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113 days ago

Will spindle sanding mess up my drill press? - 25 replies

Hello, folks. I find I have a need to do some curved sanding. I want to get a set of sanding drums that I can chuck into my drill press. Probably the Delta kit or a knock off of it. My drill press is an old but very solid bench top Craftsman drill press. My very kind and wise cousin gave it to me a couple of years ago. I mentioned to h...

118 days ago

Please assist me in interpreting these plans - 29 replies

I want to build the chair described in this web site: http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/2013/07/free-diy-furniture-plans-build-francine-dining-chair I know that to most of you this looks simple but this is the first time I’ve actually cut anything curved. Curves are why I recently got my bandsaw. I’ve attached the image ...

122 days ago

Where is a straight edge supposed to be straight? - 41 replies

Hi all. I just got my 36” Veritas/Lee Valley straightedge today. After looking at the straight edge it looks like it’s bent slightly at one end. I checked it against the cast iron wings on my table saw. When I put the straightedge “wide side down” on the table it rocks noticeably. But I think it’s straight on...

123 days ago

Anyone used Matador sandpaper? - 3 replies

I’ve done some poking around the web and have found a brand of sandpaper called “Matador” that has sheets in 3,000 and 5,000 grits. I’m curious about this stuff for possible use in finishing and tool sharpening. Has anyone heard of it or used it? Is it any good in comparison to say, 3M or Norton? Thanks.

124 days ago

What lubricants should I use on my machines? - 20 replies

This is something that I’ve wondered about for a while. But looking at the rack and pinion components on my bandsaw got me yet more curious. Most of the moving parts on my machines need lubrication of some kind. My initial response was to use 3 in 1 oil or WD-40. The problem is that these attract sawdust like crazy and tend to ultima...

126 days ago

Can I smooth a cast iron surface? - 25 replies

I was looking at the cast iron base on my Delta benchtop mortiser (the 14-651 to be precise) and noticing the machining marks on it. They’re quite visible and you can even feel them a little. I checked the surface with a straight edge and it appears to be flat. So there’s no problem with usability. But the marks annoy me. Wh...

127 days ago

My initial thoughts on the Grizzly G0555LX band saw - 6 replies

Please note: This is NOT a proper review of the tool. I know that many people are getting their tax refunds and that Grizzly has been sending out 10% off coupons to some folks. It occurred to me that people may be looking at getting a band saw. I just got this saw. I haven’t worked with it long enough to be able to give it a fair ...

127 days ago

Why do all these jigs look like copies of each other? - 11 replies

I got the Rockler table saw tenon jig a few months ago. Yes, yes. I know many of you think buying pre made jigs is stupid. When I was searching for information about the jig I discovered this jig is like a Cylon-there are many copies. What appears to be the exact same jig is also marketed by Delta, Jet, Grizzly, and Woodcraft. And proba...

129 days ago

Is quartersawn sycamore stable? - 10 replies

I just bought some sycamore at the lumber store. I haven’t worked with it before. This sycamore is quartersawn. From poking around the web a bit it appears that flatsawn sycamore is extremely unstable. What about quartersawn? I know that quartersawn lumber of any species tends to be more stable than flatsawn. But if sycamore is ver...

131 days ago

Requesting help with the Work Sharp WS3000 Wide Blade Attachment - 5 replies

I was thinking of posting a fairly negative review of this accessory for the WS3000. But I thought I should at least make a good effort to correct the problems I’m running into. I love my WS3000. I’ve had it for a couple of years now. For my smaller blades and chisels it works beautifully. I wanted to be able to use the Work...

131 days ago

Curiosity about straight edges and metal - 45 replies

This post is largely just for the sake curiosity. I know very little about metal working or the manufacturing of metal items. But I bet some folks on Lumberjocks do. I’ve been looking at getting a better straight edge (or straightedge, I don’t know which is correct) to help me check the alignment of my bandsaw wheels and for o...

139 days ago

Seeking some advice on bandsaw blades - 14 replies

My Grizzly G0555 bandsaw should be arriving within a week or so. This will be my first bandsaw. I know I’ll need to get some blades for the thing. Probably two or three. First thing off, the blade length listed in the manual is 93 and 1/2 inches. Does that mean I can only use blades of that exact length? What are some good blade ...

145 days ago

Thoughts on the Grizzly G0555LX vs the G0555 bandsaw? - 6 replies

I think I’m going to be getting one of the G0555 series bandsaws. This will be my first bandsaw and I’m not terribly familiar with the things. Before I actually buy the thing I have some questions I was hoping I could pose to you fine folks. First, I’m looking at the specs on the G0555LX (Deluxe bandsaw) and the G0555 (ult...

146 days ago

What are cool blocks? - 11 replies

Once my tax returns come in I might be getting the Grizzly G0555 bandsaw. From what I’ve read it seems there are a lot more upgrades/accessories needed on a bandsaw than a table saw. I keep seeing references to some product called cool blocks. People seem to find them every necessary but I have no idea what they are or what they do. ...

148 days ago

Painting poplar - 14 replies

Hi guys. I’m going to be doing my first project that I paint. I’m making a simple outdoor bench out of poplar. My only painting experience is painting the house with my folks. Which consisted of slathering on latex paint with a brush. I’ve read some stuff online that says poplar is difficult to paint. Is this true? What...

203 days ago

Recommendations for finishing walnut? - 14 replies

Cripes, it’s been a while since I posted…. I picked up some walnut today. It’s…. rustic (i.e. got more than a few knots, etc.) but it’s mostly dark heartwood and I think I can cut out most of the sapwood. This is my first time working with walnut and I’d like some suggestions for a pleasing to the eye f...

241 days ago

Purpleheart smell - 8 replies

Like many I’m throwing together cutting boards for possible Christmas gifts. And I had some questions about purpleheart. When I’ve worked with purpleheart I’ve noticed than when I saw it and sometimes when I sand the wood smells like moldy cheese. It isn’t pleasant. But it fades pretty quickly and doesn’t come...

242 days ago

The morality of buying wood - 84 replies

I’ve been thinking about something for a while and I was curious to see what opinion’s you guys might have. The store where I get my lumber (Crosscut Hardwoods in Portland, OR) recently put out some Gabon ebony for sale. It’s small, irregularly shaped pieces. It’s also $136 a board foot. Needless to say I won’...

245 days ago

Boiling tung oil - 10 replies

I’ve had this idea kicking around in my head for a few days. I suspect I’m barking up the wrong tree but I wanted to throw it out there and see what others think. “Boiled” linseed oil isn’t actually boiled. It’s got metallic driers (Japan drier, I think) in it. But I think it’s called boiled linsee...

247 days ago

Lacquer damage - 13 replies

First off, I apologize for the pictures. It was devilishly hard to get a picture of the damaged areas and I don’t think it turned out so well. I just got a coffee table to my girlfriend. I finished the table with Deft gloss brushing lacquer. I put on several coats. After the last coat I let it sit for a couple of weeks. Then I rubb...

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