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12-27-2014 07:03 AM

Dust Deputy - 1 reply

Anybody put their Dust Deputy on a larger bin? I just mounted mine to a 170L garbage tote and now the whole system does not work!! Not a single bit of dust goes into the bin, all into the vacuum… I put it back on the 5gal pale and it works great but you can fill the 5gal bucket planing one single board. What the heck is the secret to ge...

12-23-2014 02:34 AM

Horribly Warping Pine - 15 replies

I live in Saskatchewan and Pine does NOT like living here… Every single piece of pine I have ever bought does this, yellow or eastern white. I had a little 3/4” x 8” x 20” piece cup over 1” over last winter, tore a shelf apart. My humidity is always around 55%, I tried to dry some at work in a flour mi...

09-15-2014 04:43 AM

Unruly Pine - 3 replies

I took a trip to Windsor Plywood and picked up some clear pine to practice dovetailing on. I ask what species they stock and they said “whatever is available at the commodities price”, One worker said he believed it was western white pine (I’m in Saskatchewan). I took it home and was just messing around with it to discover t...

09-02-2014 12:03 PM

Hand Plane Poped Threads - 5 replies

I was using my #5 Stanley and the rear handle was loose, I gave it a quarter turn and it was tight for a few swipes and loosened up again. Now the threads jump and it can not hold the handle in place at all. Is there a common solution to this? I was thinking of getting a local welder to braze it into place but that seemed a little to extreme.

08-31-2014 03:06 PM

Restoring Disston Saw - 7 replies

I have inherited a 26” Disston from 1896-1917. The blade is well patinaed and the handle is coated in grime and has a split in the handle. I should be able to clean up the blade with steel wool and 3-in-1 oil then some buffing compound I think. The handle has the bottom section split right in half and where the handle meets the blade...

06-25-2014 01:03 AM

Garage Baseboard - 8 replies

I have finished my garage and am stumped when choosing how to finish the bottom drywall edge. I do not plan on getting my garage wet but i am sure it will around the doors during winter. My ideas: 1) Treated 2×4’s all around. Terribly ugly… 2) Std 2×4’s jointed, planned and stained. Culked to floor for a good se...

06-25-2014 12:55 AM

Torsion Box Design - 9 replies

I have just finished mudding and taping my garage (20’ x 22’) and have laid out how I want all my benches and stations. Now I am getting a preliminary material count and am stuck making the material choice for best support. I have several locations where I want 6’ of unsupported work surface. My current design has aa 6’...

06-10-2014 04:29 AM

Beaver Table Saw Price - 3 replies

I just finished restoring my Beaver table saw, specs: 8” Beaver Table Saw48” Fence with one cast iron wingT-square fence from Delta table sawRolling base1HP 240V Motor with linkbeltTrued spindle, cuts great I was wondering what you guys think its worth as I will be needing room soon and hope I didn’t spend too much fixing...

04-16-2014 01:05 AM

Starter Hand Plane Set - 24 replies

I am learning to work wood with hand tools only. I have recently tried chinese knockoffs (the rear handle threads stripped out) and restoring antique shop finds (needed a LOT of TLC to true up but it did work). I was looking at getting: (all amazon’s names) - Stanley 12-139 Bailey No.60-1/2 Low Angle Block Plane- Stanley 12-204 No 4 ...

03-28-2014 12:55 PM

Choosing Sharpening Grits - 3 replies

I have a WIDE selection of grits to choose from and would like some advice on which to pick up. 80, 120, 150, 220, 350, 500, 1000, 1200, 2300, 9000 I was thinking the low grits are not so useful as you take knicks out on the grinder first.

03-27-2014 01:15 PM

Choosing Garage Heater - 3 replies

I have a 440sqft shop with a 7×17 garage door. The doors and windows are insulated, R15 in the walls and R40 in the ceiling. Now should I get a 1500W infrared heater or a 2400W forced air? I can not get a 2400W infrared as their ridicules prices, those two are all I can really afford. The garage door opens twice a day in the winter te...

03-09-2014 08:21 PM

My first hand plane - 9 replies

I was out visiting the in laws on the west coast and poked my head into an antiques store. I was looking for tube radio but ended up finding a Stanley #5C. It has been repaired so I talked them down to a whopping $16. The damage is on one side of the plane and cracks down to the mouth but only on one side. It sat flat and its a pretty good repai...

09-27-2013 06:20 AM

Leland Newman Motors - 4 replies

I have this 1.5HP Leland Newman motor with no cover and no wiring diagram. Currently the motor is wired for CCW rotation at 240V and I need CW at 240V. The motor is 12 lead with two massive capacitors. http://www.flickr.com/photos/90883337@N02/9961663525/ Does anybody have a clue how to wire this guy properly? Or even if Leland Newman moto...

09-04-2013 08:33 PM

Rustoleum NeverWet To Repel Dust - 2 replies

I had an idea that if the object can not get wet then theoretically dust/saw dust can not possibly stick to it either. For example you could coat the cast iron trunnions and everything under the table on a tablesaw then dust/gunk should never build up in the gears and joints. Has anyone tried the product? Do debris still stick to the surface?

08-31-2013 04:08 AM

Repairing Beaver 8" Table Saw - 19 replies

I just picked up a Beaver 8” table saw for free. I have no idea what model it is as the name badge is under the motor tensioner and the belt was too long so its just a convex rubbed hole. This saw has no safety features of any kind at all so I am not going to be using it for every day use and the fence has been snapped off at the one si...

08-31-2013 03:59 AM

DeWalt 740 Radial Arm Saw - 3 replies

I Just picked up a DeWalt 740 RAS for $25 and its in amazing shape. Everything works , there is no play or wobble at the end of the sliding assembly and the blade guard in intact. I have been saving up to buy a King 10” sliding compound miter saw (http://www.kingcanada.com/Products.htm?CD=81&ID=20360) when I ran into this guy, Figur...

08-27-2013 09:23 PM

Choosing Bench & Mortise Chisels - 18 replies

I am saving up to buy a set of chisels as I am using total crap right now and am starting to take up heirloom quality building. Bench Chisels:Veritas® PM-V11™ Bench ChiselsPros: supposedly stays sharp VERY long timeCons: Most expensive Lie-Nielsen Bevel Edge Socket ChiselsPros: Amazing warranty and customer serviceCons: ??? Mortise Chis...

07-01-2013 05:59 PM

Choosing 1st Jointery Saw - 20 replies

Hello all, I am just a weekend woodworker and I want to start working on good hand skills before defaulting to a power tool and a jig for everything I do. I have done a ton of research and the three styles of hand saws I have seen are:Japanese – Pull strokeWestern – Push StrokeEuropean – Bow Saws They all seem to have adv...

05-01-2013 04:13 PM

First Small Shop Jointer - 19 replies

First off I live in Canada so immediately half my tool choices are cut out of the list. I am in the process of building a new garage and am working some overtime to outfit it with some new tools. Currently I am using a home made 12” disc sander with a DIY jointer fence and it works surprisingly well. My only real problem is the speed of...

05-01-2013 09:36 AM

Freud or Forrest - 28 replies

I am getting to the end of the life of my affordable quality 10” table saw blades and would like to get a ripping and cross cutting blade that will last a long time. In a weekend hobbiest shop that makes home furniture for myself and the neighbourhood is the Forrest worth the 3x the price than the similar spec Freud? I take my blades to...


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