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|01-05-2017 04:18 PM||
Sears sells Craftsman to Black & Decker - 1 reply
There goes the last reason I had for visiting my local Sears store. (which will probably close soon anyway) http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/business/dealbook/sears-craftsman-retailing.html?_r=0
|08-12-2016 04:22 AM||
Grizzly G0555 - upgrade from a Craftsman 12"? - 13 replies
The one tool in my shop that I’ve always been dissatisfied with is my Craftsman 12” band saw which frankly is kind of a rattle trap with no fence and a noticeable wobble in the blade. This guy is asking $200 for this Grizzly which he says is two years old. Says he has a riser kit but never installed it. Opinions? http://oly...
|08-08-2016 05:17 PM||
Miter be a better way? - 7 replies
So I’m building this five-sided box. “Why a five sided box?” you may ask. I don’t know, I just am. Anyway, after a quick high school trig refresher, I came up with my dimensions and angles. )I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how much pencil lead it took me to figure out the segment lengths of a pentagon that circumscribes a 5” diameter c...
|07-25-2016 04:07 AM||
Something for you carvers out there - 6 replies
Just goes to show you what whittling can lead to. http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=13474
|06-26-2016 12:48 AM||
What have I been missing at Harbor Freight? - 37 replies
One of the experiences that I’ve been missing in my life has been fulfilled. In all my years I’ve never been in a Harbor Freight store. Not a conscious choice, just never an opportunity. Yesterday that empty hole in my life was filled when I noticed a store had opened in a near by mini mall. Now that I’ve been through one...
|06-04-2016 05:03 PM||
Working white ash. - 17 replies
A little binge buying yesterday. Went to get some cherry to continue on a kitchen project and ended up coming home with a bunch of 6/4 white ash also. No reason or plan. It looked nice, felt nice, and was priced nice. My experience is mainly limited to cherry, walnut, maple and softwood. Have never worked with ash before. So this morning...
|06-04-2016 04:52 AM||
What are you paying? - 8 replies
I live in the very northwest of the Pacific Northwest. Not much native hardwood in these parts. I have one source about a 40 minute drive from home. And it’s a good source, stock wise. Like going to the candy store, your mouth starts watering and you realize you’re licking your lips. But I wonder what premium I’m paying co...
|06-16-2014 03:06 PM||
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?
|04-20-2014 09:03 PM||
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?
|07-09-2013 05:01 AM||
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...
|05-23-2013 11:47 PM||
Calling any Grizzly g1022 owners - 5 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...
|05-21-2013 08:55 PM||
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 ...
|05-16-2013 12:18 AM||
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...
|04-13-2013 04:27 AM||
Foot switch - 16 replies
Do you have a preferred foot switch for your scroll saw? I’m looking at this one.
|03-22-2013 01:47 AM||
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...
|02-28-2013 07:22 PM||
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.
|01-12-2013 05:48 AM||
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...
|10-02-2012 07:53 PM||
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 ...
|07-18-2012 06:17 PM||
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...
|12-31-2011 02:08 PM||
Perspective - 13 replies
The futility of political and religious arguments among ideologues.