Why I Buy Used Power Tools Alright, below is my spiel on why I buy used tools. Just like the rest of my posts, I am not claiming this to be gospel truth, but this is my thought process when it comes to making large power tool purchases. Hopefully this won’t overlap with my craigslist blog too much, but I feel they are different topics and each deserve their own post. When I acquired a real shop (a garage) for the first time about 18 months ago, I happily set out to look at purchasing my...
It all started with a old dryer that had a very good motor. I took it out of the dryer, cleaned it and after a short inspection I decided it could use a new life. I operated the motor mounted on a short scrap wood and used a saw to shorten the shaft and then a rasp to make it suitable for my needs. Had a friend turn a 4” flange to hold an MDF disc sized 10.2” with 6 bolts. Drilled the disc and prepared the surface for flash mounting the bolts. While the ...
As some may remember….My Grizzly Bear made it into “The Lair”.It was a potentially dangerous and harrowing trip…. With my G0458 18” Open Ended Drum Sander resting comfortably and all cleaned up and ready to perform….I plugged it in, flipped the switch…. It is alive….For about a split second…. then the fuse blew!!!Yeah, I said FUSE…. all the circuits for “The Lair” are fuses!!! ;^( Short story long…. There is o...
How to make a simple cutting board and a few tips and tricks to help get the most out of your tools. Check it out.
This weekend I was going through one of my wood books. That’s about all I can do right. In the last year I had 4 surgery’s on my knee. The last one was in February when I had a seizure and actually broke my leg, I never thought that could happen. Anyway back to the book. I saw a ad about the woodmaster planer sander and molder. It was a bit weird it factory is about 45 min from my house. Anyway all comments good or bad would be helpful. Thanks Tim:
I don’t have to worry about this recall . . . I can’t afford a Mirka! Recall Date: June 4, 2014Recall Number: 14-199 Mirka Recalls Compact Electric Random Orbital Sanders Due to Fire Hazard WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Recall Summary Name of Product: Random orbital sanders Hazard: The sander can short circuit, posing a fire h...
I needed some shop storage and I wanted to use some pecky cypress I was given. So I figured drawer fronts of pecky cypress would be an awesome start. So I started by getting some free plywood after some old cabinets were demo’d on a job I was on. I would’ve preferred European style cabinets but didn’t think about it until after I milled and assembled the face frame. Here is the carcass from reclaimed wood. Cabinet set in place with face frame attached. Yes, I used a kre...
I was able to get the second entry finished. Chris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OpwDbfxLFw&list=UUoiFVDvzJX8tXXF5GsUPc_Q&feature=share
My neighbors lent me a desk for a while and, although I didn’t use it a lot (it was a bit small), I did like having it in my room. Since they took it back for their son to use, I’ve really missed having it. So I am going to attempt to build a replacement. I am using the writing desk from WWMM as a template. The sides and back are a glue-up of construction grade 3/4 ply and 5mm ply that I had from previous projects. the center spine is a glue-up of 2 pieces of 5/8” ply. The...
Well, I’ve decided to put my newly found carving hobby aside briefly while I play with some scrap wood and old skil saw blades. My father-in-law makes rustic furniture and I started going through his scrap pile to discover he has a lot of small chunks of beautiful wood. We cut some curved oyster knife blanks from burnt up skil saw blades and I rummaged through his scrap wood and have found some really nice pieces. This is a new endeavor, so we will see how many I ruin before...
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