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212 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!

448 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...

478 days ago

Laguna LT18 Italian bandsaw -- motor question and value? - 11 replies

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...

486 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.

512 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.

513 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...

517 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...

524 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 ...

535 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....

544 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...

605 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 “...

625 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...

634 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...

649 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...

656 days ago

Burned maple with small Forstner bit... how to clean it up? - 5 replies

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...

664 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’...

700 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...

708 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: ...

733 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 ...

798 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...

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