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1022 days ago

Router guide bushing depth - 2 replies

I have made a template for routing a pattern with 1/2 inch ply. However, I have a problem with the router bushing being much longer at nearly 3/4 inch. The bushing is 3/4 in OD and I see that as the OD goes up, so does the bushing depth. My first instinct was to grind the collar down to 1/2 in. The fact that wider bushings are also deeper seems ...

1267 days ago

Replacing power switch on Delta Contractor Saw 36-9XX - 16 replies

The power switch on my table saw, which was quite temperamental from day 1, finally quit on me. I opened it up and the switch internals were just black and fully corroded. Now for the stupid part of this question! In my haste and overconfidence, I memorized the connections and removed the old switch and put in the new switch and brought out the ...

1382 days ago

Buy this RIDGID 6 1/8 In. Stationary Jointer/Planer ? - 9 replies

I have been looking for a long time to buy a decent jointer at a bargain price and unsurprisingly, haven’t had much luck so far. HD has this jointer on sale – only for today – for $300 + tax. Good news is if will be free shipping. What say you? Buy this new jointer at this price or continue to look for a good used jointer? I...

1695 days ago

How do I eliminate snipe from my Delta 22-580 planer - 32 replies

Greetings, A lot of people seem to get snipe from their planers and I really don’t want to ask this question. However, all my attempts to eliminate snipe from my planer have come to naught. I am pretty desperate now and hope there is an LJ who has solved this issue with his/her planer. My planer (Delta 22-580) is pretty new and very ...

1793 days ago

Adjusting miter gauges - 18 replies

I just found out that the stock miter gauge which came with my Delta 36-980 table saw is not aligned perfectly to 90 degrees. I thought there might be some way to adjust it but nothing obvious. The manual simply states that, the gauge has positive stops at 90, 45, 30 and 60 degrees. Can this be fixed or do I junk it and spring for an adjustable ...

1857 days ago

CLR for rust and glue stain removal from table saw top? - 10 replies

I have managed to get a quite a bit of rust and glue stains on my cast iron table saw top. I searched LJ for rust removal topics and followed the procedures but haven’t been able to get rid of them. Sanding it removes it somewhat and also leaves scratches. I think the rust and glue is deeply entrenched in the pores of cast iron and needs ...

1879 days ago

Ideal height for router tables - 5 replies

Hi All, I bought a Rockler router table top and fence recently and I am planning to attach it to either a table or a small cabinet. My question is about the height of router tables. I feel it should be higher than the elbow level but have concerns about fatigue. My question is, what height is your router table at? And, if you were to build...

2135 days ago

Help with table saw problem - 2 replies

My Delta contractor table saw does not start any more. It is less than two years old and used very lightly. Wired for 110V. It was working fine all morning and when I started it again, didn’t start. The socket has power as verified by plugging a fan. I made sure that the motor cable which connects to a socket from the table saw switch ...

2149 days ago

Dust collector noise control - 7 replies

I bought a Delta 50-720 1 HP Dust Collector 650 CFM recently and assembled it together and turned it on. It is so loud that it feels like a jet engine taking off right in my garage. Worse than a regular shop vac. I am wondering if the motor can be shielded for noise (if that is the source of noise). If anyone has any ideas on DC noise control, I...

2263 days ago

Makita Planer - 4 replies

Hi All. I am considering buying a planer. I don’t think I will be using more than a few hundred board feet of lumber in a year. My top three choices are Dewalt DW735, Delta 22-580 and Makita 2012NB. Personally, I am leaning towards the Delta (as it includes the feed tables and GaryK seems to like it a lot!). There are a lot of good rev...

2305 days ago

Dust collection with wet/dry vac - 16 replies

Hi LJs, I don’t have any kind of dust collection system in my garage. The higher powers have issued a directive to “do something about the dust in the garage or else…”. I am thinking of cobbling something together with a wet/dry shop vacuum and looking at a Ridgid or Craftsman 16 gallon shop vac. Right now I only h...

2310 days ago

Chamfer bit with no bearing - 3 replies

I need to cut a flat bottom channel with 45 degree sides. A chamber bit mounted in a router table should be ideal to do this. I cant find any chamfer bits without a bearing tip. Is there such bearing? Also, can I buy one of these bits and remove the bearing and use it? Thanks

2377 days ago

Proper way to store lumber - 10 replies

Hi All, I finally managed to find a good lumber yard about 70 miles from my home. I bought about 110 bft of 4/4 S2S cherry. They are 8 foot boards and range in widths from 5-10 inches and are flat sawn. (I paid $6 and some change per board foot with free delivery. Is that a good price?) The boards look pretty dry to me but I have no way to me...

2380 days ago

Opinions on multi-purpose woodworking machines - 20 replies

Hi All, I happened to see a Shopsmith demo at my local HD today and it got me thinking. So far, I have bought a table saw and a router. I think a planer and a jointer (in that order) are pretty much a necessity for any serious working. A drill press and bandsaw are also on my wish list. But, I was thinking that a Shopsmith would have been ...

2407 days ago

Denali Clamps - are they decent enough to buy? - 7 replies

Hi All, I am looking to buy some clamps of which I am in severe short supply. Amazon has Denali bar clamp bundle and it seems like a really good deal. These are probably not in the same class as Bessey, but then my budget doesn’t permit them :( Does anybody have experience with this brand and are they decent enough? http://www.ama...

2510 days ago

Hand plane selection - Japanese or western - 32 replies

Folks, As a newbie with a limited budget, I am faced with making tough decisions. I don’t have a jointer or planer. I have decided to stick with preparing stock by hand. This is not such a big deal for me as woodworking is more for relaxation and I grew up watching my cousins building traditional furniture with nothing but hand tools. I...

2528 days ago

Lumber buying question - 13 replies

Hi All, I am a rookie wood worker and have a question on lumber that I bought. I just got myself 20 board feet 4/4 of Basswood from Internet Lumber. I got six boards of 84”. Four of them are 5 1/2” and two are 4 1/2”. (4 X 5.5 + 2 X 4.5) X 84 /144 works out to 18 board feet. My question is, do the lumber sellers have any ...


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