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05-09-2013 03:51 AM

installing metal screw for leg vise - 4 replies

I bought a metal screw (LV tail vise screw) to use in my build of the leg vise on a new bench. I am not sure about the orientation of the threaded nut/flange. There is two ways:1) I think I saw someone install one by mortising a hole on the backside of the bench leg to accept the nut. This makes the flange face the rear of the bench. Or,2) Lo...

04-18-2013 09:37 PM

bench leg size for leg vise - 2 replies

I am building a version of the 21st century workbench with a leg vise instead of the twin screw front vise.The plans show a 3.5” square leg for the supports. My question is for a leg vise that will be 6 or 8” wide jaws, what does the leg width need to be? I have seen 5 inches on the Roubo designs but will the 3.5” work or creat...

03-21-2013 12:40 AM

workbench leg vise or twin screw on front of bench? - 17 replies

I am trying to decide on either a leg vice or twin screw vise. I know some woodworkers lean very strong to both vises. My thoughts are that the leg vise is less costly to build but needs additional support on edge planning of long boards and more trouble to deal with the lower depth adjustment. The Veritas twin vise is relatively expensive b...

03-15-2013 08:36 PM

workbench MDF top using bench holdfasts - 6 replies

I am looking onto building a bench using MDF layers for the top. I assume it must be a minimum 2 inches thick to use bench dogs and bench holdfasts.My question is will MDF hold up using bench hold fasts or will the material be too soft over time and wallow out?If this is an issue, will plywood be more acceptable?

03-11-2013 03:05 PM

board edge cleanup -- which plane to use? - 6 replies

I am just getting into using hand planes in my shop and find them interesting, satisfying, and frustrating. After edge jointing on a power planer or ripping on the table saw, which plane is best to use to remove the mill marks?I think it could be a block, a #4 smoother, a #5 jack, or even a #8 ?Would like various opinions and the reasons behi...

02-27-2013 01:08 AM

workbench vices -- tail vs. double screw end - 3 replies

I have noticed some benches have a tail vice that is on the front edge used mostly for holding a board between 2 bench dogs. Some other benches have a double screw vice on the end that I assume does the duty as a tail vice but over the entire width of the bench. Can someone explain the differences and/or pros & cons of the two different v...

02-24-2013 04:03 PM

workbench dogs - 10 replies

I saw a wood workbench design using T tracks embedded into the work surface. It was being used more like an assembly table which seemed just fine.My question that could T tracks replace bench dogs where it holds stop blocks against an end screw or is T tracks not sturdy enough for holding boards in place for planning, chiseling, etc.?Does anyone...

07-29-2012 09:10 PM

Delta 1.5hp duct collector for sale -- $325 - 4 replies

I am selling a Delta 50-760 model single stage dust collector. It is 1.5hp, 1200cfm, with 1 micro filter bag. It is less than 2 yrs old and lists for >$400.I am in Louisiana, m ust pickup here.

05-21-2011 05:16 PM

saw blades with rivnig knife -- std kerf vs. thin - 4 replies

I need to replace a standard 0.125” blade on my Grizzly 1023R that uses a rving knife. Grizzly says that the knive requires you to use a standard kerf blade as the thin kerf ones are thinner than the knife and they don’t make one to match. I really would like to use the thin kerf ( 0.0904”) blades as they are more readily av...

03-05-2011 07:02 AM

Porch Glider problem -- short range of motion - 5 replies

I recently completed my first glider. I patterened it from a porch swing that I have been making for awhile. To turn it into a glider I purchased some 7.5 inch metal glides specifically for gliders from Rockler. I used some features from glider patterns in magazines and adapted to my swing. The glides are mounted vertical and are about 19”...

03-02-2010 02:08 AM

Craftsman planer model 351 problems - 4 replies

We have a problem waith a model 351.217330 13-inch planer with the wood chips coking the outlet to a point it will stall the feed rollers. It was a problem from purchase. We adjusted the angle of the chip breaker plate with a wedge. This has allowed the planer to run. Has anyone had this problem and how was it fixed or modified?

02-15-2010 03:10 AM

Need advise on dust collector selection - 1 reply

I am have so much trouble with my Delta AP400 not collecting below 30 microns that I decided that it would be best to replace it.I am considering the Delta 50 -760 , Grizzly G1029, and the PSI DC200B. Wood Magazine rated these very highly. I was surprised that the Harbor Freight unit did not perform well in the flow tests. I want the filter at 1...

02-11-2010 10:17 PM

still getting shop fine dust - 15 replies

I built an air filtration unit from a surplus furnace blower with three inlet filters. The first filter is a coarse inexpensive washable filter followed by a pleated 3M 700 rated filter and last by an electrostaic pleated 3M 1200 rated filter. The unit is mounted overhead on a side wall about 1/3 of the way down and still closest to the biggest ...

12-20-2009 05:49 PM

stainable wood putty??? - 1 reply

I am interested in which product that you feel is very good for a wood putty that takes stain well? I use a MinWax product claiming to be stainable but doesn’t really perform.

11-13-2009 06:10 PM

Table finish ? - 4 replies

I just built a 4×8 dining table using cypress wood. Now I have to put the finish on it. I want to use a tough, hard finsh that can take some abuse especially water stains.Is a good grade poly adequate or it there better products out there? Either way please add the application process that you recommend.

10-24-2009 04:44 PM

PC belt sander experience - 2 replies

I am looking for a new belt sander. The Porter Cable Model 371 with a 2.5×14 inch belt is very interesting. The small size and weight makes it attractive.Does anyone have any experince with this model and how available are the belts at local outlets without ordering?

08-12-2009 05:27 PM

air filtration recommendatios- Grizzly, Jet, Penn ? - 2 replies

I read a lot about building your own air filtration unit from a box fan or furnace blower but I am still looking at manufactured one to get the extra features like timers, etc. I think that if build your own and buy 2 or more levels of filters and bags or electrostatic filters you are approaching the cost of a factory made one ( I maybe wrong?)...

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