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137 days ago

mdf router tables. are they subject to humidity ? - 3 replies

I have a question regarding the adequacy of a router table such as the Jessem or rockler entry level tables that are made of laminated MDF. I live in the south and my shop is not heated or air conditioned, no dehumidifier. Are these tables stable enough to stay flat in these conditions ? Does the laminate seal them adequately or will they de...

141 days ago

doug stowe jigs - 6 replies

Hi, I recently acquired Doug Stowe’s book and DVD about box making. “Basic Box Making” is the title. It is a nice book full of cool boxes projects. In the DVD he shows in details how to do every single one of them. The key thing in all of these is that he relies on a number of well designed and accurate jigs to get the ac...

374 days ago

oneida super dust deputy with a 1HP rikon dust collector - 2 replies

Hi, I own a 1HP Rikon dust collector and am wondering if adding a super dust deputy will improve upon it. That is, will I have enough air flow left to make it effective ? I currently can not upgrade to a bigger dust collector because I am limited by the amp load that my circuits can take. The Dust collector by itself works fine with the p...

422 days ago

symphony of errors - 9 replies

have you ever experienced days where nothing goes right ? once in a while i have of of those. I will make silly mistakes such as measuring incorrectly several times, setting my saw fence wrong etc. etc.. Trying to fix it lead to more mistakes, frustration and then things spiraling out of control..so far the only way ive found to get out of...

584 days ago

white areas on the crossgrain - 13 replies

what are those white areas on the crossgrain of the cherry ?its typically in the corner. could this be discoloration from the glue ? this has been sanded to 220 grit.

631 days ago

chipout around dado edges - 8 replies

i am building a case and my birch plywood is chipping a bit at the edges of the dadoes. how do you avoid that ? do i just have a cheap dado stack ? ( a mibro) and need to invest in a forest dado or the like ? i do have a zero clearance insert but unfortunately it was made for 3/4 dado and i am cutting 3/8. it does appear i get chipout...

638 days ago

insuring tools - 18 replies

i am starting to accumulate quite a bit of expensive tools. i am a hobbyist so my shop is not insured separately. What do you guys do ? Do you take pics and write down serial # and provide your insurer with that ?

642 days ago

combination blade or switch blades for rips and crosscuts ? - 18 replies

What do you guys usually do ? Do you use a combination blade for all your cuts or do you organize your project and spend thje time to switch from rip to crosscut blades all the time ?

885 days ago

framing up doors to my shop - 7 replies

Hi, I have a nice outbuilding I am retrofiting into my new shop. It has a main part and then two side carports that have no doors. They, however have a concrete floor. The main part of the building is a wood floor. I am planning to frame up the front of the carports and make doors for them. One carport will be my machine room, the other o...

901 days ago

heavy cast iron jointer - 12 replies

I think I found a good deal. Ive been looking for a jointer. This is the kind I like. Old heavy cast iron machinery from the 50-60’s. The seller wants $150.0 for it including the base and its got all the documentation, sharp knives, good working motor and massive cast iron fence. Can joint up to 6 1/4” wide boards and has a 36 R...

948 days ago

matched planes for tongue and groove - 3 replies

I just received today a pair of matched tongue and groove planes. Made by Marten Doschen in New York. Perfect condition, sharp blades. Its set to cut a 1/4” tongue centered on a 7/8” stock. I had 3/4” at hand so I tried it on that. Worked pretty well, but of course the tongue is not centeredl. Took me a while to get u...

991 days ago

tormek T7 - 7 replies

I am considering getting a Tormek and I am wondering how it achieves its edge. As far as I can tell, there is one single grinding stone and a leather honing wheel. That grinding stone probably has a rough grit (250? ), so how do you get the mirror edge? Is that solely achieved via the leather stropping wheel or do you have to use a stone grader...

1018 days ago

rolls royce of try squares - 15 replies

I have been wanting one of these for a long time. Quite expensive but they are incredibly beautiful. Another thing that is really nice is that they are adjustable so that you can keep them square. Hmm, perhaps Santa will be nice to me <g>... Joking aside, I am wondering how I would go about making one. Specifically, the mechanism in...

1028 days ago

tails on long board or short board ? - 7 replies

I am wondering if they are guidelines for placing the pins and tails in a dovetail joint. If you are making a carcass or a box, Does it matter which side you choose to be the tail board? For example, is there a case to be made for structural integrity ? or is it just design esthetics?

1031 days ago

The evershrinking box - 13 replies

One of the characteristics of hand tool work is the search for the perfectly, jointed, level and square board. I learned early enough that if you skip that phase, nothing lines up, your joints are bad, etc.. So, right now, I am making a cabinet toolchest (Tom Fidgen's design). Started from rough 4/4 lumber and dimensioned by hand, squared...

1032 days ago

before having a coffee cup.. - 10 replies

So, this morning, I head to my shop and while checking out my jointer plane, I decide it needs sharpening. No problems, I break out the stones and start sharpening until I get a razor edge. Put it back in the plane, grab a piece of pine and start planning an edge. It shreds and desintegrates in dust. What the heck? Go back, look at edge, s...

1034 days ago

Yukon lumber co, great lumberyard in norfolk ,va - 1 reply

I live in southestearn Virginia and was looking for a friendly lumberyard for my woodworking needs. I used to order online. In the middle of Norfolk, there is a lumberyard called Yukon Lumber. It is fabulous. Great selection of woods, the guys are really friendly and helpful and the prices are really good. Once you tell them what they want, t...

1034 days ago

american wood worker and Paul Sellers - 3 replies

If you get a chance, pick up a copy of the american woodworker magazine this month. It comes with a free DVD introducting Paul Sellers series “Working Wood”. You also have a chance to win a woodworking class in england, in a castle with travel and lodging paid for… This aside, the DVD is amazing. A little flashy for a wood ...

1038 days ago

good bandsaw for $1000,00 or less? - 19 replies

Hi, I am looking at getting a bandsaw, mainly for resawing capabilities. I do most of my work with hand tools, but when it comes to resaw a board, its better done with a bandsaw. I do not expect to work on large piece of furnitures, so I suspect 12 to 14 ” of resaw capacity is enough. Should I look for used saws on craigslist/ebay or a...

1072 days ago

restoring antique saw handle - 4 replies

So, I scored a nice backsaw on ebay. Blade is in excellent condition, I just have to replace a split nut and restore the handle shown in the pic below. How would you go about restoring the wood ?

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