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1068 days ago

Suggestions for Removing Scratches from Harwood floor - 7 replies

Our dining area has great oak 2 1/4” hardwood floor. There is a light stain, however it is just the top coat that is scratched. We had a floor guy out and he said a light buffing and poly is all it needed since the only damage is where the chairs are. Has anyone attempted this before? How low of sandpaper should I go 150 or just 220?...

1098 days ago

Has anyone used a tree chipper for small wood scrap? Planer sawdust chips for mulch? - 4 replies

Wondering if a small tree chipper would turn my small long scrap into useable mulch. I have 3 acres, just hate trimming around all the trees. Mulch gets expensive every year. We rough cut lumber in the shop 1/4-1/2” wider for the planer then final jointer and table saw to finish size. This generates a lot of 1/2” x 3/4” s...

1155 days ago

Sawstop vs Powermatic Table Saws - 66 replies

Our 30 year old unisaw finally bit the dust. We repaired the motor in December, for it only to last 3 months and burn up again. Finally my administrators told me to get quotes for a new table saw. Naturally being a shop teacher I want a Sawstop. Here’s the dilema, identical saws: Powermatic 5hp = $2900. Sawstop 5hp = $4300. Grizzl...

1399 days ago

Turning Ironwood on a lathe - 3 replies

I have a student that has some iron wood at home and wants to do his pen project using iron wood. I have not worked with it or even familiar with that type of wood. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.

1413 days ago

Anyone getting PM's from "sussy" or her friends - 34 replies

FYI, here’s a pm I just rec’d. Obviously I didn’t reply. How are you today i love your profile in this (lumberjocks.com) please i will like to be your friend .please you can write back to me in private email address (sussy02pet@yahoo.co.uk)for me to give you my pictures.yours new friend sussy.

1429 days ago

Has anyone modified a belt speed lathe into a variable speed lathe? - 2 replies

I know they make kits, however with a router, I simply used a standard 110v dimmer switch, and it works fine. Does anyone see a problem doing this with a small benchtop lathe?

1444 days ago

...dah, why didn't I think of that? - 5 replies

Just thought I would open discussion of all those little things that once we see or hear about we go, “dah, why didn’t I think of that?” I’ll start… When installing drawer fronts to the boxes, I have always aligned the front in relationship that looks good to the face frame. I then put a drywall screw in each...

1460 days ago

Kreg Foreman Machine - 1 reply

Does anyone else have the Kreg Foreman Machine that could look at theirs and answer my question? Is the control arm (handle) brackets welded to the cross bar in the back? My handle is now pivoting on that bar. My guess about the welds is the paint has not broken. Simple fix if that is the case. Little wire brushing/dremeling and tack we...

1493 days ago

Anyone made a wooden airplane propeller? - (non functional) - 3 replies

My dad is an airplane nut, retired from the state patrol air division. I was at the naval air museum in Pensacola while on vacation and saw this propeller clock. See pic below. Obviously I know how to drill out and put an insert in, just looking for a plan, pattern, or suggestions on how to make the twists/slant/warp in the propeller. http...

1499 days ago

power drill press table lift? Calling all the Engineering types! - 7 replies

I know the guy from Eagle Lake Woodworking used a cordless drill to create a power lift for the router. Does anyone with a street or “shop” level engineering degree have any ideas what could be done to do the same with the table on the drill press. Thanks for any input

1503 days ago

How do you make the salt and pepper shakers on the lathe - 3 replies

What do I need to get for my lathe to turn the salt and pepper shakers. Would like to offer that project to the students next year. Also any instructions would be appreciated too. Thanks.

1536 days ago

What pen adhesive do you use? - 4 replies

Trying to get an opinion of the best adhesive to use in the class for the kids. Epoxy so far has worked the best, however it takes a glue brush and wastes so much each time, great if gluing up a bunch of pen blanks, but just one is a waste. CA is great, fast, but have had problems with it. not sticking, actually setting too quickly and st...

1542 days ago

grain direction and allowing for expansion - 4 replies

created a simple single drawer valet for my freshman students. In the past, have done a 2 drawer version, grain runs vertical on sides, makes sense. However on the single drawer version, it would look better for grain to run horizontal. However it creates a cross grain gluing situation. Basics of box, sides are rabbeted for the top and bot...

1575 days ago

Sliding table saw attachment OR crosscut sled? Which do you prefer? - 13 replies

I have 2 table saws at the school shop. One is setup for ripping with the standard blade and 50” rip fence, no surprises there. The other is set up most often with the 3/4” dado and I have a crosscut sled that has seen better days, but is still working. Question is since I have 2 saws, do I rebuild/replace the sled or do I purch...

1587 days ago

Has anyone turned Corian pens? Please share if you have. - 6 replies

While skimming through the ebay ads for pen blanks, I came across a few that sold corian blanks. I have connections with a local countertop fabricator and I was going to check with him about his scraps if he has any. How does it cut? What do you cut it with? How does it turn? Would the carbide tip cutter do okay on this material? Does it r...

1588 days ago

Where can I get a pool cue kit - 3 replies

Where can i order a kit to make a pool cue on a lath? Any help is appreciated.

1610 days ago

Lathe Stand Dimensions - 1 reply

Need to build a stand for the Delta 46-700 (I think is the number) lathe. Basically a 12×36 full size lathe with no stand. Is 12” too narrow, or would one suggest I go 16” deep, or even deeper. My thoughts are, the more space on the worktop, the more crap gets piled there. Especially with teenage high school shop students.I ...

1698 days ago

Wide panel glueup - 1 reply

Here is a 10 min video on how to glue up a panel. It is actually 15 min, but I cut it down to 10 to fit on youtube. the students that miss the demo will take home a dvd and see the longer version. So if the transitions seem a little jumpy that’s why.

1705 days ago

Freshman Shop Wall Shelf Project Video - 2 replies

Last year we had an school pep assembly which caused us to have a shortened class period. It was also right at the time we were starting the wall shelf project in the freshman class. So I got the idea to make a project video to show start to end in 20 min. They do it on TV right? Not as easy as it looks, especially trying to get it done in a c...

1748 days ago

Storage of hand tools / sockets / etc - 8 replies

We just obtained a 42” craftsman toolbox combo (because I ordered it). Anyway, I like the look and organization of the plastic trays the socket sets come in for storing sockets, they are just a pain to snap in an out sometimes. I would like the same sort of organization for more than just sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, chisels too. My t...

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