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140 days ago

Switch rebuilding - 4 replies

Most power switches used with moderately large stationary tools (contractor saws, drill presses, 6-inch jointers, thickness planers, etc.) and some mobile ones, too (jobsite saws, bench-top sanders, etc.), are dual-purpose items that have two sets of separate contacts: double pole, single throw. Four connector pins on the back. The idea with ...

157 days ago

Modified Ridgid 12-inch sliding miter saw - 1 reply

I love my 12-inch Ridgid sliding miter saw, even though it is now out of production. However, for the kind of work I do it has limitations that are common with just about all miter saws, particularly sliders. While I use the work for typical large-scale work at times (why else by something as big as this?), much of its use involves cutting small...

157 days ago

Zero clearance throat plate for band saw. - 13 replies

Hey! Many of us have made or purchased zero-clearance throat plates for table saws and even miter saws. I certainly have made those items for those particular tools that I own. A tight throat plate reduces tear out with miter crosscutting and also keeps large items from falling down into the blade housing area of a table saw when ripping off sma...

269 days ago

Do horseflies like loud sounds? - 12 replies

Several times while operating my jobsite saw or jointer I have had large horseflies land on the tools. I am not talking some distance from the work area; I am talking about right next to the blade while it is cutting wood and making a horrific amount of noise. The noise almost seems to draw them towards the tool. Has anyone else here experien...

459 days ago

Ryobi lithium batteries - 17 replies

I have several of the larger Ryobi, 18-volt lithium batteries, and recently two of them went bad on me. Neither will hold a charge for more than a short while, and one will not charge up past the yellow power-level point at all. I have tried charging overnight, but still could not get them to work. I have two others that are working fine, plu...

618 days ago

Kitchen cabinet clearcoating - 12 replies

Hey, I have a group of oak kitchen cabinets that I installed about 25 years ago. They still look good, but in a couple of places the finished has deteriorated to the point where the clear coat has flaked off or rubbed off. My wife uses hand lotion a lot, and I think that may have played a part. Yesterday, I installed handles and knobs on the...

679 days ago

Antique look for gold picture frames - 4 replies

My wife collects art, and to make her items look better I have made quite a few picture frames to hold them. Some are stained and clear coated and some are simply painted. However, one thing I have not been able to do is replicate the “antique” look I find with some of those certainly recently built, gold-finished frames one sees in ...

689 days ago

Modification for Ridgid R4510 jobsite saw - 1 reply

I have owned this small jobsite saw for a while and even posted a review of it on this site a while back that included the installation of an outfeed extension on the backside of the saw to make it easier to deal with long-board ripping jobs. I also posted a description of how I made a zero clearance throat plate for the tool. ...

1096 days ago

Brazilian pine? - 3 replies

My ex boss (we are both retired) recently broke down an old, seven-foot bookcase at his place and gave me the pieces. The sides were 1×10s, 1.5-inches thick, with the shelves the same depth, but .75 inches. I planed off the stain and varnish (rather rough varnishing work had been done on the pieces) and now have the items stacked and rea...

1167 days ago

12-inch Oldham blade: 120C480. Good/bad? - 10 replies

I was looking through my Grizzly catalog and saw an entry for an Oldham 12-inch crosscut blade, model number 120C480. This seems to be their premium thin-kerf crosscut blade. I tried looking on the internet for some reviews and comments, but there were none, beyond some vague specifications from various sales sites. Nothing about hook angle (imp...

1758 days ago

Splitter and Riving Knife thicknesses - 18 replies

I have cut a lot of wood on my small table saw and have yet to encounter a workpiece being snagged by the back of the blade and flipped. My saw does not have a riving knife, but it does have a splitter that seems to be doing the protection job OK. Normally, I run the blade a bit more elevated than typical, which may explain how the splitter, thu...

2009 days ago

Sourcing small parts for projects - 4 replies

My wife took me to a small shop that offers locally made items of small size and decent quality. Normally, I do not pay that much attention, but at one place a bell went off in my head and I saw dollar signs. One local guy apparently obtains things like small humidity gauges, clocks, barometers, etc., and makes wooden frames, display cases, and ...

2010 days ago

Kreg pocket joiner device - 89 replies

I recently saw a lengthy video ad for the Kreg pocket joinery device. I have been using biscuits for years and one thing the ad did was disparage the entire concept of biscuit joinery, dowling, and tongue and groove. I can see the point and the Kreg device looked very competent in some areas. Of course, they made the various projects look eas...

2017 days ago

Craftsman trim saw - 2 replies

For most of my cutting work away from my table saw and band saws and miter saws I use a nifty Skil Mag-77 circular saw. A nice piece of work, but too massive and heavy at times for certain tasks. So, I recently purchased a Craftsman 5.5-inch trim saw. It has the same left-blade orientation as the big Skil unit, and also includes a decent lase...


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