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04-19-2018 02:59 PM

Sound proofing a shop ceiling? - 17 replies

Hello All:We are considering a major garage renovation with a small apartment above. I’m wondering how much I can truly sound proof the shop ceiling / apt floor. I would hate to annoy the renters every time I turn on a saw or router. Would any of you happen to have experience with sound proofing a shop? We would be building this from scrat...

03-18-2018 12:17 AM

Buying pre-made chair cushions? - 9 replies

Hi Guys:I’ve just finished a pair of Stickley Bow-Arm Morris chairs and now I’m looking for options for the cushions. Today, it occurred to me to check with sellers of Amish Morris Chairs to see if they would sell me cushions. A couple of web sites have the whole chairs for ~$900 so the cushions can’t be too much if they will ...

01-30-2018 03:54 PM

Modifying Euro style bandsaw blade guides? - 0 replies

Hello All:Have any of you modified Euro style bandsaw blade guides? I have a really nice Felder bandsaw but can’t say I love the guides. I’m not interested in buying a ready made replacement but rather in thinking of ways to modify it to use lignum vitae blocks. Sort of a Matthias Wandel type of modification. Anybody done this? Yes, ...

11-11-2017 03:03 AM

Taking the time to read Flexner's book - 12 replies

Just read the chapters on oil finishes and on varnishes from Understanding Wood Finishes. Really wish I had read his book years ago. SOOOOO much misleading or just plain wrong information on the web. He does a great job of giving straight facts. If you haven’t read one of his books, and you care about finishing, you really owe it to yourse...

10-21-2017 10:24 PM

Home brew oil finish - 3 replies

Hello All:I decided to try a DIY oil finish. I have mixed up 1/3rd Pratt and Lambert #38 varnish, 1/3rd pure Tung Oil from Lee Valley, and 1/3rd mineral spirits. Those of you who have used home brew similar to this yourselves, would you mind giving me input on how you applied it? From what I’ve read its pretty much what I’m used to w...

09-17-2017 08:39 PM

Observations on ammonia fuming - 10 replies

Hello All:I am currently ammonia fuming all the (QS white oak) parts for a pair of Morris chairs and thought I would share a few observations. First, I had read from a variety of sources that fuming required ~28% ammonia. That strength is available for about $30/gallon plus hazardous shipping fee of about $20. Pretty pricey. Being frugal (cheap)...

08-26-2017 10:01 PM

2D Joystick using tie rod ends - 0 replies

Hello All:There are several variations of home made slot mortising tables on the web. Most have separate handles for sliding in each direction. I had a set up like that as well but wanted a single joystick for two directions. My solution was to use tie rod ends. The shaft you see is a 3/8” x 8” bolt and I ground a groove to accept a ...

07-05-2017 07:40 PM

Source for air dried quarter sawn oak? - 8 replies

Hello All:My attempts to seal ends and reduce soak time are not going well. Anyone know of a source for air dried quarter sawn white oak that will let me pick and choose boards and ship?Thanks,Jim

07-04-2017 04:20 PM

Sealing end grain to protect during soaking - 10 replies

Hello All:I am working on a couple of Stickley 336 Morris chairs with steam bent arms. Soaking dried Qsawn oak in water and fabric softener allows steam bending but I am getting pretty bad checking in the end grain. Bad as in throw it away. I’m going to try the whole process again but with some sort of sealer on the ends. Should I use anch...

06-01-2017 03:11 PM

Unifence modified with incremental positioning - 2 replies

Hello All:I’m sure some of you have seen Jeremy Schmidt's tablesaw fence with incremental positioning. I had thought about making one but I really like my old Delta Unifence. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to integrate incremental positioning with my Unifence but was just coming up empty. Then I saw Bob Neumann’s set ...

04-17-2016 11:06 PM

Duginske tablesaw/bandsaw dovetails with wider end pins - 1 reply

Hello All:Some of you may be familiar with the way Mark Duginske cuts through dovetails with a bandsaw or with a combination of tablesaw and bandsaw. I recently did a dresser with all the dovetail drawers cut that way and false fronts added. The one thing that bothered me was that all the tails have to be the same width. So rather than go as nar...

01-31-2016 05:04 PM

Question for Jessem Zip Slot Mortise Mill Users - 0 replies

Hello All:I picked up a new in box Jessem Zip Slot Mortise Mill with all the extras recently. Yesterday I set it up and cut a few mortises in hard maple using my Bosh cordless drill. This drill has a max speed of 1700rpm which is within the range Jessem specifies. Even so, it seemed really slow for the application. I’m used to cutting mort...

06-13-2015 06:46 PM

Jointer Infeed table length - 2 replies

Hello All:I have a Delta DJ20 with a fairly long (43” infeed table). But I currently have my eye on a really cool vintage 8” Yates American jointer with 30” infeed table. Those you with experience with longer and shorter infeed jointer tables: How much will I regret giving up the extra length of the DJ20? Big issue? Non issue? ...

04-12-2015 11:59 PM

Motor swap for Makita 2040 planer - 0 replies

Hello All:In doing various internet searches I have found a lot of folks complaining about the universal motor on the Makita 2040. Low power, high noise. I’m interested in switching mine out for a good RI motor but the space available for the motor is very limited. So, I’d be very interested in hearing from someone who has actually d...

04-04-2015 07:28 PM

Slightly worn planer knives - 9 replies

Hello All:Thought some of you might get a kick out of seeing the knives that came out of a used planer I just bought. Ends are touching, middle is, well, not touching. It might cut better after I get these sharpened and properly set. Cheers,Jim

03-26-2015 01:09 AM

Planer upgrade: Makita 2040 vs. Powermatic 209 - 5 replies

Hello All:I’m writing for advice about some planer upgrade options. I have a Makita 2040 which I am thinking about upgrading to a Byrd cutter head. I really like the Makita’s poly feed rollers that allow a very small finish cut with no marks like you might get from serrated rollers. I don’t love the noise of the 6500 rpm univer...

02-15-2015 06:40 PM

Planer Sled or Wide Jointer? - 9 replies

Hello All:This is a question for those of you who regularly use a planer sled to face joint wide boards. I currently have Delta DJ20 with Byrd head which is just great for 99+% of what I do. However, recently I needed to face some wider stock. I made a planer sled but did not do it as shown in the FWW article. Really it was just a sheet of plywo...

02-05-2015 04:24 PM

Gluing up half blind dovetails - 4 replies

Hello All:I have a question for you joinery experts about gluing up drawers with half blind dovetail joints. Some of my joints have come out with absolutely zero clearance. Some tapping is required to get it together and the joint sides align perfectly with the edges of the drawer front. I’m concerned that if I have glue on the sides of th...

07-27-2014 10:46 PM

JessEm Mast-R-Slide Sliding Table - 4 replies

SOLD This is a barely used JessEm Mast-R-Slide sliding table for a table saw. It was purchased as new old stock a few weeks ago, installed and used for a few days. It is still like new and comes with all original packaging and the registration card. It is currently repacked in the original box and padding so I can easily ship. Let me know if ...

07-17-2014 08:37 PM

Miter gauge with additional guides? - 0 replies

Hello All:I recently saw this project by Todd Tuner. I love the idea and am just wondering if any of you have done something similar. If so, what did you do and how did it work out? Todd, it doesn’t look like spend much time here anymore but would love to hear how this has worked for you in the long term if you’re around.Thanks in ad...

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