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143 days ago

TS fence length can be varied - 3 replies

Common topics in these forums concern TS fence offset, and fence length. The Europeans like short fences (used in conjunction with riving knives) to prevent kickback resulting from reaction wood moving toward the fence as the wood moves beyond the cut. For similar reasons, one camp of U.S. jocks urges the fence be deflected slightly away from th...

154 days ago

What are Beech slabs worth? - 8 replies

I took down a beech last summer, and slabbed it with a chainsaw mill. The slabs are all a generous 2” thick and about 5’ long. Since my jointer/planer combo is limited to 12” width, I ripped the slabs to average about 10” or so. They’ve been air drying since. Though I wouldn’t mind using them on some project, ...

480 days ago

Brazing a bandsaw blade - 13 replies

Ironically, I had just been reading a post a few days ago about repairing a broken bandsaw blade. I have a 14” Grizzly, which I converted to cut metal by putting in a jackshaft and a couple of step pulleys. It’s a real workhorse. I have my local saw shop make me up 1/4” variable pitch bimetal blades. These are able to handle ev...

489 days ago

What to do when the wood is too thin to joint? - 4 replies

I was faced with this question during my louvered door project (see my blog). The material (oak from pre-existing solid wood doors) was already at barely over 3/4”, and I didn’t want to go thinner than about .745”. That meant that a warped board (which can create real problems in a framed door) couldn’t be jointed without...

516 days ago

You gotta see this . . . - 14 replies

Nova program “Building Pharoah’s Chariot.” Archeologists research the technology of Pharoah’s chariots, while Egyptian woodworkers make it all come together. These guys mill timbers from huge logs, using enormous bandsaw mills with long, totally exposed blades. Their wood steaming and bending skills are beyond astonishing...

517 days ago

Riving knife for unisaw - 8 replies

I have recently completed my retrofit of a riving knife to my old Unisaw. It’s a true RK, rising and falling in unison with the blade, and tilting, etc. I’d like to do a write up on what I did, and how I did it, with pbotos. Question is, what is the best forum to put this in? Project (but it’s not a “woodworking” pr...

538 days ago

Anybody remember Gilliom power tool kits? - 5 replies

During the 50s and up into the 70s (not sure of years), a company called Gilliom sold kits for building power tools. They had a table saw, two bandsaws (12” and 18”), jointer, drum sander, and maybe others. I built the 18” bandsaw. It was just okay, but I had to beef up the backbone to give it some rigidity. I was able to use i...

548 days ago

Why hasn't anyone griped about this yet? - 32 replies

One of my pet peeves with power tools is plastic cords. They are annoyingly stiff, and I’ve seen them so bad it can make the tool difficult to handle. Rubber cords are so much more satisfactory, especially nice long rubber cords—like the one on my Bosch saber saw, for example. How many pennies do the manufacturers save by using plast...

548 days ago

An alternative to Saw Stop? - 232 replies

This started on another thread, and was beginning to look like a hijacking, so I thought it would be better to start a new thread and see where it goes. RonInOhio brought up an interesting point in that other thread, about developing tehnology to rival the SS. I’m thinking a better way would be not to stop the blade instantaneously, but to d...

559 days ago

Band Saw blades--bimetal and carbide - 3 replies

Grizzly’s new catalog shows both bimetal and carbide bandsaw blades in the length I need—124”. Does anyone have experience with these blades, and are they worth the extra $? (%58.95 in a 3/4” 2-3 tpi; $189.95 for carbide, 1” 2-3 tpi). These are Timberwolf, by the way. My intended use would be resawing.

568 days ago

If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they . . .? - 35 replies

My question has a couple of purposes. First is to inspire someone to design or invent a new tool or jig that will do something new or do it better. Second is to troll for ideas for something I might try to devise. Here are a few to start the discussion off: 1. Why have to choose between a right tilt or left tilt TS? Why not a saw that can til...

568 days ago

If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they . . .? - 4 replies

My question has a couple of purposes. First is to inspire someone to design or invent a new tool or jig that will do something new or do it better. Second is to troll for ideas for something I might try to devise. Here are a few to start the discussion off: 1. Why have to choose between a right tilt or left tilt TS? Why not a saw that can til...

586 days ago

Heads Up! - 1 reply

Check the Seattle C L——-Tools——-planer. The same outfit that sold me my Jet JJP12 HH (helical head) planer jointer combo has a new “scratch and dent” for $1895. That’s $95 more than I paid, but looks like it has a mobile base (I had to make my own).

597 days ago

Molding knives and manual for old Foley Belsaw? - 5 replies

I recently took a chance on an old Foley Belsaw 6” planer-molder (model 455) because I’ve been wanting a dedicaterd molding machine. Only paid $80 for it, so I figure I’m not out too much if I can’t make this work. I have no interest in using it as a planer, as I already have a good planer. The seller didn’t think i...


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