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01-18-2013 03:53 PM

Turning Waxed Spindle Blanks - 4 replies

So when it comes to turning, I have never really worked with exotics. While at Woodcraft recently I picked up some waxed spindle blanks, nothing expensive. However, I am wondering if I will need to rough turn them, let them dry, and then finish turn them like with green bowls. Or can I simply turn them start to finish?

11-06-2012 01:28 PM

Do I need a new start capacitor? - 19 replies

My table saw is an older Grizzly saw (early 80’s vintage) and as far as I know has the original motor and start capacitor. My shop is in an unheated garage and I noticed last year that when it was cold, the saw would trip the breaker on startup once or twice and then start up fine the 2nd or 3rd time. It has started getting cold here agai...

09-04-2012 12:25 PM

Where do you buy your melamine-coated MDF - 5 replies

I know that it isn’t wood or lumber, strictly speaking, but it is a project material. My local Lowe’s and Home Depot do not carry it (HD carries melamine coated particle board, but I don’t want that). Just curious to see where you get yours from.

08-19-2012 12:07 AM

13" Planers: Dewalt, Ridgid, or Steel City - 52 replies

Well, I am in the market for a new planer and, having evaluated space, power, and my woodworking needs, have settled on a 13” planer. I have narrowed my choices down to the DW735, R4331, or 40300H planers. I have started a pros and cons list for each tool, but was hoping others could shed some light on these based on their experiences. ...

06-22-2012 12:26 PM

Workbench Construction Questions - 5 replies

I am working on my workbench, making it out of doug fir, but have a couple questions. I am getting ready to cut the stretchers to length, but I don’t know how much of an overhang on the left side of the top to leave for the face vise. I intend to use the economy face vise from Lee Valley (link), but haven’t quite yet decided on the...

04-04-2012 12:27 PM

Minimum Log Size for Usable Lumber - 5 replies

I have a couple trees on my property that we want gone and I can’t help but look at them and think there is probably some good usable lumber in them. I believe they are all ash, perhaps one or two small maples. The main trunks are straight with very few limbs up to about 15’. The only issue is that the two smaller ones are probabl...

02-26-2012 10:51 PM

Help me pick new bandsaw guides! - 12 replies

My wife surprised me by giving me permission to spend a little bit of tax return money on getting my bandsaw in proper shape. It really needs it: the thing is about 30 years old, most of which it was not cared for as well as possibly needed. The tension spring is toast, I think (original spring, kept with tension on it a lot of the time) and t...

11-01-2011 06:46 PM

Your favorite shop-made hand tools - 22 replies

I have recently been bitten by the bug to build some of my own tools. On the top of my list are some planes, a mallet, and a matching marking knife and awl set. I still have a few other projects to get out of the way first, but I was mostly curious what your favorite shop made hand tools are (feel free to post pictures!) and which you find mos...

09-21-2011 06:13 PM

Need some help with my bandsaw - 3 replies

So a little over a year ago I replaced the old rubber tires in my bandsaw (NIC brand, same as the Grizzly G1019 and HF’s 14” bandsaw) with new urethane tires. Well, the urethane tires are a little thinner than the rubber tires were, so that, coupled with the fact that the top wheel was routinely near its max vertical travel combined...

08-26-2011 03:22 AM

Tool Gloat, Random Reminiscence, and some questions (to come) - 6 replies

After months and months of watching other people post their tool gloats, I finally have one. We took a trip back to the mother land (WA state, we live in NY right now) to see family for a reunion, etc. It also happened to coincide with when my birthday was, so fortune was smiling on me. For the b-day I got a set of 4 Narex chisels and an Iwas...

07-20-2011 09:36 PM

Using a regular plane iron in a Krenov-style plane - 2 replies

Has anyone used a regular old Stanley-styled plane iron in a Krenov-style plane? I know that Hock makes some awesome irons, but before I drop the dough on one, I want to see how much I will use a wooden-bodied plane. I may make a test plane to try it out, but just curious if anyone has done the same thing and what they think of it (chipbreaker...

06-06-2011 02:06 AM

Choosing HVLP Needle Size - 6 replies

I got a turbine-driven HVLP spray gun a while ago and have started my first real finish job with it. I am currently using Emtech EM6000 from target coatings (waterbase lacquer), but I was wondering, what relationship should there be between finish viscosity and tip size. This lacquer is relatively thin compared to other finishes. I thought th...

03-18-2011 06:43 PM

Any Can't-Miss Lumber places near LA? - 0 replies

I’m going on a business trip the first week of April to LA (and Pt. Mugu) and wondering if there are any places that I need to check out while I’m there. Any suggestions would be great.

01-13-2011 05:07 AM

Need Some Table Saw Help - 8 replies

Hi LumberJocks. I was just out in the shop ripping some lumber on the table saw and all was going well until I ripped some thin strips. While doing so, I was experiencing burning and what felt like some drag or other resistance to pushing the stock through. This was not happening with the wider pieces. A few days ago I made sure my fence was...

11-16-2010 04:05 AM

Help Identifying Old Planes - 2 replies

So I found a deal on CL, a whole tub full of old tools for $10. I noticed a couple planes in the pictures, so I bought them. There were several brace and bits, wrenches, hand saws, files and rasps, etc. However, I only really gave much attention to the planes, as I have wanted to add to my block plane for a while now. The first plane is real...

10-18-2010 02:21 AM

Building a clock with inserts - 1 reply

Several years ago I build my mom a clock for her birthday from paduak and used a nice looking insert in it. The mounting hole was 2 1/8” and the outside diameter was somewhere in the 3 1/2 – 4 inch range. I decided to build one for my wife and built the same specs and all. But now when I go looking for clock inserts, I don’t...

10-06-2010 07:59 PM

Kinked Bandsaw Blade, Any Fix? - 8 replies

I have a relatively new Grizzly 1/4” 6 TPI blade on my bandsaw. I was cutting some 2” thick basswood and all of a sudden the saw made some noise and the cut quality really tanked. I took a careful look at the blade and it turns out the blade kinked a little in one spot. This means the blade travels smoothly except where the kink g...

10-02-2010 08:46 PM

What do you do with your wood scraps? - 28 replies

This is the best place I could think to post this topic, since loose wood scraps can be a hazard in the shop. I work out of half of a 2 car garage and have recently been finding that more often than not, I just toss my wood scraps. Part of me thinks there has got to be a better way, but when I think about using a bin like my dad and others, I ...

08-29-2010 04:12 AM

Tilt-out Drill bit storage - 1 reply

Hi guys, I am in the process of designing a drill bit storage cabinet and need a little help. I want to put most of my bits in little tilt-out blocks that have holes drilled in them. The idea is that they would be vertical while the cabinet is closed, but could tilt out up to 20 degrees or so to make it easier to pull the bits out. My questio...

08-14-2010 10:08 PM

A great way to spend $1.75 - 2 replies

I was cruising through Lowe’s to get some hardware for another project when I found a great deal. A pair of vernier calipers was being clearanced for $1.75 (down from $10). This was very timely as my digital calipers’ battery died just last night. Thought others might be interested, since calipers are one thing I think everyone sho...

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