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1187 days ago

Calling Craftsman Table Saw (and other compact and circular saws) experts - 4 replies

What is your opinion of Craftsman Table Saw 28462. Particularly motor-arbor assembly, gears, bearings (reliability, vibration, noise, etc)? How does this motor compare to other universal motors on benchtop table saws. Is this motor identical to other brands? I am not interested in other saw parts (table, fence, etc.). Circular (hand held) saw...

1214 days ago

My new fancy router bevel/miter jig - 19 replies

Making mitered corners on large casework is not a simple task. Especially if you don’t have a sliding table saw or a high quality track saw. Long and wide boards are hard to maneuver or hold pressed against the saw table. They are also always cupped, twisted, etc. (I know, it just keeps happening to me!) which causes curved cut line. This is a j...

1270 days ago

Shape bender, nice Sketchup plug-in - 0 replies

Those who use Sketchup might find this plugin by Chris Fullmer very useful when modeling things like curved tapered legs etc. http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewtopic.php?t=18210You need to register to be able to download. Very simple to use. Object is bent to follow any line. This is different from “follow” tool that is standard in Sketchu...

1362 days ago

Tools replacement parts - 10 replies

Has anyone seen this?http://www.ereplacementparts.com/I checked parts for several of my power tools. They have diagrams for nearly every model of any brand with part numbers down to the last washer, all of it available! I could not believe my eyes.

1410 days ago

Look what’s lurking in the woods!!! - 1 reply

They are coming! They are here! This is where your timber comes from.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2V8GFqk_Y&feature=related

1447 days ago

Oil finish on bookshelf - 1 reply

I was recommended not to use linseed oil finish on furniture that comes in prolonged contact with paper or linen. The oil they say will bleed into paper. What about Watco Danish Oil (or similar products), which is not pure oil but a mixture that is supposed to dry and harden completely?

1454 days ago

ROS to finish aluminum - 10 replies

Has anyone used random orbit sander to sand/polish large aluminum surface? Are there any issues with heat buildup, aluminum dust clogging insides of the sander and filter etc? I believe aluminum dust is a fire hazard also. I have Bosch ROS20VSK.

1476 days ago

Diamond sharpening stone - 4 replies

Has anyone tried one of these for sharpening chisels/irons? http://www.amazon.com/Smith-Abrasives-DBSF-Diamond-Sharpening/dp/B00009YV6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1279048952&sr=1-1 There are several brands of similar product. Reviews are excellent, but mostly from people who sharpen knives.

1480 days ago

Source of thin (1/2”) lumber? - 10 replies

Does anyone know a good on-line source of maple (or other hardwood) in ½” size except outrageously expensive Rockler? I am looking for something suitable for drawer sides. Thanks!

1557 days ago

1/4 sheet palm sander VS. random orbit sander - 15 replies

I am going to buy a sander (just one, and not belt type). What are the advantages and disadvantages of square sheet palm sander VS. random orbit sander in general (I do realize it will depend on the brand)? Finish quality, aggressiveness of the material removal, dust collection, operation cost, ergonomics, etc.Thanks

1636 days ago

Clear finish - 3 replies

I prefer to use clear finish on wood, polyurethane in particular. However, every “clear” finishing product I’ve ever seen always had some yellowish color to it. When a droplet of “clear” lacquer or poly dries it is amber rather than colorless. Is there a wood finishing product that is truly clear and colorless? Something comparable to poly in pr...

1673 days ago

Elm burl finish - 2 replies

What finish to use on Carpathian Elm burl? I have it on small bookcase sliding doors (1’ by 1’). I like to use poly on everything, but then thought may be burl requires some “special” treatment. Please, let me know before I ruined it.

1789 days ago

Using hide glue on elm burl veneer - 3 replies

Does anyone have experience using hide glue and veneering hammer with burl veneer? 1. With regular veneer the hammer is moved along the grain. Burl does not have any particular grain direction and is relatively fragile. I am afraid it will break or stretch, which will show up later as it dries and cracks.2. I want to glue it on a rather thin ...

1991 days ago

Resawing with hand saw? - 6 replies

I often forced to use boards with standard thickness in my projects, because I don’t have bandsaw to resaw lumber (nor a place to put it). I was contemplating a way to resaw small quantities by hand with reasonable amount of efforts, perhaps aided by a simple jig to guide the blade. Does anyone have any experience/luck with this? I was thinking ...

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