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07-19-2014 08:41 PM

Making your own tools - 7 replies

Hey all, I am looking at making some tools and there are several people here who excel at it. What is a good resource I could turn to for finding good info? I have many FWW articles and shopnotes articles that show how to make some things. I am looking at buying the book: “Making Wood tools” by John Wilson. I looked in the reviews...

01-06-2014 03:53 PM

Question on Planers/Jointers - 22 replies

I’ve been looking around lately at planers and jointers trying to decide when to pull the trigger or what to get. In my perfect world they would come out with a benchtop combo 13” planer/ 10” jointer that has a segmented cutterhead and granite tables instead of aluminum. One can dream right… In the meantime I have r...

06-21-2013 06:31 PM

Advice for Light box/drafting table - 6 replies

I am looking to build/install a light table that will double as a drafting table. This will be used for designs and my occasional stained glass panel. I want to hang it on the wall and be able to adjust it up or down (horizontal table to angled drafting table to vertical against the wall.) Asking in other forums appears to be a waste of time ...

05-15-2013 07:37 PM

Bench Grinder Wheels- Which one? - 11 replies

I have a Bench Grinder that was going to be tossed, and with a little TLC got it working. It’s a little bench top model, 1/3 HP I think. It has 2 gray discs on it (Aluminum Oxide maybe?) that are 6” by 3/4”. I want to use it to sharpen and put a good hollow grind on my tools. I have seen pink wheels, white wheels, green whee...

09-16-2012 06:44 PM

Dog hole size/ spacing - 19 replies

I am building the top for my bench, and can not seem to decide on the holes for bench dogs. 3/4 inch or 1 inch holes? I like the festool add ons and would like to use my bench top as a clamping/ holding surface… Is there any reason I should use 3/4 holes vs 1” holes? 3/4 seems kind of small. I also plan on spacing there fairly close ...

09-09-2012 07:43 PM

Router as makeshift lathe headstock? - 14 replies

I have recently been interested in making a few chairs. These designs have spindles that need to be turned on a lathe. I don’t have a lathe and am not interested in using my half finished spoke shave to make a ton of spindles. Is there any way I can make a cradle for my router and turn it into a makeshift lathe headstock? I have seen some ...

03-03-2012 05:13 AM

Blogs not auto-saving? - 1 reply

Sorry if this is a duplicate thread, but I just tried to create a blog series and had to shut down half way. The blog says that it auto-saves every 30 seconds, but now it is nowhere to be found. The title of the series is there but not the content I began typing. Do you have to completely finish a blog and post? Is there not way to save work ...

08-13-2011 07:15 AM

Multi-use drill press... - 3 replies

I have recently been looking for ways to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to tools. I have seen that a drill press can have attachments to make it a hollow-mortiser or drum sander. Would it be possible to use it as a shaper? It seems like a piece can be cut close to the line, then cut with the piece riding on a template. Is the dri...

06-30-2011 11:47 PM

Wooden Spokeshave- wood types? - 1 reply

I have just purchased a spokeshave kit to build my own beauty. I am just starting out and want to make most of my hand-tools. There are some amazing shop-made tools on this site. I would like to make all (or most) of my tools/handles from the same species of wood/metal. BRASS seems to be a common theme in the “wow that looks nice” po...

06-30-2011 09:27 PM

Browsing projects - 2 replies

Is there any way you could include a “Jump-To Page” feature in the projects section? After perusing the projects previously posted it would be nice to type in the page you left off at instead of clicking the pages 3 at a time. Thanks!


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