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03-04-2017 09:53 PM

Cool video: DeWalt RAS's and their role in WWII - 22 replies

I caught this on YouTube the other day. Well worth the 24 minutes to watch it, IMHO. How great would it be to have one of these original DeWalt RAS’s ? I’m just going to have to be satisfied with my 1956 … safely in storage ;-) View on YouTube OR: I still think of y’all … all...

10-25-2012 04:22 PM

NBeener ... checking in ;-) - 61 replies

Hi, LumberJocks !!! It’s been a while. I know. I was hoping to update you all, and let you know that I’m settled … things are good … I’m setting up my new shop … and un-crating my SawStop. Sadly, I can’t say that. Well … I COULD, but …. ;-) The bulk of the legal stuff is behind ...

04-27-2012 03:39 PM

I NEED HELP - 110 replies

I mentioned this once before, but … Nothing’s gotten better. Everything’s gotten worse. I cannot get my health back. I’m out of money, ideas, and energy to try. I am humbly and sincerely asking each of you to take a couple of minutes and read the whole story. My neighbors, my neighborhood, and my city … ...

03-30-2012 09:45 PM

Woodsmith Shop Adjustable Router Dado Jig - 15 replies

THE PLANS Will be starting my vanity storage cabinet project, soon. Wasn’t satisfied with the clamping straight edge guide solution for routing dados in panels, so … I decided to build the Woodsmith Shop boys’ little jig. It’s a few layers of 1/4” hardboard. I used scrap QSWO for the cleats that’ll squ...

03-02-2012 04:42 PM

Square feet - your shop vs. your home - 64 replies

I figure my shop is probably 12.5% the size of my home (living + basement). What’s yours ? Rhetorical question. So … if this guy used only the same % of square feet for HIS shop, how big would IT be ? Yes … it’s a house made from a dumpster. Berkely, California. Where else ? ;-) Whaddya’ think...

02-09-2012 08:47 PM

HVLP - Spraying Lacquer - Inside ?? - 26 replies

Hey, All …. As usual, I’m reaching out to this vast wealth of knowledge, assembled here :-) I’ve completed my Shaker-inspired Hall Table, out of beetle-kill pine: Yep. A leg warped, after glue-up. Gonna’ live with it … at least for now ;-) My mother was kind enough to buy me the Harbor ...

01-12-2012 08:35 PM

CraigsList score - Droid - 30 replies

I’ve had one eye out (it’s okay. I have six or eight eyes, altogether) for a used ShopVac, for quite a while. I want to dedicate one as DC for the RAS, the CMS, and the band saw. Last night, I checked CL, and saw an ad posted only minutes before. A barely-if-ever used, 6.5HP, 16Gal, stainless steel ShopVac, with built-in dolly,...

11-17-2011 08:09 PM

Cutting down a kitchen cabinet - 18 replies

My friends got a new fridge, AND wanted to yank the laminate countertop, and install granite tile. I volunteered to help. The countertop thing is moving along swimmingly. The fridge is probably 1/2” too tall for the space under the upper cabinet. They figured it might be. All the upper cabinet tops are at the same level on the...

07-09-2011 08:08 PM

Cleaning up .... YOU - 54 replies

My shop’s in the basement, but … the more I thought about it … the more I realized … pretty much no matter where your shop is … you CAN’T just come in the house without doing something about the 4% of a tree you’ve still got on your shoes, your clothes, your hair, in your ears, your nose, your navel, etc...

06-28-2011 12:28 AM

Laying out my new shop - 57 replies

Looks like LOML and I are having a new house built. Should be moving in about 4-6 months. This is a good thing ! My shop will be a basement shop—no walk-out, so … access by the stairs. Full basement with 9’ ceilings. We’ll likely just have the builder build out the shop, during construction. The space that len...

04-28-2011 04:58 PM


For those who didn’t know … a tornado swept through Alabama, over the last 48hrs, killing hundreds and devastating the landscape: THE STORY I talked to Emergency Services who told me that …. Grizzman’s TOWN is okay, but … couldn’t reach him, directly. Charles ??? Other Alabama LumberJocks ?? Are...

04-19-2011 04:40 PM

The TRUE Value of USED Woodworking Books - 30 replies

Today, I was flipping through my eight dollar copy of R. Bruce Hoadley’s “Understanding Wood—” a “must read,” in my opinion—when THIS fell out: I’m told that—once I get it authenticated—it’s worth “upwards of $350-400.” A truly valuable woodworking book, indeed

03-17-2011 04:54 AM

Was this one of the Spice Girls ?? - 40 replies

Was there … WAS there a Bosch Spice ??? I can’t be sure. Okay … so … over a month ago … I indulged in the VERY dangerous activity of Retail Therapy—chasing the blues away by buying yourself something. I try not to succumb to it often, but … hey … I’m human. And … only somet...

03-14-2011 10:46 PM

Wooden hinges ?? - 46 replies

I’m working on a box. So far … ... The joinery is dovetails (came out fair-to-good)... Primary wood is walnut... Secondary woods are...... QSWO (lid panel)...... Brazilian Cherry (veneer, on the base), that I’ll either put a router profile on, or just sand to a nice curve I cut splines, and used keys (in the same wood ...

02-21-2011 08:58 PM

Consolidated Omnibus Shop Maintenance Schedule - ???? - 12 replies

Just thought of this … again … and was going to tack it on to the thread about cleaning planer rollers. But …. Anybody done ANYTHING like this ???? Anybody have any thoughts about it, or … have any other thoughts about how to make sure you stay current with these things ? Anybody else just … wait until som...

02-08-2011 11:16 PM

The 1956 DeWalt MBF RAS quasi-restoration project: parts is parts - 59 replies

And here they be. From top left, going clockwise: Forrest Woodworker I, TCG, .100” Kerf, 60t, 8” blade (Forrest)Anti-kickback pawls (Wolfe Machinery)RollerHead bearings (Wolfe)Motor bearings (Wolfe)Coiled, 14ga, 3-wire cord (motor to frame) (Grainger)14ga, 3-wire power cord (frame to wall) (Grainger)Gates radiator hose (will cu...

02-06-2011 10:41 PM

R-A-S-p-e-c-t: Mister Sawdust ? Your table is ready. - 24 replies

I know. I screwed up. I ran the bar stock width-wise, instead of length-wise. I make a fair number of dumb mistakes (LOL !). This was simply one of them. But … it’s pre-sanded, hardwood plywood, so I’m not all that worried about warping. And … if it does warp, I have enough materials left to make a...

01-29-2011 01:36 AM

$110, well spent ! - 33 replies

$75 for three oak cabinets – CraigsList$35 for a sheet of 3/4” MDF – Depot + sweat equity = I pushed the cabinets all the way together, after the picture was taken. Decided it looked better. Thanks for stopping by :-)

01-28-2011 06:18 AM

Loan me your pickup truck ??? - 9 replies [No. I’m not serious, and I’m not going to look at it … but …. it WOULD be pretty cool :-)]

01-15-2011 01:25 AM

Gloat: 1956 DeWalt Radial Arm Saw - 55 replies

I just ping’d CraigsList, and saw an ad for this 1956 DeWalt RAS. A hundred bucks. A hundred bucks. A HUNDRED BUCKS I bought it. Pick it up, tomorrow, at 10am. I’ve honestly NEVER used an RAS, and NEVER refurb’d any old iron. Guess I’ll be over at OWWM, soon. Any advice ?? I understand the early DeWal...

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