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12-10-2017 01:05 PM

FrankenSaw, or my table saw upgrades - 1 reply

Just thought I’d cross post this to the forums. I recently documented the upgrades I made to my table saw in a project post. Router table extension wing, folding outfeed table, VerySuperCoolTools fence system, and Shark Guard for good measure.

09-11-2017 01:58 AM

Source for drawer slides that extend past full extension? - 9 replies

Full extension drawer slides are everywhere, but I know I’ve seen extensions that extend out past the full length of the slide. Does anyone know a) what they’re called and/or b) where to find them? Thanks!

08-26-2017 08:04 PM

FS in Northern VA: Delta 34-802 Right Tilt Unisaw - 1 reply

I was lucky enough to find two used Unisaws at the same time at auctions/craigslist, so I’m selling the older one. It includes: Delta 34-555 sliding table (see: 34-976 Uniguard (see:

07-02-2017 02:57 PM

FS: ~2002 42" Biesemeyer Fence (78-996) + Extension Table (78-924) - New - 1 reply

This is a new in the original box, never been used or assembled Biesemeyer fence (Delta 78-996) and extension table (Delta 78-924). I only opened the box to double check what was inside. See the pictures. These are both made in the USA and are circa ~2002. They came with a Unisaw from that year. This is from the era before...

06-28-2017 12:34 AM

Delta 50-289 Unisaw Mobile Base - New - 1 reply

I have a Delta 50-289 mobile base that is new in the box. It’s for a Unisaw with 52” rails. I opened the box to check it out, but it hasn’t been assembled or used. All the parts are there. It’ll cost a pretty penny to ship, but I’d sell it to a fellow LJ for $100 plus shipping. I think it’ll likely be $50 to s...

05-27-2017 11:32 PM

Sanity Check This 240V -> 120V Wiring, Please? - 4 replies

Just picked up a ~1970s era Powermatic Model 60 8” jointer that was previously wired for 240V. Not having 240V in my current shop, I rewired the motor (the beefy original 1HP Dayton) according to the diagram on the plate. I’m confident in that. I just pulled the plate off the switch (a Rockwell magnetic switch of unknown age and prov...

05-11-2017 10:24 PM

Sawstop PCS owners: talk to me about the overarm dust collection - 21 replies

I’m likely to order a Sawstop 1.75HP PCS early next month, and I’m going back and forth on whether or not to go with the dust collection guard and the overarm dust collection attachment or to just stick with the stock guard. I’ll be hooking the thing up to a Delta 1.5HP dust collector that’ll sit a few feet away from the ...

04-29-2017 04:39 PM

Plywood dealers in Northern VA? - 3 replies

Anyone know a good plywood dealer in northern VA? I’m in the Vienna/Fairfax area, and it seems like the only decent places I found on Google were up near Baltimore or Annapolis. That is way, way too far for me to go. Help!

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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