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11-16-2015 08:15 PM

Finishing torsion box assembly table - 3 replies

I am in the process of building a torsion box assembly table according to Spagnolo’s video on The Wood Whisperer. The top is done now and it seems very flat indeed. It is made entirely of 1/2” MDF. In his construction process, MS waxes the MDF prior to gluing up the internal grid so glue that spills out won’t stick to the ta...

10-17-2015 07:20 PM

Freehand shooting jig inquiry - 4 replies

In David Charlesworth’s informative video on precision shooting there is a section on shooting the edges of rather thin timbers or veneer where the thinness of the edge makes it very difficult to balance a plane on it. He uses two pieces of 3/4” MDF, sandwiching the board to be planed in between them with its edge to be planed st...

09-27-2015 03:57 PM

Inside Gauge Inquiry - 5 replies

Greetings, I recently took a woodworking class in which drawer making was a feature. To test the squareness of the drawer during glue up, we used a shop made gauge with two pointed wooden members that slid in and out to the correct length, fixed by a little clamp. Does anyone know what this clamp might be called or where one could be purch...

09-12-2015 05:15 PM

Stanley No. 65 Marking Gauge Brass Insert Question - 1 reply

I just purchased a second one of these on e-Bay. I own one I bought about 40 years ago new. I am very fond of this particular design which has a 5-sided stem. The stem comes almost to a point where the scribing pin emerges, making the scribing process much more visible and controllable than with the square-bottomed, more common variety, where th...

07-19-2015 06:36 PM

Advice on Nailers, esp. DeWalt DC608K Cordless - 5 replies

I would like to have a nailer for use in my shop. The primary uses I envision are assembly of 1/2 – 3/4 birch plywood and MDF for shop jigs and cabinetry. For example, I am planning an assembly table of 3/4 birch and MDF. I’d like to be able to nail through 3/4 thick birch into end grain 3/4 inch birch until glue dries. Can one dr...

06-24-2015 04:06 PM

Opinions on Powermatic 45 Lathe - 2 replies

I have a chance to buy a Powermatic 45 Lathe. I have never used a lathe before and don’t know much about them, so I want to buy a used one. The seller is asking $550.00 for it, and, going solely by the photos, it seems to be in good condition. What do you think about this lathe as a starting lathe for a beginner and is this a fair price...

05-14-2015 01:15 PM

Table Top Glue up questions - 2 replies

I have made a couple of small table tops—end table size, 15” wide back when I had only a 6” jointer. I have since acquired an 8” jointer. I notice most boards I get from suppliers (cherry) are about 8-10” wide. When I had the small jointer, I used to rip these boards into ca. 5” widths so I could joint them on...

04-03-2015 04:09 PM

How to touch up "black ash" speaker cabinets - 3 replies

Lots of speaker companies make a “black ash” finish, which is a matte black stain over ash wood. Since ash is so light a color, scrapes in these finishes are very obvious. Does anyone know what products to use and how best to repair/restore such finishes short of refinishing the whole cabinet? Thanks, George

12-13-2014 07:50 PM

Suggest resources for solid wood carcase and casework - 1 reply

A few months back, Fine Woodworking magazine published an article on building casework with solid lumber that included a fascinating treatment of what parts to glue and what parts to be left unglued to allow for wood expansion and contraction. Unfortunately, many woodworking projects I have seen give dimensions of parts and an orderly procedu...

12-03-2014 08:50 PM

Is there a dust port adapter for the Festool TS 55 EQ track saw and a 2.5" Shop Vac? - 5 replies

I have this track saw and would like to be able to connect its dust collection port to my 2.5” Craftsman Shop Vac intake. Anyone know if such an adapter exists and where it can be purchased? Any good work-arounds? Thanks, George

11-03-2014 07:36 PM

Looking for source for 1 1/8" birch edge banding plain not pre-glued or iron-on - 0 replies

I have some 1 1/8” birch edge banding veneer that is plain wood not pre-glued or iron-on and I’m running out. I cannot find where I bought this and I cannot locate a source. Any ideas? Thanks, George

10-24-2014 04:59 PM

Possible to add a cone filter to JET pr PM dust collector?? - 2 replies

I am considering getting a dust collector for my shop. I’m interested right now in the JET and Powermatic models, but I want to consider used ones too. Is it possible to retrofit the cone separator to a machine that doesn’t have one? Thanks George

10-24-2014 03:06 PM

Dust Collector Bag Questions - 7 replies

I am considering purchase of a dust collector. I like the JET and Powermatic models at ca. $750-850. I have a couple questions as I have never owned a dust collector. Are the plastic bags on these units a use once and throw away item or can they be used over and over? I was shocked to see how expensive the PM bags were, like ca. $220 fo...

04-17-2014 06:24 PM

Where should I start with tools and info? - 23 replies

I am about to acquire a wood lathe, a used JET JWL 1236. I have never done any turning, owned a lathe, etc. though I have just recently viewed some beginner’s lathe tutorials on youTube. The tool I am acquiring comes with no tools, so I am writing to ask for recommendations for a minimum set of high-quality tools for turning. What bran...

08-24-2013 04:47 PM

Drawer side lumbers and dovetail saws - 6 replies

Hi, I notice a lot of solid hardwood drawer sides are made of lighter-colored woods than drawer fronts. I see cherry and walnut-colored fronts with blonder woods on the drawer sides that look like poplar, oak or maybe ash? I’m new to all this—have just made drawers out of 1/2-inch birch plywood before. What are the most common ...

08-24-2013 04:24 PM

Exhibition of Interest - 1 reply

I ran across today this exhibition “Against the Grain” on Postmodern furniture and woodworking, an exhibition running until September 15 in NYC. There are some very radical and exciting works in this show. Check it out at Cheers, George

08-03-2013 08:01 PM

Countersinks that don't work. Grrrrr! - 20 replies

I have picked up a few countersinks from The Home Depot, Valu Home Center, etc. They are really terrible. They chatter in the hole and produce ragged six or eight sided “stars” with corners and facets instead of a clean, perfectly conical hole. I do have one I bought online, from Lee Valley here:

06-27-2013 09:17 PM

What large woodworking lathes are best? - 2 replies

I am considering adding a woodworking lathe to my tool set. I have never used a lathe, but I have been reading a bit about them online. I would be interested in a lathe large enough for turning legs for furniture and, perhaps some sizable bowl turning. I think one with the ability to turn the motor head for bowls or large items might be good. ...

06-15-2013 04:01 PM

Questions about 8" dado sets - 9 replies

I have a Craftsman 8” dado set that I bought a long time ago. It has two outer blades and a set of “chippers” that assemble inside the outer blades to determine the thickness of the dado. I have never been totally satisfied with it because the chippers are about 1/16-3/32 inch shorter than the outer blades resulting in a hig...

07-14-2012 04:34 PM

Mold on Plastics Solutions? - 4 replies

I live in a damp climate, so rust, mold. etc. are a constant. Some of my Craftsman hand tools develop a crusty white mold as shown. This doesn’t seem to damage the tools at all. It can be scraped off with a thumbnail revealing smooth, clean, clear plastic underneath. However it is unsightly, smells bad and, in the main, ought not to be the...

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