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04-25-2018 03:14 PM

Benefits & Drawbacks of Combination Machines? - 17 replies

Prior to moving I sold off a 6” jointer and a 15” planer. I’ve been looking to replace both machines with one combo machine and possibly adding a drum sander to the mix. I was familiar with Woodmaster drum sanders but never knew of their other machines which can perform as a multitask machine – planing, sanding, molding...

04-04-2018 09:42 PM

Animal Droppings ID - 33 replies

I’ve been at my folks house the last few days to prepare the house for sale. I discovered a lot of droppings in the backyard and either need confirmation these are deer droppings or if not, someone to tell me what they are. As you can see there’s a good deal if it. I felt a little weird about posting this to LJs, but then again ...

03-24-2018 03:58 PM

Ideas for Modifying Old Craftsman Alien Drill Press - 18 replies

This was a CL purchase a few years ago. I love the drill press, but one thing that it’s missing is a mechanism to raise and lower to table. Lowering is easy. gravity does this, though getting it close to the desired height is sometimes hit and miss. Raising it is all together another issue, especially with the table I added. I’...

03-16-2018 03:54 PM

Single vs Dual Drum Sander and Some Questions - 19 replies

I’m considering the purchase of a drum sander. Not sure which make model etc. However it probably won’t be an open ended sander. For those with a dual drum, is this a feature you value? In other words, is the cost increase worth it? Do you always use it with two different grits? One grit on both? Don’t utilize the second...

11-25-2017 06:08 PM

Moving a cabinet saw - questions! - 12 replies

OK I see the prudence in removing the table wings, but what should be done to ensure the motor and trunnion are secure/protected? Tilt to 45 and lower down on to some blocking? I don’t recall how it arrived.

09-29-2017 10:39 PM

Finishing Honey Locust - 3 replies

I will be making a live edge slab dining table from honey locust. I’ve never worked with it before. Actually I’m not sure I’ve ever seen first hand, any furniture made from it. So any and all help is appreciated. Im interested in suggestions for a finish, either using one type of finish throughout or a combination of fini...

09-26-2017 01:05 PM

Oneida v-3000 HEPA experiences? - 16 replies

In planning my new shop, I’ve been looking at new DC systems to replace the HF system I’ve been using the past few years. My thoughts are I should look at single phase 3hp systems so I have adequate collection at each point in the shop. The systems I looked at are Laguna, Delta, Jet, Oneida and ClearView. I like some of the featu...

08-03-2017 03:58 PM

Curing Runout on My Craftsman Alien - 27 replies

I purchased the drill press off of CL last year and have used it as is, well other than giving it a good cleaning. However I knew there was some runout and now want to address it. Does anyone have an idea where to start to look for the source? How to evaluate what’s causing it? ie quill, spindle, bearings, etc? This is the model: 103...

07-18-2017 04:23 PM

Re-wrapping Japanese Ryoba Handle - 22 replies

The cord on my ryoba became frayed and basically just fell off. I picked up some bamboo twine I think is suitable, but I’m not sure how to proceed so the loose ends are tucked under the wrap. Does anyone know of a good tutorial on how to wrap the handle?

06-20-2017 12:21 AM

What do you use to flatten stones? - 24 replies

I have a set of Shapton wet stones and I’m interested in knowing what others use to true and flatten their wet stones. I know Norton and a few others make stones specifically for this, but after reading some reviews, it seems many have been received that were not flat themselves. I guess diamond plate is one option and the other is a cast...

05-06-2017 03:39 AM

CNC what it be? - 55 replies

OK so I have been thinking about approaching this subject for a while, but then felt some trepidation as it’s not meant to be critical of anyone and certainly not meant as flame bait. I hope it doesn’t devolve into something it shouldn’t be. However I think it’s a fair discussion and would like to hear both sides of the...

05-03-2017 06:21 PM

What is Pallet Wood - 4 replies

I have to admit, I wasn’t completely certain what types of woods were used to construct pallets and how the wood was treated that may make it unsafe to use. Since there has been so much discussion about the use of pallet wood for projects and since there are probably others that have no clue on the subject, like myself, I thought I’...

05-02-2017 01:23 PM

600-year-old tree to be turned into furniture - 2 replies

Thought this was an interesting story for LJ. New Jersey Oak Tree to be Cut Down in April Here’s the news in todays NY Post with a pick of the tree being felled. 600-year-old tree to be turned into furniture

04-25-2017 07:45 PM

When you think you've sanded enough ........... - 11 replies

.................... sand some more! I used to tell the guys that worked for me this. I know some people like it. Some even consider it therapeutic and may even get into a some kind of a state of euphoric trance, like runners do. But the guys that worked for me, dread it, like I do. That’s abating a bit as I use hand tools more an...

04-22-2017 02:23 PM

New Jet Lathe - Grinding/Clicking Noise - 47 replies

So yesterday I finally fired up my new Jet 1221. With nothing mounted but the faceplate, I expected to hear a cool whirl and humming sound. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. There was a noticeable grinding noise accompanied by an intermittent clicking or knocking. The machine on slow speed ran silently until the speed was increased. ...

04-14-2017 07:47 PM

Lathe - Hopefully I Made the Better Choice - 11 replies

I’ve had my shop for about a year and a half now. During that time there were things I wanted to accomplish that weren’t possible without a way to turn them. I made a few knobs using my bench top drill press, but I’m pretty sure it took much longer than it would have on a lathe and the work I could turn was certainly limited ...

04-08-2017 04:18 PM

My First Turning - 4 replies

Ok so it’s not art, but it’s a first for me ;) I have need of a few knobs for a project I’m working on and thought I’d try using my drill press for this before picking up a bench top lathe, which I’d eventually like to do. I always had interest in turning after seeing a few guys first hand, make some really beau...

04-04-2017 03:07 PM

Laminating Bubinga - 11 replies

Understanding that bubinga is “oily”, would it be better to use epoxy for face grain laminating vs TB 2?

02-06-2017 05:10 AM

Neat little task lights for machines - 4 replies

I purchased these sewing machine LED task lights for my miter saw, drill press and band saw. Have to say I love them – especially since they cost a little over twelve bucks and were delivered the same day :) I wired the one on the miter saw in ahead of the switch so it has independent operation. The lamp base has a large magnet. In o...

01-16-2017 01:34 AM

Variable speed switch for router table? - 2 replies

I’ll be mounting a new Triton TRA 001 to my table and was wondering if there’s a way to add speed control to the router, above table. How would it be connected to the paddle power switch if there’s such a device? If there is, can anyone suggest their component of choice?

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