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|20 hours ago||
Craigslist Absurdity: HF re-selling for a profit - 4 replies
Today, I found this absurd CL listing. Sometimes I wish there was a social aspect on CL, so that I can link the HF product listing. http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/tls/4367281450.html http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-ratchet-bar-clampspreader-68975.html
|2 days ago||
Grizzly Coupons? How frequent do them come out? - 2 replies
Earlier this week, I got an email from Grizzly for a 10% off coupon. I only recently began subscribing to their mailing list and was wondering if anyone can tell me how often Grizzly offers a 10% discount? Is it fairly regularly, annually, or once in a blue moon?
|3 days ago||
Sanding to what grit for painted project - 13 replies
Rather than hijack another thread, I wanted to know what grit I should sand a paint-grade poplar project to. I’m working on a step stool and I am at the point where I want to sand prior to assembly. What grit should I sand to? In the past I’ve always done 80 → 120 → 220.
|13 days ago||
As I’ve gotten more and more woodworking projects under my belt, I find that panel glue-ups have been my third most “hated” part of projects (behind sanding and finishing). The reason I “hate” glue-ups is that I feel like I’m stressing myself needlessly by chasing a pipe dream of perfect edge alignment. Dur...
|16 days ago||
I’ve been debating the need for a dowel jig for a step stool I will be making soon. I don’t expect to be doing lots of doweling for joinery so I hopped on to the Rockler and HF website to see what their offering was. As I looking around, I noticed that the Rockler doweling jig (http://www.rockler.com/self-centering-doweling-jig-or-...
|31 days ago||
Bessey K Body Revo On sale at the Big Blue Store - 2 replies
I was at Lowes today and noticed a yellow sticker on the Bessey K Body parallel clamps. While I was in-store, I saw that the 24, 40, and 50 inch clamps were on sale for 10% off. Online, it appears that only the “24 is listed at 10% off Hope someone finds this useful. Stacked with say the 5% off Lowes card discount, or a 10% discount ...
|38 days ago||
How have you moved stationary equipment? - 31 replies
One of the things that I have dreaded figuring out, is how to move heavy machinery when I am finally in a position to purchase them, or if an uncooperative freight delivery leaves ~400lbs of machinery sitting on the curb. I’ve been curious to hear about the creative (but still “safe”) ways people have moved heavy equipment eit...
|46 days ago||
Type of sandpaper to flatten hand plane soles - 8 replies
I wanted to know what type of sandpaper I should be using to flatten hand plane soles. From my research (online), it looks like many people start with a coarse wet-dry sandpaper to start with, and work up the grits. I already have a flat granite block and a sacrificial practice plane (thanks HF) that I plan on experimenting with, but I have run...
|49 days ago||
HF Twin Stack Compressor for HVLP use - 0 replies
I was in HF yesterday perusing through the pneumatics section, and spotted their twin-stack compressor with a sign saying that it is suited for HVLP spray finishing. Seeing that I believe I will be in the market for a new compressor in the near future, I wanted to know if this compressor is a good fit for use with any of their HVLP guns and if ...
|49 days ago||
LJs – I am thinking of building 2 of these workhorses and was hoping to use construction grade pine (likely 2×12’s ripped). I am looking to leave the finished product outdoors (uncovered) and wanted to know if spar urethane would be sufficient protection for them if recoated every few years, if a different finish would be bette...
|79 days ago||
Best time of year to buy tools? - 8 replies
I’m curious if anyone has any tips on when the best time of a given year is to buy tools (power or hand), either online or from a brick and mortar store. In the past few years, I’ve noticed that best sales I’ve seen occurs in the week leading up to Fathers Day, and in November between Black Friday and Christmas. Are there any...
|82 days ago||
Benefit of quick set knives in jointers - 3 replies
I don’t own a jointer (yet) but have been curious about the quick set knives offered on some jointers (e.g. Jet) I’m curious to know if having that feature makes change and setting jointer knives at any easier in practice (not theory)? For example, assuming the that the jointer is perfectly co-planer, and one had to replace the jo...
|86 days ago||
I thought I’d share a price comparison reality checks from one of my many Internet window shopping distractions of the day. I am hoping that in the near(ish) future, I will be in a position to purchase a track saw. As a hobbyist, I want to save as much money as possible, and have entertained the idea of the Grizzly Track Saw over splurgi...
|88 days ago||
LJs The recent Jet clamp sale has begun the parallel clamp addiction of my woodworking. Before I end up wasting all of my woodworking budget on clamps, I wanted get some advice on the right sizes to invest in. I know that there have been many posts about the right clamp size to get being determined mostly by what you are making. Specifical...
|96 days ago||
Jet Parallel Clamps - Release lever? - 4 replies
I just received my (Black Friday splurge) Jet parallel clamps today, and was a bit disappointed in the release lever. Even after pulling up on the level, it’s rather hard to move the clamp head. Out of the 4 I purchased, only 1 of them slides nice and smoothly. I wanted to know if this is normal for the Jet parallel clamps, and if the...
|111 days ago||
This topic is spawned from another forum topic I posted about the Kobalt Table Saw. I’ve noticed that almost all portable table fences flex and contort in some way when locking it down, causing the fence to not lock square. Even the Bosch 4100 and Ridgid R4510 has behaved like this on in-store models I have tested, albeit to a far lesser ...
|113 days ago||
LJs, I thought I’d crowd-source a dilemma I have been debating for the last 24 hours…Short Version: If you were in the market for a portable table saw, would a $179 Kobalt-branded table saw that is effectively a Porter Cable PC220TS that actually supports a shop-made ZCI, would it be a worthwhile buy, or should I keep saving for a Bo...
|143 days ago||
Storing power tools in an outdoor resin shed - 4 replies
I wanted to pulse the LJ community for some thoughts on storing power tools in an outdoor resin storage shed. My current living situation (townhouse with no garage and limited basement storage) has led me to begin looking for creative ideas as to where to store my ever growing supply of tools. One area that I have had to look is outdoors. Ove...
|159 days ago||
When I discovered Lumberjocks a year ago, I found myself quickly adopting the mindset that the big box stores sell mostly junk for the purpose of woodworking. However this view began getting cast into doubt when I noticed that Steve Ramsey appears to be using Dewalt Construction series blades. This led me to pull the trigger on a BOGO Avanti P...
|166 days ago||
"New" Groz Parallel Clamps - Bargain or Dud? - 6 replies
I noticed that Woodcraft has a “new” offering of Groz Parallel Clamp. Based on the website picture, the clamps look strikingly similar to the current parallel clamp Jorgensen/Irwin design, possibly the old Bessey K Bodys, or a revival/rebranding of the old WoodRiver parallel clamps. The sale price running until October makes it a...