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582 days ago

Safety products for the woodworker - 10 replies

I’ve been having issues with safety products specifically for the face, ears, eyes and breathing. Haven’t you? Well, maybe not.My personal problems stem from long time. often daily, exposure to dust, noise and flying particles. I’m not ashamed to say I’m old. That not only implies experience, but also vulnerability to cas...

589 days ago

minimum temperature question - 2 replies

The instructions for Minwax Polycrylic give the ideal temperature for good curing, but I don’t have the ideal conditions.What is the lowest temperature in which the finish will still cure satisfactorily? Don

687 days ago

Question: How do you buy and use euro hinges? - 9 replies

I haven’t used these things before but now I need a fully concealed hinge for a special cabinet.The trouble I’m having is discerning what kind of hinge to buy and how its used.I bought a hinge that was only $.50 and found it inadequate for the project.So I went shopping for a better one. First I found one that satisfied the criteria ...

936 days ago

ID this wood - 9 replies

I have a customer’s rocking chair in my shop. It’s old, but I have no idea how old. It has paw feet on the front legs where they attach to the rockers. It was originally, I think, heavily upholstered.The owner asked me if I could tell what specie the wood is. It was stained or coated in a colored varnish, colored a dark, reddish, sor...

1365 days ago

How do you share 560 Ft² with all that? - 18 replies

My shop is only 20 feet wide and 28 feet long. A sixteen foor overhead door is on one end.I have these so called “stationary” machines: Cabinet style table saw, NOT ON WHEELSLegacy Ornamental mill model 1500EX (one big bugger)FlatMaster sanderGrizzly band sawHegner scroll sawDelta compound miter sawShopSmith (28 years old)CarveWright...

1369 days ago

Overhead tool racks - 7 replies

My shop is way too crowded.Sometimes what I need at the tablesaw is somewhere else, requiring a walk and sometimes a search party.I make numerous jigs for the tablesaw and have a number of tools I wish were handy there, too.So the way I deal with the situation is to hang racks from the ceiling.Although it’s still in the experimental stage,...

1441 days ago

A SketchUp Quandry - 1 reply

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1454 days ago

Shooting Board - 9 replies

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1510 days ago

Outdoor clearcoat/varnish? - 8 replies

I realize that marine spar may be the best, but what other finishes are there to use in outdoor projects? I have a job building a truck bed for a custom street rod. He wants it to be in Black Walnut and it should resemble a fine furniture finish. It will be driven on the street, and likely will be rained upon. It also may be put to the test w...

1585 days ago

Looking for a planer - 17 replies

The wife and I travelled to a small city about 50 miles away to buy some nice hardwoods. This guy has burls and galls, curly maple, curly walnut, curly everything.He also has surprisingly low prices. We bought a load of pretties for $150. So on the way home SWBMT (She Who Buys Me Tools) turned to me, talking over the boards that were too long...

1600 days ago

B&D replacement drill? - 6 replies

I have an older B & D cordless drill, CD180S, using 18V battery pack.After a number of years of relatively satisfactory service I dropped it and the bottom of the clamshell body broke off.I’m wondering if any of the new cordless drills will be able to run on the batteries I now own.Scouring the B&D site for tech details was disappo...

1710 days ago

Who knows what tree this is? - 8 replies

I was driving in the city a few days ago and saw this unusual tree. The shape of the crown has been altered by the power utility crews, but still, the limbs are oddly contorted and the color and bark are strange to me. It even has a detail in which two adjacent knots have a clear “tunnel” beteween them. Just curious, y...

1783 days ago

Heavy projects from the ground up - 9 replies

Whenever I start to build cabinets or anything large and heavy I have to consider how to deal with it as it grows and gets heavier and more ungainly as work progresses. I’m forced to think about my ability to move such projects. I am 76 years old and not able to do heavy lifting.I MUST move the projects because everything, tools and pro...

1896 days ago

Better but not expensive - - - 3 replies

My old ShopSmith bandsaw, on its own floor stand for years is getting a little worse for wear and it isn’t the bandsaw I would like it to be.I do want a better one, but I can’t think about the top-notch machines in the thousands of dollars. I am a retired, old person on a budget.So what are the recommendations for a better band saw ...

1916 days ago

The Official SketchUp Blog - 4 replies

I received an email today and was linked to a blog I think every student of, teacher of and user of SketchUp should join.http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2009/03/woodworkers-3-sketchup.htmlTry it out. You may just learn something new from time to time. Best regards, Don

1969 days ago

ShopSmith's dinky switch - 16 replies

As a longtime ShopSmith owner and one who has kept up with maintenance issues, I make this observation about it:The little power switch on it seems to me to be wrong. If I’m switching something that approaches 15 amps and maybe more on startup, I’d want something more substantial and I’d like it to be enclosed.When my original...


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