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287 days ago

How would you build this headboard? - 2 replies

I’ve been asked by a friend to help build a headboard similar to this picture. My initial thoughts are that the headboard is made of frame and panel construction. How do you folks think this is put together? I’m thinking it’s mortise and tenon joinery for the rails and stiles, but no guess at how the center is attached to ...

467 days ago

How much machining precision to expect from benchtop mortiser? - 2 replies

I just assembled a new benchtop mortiser and was wondering how tight of tolerances it should be machined to. It’s a low end model, but not the lowest and I plan to write a full review when I get some issues worked out. Basically the machining is not of the highest precision. First, the fence was not square to the base by about .007...

478 days ago

Help explain wood movement - 7 replies

Can some of you help explain some material movement that has been bedeviling me? I started out about a week ago to build a table saw mitre sled. I was very precise with the alignment but when I started making test cuts the miters were coming out awful, and fence adjustments weren’t fixing the problem like I’d expect. Finally tra...

527 days ago

Ridgid 4511 table saw arbor bearing failure -Final Resolution - 7 replies

Has anybody else with a Ridgid 4511 experienced arbor bearing failure. My problems started about 3 weeks ago when I noticed a different noise coming from the saw. It first showed up when using a full stack of dado blades. It sounded like a rough bearing, changing frequency, and even a little chirping. The saw also seemed to have a little d...

803 days ago

I'm so cheap I - 48 replies

I’m so cheap I Take screws, bolts, & nuts off of anything before throwing it away. I’m so cheap IGlue up cutoffs for drawer faces. How about you?

846 days ago

Posting difficulty - 6 replies

The content posted here by my fellow LJ’ers makes this a wonderful site. And pictures often say a thousand words. (Unless it’s one of those icons that makes sense only to the person that thought it up.) Anyway, the picture upload to LJ process seems to have gotten much more cumbersome. Today it took about 1 1/2 hours to upload ...

868 days ago

Should I finish the inside of cedar lined blanket chest lid? - 10 replies

I understand that to equalize the moisture moving in and out of a glued up wood panel, both sides of the panel should be finished. But I’ve also read that finishes in an aromatic cedar environment soften up over time causing problems. My question is: should I finish the inside of the lid to prevent warpage, or leave it unfinished. I&#...

880 days ago

BORG bait & switch - 25 replies

I should have known better than to fall for HD’s latest bait and switch. It makes me mad that they can get away with this manipulation. It’s going to be awhile before I purchase from them again. I studied the mitre saws on the market for a couple of months before deciding on the Dewalt DWS780 which sells for around $599 at sever...

909 days ago

Replacing Dewalt Mitre Saw brushes - 4 replies

Has anybody here had success at replacing the brushes in a Dewalt Mitre saw? I’ve got about a 15 year old DW703 that has recently stopped starting. You can spin the blade (power off of course) a few times and then it might start. Or whack the motor casing a few times and it might start. Because it has been so dependable I’d hat...

1058 days ago

3 Day Bench Build Blog Started - 2 replies

Day 3 Assemble the Bench & Install VisesDay 2 The Top Takes Shape Day 1 Building the Base I’m going to try to blog a bench build project over the next 3 days. All the materials, equipment, and supplies have been acclimating in the shop for about a month, and I’ve lined up friends to help at various times. The blog will be mostly pictu...

1092 days ago

Looking for suggestions for curly maple stain expirement - 17 replies

Hello fellow LJ’ers. I’ve just finished machining some hard maple for a workbench. Within the material was a board with some pretty curly figure. I set that board aside for the stringers connecting the two ends and want to experiment with some stains/dyes. My preferences for stains is toward as little as possible as I think nat...

1166 days ago

Wood Alder make a good laminated bench top? - 8 replies

I’m still trying to decide on which wood to use for laminating up a bench top. It’s got to be first affordable and second durable and stable. What are your thoughts on using Alder? It’s fairly inexpensive, fairly clear, there’s great availability in my area, and I can get 8/4, 6/4, or 5/4. But I don’t know if it...

1205 days ago

Thinning MinWax Fast Drying Poly (Clear Gloss) with "Green" Mineral Spirits - 17 replies

Are there reasons why a person shouldn’t thin MinWax Poly (oil based) with Kleen Strip “Green” Odorless Mineral Spirits? These mineral spirits have a milky appearance that continues after mixing but disappears when brushed on. The mixture doesn’t look right to me nor does it dry very fast. The instructions on the MinWa...

1239 days ago

Which shoulder plane for today's plywood - 6 replies

A good shoulder plane would be handy for first, cleaning up tenons and rabbits and secondarily cleaning up dadoes. Is it correct that for cleaning up dadoes on today’s undersized plywood a ¾” wide blade is just too wide? If so then the medium, Veritas with an 11/16” blade, seems better designed for today? It seems so simple but before plunkin...

1266 days ago

what hardwood for workbench? - 19 replies

I’d like your opinions on which hardwood you’d recommend for a new workbench I’m wanting to build. I have a access to a decent selection of the following: White Oak——————-8/4 $4.53/bd ft—————4/4 $3.26/bd ftRed Oak———————-8/4 $3.78/bd f...

1322 days ago

Tool non-gloat - 13 replies

I tossed a tool into the garbage the other day and chuckled at what a bad purchase I had made. It made me think of the tool gloats on LJ that are always enjoyable to read, but rarely show messups. So here goes one; Here’s a picture of a pnuematic caulking gun that I got from HF. The first time I used the gun, it promptly unloaded a w...

1391 days ago

Biesemeyer Fence Upgrade? - 10 replies

I’ve got a Ridgid Granite top table saw that’s worked pretty good for me. I’ve had some of the problems with the two piece fence tube others mentioned in other threads. I’m getting more space for the shop and would like to mount a router into the side table of the saw. I think that means I need longer fence rails and a...

1434 days ago

Kudos to Jorgenson Vice (ADJUSTABLE CLAMP COMPANY ) - 3 replies

I’m sad to report that my local woodworking tools hardware store is going out of business due to the economy. They’ve had excellent selection and service and good prices but couldn’t survive the drop in construction activity in southwest Montana. I’ve been wanting a high quality bench vice for some time and snapped up...

1496 days ago

what is causing tapered cuts on table saw? - 20 replies

I’m going to demonstrate my inexperience here, but today my table saw started cutting tapers when ripping. The saw has worked great since I set it up 5 months ago but today when ripping some poplar I noticed there was a 1/16” taper over the length of a 6’ board. I checked the fence and blade alignments, cleaned the arbor, cha...

1578 days ago

Safe to use featherboard after saw blade for non-thru cuts? - 6 replies

I am fairly new to woodworking and am trying to be somewhat anal about safety. I understand why you shouldn’t use a side featherboard after the saw blade on through cuts, but what about for non-thru cuts like grooves and rabbits? You can sure lock the piece down with top and side featherboards. And then using a push stick keep your hand...


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