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|444 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...
|451 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
|549 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 ...
|799 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...
|1227 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...
|1231 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,...
|1304 days ago||
A SketchUp Quandry - 1 reply
|1316 days ago||
Shooting Board - 9 replies
|1372 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...
|1447 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...
|1462 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...
|1572 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...
|1645 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...
|1758 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 ...
|1778 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
|1831 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...