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05-09-2014 01:39 AM

How fast should I be able to resaw? - 9 replies

Hello, I’ve been resawing a lot of 3×5 white cedar recently. It’s very old …. DRY. I have a highland woodworking wood slicer 3/4” x 3-4 TPI blade. In my unprofessional opinion it’s just not cutting fast enough. The blade is fairly new. I’d estimate it takes me 3 minutes to rip an 8 footer. Is tha...

01-05-2014 03:01 PM

Looking for Tips for Small Panel Glue Ups (many panels) - 5 replies

Does anyone have any suggestions on gluing up 12 small panels? I’m making three simple chests (based on Terry Fergusun's project) for the nieces from thin maple strips. These are 7/16” thick x 1.5” wide x 17” long strips of maple. The strips are skewed for the “fingers” that protrude. Gluing up a pan...

12-23-2013 12:16 PM

Just used CutList Plus for a project and LOVED it! - 5 replies

I always struggle with planning sheet good cuts. It seems that I screw up somehow every time – bad math, not respecting the kerf width enough, wrong grain direction, etc. And that’s not addressing the most obvious problem – the amount of time it takes me to lay it out on scrap paper. I tried some online calculators with no l...

12-23-2013 12:00 PM

Unhappy with my Pilot Bit / Countersink from Rockler - Any suggestions? - 26 replies

Every time I use a bit from that set that I assumed would be the most amazing tools for drilling pilot holes and countersinking … I regret my purchase. These aren’t cheap, at over $20 each – over $60 for the set of 3. They IMMEDIATELY clog. I have to stop and work the packed wood from the two cavities under the ring with ...

12-20-2013 10:43 PM

Incra Poisitioner - why set the scale to 0 for scoring pass when the bit protrudes? - 9 replies

I don’t know how many Incra users there are here, but I’ll give it a shot. I’m learning how to use my new LS Positioner. What better project than the cabinet and drawers that it’s sitting on, right? So, I’m following the video instructions for half blinds, but right away I’m confused by one detail when rout...

12-15-2013 01:33 PM

How to spread with jet clamps? - 7 replies

Admittedly this is a rare need but it’s bugging me that I can’t figure out what is probably ridiculously simple: How do you reverse the head on a jet clamp to use it for spreading? Yesterday I spent over 15 minutes trying to figure it out with no luck. Getting the head off is simple, but I couldn’t get it on backwards. I goo...

12-09-2013 03:41 PM

Opinions on a great router motor for a Jessem lift? - 18 replies

I finally coughed up the dough for the Incra LS 25, their 43” top and their (Jessem) Mast R Lift II. Grabbed the CleanSweep enclosure and rings, as well. I’m about to (finally) build my dream router table during my new yearly XMAS BARN GETAWAY. In this treasured tradition I schedule as many contiguous days off so I can hide in my ...

10-20-2013 11:46 AM

Replace my Star Tools 8" Jointer with a Delta DJ-20? - 23 replies

Hi all, I’m in a bit of a pickle. In a spontaneous move yesterday I have a DJ-20 in the back of my truck and a friend looking to take over my Star Tools/Elron jointer. The Delta’s beds are a little longer and it’s got the parallelogram setup versus the typical triangular setup. Those can be considered improvements, I supp...

05-07-2013 06:16 PM

Kerf Makers are in stock - 0 replies

In case anyone’s interested. I got an email from bridge city tools yesterday that batch of kerf makers were made, so I ordered one. I really want the tenon maker, too. I’ll go put my name on that list. I love their tools but I can afford only 1% of what they offer!

03-27-2013 02:11 AM

Should I buy teak? - 14 replies

Ok, this is a really strange question as far as I’m concerned. A guy that’s really local to me has some teak for sale. He’s got a number of “beams” of approx 6×6x8’. Teak’s like $30 bd ft, right? He says he’d like half that. Should I try to work a deal and buy this for who-knows-what? ...

02-27-2013 11:51 PM

Wow.. duties on plywood and hardwood from China - 17 replies

I wonder what this will mean to us? How much of the plywood at Lowes/HD/lumberyards is from China? Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it had set preliminary duties ranging up to 27 percent on plywood from China worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The move represents a victory for U.S. plywood produce...

02-08-2013 09:31 PM

Building a Router Table (Abrams?) - 4 replies

I believe my next project will be a router table. Since I really can’t spend any more money right now, I plan to use materials that I already have, including my Rockler lift kit and PC router. It seems to work just fine for me. I think I want to do the Abrams-style table, probably using the design from Crestonwood. My biggest com...

01-11-2013 08:28 PM

How to center the tails board on a PorterCable 4216? - 20 replies

Hello! I have the 4126 setup and have used it a few times with varying success. I continue to struggle with one detail: how to center the tails board between the left two teeth! Because the board can’t be flipped to keep the same edge against the left guide, if I’m off by even a little that gap is exaggerated because the two...

12-27-2012 12:52 PM

Need help designing workbench drawer cabinet from hardwood - 10 replies

As with everything I attempt, I spend the first few weeks struggling with design decisions. Hoping someone can point me to a plan/drawings/photos or whatever of something that might help me. I have the next few days off and would love to be able to start working, instead of throwing out design after design! I am building a medium sized bench ...

11-20-2012 07:28 PM

I need a story for when the Boss sees my Lie Nielsen purchase - 29 replies

I just ordered my first nice plane – a LN Low Angle Jack Plane. This was an unsanctioned and furtive purchase, so I’ll need your best ideas to weather this storm. ;)

11-20-2012 12:32 PM

My first real hand plane work Old oak timbers -> new workbench - 2 replies

I’m building my first workbench. After a ton of waffling I’m trying to use old OOOOOOLD oak timbers that I already had. These are beasts at around 8×9 or so, and 15-20’ long. Sadly they have a lot of mortises in them which severely limits their usefulness. Step 1: Cut a chunk off the timber with the chainsaw.Step 2: Rip...

10-17-2012 11:37 PM

Selecting wood for workbench: new oak, fir or reclaimed oak - 16 replies

Well, once again I seek the wisdom of a fantastic group of wood lovers. I’m looking to make my first bench. Bought the Schwarz book. I’m still trying to decide between a shaker bench and a bare rubo, but … Wood choice! Hoping you have some opinions on this. Here’s what I have “in stock”. Plenty of each t...

10-08-2012 04:17 PM

Diff between rounded and traditionally shaped half blind dovetails? - 3 replies

Hello, After trying my hand at hand made half blinds I decided I don’t have the time to learn everything at once and I have a lot of work to do in the shop to get it to the point where I can have fun with the basics. I bought the Porter Cable 4216 jig, which has three templates and four bits. I spent the morning experimenting with...

03-02-2012 08:18 PM

Got a cool design for a sliding stop block? - 4 replies

I’m sure some of you have really cool wooden stop blocks on your miter station. I’ll be darned if I can find much through searches, though. I’m looking for ideas. I’m building a new setup. So far I have the raised maple track with a two piece (1.5”) thick walnut fence. I’d like to make a simple but “c...

02-27-2012 05:57 PM

This guy's puzzlework is off the hook! - 3 replies

I just can’t believe how incredible this guy’s work is! It’s not only gorgeous and technically insane, but the creativity and functionality that also has to be there is … well, I’ve just never seen anything this nice.

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