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|09-11-2015 06:47 PM||
Hickory drawbored pins? - 2 replies
I’m building a work bench for myself. The top will be 4”- 4 1/2” thick Ash,the legs and stretchers will be made from a section of re-purposed hard maple bowling ally lane. The approximate size of the legs will be (depending on the available material) 5 1/2” x 3 -4” . I’m thinking I’ll use through tenon...
|09-02-2015 10:26 PM||
Benchcrafted vise advice - 3 replies
After 23 years I’m finally building a proper work bench. Up till now I’ve been working with old 2×4 garage shelves tipped on the side with a 1 ½” thick laminated plywood top and a Record metal quick release vise mounted on the wrong end of the bench (on the left, I’m right handed). It’s not flat or level. Over the past few years I’ve s...
|08-23-2015 01:41 AM||
Double action Heavy duty hinge - 3 replies
I’m planning to install two big and heavy gates to an opening in my patio. The spread between the 8’x8’ posts is 70”. 35” for each gate. The gates will be made with a 4”x6”x35” top rail, 4”x6”x48”styles (??) and 4”x8”x35” bottom rail with a 4”x4” grid panel. They will be Doug Fir which holds up fine in Southern California.I’ve looked around ...
|04-08-2015 05:35 AM||
Split top? What do you say? - 21 replies
Been thinking about this for about a year. I just finished my third or fourth read of two of Christopher Schwarz books (Workbenches from design and theory and The Workbench design book). I also just finished watching the Bench Craft videos on their website and a few U Tube videos. I know its nuts to spend that kind of money on “Vice hardware” ...
|02-10-2015 03:36 AM||
Need color matching help - 2 replies
I’m helping my new wife get her old house ready to go on the market. I’ve got everything handled except a spot on a solid wood hickory floor in the great room. The floor is almost 1,000 square feet and in good condition There are four or five boards together covering about 5 sf that have been replaced and left unfinished as a resu...
|01-20-2015 05:22 AM||
Grommet thingee - 3 replies
I’m building an enclosed IPad/IPhone charging station it’s a tall Black Walnut box with a brass Brusso “click” latch and Brusso 95 degree hinges. The charger needs AC input coming through the bottom of the box. I’ve got a charger with a removable cord and can fit it all in the box but I need a fitting or grommet for the ac cord to pass i...
|09-21-2014 04:39 AM||
How to make quilted veneer green - 5 replies
A friend of mine wants me to make a showcase for a Spanish galleon he built as a kid. The ship is beautiful, almost museum quality. I’m thinking I can make the floor out a quilted veneer dyed green to approximate the color and wave like look of the ocean. In searching veneer sites, I’m finding the most dramatic, wave like figure i...
|09-08-2014 05:50 PM||
No more paint - 3 replies
I live in Southern California, North San Diego County inland. The sun here is brutal in the summer. I’m committed to making all new outdoor projects maintenance free. I’m rebuilding/redesigning a large and long patio cover that is Doug Fir and has been standing for 27 years (painted). I’m planning to build the new cover with Doug Fir timber...
|09-04-2014 05:47 AM||
Hope I'm in the right section here. - 2 replies
It’s not really a DC question I’m asking here. I’m adapting a working DC system to add a second bandsaw and a Performax 16×32 sander. The plumbing is 4” black drain pipe. I’ve got all the connections sorted out including increasing the Performax DC from about 2 1/2” to a four inch port. The new saw is the Rikon 18” 10-345 set ...
|08-07-2014 07:46 PM||
Could this be a blade problem? - 12 replies
I’m setting up my new Rikon 18” bandsaw. I’ve gone through all the adjustments according to the Snodgrass video. I think it’s the Woodslicer blade although I can’t be sure as there are no markings on the blade. I wouldn’t call this drift, more like dive left. The photo shows the problem. I can literal...
|08-02-2014 11:33 PM||
Band saw set up - 15 replies
I just set up my new Rikon 15” bandsaw as a dedicated resaw and plan to use my 22 year old 16” Grizzly bandsaw as a general use bandsaw. My question, what size blade should I use for general bandsaw use? Advice?
|08-02-2014 11:29 PM||
What to do about my Tormek grinder - 3 replies
After 22 years of moderate use my Tormek sharpener is acting up. If I apply anything more than light pressure while grinding the motor bogs down. I’m not very mechanically inclined so I’m thinking if it’s not something simple (like brushes) I’ll be needing a replacement. I don’t even know if the motor has brushes. Has anyone already solved t...
|07-29-2014 09:17 PM||
Split-Top Roubo question - 5 replies
As far as I can tell the reasons for the split top on the Roubo workbench is for portability and to allow for the slot stop feature. I don’t care about portability or stops. I’m making my bench 5’ long x 24” wide. I’m using the Bench craft leg and wagon vices. Are there any other benefits to splitting the tops that I’m missing?
|07-20-2014 02:47 AM||
11/2” legs from ¾” stock for a Greene & Greene table - 14 replies
I’m building a skirt and legs for a table top I’ve had banging around the shop since making it in a veneering class project 4-5 years ago. Low and behold after all that time, my wife want’s an end table “just like that shop class thing” I made. Perfect. It’s mostly walnut 191/2” X 191/2” X 3/4”. I’m building walnut skirt and legs, Greene and...
|03-24-2014 01:39 AM||
Porter Cable 20 V Lithium - 3 replies
After being initially pleased but later disappointed with the Dewalt 14V cordless drill. I had three of them, they worked well (well not wow) for about two years but then the batteries wouldn’t hold much of a charge. Last year I bought an extended power aftermarket battery that seems to work well, thought I’d replace all the old ones. Can’t r...
|03-01-2014 04:41 AM||
Why hasn’t anyone done this? - 5 replies
I’m setting up my new Rikon 10-345 18” bandsaw as a dedicated resaw tool. I’ve got the Kreg bandsaw fence. I’m thinking I want to make a jig with rollers for the right side of the blade to hold the stock between the fence and the jig. My thinking is that if the fence and jig are tall enough and I hold the material between them there is nowher...
|12-28-2013 06:09 AM||
Cleaning table saw trunnion - 6 replies
I got a Grizzly 691 table saw for Christmas two years ago. Nice saw. Last year when raising the blade it started to feel sticky and harder to crank. I shot some WD40 on the trunnions and it seemed to help. Now it’s happening again. I realized I never cleaned the packing grease of the trunnions. After researching different lubrication prod...
|11-26-2013 10:46 PM||
Can I use interior Waterlox original? - 3 replies
It’s for my front door threshold, made of Sapele. I live in San Diego CA. The door is totally covered with a long shingled roof. It never gets direct sun. We almost never have driving rain. I doubt it ever got wet from the weather. I have some left over Waterlox original that’s just going to waste if I use it and it’s good for wear areas l...
|11-10-2013 05:08 AM||
How badly will MDF dull my saw? - 2 replies
I have to saw by hand a Black Cherry open stringer. Each step is a slightly different sized tread and riser. There are eight tread and riser cuts to be made (about 15 linear feet). The Cherry is a big piece of expensive wood with little scrap value if I get it wrong. I’ve decided to make a flush trim router template of ½” MDF. I’ve scribed ...
|10-17-2013 09:40 PM||
Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw - 2 replies
Just pulled the trigger to get this saw for a remodeling project about 30 miles from my shop and 691 Grizzly cabinet saw. My question: Is it really going to be 4HP? Says it is but I’m wondering.