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|09-06-2016 04:49 AM||
Plane then sand? - 17 replies
I was wondering how many people finish their work after just planing their wood with a smoother or scraper. I usuallysand my work to 150 or 220 after planing. If I use a power jointer or planer I hand plane the work smooth and sand. I have experimented finishing some poplar & red oak after just planing and it seems to have a rougher finish t...
|05-30-2016 02:19 AM||
Sharpening a #8 plane iron - 8 replies
I am thinking about buying a #8 plane but am having some questions about how to sharpen a 2 5/8 inch plane iron. I use a jig for sharpening and am not good with a freehand style. The stones I have are only 2 1/2 inches wide and I am not sure a 2 5/8 inch iron will fit in my Veritas jig. Wondering how everyone sharpens these wide irons,other tha...
|05-25-2016 12:57 AM||
First time for Trans Tint - 9 replies
I have two boards to stain they are 12 1/2 inches wide and 10 foot long. One is Pine & one is Poplar. I intend to mix the Trans Tint with denatured Alcohol. Checking this out on the web I find that some find it difficult to use with the alc. as opposed to water. Some say that the alc dries to fast and the overlaps are hard to even out. Some ...
|04-17-2016 11:57 PM||
Long Stanley #2 - 6 replies
I have a LN #2 plane for a couple of years and i spotted an old Stanley #2 at a 2nd hand shop a while back for $30.00 dollars. I cleaned it up & sharpened the iron and have been using it for a while.It is much more comfortable to use as there is more room for your fingers than the LN plane. The LN measures 7.5 inches in length & the old ...
|02-01-2016 10:07 PM||
Band saw guidepost alignment - 9 replies
I have been tuning up my Jet 14” bandsaw and have discovered that the guidepost is not parallel the blade. This means that every time I change the guidepost position upon or down I need to readjust the guides (top guides). This gets to be dreary, especially if you forget to do it. I don’t see any fix for it or anyway to adjust it. Be...
|01-30-2016 07:09 PM||
What BandSaw Guides for Jet - 5 replies
I have a jet 14” band saw with a riser block. I have had to change the bottom bearing on the guides twice as they get scored by the blade and the last one was locked up & could not turn. Both bearings came from China. I am ready to upgrade my guides and in need of experienced suggestions. I usually use a 1/2 inch blade for re-sawing wi...
|01-29-2016 12:33 AM||
#2 plane size difference - 4 replies
I picked up an old Bailey #2 plane a few months ago and I noticed it has more room in the handle than my Lie Nielsen #2. The Lie Nielsen is 7.5 inches long & the Bailey is 8.0 inches long & they are both are marked #2. There is much more room in the bailey for your fingers, I can use a three fingered grip & not have my knuckles hit t...
|11-28-2015 07:16 PM||
Poor dust/chip collection on joiner - 8 replies
I have a Powermatic 54A 6” joiner and I installed a Byrd spiral cutter head on it. The head runs & cuts fine but I have noticed a significant change in chip collection for the worse. I have a 1.5 JDS 4 inch vac hooked up to it with nothing else but the joiner on it. Chips come out of the back of the cutter head(toward the fence side) a...
|09-03-2015 07:49 PM||
what to use on a barbecue cart - 3 replies
I have built a barbecue cart to sit outside on my patio. I used aromatic cedar which looks great. I am not sure how to finish it as it will remain outdoors year round. I was thinking of deck stain or using Epifanes varnish. I know the boat guys swear by Epifanes varnish. I just don’t know how it will hold up. I would like to preserve the l...
|07-30-2015 04:31 AM||
Non adjustable frog Planes - 8 replies
I was wondering what size the mouth was on the older non adjustable frog Stanley planes. Are these planes suitable for smoothing or just general bench plane work. I usually set the mouth on my bench plane approx. 1/16 inch or little less and forget it. My smoother is much less.
|06-25-2015 04:00 PM||
Dewalt track saw-track & cust. serv. - 4 replies
I purchased the Dewalt track saw with a 102 inch track long story short, if you want to start & end the cut on an 8 ft. sheet of ply you need to start off the wood but on the track. The track is too short to do this without a plunge cut, seems like you would need a track around 120 inches to start the saw on the track. In fact when you cut o...
|06-17-2015 09:43 PM||
Lithion-ion battery power level lights - 3 replies
I just received a new Dewalt drill,when it arrived the battery power indicator lights lit up 2 levels. I charged the battery and the charger light quickly indicated full charge.(maybe 10 sec.) I placed the battery back in the drill and the power indicator lights sill indicated only 2 lights instead of 3 for a full battery. Are these indicator l...
|06-13-2015 12:36 PM||
Dewalt track saw - 0 replies
I just returned a Makita track saw because I could not get the sole plate square with the blade. There are adjustment screws but they had no effect on correcting the problem. I am now considering the Dewalt saw and looking at the on line manual I see no mention of the ability to make the sole square with the blade. To those who own the Dewalt do...
|05-15-2015 01:31 AM||
Buck Bros. Chisels - 2 replies
Found some nice Buck Bros. Chisels currently made in Massachusetts USA. Located them at Craftsman Studio and purchased on line. These are nothing like you see at the big box stores,they look like quality and have very nice wooden handles. I purchased some bench chisels and some very nice crank necks. They are hardened to 59 rockwell and are reas...
|05-10-2015 11:20 PM||
New router features - 7 replies
I see that some of the new routers coming on the market are touting having new features like a switch built into the handle and a shaft lock so you only need one collet wrench etc. I have a 25 year old Craftsman 1.5 hp router that has the switch in the handle, a sliding shaft lock that does not need to be held in with a finger, just slide it to ...
|04-13-2015 01:45 AM||
Flattening a plane blade back - 19 replies
Just spent 2.5 hrs. flattening the back of a Woodriver 4 1/2 plane blade. My fingers are numb and black and my back aches. Started with a course 325 diamond stone then a 1200 fine diamond stone and a 6000 water stone. There has to be a better, quicker way. The iron had a slight hump about 1/4 inch from the edge, I had to use the ruler trick on t...
|03-08-2015 04:15 AM||
Shelf span with 3/4 ply - 4 replies
I am installing a couple of shelves in a cabinet that will have to span 38 inches. They will be 20 inches wide. I would like to use 3/4 inch plywood but I am not sure that the shelf will not sag. I am thinking about making them out of oak but It would increase the cost quite a bit and I am not sure the oak would not sag. The cabinet is furnitur...
|12-26-2014 07:14 PM||
Carter Stabilizer - 21 replies
I would like to buy the Carter Stabilizer for my Jet 14” bandsaw and I would also like to make some straight cuts with a fence on occasion. I was wondering if this is practical. I would think that with a fence to guide the cut it would be reasonably straight. I buy rough cut wood and do most of my trimming on the bandsaw before I go to the...
|08-20-2014 09:45 PM||
A finish for outdoors on a wheelbarrow - 4 replies
I just purchased a Jackson wheelbarrow unassembled. I bought it this way because it will be sitting out in the yard all year long and I wanted the opportunity to weather proof it as best I can. The handles have some kind of varnish on them with a rough finish & the risers appear painted with a thin coat of blue stain. I would like some sugge...
|10-01-2013 05:36 AM||
What stone for low RPM grinder - 1 reply
I have purchased a low turning electric grinder and have no experience using one. The wheels on the grinder are coarse.I need to know what type of stone wheel to purchase for grinding plane blades & chisels. What kind of leather wheel for stropping? The wheels are 6 inch dia.I will need to achieve a very sharp edge,one that a man could shave...