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09-25-2017 05:31 PM

Are premium hand planes worth it? - 54 replies

I have been thinking about getting a low angle jack plane for some time. There are several alternatives: Stanley #62 $123 (Amazon)Woodriver #62 $213 (Amazon)Lie-Nielsen #62 $245++ (LN)Veritas $245++ (LV) The Stanley is receiving mostly very good reviews. My question is are the other planes worth twice the price?

09-21-2017 04:54 PM

A tale of two gates... - 13 replies

I saw a segment on American Woodshop were Scott Phillips had some arbor gates blow off during a storm. He had constructed these gates out of cedar using pocket hole screws to fasten the frame members together. The pocket hole screws pulled out of the wood in some cases breaking it. His solution was to use white oak for the frames and again use p...

06-30-2017 07:24 PM

Cicular saw blade shapening service - 2 replies

Does anyone know of a good circular saw blade sharpening service in the Tampa Fl area?

08-23-2016 05:00 PM

Shaper Origin - 21 replies

Just saw on a tech web site this interesting tool. It is basically a hand held CNC machine. No bed size limitations. I can also see using this to make very long box joints (four feet anyone?). And the cost is in the same range as a higher end small CNC unit.

04-29-2016 04:59 PM

Best way to trim tenons - 15 replies

I have recently completed a router mortising jig to cut mortises. The original intent was to make mortise and tenon joints with loose tenons. However I have discovered that there is significant difference in router width between end grain and face grain. So I am looking at rough cutting the tenons on a table saw and then finishing them by hand. ...

01-31-2016 12:19 AM

Using Leigh M2 jig for standard mortise & tenon joints - 1 reply

I have the chance to purchase a used Leigh D4 dovetail jig with the M2 attachment. I have been thinking about buying the Leigh FMT jig. It looks like the M2 can make single tenons in 3/4” stock. Any thoughts on this?,

01-18-2016 08:54 PM

Size of ogee router bit - 4 replies

I am working on a project where I would like to duplicate the curve shown in the picture below on the edge of a 3/4” thick board. Being a 3/4” board I would normally look at a bit with a 3/8” radius curves. However the bits I am finding (Whiteside 2210 or MLCS 8862) have a cutting heigth of 1” not 3/4”.

01-10-2016 05:46 PM

Incra STS Mortiser - 1 reply

I am loking at the Incra STS Mortiser jig. This is built from the Incra Build-It system compoments. Here is the manual. I have found one review on this site. Has anyone else built this jig?

12-05-2015 10:18 PM

Best M&T jig for me - 20 replies

I am an amateur woodworker, working in my spare time out of my garage. I am finding that in nearly every project I make, I am using some type of mortise and tenon joint. Perhaps it is my obsession with accuracy, but I am finding it hard to get just the “right” fit. There are several reasons for this both with cutting the mortise and ...

08-14-2015 05:26 PM

Best finishe for white oak outside - 7 replies

I know that there will probably be as many answers to this questions as there are people reading this posting. I am building an outdoor patio cart out of white oak. I live in west central Florida we have a have a lot of sun and rain but no snow. I will probably be using some kind of penetrating oil finish for exterior wood surfaces. For examp...

08-09-2015 09:28 PM

Planer mobile stand question - 3 replies

I recently aquired via Craigslist a lightly used DW735 planner. It did not come with a mobile base so I need to design and build one. I purchased the DeWalt infeed/outfeed tables for this planer. The question I have is should I additional infeed/outfeed tables into the cart design? I have been using some roller stands for my old planer. Will...

07-27-2015 06:42 PM

Help with thickness planer - 3 replies

I have a used Ryobi AP-12 thickness planer which I purchased off Craigslist a year ago. The unit works and with a little setup does not give me snipe. The planed surface of the wood is equal to or better than purchased planed lumber. The only issue I have with the unit is that it will not keep the same thickness setting when running a large a...

04-05-2015 06:02 PM

Saw blade suggestions - 5 replies

I am looking for an inexpensive blade for my table saw with a 0.125” kerf and a flat (non ATB) top. I am currently use two Diablo saw blades (which are excellent) however even the 24 tooth rip blade is thin kerf and ATB. I want a flat top blade to cut some flat bottom (without “bat wings”) grooves for an upcoming project. T...

01-31-2015 10:47 PM

Hollow or solid legs - 10 replies

I am going to make a set of matching coffee table and two end tables for my family room. I am basing the design off of a coffee table in Woodsmith magazine. The design calls for 2 1/8” square legs. The legs on the orginal design are laminated from 3/4” stock and an 1/8” veneer glued on one face to cover the laminations. I ...

12-10-2014 07:33 PM

Dovetail joint fit problems with Incra Jig - 5 replies

A while back I purchased an Incra Original Jig and built a fence and set it up on my table saw/router table combination. The problem I am having is that when I adjust the router bit height using the procedure outlined in the manual and also in the reference manual once I mill the actual work pieces they fit way too tight. I am having to produce ...

10-18-2014 09:31 PM

Spindle lock - 3 replies

I made the Shopnotes router lift for my router table. I really like it, and is very precise with one exception. Unless I tighten the two nuts at the bottom to the point where turning the height adjustment screw is extermely dofficult, the screw will turn with the router vibration. I need to add some kind of lock or brake. Any ideas?

10-12-2014 07:09 PM

Incra router bit set - 8 replies

l started to pratice making various types of joints with my Incra jig and router. However it looks like I will need to get some better router bits. So I did some research on Incra router bit sets. Top of the line appears to be Whiteside, Infinity or Frued. These sets run around $110. However MLCS has a set for about half of that. Has anyone use...

08-27-2014 06:33 PM

Bandsaw blade tracking question - 9 replies

I have a question concerning where to set or track the blade on a bandsaw. Some people are recommending setting the machine so that the center of the blade is in the center of the wheel. Others suggest setting the machine so that the bottom of the gullet is in the center of the wheel. Any opinions on which is correct?

08-20-2014 12:17 PM

Buying a used band saw - 5 replies

I have an up coming project that would be easier done on a band saw. So I am in the process of looking for a used band saw. I have found a 12” Craftsman tilting head unit on Craigslist. I would like to know what I should check for when inspecting the unit. I know that many people do not like Craftsman machinery, but I don’t want to d...

08-12-2014 06:05 PM

Router table dust collection - 4 replies

I now have a router table mounted as an extension to my table saw. I also made a Shop Notes router lift that I mounted to that same router table. I have a router fence that has dust collection built into it so that part is not an issue. The issue is when I cut grooves or dados the dust collection from the fence cannot work, it needs to be from u...

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