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12-21-2011 02:19 AM

do i need a dust collector? - 32 replies

I picked up a single-stage dust collector today after about a year and a half of waffling on the purchase. And now I’m thinking about taking it back tomorrow because I’m just not convinced I need a dust collector based on my situation, and I tend to think of it as an overgrown shop-vac, which I already have. I’m working out of ...

11-09-2011 01:26 AM

Depression - 9 replies

pitch black at 5pm, seriously cutting into my after-work shop time. lord, help me—winter begins… I should add, I work mostly on the driveway out of an unheated, detached garage. Thus I’m limited to pleasant-weather, daytime woodworking :(

10-26-2011 10:03 PM

Delta 14" Bandsaw Parts - 2 replies

Upgraded my bs with a 6” riser block. Have the following parts available which were replaced in the upgrade: largish bolt (about 1”x3”): secured the top half to the bottom half inside blade guard, plastic guide post: round steel rod that raises/lowers the guides which are attached at the bottom I’m offering ...

10-01-2011 06:05 PM

Wood gloat! - 11 replies

Yippee, score! 125 bf of 40-year-old, air-dried Walnut 2×6’s at $3/bf! Only heartwood. And there are about 2000 more bf there all hidden away by an 84-year-old disabled man who can no longer woodwork. His house was full of walnut cabinetry. Sorry for his disability, but I’m so happy about him selling it to me, I don’t even...

03-11-2010 07:33 PM

very frustrated... - 15 replies

I’ve been working on this stationary box with hidden splines (a la Doug Stowe) off and on for months. It was coming along great. I could tell the wood (ash) was absolutely beautiful even without a finish. Then, yesterday evening, I busted it apart while trying to force a glue up. I know, I know… I shouldn’t have used the rubber...

01-21-2010 05:28 AM

hobby --> obsession - 32 replies

You know it’s getting ridiculous when your neighbor across the street cuts down a couple of dying trees, piles the wood by the road (to presumably be hauled away to the dump), and you sneak over under cover of darkness with your child’s little red wagon and haul back several choice logs to turn into bowls and cut up into pen blanks (...

01-07-2010 05:05 PM

how to reduce the diameter of a 1" metal post? - 25 replies

I have a clone of the Delta 46-700 lathe, and I ordered the 4” tool rest (46-690) with a 1” post. Unfortunately the hole measures only 31/32” in diameter, so the rest naturally won’t go in. Is there an easy way (for me) to reduce the diameter of the post?

12-22-2009 01:50 AM

hanging a mirror - 1 reply

Been working on the honey-do list this week and one of the projects was to hang an oval mirror on the bathroom wall. I bought a “Hangman” aluminum cleat system where you attach one half to the wall and the other half to the back of the mirror. Problem is, I can’t seem to figure out how to attach the cleat to the mirror. I’...

10-17-2009 08:44 PM

mildew on project - 7 replies

I finished this table at the end of August, and it’s already got mildew stains on the top—we’ve had an awful lot of rain here the last couple of months. It is made of cypress and was stained with Cabot outdoor deck stain (Jarah brown). Is there anything I can do about the mildew? The treated pine adirondack chairs I built this ...

07-07-2009 02:54 AM

reclaiming wood - 9 replies

I’m new to reclaiming wood (i.e., never done it), but have been considering it lately because quality hardwood around here is scarce. I know someone who has 11 solid oak church pews with a blond finish for $485, which I assume, with a little planing, would yield quite a bit of wonderful lumber. Assuming these are “normal,”...

06-29-2009 06:07 PM

lumber source? - 12 replies

Where do you get hardwood lumber? I want to make some projects calling for walnut, maple, and cherry. A call around to the “lumber dealers” (as listed in the yellow pages) yielded only SPF, presumably construction-grade. Several said they could probably order it, but were clueless as to prices and the ordering process, in gener...

06-11-2009 04:47 PM

Play "Name That Tool!" - 10 replies

I admit to buying cheap, Asian-made tools wherever possible. Problem is the manuals are often factually-erroneous, grammatically incorrect, or downright incomplete. Below are two parts left over after assembly of two power tools, and I’m hoping someone can identify them and/or tell me their purpose. The fork is shown for reference. The fir...

06-01-2009 10:21 PM

Two good antique store finds (planes) - 4 replies

Found these at an antique store, one for $20 and the other for $25. Both in good condition. Plan to sharpen the blades, tune ‘em up, and put them into service. These are my first planes, both in good shape. A Stanley No. 4 smoothing plane: !! A Wards Master 14” jack plane made by Stanley and sold by Montgomery Ward: !! ...

05-24-2009 05:52 PM

cleaning up curved edges - 11 replies

What’s the best way to clean up a curved edge? After sawing out some irregular shaped pieces using my bandsaw (arms for an Adirondack chair), the cuts are somewhat wavy from moving the piece back and forth while sawing so that the blade followed the pencil line. I was thinking of a drum sander attachment on a drill press. Would that be ...

02-17-2009 04:54 AM

first tablesaw cut - 34 replies

I made my first cut on a tablesaw today. After reading the manual from cover to cover and checking the parallelism of the rip fence-miter slots-blade, I cross cut a 15” piece of a 1×2 to make a push stick for when I get brave enough to rip something. Man, was I scared. I guess I was afraid everything was going to blow up on me after r...

02-16-2009 02:18 AM

when to use table saw - 26 replies

Please pardon the newbie question, but I inherited a bunch of tools from my granddad, and I have more than I know what to do with (thanks grandpa!). So I have set out to learn how to use them, and started off by building a bird feeder. I started off clamping the board to my workmate and crosscutting several pieces off the end with my 7-1/4”...

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