I need a small band saw 9” would suffice and my wife’s family sent me a couple hundred dollars to buy onenow I have the delima of which one to choose.Cant afford a 14” saw and the Skil and Craftsman are my two choices locally.I’m only going to be cutting thin plywood and 1” thick boards with it. Help I don’t know what to do!!!!!
I am looking for some whirligig plans. Anyone have any to share? I want to try cutting them out with my Laser.Thanks
3/26/10 So I as you can read in my previous blog posts about my woodworking education, I have been seriously contemplating enrolling in a full time furniture craftsmanship program. I recently returned from a visit to Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Ca to meet with the Cabinet and Furniture technology program instructors and take a tour of their facility. I mentioned that I was about 90% sure that I would be going there this fall (August 2010). Well, I’m not at 90% any more… ...
One of the most versatile (and inexpensive) shop accessories I have is fence clamps. I use one or more of them almost daily for a variety of purposes. The most common use for fence clamps is to hold a sacrificial fence to another fence – usually a table saw fence. In the photo shown below, the sacrificial MDF fence is being used in conjunction with a set of dado blades – allowing the set to be partially buried in the fence to obtain the rabbet desired. – - – but...
Here’s this morning’s quickie tip. I bought vacuum hoses, fittings, extension tubing, adapters, etc. from a variety of sources over the years. Unfortunately, manufacturing differences often prevent a good connection, and the result is annoying accidental disconnects while vacuuming the floor – or some other operation. In my case it’s always been because one fitting won’t fit sufficiently deep into the other – and/or is too smooth to ‘grab’ p...
Trying to decide on the ceiling height of my future basement shop. I’m not looking for other LJ’s shop heights per se, but more of a gut reaction to my many limiting criteria: I am 6’-3” and hate bending over in fear of bumping my head in life. I am pouring a slab in my basement to mitigate confirmed radon anyway. Since I am pouring a slab, I am choosing to dig out for the shop project. The minimum height I will have is 7’-2” to underside of jois...
Home sweet home! We got home last night after spending the rest of the weekend in San Diego. It was a pretty relaxing trip since we didn’t really have anything else planned beyond checking out the college and that was all done by Thursday evening. First off, thank you to all those who commented on my last entry! There were definitely some good points made. In this entry I will give you an overview of my experience and share some of my thoughts. I think writing it down will help ...
Like a lot of others before me I can not imagine having been here for a year…. I can not remember when I was not posting here… well thanks to all of you who have taken time from their busy lives ….to comment on my posts and to encourage me with my new ventures…No I am not getting teary eyed… just some sawdust in it….I have made a powerful lot of wonderful friends here and If you will allow me … I will keep posting here for a while yet… you don...
I’ve been playing with several different designs the last few evenings and ended up deciding on this one. Still have quite a bit of tweaking and still not sure about the top but thought I would post s picture and hopefully get some more comments. So let me know what you think.
As I was reading SPalm’s post about PDF files, it reminded me of something I do that might be of use to some of you. I’m sure most of you keep all your tool manuals and parts lists. I do too, but when I needed to refresh my memory about something covered in the manual – or wanted to look up a part number – I found digging it out of the file, using it, and putting it back was more time consuming than I wanted it to be. Now I keep all that information in my computer...
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