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05-31-2014 02:26 AM

Best Value in Dust Collection - 23 replies

So, my several year old Delta AP400 has been acting up for a while. Seems like half the time I switch it on, the motor just hums, and doesn’t “turn over” in full suction mode. Since I’m really not Mr Mechanical Fix It Guy, I am not sure what sort problem it is. I know it has a 30 micron filter bag, and 1 HP motor. Think...

12-31-2012 01:43 AM

LeeValley Small Router Plane vs Mini Router Plane - 6 replies

I was looking to take advantage of LV free shipping offer. The small and mini router planes have caught my eye. I like the idea of the 1/8” blade in the mini router, but it looks so small. I would be using this plane on small projects, with shallow mortises or dadoes in approximate 1/4” or narrower range. Is the mini a practical ...

07-27-2012 01:01 AM

Dovetail and Skew Chisels...useful products or a waste of money? - 19 replies

As I begin to take a larger and larger interest in hand tools, there are many things to catch my eye. I am kind of like a monkey drawn to shiny things in that way. Are skew and or dovetail chisels needed tools that can make the journey to hand cut dovetails easier, or are they just an overpriced non essential marketing gimmick? I know it can ...

07-02-2012 02:17 AM

Chisels...who has the best combo of value and quality? - 44 replies

I am looking into getting another set of chisels. I have a set or two already, but nothing of any real quality. I have the yellow stanleys that I like to beat on, because sometimes I just like to beat on stuff. I have a set I got at the woodworking show a year or two ago. Not even sure of the brand, some sort of chinese stuff. But these are...

06-11-2012 01:38 AM

Can Mahogany Be Safely Burnt In Fireplace? - 5 replies

I have been using african mahogany on my most recent project. Starting to accumulate lots of little pieces. Usually I give all most too small to use off cuts to my mom, to burn in her woodburning fireplace. However, I have always given her domestics. Just pitched other more exotic offcuts. Since there will be quite a bit, I would hate to se...

04-23-2012 04:36 PM

Wood movement question - 8 replies

I am just beginning to build a king bed, put it off for about one yr. Kind of a big project for my one car garage shop. The post and frame will be of african mohagany, with a nice ribbon pattern to it. I am looking at posts of roughly 3 3/8” square. I glued/laminated three 5/4” boards to get the thickness. I am not overjoyed at t...

04-15-2011 08:00 PM

scms choice - 5 replies

Hello LJs, I have lurked on your site for some time and I appreciate all of the inspiration and knowledge that has has been shared here. As I am not too computer savy, so I was always hesitant to join, but I finally jumped in. I have been wanting a scms for some time, just never really been able to justify the steep price for how often I may a...


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