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08-22-2014 08:37 PM

Random oscillating sander vs. planing & scraping, with an RSI twist - 7 replies

My random oscillating sander took quite a beating when my wife used it to sand the paint off the travel trailer that we’re converting into a concession stand. The replacement parts will cost just as much as what I paid for the sander in the first place. I’m trying to decide whether to go ahead and replace the sander (and if so, I...

08-21-2014 01:52 PM

How do I prevent shavings from slipping between the iron and chipbreaker on my hand planes? - 7 replies

I was flattening a long 2×2 last weekend with my hand planes. At first I was using my #7 and everything was going great, then suddenly on every pass a small chunk of the shaving (just a few fibers—maybe 1/32” or 1/16” wide by 1/4” long) started getting stuck about a quarter inch from one side, blocking the iron from...

08-12-2014 04:15 PM

Deals, deals, deals! - 0 replies

It would be great to have a woodworking deals forum, but until then maybe we can have a deals thread. Feel free to post deals on power tools, hand tools, supplies, hardware, lumber, accessories, etc. If anyone has links to other sites that maintain updated lists of current woodworking deals, I can add those to this original post. I’ll...

08-01-2014 05:38 PM

Website software that allows multiple users to upload videos? - 2 replies

I want to build a woodworking site with very targeted content that allows users to upload videos which I then curate. Of course, YouTube comes to mind for the video uploads but I may want to make minor edits such as cropping out segments from the videos, so I’m thinking I need to host the uploads myself—either directly on the server...

07-29-2014 06:38 PM

How much cleanup after thickness planing? - 18 replies

I’m looking at getting a thickness planer. I used to think the planer would give you a flat surface, but I quickly learned that all planers leave ridges or ripples that have to be flattened out by sanding, scraping, or planing afterward. What kind of planer do you have, what kind of post-thicknessing treatment do you give your boards, ...

07-02-2014 09:08 PM

Are the cheaper Starrett squares worth buying? - 20 replies

I don’t have a try square yet, and my current combo square is a piece of junk Swanson whose ruler/bar isn’t even flat along its face. I’ve managed to get by so far and I understand that wood moves so at some level precision goes out the window anyway; but I’ve heard/read enough testimonials about the difference in a $100...

05-14-2014 04:18 PM

Where should I install the electrical outlet for my table saw? - 11 replies

Hey everyone, I have the electricians at my house right now wiring the garage. I was planning to have them drop the 220v for my table saw from the middle of the ceiling since that’s where the saw will be located. Just now I realized it could be tricky though getting exactly the right location because otherwise the power cable will int...

05-09-2014 07:46 PM

How hard is it to install the SawStop integrated mobile base later? - 9 replies

I just bought a SawStop PCS and am going to get the integrated mobile base free after rebate. The saw was just delivered today. Can I assemble the saw right away and install the integrated mobile base later without too much trouble, or is it going to be really difficult to install the integrated mobile base after the saw is already assembled a...

03-27-2014 05:07 AM

Lee Valley sells 3 types of honing guides. What's the difference? - 12 replies

Lee Valley sells 3 types of honing guides on this page:,43072 From what I can tell… Vise-type honing guide – This seems to be an inexpensive and common design. Lee Valley has an instructional video to improve/modify this type of honing guide. VeritasĀ® Mk.II Honing...

03-24-2014 08:52 PM

Is anyone using a multi-brand track saw system? - 15 replies

I’ve been eyeing track saws on and off for a while now and am ready to start spending some money. I was pretty set on the Festool because I figured an extra $150 or so might be worth it over a DeWalt in the long run. But then I took another look at other manufacturers’ accessories, and now I’m beginning to think it’s no...

03-22-2014 02:25 AM

Lee Valley free shipping March 19-31 2014 - 1 reply

Just was looking at buying a plane blade and maybe some chisels, and saw Lee Valley has free shipping until March 31.

03-16-2014 03:25 AM

Set of planes from pawn shop (with photos) - 14 replies

I don’t go to the pawn shop very often because the tools are usually priced higher than new, but I decided to visit one today to take a look at a DeWalt 735 planer that they posted on Craigslist. The last time I went, the place was pretty junky, but this time around they had really cleaned the place up. I was disappointed to see only a f...

03-15-2014 01:07 PM

How well do diamond sharpening stones hold up for sharpening, and do you really come out ahead? - 48 replies

I’ve been trying to learn what I can about sharpening and it seems most people on LumberJocks either use the Scary Sharp method with sandpaper, or water stones. The drawback to Scary Sharp is that it’s expensive over time, and the drawbacks to water stones is that they are messy and require constant flattening. It seems most people...

03-14-2014 05:46 AM

What are the most dangerous, but useful, cuts on a table saw--and how do you make them safer? - 14 replies

As I mentioned in another thread, I’m trying to get a better understanding about a table saw’s standard safety equipment. I know a lot of woodworkers don’t use certain safety devices for various reasons. I know it might be a somewhat lofty goal (and maybe a little less practical at times), but I want to make every cut as safe...

03-14-2014 05:32 AM

Questions about "standard" table saw safety equipment - riving knife, splitter, pawls, blade guard - 1 reply

I’m planning to buy a SawStop PCS, but I’m trying to get a better understanding of the standard safety equipment which is also available on other saws. Let me know if I’ve got this right. For now, ignore aftermarket equipment. You can only use the blade guard and anti-kickback pawls with the splitter You can’t mak...

03-14-2014 04:55 AM

First 2 chisels...Lee Valley, Veritas, or both? - 18 replies

I’ve been reading up and listening to podcasts, and am about to start buying a few of the hand tools that seem to be deemed essential even in a power tool shop. When it comes to bevel-edge bench chisels, most experienced woodworkers seem to recommend starting out with a 3/8” and 3/4”, or a 3/8” and 5/8”. I might h...

03-13-2014 05:56 AM

Best deal on Whiteside 600 router bit set (or similar bullnose bits) for Incra Hingecrafter? - 5 replies

I’ve been eyeing the Incra Hingecrafter for a while and ordered it today when the price dropped to $60 on Amazon. Now I need some bullnose bits. I was looking at the Whiteside 600 set and thought it was more expensive than what I needed at first. But after looking at the prices for the 4 sizes of bullnose/half round bits, I’m no...

03-06-2014 09:39 PM

DeWalt 12" DW715 miter saw for $75...worth it if I already have a Kobalt 10" SCMS? - 6 replies

Just got a note on my door from a neighbor…says he has a friend who is selling his 12” Dewalt DW715 single-bevel compound miter saw for $75. I already have a Kobalt 10” single-bevel sliding compound miter saw so I don’t necessarily need this one, although maybe it’s an upgrade…I’m happy with my Kobalt...

03-03-2014 07:05 AM

Table saw fence basics - 12 replies

This is probably a really dumb question, but when do you need a table saw fence with 52” rails vs. 36” rails—or, rather, why don’t more people need 52” or longer rails? As I understand it, the 30/36/52” rails give you 30”, 36”, or 52” of capacity right of the blade. Is that correct? I ca...

03-03-2014 06:00 AM

SawStop promo is back - free integrated mobile base or overarm dust collection - 5 replies

Buy a SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw (PCS), get the integrated mobile base or the overarm dust collection attachment free via rebate. Promo runs Mar 1, 2014-Apr 30, 2014. More details here: Personally, I was thinking about the more heavy-duty mobile base, but out of these two choices I’d go with the ...

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