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11-30-2018 12:59 PM

Workbench Light Recommendation - 10 replies

I currently have a vintage articulating arm light mounted to the wall at the face vise end of my bench. I can pull it close to the vise but it’s really inadequate and there is always a shadow somewhere. I’ve realized it’s effecting my work significantly for things like dovetails and need a better solution. What do you all use?P...

09-28-2018 12:42 AM

Drill bit index with multiples? - 3 replies

I’m looking for a wood drill bit index/set with at least several of the same size bits. For example, 5) 1/16”, 5) 1/8””, etc…Every set I see only has one of each. As soon as that 1/8” bit falls off a ladder the functionality of the set drops about 90%. But it would be sweet to have a small case of a bunch. I s...

08-23-2018 12:13 AM

Recommend a finish for Butternut kitchen shelves - 2 replies

Wondering what would be best for these 8/4 floating Butternut shelves above a countertop. They’ll be loaded with plates, glasses, etc… Thinking a film finish (poly) might not be the best idea. Maybe just a butcherblock finish (oil and wax)?I’m also maxing out the budget on these so anything that saves me time on the finish is a...

08-14-2018 05:49 PM

Makita Compressor Troubleshooting - 2 replies

Hi All, I have the MAC2400 and have been using it on jobsites for roughly eight years. It’s been great. The other day, it simply stopped working – it didn’t recover the air. The unit is getting power, and the reset button does nothing. Any ideas? I can open this thing up, but will have no idea what I’m looking at. ...

08-13-2018 12:16 AM

General Arm-R-Seal - 7 replies

I recently decided to try Arm-R-Seal after hearing of so many of you using it. I used a foam brush on a small bookshelf, and had a very hard time keeping the finish from “drooping” on the verticals, no matter how thin I put it on. Would I have better luck with a rag?Or does this finish require all pieces to be horizontal? I...

07-05-2018 06:42 PM

Ash kitchen table finish - 5 replies

Hi all, I have a small, 32” round kitchen table ready for finish. Top is clear, very blonde Ash. I’m wondering how best to go about finish this. The pedestal base is Walnut. I want to preserve the nice contrast without yellowing the ash too much, but I want the finish to be tough. Pedestal is unfinished but might wind up being ...

07-03-2018 08:56 PM

Camber smoothing plane iron? - 9 replies

Do you folks hone your smoothing plane irons on a slight camber?Do any of you use the camber roller that comes with the Veritas MKII jig, or would that be too severe a camber? I can get my #4 super nice with beautiful shavings, but I haven’t gotten to the point where it’s leaving my work finish ready because of the blade “tr...

05-29-2018 08:22 PM

Pivot hinges for small cabinet door? - 9 replies

I want to hang a “door within a door” in my tool cabinet. The door will be essentially a piece of wood about 12” square, with chisel racks on both sides. Open door to reveal other rack and stuff on the wall behind the door. Will these pivot hinges support the weight of this?

03-08-2018 06:57 PM

Trying to figure out which chisels sizes/types to buy - 5 replies

I want to invest in some Blue Spruce chisels. I currently have a 6 pc. set of Kawasei Japanese dovetail chisels (for sale here on the trade/swap forum). They are beautiful, but terribly uncomfortable for paring. I’ve done a lot of very nice dovetails with them, even though they have rather thick “lands” and as I understand a...

03-07-2018 11:31 PM

FS: Kawasei Dovetail Chisels - 6 replies

I have the 6 pc. set of these from The Best Things: Only used a handful of times. They are very nice chisels, but I find I am doing more paring work than chopping, and these are designed to be used with a mallet (or steel hammer). Since these are pretty much the only nice set o...

03-04-2018 05:22 PM

Slow speed grinder on the fritz - 5 replies

I have a Woodcraft slow speed grinder – about 9 years old and seen very little use. Recently it comes on, spins at a very slow speed for maybe 10-20 seconds, sort of whiny, then stops with the motor whining. Any ideas on how to fix? Thanks.

03-02-2018 11:09 PM

Need some hardware help - 3 replies

Hey everyone. I’m trying to make a veneer scraping/thicknessing jig. Here’s the steel machinist’s version of it: I’d like to make one out of wood. I played around with a threaded rod and nuts/washers, and a turned handle. Can’t quite figure out how to make the block of wood travel so as to have an adjustabl...

02-14-2018 01:10 PM

Protecting "shop" floor - 7 replies

Hi All, I’ve had my bench room in the back of my house for the past few years. Awesome space – climate/humidity controlled, well insulated, well lit. It’s had an Advantek floor (impervious) up until the other day when I finally installed the oak flooring to match the rest of the house. I’m now a bit spooked to move...

01-08-2018 07:27 PM

I need to somehow insulate/seal my single pane eyebrow window. - 3 replies

I built this eyebrow dormer about 5 years ago and am now kicking myself that I didn’t make it with insulated glass. Back then I was a die-hard traditionalist. Now I get a lot of condensation on the window trying to heat and humidify. Some photos: There is no way to remove the sash at this point without a lot of damage. ...

01-07-2018 03:23 PM

Exterior Door Design/Wood choices - 2 replies

Hi All, I need to replace a single pane 9 light entry door. Have built many cabinet doors but not an entry door yet. I’m mostly wondering about building it from solid wood. I suppose something quartersawn, or cvg fir would be best? Door will be under a porch roof. In western MA. Plan to have a small insulated glass light in it. ...

12-21-2017 09:51 PM

FS: HNT Gordon Spokeshave*SOLD* - 0 replies

Selling my HNT Gordon small “specialty curved” spokeshave. A very dainty, beautiful tool for small scale work. Made in Australia by tool maker Terry Gordon. I haven’t used this at all except for some test cuts and it’s been sitting in my cabinet for some months now. I got it thinking I would use it for lutherie but I d...

12-09-2017 12:14 AM

WTB small piece of ebony (*found*) - 14 replies

Looking for a small piece of ebony. I need to net about 1/2” square by 24” long. Having a real hard time finding anything domestically for sale online. Happy to buy a 4/4 roughsawn board. I am in Western MA. Thanks!Ben

12-04-2017 10:46 PM

More chisel stuff - which set to buy/keep? - 3 replies

So I’ve been agonizing over the chisel question – how best to fill up my tool cabinet. I save my money, and buy the “best” I can afford, usually. I currently have a set of Kawasei (Japanese) dovetail chisels from TheBestThings. They have been great, but are not great for paring. I’m looking into getting so...

10-14-2017 04:30 PM

Electrical troubleshooting Miter Saw - 3 replies

I have a 10 year old Hitacho C10FSH. Very good saw which is no longer made. It started to run only intermittently, and the brake stopped working. I replaced the brushes and the switch/trigger to no avail. It’s been sitting in the corner of my shop for months. Today I went to clean it off and test if and it fired right up!But only for...

10-12-2017 11:49 PM

Quatrefoil Window Frame - 7 replies

Hi Gang, I have a small side job of building a quatrefoil/four-leaf clover shaped window frame for a stained glass window. My question is mainly about structure. I envision essentially forming a square with four separate boards mitered together, wide enough to cut the shape out of, and using Dominos (festool floating tenons) to connect th...

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