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05-26-2017 05:03 AM

Cooling Turbine in Wood Lathe broken, now what. - 7 replies

I have an old Craftsman 12” wood lathe (circa 1989) that recently had the cooling turbine fail. Checking online sources for lathe parts, I learned the the turbine and it’s plastic shroud are obsolete and not available. After the failure the lathe ran very hot. Can the lathe be run without the turbine and shroud? To keep the motor...

03-21-2014 11:28 PM

Bearing Check - 7 replies

So I was cutting some pallet wood on my 1981 Craftsman contractor table saw when smoke began bellowing out of the throat plate and by the pulley belt. After a short panic, I cleaned all the saw dust from my gravity feed dust collector beneath the saw. Not a single ember was found. I took the belt off the arbor and gave the blade a spin. Well...

05-28-2010 06:19 AM

How sharp is sharp enough - 20 replies

I went to use my 4” joiner today and discovered that it left a profile of some dent that got in the knives, I know not how. So I quickly went to the back up knives I took out a long while back. I could see a dent in both of those knives. I settled down in my chair by the table saw for the long process of sharpening the four knives. I p...

02-14-2010 04:14 AM

Need options for my shop floor - 21 replies

I have a small workshop in my garage and it has a concrete floor. About 1/3 of the floor is covered with those interlocking foam pads. I had back surgery last year and I can really feel it when I stand on the concrete for long times. The foam pads help with the back but are almost impossible to roll tools around on, which I need to do in my s...

01-25-2010 07:20 AM

A cheap approach to dust collection - 2 replies

I have been seeing a lot of dust collector (really heavy sediment collectors) on LJ for the past few months and it got me to thinking. I use a 16 gallon shop vac with a hepa filter and a collection bag. With the bag, the filter stays pretty clean, but, bags are expensive. I also have a Master Mechanic shop vac that is over 30 years old and it...

01-23-2010 05:31 AM

Milwaukee Woodworking Show - 12 replies

The Milwaukee Woodworking Show is coming up soon; Feb 5, 6, 7. Who is planning to go and which days.I’m planning to go on Friday. My wife and I will drive over there early Friday morning and she will proceed to some area quilt shops. I should have plenty of leisurely time to ogle tools. Hope to see LJ’s there.

12-11-2009 05:30 AM

Suggestions of WWK places in Twin City area - 12 replies

I am in Inver Grove Heights for the next 5 days. Any suggested woodworking shops, tool stores etc. that I should be sure to visit?

11-20-2009 04:33 AM

Posting on behalf of Jeano - a new member - 4 replies

I have a wallace universal table saw made by J.D Wallace co. I would say made sometime in the 1940s. I have been using it a lot lately . I is a gear driven saw that uses a timming belt to turn the gears. I was using it yesterday and the belt broke and i have not been able to find one. I found the saw on the web but nothing about any parts. The b...

11-15-2009 04:39 AM

Workshop Upgrade posted - 6 replies

I’m far from done but decided to post a few pics of the shop upgrade. I originally boldly stated that I’d be done by Memorial day…2008. I’ll get there eventually. I had planned to wait until everything was the way I wanted before I posted again, but there have been a few Jocks with inquiring minds that wanted to know w...

07-24-2009 05:33 PM

Long time Lumber Jocks - 5 replies

In the past few days we have had a number of active* Lumber Jocks celebrate their 3rd anniversary. Give them a shout out of congratulations. (Gary) (Darryl) (Scottb) (TonyWard) I think this is the largest number of 3 year me...

06-22-2009 01:24 AM

New to Bandsaw - 3 replies

I have a 9” Craftsman band saw that has a 1/3 hp motor. I got it from my brother in law who said he never could get it to work quite right. I used it today and had some trouble with the blade popping off the wheels. I did get a lot of burning on the cuts whether I was cutting straight (or trying to) or making a curve. I did notice that...

05-27-2009 02:10 AM

Planer purchase - 10 replies

Over the holiday weekend I visited a store called Direct Tools. They sell Ryobi, Homelite, Rigid and dust buster reconditioned tools. I talked myself out of a tool purchase twice but gave in the 3rd time I went back in there. I picked up a Ryobi corded plunge router for $44 and a 13” Rigid Planer for $189. Both come with a 1 year warra...

02-22-2009 07:09 AM

Electric Saw - 13 replies

In Madison WI, the University runs a SWAP Shop (SWAP is Surplus with a purpose) where there are always some good deals to be had. They also sponsor an on line auction. This week an “Electric Saw” was posted. I checked it out and I had never seen an electric saw like this before. I thought the hand saws with laser sights were out ...

12-05-2008 01:07 AM

Interesting Storage Designs - 4 replies

I’m not ever built anything that I designed, though I have tweaked designs of others to be more to my liking. With that in mind I go cruising the web for designs. Here is a site that I often find very interesting. It will bring you to yesterday’s feed about storage. Hope you like it.

06-24-2008 01:51 AM

Help with Shop Walls - 21 replies

I am about to finish the walls in my garage workshop. I am trying to decide whether to use 1/2” drywall or to us 7/16” OSB. The workshop will be smallish at 13’ x 21’ but has 10’ ceilings. Which of these choices would you choose? There is only a small difference in total project cost between the 2 choices.

06-14-2008 05:27 AM

How do you make a pyramid on TS to use as a post cap - 7 replies

I am trying to cut a pyramid to sit on top of some bed posts. I have taken a square piece of 3/4” stock, set the rip fence at 3/8” away from the blade, tilted the blade 12 degrees and set the height to allow for a small plateau in the center. I ran the stock through cutting the north edge, then the east, south and west. When I was...

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