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03-18-2015 04:28 AM

What did you buy to replace your Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander? - 11 replies

I’m looking to buy an oscillating spindle sander, and it seems the Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander is a no-brainer unless I happen to find something used in roughly the same price range. There are a lot of fans of the Ridgid, with a few people complaining about difficulty getting the belt to track properly. I’m curious—...

02-26-2015 09:00 PM

Wixey WR300 Type 1 vs. Type 2 vs. smartphone app precision - 8 replies

I was looking at getting the Wixey WR300 and found that Amazon sells the Type 1 while Woodcraft sells the Type 2. As it turns out, the differences go beyond the backlight and type of battery. According to Wixey's website, the Type 1 has some mechanical components which are the same type used in digital calipers. The drawback is that it is al...

01-16-2015 01:30 AM

Which "duplicate" tools do you really use? - 18 replies

Maybe it’s because we bought the cheap one first or because we got tired of switching bits all the time, but a lot of us have two or more of a given type of tool. I know some people have multiple bandsaws so they don’t have to change blades when switching between scroll work and resawing, and other people dedicate an older table saw ...

01-14-2015 07:39 PM

Quick way to calculate volume of properly-stickered lumber? - 6 replies

I sometimes see people clearing out lumber on craigslist fairly cheap but they require you to buy it all, on short notice, and usually it seems to be 2000+ board feet. I probably don’t have enough space, but I have no grasp of how much that should take up. Is there a good rule of thumb to calculate the rough volume if it’s properly...

12-17-2014 08:11 PM

What is a Moxon vise? - 9 replies

Dumb question, I know, but what is a Moxon vise? I can find all kinds of pictures but the closest I can get to a definition or description is an article by Christopher Schwarz. Is it just a double-screw vise in which the two sides are not linked and have to be tightened independently? Or does the removable/portable aspect also define a vise as a...

12-03-2014 06:44 AM

How to use the sliding jaw on a Jet parallel clamp - 6 replies

I’ve noticed in several woodworking videos that people sometimes seem to struggle adjusting their parallel clamps, so maybe this will help. I just bought my first batch of the Jet parallel clamps last week during the Black Friday sale, and they were delivered today. After opening them up and playing with them, I noticed that the movabl...

11-15-2014 07:32 PM

Floating tongue & groove floor over extruded polystyrene without sleepers? - 6 replies

I want to add a quick, easy, and cheap temporary floor in my garage. Ideally I don’t want to tap into the existing concrete slab because I may not be in this house for more than a couple more years. I’m planning to put down some 3/4” blue polystyrene foam, then lay 3/4” tongue & groove plywood over that, perhaps u...

11-14-2014 04:02 PM

SawStop jobsite saw mentioned in FWW's Shop Talk Live - 12 replies

The latest Shop Talk Live podcast includes an interview with a Ryobi defense attorney, as well as an interview with Steve Gass about the soon-to-be-released SawStop jobsite saw. If I remember correctly, the price is going to be $1299—yikes!

09-28-2014 06:18 PM

Used Oneida dust collector/filters - 4 replies

I’m looking at a used Oneida 3hp dust collector. A friend has a similar system. He mentioned you can clean the filters but occasionally you also have to replace them. On the other hand, he has a really nice shop and I’d be surprised if he didn’t get out there almost every day, so maybe he’s an extreme case. Oneida&#...

09-18-2014 12:50 AM

Any complaints on Grizzly's G0513x2 bandsaw? (including -B, -F, and -BF variants) - 4 replies

Several bandsaws were in the running for the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to live in my garage. After many rounds of reading reviews and forums, I thought I had made up my mind and was about to order the G0513×2BF. The foot-activated motor brake is only $25 more than the normal motor brake, so I figured, why not? But then I...

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! - 3 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? - 23 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...

04-10-2014 11:07 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...

03-27-2014 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...

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