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2252 days ago

Bits for impact drivers... - 2 replies

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Makita Li-Ion impact driver and drill kit (okay, stealth gloat). I have been making much use of the impact driver this weekend, and I have already managed to blow-apart two Phillips driver bits. Either I am doing something wrong, or I should have invested more money in bits. Question is, are there special...

2276 days ago

Here we go again....Starting some chairs and stools... - 4 replies

Hey all, I am about to do something that I have always wanted to do, build chairs, footstools, bar stools, etc. Several articles I have read mention a method by which you rough turn the stretchers and tenoned parts of the chair. Then the tenoned parts are placed in a “kiln” that consists of a box and a light bulb. The tenoned p...

2279 days ago

Hollow Chisel Mortiser Table Ideas... - 6 replies

Hey all, The wife has authorized the purchase of a hollow-chisel mortiser. It will either be the Steel City unit or the Jet unit. I have not made up my mind yet. Has anyone here got an opinion one way or the other? Well, the real subject of the post is to see what innovative table systems you guys and gals have built around your hollow-...

2282 days ago

Help me with making tool handles... - 15 replies

Hey all, I need to make some handle for some old tools that were once my grand-father-in-law’s. Many of the tools are missing handles, some of them simply need to have a little better handle. I know how to turn the handle, it is getting the tool to stay in the handle that I am having a problem with. Please help if you can. Thank...

2290 days ago

Jig for routing dovetails in Shaker Pedestal Table - 4 replies

Hey all, I am looking for any jigs or ideas on cutting the dovetail slots for the feet in a Shaker pedestal table. Pictures would be great if you have any. Thanks in advance,

2364 days ago

I Need A BIG Sled... - 2 replies

Hey all, I have finally come upon a project where I need a large panel sled. Up until now I have made do with my Osborne EB-3 miter gauge for my cross cuts. One project I am about to start is going to need more than 12” crosscut capacity from a sled. The largest I can go with the miter gauge is about 11.5”. The other project i...

2367 days ago

Miller Dowels for stool joints... - 2 replies

Hey all, My wife would like some new stools for the kitchen. I have decided to take on the challenge. We have chosen the design that Gary Rogowski presented in an article in the March/April 1988 issue of Fine Woodworking. In his design he used all wedged through mortise and tenon joints. What I am wondering is if it would be a good place ...

2400 days ago

Help purchasing an impact driver... - 4 replies

Hey all, We are about to put down some new carpet, and LOML wants me to screw down the sub-floor when we have the carpet up to help eliminate squeeks. Being the good husband I am, I agreed but used the “I will need a new tool to make this happen.” line. The tool I want is an impact driver. To me, cordless or corded does not m...

2414 days ago

Dealing With Finish Bleed-Out... - 3 replies

Hey all, I am almost finished staining the bookshelf project. I only have the adjustable shelves to go, and that will probably be at least Saturday before I can get to them. I am staining these pieces with Minwax Golden Oak stain, and I am having a terrible time with bleed-out. Question is, how do you all deal with bleed-out? Right no...

2421 days ago

Hearing Protection with Tunes.... - 5 replies

Does anyone know of a manufacturer that makes something like the Peltor worktunes hearing protection but has an input for an MP3 player? I listen to a lot of podacasts and cannot remotely pause my listening device. I am missing a lot because I cannot hear while machines are running. Thanks for the help,Rob Hix

2445 days ago

Face Frame Problems now.... - 13 replies

These blasted bookshelves have been giving me problems from day one. I now have all of the carcases together (minus the backs) and I am trying to get the face frame constructed. I have run into another problem. Of course, in the garage the bookcases are not attached to the wall so things are a little flimsy. This is further complicated by t...

2448 days ago

Woodburning Tools - 7 replies

Hey all, I noticed there seems to be a couple of people here that do quite a bit of wood burning. I love adding accents to my little boxes and things using wood burning, but I am getting terribly frustrated with my craft store wood burning tools. Could someone suggest a good setup to go with to get a more intermediate setup that will work w...

2456 days ago

Help me sort out this problem please....(Sorry this is long) - 11 replies

Hey all, Ok, just one more in a string of problems with the bookcase commission. Man, this is one that I am glad will be over with soon. Ok, the bookcases are 94” tall with a fixed shelf at about 32” up from the floor. then it is approximately 60” to the top of the case. On a couple of the carcases, over this 60”, t...

2474 days ago

Another Finishing Question - 6 replies

Hey all, It seems that I got a good thread going with my topcoat question. I will just say that I would spray the shelves if I had the capability to spray. Now, for tonight’s question… My dad asked me tonight why I did not use sanding sealer over the stain. I could not answer the question because I am not sure of the differ...

2478 days ago

Help me choose my topcoat... - 24 replies

I am building a set of bookshelves for a contractor that I go to church with. I am ready to start on the first staining run (the carcases, fixed shelves, and backs). I usually use polyurethane in these cases. Usually the finishe turns up with some undesirable stuff in it (bugs, dust, etc.). For my own stuff this does not bother me that much....

2493 days ago

Motorized Drill Press Table Height Adjustment - 2 replies

Has anyone seen any ideas for motorizing the height adjustment on a drill press table? I especially need something so that I will not need to lock down the table. The arrangement in my shop makes it very difficult yo adjust the hieght of the table, not to mention trying to lock the table down tight enough that it will not rotate around the col...

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