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07-03-2012 04:20 PM

Making staircases? - 7 replies

Can anyone recommend a good book on this subject. I need to particularly focus on an open tread design. Thanks

06-18-2012 10:01 PM

Dealing with the crazies... GUESSTIMATES WELCOME! - 37 replies

UPDATE (I’m like Stumpy now!) (no offence Mr Nubs)—————————————————————————————————————————R...

06-15-2012 01:34 PM

DW621 Router variable speed problem - 4 replies

There’s a circular magnet on top of the armature of this router that has something to do with how the variable speed works. Long story short, it’s worked itself free, was making a horrible noise and speed selection no longer works. I’ve whipped out the magnet to stop the grating noise (I need to use that router to finish som...

06-11-2012 07:46 PM

A really stupid question about 110v transformers - 4 replies

This bit is for the benefit of LJ’s across the Atlantic – in England and Ireland we’re on 230/240V mains. If you are working on a building site, power is stepped down to 110v for Health & Safety reasons using a transformer. Now to the dumb question, why is there a reset button on a 110v transformer and what is it for...

06-07-2012 04:51 PM

Anyone know if Cove and Roundover router cutters are available larger than 1"? - 8 replies

I already have cove and roundover bits in 1” radius. Is this the limit for router cutter sizes or does anyone know of a supplier of larger bits? I could go for spindle tooling if I have to, I would prefer using the router if possible. TIA

05-20-2012 09:08 PM

Does anyone have a source for plantation shutter hardware in the UK? - 2 replies

I have made plantation shutters before with fixed louvres. I have a client who has enquired about shutters with adjustable louvres. Does anyone know what the hardware for this is called and where I might be able to buy it from in the UK? tia

03-13-2012 01:40 AM

Thanks, but no thanks. - 8 replies

Thanks to everyone who has had something positive to contribute on Lumberjocks, I have been in awe of some of the projects and grateful for the help and advice offered by some of you seasoned woodworkers.I’ve also learnt a lot of new acronyms.I bid you all adieu as the carry-on of the last few weeks is not what a woodworking forum should b...

03-02-2012 12:52 AM

Replacing track saw guide rail rubber strips. - 1 reply

Has anyone replaced the rubber edge strips on their track saw guide rails? I can buy new ones or take the old ones off, turn them around (or move them over a bit) and glue them back on.The question is, how do you clean off the old adhesive, and what adhesive is suitable for reattaching them to the aluminium guide rail.If anyone has done this, wh...

02-23-2012 04:45 PM

Need new Makita batteries, Ni-Cad or NiMH? - 3 replies

I could do with getting new 14.4v batteries for my cordless drills. The Ni-Cad ones that came with the drills are on their way out – after three years – but I can’t complain as they have done a lot of work.I just wondered if anyone can explain the difference between Ni-Cad and Ni-MH batteries, I know the chemistry is different,...

02-02-2012 03:42 AM

Knee Wall cabinet considerations... - 4 replies

I could use some help here please… I have a number of knee wall cupboards and drawers to put into a loft conversion that’s in progress at the moment. The rafters, floor and walls will all be insulated, the cupboards will be made from melamine faced chipboard, extending from the purlins to the eaves. I’m wondering if this ...

01-31-2012 02:09 AM

You know that unmistakeable 'pop' you get when you cut through a cable... - 6 replies

I had that, today. Lifted my electric hand planer at an awkward angle, blade snagged the cable and wrapped it round the cutter block.Severed the live wire and blew the fuse. Vaporised a chunk out of one of the planer knives too. Now I’m considering replacing the cable with a Festool Plug-It conversion kit – it would actually co...

01-30-2012 12:32 AM

Any one know this LJ? - 5 replies

I hope you can help me out here. Can anyone tell me the name of the LJ who makes these really amazing contemporary designs with walnut – the drawers/doors have a very unusual finish – they are either painted or somehow chemically distressed in different colours, they look they have been left to rust but are usually turquoise.I think ...

01-26-2012 08:08 PM

Sketchup Arrange Menu - 5 replies

I’m trying to get my head around Sketchup at the moment. Have downloaded version 8 running on Mac OS10.6, and I’m wondering if there is a component missing – i.e. arrange menu, to send items to back, backward, forward, front. etc. Is this something only available in Sketchup Pro or is there a plugin I need to install. Please...

01-14-2012 12:41 AM

Bosch/Fisher Price collaboration - 4 replies

I just saw this on Amazon. The guy with the jigsaw looks pleased with himself. I think they’re pushing it a bit with the picture frame.

01-12-2012 07:04 PM

One for the refurbers, need advice on collar ties - 5 replies

Working on an attic conversion at the moment, the owners of the house specified a purlin roof when it was built to make it easy to fit out the roof space in the future. From what I’ve read, the golden rule of collar ties is that they are fastened to the rafters 1/3rd from the height of the ridge to the level of the wall plate.As there are ...

01-05-2012 07:34 PM

Another tool I'm tempted to buy but is it worth it? - 21 replies

I have an attic conversion to do. There’s a couple of 9×3”s underneath the purlin supports that stretch from the wall plate to the nearest interior (block construction) wall. Those 9×3’s need 2” ripping off them to bring them below the level of the new floor joists. I plan on fixing a length of 2×7 along th...

12-17-2011 12:32 PM

Waterborne finish on MDF without raising the fibres? - 7 replies

I don’t spray a lot of mdf but when using waterborne paint, I haven’t quite managed to get away from the fibres raising on the surface. I can get the finish right in the end with maybe 2/3 primers and 2/3 topcoats, flatted between coats. Has anyone found a technique to eliminate the problem of fibres raising that isn’t quite so...

12-02-2011 02:11 AM

Painting poplar, to knot, or not to knot - 4 replies

I’m on my first job made of poplar at the moment and I noticed something peculiar. The white PVA glue I use for everything has turned brown in the squeeze out where there’s green heartwood. This job is going to be painted and I’d just like to know if I should apply knotting solution (shellac) to the knots and areas where the he...

11-25-2011 03:31 AM

Ever hit your thumb with a hammer? These guys wouldn't even flinch! - 6 replies

Don’t try (any of) this at home.

11-14-2011 07:24 PM

Help with homebrew finish - 4 replies

I have a problem with a white oak farmhouse table, which I started to oil with Woca (Trip Trap) oil, frankly, I didn’t like the colour, it was dull and lifeless and three shades too dark when dried. I sanded and cleaned it all down and tried polyurethane varnish on it (which I tested on the underneath), – that didn’t give me wh...

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