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11-21-2012 08:00 PM

CNC routing Corian - 0 replies

Our millwork shop jobs out some of the more difficult Corian fab. But for this job they asked if I could take a crack at it on the CNC. First step was to research cutters…. and fortunatley the Onsrud ‘O’ flute (63-700 serease), which we use for ABS and HDPE plastic is also recommended for solid surface routing. So we loade...

08-27-2012 04:07 PM

Saw a REALLY good concert this weekend. - 6 replies

Took my wife to see the Doobie Bros and Chicago for her birthday. Apparently they’ve been touring together for the last couple years and let me tell you, these guys are putting on an awesome show. They’re not spring chickens, but there must be something good in the water, because they’re getting better with age! We’...

08-24-2012 05:53 PM

Red Alert... smoking deal at Rockler - 15 replies

click here Their blue aluminum router table plates are on sale for $29 with free shipping…

08-16-2012 12:55 PM

Shop Clock / Happy Meter - 8 replies

In my father’s day, soldiers and sailors came back from their expeditions with “war prizes” (German Lugers, Japanese Katana, battle flags, etc…) But aside from catching the clap in Subic Bay (for the record, I’ve never been there), modern day sailors have few such opportinities. So when I traveled to Moscow, I cou...

07-03-2012 12:56 PM

who wears gloves in the woodshop - 55 replies

I always wear the knit gloves dipped in rubber when I’m swinging a chain saw and splitting wood, or doing landscaping outside. But The conventional wisdom I’ve always heard is not to wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves or gloves when using machinery…. and that’s what we preach at work… so I don’t wear ...

06-30-2012 12:22 AM

face frame question - 11 replies

I’m ready to face frame my bench project… shown here and the styles will be rather narrow (~1-1/4”)... so I’m looking for a recomendation whether or not I should 1. join them to the rails with FF biscuits (using the tiny cutter that comes with the PC router) or… 2. pocket screw them… and if so...

06-25-2012 02:44 AM

Biesemyer fence repair - 6 replies

My “new to me” , but very old Jet CTAS10 has Jet/Biesemyer fence that needs some TLC. Mainly, the facings are toast…. So I’m looking for suggestions for replacement ideas….. UHMW? Laminated plywood? Something with a T-track set into it? Looking for a “better than stock” idea for replac...

06-20-2012 01:50 PM

The world of pallets... - 36 replies

My hat is off to you guys who put the time and energy into reclaiming pallet lumber. Since there seems to be a lot of interest in pallets on the boards and I work for a company that has both a new pallet manufacturing and a pallet recycling operation, I thought I’d share a few tidbits that the crew may find interesting. There is an e...

06-16-2012 01:08 AM

Jet cabinet saw.... (I've waited 13 years) - 6 replies

After completing the end of (fiscal) year inventory at work, I took at look-see through the two leaky trailers used to store equipment taken out of service (and ultimately destined for the salvage yard) for a little inventory of my own…. mostly a lot of junk…. and if something isn’t junk when it’s put in there, it soon b...

06-15-2012 03:17 PM

schematic / parts for old Jet CTS-10-1 TS - 0 replies

I’m likely going home to day with an old (‘70s – ‘80s vintage) CTS-10-1 TS as a re-hab project…. Saw doesn’t appear to be in bad shape….. but has some obvious damage…. 1. the lock wheels on both the tilt and height hand wheels are missing.2. the blade gaurd got smashed in storage. We...

06-14-2012 08:32 PM

Setting up right tilt cabinet saw with ext. table on left side? - 12 replies

Any body ever seen a right tilt TS set up in true “mirror image” fashion with the extension table set up on the left hand side? I’m familiar with the pros and cons of right tilt vs. left tilt. And if I had my druthers, I’d pick left tilt, because that’s what I’m familiar with (I’ve never used a right...

06-05-2012 07:06 PM

what adhesive to use??? - 6 replies

I’ll be bonding Melamine false drawer fronts to MDF drawer front panels …. The pull I’m using will have two 1/8” threaded screws aiding the connection, and I may sink a couple sheet rock screws from the inside. What adhesive would give me a good bond and be easy to use? Spray contact adhesive?

05-27-2012 11:09 PM

Best way to apply de-waxed shellac sealer - 9 replies

1. Brush (bristle or poly fiber)? 2. Reg. Spray gun? 3. HVLP? 4. Rattle can? 5. Other?

05-27-2012 05:24 PM

how to use sprayer - 13 replies

I purchased a compressor at one of those truck auctions years ago and for and got a package of cheap air tools and fittings to go with it. This sprayer was part of the kit, though I’ve never used it. I’m interested in giving it a try now, but I know absolutely nothing about these things. It has a bakelite body with what ap...

05-11-2012 03:08 AM

Card scraper or Stanley #80 cabinet scraper - 13 replies

I want to add scraping to my surface prep bag of tricks…. I’v never tried it. Which way would you recommend I go… A card scraper or Stanley #80 cabinet scraper?

05-04-2012 02:58 PM

Ooooops.... may have made a big mistake. - 7 replies

After receiving advice about using Super glue and Epoxy to stabilize knots and small checks in glued up panels, I gave it a try. The good news is that, buy using the shop vac I was able to draw the glue completely through the knots and checks and they are now solid, hare andstable. The big oops is this….. I had already sanded the s...

05-02-2012 07:41 PM

What books have stoked your passion for working with wood? - 10 replies

Here are a couple that have made a big impact on me…. Eric Sloane is an all time favorite of mine… Reverence for Wood and Museum of Early American Tools made a big impact on me. and Jack Sobon’s Build a Classic Timber-Framed House is what inspired me to design and build a modification to his Hall and Parlor frame. ...

05-02-2012 12:24 AM

one way to learn about wood grain.... - 5 replies

I’ve been getting some “fun time” doiing my annual spring “woodworking project”.... splitting fire wood. I was admiring some of the red oak heartwood grain and figure and it occured to me that by splitting my own wood over the years I’ve actually gained quite a bit of insight about how wood grows and how di...

04-19-2012 06:26 PM

bread board questions - 7 replies

Working on my first project with breadboards….. My glued up top is 19” wide x 3/4” thick and I’m using a rabbet bit on the table router to put a 3/8” long x 1/4” thick tounge centered on the end grain. On my bread boards, I need to cut a groove that is 1/4” wide (centered) by 3/8”+ deep. But...

04-18-2012 07:19 PM

can oil stones be flattened? - 4 replies

My bench is set up this week for sharpening and I’m going through all my planes and chisels. This is the first time I’ve used sand paper on a granite plate and I’m pretty impressed with the results. I set up with the following grits of emery paper 220, 400, 600 and 1,000. Does that sound about right? The 1,000 grit defi...

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