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536 days ago

Workbench top - 6 replies

I’m building a new bench. I have plenty of room. What do you all think of using 4×8 sheet of 3/4 plywood screwed & glued to either 3/4 MDF or melamine, supported every 2’. I want it to be as flat as I can…...I do mostly small stuff, doesn’t have to be super strong…..

1405 days ago

Using a dowel/ pivot - 4 replies

Made a box that I want the top to pivot open, managed to drill opposing holes that correspond pretty well, glue dowel in one side & just press the other side on, but it’s a bit wonky. Wondering how to make it stay on. Only want to drill part way through the top so the dowel doesn’t show. How to lock it on?

1418 days ago

Sanding walnut - 13 replies

So I pick a nice piece of walnut for the grain but when I sand it the grain pretty much disappears and the wood gets lighter in color, nothing like before it was sanded. The finish – usually tung oil – restores some of the color & detail, but I’m never happy with it. This happens every time I use walnut. I sand 110, 220, ...

1944 days ago

Replacement motor for joiner - 5 replies

The 1/2 hp 3450 rpm motor in my ancient joiner burned out. I’m getting a 1hp replacement. Choices are Marathon, Weg or Packard. Anybody know about brands?Thx

2108 days ago

Trouble with the joiner - 10 replies

I just can’t seem to get it right. I drew a straight line, set the depth shallow, run the piece through on each side, but it doesn’t follow the line. It stops cutting about halfway through. I’m assuming I should push down on the cut end, but maybe that’s wrong. WHen I finish a few pieces I line them up – nice &#...


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