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7 days ago

Tell me about the Pacific Northwest - Portland/Seattle - 20 replies

May be moving to the PNW from Northern California – either Portland or Seattle. How are these locations for woodworking?? Good hardwood dealers? Good plywood supply? Decent tool market? Woodworking clubs? Friendly jocks in the area? Where I’m coming from, lumber is expensive (imagine this is the case for all of the West Co...

587 days ago

Laminated spindle turning blanks - 1 reply

Everyone knows endgrain glue joints are a no-no when it comes to most woodworking. I’m a very new turner wondering about laminated spindle blanks. I often see turning projects that were clearly turned from laminated blanks with endgrain glue joints. So what gives? Do endgrain glue joints withstand the forces applied during turning? ...

593 days ago

Metalworking for woodworkers - 24 replies

Working with metal is almost unavoidable, even if our preferred medium is wood. Whether it’s jig-building, hardware modification, tool maintenance & modification, or just general putzing around, the need to cut, shape, drill, and polish metals often arises. For me this is a whole ‘nuther bag of worms, so I thought I’d s...

594 days ago

What is your tool/method of choice for parting off? - 4 replies

Curious which tools people prefer for parting off a project at or off the lathe.

615 days ago

Mechanism for locking drawers? - 17 replies

Anyone know of hardware or a mechanism one can build to lock a stack of small drawers (as in a jewelry chest) with a single lock/key? I know sometimes desk drawers have something called a “gang lock” to lock three drawers at once, but I’m wondering how it translates to “finer” woodworking. Any ideas or has anyon...

624 days ago

Do you find a Dremel useful in the shop? - 39 replies

I’m thinking of picking up a Dremel 4000 (corded) for a few specific tasks, but wondering if the tool has a long-term place in my shop. One of the main “inabilities” I have in my shop is not being able to cut/grind/shape metal (other than aluminum), and also not really being able to carve/shape/detail wood (other than the us...

631 days ago

Tool storage of your dreams - 24 replies

I had to do it. But since we’ve got lengthy threads on nearly every type of hand tool in existence, why not a thread on drool-worthy (or simply practical) tool cabinets, chests, drawers, etc. All those hand tools of your dreams need to have somewhere to…well…dream! Plus now that I actually have some decent hand tools I...

632 days ago

Lee Valley's Cyber Monday Sale - 6 replies

Might be worth wandering over to Lee Valley’s site ASAP…some good deals on “seconds” (slight blemish). Dovetail sawsBU jointerLA jackSkew block plane setLarge shoulder plane etc. I picked up a BU jointer for $199.

643 days ago

How do you hone in between sharpening sessions? - 40 replies

Nothing like a freshly sharpened plane iron. My plane irons are all A2, but I find they lose their super sharp edge pretty quickly and need a touch-up. My general sharpening strategy consists of 1000, 6000 waterstones followed by green compound on MDF. Therefore, the quick touch-up for me is on the MDF with green compound. In order to ma...

770 days ago

Irrational fear - flying crosscut sleds - 7 replies

Of all the things to be afraid of in a woodshop I have what I believe to be a somewhat irrational fear: I have visions of my tablesaw hurling my crosscut sled (especially my bevel crosscut sled) back at me when I start it up. I fully realize this isn’t likely on a saw that doesn’t have much, if any, runout, has a riving knife, and ...

924 days ago

FS: Porter-Cable 557 biscuit joiner - 0 replies

I bought the PC 557 about 14 months ago but biscuits just don’t figure into my woodworking as much as I thought they would. The unit has been used on all of 2 cabinet projects, plowing perhaps 75 biscuit slots in total. It is basically as new and includes all accessories (2” face frame blade as well) and case. Only thing missing...

929 days ago

FS: Woodpeckers TLR phenolic router plate (PC7518/Triton) - 7 replies

I have a brand-new, unopened Woodpeckers TLR phenolic router plate for PC7518 or Triton routers. I got this plate a while back for a router table build before I switched plans. $40 shipped conUS or if you’ve got something nifty to trade, let’s talk. http://www.woodpeck.com/tlrphenolicplate.html

938 days ago

Need help sourcing hardware for jewelry cabinet - 5 replies

I’m making a jewelry cabinet for my wife, a project that has looooooong been on the honey-do list. If I don’t hurry up and get on it, she will end up buying one, and that would break my heart. I’m having trouble sourcing two pieces of hardware: 1) A cabinet lock in nickel/chrome/stainless. The cabinet has two tall door...

945 days ago

"I thought that..." - 49 replies

I was recently reflecting on how steep the curve is in woodworking when you’re getting started, and how forums and online learning sites really accelerate our knowledge of techniques and tools. I thought it would be fun to share some of our misconceptions, misinformation, and naiveties from early in our woodworking careers. I’l...

951 days ago

Design help - hinges for a buffet cabinet - 1 reply

I’ve started to design a buffet table/cabinet for our dining room. I’m really excited about this project because it’s one where I can really see how my design will tie into the rest of the room as we’ve been doing a lot of new decorating there. I’m torn about which hinges to use for the cabinet doors, however. ...

958 days ago

What do you collect? - 41 replies

I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit of tool collector. Specifically, well-made power tools. I enjoy the research and the decision-making process (the chase, if you will). I imagine some of you also suffer from this impairment. But much to my surprise I’ve found I’m also a veneer collector. Perhaps this is because it...

961 days ago

Pop Quiz - How would you make this cut? - 45 replies

In the shop we are often faced with a task and multiple ways to perform the task. That decision point, which we go through tens of times every day in the shop, can have huge implications not just for the satisfactory result of the task but also our safety. I recently had the simple decision of how to do the following and I’d like you t...

973 days ago

TS injuries - please take this 5 second survey - 344 replies

This is some research to satisfy a curiosity – I hope you’ll all play along. The response to this thread simply needs to be a single number, and one number only. If you have clicked open this thread, please post a reply – it will take you 5 seconds. The number is the number of people you personally know (have met, online a...

1002 days ago

Help me with my dust collection dilemma - 12 replies

Problem: Want permanently plumbed DC system. Limitations: DC noise MUST be kept to a minimum. Anything over 70-75ish DB won’t cut it. Also, no room in electrical box for a second 220v circuit which limits DC size. Current solution: HF 2hp DC sits unused because it’s too loud and currently I haven’t done permanent duc...

1014 days ago

Caster philosophy - 7 replies

Just wanted to get different opinions on this… When it comes to casters for tools, mobile bases, stands, etc., do you use 2 locking and 2 non-locking casters, or do you just use 4 of the locking variety? I’ve always used 4 of the locking variety as the cost savings has never been enough to make me get both locking and non-locki...

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