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04-02-2017 06:38 PM

Woodturning smocks: Sorby vs Easy Wood Tools vs ?? - 39 replies

I’m looking at turning smocks and am leaning toward the EWT because it’s lightweight and slick but I would prefer longer sleeves. The Sorby has long sleeves but the zipper is backward and it ‘looks’ heavy ( haven’t seen one in person). Any thoughts on these or other suggestions? edited because people are getting ...

03-29-2017 08:53 PM

Looking for mortiser chuck key - 6 replies

A 1/2 hp Craftex mortiser was given to me but it’s missing the chuck key. A Rohm S2A chuck (metric) key seems to fit but is too short so I can’t be sure it’s the right size; it is a 12 tooth with 6mm pilot. The pilot hole on the mortiser chuck is 6mm so it’s probably the correct size. I called Busy Bee and they couldnR...

02-28-2017 07:11 PM

Image Uploading Issues - 16 replies

UPDATE, it’s an Amazon problem.

02-27-2017 12:11 AM

Mahogany veneer drawer fronts, keep or toss? - 12 replies

I salvaged the drawers from a dresser a while back, for the 1/4” solid oak but I’m left with these curved fronts, plywood with a mahogany veneer. I can’t think of a good use for them. Trash or treasure? Sorry, they were face down but I’m sure most of us have seen old mahogany veneered dressers before.

02-13-2017 05:04 PM

One of the internet's largest message boards is going away - 1 reply

The IMDB message boards are going away effective Feb 20th. The only reason I mention it is because awhile back I predicted that message boards would die off because younger people prefer social media sites. While many websites consider themselves successful with tens of thousands of users, IMDB has users in the millions. So why are they closing?...

02-06-2017 07:27 AM

Final Ruling on Sawstop vs Bosch by ITC - 81 replies

If there was any discussion of this I missed it but on the 27th of January the ITC gave it’s final ruling the Bosch REAXX. Seems very final though I’m sure there is probably an appeals process. On January 27th, the U.S. International Trade Commission ordered Customs ...

01-28-2017 09:26 PM

Kreg - K4 vs K5 vs Porter Cable Quikjig - 23 replies

I have one from way back when it was just called a Kreg Jig because there was only one, and I get enough use from it that I wouldn’t mind upgrading. Biggest difference I see between the K4 and K5 is position of the clamping lever. I’m not doing production but if the K5 really is better then I would spend a few extra bucks on it. Anyo...

01-28-2017 05:48 AM

The lathe stand of your dreams? - 36 replies

Time for a new lathe stand. I’ve looked at dozens and have seen many good ideas and I found one that is close to having every feature I want. It will be for a midi lathe but that doesn’t matter … So what do you like, or would change, about your current lathe stand? What works and what doesn’t?

01-28-2017 05:45 AM

Name a woodworking tool or machine that makes you happy to use. - 119 replies

I have some gift cards and I have all the basic machines, saws, drill press, etc. I don’t “need” anything and I can’t use the cards on wood, so what do I want … something better or something that makes you happy because it works so well or because it makes woodworking easier. Can include books, machines, power tool...

11-02-2016 07:10 PM

Easy Wood Tools (the company) Sold - 4 replies For Immediate Release To Our Valued Retailers/Customers, It is with great excitement that we announce Easy Wood Tools (EWT), of Lexington, Kentucky, has been acquired by the Caliendo family. The acquisition was effective October 26, 2016. Mr. Chris Caliendo will serve as President & CEO of Easy W...

10-16-2016 11:57 PM

Can you help identify this tree? - 14 replies

My best guess is sweet gum, can anyone confirm or deny? Location is Raleigh NC. It was on the side of the road after the storm and looked really reddish in the daylight. Some of the pieces had 2 piths running up the center, I’ve never seen that before.

10-12-2016 06:57 PM

Who all got in on the Delta Midi lathe deal on Amazon? - 52 replies

Recently the Delta Midi lathe dropped down below $400 (regular $600) on Amazon and a bunch of us in the hot deal thread took advantage. My suspicion is they were clearing out lathes that came from the factory with the forward/reverse switch in backwards, or maybe Amazon’s computer became sentient and gave some of us an early Christmas, wha...

09-16-2016 03:19 AM

Best woodworking video I've seen in awhile ... - 19 replies

The craftsmanship and uncompromising dedication to perfection is impressive. The video is 60 minutes long and professionally shot and I found it entertaining and inspiring from start to end. View on YouTube

09-02-2016 06:10 PM

Are all 50T combination blades loud? - 22 replies

This came from a discussion with guys in my local WW club. I happened to mention that my Delta combination blades were very loud and extremely unpleasant to use (even through ear muffs), not to mention they have poor cut quality. Someone else said that all combination blades are extremely loud because of the 50T design and several others agreed....

07-09-2016 04:14 AM

Swinging drawer on bathroom vanity - hardware? - 7 replies

I will be building a vanity to fit an oddball space and want to make swing out drawers for the triangular sides. There would be two or three drawers per side, one atop the other. They will be used everyday so need to be sturdy and dependable. I know on small tables they are built using a brass or steel pin directly through the drawer front as a ...

05-26-2016 04:50 AM

Project widget still broken - 12 replies

05-10-2016 05:36 PM

HOT DEALS Thread. eBay, Amazon, BORG, Zoro, Woodcraft, etc. - 1800 replies

A hot deal is a significant discount (including shipping) on DIY or workshop related tools, machines, clothing, books, lumber, or general interest items. Use your discretion. If you think a woodworker (carpenter, machinist, wrench monkey, whatever) would be interested, post it. Please include a link, if online, a description, and the price. The...

04-13-2016 03:03 AM

Is the site super slow for anyone else? - 17 replies

Been very slow for me the last couple of days. Rest of the internet is normal speed. I’m also having trouble loading some project pages, here are two that won’t load for me:

03-31-2016 03:03 AM

Troubleshooting a Comet II Lathe, bouncing motor. - 24 replies

So I’m working through this used Comet 2 I bought, mostly it involved catching up on overdue maintenance. But the motor is bouncing and I’m not sure what is causing it. It’s worse when the belt is farthest from the motor, has the most leverage. I made a video that shows the problem better than I can ever explain it. You can see...

03-17-2016 04:46 AM

Anyone own a Comet II lathe? - 6 replies

And willing to post a picture of the bottom of the spindle locking bolt? Just bought a used C2 that is missing that piece and I made a temporary from an M8 bolt that works fine but am curious how the original looks.

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