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06-27-2016 12:26 AM

Clock hardware - 5 replies

I’m wanting to build a clock. I’m worried that the hardware might be cheap and not last long. I’ve never dealt with clocks much, but the one we bought at hobby lobby only lasted a few months. I’d like to see some recommendations on buying clock mechanisms before I start on mine. Thanks.

02-27-2016 02:36 PM

Jointer problems - 5 replies

I bought an older Rockwell 6 inch jointer when I first started woodworking. I didn’t know what to look for at the time and didn’t realize it was missing the part that locks the fence. The knives were totally shot also. I was never able to get them out because they have probably been in there for 40 years. The plan was to take it...

02-25-2016 02:29 PM

Delta 14-650 Mortising Machine - 2 replies

I am trying to determine if this is a good deal. I have never used a mortising machine but I am interested in owning one and learning to use it. I can get a new 14-651 for $320 plus tax but this used 14-650 comes with 2 new chisels for $300. It is about 20 minutes away from me.

03-05-2015 07:53 PM

I know you get what you pay for, but... - 17 replies

Ok, I am interested in CNC. But I’m not $5,000 – $8,000 worth of interested. I just want to do simple small inlays and interesting joinery. I know you get what you pay for, and for the most part I haven’t been shy about spending the extra cash to get quality shop equipment. But I just can’t justify a high dollar CNC....

03-05-2015 07:46 PM

WTB good used CNC - 0 replies

I need a good used CNC machine. I don’t really need a big one. I’m mainly interested in doing small inlays and fancy joinery with it.

01-31-2015 11:59 PM

Ridgid ROS variable speed - 2 replies

I have a Ridgid random orbital sander. I’ve had it quite awhile, and I love it. I always run it wide open, warp speed, full throttle, etc. Seems like thats how you get things done. Lately I’ve started wondering if I’m missing something. It seems like the folks at Ridgid wouldn’t have put the speed adjustment dial on ...

01-26-2015 06:08 PM

Arm R Seal - 3 replies

I’ve seen some great finishes done with Arm R Seal, but I have no idea what it is or how to use it. I just wondered if I could get some tips and info, I usually don’t believe all of what I read on the side of the can. What are the advantages and disadvantages compared to brushable lacquer or poly?

01-08-2015 10:55 PM

Lumber prices - 21 replies

After being a member of LJs for quite awhile now I have noticed that almost every time someone posts a project and includes the price of their lumber I am shocked at how much they paid. I have had some of my own logs milled and have also bought lumber in the past. Lately I have paid $0.43 per board foot to have lumber milled, and $1.50 per boa...

01-08-2015 10:43 PM

Polyurethane raising grain? - 8 replies

I have never used polyurethane before. The only finish I have ever used is Minwax brushable lacquer. However, for this project I am using polyurethane because of the high possibility that a glass of water will be left standing on it. I used the same procedure that I have always used with lacquer. 1. Sand to 2202. Clean with mineral spiri...

11-12-2014 02:28 AM

Hawk JointABILITY - 8 replies

Does any one know anything a bout the Hawk JointABILITY? It seems like it might be a great addition to my shop, but it also seems like I could do about as well using any straight edge with my router. I just wondered if anyone has one or has any thoughts. Also seems like I’ve seen similar products somewhere else that might be as good or ...

11-11-2014 01:23 AM

Sanding Sealer... To Use or Not to Use - 10 replies

So, I’ve always used Minwax sanding sealer after staining a project and before using Minwax brushable lacquer. I’m not sure why… I guess because long ago I was told to do it. I’m not sure exactly what it does that lacquer doesn’t do. I know of some people who just go straight from stain to lacquer. I’ve be...

08-16-2014 07:03 PM

Planers - 2 replies

I currently have a 13” Ridgid planer and I’ve worn out the bearings in it. I started tearing it apart to replace them and about halfway through I decided I might look at an upgrade instead. I’ve never been very happy with the Ridgid planer anyway. Now I’m looking at a 15” Grizzly GO453, a 16” Jet JWP-16OS, ...

02-23-2014 10:01 PM

Finishing Coasters - 8 replies

I have made some end grain coasters out of some scraps I had and I am trying to decide how to finish them. My thoughts were tung oil to make them water resistant, or lacquer to seal them since the end grain is pretty porous. I’ve never really tried to do a “water resistant” finish before. Obviously coasters made from scraps ...

01-23-2014 03:41 PM

Forstner bit over paddle bit? - 3 replies

This might be a dumb question, but what is the advantage of a Forstner bit over a regular paddle bit. I’m guessing the Forstner bit is probably sharper or holds its edge better, but I’ve never had any trouble using a paddle bit. I’m just trying to decide if I would notice a big difference if I spent the money on some Forstner...

12-22-2013 11:38 PM

Straightening rough cut lumber - 11 replies

I am just wondering how everyone else straightens rough cut lumber. I have the type of board straighteners that clamp to a straight edge on one side and the board I am working with on the other. The main problem I have is when I run it across my table saw the clamps hold one side up off the table about 1/4 inch so I am always trying to hold th...

12-20-2013 10:01 PM

Age of Rockwell jointer? - 7 replies

Previously I had asked about advice on changing the knives on this jointer. I got some good tips, but still haven’t gotten the knives out. They are pretty well stuck, and I really don’t think they have ever been changed. That led me to wonder how old this dude is. I am guessing it at around 50 years but have not been able to find...

12-18-2013 03:49 PM

New Jointer Knives? - 9 replies

I bought a Rockwell 6 inch jointer at a garage sale awhile back. It is pretty old but in good working order. Except for the knives. They are terrible. They are chipped really bad and it looks like someone tried to sharpen them but failed miserably because they are also curved from side to side. It is totally unusable. I have heard that rep...

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