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08-11-2018 06:53 PM

Acronyms - 29 replies

We all use acronyms as a substitute for a long drawn out description or a type of tool or manufacturer. Acronyms like RAS (radial arm saw), SS (Saw Stop), CSMS (compound sliding miter saw) are used for very good reasons and most of us know what they mean. But, there are a few acronyms that may escape us now and then. One such acronym that had me...

07-22-2018 04:28 PM

Bandsaw blade for Aluminum - 2 replies

I have been using my 14” bandsaw to cut aluminum using a wood cutting blade. It works, but is slow going. I have also cut aluminum on my table saw using a wood blade, but I have since used an aluminum cutting blade and it cuts like butter. I really need to use the bandsaw for aluminum cutting and wonder if anyone knows of a bandsaw blade t...

07-15-2018 04:53 PM

How to improve your woodworking skills - 7 replies

New woodworkers to this forum ask many beginner questions and that is OK, but here is a tip for all beginners. Nothing helps improve your skills like actual doing. That said, I would suggest a project that will improve your skills going forward. Every shop needs an orderly place for everything. After building your first workbench, start making a...

07-10-2018 08:51 PM

Blades for planes - 4 replies

Does anyone know what kind of steel is used for plane blades? I can make them if I know what steel is used. Can it be HSS, oil hardening or air hardening steel stock? I can use Starrett precision ground steel stock in either grade of hardness. I want to make some new blades for some small planes that have a non-standard blade size.

07-10-2018 05:17 PM

Leg Fabrication - 11 replies

The sketch shows a proposed leg fabrication; it is for a small workbench I’m building. I want to rip the 1×2’s from 2x stock, but I know that it will not be straight once ripped from the mother board. Is there a way to maintain straightness, or will the legs remain straight once glued up?

07-08-2018 06:12 AM

Sharpening jointer blades - 6 replies

Has anyone sharpened their jointer blades by running an oil stone left/right across the knives while it is running? I came across this sharpening method while reading my Powermatic manual. As it is explained, you set the infeed and outfeed tables in line with the blades tip; then lower the outfeed table .003” and run the oil stone across t...

07-02-2018 10:42 PM

Wood shop selling out - 4 replies

Anyone in South Mississippi looking for some good woodworking machinery, this is the place. I suspect most of it is 3 ph .

06-23-2018 11:18 PM

China tariffs - 83 replies

This is not intended to be a controversial, or confrontational post. Please don’t turn it into one. I wonder what will be the impact of the China tariffs on our tools. Will Harbor Freight products suddenly sky rocket in price? Will tariffs on steel and aluminum mean a big increase in the cost of our tools? It is not something I want to ...

06-09-2018 06:14 PM

DRO's on a table saw - 13 replies

Has anyone put a DRO (digital readout) on their table saw or any other machine tool? I have been thinking of putting one on my saw so I can fine tune the fence when ripping. The DRO’s I am looking at don’t cost an arm and a leg; usually under $35 and much less (made in China naturally). They are used on metal working machines and alm...

06-07-2018 10:57 PM

Forrest saw blades - 7 replies

While surfing E-bay, I came across a place that is selling new Forrest Woodworker II, 10” saw blades for $51. This has to be a scam, right?

06-06-2018 03:28 PM

Forum participation - 196 replies

I’ve noticed a drop in participation on these forums. I’m guessing people are going on vacation this time of year.

05-14-2018 03:33 PM

Left vs right hand tools - 10 replies

I have always been curious about how tools were invented and mainly by who. I find there are tools that favor left handed users and the opposite being true for right handed users. A circular saw “Skilsaw” for example seems to favor the LH user because the blade and cut line is visible while hidden to the RH user. Many other tools pos...

05-08-2018 05:04 PM

Cutting plywood sheets with a "Skil" type saw. - 40 replies

I have 4 “Skil” saws and they all share the same fault. It appears to me the “Skil” saw was designed for left handed people. At least this is what it seems when I am cutting across a plywood sheet using a fence as a guide. For example, I want to rip a few inches off the long side of a plywood sheet. The cut length is 96&#...

04-25-2018 04:36 PM

HF must think we are stupid - 43 replies

HF has started adding “brand names” to most of their tools, like Vulcan, Hercules, Zurich, etc. all phoney names. The thought process behind that is the public relates quality to a brand name, like Makita, Stanley, Milwaukee, etc. Then they compare their HF brand to a well known brand. Their only comparison is price and price alone; ...

04-21-2018 03:36 PM

House repair for old people - 10 replies

I wasn’t sure where to post this, but here goes. First off, I am 83 and that means I am no longer able to do all the things I used to do. There will be others on this forum who will share this I’m sure. The soffit, facia and gutters on my house are in deteriorating condition and I need to fix it. I would not be able to work on a l...

04-19-2018 07:50 PM

Question about cordless tool batteries - 1 reply

I have a Makita 12V driver/drill that uses NiMH batteries. 12V NiCd batteries are available for that same D/D. My question: Can I use the same charger that came with the NiMH batteries to charge NiCd batteries?

04-16-2018 07:44 PM

Right tilt saws - 20 replies

What happened! It appears no one is making right tilt table saws anymore. All I see now are left tilt. Personally, I prefer right tilt.

04-05-2018 05:08 PM

New invention - 13 replies

I came up with this idea, but after checking how much it would cost to bring it to market, that idea is now zip. That being the case, I will share it with the public to do what they want with it. My idea is to add an AC adapter to a cordless tool. As we all have experienced, we will be drilling a hole or driving a screw and the battery dies. ...

04-05-2018 04:36 PM

How much will tools made in America cost - 90 replies

In regard to the 25% tariff proposed by President Trump, I wonder how that will affect the cost of tools. If tool manufacturers start making tools again in America, how do you think the price and quality of American made tools will be? I am from the old days when American made tools were the norm. We bought tools and were satisfied with them. I ...

03-26-2018 03:58 PM

Deck preservation - 10 replies

It has been 4 months since I completed the building of my deck. I used PT southern yellow pine in it’s construction and I was waiting for the wood to dry before applying a preservative. I have been checking the dryness of the wood by pouring some water onto the wood; if it gets absorbed, it’s dry; if it puddles on the surface, it is ...

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