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|1 day ago||
Layout tool - 0 replies
Here is a tool I made for laying out dimensions on sheet goods with greater accuracy than a tape measure can deliver. To use it, you start from one edge and adjust the caliper until you get the dimension you want. You then scribe a mark at the end of the tool. When larger dimensions are needed, adding flat bars in increments of 6R...
|1 day ago||
A Tip for HF shoppers - 7 replies
This is not a HF bash. I buy things there all the time and I’m not going into the pros and cons of their tools. Like many, we all get HF sales flyers in the mail on a routine basis. Some toss them, but I keep them up until the time their sale expires; then I use them to start my barbecue. The latest on-line flyer has a “professional ...
|10 days ago||
Wood cars - 10 replies
I have seen a few automobiles (full size) made of wood on a metal chassis. Some of these are absolute works of art. I was wondering if there is a website for those who build cars from wood. There is still one car maker who builds cars from wood with a sheet metal overlay. (Morgan). It would seem that there would be a lot of interest from woodwor...
|20 days ago||
Where do you get your tools? - 32 replies
I have been watching a series on TV of “how its made”. Recently, they have been following the making of exotic cars, like Ferrari, Bentley, Audi, etc. I noticed that the portable tools they were using were Makita, Dewalt and Bosch. This would indicate to me the quality of those tools. I don’t think you would find Skil, Ryobi o...
|25 days ago||
HF DC - 5 replies
I finally got my HF 1-1/2 horse dust collector up and running. I scrapped most of it and kept only the motor/fan assembly. I have it hooked up to my cabinet saw and blowing to the outdoors by way of a chip separator barrel. Since most of the sawdust is fine, not much settles in the barrel. There seems to be too much suction resulting in a lot of...
|29 days ago||
Making wedges - 5 replies
What is the best way to make wood wedges that I want to use to clamp wood together? They need to be small and I need to use around 10 at a time.
|48 days ago||
I need a new air compressor - 16 replies
I need a new air compressor. NO oil-less compressors need apply. I know there are hundreds of air compressors out there, but the main requirement; it has to be QUIET. I have a belt driven Ingersol Rand that fits the QUIET requirement, but I gave it to my son. I don’t need the capacity. My requirements are: adequate for pin, brad and staple...
|63 days ago||
Why are dado blades considered unsafe? - 58 replies
I keep hearing people say dado blades are dangerous, but never heard the reason why. I use a dado blade all the time and have never felt that by doing so, I was placing myself in danger. If there is something I don’t know, please enlighten me.
|64 days ago||
Is Sawstop the last word? - 74 replies
We have the Sawstop, but what have the Euro saw makers done in the field of safety. I’m certain they take safety very seriously. Maybe they have something better than Sawstop???
|65 days ago||
Cost vs performance - 28 replies
I would really like to read reviews of tools with no mention of the cost. Mentioning cost automatically prejudices the reader against a particular brand. Of course cost is a factor, but I feel it would be more constructive to judge a tool by it’s good and bad features. Once you find a tool that meets your requirements, then you can check t...
|66 days ago||
Yet another box joint jig - 22 replies
Here is another box joint jig. This one uses a piece of wood that has 1/4” holes drilled accurately through as shown in two rows. It is screwed to your miter gauge. Each row is used to cut starting pins or follow pins. A piece of 1/4” steel (or brass) rod is used to index for each cut. A hardwood will give best results when drilling ...
|69 days ago||
Simple Box Joint Jig - 1 reply
Here is a ¼” box joint jig that is a bit unconventional. To use:1. Attach a piece of 2x material to the miter gauge.2. When you know the width of the material you want to cut a box joint in,3. Set the material, right side against the dado blade.4. Set the stop block against the left side of the material5. Start with a ¼” spacer to...
|70 days ago||
Baileigh Tools - 4 replies
I know very little about Baileigh machine tools, other than what I read in their catalogs. The company is a relative newcomer (1999). They appear to be a similar company to Jet and Grizzly. I don’t know the cost of their tools, but it would appear they would be close to Jet and higher than Grizzly. I have not seen any reviews in any of the...
|72 days ago||
Comparison of Three woodworking forums - 16 replies
I did an impromptu comparison of interests on three woodworking forums and I found the following breakdown between wood related topics and tools. Lumber Jocks: tools 49%; wood 51%Wood Magazine: tools 24%; wood 76%Woodworkers Journal: tools 39%; wood 61% It would appear from this comparison that Lumber Jocks is pretty much equally divided, ...
|76 days ago||
Saw Push Sticks - 4 replies
I use wood push sticks to push stock past the blade when ripping. One size stick doesn’t fit all. Sometimes I need to rip strips as thin as 1/8” and my push stick is 1/2” thick. That results in trashing a 1/2” stick. Using a piece of 2×4x 8” long , cut the shape of the push stick on the bandsaw, you can then...
|80 days ago||
Safety with Power Tools - 0 replies
Check my blog, “Safety with Power Tools”.
|84 days ago||
To all Lumber Jocks - 13 replies
I have been involved in many woodworking forums (and some metal ones as well). I have found that Lumber Jocks has been the best forum I have been involved in. I’ve been a member for several years now and intend to remain so. I’m getting along in years now; I’ll be 79 next month. I love to work in my shop as I have for the past ...
|86 days ago||
Update on Starrett Woodpecker band saw blade - 0 replies
I set up the fence a little more carefully this time keeping it parallel to the blade. I cut 3-1/4” thick SYP into 1/4” strips. There was no blade drift. Measurements at one end to the other didn’t vary by more than .003”. Not bad for a Ridgid band saw. I didn’t try resawing anything in the 6 to 10” range bec...
|87 days ago||
How to smooth wood that has been re-sawn? - 24 replies
I resaw some wood on the bandsaw into strips that are 9/32” thick. Because of their rough surface, how do I get a finished 1/4” thickness. I don’t have a drum sander, but I do have a surface planer. I’m not sure if 9/32” is thick enough to get 1/4” finish using a planer. If I go with 5/16” resaw, it woul...
|90 days ago||
Review of Starrett band saw blade - 0 replies
I bought this blade a year ago and just now getting around to using it. At first glance, you cannot see where the ends were joined. It is a 1/2”, 3-tooth blade sold under the name “Woodpecker”. You have to order them and have them welded to the length you require; in my case, 105”. I mounted it on a 14” Rigdid BS; ...