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12-14-2018 09:25 PM

Of rust, priming, and painting hand planes - 22 replies

Hi guys, I’m working to restore my hand planes. I moved back to the states from Tonga and my planes sat in a basement over a winter or two. There was a flood in the basement and the box they were in (cardboard, still packed for the move) was in 2 inches of water and I didn’t know till like 4 months later. Now the tropics rust things,...

08-10-2018 11:22 PM

Vacuumless tablesaw dust collection - 2 replies

Hello fellow wood workers! I recently built a workbench that incorporated an outfeed table into it. I have been using it and like it except for two things. First portability (being able to take the saw off to use at a jobsite) is less than fun. No biggie and not part of my plan when I designed it. Second, I have no dust collection. I was o...

07-10-2018 04:09 AM

Prep-free fence stain? - 3 replies

My grandmother asked me to fix her 16 year old fence. I will be repairing some sagging areas, replacing some broken boards, and maybe staining it. What I need to know is if there is a stain like Behr or Olympic that will last, and doesn’t need ANY prep. Just spray it on and it covers for 30 years. The other question is how to keep th...

05-19-2018 09:11 PM

Do I need a new router? - 31 replies

I have an old 1.5 hp router of my dad’s that works, and I need some bits for it. I am looking at these two sets: The Ryobi bits are the better quality but I was planning to get a c...

05-18-2018 10:03 PM

Sketchup Alternative? - 46 replies

Been using Sketchup Make for years and I loved it. However, I just got a new computer that doesn’t have it and I looked at getting it again. The newest fad seems to be for digital design companies to make everything cloud-based and Trimble did an outstanding job. By outstanding I mean the way a hammered thumb is outstanding! I was wonde...

05-16-2018 02:50 PM

To paint or not to paint, that is the question. - 20 replies

So I am wanting to build a version of the one minute work bench 2.0. If you look that up on, YouTube you can see a video of what I’m talking about but basically, it holds a table saw, air compressor and a mitre saw in the table saw out feed table. My version will be olny be about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide to fit my available space. I ...

07-22-2016 03:55 PM

Best pants you've found? - 70 replies

I know this is a personal preference thing, but I am wondering what the best work pant you guys have used is. I am a little overweight and the crotches of wrangler pants from walmart just get worn away. Is there a pant you have found that lasts? I need jeans or cargo under $60 I own a pair of dickies work pants. I like them because they...

01-08-2016 11:22 PM

Sprained thumb.... how to hold small pieces in a mitersaw? - 15 replies

I sprained my thumb cutting a small piece of wood the other day. I think it is OK but I like my hand in ONE piece and without carbide and steel in it….SOOO…. Does anybody have a suggestion on how to hold small pieces in a miter saw? I have a clamp that came with it but it is REALLY slow and doesn’t hold most small pieces I w...

12-08-2015 10:41 PM

What can I use instead of aerosol glue? - 11 replies

I sharpen most of my tools on sandpaper and a flat surface. I know I should use the spray glue/adhesive, but I never bought any from the U.S. and I live in Tonga where there is none. Is there something else I can use? I use wet/dry sandpaper, so I tried getting the flat surface damp, NOT very wet. Just enough to feel moist. But as it dries...

07-11-2015 09:28 AM

Knife block finish and wood ideas - 8 replies

I want to build a knife block. I am thinking either pine or some fairly dark plywood. I think BLO would be the best finish because we have a lot of it and I can refinish it if need be. I need to know what to do about mold, water, rust and rot. We live in humid, hot Tonga, so the block needs to have drainage and air circulation. I like the ...

06-21-2015 05:39 PM

To temper, or not to temper... - 0 replies

I have been working on a chisel and need to know if I need to temper it. The link to the blog is : Please add comments to the blog on what you think etc. I used the angle grinder for cutting the file and taking the teeth off. The steel got hot during that, but when I used the bench grinder it d...

06-11-2015 08:23 AM

Dewalt VS. Craftsman.... Battery life and care - 34 replies

I have owned both a Craftsman basic drill and RA drill kit, and a Dewalt basic drill and a separate Dewalt impact driver. When I got the Craftsman, I heard that the Ni-Cad batteries would develop a “memory” if I charged them before they were totally discharged. Hence, I would literally clamp the drill “on” and let the bat...

05-26-2015 07:51 PM

What air compressor? - 10 replies

I have a couple nailers ( brad and pin) I want to get a finish too, but I need your opinion on what compressor I need. I have access to a 4 gal. but I don’t know any other specs and I really want my own anyway. I want it to be quiet and also be able to have pretty good SCFM. Now here’s the catch, I want it under $250 and that̵...

04-27-2015 08:16 PM

What tips do you have for a new woodworker? - 18 replies

I am in a lull in my woodworking, so I think this is a good time for me to ask for newbie tips. Over the last few years, I have made tables, foot stools, MORE tables. I love building tables, but I need some tips on how to make them stronger and more stable. The last one I made, I glued the legs on. Boy, did that help! So far I just put an apron ...

04-17-2015 08:31 AM

Harbor Freight Variable Speed 0-3000 R.P.M. Drill Test - 3 replies

I recently drilled some holes in a piece of 3/4” plywood. It is the work surface of my workbench and I needed some dog holes in it. I was using my DeWalt DC759 drill ( 0-450 or 0-1500 R.P.M.) and it started to get hot or at least warmer than I think it should. I had been putting my hand over the air vents in the rear of the drill so I quit...

04-14-2015 09:38 AM

What oscillating multi tool blades for wood/metal? - 9 replies

I got a Force 2.2 amp oscillating multi tool for $15 bucks at Woodcraft. (It was normally $50) (If any body wants it, it’s still there ;) I know it’s probably junk but if I go to HF I will have to spend that much for one that has even fewer features. What I want to do is get some idea of what blades to get for it. I will probably ...

04-10-2015 03:47 AM

Dremel router bits - 6 replies

Anybody know of some cheap 1/8” shaft router bits that would work in a Dremel tool? I am getting the plunge router accessory so I need some bits… But I don’t want to break the bank either. The Dremel brand bits are like $30 bucks for six. For that kind of money I could get a set of real router bits! I have some high speed c...

04-08-2015 05:26 AM

What twist drill bits to buy? - 4 replies

I have two 1/16-1/2 B&D sets, a no-name 1/16-1/2, and an Irwin 1/16-1/2. Of all those bits there are about 5 bits that are less than 7/64th inches. The B&D are TiN coated, the no-name are Black Oxide coated, the Irwin bits are cobalt and are the only set with anything less than 7/64th. I need advise on what GOOD bits to get. The Irwin...

04-03-2015 08:57 AM

How to build a work bench like a Sjoberg. - 46 replies

I really need a new work bench. Whenever I use my hand planes, I move the whole bench and I can’t use my hold fast cause I don’t have a thick enough bench top. I plan to use pine for the whole thing. I need your ideas on design and advise on the vises especially. I have a cheap vise but it is not the quality, or the size that the ...

03-28-2015 06:28 AM

On sharpening, cleaning, and preventing sap build-up on saw blades. - 16 replies

I have about 30 blades (I inherited them from the previous owner of the house) I think they look pretty cheap, but I’m no blade expert. What I want to know is, Since I have them shouldn’t I try sharpening them just to see if they will work better? My other question is, If I spray silicon spray on the blade will it help the sap and...

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