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08-11-2014 07:49 PM

Routed Dadoes - 11 replies

I need to make some dadoes in plywood for a shop project. The piece of wood is too large to safely handle on my own on the the table saw so I thought I’d try using a router. The trouble is I need a 3/4” wide dadoe and only have a 1/2 router bit.My thought was to set one straightedge where I want one side of the dadoe to be and the ot...

06-27-2014 04:29 PM

multi-function table - 8 replies

greetings all! I would like to have a table that can work for assembly and for tablesaw outfeed. However, I don’t have room for a permanent table. so I’m trying to come up with a design that can be set up when needed and stored away in a somewhat compact space when not in use. So far, here is what I’ve come up with The pro...

06-12-2014 08:13 PM

Fuzzies - 6 replies

When I was working on my desk, I noticed that I was getting fuzzies and what I would call “tearing” on all of my cuts. I changed to a different blade of the same number of teeth, which made no difference. So I tried a blade with more and a blade with less teeth. No difference. This is a some-what exaggerated example of what I’...

04-08-2014 07:46 PM

New (to me) saw - 6 replies

A friend of mine has a scroll saw that they are willing to gift to me. I’ve never used a scroll saw before and, at this point, I know nothing about it so I hoping for some ideas of where to start once I get it. Should I attempt to clean / service it? How do I evaluate what it’s capable of? Where do I start? Thanks in advance.

04-06-2014 04:35 AM

Recovered lumber - 8 replies

A neighbor was getting rid of some old shelves made with 2×4’s that were covered plywood that was glued and screwed down. I was able to get all the screws out and peel off the plywood but it did not come off cleanly. I was hoping not have to try to chisel the plywood shrapnel off of all the 2×4’s (there’s about 15 of ...

04-04-2014 02:10 AM

Chisel point nasty - 3 replies

Well I managed to bugger up the pointy end of my one and only chisel. So, now I need to know how to make it good again. I have no grinder and only a coarse grinding stone I usually use on my lawnmower blade.Any suggestions?Oh, and if your suggestion includes the word “buy”, Consider it ignored as I currently have $0.14 available.

03-30-2014 05:07 PM

refinishing - 1 reply

A friend of mine has a small table that is in need of some repair and refinishing. I would consider doing it but the table has some fairly delicate inlay going on. Is there a good way to clean off the old finish to prepare it for refinishing that is relatively easy and inexpensive that would not require completely disassembling the whole table?

01-07-2014 06:58 PM

I saw a saw - 12 replies

I thought I’d pass along this info to those who might be looking. I happened to be in the blue-box home store and saw a Delta table saw Model #: 36-725. It looks like a fairly decent unit with a t-square style fence and a good-sized tabletop. I could tell it’s direct-drive rather than belt but does have wheels on the base for mobi...

07-31-2013 05:20 PM

Found money, now what? - 9 replies

I was alerted that I had forgotten about some money, about $100.00. I was pondering what tool would be the best to try to locate. For this amount, most likely looking at used. I have drills, a jigsaw, sander, circular saw, table saw and router. I was thinking a planer but I don’t know if I can find one at this price. Thoughts and input ...

07-26-2013 07:52 PM

Router bit black - 25 replies

I was doing some testing for a upcoming project attempting to router a slot into some plywood. I set the 1/4 straight flute bit to roughly 1/4 deep, plunged the plywood onto the bit and routed roughly 1 1/2” slot. When I removed the plywood, there was a bit of blackness on the slot and the end of the bit that was in the wood was black. Wa...

07-16-2013 03:14 AM

It's amazing what you find - 4 replies

Especially when you’re not really looking. I’m gonna call this a bargain gloat because the tools aren’t really worth gloating over. I had to take some stuff to the Goodwill today and I decided to look around. To my surprise, back in the housewares / sporting good section I found a Craftsman adjustable dado for $6.99 and a Mile...

07-07-2013 07:38 PM

rolling shop cabinets - 2 replies

I am wanting to build / rebuild some rolling shop cabinets. The ones I have are cheap at best and not built really well. They were some of the first things I built and were made on my really cheap old table saw so I’d really like to rebuild them now that I have a bit more knowledge and skill (and a better saw). What I would like is for th...

01-27-2013 06:53 PM

Router bushings - 4 replies

I happened to be in the big “L” the other day looking for something else when I saw a kit for Milescraft router bushings with a router plate. I know nothing about these and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them?Thanks in advance.

11-21-2012 04:29 AM

Question on drying - 5 replies

A neighbor was pruning their maple tree and I talked them out of a branch about 2” in diameter. How should I go about drying it so I can work it properly.

11-09-2012 07:34 PM

A metal What is it - 9 replies

I found this on the street the other day and I am not sure what it is: It basically looks like a ball-point pen but made entirely of metal. The only markings on it say “Metal removal division” and “Federal-Mogul”. I have been using it for making center holes for drilling and for marking cut-lines but what is it ...

11-08-2012 08:31 PM

Router Edge guide question - 5 replies

I am plotting building one for other projects I want to make and so want to make it adjustable. However I have concerns about it racking and not being straight. Is this something I should really be worried about and what’s the best way to limit / eliminate it?

11-07-2012 10:11 PM

Question on mallets - 27 replies

I am thinking about making a mallet but have no access to hardwoods.Can a decent mallet be made with pine, fir and / or hemlock or should I not bother until hardwood can be had?

10-27-2012 03:56 PM

New to me router - 12 replies

I was able to pick up a new-to-me router 2nd hand for $25.00. It’s a Craftsman 1.75 HP fixed base (model 315.175110). Yes, I know craftsman isn’t the best but it was what I could afford and I figured a average router is better than no router at all. Things I like: LONG cord. Probably 10-12 feet. Variable speed. I think this will b...

10-21-2012 09:52 PM

Idea for a circle jig - 12 replies

Okay, on this one I’m looking for a sanity check, so here goes. I am wanting to make a circle jig for my router in anticipation of making some discs for other things (EVIL LAUGH). However, in at least one case, the discs I will need to make will be SMALLER than the diameter of the router base.So, my thought was to make a circle jig with a ...

10-10-2012 09:47 PM

Squaring stock - 21 replies

Greetings all from a fairly new worker. I was hoping some o you out there would be able to give me some ideas on a way to square stock. Here are my limitations: by far my best and most accurate tool is my table saw. I do not have nor can I afford a jointer or a planer. What I have been doing so far: 1) get the straightest, most even wood I ca...


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