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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:https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-Router-Bit-Set-15-Piece-A25R151/205626187https://www.homedepot.com/p/PRO-SERIES-Router-Bit-Set-24-Piece-PS07499/100660522 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 : http://lumberjocks.com/Sanderguy777/blog 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...

03-18-2015 09:23 AM

Why can't I use water on oil stones and vise verse? - 20 replies

I have a water stone and an oil stone. I know that I can’t use oil on the water stone but can I on the oil stone? My other question is, If I don’t have oil for the oil stone, what else works? The oil stone I have is super cheap and it absorbs oil like a sponge in a forge; are oil stones like water stones where I have to soak t...

03-04-2015 05:12 AM

How to use boiled linseed oil - 7 replies

I got some boiled linseed oil the other day and I need to know how to use it for the best result. I am going to use it on a shelf that I built for my hand planes. The bottle says to use it 50-50 strength with mineral turpentine for the best preserved surface. What is your recommendation? Should I use a brush like the bottle says? I donR...

02-25-2015 10:03 AM

I need a shopvac/dust collection system. - 15 replies

I have a nice 20×40 shop in our basement. We moved and the people had this nice shop all setup, minus the dust collection. I have allergies to dust, of all the hobbies in the world I WOULD pick the dustiest one in the world. I like woodworking, my parents tell me that when I was a kid I would bypass the toy store and go to the tool store. ...

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