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|08-31-2015 01:13 PM||
Drill press slop and general imprecision - 9 replies
I spent some time yesterday working on a proof of concept that requires precision drilling around the perimeter of a round piece. For my test I routed a six inch “donut” from a scrap of 4/4 cedar. For this particular task I want to drill two-stepped holes that will allow a screw shank or bolt shank to slide, but not come through b...
|07-23-2015 08:29 PM||
Rough sawn cedar is a PITA - 14 replies
I’ve bought rough sawn red and white cedar from a a few local sources for decent prices, but boy do I find it difficult to locate stretches of good lumber in it. Knots and cracks are in no shortage. Even making birdhouses is difficult if I want enough wood for consistent appearance on all pieces. Then, if I want thinner material for, say a...
|07-14-2015 02:10 PM||
Tip: Centering a table top - 2 replies
I’ve always “winged it” when centering a table on the base. Back and forth. Nudging it this way and that way until it seems reasonable. On a recent project I got the idea to build a custom jig that allowed me to quickly and accurately center the top. Sorry for the terrible picture, but you get the idea.
|06-05-2015 07:39 PM||
Vintage Clamps - 3 replies
Does anyone in the Boston area want some vintage metal clamps? I bought them on CL when I first got into the hobby and have since upgraded to modern clamps. I don’t want to see them scrapped. Would love to find someone who would actually use them. Tried selling them on CL for cheap, but no nibbles … not even scammers!
|03-16-2015 07:00 PM||
Veritas vs LN Chisel Plane - 11 replies
Hi all, wondering if anyone has any insight into chisel planes. The moment I first saw one online it seemed like a great tool for me. I’m constantly paring down with a chisel and fighting with the stem for deeper operations. I really like the skew adjustment screws on the Veritas, but the LN seems to have a muh better blade. Maybe I sho...
|12-08-2014 02:17 PM||
Downsize from a Jet 54" 3HP cabinet saw? - 10 replies
Hello, Would like to hear any opinions on table saw/fence size. I have a smallish shop that’s 22’ x 22’ and an ever growing collection of large tools. At the moment I have a center post (post and beam barn) that really dictates my layout and eliminating it is an upcoming project that I’m not sure of the timeline. ...
|12-04-2014 12:00 AM||
Sloppy drill press key - 8 replies
hello, I have a crummy old delta 17-965 drill press. The chuck works just fine but the key is super sloppy and irritating. The key does not look worn at all to me. I assumed it was the wrong key but it doesn’t look like that’s the case. The chick is a jt3 and the key says k3. The key rod seems to fit exactly in the chuck hole. ItR...
|11-19-2014 06:27 PM||
Choosing a used Planer - 44 replies
Hello, I’ve been using the original Dewalt lunchbox for a few years. It’s LOUD! I’m under the impression that a 240v “four poster” planer is much quieter and “better” in a number of ways. I’m looking to get something used off CL and I want to budget $1,000 because I’ve seen a number ...
|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||
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||
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||
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||
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...