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04-19-2014 03:03 PM

Essential books and videos on woodturning - 2 replies

What would you say are the top three essential books on woodturning every turner should own? What are the top three essential videos? My book list would include David Ellsworth’s Ellsworth on Woodturning and Richard Raffan’s The Art of Turned Bowls, and my video list would include Raffan’s Turning Boxes. But I’m curiou...

11-17-2013 03:52 PM

Carbide or HSS? - 8 replies

I like sharpening tools, so I’ve always stuck with HSS. But I’m tempted to try out carbide. Any thoughts? My biggest concerns: cost and performance. The initial price is comparable, but the carbide replacement tips seem really spendy. Also, on HSS, I know the performance degradation when you go from acceptably sharp to dull can be...

09-28-2013 07:00 PM

Nova DVR 2024 problem - 7 replies

Has anybody had a similar problem to this? Just bought a Nova DVR 2024 (I got a raise and blew it on tools!). I’m pretty happy with it except for one pretty big problem: sometimes it won’t start. I press the start button, it makes a little whiny-growly noise and sits there like it’s stuck. If I give it a little nudge but li...

04-11-2013 06:29 PM

milling challenge - 9 replies

I’m trying to mill some pieces of tight-grained cedar for parts of a traditional paper-making mold, and so far I’m stumped at getting consistent results. Here’s what I’m aiming at: The part is a support bar that holds up the wire mesh – there will be fifteen of them, and they need to be really consistent. As y...

02-08-2013 01:34 AM

Wixey digital planer readouts on sale at Amazon, $32 - 11 replies

I just saw that the Wixey digital planer readout is for sale on Amazon for $32 (free shipping with Prime). I’ve wanted one of these ever since I got my Dewalt 734, so I jumped on it as soon as I saw it!

12-05-2012 06:22 PM

European hinges gap problem - 10 replies

I’m having a problem on my first time using euro hinges. It’s a face-frame installation, 1/2” overlay, 105 degree hinges. My problem is that on the hinge side, when the door is closed, there’s a good 3/16” gap between the face frame and the back of the door. If I adjust the hinges to lessen the gap, the door binds when it swings. Do people...


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