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27 days ago

Porter Cable 4212 Jig - Buy or pass? - 15 replies

Local Craigslist posting for a new in unopened box Porter Cable 4212 Dovetail jig. Asking $100. I’m in the process of re-doing the kitchen. Will have 16 drawers to do in the nears future. Is it worth it or should I just do box joints on the table saw as have in the past?

84 days ago

Subaru, Ford, or Hyundai - 35 replies

So I decided I need to replace the family car. So far I’m tending towards a Subaru Forester, a Ford Escape and a Hyundai Santa Fe. Any personal recommendations or horror stories?

369 days ago

Sometime woodworking has to take a backseat- - 13 replies

I’ve got one of my two cedar rollup garage doors yet to be refinished. I’ve got the pieces for a cherry end table cut and ready to put together. But I said to hell with it all because it’s the season for this: Wild blackberries are on. If you’re thinking “isn’t it too early for blackberries?” t...

416 days ago

Calling any Grizzly g1022 owners - 2 replies

Anybody out there using a Grizzly G1022 table saw? My old Grizzly saw (model TSC-10) has a problem dealing with a dado stack that is discussed here. I finally got around to calling Grizzly and talking to tech about the problem. From him I learned that the TSC-10, while no longer supported, is basically the same saw as the G1022 and that a G...

418 days ago

Can I flatten this? - 16 replies

This is a pie crust table that sat in my parents living room for as long as I can remember. For the last few years it has sat in my sister’s garage. When she pulled it out, this was its condition. Is there any chance of salvaging it. I’m pretty sure it’s mahogany veneer and core. The veneer on the bottom has come ...

424 days ago

Whip on poly, have I been using the wrong stuff? - 12 replies

Is there any advantage to the whip on polyurethane over the regular stuff. I hate brushes. I hate painting. I’m a lousy painter. So when I apply polyurethane (MinWax usually) I pour some out of a quart can, mix in some mineral spirits and whip it on with a rag. No runs, no holidays, no damn brushes to clean. Today I notice on the s...

456 days ago

Foot switch - 16 replies

Do you have a preferred foot switch for your scroll saw? I’m looking at this one.

478 days ago

What do the knowledgeble folks think? (saw advice) - 3 replies

I don’t think it’s possible to know less about scrollsaws than I do. The only thing I know is that one would be handy once in a while. I’m not planning any fancy fretwork or ornate decorative pieces, just something that allows a little more finesse than my Black & Decker sabre saw when it comes to cutting openings and bas...

500 days ago

Wood gloat - 6 replies

I plan on making some lawn furniture this spring so it’ll be ready for summer lounging. Got a good deal on some Western Red Cedar.

547 days ago

What are you reading? - 23 replies

The nights are long and my shop gets cold after the sun goes down, so winter is when I get caught up on my reading list. The list is getting pared down and needs to be replenished. So what are you guys reading? What would you recommend? I’ve finished these within the last couple weeks:Wealth and Democracy by Kevin PhilipsA Soldier of...

649 days ago

Yet another wood id - 6 replies

My wood identification skills are pretty limited. Basically, I can tell the difference between a sheet of plywood and a 2×4. So I’m wondering what this is. It’s from a pallet I dragged home from Sears so I’m assuming it’s of Asian origin. It’s hard and fairly heavy (I calculated these pieces at 4.8 lbs per ...

725 days ago

Dodgy dadoes - 30 replies

The other day in my project comments I bemoaned my lousy dado set. It seems I may have been a little harsh. Last night I was fiddling around making a finger joint jig and a zero clearance insert for a ¼ in dado. While fiddling around I had an epiphany. The shoulder on my arbor is .625 in. diameter and maybe slightly wider than 1/8 in. Whe...

925 days ago

Perspective - 13 replies

The futility of political and religious arguments among ideologues.

927 days ago

A major award - 3 replies

My daughter sent me this major award for Christmas. I want to put it in the front window but my wife seems very careless when dusting around it so I’ll move it out to the shop. I think it’s Italian.

937 days ago

The golf world has lost one of the truly great ones. - 4 replies

One of golf’s greatest feats is to shoot one’s age. So, imagine how spectacular a day Kim Jong-Il had back in 1994. The North Korean dictator, who died on Saturday of heart failure at age 69, scorched the 7,700-yard Pyongyang Golf Course in a stunning 38-under par, 34. Now, before getting all bent out of shape that such a score is impossib...

942 days ago

A casualty in the War on Christmas - 3 replies

965 days ago

Bamboo for bench top. - 8 replies

I’m thinking about (the final stage of many of my projects) a decent woodworking bench. Hardwoods of any volume are rather precious in this neck of the woods so construction will most likely be of Doug fir. For a nice hard top I’m wondering if layer of bamboo would be acceptable. The engineered flooring is cheap. What are the dow...

989 days ago

Investing in a free table saw - 13 replies

I got this table saw in exchange for straightening out the lighting in a friend’s equipment barn. My previous and only other table saw was what can only charitably be called a piece of cheap junk. It was a $50 garage sale mistake – plastic case, tiny pot metal table, cheap ass inaccurate fence, flimsy damn stand. That being the case, it was...

992 days ago

So I walk into Home Depot - 9 replies

So I walk into Home Depot this morning. I picked up a cord end, a packet of #6×2” screws and a can of WD40. Go to the front of the store and there is one check stand open with a line of 4 people. Only one of us has any amount of purchases. The rest just a hand full of items. As we stand there, another employee comes down the line...


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