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06-16-2014 12:26 PM

Best (spray can) Finish for Something You Know Will Get Wet? - 2 replies

I’m building a small home for my waterstones for when I sharpen, and obviously they are pretty much constantly dripping wet when being used. My question is, given the thing is very small (about 8×12 inches, made of plywood with a few hardwood scraps as stops), what finish should I put on it? My normal go-to is Arm-R-Seal, but I rea...

05-05-2014 06:54 PM

Can I use a link belt anywhere a V-Belt would be used? - 7 replies

After a recent move, I cannot find the belt that went with my Enco 8” jointer. According to the manual, it is an A-52 v-belt. Would I be better off picking up a Harbor Freight link belt instead of the v-belt? Can a link belt be used anywhere a v-belt is called for? Any reason I shouldn’t go for the link belt? I would assume I c...

12-19-2013 12:56 PM

Is There Anyone Selling Reasonably-Priced HSS Drill Bits? - 19 replies

Anyone got a decent source for HSS drill bits that won’t break the bank? Lee Valley seems to be one of the only ones I’ve found, and while I really like those guys and have bought stuff there before in the past, the bits are pretty expensive. Anyone know anyone selling HSS bits any cheaper? I’m tired of messing around with c...

12-10-2013 02:50 PM

The (Simplified) Truth About Motors and Horsepower - 28 replies

People have linked various explanations of electric motors and horsepower numbers, but I still see people throwing motor horsepower ratings around as if they are accurate. See here for some basics: What I wanted to address is some basic truths about motor operations at 120VAC. ...

11-12-2013 04:49 PM

Let's Talk Router Table Fences - 18 replies

I picked up a steal-of-a-deal Freud FT3000VCE router and Jessem router lift separately off Craigslist. The lift came with a laminate table top that the previous owner had made which I want to make use of. So I have a nice router and lift/tabletop. What I lack is a fence. I’ve done a little research, and have the following options (among ot...

10-26-2013 02:54 AM

Table Saw Motor/Pulleys Shudder On Slowdown... Why? - 23 replies

I have a Ridgid 3650 that has served me well for the last five or so years. Pretty much the whole time I’ve had it, the saw has made a shuddering noise when the belts slow down after I turn it off. The motor runs perfectly well, smoothly and quietly. It cuts fine, doesn’t heat up, doesn’t trip its thermal breaker or anything el...

10-21-2013 12:00 AM

Enco Jointers Any Good? - 7 replies

Just saw someone list an 8” Enco jointer not too far from me (~1hr) on Craigslist. Anyone have one, used one, or know anything about them? He claims it’s a 1995 vintage in the ad, which makes me think it’s probably a Taiwan import. From what I’ve read from a quick googling, Enco, like a bazillion other companies, rebadged...

10-18-2013 12:46 AM

Recommend me a quick-and-dirty (but nice) workbench design - 33 replies

I’m interested in moving past my “old kitchen cabinets with sheet goods on top” bench to something a little more suited to power and hand tool use. Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) plan for a quick-and-dirty workbench? I’m not looking for a “forever” bench, just an upgrade that’ll allow me to ...

10-04-2013 10:45 PM

How are Stanley Type 6's as user planes? - 10 replies

I picked up an old Stanley Number 6 Type 6 bench plane recently, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s not in spectacular shape, and I know #6’s aren’t typically that valuable as collector pieces (or user planes for that matter). The plane also has a couple of holes drilled into the side of the bottom cast...

09-26-2013 12:19 AM

Talk Me Into a Wooden Jointer Plane - 20 replies

I’ve been spending some time acquiring and rehabbing some old Stanley bench planes lately, and the only thing I’m missing is a Jointer. I’ve seen some decent-but-not-great prices on ebay, so I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I have also seen some wooden jointer planes there, but I’ve never used a wooden plane before...

05-20-2009 12:44 AM

Downsides to using a mortising attachment in a drill press? - 35 replies

I’m curious to hear about the reasons conventional wisdom says it’s generally a “bad thing” to use mortising attachments in drill presses. Is it the torque demands on the drill press? Are the drill press mortising attachments ineffective? The reason I’m asking is that I have a drill press (a cheap hand-me-down, m...

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