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261 days ago

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...

391 days ago

When things fail, always troubleshoot the simple stuff first! - 10 replies

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...

416 days ago

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...

508 days ago

Selling off my Walker-Turner Series 1, early 40's - 0 replies

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...

576 days ago

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...

668 days ago

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...

696 days ago

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...

766 days ago

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...

777 days ago

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 ...

792 days ago

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...

821 days ago

G0453PX snipe - 5 replies

I have to admit, when I put burl and quilted wood through my spiralhead Grizzly, it performs beautifully and produces a brilliant finish for a planer. But I just cannot seem to rid this machine of enough snipe to make me happy.I know all the rules about putting boards one after the other, the endless adjustments on the rollers, manual adjustmen...

840 days ago

Ever done anything this nuts, just to get wood? - 26 replies

Last weekend, my wife and I were on the way to Lowes to get some of our spring plants to put around the house. Driving down the road at about 45 MPH, I spot a large pile of what is obviously a freshly cut tree, waiting for the city to pick it up. As I go past, it dawns on me that the wood is not the usual oak or maple, but dark walnut with sig...

954 days ago

Traditional Dremel? Better options for me... - 5 replies

Okay, I know I’m going to get beat up on this one. I have two fully equipped Dremels hanging from my pegboard that I have not used in over 2 years. Between them and all the accessories, maybe $200+ worth of tools. And I build guitars, with a lot of delicate sanding, so I am using flexible shaft driven Dremel type 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2”...

981 days ago

Small shop, review and review for space? - 4 replies

I build guitars, so my space needed is not too bad. I am, however, a true tool hound. (Not good if you need space) I have had many shops over the years, starting in 1971 with an attic shop! I can think of at least four-five others as I moved around the US.I am currently in a 10 X 28 garage turned shop. I have a garage door, (insulated), and a...

1001 days ago

Just when you think you've seen it all in wood... - 3 replies

Recently I found a fellow to take the cedar logs that have been stacked on my property for four years. Cedar in Tenneessee is cheap, and this was definitely old growth, (mostly red in color and in some cases a little punky). I only wanted one log back planked 1” thick, and also asked him for three, ten foot long planks of dark walnut tha...

1050 days ago

Shipping your products - 10 replies

I shipped out a guitar to a fellow in Minnesota. I sent it UPS Ground, insured, double boxed, packed in foam and bubble wrap. When it arrived, the neck had been pushed away from the body, a huge feat in itself. The box was bent. Somewhere along the line, someone pitched it and it probably hit a table edge or something.I put in a claim, only to ...

1094 days ago

Using more and more chisels - 20 replies

I’ve noticed that as I get older, (now a nice, ripe 62), I am using more and more chisels by hand to finish in joints and edges. Also more hand sanding, wayyy more. When I was younger, it was always power sanders, dremels, just about anything but a nicely honed chisel or a piece of 180 wrapped around a wooden block. Now I have two sets of...

1100 days ago

Old Growth Cedar - 0 replies

I had two trees taken down, about 70 feet each of old growth cedar where I live here in SE Tennessee. The cutter took all the main logs and cut them into 10 foot lengths. I’ve used a little of it, but there is way more than I will live to use. This stuff is off road, and the trees were at the very end of their life, so are almost all red ...

1106 days ago

My new Grizzly G0453PX Polar Bear 15" planer - 17 replies

This is the spiralhead unit.I received the planer in great condition at work, had a few guys help me trailer it up and set it up in my shop.Went through the book carefully checking the adjustments, adding gear oil, other lubrication, removing the shipping grease. Two days.Finally, put a white pine section of 2X4 through it for first test. Had sn...


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