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08-11-2017 01:21 PM

Mortiser problems - 11 replies

First I must say that I have never owned or used a mortiser before so this is all new to me.I purchased a Rikon mortiser recently and have begun to try it out. I got the mortiser because I want to make through mortises with clean sharp edges. Until now I have used a router (and occasionally an drill press and chisel) for my mortises. It cam...

01-06-2017 05:03 PM

Shapton USA customer service - 1 reply

This is sort of a product review but being I don’t actually have the product, I thought it was better suited for the forum section. I have been looking at the Shapton waterstones to replace my stones. I went to the Shapton USA web site but had a few questions about the different stones types, grits, etc. I filled out the form on the c...

07-04-2014 12:13 PM

Problem with no-mortise inset hinges - 3 replies

I am having an issue installing no-mortise inset hinges. I have tried both full wrap and partial wrap hinges and have the same problem. The issue is that when I get the hinges installed the inset doors will not close properly. They won’t close fully as they spring out about an inch on the open end side. I have spend hours trying to adj...

02-14-2013 02:13 AM

Finish for wood (box) drum ideas - 1 reply

I am building log/box drums for the high school band and need ideas about what finish would work best. The box is made of walnut. The top will be beat on with rubber mallets so I need a finish that will hold up. I was thinking of danish oil being it will penetrate but also have some varnish to protect. I don’t know if a straight poly w...

10-25-2012 02:09 AM

cleaning parallel clamps - 7 replies

My latest project, a hand tool work bench, requires A LOT of glue ups. Despite my efforts to keep the parallel clamps (both Bessey and Jet) glue free, there is still dried glue in the notches of the steel bar. (I usually use wax paper between the wood and the steel bar to keep the glue out). What is the best way to clean them up without dama...

08-16-2012 07:02 PM

Restoring Stanley Hand Plane: mouth-blade question - 7 replies

I am restoring a number 6 Stanley plane that belonged to my father and grandfather and have an issue with the mouth opening. I believe it is a turn of the century plane due to the patent stamp (Mar-25-02 and Aug-19-02). I replaced the original blade and chip breaker with a Hock blade and chip breaker. The new blades are thicker than the origin...

07-27-2012 07:01 PM

Farewell Woodcraft Chattanooga - 39 replies

The Woodcraft store in Chattanooga announced it is closing down after three plus years. It is sad to see a great store and dedicated owner and employees leave. I stopped by today and talked to Rodney, the franchise owner, and he said hard times, hard economy and just a lack of business forced him to shut to doors. For those in SE Tennessee an...

11-02-2011 02:27 AM

What happened to all the wood working books? - 14 replies

Just wondering if anyone else had noticed the drastic decline in available wood working books at the remaining large book dealers? We have a Books a Million and Barnes and Noble in the area and both have drastically reduced their selection on wood working books. BN is down to one partial shelf where just a year ago they had 3 – 5 shelves...

09-26-2011 06:09 PM

Bleading stain - 3 replies

I have been having a problem with stain that I have not experienced before. I am staining red oak with minwax stain and find that the stain is bleeding up along the grain as it drys. Small spots of dark stain puddle or spot randomly over the board along any grain lines. I wipe it down but a few hours later it spots again. It takes about one ...

04-08-2011 06:12 PM

Pricing walnut? - 14 replies

I have the opportunity to purchase about 1200 feet of walnut. I have not seen it yet so I don’t know the condition or size. It has been stacked in a shed for about 10 years. After I look at it, the guy told me to make him an offer. I have no idea what a reasonable offer would be. “Assuming” it is 4/4 lumber and and say 6 ...

04-08-2011 06:00 PM

Not-So-New Tool reviews - 4 replies

I wasn’t sure what section to put this in (Blogs, Review, or Forums), but hopefully this will hit a note on all three. My favorite section of Lumberjocks is the Reviews section. I have used several of our fellow jocks’ analysis of their tools to help me decide on a purchase (or not). This is how I stumbled on LJs originally when I was looking...

10-22-2010 10:43 PM

Using oil base poly in a Harbor Freight HVLP spray gun kit and spraying questions. - 6 replies

I just purchased a HVLP sprayer from Harbor freight (model 93305). I went low cost as this is the first sprayer I have used, and they were on sale. A couple of Jocks have given pretty favorable reviews on it also. I have two questions about the sprayer and two unrelated spraying questions: 1. Can I use an oil base polyurethane in it? I ...

09-10-2010 11:28 PM

Hole saw or fostner bit - 17 replies

I am working on a storage cabinet project and need to drill over 200 1-7/8” and 2-3/8” holes in 3/4” plywood. What would work best and last the longest – a hole saw or a fostner bit? Or should I make two templates and rout them out?thanksjim

08-11-2010 06:53 PM

What wood type inlay would work best for dark cherry? - 2 replies

I am building a hall table out of dark cherry. Unfortunately the cherry has on large knot hole all the way through in the table top. I am going to put in a bow tie inlay to cover the hole but have two questions (looking for opinions): 1. What kind of wood would look best for the inlay? I have some curly maple that may look good. The cher...

07-25-2010 04:05 AM

looking for a router collet extension - 4 replies

I am looking for a router collet extension as I am having some problems getting some of my bits high enough through my table, especially with the quarter inch bits. The only review on lumberjocks was 1-1/2 years ago for a quick change bit ( I would like one that will fit both half inch and quarter in...

10-31-2009 05:29 PM

Cleaning a new table saw - 8 replies

I have ordered a new PM2000 saw and know it is going to be delivered covered in protective grease. What is the best method of cleaning it and best solvent for cleaning off all the grease? Mineral Spirits? Also, what is the best way to preserve the table? I heard of people using Johnson’s paste wax to preserve the top for storage but wil...

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