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04-10-2012 10:22 PM

My preferred waterstones' flattening method - 3 replies

I have tried the Lee Valley lapping system (,43072,43071 ) and also used diamond stones or wet-dry sanding papers to fatten my waterstones and they all worked reasonably well. But my standard flattening system is now the use of a 3/8” to 1/2” thick glass and drywall sand...

03-09-2012 01:54 AM

Tip: Shop-made oil applicator - Save $15 or so each! - 0 replies

I use a two-tier rust prevention system to protect my hand tools in the tool chest: a) Silica Gel Dehumidifiers (which are “recharged” once every two years or so) b) Application of camellia oil on the saws/hand planes/blades - My oil applicators are shop-made of old cotton and medicine bottle (you can also find the same ...

12-05-2011 01:30 AM

How straight is your straightedge? - 14 replies

To ensure that when I use a straightedge, the straightedge in my hand is truly straight and doesn’t just look straight, I checked my straight edge tools (squares, steel rulers, the combination ruler blade, etc.) against my Bridge City Toolworks (24”) straight edge. The results show that several edges aren’t that straight and ne...

12-02-2011 05:23 AM

Woodworking Flowchart - Please contribute yours - 0 replies

I received an engineering flowchart: And for fun, I decided to develop my woodworking version: Please feel free to create yours and share them here. Happy Holidays,

10-24-2011 04:40 PM

SAWSTOP can be a life-saver, in addition to being a finger-saver??? - 3 replies

News: Unfaithful men probably also want only “sawstop scissors” around their houses….

10-20-2011 05:55 PM

This camera inventor took a different path from SAWSTOP's - 5 replies This capture everything and focus after the fact, new type of camera will be available in 2012. The inventor, a Stanford PhD holder, chose not to contact any existing camera giants about his invention and went ahead to produce and market hi...

10-20-2011 07:31 AM


I saw this ad in my latest issue of WOOD, proudly disclosing that CADEX pinners are not made in China. But it does not say anything about the origin. Any idea where they’re made? Cadex and Grex 23-gauge pinners are between $200 – $350 while most others are about half the prices. In the same issue (p. 66), WOOD reviewed...

09-29-2011 05:21 PM

A new versatile and innovative assembly product you shouldn't miss - box clamp - 7 replies Watch the vid to see its versatile functions. If you do assembly (who doesn’t?), look into this product. Note: I am not associated with the manufacturer in anyway. But I always look for ways to improve my efficiency in the shop—with trick, tips or innovative ...

09-13-2011 09:16 PM

Accidents from woodturning can kill - Sad news - 4 replies Let’s be cautious and use all safety gear/protection at all times when working in the shop.

08-04-2011 06:31 AM

SAWSTOP, riving knife, new blade guard - Is history repeating itself? - 22 replies

Robert Lang of PWM wrote this in his latest blog titled “Where Do Table Saw Safety Rules Come From?” “The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is a government agency became interested in table saw injuries in the late 1990s, just before the introduction of the SawStop. CPSC looked to UL to re-examine and possibly improv...

07-09-2011 11:46 PM

Ridgid Table saw tune-up using a dial indicator - surprise findings - 3 replies

I have been using the magnetic ruler trick to check that the blade is parallel to the fence: That method, as revealed by the tune-up done today using a dial indicator, isn’t very accurate. I checked two settings of my Ridgid table saw: alignments of the miter slots to the blade, and to the fence. The slots and the blade are ac...

07-04-2011 06:33 PM

Winding Stick Sighting Trick - 5 replies

This trick first appeared in Woodworking Magazine in 2008. Drill a series of small holes (1/32” say) across a tin sheet (I prefer using the plastic cards instead). Hold up the card and sight through the holes to check if the winding sticks line up equally on a board. Winding stick and drill bit info:

02-10-2011 07:34 PM

New development on finger-saving requirement for tablesaws - 2 replies

According to a USA Today article, tablesaw safety in the United States is getting another look from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and saw manufacturers may get a call to testify as to why the problem has not been addressed sufficiently. ...

02-10-2011 07:32 PM

Finger-saving requriement on all new tablesaws in sight? - 8 replies

According to a USA Today article, tablesaw safety in the United States is getting another look from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and saw manufacturers may get a call to testify as to why the problem has not been addressed sufficiently. ...

01-16-2011 02:30 AM

SAWSTOP lovers and haters must see this - alternative to SAWSTOP - 37 replies When all is said and done, everyone could be enjoying flesh-detecting technology at an affordable price. I received this link from a woodworking friend who knows I’d buy a SAWSTOP when I replace my current tablesaw and have been hoping there’d be some competitors to SAWSTOP.

02-15-2009 12:37 AM

Where to report this? - Scam emails, etc. from another lumberjock - 3 replies

Received one of those Nigerian emails from [email protected] Do we have a mailbox to report this kind of (growing?) rubbish scam messages? I believe Lumberjocks has put in place measures (such as requiring a new user to confirm / activate a new account) to prevent computer-generated ‘sign ups’ and these people really took ti...

07-31-2008 01:01 AM

Craftsman Auto Switch - 3 replies

Craftsman Auto SwitchSears item# 00924031000 Mfr. model# 24031 Does anyone know any comparable product or supplier for the Sears Craftsman Automatic Switch? The Sears stores in my town (Canada) don’t seem to carry it (I checked online). It allows you to turn on your power tool and energize your accessories simultaneously! Only 110 vo...

06-02-2008 04:20 AM

Help: Wood magazine Oct 1991 P.74 - does anyone have a copy of this project? - 1 reply

WOOD magazine: Walnut Pump Dispenser Oct 1991 Issue 46 P.74 – 75(?) I cut out the project page from this magazine before I recycled it along with other magazines and paper, but now I can’t find it in the stacks of files and papers! High and low in vain – for the past half an hour or so.:-( -( I put off doing the project b...

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