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01-28-2013 07:53 PM

Could we please get a forum for Joinery? - 18 replies

I don’t want to clutter up the site with too many categories. But does anyone else think it would be useful to have a forum for joinery? Where we could swap information on various joints and methods?

01-20-2013 11:32 AM

How are you coping with the cold? - 23 replies

The winter has put a real damper on my woodworking. But I’m not willing to just stop and wait for spring. For those of you with unheated/uninsulated shops I’m curious as to how others are coping with the cold? I quickly discovered that wood glue doesn’t work in the cold. What I’ve started using instead is epoxy. ...

01-12-2013 05:27 AM

Checking for table saw blade straightness - 51 replies

I’m trying to make sure the blade on my table saw is accurate in the 0 degree (straight) position in relation to the table. It came pretty straight but it looked a little off to me. So I recently got the Wixey digital angle gauge (the 365 model). And I’ve had one of these 6” engineer’s squares for some time: http://w...

01-10-2013 07:27 AM

Polishing jointer tables - 9 replies

I had an idea and I thought I’d run it by you folks. The infeed and outfeed tables on my jointer are nice and flat. But the machined top isn’t quite as smooth as I would like. I was thinking of polishing up the tables with high grit sandpaper. Probably start at 600 and work my way to 2,500. Using mineral spirits as a lubrica...

01-06-2013 07:29 AM

Can a link belt replace a ribbed belt? - 6 replies

I’ve got some Power Twist link belt I’d like to use. But the belt I would be replacing is a ribbed rubber belt. The pulley is ribbed and does not have…. sides. I think they are called flanges. There are grooves cut into the pulley and the ribs on the belt fit into them. I tried a quick test and the link belt didn’t...

01-04-2013 11:09 AM

Which of these would be better for end grain? - 22 replies

I’m thinking of picking up a new block plane for working on end grain. My Stanley Sweetheart block plane is pretty good but… it sucks on end grain. I can get some end grain work done with my Veritas jack plane but not much. I was looking at these: The Veritas low angle block plane:

01-04-2013 01:49 AM

How do I prevent SawStop misfires? - 110 replies

I’m probably going to get the SawStop contractor saw tomorrow. While I am pleased to have the safety system I know that it’s also prone to tripping the safety brake without skin contact. Considering that each time the brake fires it’s going to require a new cartridge and a new blade, I’d like to avoid misfires. The F...

12-27-2012 09:20 AM

Safety tips for a first time table saw owner - 71 replies

Greetings, My parents very kindly got me the Ridgid R5412 table saw for Christmas. This is my first table saw. I’ve never even used a table saw before. Naturally I wish to keep all of my digits intact. And not destroy the saw. So I’m soliciting for safety information from those more experienced. What sorts of things should...

12-24-2012 12:43 PM

No more purpleheart - 31 replies

I am not using purpleheart again if I can avoid it. Working that stuff is like trying to work concrete. The color is nice enough but it just isn’t worth the frustration. It tears out if you just look at it funny. Even my trusty Veritas jack plane couldn’t plane it without tear out. And has anyone noticed that it smells funny wh...

12-13-2012 09:15 AM

How did I destroy two router bits? - 30 replies

I just killed two good router bits. The edges appear to have snapped or sheared off. I couldn’t believe it. These were both carbide router bits with 1/2 inch shanks. I was using my router table. I was trying to cut a rabbet into some purpleheart. Things seemed to be going okay but then I started getting weird vibrations. I stopped...

12-13-2012 03:07 AM

Finishing zebra wood - 3 replies

I’m making a very small box for my mother out of zebrawood / zebra wood. It’s going to be largely decorative so I don’t necessarily have to finish it with something tough. I’d like opinions on what kind of finish you guys think would best on this? I don’t want to muddy the grain contrast, of course. I’...

12-08-2012 01:45 PM

Baking purpleheart? - 9 replies

I got a board of purple heart today. After running it through the planer some of it turned brown. I think it’ll go back to purple eventually but I’d like a way to really bring out the purple color and then immediately slap some finish on it with UV inhibitors. The dude at the lumber store said that he had heard that people bake ...

12-07-2012 05:13 AM

Opinions on the Craftsman OR25101 mortiser - 2 replies

Sorry to flood you guys with posts, but I found this: It’s a hollow chisel mortising machine. It’s normally $300 but it’s on sale for $150. After pricing benchtop mortisers the price on this one caught my eye. I’ve already ruled out ...

12-07-2012 01:59 AM

Recommendation on a small table saw - 24 replies

Greetings and salutations, Christmas is coming and people are asking me to give them a Christmas list. I’m thinking of asking for a table saw. It’s the big gap in my tool collection. I need the precision a table saw gives, especially for ripping. I’d like some recommendations on, probably, a benchtop table saw. Ther...

12-06-2012 09:46 PM

Titebond I Extend - 3 replies

I wasn’t sure which form to stick this in so apologies if this is the wrong one. Has anyone used Titebond 1 Extend? If so, how long did it take for your glue to dry? As it’s winter time I got this stuff because it was the lowest temperature glue I could find in the Titebond family. It’s supposed to work down to 40 degre...

12-02-2012 11:58 PM

What's your grain filler of choice? - 11 replies

I’m making a project out of ash. Which, like oak, has very open pores. I probably won’t fill the grain on this project but I’d like to try it some time. What do you like best for filling grain? I’ve collected some sanding dust in case mixing my own pore filler would work. But I’m open to all methods. Opini...

11-28-2012 08:03 AM

Wood movement problems - 21 replies

So I’ve got a problem. I bought an ash board from Rockler last week. When I got it in the store it was nice and straight. A few days in my shop (a drafty, unheated barn with a dirt floor) the board cupped quite a bit. The board isn’t wide enough for my project so I have to edge join two pieces to make a wider piece. But of cours...

11-26-2012 10:47 AM

Getting warranty work on Kobalt tools - 28 replies

The fence broke on my Kobalt tools miter saw. Suffice to say the saw is basically useless now. I’ve had the saw about a year and if memory serves it has a 3 year warranty. I went on the Kobalt tools web site and couldn’t find anything on who to contact or what to do to get it fixed under warranty. Has anyone needed warranty w...

11-21-2012 12:16 AM

What is the most stable wood? - 15 replies

I was curious and thought I’d ask for some expert opinions. What is the most stable wood? I.e least likely to warp. Of the more common hard woods we work with which are the most stable? Thanks.

11-16-2012 09:37 AM

What are the wipe on finishes? - 22 replies

I’m having a hard time getting decent results with brushing on finish. Even the more forgiving finishes appear to be beyond my skill. The only success I’ve had so far is using the Minwax wipe on poly (oil based). It’s pretty hard to screw that up as you just wet a rag with it and wipe it on. I’m wondering if there...

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