This week Charles Neil visits the Stumpy Nubs Workshop to help make me smarter; with the help of Bill Pentz we begin our three episode dust collection series with a big ol’ wooden cyclone; and I talk hand plane physics with the Japanese. Plus a review of the Wixey digital angle gauge, tips on doing segmented glue-ups, and why my abs don’t look like Tommy Mac’s… that and a whole lot of fun on this episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit St...
While gluing up my workbench top with pipe clamps, there was one part of the bench that didn’t want to cooperate and so I had to exert an extra bit of force to close up the gluing gap. It worked. All the glue joints are tight and strong. However, in the process I broke a pipe clamp, which for me was a first. I’m not surprised that it was one of the Harbor Freight Pittsburgh clamps and not a Pony clamp. The “Pony” clamps are definitely of better quality and the screw tu...
Why is this a surprise? Because there was only one today. Leafing through it, I’m stunned to realize that I’ve bought a ton of stuff from these people over the years, the vast majority of it from retail outlets, first in Charleston and later from Scranton. The new one in Wilkes Barre is actually pretty nice. I find myself spending some time defending the decision to buy from these folks, since the reputation of most of the tools is pretty low. I’ve been pretty happy with ...
I’m sure someone’s last words were “This will probably be ok”. I used the 25% off coupon at Harbor Freight on New Years day to pick up a 6” jointer. This thing is one serious hunk of iron. The infeed table is flat within 0.001” and the outfeed is flat within 0.0025”. I have some shim stock on its way from Amazon so I can set things up properly. I will write a review after I have it up and running. However, the point of today’s entry is...
How can you resist. You’re in Harbor Freight, and there is a bin of clamps for something like $1.99. Now this was several years ago, so don’t quote me on the price, but they were cheap. First thing you have to do is replace the pin that rotates the handle. Its not a big issue, just a bit of an annoyance. Then the tip winds up breaking off under pressure. I’ve got several in my clamp bucket like this. i So today I discovered one more way to extend the life...
I have been corresponding with Chris (Crushgroovin) about this lathe and have noticed a few posts from people who were curious or had experiences with it, so I thought it might be deserving of a blog entry. For clarification, this is not the more solid cast iron 34706 model that gets more solid reviews since it is, in truth, a much more solid lathe. This is the lathe as listed in the HF online catalog - While I would not be one to recommend this one for purchase, especially since yo...
Harbor Freight, Why must you torment me with open hardware packs and missing pieces. So today I called HF after picking up March’s Wood Magazine from the BORG. I promptly called them up with Christmas like excitement. Although the woman that answered seemed unimpressed with my mention of a coupon, she did offer, nicely, to check and see if they had the big green machine in stock. I waited for quite some time and just when my apprehension had reached it’s limit and I was leanin...
Finally made it out to HF yesterday while the wife was taking a nap (unrelated reason, I swear!), and grabbed the 2HP DC. Here’s the box in my garage, and a glimpse at the inside of the packaging: The large rectangular base was actually sitting on top of that, with Styrofoam in between. Overall, I was pretty happy with the packaging. Nothing was dinged, or otherwise beat up or even scratched as far as I could tell. I pulled everything out, and started reading the instru...
I thought I would share one of the most useful modifications that I have made to my Harbor Freight wood lathe. By adding a lower range of speed control to my lathe I am able to turn large, out-of -balance bowl blanks. The factory speed range for this lathe is 600 to 2400 RPM. Trying to turn even small, out-of -balance bowl blanks at the slowest speed of 600 RPM can be quite unnerving. This modification allows me to adjust the speed from 0 to 2200 RPM. I replace the factory ¾ HP AC m...
MAN- there’s a lot of great stuff in this episode! First, we talk about true dust collection power with Bill Pentz (part two of our dust collection series), Charles Neil stops by again, I show off my four favorite block planes and start an experiment that might destroy the world. Besides that we talk about the Harbor Freight dust collector, ask average woodworker five dumb questions, talk about King Tut’s stool, and that’s not even everything! ALSO- We’re making ...
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