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|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||
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||
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||
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||
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 http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/against-grain. 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: http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardwa...
|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...
|07-12-2012 03:15 PM||
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 ...
|07-04-2012 06:21 PM||
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...
|06-28-2012 12:59 PM||
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...
|06-27-2012 07:49 PM||
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...