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01-26-2012 04:29 AM

White film forming over a freshly shellac'ed surface?? - 16 replies

I’m building a pine rocking horse and sprayed it with amber shellac. The first coat went on nicely a couple days ago, tonight I sprayed the second coat and noticed that about 3 hours after I sprayed it, it started to form a white film over the shellac. I sprayed both sides of it in my driveway at dusk and left it out for about half an ...

01-16-2012 08:34 PM

Getting ridgid parts without going to a service center? - 3 replies

I have a Ridgid BS14002 14” band saw which is the model that used to be sold at Home Depot. The upper wheel hinge cracked, so now I can’t adjust the angle of the upper wheel and as a result the blade doesn’t track correctly. This is the part that I need: ...

12-12-2011 05:30 PM

Storing extra latex paint - 11 replies

Not sure that this is the proper place to ask this question, but I found surprisingly little info when Googling the topic. This past weekend, I bought some paint to touch up some spots on my house. Since I had to have the paint custom mixed to match my color, the smallest qty the store would sell is a gallon but the whole job ended up using on...

11-30-2011 07:51 AM

Removing ts from mobile base - 5 replies

Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I am looking for advice on removing my unisaw from it’s mobile base. When I bought it second hand it came with the saw so I figured I might as well use it. Well that was about two years ago and saw hasn’t moved an inch in that time. I am looking at building a new out feed ...

11-21-2011 04:14 AM

Hand planes 101? - 7 replies

Can someone recommend a resource that explains what the different types of hand planes are used for, as well as how to clean them up and maintain them? I recently was in a situation where I needed to flatten a board that was too wide to go through my planer. I remembered a friend had given me an old Stanley plane so I thought I would try to us...

11-19-2011 07:33 AM

Scariest moment in your shop? - 43 replies

Just wondering what your scariest moments working with your tools have been? Maybe you’ve had some close calls or worse. Mine was a few months ago, I had my hand down inside my table saw with a brush cleaning some of the builtup dust out and at that moment my air compressor kicked on and I thought it was the saw. I knew I was about to l...

10-30-2011 10:36 PM

Problem with pattern bit space between bearing and cutterhead... - 5 replies

I’m using a bowl and tray bit trying to make some bowls with my router. I made my own template out of 1/8” hardboard, but the problem I’m encountering is that the bearing on the bit which rides along the template has about an 1/8” gap below it before the cutterhead begins. It’s hollowing out the bowl, but I’...

10-30-2011 09:28 PM

My drill press chuck is stuck - 4 replies

I was using a large forstner bit so I had to tighten it a bit more than I usually would to keep the bit from occassionally spinning in the chuck, now I can’t get the chuck to loosen. I tried slipping the round end of a box wrench over the lever on the chuck key to get more leverage, but all that accomplished was bending the lever on the ...

10-25-2011 04:33 AM

Free bowl and tray patterns? - 5 replies

Hi All, I just purchased a bowl and tray bit and a collet extension for my router and am looking to make some trays like the ones I saw made on the woodsmith shop tv show and marc spagnuolo’s wood whisperer podcast to give as Christmas gifts. Marc used lexan templates from Eagle America, but $25 each seems kind of steep to me when I figur...

08-29-2011 08:06 PM

Article about US govt / exotic wood sustainability - 2 replies

Here’s an article from the WSJ about US govt agents raiding guitar-maker Gibson and seizing some of the wood that they use to make their guitars. Interesting. Article

08-25-2011 11:33 PM

Adding a new subpanel, have some questions - 2 replies

My main panel is full, so I’m planning on adding a subpanel. It’s in my garage, where my makeshift shop is, so it should be pretty straightforward. I’m just going to put the subpanel right next to the main panel. A friend of mine does commercial electric work and is going to help me install everything, but for purposes of ...

08-11-2011 04:25 AM

Any of ya'll ever do a shop inventory for insurance purposes? - 17 replies

I just did one and updated my homeowners policy to make sure all my tools will be covered should the worst happen. I wrote down all the models, serial #s, etc and I also spent about 30 minutes to go through my records and figure out the prices I paid and the prices it would be if I had to buy everything again. I came up with 42 items that I co...

07-25-2011 03:52 PM

Buying turned legs retail? - 6 replies

A coworker asked me if I could build a small step stool for his kids. He has a 4 year old and a two year old and wants something they can use to brush their teeth, help in the kitchen, etc. He wants turned legs instead of solid sides because he thinks the extra weight will make it too hard for the kids to pick it up and move it. I don’t...

07-21-2011 04:47 AM

Rockler branding iron - how long to receive customized head? - 3 replies

My wife bought one of these for me for Father’s day. It came with a form that you mail in to them to get the head with your customized message on it. I think the form said allow two weeks for delivery. It’s been about 3 – 3.5 weeks and was wondering if anyone here has ordered one and if so how long it took to arrive. I keep...

07-06-2011 11:57 PM

Making intersecting dadoes that are not square to the face of the board - 3 replies

First, a picture because without it I’m sure what I write will be hard to understand… This is a basic diagram of a wine rack that I’m making. It’s made out of 3/4 plywood and this is looking at it from the front. I’m going to put a face frame and edge banding on eventually to cover the endgrain, but for now...

06-22-2011 09:08 PM

Shop insulation /cooling advice - 17 replies

I posted a thread about this last year and never ended up doing anything about, but it is getting to the time of year here in Florida where it’s very unpleasant to be in my garage for longer than about 5 minutes due to the heat. So for this post, I have two main questions. First question is regarding insulation. My garage is approx ...

06-13-2011 11:20 PM

Lattice wine rack joinery technique? - 6 replies

My dad recently replaced his refrigerator, and in doing so created an empty space between it and the cabinet above it: What he would like to do is put a wine rack there, similar to this one: I’ve seen these all over the place but haven’t seen much in the way of discussion about actually building one from a source that I...

06-09-2011 08:00 PM

Used planer, what to look at before buying? - 3 replies

I’m sure this has come up before but I’m in kind of a rush. I just happened to browse my local craigslist and saw a 15” powermatic planer for $400. I sent the guy an e-mail and asked him to call me. Assuming he still has it, what should I be looking at when I go to see it? I know obvious stuff like checking the knives and c...

06-08-2011 05:35 PM

Does rabbeting bit height matter? - 4 replies

I’m doing a project which requires me to cut a rabbet on the inside edge of a frame, so I’m looking at rabbeting bit sets. I found the following set on Amazon which has good reviews: I see that they also sell the same bit set in 1/2...

05-09-2011 06:20 PM

Questions about paint spraying... - 7 replies

I know this has been covered extensively in other threads, but I am totally new to spraying finishes so figured it would be easier to start a new thread rather than confusing myself even more by reading other people’s questions. So the other day I built my wife a pine adirondack chair, everyone else in the family saw it and now I think my...

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