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04-20-2018 12:51 PM

Pro Tip: Don't use 1/4 Pine dowels from HD - 9 replies

I’ve been putting together nine Model T cars/trucks from Norm Marshall’s “Great American Wooden Toy Book”.I’d started with some 1/4” Birch dowels from Ace Hardware, and they were a pretty consistent diameter, and ROUND. When I ran out, I stopped at HD and picked up some 1/4” Pine dowels. What a fru...

04-15-2018 01:02 PM

Model Bulldozer questions - 8 replies

I have a couple questions on model bulldozers for you guys… I’m going to build a couple different bulldozer plans. The first one is about Norm Marshall’s “Great American Wooden Toy Book” bulldozer…Any way you can think of to modify this and put working tracks on it? Surely there is. I was thinking of gro...

08-11-2017 02:46 PM

Radial Arm Saw Return Devices - what's your opinion? - 10 replies

What’s your opinion on Radial Arm Saw return devices (such as the Delta 33-723)? Are they a needed safety feature? Or are they dangerous addition? If you have more than an opinion, ie. facts to share, then please, let’s have it. Whatever you have to say, good, bad, or ugly, I’m interested.

03-28-2017 06:17 PM

Powermatic Dust Collector 5000 CFM - SOLD - 4 replies

Powermatic 5000 Dust Collector - SOLD 7-1/2 HP, 3ph, 230/460V4 bag, 5,000 CFM, 21.36 CU. FT. bag capacity. This was used for a few weeks back in 2003 for use on a CNC router, but has been in storage since then. The screen has been removed from the inlet, so ductwork has a few dents from larger cutoffs running through it.Bags will need repa...

02-14-2017 04:01 PM

Sloppy Chuck Key: Bosch Hammer Drill - Solution? - 8 replies

I bought a Bosch Hammer Drill (1191VSR) a few years back for occasional use. After all it isn’t every day you need to drill into concrete and anchor stuff… but when you do, you need a hammer drill. Unfortunately right out of the box the chuck key was quite sloppy, allowing the chuck key to tilt in the hole, and barely engage the t...

01-20-2017 02:20 AM

Need Recommendation For Replacement Fence - Ridgid 2412 - 13 replies

Yep. It’s an old saw. But it’s mine, and it’s not really been used that much. I bought it used from a ReTool that got it from a guy who received it as a Christmas gift, but never actually put it together and used it…. But the fence drives me absolutely nutz. I’ve realigned it several times but it just won’t...

12-31-2016 04:48 AM

Will Dried Bleach in Wood Still Fade Dye? - 5 replies

If I bleach some mahogany to lighten it’s color, will dye applied after the bleach dries get bleached out too? Thanks for any help!

11-11-2016 02:33 AM

Fast way to turn miniature balusters? - 12 replies

Need a really fast, cheap way to turn about 500 miniature balusters. They’ll be about 3” tall x 1/4” square.Anyone have any ideas?

08-23-2016 02:35 PM

Identify this whatzit? ID=Noah Harvey Hammer Saw Set - 18 replies

Here’s a tool I found, and I have no idea what it is. Any input is greatly appreciated.

07-20-2016 01:26 AM

Trend Airshield Pro - SOLD - 7 replies

For Sale: Used Trend Airshield Pro, positive air pressure respirator. $200 shipped (CONUS) or best offer.Great respirator for woodworkers and woodturners- or anyone working in dusty environments. Protect not only your face, but your lungs. Headband is brand new, whole thing has been disassembled, blown out, and wiped down. Face and head cover...

06-13-2016 03:29 AM

Major Gloat- Stratos CO-230 - 8 replies

I attended the American Association of Woodturning symposium in Atlanta this weekend. I got to meet up with several old friends and meet a few new ones, see several demonstrations by famous and infamous woodturners, see all the new gadgets in the trade show, and ogle all the impressive woodturner talent in the instant gallery....

01-10-2016 04:24 PM

What scroll saw for a beginner? - 18 replies

What scroll saw would you recommend for a beginning scroll sawyer?And what blades? I hear blades can make or break you. I’m looking for something reasonably priced too. I don’t need the top of the line. Thanks!

12-17-2015 03:10 PM

Does One Project Lead to Five Others? - 35 replies

Ever have that scenario where you want to do a project, but then it leads to several others? Like this… I decided I’d make a cutting board, and so I ripped some maple and walnut, then realized I needed some clamps to clamp it all together. That’s when I also realized I needed a clamp rack, clamping cauls, and a glue-up jig f...

12-07-2015 08:04 PM

Your Advice - which would look better, stain or natural? - 8 replies

I’m building this lift desk where the top raises so that I can stand at my computer and work. Sitting down so much is having negative effects on my health. You can read about the whole shebang on my blog. Now I’m nearing the final stages, and I have to make a irreversible decision about whether to paint the modesty panels that rai...

11-16-2015 01:43 AM

Laminating salad bowl blank? Good idea or not? - 5 replies

I had a large cherry bowl roughout that l was going to use for a salad bowl, but it turned out to have bad cracks in the bottom. Now I’m up against a deadline and I’m thinking rather than spend time and money driving to buy one an hour away, I’d just laminate kiln dried 3/4” lumber with waterproof glue- tightbond 2 or 3. ...

06-03-2015 07:06 PM

Flip Top Workstation - width/depth vs height w/o being top heavy - 7 replies

In an effort to avoid all the lifting and shifting I’ve been subjecting my back to…. I’m designing a couple of flip top workstations for my 12 inch Delta planer, Delta scrollsaw, Rigid oscillating spindle sander, and Craftsman disc/belt sander. (They all currently reside on the floor – darnit!) I’m contemplati...

05-28-2015 12:52 PM

Best Source of information for Workshop Organization - 30 replies

I’m just wondering what is your best source of information for shop organization?Book, video, online class, workshop? I was saving up for a certain software, but found that I’m not having fun, and taking way to much time to make projects, in my shop because I’m constantly moving something to get to something else… And ...

05-11-2015 06:53 PM

Jet 1642 motor gone bad - 35 replies

Welp. It finally happened. I was turning some coffee table legs this weekend and the noisy motor got a LOT noisier. Time to do something about it. I have a Jet EVS1642 that I bought new May of 2009. And unfortunately, it’s past the 5 year warranty date. By the time I noticed the noise, last year, it was already out of warranty. Darn. ...

03-11-2015 06:16 PM

Woodworkers susceptible to pneumothorax (collapsed lung)? - 10 replies

Tell me what you know about woodworkers being susceptible to pneumothorax (AKA collapsed lung)? I spent the last week in the hospital getting my lung pumped back up. Not what I had planned for the week. Easily the most strange thing I ever had happen to me… And those drugs they knock you out with will send you on the wildest trip imagin...

09-08-2014 09:52 PM

Would you use stock 3/4" dowels or turn your own from Maple? - 15 replies

If you had a solid maple framework project that required about 120” of 3” long x 3/4” diameter dowels and needed to withstand a good deal of pressure (it’s a form for pressing sheetmetal), would you just buy stock 3/4” dowels from the hardware store or turn them from solid maple? Why or why not?

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