ago

Hammer H3 table saw - 10 replies

I just watched a promo video for the Hammer H3 saw and it was very impressive indeed. This is a new model that is selling in the 3-4000$ range. What makes this saw different is it now comes in single phase and can accomodate a dado blade. I already have a Jet cabinet saw, so I’m not in the market, but if I were, this saw would be #1 on my ...

9 days ago

The government is stealing my water - 7 replies

In the area where I live, the utility district is drilling into the aquafer that runs under my property and others as well. I have a well that supplies my water and the UD is going to sell me back my own water at a cost of $15 per month. Is there anything I can do to stop this theft? Everyone in my area is on well water with no complaints. Th...

17 days ago

A great TV commercial - 1 reply

I don’t get excited by TV commercials often, but the one for GEICO how the Egyptian pyramides were a mistake makes me laugh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxUXcLz1Kes

28 days ago

Do I really need "K" body clamps? - 13 replies

Although I do have some Bessey K body clamps, I rarely use them. When I need a clamp, I usually reach for a Jorgerson F clamp and even a HF F clamp. The K clamps I have are 50” and they are heavy. I like the F clamps because they are lighter to handle. I don’t see why I need the 1000# clamping power of the Besseys. Anyone else have t...

32 days ago

Tool Bashing - 17 replies

Sawstop would probably take 1st place when it comes to pros and cons. People on both sides are passionate with their opinions regarding this tool. I doubt that anything more than a stalemate will ever happen. This is NOT another SS thread. Another topic of interest has recently risen into our consciousness; Harbor Freight. Just a short while bac...

34 days ago

Cutting Wedges on the Table Saw - 9 replies

I needed to make some small wedges ¾” thick, so I came up with a way to make them on the table saw. As shown by the sketch, the 1st rip cut is made and the whole thing is flipped with the cut off piece reattached using double stick tape and then the 2nd rip cut is made resulting in a triangular piece about 12” long. ¾” thick pieces are then cut ...

37 days ago

New Air Compressor from Dewalt - 3 replies

I bought the California Air Tools quiet air compressor and am happy with it so far. Now along comes the Dewalt A/C that claims 71 db noise level. I might have opted for the Dewalt, but I bet it costs a lot more than my CAT A/C. I will be curious to know more about this new tool.

43 days ago

Festool Circular Saw Blades - 6 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...

44 days ago

Thinking outside the Box - 2 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. ...

44 days ago

Want to hear a bummer? - 4 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...

50 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...

51 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...

52 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...

54 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...

77 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.

91 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....

99 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...

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