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|12-03-2016 10:32 PM||
During Grizzly’s Cyber Monday sale, their track saw (alone) dropped in price to $99. At that price, I decided to chance it and put the effort in making all the tweaks to improve the saw. For those that haven’t gone through all the reviews and YouTube videos, the common tweaks include: Track wobble from poor placement of glide stri...
|01-02-2016 10:19 PM||
Bandiclamp? Flex-a-band flattery? - 2 replies
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then someone must not have thought enough to work out all the patents.
|12-06-2015 03:58 PM||
Polishing grit - 6000 vs 8000 grit - 8 replies
I currently use a mix of water and diamond stones for sharpening. DMT Dia-Sharp (extra-coarse ~ 220grit and extra-fine ~1200 grit) and 2 King waterstones (1000 and 6000 grit). I am curious if I am missing out by not finishing with 8000 grits rather than 6000 grit (I bought the 6000 rather than 8000 because of the $40+ cost difference at Woodcr...
|11-16-2015 03:11 AM||
Black Friday 2015 - Jet Parallel Clamps 50% Off - 2 replies
PSA – I stopped by Woodcraft in Delaware to pick up some band/strap clamps when I spotted a stockpile of Jet parallel clamps (12” through to 40”). They were advertising plans for a 50% off Black Friday sale on those clamps (12”, 24”, 31” and 40”) and had a preview of the sale today. Despite stockpili...
|06-23-2015 08:42 PM||
Non-latex paint finishes for HVLP finishing? - 13 replies
Reading a recent thread on HVLP comparisons, I’m curious to hear any thoughts and impressions on brands/types of paint suitable for HVLP spray finishing. I’ve done a few projects where I’ve thinned latex paint to spray with my HVLP to get painted color outcome I’ve desired, but the process left a lot to be desired. My q...
|06-21-2015 02:15 PM||
Track Rail Adapter - 1 reply
Saw a neat track rail adapter project on Youtube today and had to share it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmqJIYNFNKQ It’s got my brain churning with ideas.
|05-15-2015 02:46 PM||
PSA: Bora WTX 50" and Saw Guide for $50 - 2 replies
I was at Lowes last night and saw that they have a BORA WTX 50 and Saw Guide on sale as a packaged deal for $50. That is $30 less than retail price. I’ve reviewed both of them independently and see great potential for them as after market circular saw upgrades for a track saw experience. The saw guide is by itself a great stand alone ...
|04-07-2015 05:18 PM||
Columbia Forest Products Purebond Plywood at HD - 13 replies
My local Home Depots stock birch plywood that is the Columbia Forest Products Purebond line. The labeling implies that it is made in the USA and is graded C-3. I’ve used the 1/4” and 1/2” plywood, with decent results so far. The top veneer looked good with a clear finish but is thin, so I exercise caution when sending ...
|03-27-2015 02:42 PM||
For anyone looking to upgrade their miter gauge, the Incra 1000HD has popped up on Rockler for sale at $119.99 during their sale this month. I bought mine about a year ago and it has been worth every cent I paid for it. I use it every time I use the table saw. It was by far the second best after market upgrade to my Dewalt table saw (first be...
|02-07-2015 04:16 PM||
In the last 3 months, I’ve had person after person come up to me asking if I either knew how to make “blah blah” item or could make “blah blah” for them. The requests vary, from one-off products for my church (prayer/tithe boxes, stools, etc), beer tap handles for a co-worker who brew their own beer, to an...
|01-12-2015 04:47 PM||
I must be in the crowd that cries bollox when a top-coat finish says “DO NOT THIN”, despite the manufacturer selling an aerosol spray can version. I am hoping to come up with a more inexpensive water-based polyurethane (not looking to use lacquers) to thin and spray than any of the GF water-based products or Minwax Polycrylic. I&...
|12-22-2014 05:01 PM||
I’m looking to get a jack plane to add to my meager plane collection. I’d be curious to hear from folks whether their preferred size is a #5 or #5-1/2 and why. I find that currently, when I want to use a hand plane, I am looking to: flattening a panel glue-up knock down high-spots on shorter boards in preparation for a surface...
|12-03-2014 04:38 PM||
SawStop Jobsite Saw - 1 reply
Looks like Sawstop is finally coming to market with a jobsite saw. I’d be curious to see how a $1300 jobsite saw sells. I was already shocked at the $800 price tag of the Dewalt DWE7499GD http://www.tool-rank.com/tool-blog/sawstop-announces-their-new-jobsite-table-saw-201412031741/http://www.sawstop.com/jobsite
|12-01-2014 08:40 PM||
Treehouse - 2 replies
Does this really count as a treehouse anymore? http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/383163/adults-who-live-in-tree-houses/
|11-05-2014 02:33 PM||
Grizzly Mini (4-1/2") Track Saw - 7 replies
A few days ago, I received a Grizzly catalog and spotted a peculiar new product, a new mini (4-1/2”) track saw. It appears to be a scaled down version of their track saw, but includes some interesting blade options (carbide, abrasive, and diamond-tipped). http://www.grizzly.com/products/Mini-Track-Saw-4-1-2-/T10824 No manual appears t...
|10-26-2014 01:50 AM||
Thanks Steve Ramsey for the laughs. Now I need to layer my safety glasses whenever I show others how I use my Grr Rippers
|10-11-2014 03:22 PM||
1/2 MDF for Custom Router Table Plate - 9 replies
After flip flopping on router base plate options, I’ve decided to make my own (sized to match the Woodpeckers plate at 9 1/4”x11 3/4”). To keep the cost down, I am planning on making it out of MDF, which I have plenty of. I was curious if 1/2 MDF would be stiff enough. I’ll be using one of my Bosch MRF23EVS router whic...
|10-06-2014 07:14 PM||
Interesting poll from Tom Iovino…I’m all for tools to make life easier, but there’s always pros and cons for any ways to speed things up. http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/poll-shortcut-joinery-and-real-woodworking/ As for “innovation” speed of assembly usually comes with a degree of compromise. Howeve...
|09-24-2014 05:09 PM||
Centering a large hole router base - 9 replies
I’m curious what accessories or tips on how I can center a large hole router sub-base. I currently use a small Dewalt centering cone, which works for I believe up to ~1.5” diameter holes, but won’t work for some of my 2 to 2.5” hole sub-bases. Are there any recommendations on alternate centering pin/cones or tips that...
|09-24-2014 04:49 PM||
How NOT to Build Wooden Furniture - 1 reply
Joshua Farnsworth posted a great blog post and video about how NOT to build wooden furniture. The content mostly has to do with joinery. It’s neat to see his kids helping him deconstruct and reclaim the solid wood from the project. http://woodandshop.com/how-not-to-build-wooden-furniture/