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|10 days ago||
Veritas tenon saws... finally! - 7 replies
Link Been waiting for LV to release these for a while now. Some will like the look, some won’t, but I’ll bet they will perform well. I’ll be picking up mine tomorrow!
|246 days ago||
Dado joints -- how tight is too tight? - 15 replies
Or, I guess a better way to put it is, how much “slop” do you allow for when cutting your dado joints? I’m building my router table cabinet (version two) now, and I have my dado stack set to allow a tight fit with just moderate hand pressure, but that’s on a 3” wide piece of scrap. I’m wondering if that migh...
|276 days ago||
There’s an Italian made Laguna LT18 bandsaw for sale locally, and the guy says it has a 3 hp Baldor motor in it. Everything I can find on these saws says they come with a 4.5 hp Baldor. Anyone ever hear of this saw coming with the smaller motor? I’ve never owned a BS before, and wasn’t necessarily planning to spend quite s...
|283 days ago||
My greatest project ever - 24 replies
Took nine months, but she came out great! Sorry, couldn’t resist… proud daddy of my new baby girl, Olivia.
|309 days ago||
Veritas dowel former - 4 replies
Interesting! Up until now, the only dowel plate I was aware of was from LN. Here’s a new player in that space: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=70555&cat=51&pb=1#pb I might have to make a trip over to LV this weekend. Like I need an excuse.
|310 days ago||
Adding new electrical circuits to the shop - 22 replies
I have my new cabinet saw set up in my garage/shop, with no power to run it! Of course I knew that when I bought it, and the plan was to add a couple of 240V 30A circuits (plenty of room in the panel). When I called the city to inquire about a permit, I found out that as a homeowner I’m not allowed to perform this work because we rent ou...
|315 days ago||
Table saw pre-purchasing research - 69 replies
This is not another “which TS should I buy” thread, but rather just some thoughts and observations running through my head as I get ready to buy my first cabinet saw. I had a chance to play around with a few cabinet saws today, as part of my pre-purchasing research. I looked at the Delta Unisaw, a General 350, and a Laguna LTS-26...
|321 days ago||
So long, Ridgid R4512... it was fun while it lasted - 15 replies
Well, I sold my R4512 today after a year of ownership. I have to say that overall, it was a pretty darn good table saw, especially given the price point. I built over 20 projects with it last year, big and small, and it never let me down. Ultimately though, the saw had a couple of limitations that I grew tired of working around. The straw ...
|332 days ago||
Project requests from family and friends - 19 replies
I am a hobbyist woodworker and I don’t have any plans to earn a living with my hobby. Nonetheless, I have been getting more and more requests from family and friends to build things for them. I figure that at least half my shop time is spent on these types of projects, and my available shop time is going to decrease in the coming months....
|341 days ago||
Sliding dovetails... to glue or not to glue - 11 replies
I’m building a small set of shelves and am using sliding dovetails for the first time. Just curious if it’s customary/necessary to glue the joints. They will be a tight fit without glue and I’m not sure how effectively I’d be able to glue them anyway. I was thinking of pinning them with a small dowel at one end to allo...
|402 days ago||
Guests in the shop and safety standards - 12 replies
This weekend I was working on a small project for a friend on mine, and we agreed we would build it at my shop. He has a small shop as well so I assumed he was familiar with basic shop safety. My first red flag came when I put my safety glasses on before we got started, and unplugged my table saw to change a blade. I got a comment like “...
|422 days ago||
Delta 50-775 dust collector acting up... - 3 replies
Hoping someone here may have run into a similar problem and can help identify a solution. My Delta dust collector has always been trouble-free, but today when I fired it up, I heard a high-pitched squeal when the motor came up to full speed. I am thinking it might be bearings but I’m not sure. I pulled the motor and didn’t notic...
|432 days ago||
DMT Dia-Sharp in 4000 mesh (6 micron) - 1 reply
Was just browsing DMT’s site and saw they are producing (for a “limited time”, they say) a 4000 mesh Dia-Sharp in the 8” size. I have all of the other “grits” and often wished they offered something to bridge the gap between the 1200 and 8000. Anyway, just thought I’d share the information. Mine is en-r...
|447 days ago||
Let's see those clamp collections - 10 replies
As the old woodworking adage goes, you can never have too many clamps. I think I’d modify that to say “you can never have too many of the right kinds of clamps.” In any event, let’s see your clamp collections! Do you have clamps you rarely/never use? Clamps that you wish you a ton more of? I built a mobile clamp ca...
|453 days ago||
I drilled a series of holes into some 4/4 hard maple with a 3/4” Forstner bit, and a few of the holes ended up burned pretty good on the inside walls. I’ve tried using some 80 grit sandpaper wrapped around a dowel to remove the burns, but its slow going. I was thinking of using a small sanding drum on my Dremel, but I’m conce...
|462 days ago||
What is the LEAST used tool in your shop? - 59 replies
I got to thinking the other day, that there are two types of woodworkers: those who buy tools as they need them for a project, and those who buy tools whenever they want or can afford them. I’m in the second camp, myself (of the “when I can afford them” variety). Yes, I am a tool junkie. I have used most of the tools I’...
|497 days ago||
Vacation! - 24 replies
Well fellow LJs, in eight hours I will be on a plane with my family for a two week stint in the Cayman Islands, where sadly I will not be woodworking but rather loafing on the beach with a cold cocktail in hand while I ponder weighty matters, such as “My ice seems to be melting—am I drinking too slowly?” or “Should we hav...
|505 days ago||
Planes I have vs. planes I need - 6 replies
I’m the process of building a wall-mounted hand tool cabinet over my workbench, and I am at the point of building the plane till. I’m wondering if I have all of the planes I need at this point. That’s a tough question to answer, I know. Let me provide a few details that might be helpful. I have the following planes now: ...
|530 days ago||
Unsafe cuts on the tablesaw? - 21 replies
Conventional wisdom (as I understand it) is to avoid using the table saw fence to guide boards that are wider than they are long. This is to prevent the board from coming off the fence, binding between the fence and the blade, and kicking back. I’ve actually had this happen once and narrowly avoided injury. Lesson learned. Yesterday, I ...
|596 days ago||
Drawbored mortise & tenon question - 11 replies
I’m building my workbench base using mortise & tenon joinery, and was wondering about the best way to pin the joints. I’ll be using 1/2” maple dowels, and my question is whether there is any advantage or drawback to drill completely through both sides of the mortise for the drawbore (as opposed to a “blind” dra...