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05-07-2011 11:39 PM

Which wood for adirondack chair? - 20 replies

I have been looking at building an adirondack style chair for a while and have decided that I would like to make one as a gift for my wife. I’m looking at the plans for Jake’s Chair and it calls for 36 LF of 8” wide stock and 6 LF of 10” wide stock. I would like to use pine and paint it. The home centers around me ha...

05-07-2011 06:25 PM

Frame and Trim saw - what do you use it for? - 4 replies

I was looking at tools for sale on craigslist and came across one of these. It looks like a cross between a miter saw and radial arm saw. It looks kind of like a portable RAS with a larger table to me. I was wondering if someone could tell me what these would be primarily used for? Here is a picture:

04-21-2011 05:35 PM

Prescription safety glasses? - 15 replies

I looked around the forum and saw bits and pieces but no definitive answers about this subject. I just ordered new glasses and told the lady that I wanted to get safety lenses. She said that the polycarbonate lenses are safety grade so they should be fine for use in a shop environment. So I guess my questions are: 1) are polycarbonate pr...

04-04-2011 02:58 PM

Wood joke - 9 replies

Sorry if this has been posted before. This was sent to me and I thought it was funny. Two Trees and A Woodpecker It is hard to find a joke today without a dirty word or two in it, but here is one: Two tall trees, a birch and a beech, are growing in the woods. A small tree begins to grow between them, and the beech says to the birch,...

03-29-2011 02:40 AM

Looking for a pattern for hold down clamps - 12 replies

Wondering if anyone has a pattern for a shop made hold down clamp similar to this commercial model from Rockler: I figure I can probably come up with something but thought it would be easier if someone already did the leg work :) Also, does anyone have any suggestions ...

03-22-2011 12:24 AM

Reworking an old fireplace mantle - 5 replies

My sister just bought an older house that has four fireplaces. She took off all the mantles and asked me to “fix them up” so they look a little better. They are about 6’ long, 4-5” tall, and maybe a foot deep. The side that was against the wall is relatively flat and the front edge isn’t quite what I would call n...

02-19-2011 05:37 AM

European hinges protruding into dado for door panel? - 10 replies

I’m making some doors for a cabinet and am running into a problem I’ve run into before but never bothered to stop and look for a solution. I’m making raised panel doors and am using european style hinges. I bought a hinge kit from Woodcraft that came with a 35mm forstner bit as well as a plastic setup gauge that you use to ma...

02-14-2011 06:47 AM

Dado set advice - 22 replies

I bought my first dado set, a Freud SD208, about 6 months ago and am mostly happy with it. The one serious drawback is that the shims get torn up and deformed around the arbor to the point where they’re unusable. Instead of buying more shims, I’m looking at dado sets that come with a 3/32” chipper so I don’t have to shi...

02-07-2011 06:44 AM

Cabinet layout and design software that generates material list and cutlist? - 7 replies

I am fed up with my current workbench situation in my garage. They are built out of “2 by” stock and plywood, and they are not exceptionally flat or square. I want to replace them with a series of cabinets. Here is a quick mockup of what I have in mind. This is mostly to scale. I have 19’ of wall space. There are 6 cabi...

02-05-2011 09:12 PM

Saturday morning jackpot (blade sharpening) - 3 replies

A year or so ago when I was just getting into woodworking I bought my unisaw from a contractor that was retiring. He gave me a box of about 10 blades with it and at the time I didn’t think anything of it since they all looked very used and beat up. Well this morning I decided to pull them out and see if there was anything good in there. ...

02-05-2011 03:44 AM

Dewalt battery life? - 16 replies

Just threw one of my batteries on the charger and got the rapid blink that says the battery pack has gone bad. This has happened before, but I usually just remove it and put it back to charge and it works fine. Not this time. I went back and looked through my records and saw that I purchased this particular battery with my drill in June of ...

02-04-2011 06:32 AM

Buying a straight edge - 8 replies

Looking at getting a real straight edge for tuning up my jointer. Saw some posts about Starrett and Rockler, but was wondering what I actually need. I found the Veritas 24” for $54 at Highland Woodworking. I assume the Veritas 24” is long and straight enough for my 6” jointer but wanted to see if anyone had anything negative...

02-04-2011 06:06 AM

Ridgid jointer vibration issue - 16 replies

I have a Ridgid jointer that has vibration issues. When it runs, it vibrates quite a bit. Not so bad as to be like a washing machine with an unbalanced load, but enough to make me think that it’s vibrating more than it should. I checked the manual and didn’t find any suggestions there. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what ...

02-02-2011 04:50 AM

Arbor rotating with nut when trying to change blade - 4 replies

My Unisaw just started having a problem that has me scratching my head. I was working on a project and was about to remove a stacked dado set and switch back to a combination blade, but when I tried to loosen the arbor nut, it just kept turning and didn’t get any looser. I took a sharpie and marked the arbor at top dead center and then t...

01-25-2011 05:16 PM

Questions about Porter Cable 4210 dovetail jig - 5 replies

I just picked one of these up second hand and it didn’t come with the bit. I found the PC bit on amazon, but it has a lead time of 4-6 weeks. I read online that the Whiteside d7-531 bit is a good replacement. The price is about the same, and this one I can get in a day or two. Any reason to wait for the PC bit or will the Whiteside wor...

01-20-2011 10:09 PM

Central Florida - Good deal on 15" planer on Craigslist - 0 replies

This has been posted a few times over the past week or two. I’d buy it, but I’m expecting my first child in about two weeks so am holding on to my money for the time being. Seems like a pretty good deal, so figured I’d pass it on.

01-04-2011 04:01 PM

Are DC filters universal or brand specific? - 2 replies

I found a good deal on a Delta canister filter for a Delta DC and want to know if it’ll fit my HF DC.

12-22-2010 02:46 AM

Shop lighting questions - 25 replies

I’ve noticed more and more lately that I need to do something about the lighting in my shop. My shop is my converted 2 car garage which originally had only a 60 watt light bulb. I installed two of the cheapo 4’ fluorescent fixtures from home depot when I moved in, but it’s still very dim out there and I have a lot of problems...

12-10-2010 06:12 PM

No reviews of Grizzly 0654 jointer? - 5 replies

Found one of these on my local Craigslist in almost new condition for $250 and was wondering if it’s worth picking up? Anyone here own one of these that could give some feedback? I already have a 6” ridgid jointer that needs new knives, and was wondering if it would be worth it to pick this up and get rid of the ridgid? I really l...

12-06-2010 05:31 AM

Miter saw table, build or buy? Looking for some general advice. - 8 replies

My current miter saw setup is a plywood bench with a recess the width and height of my miter saw in it, so the top of the miter saw bed is coplanar with the bench. This works ok, but I built the bench out of cheap plywood and 2×4s and it isn’t exactly flat, so it’s not as nice as I would like. I’ve been thinking about bu...

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