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|11 days ago||
Questions on using a Moisture Meter - 3 replies
We have quite a few folks in my area who dry and sell cut lumber and recently I got one of the well reviewed digital moisture meters on sale, but frankly I have no idea what reading to look for to know if the wood I’m buying is ready, or liable to crack, split, and curl still. What percentage moisture should I be looking for, and is there...
|37 days ago||
Laser addition for old Mitre saws - 7 replies
I have a very old craftsman miter saw. I got it when I was in my early 20s and I’m now 56. I had seen this and other flavors of the idea but recently I picked one up real cheap. It’s the Infinirator or something like that widget for making a old miter or skil type saw a laser saw. Initially I worried if it would work on my saw, bu...
|53 days ago||
Dumb question about compressors and pnuematic tools - 12 replies
This may or may not be a silly question, but since I’m new to owning a compressor and pneumatic naiilers I thought I would run it thru you guys. Usually I make a point of shutting off my compressor and popping the escape valve to drain the pressure off the tank, but I wonder if this is absolutely necessary. Obviously turning it off when ...
|73 days ago||
Cat litter as desiccant? - 12 replies
Was looking at getting some of those desiccant bags online and read that crystal cat litter is the same thing and many people make their own bags out of this and coffee filters. Was wondering if anyone else does this and if it is effective. Seems much more economical than buying the little bags.
|101 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...
|108 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...
|159 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...
|161 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...
|193 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 ...
|206 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...
|231 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...
|247 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...
|279 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...
|280 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 ...
|298 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 ...
|299 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...
|308 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...
|310 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...
|311 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...
|322 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...