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|01-18-2016 01:41 AM||
I’ve owned two bandsaws for a number of years now, a larger Grizzly G0513X2BF, and one of those gawd-awful Porter Cable 14” units you buy at Lowes. The Porter Cable in the first 40 months or so has snapped the upper wheel adjustment swivel, taken out four tires, broken off two of the four door catches, and just a couple of days ago,...
|01-06-2016 01:08 PM||
I make a LOT of bandsaw boxes, and other things that require substantial bandsaw time with narrow, small blades. I often find that my Porter Cable 14” gets more saw time than my big Grizzly 17”, since a lot of what I do is cut out drawers, making small cuts in a pickguard, and other small, tight corner cuts that only an 1/8” b...
|12-29-2015 01:14 PM||
I put Windows 10 on my computer, which a lot of us got for free a few months ago.Everything went well, and overall I like the platform. About two days ago, Microsoft sent through a major upgrade which took almost 40 minutes of my computer’s time. And then, about 24 hours later I started having problems logging on to this site. Only th...
|11-27-2015 01:10 PM||
I've been asked, I built, now what do I charge? - 41 replies
The main museum store where I do a lot of business let their manager go and hired a much more aggressive guy who has a great eye. Much as I liked the guy that is now gone, this guy I like much better! I went over to meet him and found out that he is letting a few of the artists go, mostly due to quality, and that may include his cutting ...
|11-20-2015 08:13 PM||
They called it Wild Cherry. I don't really know - 17 replies
About two + years ago I walked into Chattanooga Hardwoods for some exotic wood and they had two planks of what they called “wild cherry”. To be honest, I had never seen anything like it before, and bought both planks. It developed into about six guitars over the last two years, and now my very last piece of stock is glued up, rea...
|10-27-2015 07:01 PM||
Ohio Tool Boxwood Plough Plane - Worth?? - 9 replies
I was browsing a few thirft shops and antique shops in my area today, and ran across this Ohio Tool Plough Plane. It has intact threads, seems to be all straight, and comes with seven additional pattern knives. The adjustment wheels and stops all work as they should, and the brass finger bolts all work also. The knives are cleaned and oiled, ...
|06-13-2015 09:05 PM||
Is walnut getting scarce in your area? My search... - 11 replies
A few weeks ago we had a forum topic by lumberyardguy on the view of a lumber mill from the owner side. It was great, and I personally learned a lot.In that topic, it was asked how their walnut was looking, and could it be scarce?I believe lumberyardguy responded that they get most of their walnut from Missouri and surrounding areas, but it...
|02-20-2015 01:48 PM||
It's SO cold...your words here. - 4 replies
I struggled through a morning in my shop yesterday, trying to make some forward movement on a guitar, since I have three guitar orders behind this one. My kerosene heater and fan system usually burns me out of my small 10’ X 24’ shop, but not yesterday.And today is another. I got the tinted burst stain on the body, but I don’...
|11-21-2014 07:45 PM||
Bidding on eBay in 2014 - 4 replies
I’ve spent the last couple weeks buying things on eBay. I returned to film photography, and it turned out to be a treasure trove of excellent used cameras and all associated equipment. But I have learned over the years a few things about bidding on eBay plus how it looks in 2014, and I thought I would pass them along for those who would like...
|10-06-2014 03:39 PM||
Warning on 1800toolrepair.com - 7 replies
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here – been just stupid busy since I retired from my day job, and now I am doing woodworking.I blew out a urethane tire on my Porter Cable 14” bandsaw, and began to look around the Internet for availability and price. This part is somewhat hard to get since they seem to break often...
|11-13-2013 07:54 PM||
My somewhat successful method of sales - 15 replies
For those of us past the gift stage, we always struggle on the best method of sales for our particular personal need. It really is a personal choice, since some people are much more aggressive than others, some build items that are so unique they demand a niche, some do more common items where competition is fierce, and some actually try to mak...
|07-06-2013 11:37 AM||
Back in 2002, my wifey asked me what my dream lathe would be. Being kind of frugal in those days, I showed her pictures of small Novas, Jet, etc.“No”, she said, “I want to see the picture of the dream lathe.” So I pulled out two pictures from my magazines: A Powermatic 3520, and a Oneway 2036. Both of these beasts were...
|06-11-2013 02:21 PM||
Finally get a gloat - Walnut gloat, that is! - 20 replies
A few weeks ago a fellow from a town over called me about a guitar repair, he had cracked the guitar neck and heard about me.I took the job, and he turned out to be a FedEx driver who also used to refinish and was a fair woodworker himself, albeit currently without a shop.I did the work on the guitar, and when he picked it up he revealed to me t...
|03-11-2013 08:34 PM||
http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/tls/3674459739.html Owned this drill press since 1977. Got it out of a mold shop inside a plastics factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania, been carrying it around ever since. Now I have a much smaller shop, and the bench 15” style does not fit my floor/bench pattern. Been struggling to keep it, but it jus...
|01-03-2013 02:19 AM||
Rigid 4512 failure... - 32 replies
I’d put this up as a reply to a review, but this was so bizzare I thought it should make the forums, rather than a buried reply.Bought my Rigid in July, use it maybe three times a week to cut blanks, almost always 4/4 lumber. Maybe 15 minutes of run time a week.Had a friend coming over to trim some red oak, so thought I would raise the bla...
|10-02-2012 04:00 PM||
Klingspor Bargain Boxes - 8 replies
Has anyone tried any of those “Klingspor Bargain Boxes”? I popped for the 20 lb Corase/Medium/Fine box last week. When it came, I weighed it in at 21 lbs of sandpaper. It was almost all aluminum oxide, like on most belts, and it was rolled up tightly in rolls in the box. I got everything from 60 grit up through 400, or at least w...
|09-04-2012 03:13 PM||
Name these easy woods! - 8 replies
Here’s a few that I use most of the time. The little one in the middle of the third picture is a bad example, usually more of the dark striping, but not too much more. Name them left to right, but the first picture with only two woods, big one then little one. Sixteen total woods! I’ll post the names of all the...
|06-26-2012 06:35 PM||
Finally pulled the trigger on a large bandsaw - 9 replies
Well, after weeks and weeks of reading reviews, both here and many other places, and talking to a couple local owners, I pulled the trigger today on a Grizzly G0513X2BF bandsaw, and a variety of Timberwolf blades to get me started. Grizzly told me the saw is backordered, but on the water as we used to say about imports, and the container is due...
|06-15-2012 12:32 PM||
Fun with Home Depot online ordering - 63 replies
Check out this wild ride I had ordering online with Home Depot!My town has no good outlet for decent bandsaw blades, save if I go to Chattanooga Woodcraft and shell out the big bucks. So I hopped online to find some decent, not great, 1/8” blades to do a little design work on some new bandsaw boxes to compliment my guitar business.Hopped ...
|05-31-2012 11:39 AM||
Anybody do business with toolnut.com? - 6 replies
Just checking to see if anyone has had any dealings with toolnut.com? I’ve been looking around for a pro bandsaw, and they have the Powermatic 1791216K PWBS-14CS for $1199, including a free riser kit, free roll around stand, and free shipping. This is about $200 less than anyone else I’ve found for this package. This unit is the o...