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|8 days ago||
Friday the nice old postal lady delivered a new PC7346SP sander to me. Seems like a really nice tool and I think it will be very useful when I find supplies for it. I have a little jitterbug sander that has done me well for 30+ years, but the pad nearly is worn out, and not sure if I can find a replacement pad, and of course it cant polish. Th...
|15 days ago||
sponges or steel wool? - 4 replies
Ive never used a sanding sponge, or even seen one, but I just ordered a few to pad a Rockler order for free shipping. Just curious what you guys use. I learned most of my skills from my father who died when I was 17, and I’m now 55, or the internet, sanding sponges probably were not invented yet. For sanding moldings and complex shapes w...
|66 days ago||
4" Dust Collection Hose Issue - 3 replies
I have a Grizzly Dust sucker and some hoses I bought from them that was very inexpensive and will work fine for permanent runs, but I haven’t made any permanent runs yet. I’ve adopted Rockler’s Dust Rite quick disconnect system for actual hookup cause I like it For Me I keep most of my machines along the walls of my garage, bu...
|68 days ago||
Garage/Shop Ceiling To Texture or not? - 27 replies
My garage/shop has no drywall on the ceiling at the moment, but that will change soon. I’m almost ready. It’s a 2 story house so I’ve insulated up under the floor above and must do it. Texturing the ceiling would be a hassle and I was thinking that finishing it smooth like a wall would help reflect more light down into the wo...
|100 days ago||
A missed high tech marking tool for $1! - 0 replies
I’ve had a little project on the back burner for awhile and decided to attack it this weekend. I got this huge house cause the previous owners were supposedly in the contracting business and do it your self wanna be types. Jesus, they couldn’t turn a screw without stripping it. Paying my dues but I did get a bargain. Got it just ...
|113 days ago||
Snake Wrangling for Cowards - 3 replies
I live literally on “Snake” road. That’s what its called, and it not because it twist and turns, It’s 20 miles long and as straight as a arrow, but it’s well named. It runs along the Tennessee River here in North Alabama. Today I bagged and evicted my 3rd snake from my house in as many months. In the past this w...
|138 days ago||
wheat oak? - 21 replies
It seems I live in a little black hole when it comes to hardwoods. No white oak and no hard maple, only thing I can find around here is red oak, poplar, and aspen (is that a hardwood). However, my little local ma and pa store called one of their suppliers and they said they had something called wheat oak for $3.15 a board foot. That’s f...
|153 days ago||
I bought the 4216 version of this when Amazon had marked it down at a really good price. Watched it forever it seems til it came in at a price to bite on. When I got it it seemed really solid, but I didn’t have everything I needed to use it. LOL, like a decent router. That’s changed and let me tell you my story of how things went f...
|186 days ago||
Small Hardware Vendors - 1 reply
I find that certain things I chew thru a lot, and have need of some things in the future that in time really add up when you buy them a bit at a time like they are packaged at most hardware stores. Example is the corner and t-braces which cost a couple bucks each packaged as pairs, but less than 50c each in boxes of 50.. I found those oddly en...
|187 days ago||
Magazine plans and hardware overkill - 15 replies
I been evaluating a bunch of magazine plans for various things and it seems the magazines just want to separate us from our money. For instance I’m looking at a u build plan for a workbench that folds up against a wall and I love the concept but see many flaws. First of course is the dimensions are very inefficient resulting in a lot of ...
|205 days ago||
Cheap workbench made functional - 2 replies
Thought I would share some things I did with a cheap Harbor Freight workbench I bought a few months ago when it was on sale for about $70. Surprisingly these little workbenches are not bad for the money. Out of the box I would be hesitant to do heavy planing on it, or toss a engine on it, but I wouldn’t worry so much anymore. Here is ...
|206 days ago||
My first router and bit set - 2 replies
I’ve seen a lot of posts about what routers, and what bits to buy on here and thought I would post this as a statement to the ultra gearhead know it alls, and to maybe find out if anyone might recognize and know what I have as a router bit set. That’s a very small 5/8 hp B&D router that has served me well over the years. I stil...
|215 days ago||
Pnuematic nailers and other tools and oiling - 14 replies
I’ve never owned any Pneumatic tools until recently and have a good quality oil for them but I have a question that is probably really stupid. Can they be over oiled? For instance Rockler a few months ago had the PC brad naiiler on sale for a good price, and it was well reviewed and I am thoroughly enjoying it. But usually when I use it...
|217 days ago||
Lathe Stand - 8 replies
Thought I would share one of my projects with you folks and get any feedback for future stuff I build. This is the first serious piece of equipment I ever bought. It’s a 40” lathe. Now before I start getting flamed about it being a Chinese piece of junk, let me say that I know that, but I bought it 25-30 years ago for $25 from Big...
|218 days ago||
Well I’ve just received a Incra mast-r-II and their template for cutting a hole in a table and I have also been studying the process of creating the proper hole in the table. First snag of course is even though I bought a nice set of bits from MLCS, not a single one of them is a pattern bit. They gave me a nice selection of flush trim bi...
|229 days ago||
Nifty trick I've learned about Rockler - 15 replies
Wasn’t sure where to post this, or even if it would be appreciated, but this sounded like the best place. Not sure how many of you deal with Rockler. I find they are high on some things regularly but they do get some good sales going and have some things at as good a price as anywhere. Service has been excellant and fast shipping so f...
|230 days ago||
A question about materials - 16 replies
I’m kind of old school, nearly everything I learned was from my father who passed when I was 17. I’m now 53 or 54, not sure which. I’ve just built some mobile stands for some tools I’ve acquired using the oddball methods I learned and am quite proud of how they look. Ok, here the thing. When I was young and first lear...
|352 days ago||
Question about Router bits - 20 replies
I took a giant plunge and have replaced my antique 1/4 hp black and decker router with both the Bosch 2 1/4 evspk pack and the Porter Cable 7518. The PC is destined for a table of course, and since the 690 and 890 series seem to have really terrible reviews of late, I went with the Bosch. They not only review well but I’ve had good luck ...
|361 days ago||
Hope the topic kind of explains itself, but here is the thing, I have literally 2 lifetimes of tools. Many of them are actually 2 lifetimes old, older than me. Frankly, the concept of sharpening a drill bit was not something my father would have even considered, cause he only worked with wood and let’s face it, things were made better in...
|397 days ago||
Hey guiys, I’m totally new to posting here, but I been lurking over a year, and am a computer pro with many years experience dealing with forums such as this. This is great forum, reason you never seen me before was I never needed to register to find a answer to any of my questions, the search function works quite well. Some of you I fe...