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1208 days ago

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: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/...

1224 days ago

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...

1241 days ago

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,...

1248 days ago

Looking for a pattern for hold down clamps - 11 replies

Wondering if anyone has a pattern for a shop made hold down clamp similar to this commercial model from Rockler: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22010&filter=hold%20down 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 ...

1255 days ago

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...

1286 days ago

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...

1291 days ago

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...

1298 days ago

Cabinet layout and design software that generates material list and cutlist? - 5 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...

1299 days ago

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. ...

1300 days ago

Dewalt battery life? - 12 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 ...

1301 days ago

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...

1301 days ago

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 ...

1303 days ago

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...

1310 days ago

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...

1315 days ago

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. http://daytona.craigslist.org/tls/2170425280.html

1331 days ago

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.

1345 days ago

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...

1356 days ago

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...

1361 days ago

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...

1365 days ago

Part number for DC adapter for Dewalt DW735 planer? - 2 replies

I have a DW735 planer that I picked up second hand, and it didn’t come with the DC adapter. I’ve been using duct tape to hold a 4” DC hose over the dust port because I haven’t had time to find and order the adapter, but it’s really annoying because when it falls off midway through a cut, chips get spit all over my ...

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