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34 days ago

Bench top Mortisers - 30 replies

So I have been giving a little thought to a benchtop mortis machine. The primary reason is that i am terribly slow when I do them by hand and don’t always get the results I desire. When doing a lot, I set up the cheapy Grizzly attachment on the drill press, but that thing is so finicky its hardly worth it. On a big job like the closet ...

181 days ago

Best grinder? - 9 replies

Thinking about getting an 8” variable speed grinder for setting bevels on plane irons. I would like the variable speed as I do a bit of metal fabrication from time to time as well. What are you guys using, what do you like, what has a good rep? The belt sander works, but isn’t as precise I feel. Thoughts?

335 days ago

Spraying shellac - 12 replies

Ok, how many of you spray shellac, and how do you do it. I work at a body shop and usually spray lacquer but I like the look of shellac, it just doesn’t brush/wipe on for crap. As thin as it is, I see it spraying very well. Thoughts? Ideas? Do’s? Don’ts? Thanks

355 days ago

Hardwood in the northwest - 18 replies

Kicking off a bench project soon and trying to find some cheap, heavy and sorta hard wood. Up here pine and spruce abound, but large quantities of clean hardwoods are EXPENSIVE. Any of you guys live up here have any leads on something good? A good source? A different species? So far the best I can come up with is wormy Maple at 2.55/bf. ...

368 days ago

Help drying - 33 replies

I was able to round up a few logs from a plumb tree. It was cut down 3 months ago and stored under a deck in the shade till I was able to pick it up. Problem is, (after getting this 4-500 lbs of wood home) that after I milled it into 1” boards, it is wanting to crack. In fact most of it is wanting to crack. I have the ends sealed and k...

599 days ago

how strong are endgrain cutting boards? - 17 replies

So I am gearing up to build my first endgrain cutting board. I is to replace a worn out one for my Aunt. It is a built in style (y’know, the one that slides out of the counter) and it is heavily dished so I thought the endgrain board would be best. Problem is it slides out 20” and is under constant use. It usually has what ever s...

638 days ago

Cocobolo for Peppermill? - 0 replies

Knowing that cocobolo has allergenic oils in it, has anybody made a pepper mill out of it? I have a chunk that I want to make one with, but not if it will cause problems. Thanks

638 days ago

Lilac wood - 4 replies

So I have access to a trunk from a dead lilac. It has been described as approx 10” in dia and approx 18” long. It was cut about a year ago and the ends left open. I asked him to at least seal the ends till I figure out if its worth using for anything. Question is, what does this wood look/work like? It seems dense. Is it a tool...

710 days ago

Laguna vs Rikon - 26 replies

So I am getting ready to buy a bandsaw. I like both the Laguna 14 SUV, but can only afford the 3000 and I also really like the Rikon 10-325. I have pretty much ruled out the Grizzly, even though that seems to be the popular choice. I have a few of their tools and while they perform their tasks, they are just average machines at best. I would...

796 days ago

keyless chuck help - 16 replies

I have a 14” Grizzly drill press. Recently it started to wobble a bit and the prob turned out to be the arbor. So I called up Grizzly and ordered a keyless chuck with integrated arbor as that just made sense to me and I really wanted to try the keyless chuck. Since then, one of two things has happened. A, I have lost that “manly&...


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