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08-22-2017 06:26 PM

Anyone still using Sketchup? - 4 replies

I have been playing with Sketchup using a set of online tutorials “Sketchup for Woodworkers”. I ran across a glitch wherein any second use of the drop down menu in Outliner crashes SU. The program just quits. I am told I have the latest version, 8.0.4810, dated 2010. (I am using a Macintosh laptop, OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan.) In loo...

08-18-2017 06:01 PM

How to get Goo Gone off wood? - 8 replies

I put Goo Gone on Red Oak to soak off the price code tag on some Home Depot lumber. Now, the wood is soaked with Goo Gone and, since it is mineral spirits, glue won’t stick to it. Even if I wait until it seems dry, I am worried the glue won’t adhere properly.Any way I can get that oily Goo Gone residue out of my lumber?

05-27-2017 09:19 PM

Box (Finger) joint issues needing suggestions - 9 replies

I want to make box joints for some drawer innards. I am following the excellent video by William Ng on how to do this. But I am having some problems. I am using a SawStop table saw, a DeWalt dado set and 1/2 inch Baltic Birch plywood from Woodcraft in Cleveland, OH. After a lot of trial and error, I got things dialed in pretty well. I’m...

05-04-2017 03:12 PM

Brad point or conical point bits for drill press use - 7 replies

I have recently purchased my first new drill press and it has prompted this question. Is there any preference or benefit to using standard conical-point bits as opposed to brad point bits in a drill press? Thanks, George Roland

04-26-2017 04:00 PM

Size of gap in router table fence?? - 3 replies

I am building a router table. I plan on having a fixed fence support in back and a sliding split pair of fences in front of that to vary the gap. What is the best width of gap for the fixed fence and base? 3”, 4” what? Why?? Thanks George

04-18-2017 07:01 PM

Grizzly G0528 Making a Home-built Fence Share - 0 replies

I am interested to hear from anyone who has built a home-made fence for this router table. I want to build one, but believe in seeing as much as I can prior to starting. Please send photos and experiences with you rbuild. Many thanks, George Roland

04-08-2017 03:01 AM

Grizzly G0528 Router Table question - 1 reply

I just picked up a Grizzly G0528 router table, used, and have been working to fully understand it. I have never used a router table before. I picked this up because it has a cast iron top that seems heavy and solidly made. I have one specific question. I noticed that the sliding aluminum table is just a mite higher than the CI table. If I tak...

03-31-2017 02:42 PM

Craftsman Router 31517431 Hahaha Help - 3 replies

I’m an idiot. Yesterday I bought an old Grizzly router table. It’s somewhat beat up, but for the price, I figured I’d save a lot of time over building my own. The guy who owned it built a basic birch plywood base cabinet for it, which means I do not have to to that. I can add under-table dust collection to the existing top port...

03-21-2017 01:58 AM

Router Table Fence Geometry - 11 replies

I am interested in buying or building a router table. I have a Rigid router with fixed and plunge bases from Home Depot. I bought a table plate and installation template from Rockler and mounted the router plate in a piece of 3/4” MDF, so now, I have a router mounted upside down in a “table”. I used it a few times just C-cla...

03-02-2017 09:19 PM

Info and sources for fins shaped sharpening stones or slips - 4 replies

Hello, I am looking for information and supply sources for small, shaped sharpening stones, hones or slips. See? I am not even certain what to call these! Okay, I am using a hollow chisel mortiser to cut some mortises. I am looking for small sharpening stones to sharpen both the cutting surfaces on the bit and the hollow chisel’s inn...

02-22-2017 08:32 PM

Help with Drill Press comparison Rikon 30-217 vs. JET JDP 17 - 3 replies

I am in the market for a drill press for woodworking. I am interested in the JET JDP 17 and Rikon 30-217. I have specs on the two. The JET has 3/4HP motor, light, laser guide. The Rikon costs more, has a reeve drive VS 1 HP motor a light but no laser guide.If anyone has experiences with either of these two machines or other suggestions please c...

02-02-2017 09:01 PM

Recommendations for high-quality drill bits - 10 replies

I bought a largish set of brad-point HSS drill bits from Rockler, but they have a great deal of runout, wobble and so on that makes them very frustrating to work with. Some of them wobble so badly, my whole drill press shakes when I try to use them.I am wondering if anyone can recommend a source of better-quality drill bits? I am also interes...

11-10-2016 05:09 PM

Help with threaded insert repair in wood products - 8 replies

Hello, I have a pair of loudspeakers into the bottom of which I want to install some stands with a threaded machine bolt (M8) supplied by the stand maker. In the bottom of each speaker enclosure are four holes that are supposed to have threaded inserts to receive these bolts. My problem is that in five of these holes, the threaded inserts ...

09-19-2016 07:36 PM

Cross cut sled runner materials - 32 replies

I write in search of comments from users regarding materials for crosscut saw sled runners. I have made several crosscut sleds for various purposes and have always made my own runners out of red oak. My shop is in an unheated garage where temperature and humidity fluctuate a good deal. This condition along with wooden runners simply wearing out ...

08-10-2016 07:47 PM

Questions about JET 1642 EVS 1.5 HP Lathe - 4 replies

There’s one review in Lumberjocks on this lathe that was very favorable. I am wondering about one on offer I have locally for one of these, four years old, looks new, asking $1,400.00. He is including some tools and accessories in addition to the lathe. Is that a reasonable asking price? Thanks.

08-09-2016 05:26 PM

Questions about a used JET 1642EVS Lathe - 0 replies

There’s one review in Lumberjocks on this lathe that was very favorable. I am wondering about an offer i have locally for one of these, four years old, looks new, asking $1,400.00. Is that a reasonable asking price? Thanks.

03-06-2016 04:24 PM

Instruction on Sam Maloof style rockers - 6 replies

Is there a good book, website or instructional DVD on how to make a Sam Maloof style rocker? I see lots of books on him, but they do not seem to be instructions on how to build something like his rockers. Other books, Websites or DVDs on similar rockers are welcome as well/ I just bought and am reading Jeff Miller’s excellent “Cha...

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...

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