I have noticed any number of shop vacuums are being manufactured under a variety of brand names with a large On/Off rocker switch on top. The switch is failure prone. Saw dust and fine wood chips can accumulate on top of the vac and work their way into the switch. That was certainly true of the Performax vacuum. Performax 4 Gallon 5 Peak HP Job Site Wet/Dry Vac Number: 2404827 that I purchased. It lasted a couple of weeks stationed by my lathe. Then, nothing – it would not turn...
Shop’s Log: May 5 2014 Having been working on some saw cleanups, modifcations, restorations and refurbs, I was finally ready to tackle a project that has been sitting in the saw till for over a year. Last March, I picked up an 8 inch Disston at an antique shop for a very reasonable amount. I thought at the time all it was going to need was cleaned up and sharpened, but alas, it was not to be. When cleaning up the plate, I found a 1/2in long crack at the toothline. I ha...
If you use a clipboard on the job, you know how difficult it is to find a place to put it down while you handle the tape measure or tools you’re using. There’s never a good place to put it except to tuck it under your arm where it often gets dropped. Solve that problem by building a clipboard with a spring clamp on the back and you’ll never look for a spot to put it down again. Here's a YouTube video which shows more details.
Thought I’d ask if there might be a technical type LJ who may have repair information for an older C type 18 inch scroll saw. I have parts and operator manuals for the type 1 and type 2 saws. Looked on net via Google but maybe no such creature exists LOL! Shop manuals are good for assembly/disassrmbly and little suggestions for us non engineer types. I’ve started tearing this machine apart for cleaning, lubrication and parts replacement as necessary. Learning as I go....
I’ve entered the Rockler Nordy’s 2014 Contest to answer the challenge – “How are you inspiring the next generation of woodworkers?” I’d like to invite you to watch my video (2 minutes) and if you think I meet the challenge then I’d ask you to vote for my video and share this link with your friends by email and/or on Facebook. Thanks for watching! Contest link to share:http://woobox.com/d6auju/vote/for/1966256 Sorry about the black screen ...
I would have posted this as a forum topic but couldn’t find a category where I thought it would fit. Anyway . . . On one side of the miter of our kitchen countertop, about a 4-inch length of the laminate has lifted from the substrate. I attempted to fix it by putting laminate adhesive on a palette knife and spreading it inside on both laminate and substrate, allowing it to dry, and then pressing it down. That was a couple of months ago and it has lifted again. I don’t want ...
At the end of the last post in this series I was beginning to try to repair a crack, or gap, that was between the upper left tenon shoulder of the bottom rail and the left stile. I had super glued a small sliver of wood into the crack, which worked OK, actually. It doesn’t look awesome, but it looks way better than it did with a large black void there. I figure that once I stain and finish, it won’t be so obvious. It’s only really obvious when you get up close. But th...
It’s been just over 3 months since I first posted this blog to fix the wife’s patio rocker. It was so daunting that I put it out in the yard and busied myself with a couple of new projects, but it kept haunting me. Every time I looked out on the back yard, it just looked back wondering when it’s time would come again. Well, guilt ridden I am reporting that I did get back, just in time for the Fall/Winter season. I had to re-manufacture four replacement pieces with round mortise/tenon j...
The yellow just won’t work with rosewood. As JC suggested the epoxy should be used. I should know better. It must be old age. I have to learn my lesson more than once. The yellow glue didn’t held up to the test at all. After letting the tote to sit and dry for couple days. It snaps off with easy. The glue really never set. It was still soft. I had to start over. I ran hot water over glue spot and scrubbed with a tooth brush until all the visible glue are gone. This time I used epo...
It is a walk down memory lane I just as soon not take, but it is nice to know you can go back if you have to. Last Fall after taking delivery of our new little cute vicious puppies, I made the mistake of leaving my bench in their puppy pen. I made it out of redwood in 2009 and it proved to be a tasty treat for sharp teeth. Yum! Aaaaaaaargh! The main damage was to the end of the armrests and there was some damage to the ends of the backrest. I figured I could sand out the backrest,...
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