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135 days ago

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...

371 days ago

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 ...

371 days ago

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

392 days ago

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:

429 days ago

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. ...

441 days ago

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...

777 days ago

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...

779 days ago

Is there a vacuum adapter to 2 1/2" for my Delta 28-206 bandsaw? - 6 replies

Hi, I have the Delta 28-206 14” bandsaw. It has, according to the instructions, a 4” O.D. dust port. I am trying to rig up a connection to my Craftsman Shop Vac, which has a 2 1/2” connector on the hose. I bought a 4” to 2 1/2” Adapter, but it does not fit over the port on the bandsaw. I guess it’s O.D. is ...

787 days ago

How to Attach a top to a table base - 7 replies

I am working on some small tables and their tops need to be attached to their bases. I tried making some homemade ones out of wood, and they work fine, but I’d like to use something less bulky. Because everything is solid lumber, I’d like also to use a device that allows for wood expansion. I found these “Table Top Fasteners...

793 days ago

Questions about Cherry - 13 replies

I am starting to buy and build furniture with cherry. I find in the boards areas of dark brown-black, slightly granular-looking material. I also find thin red lines that meander around. I also find little dots or points of darker wood that often produce some tear out. What are these areas? Are they found in all cherry? (I have yet to...

794 days ago

Grizzly GW 1018HW 8" Jointer questions--about to buy one...some anxiety help - 2 replies

I saw a Grizzly 8-inch jointer and have decided to buy it. I have a few questions I hope you can settle for me. First off, I was impressed with the condition of the machine. It looked almost new as the seller said in his ad. I took an 8” piece of rough-milled 4/4 cherry and jointed one side. It did a nice job. Smooth, pretty quiet operatio...

796 days ago

Should I buy this Grizzly Model G1018HW 8" Jointer? - 2 replies

I am considering buying a larger jointer than my 6”. A Model G1018HW 8-inch jointer is available. I’d like to hear opinions about this jointer’s age, usability and quality and whether $450. is a reasonable price for it. Many thanks, George

807 days ago

Jointer Fence Slips Help - 5 replies

Hi, I recently obtained a small jointer. Its fence is supported by a little “foot” that rests on the infeed table ahead of the cutters and at the end of the infeed table. At the end of the table there is a horizontal slot into which a very large T-bolt head is located. It allows the fence to be moved left or right. The T-bolt̵...

810 days ago

Opinions on Kreg bandsaw fence - 6 replies

I am considering buying a Kreg bandsaw fence for my Delta 14” bandsaw. I plan to use it for both ripping and resawing of timber. I have read some reviews and it seems generally well-liked, but I am concerned about the fact that it is held only at one end. I have not heard comments that the unsecured end wobbles or is unstable, but I wou...

816 days ago

Bowing table top...what to do? - 5 replies

I am working on my first table top. I decided to start small with a small end table with a top about 14×17” made of three pieces of cherry. I got the three boards jointed (alternating end grain rings) and edge-glued nicely and it was flat, smooth and ready for final sanding and finishing. I was so happy! Then, I left it in my works...

817 days ago

What band saw fence is best for Delta 28-206? - 2 replies

I am interested in obtaining a fence for my new (used) Delta 28-206 14” band saw. There are the Delta 28-856 fence at $141.82, the Woodhaven 7280 at $149.99 and the Kreg KMS7200 at $107.95 on Amazon. I have looked over the fence reviews in LJ’s accessories section for band saws, but no one seems to like any of the fences they̵...

818 days ago

Newbie bandsaw questions - 11 replies

I just bought my first bandsaw. It is a used Delta 28-206. I spent a good deal of time today with the instruction manual and a magazine article on bandsaw setup. I cleaned up the saw, checked belt alignment, wheel bearings and other adjustments. I put on a 1/4” blade, adjusted tracking and tension, the upper and lower blade guides and blad...

993 days ago

Removing crown from a plane sole - 9 replies

I am starting a new post for follow-up on an earlier posting about flattening the sole of a plane. I am working on the sole of a No. 5 Bailey plane. This sole was significantly out of flat, front-to-back, when I started working on it and after getting it looking good front to back, I discovered, to my dismay, that my lapping method—alum...

994 days ago

Plane Sole Lapping question - 16 replies

Greetings, So I am trying to tune up an old Bailey No. 5 I bought on e-Bay. I really love this old plane. Its adjusters are like silk the old rosewood handles are nearly perfect and it just has a wonderful feel and vintage vibe. I bought a new Lie-Nielsen blade for it and that is all nicely shaped and sharp. Today, I began lapping the ...

1001 days ago

Best way to do accurate miters--shooting board? - 2 replies

I am working on a base for an audio turntable, and I hope to use 1×4 lumber, on edge, for the base with mitered corners. I have tried several times to set a table saw up to do accurate miters, either with the stock upright on its 1” edge or flat on its 4” face and I do not seem to be able to get an accurate miter joint. I hav...

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