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03-30-2020 07:27 PM

Vintage Craftsman RAS Questions - 5 replies

Good Afternoon, This weekend I was able to procure a vintage Craftsman Radial Arm Saw. It came with the original rolling stand and appears to have had limited used. I have wanted one of these for sometime. They are just beautiful machines. Anyway, I will need to replace the table and I’d like to get it all tuned up. I did have a fe...

12-26-2018 08:20 PM

New to me vintage Craftsman / Walker Turner bandsaw - 2 replies

No pics yet I’m afraid, but I just picked up a little 12” Craftsman bandsaw made by Walker/Turner. It is in very good shape, with a little rust and some cracking in the tires. The catch was that is didn’t come with a motor. That was great for me, because I have Leeson 3/4 HP motor that runs on 1750 RPM sitting in my garage. ...

08-08-2018 05:28 PM

Sawsmith Radial Arm Saw - Thoughts - 8 replies

I am looking to add a Radial Arm Saw to my shop. I have already decided that I would like to have the saw, now I need to find the right one. I have been told that the old deWalts are a great way to go. Also, the Delta Turret Arm models are really good options as well. Recently I saw an ad or a “Sawsmith.” In researching this b...

06-23-2018 11:38 PM

My "Rescue" Number 7 - Will this fly? - 3 replies

Hey Guys, A few months back I bought a “beater” type 11 (or 12, I’m never sure) #7 Stanley Bailey hand plane. Well, over the last week or so I have been cleaning it up, painting it and getting it ready for use. I started flattening the sole on a piece of granite, and discovered the following at the heel of the sole… ...

06-20-2018 10:21 PM

Phoenix Woodworkers, Can Anyone Help? - 2 replies

Hey Phoenix Woodworkers, I have a mesquite log that I want to cut rounds from. I have a 14” bandsaw that doesn’t have the space to cut the log. The log is just over 12” in diameter. Does anyone out here have a bandsaw that can accomplish that task? Obviously I’d be very willing to pay for the service. Help, th...

01-17-2018 09:27 PM

Best "value" TS blade for making box joints - 6 replies

I’d like to start making box joints. I am without a router table at this time so I have to use a table saw. I believe this will necessitate the purchase of a new blade that can create flat bottomed kerfs. I don’t want to spend a ton of money, so I’d like some suggestions as to a good “value” choice. Thanks to ...

01-17-2018 07:37 PM

Best "value" TS blase for making box joints - 4 replies

I’d like to start making box joints. I am without a router table at this time so I have to use a table saw. I believe this will necessitate the purchase of a new blade that can create flat bottomed kerfs. I don’t want to spend a ton of money, so I’d like some suggestions as to a good “value” choice. Thanks to ...

01-13-2018 05:20 AM

Craftsman Parks Planer - Bringing it to life, but a problem... - 8 replies

I am trying to get an old 1950’s vintage Craftsman Parks planer running. It has been sitting in my garage for several years and in the last year, I have been cleaning it up and restored the motor. Now that I have the motor all worked out, I want to get this thing running. The gear box has grease, and the planer knives are pretty sharp. ...

12-26-2017 03:12 AM

Christmas come... well, right on time - 7 replies

This Christmas I have been given permission to get a new sliding CMS. The old Rigid CMS I have just doesn’t provide parts for the repairs i need to make. So, after 14 years, I guess it’s time to trade up. So Lumberjocks, what is the best 12” sliding CMS out there? I don’t use it daily, but it is one of my most often...

12-22-2017 03:31 PM

Pipe clamp "faces" why so small? - 12 replies

I have many pipe clamps, use them frequently, and am happy with them. I know, they are heavy. That doesn’t bother me too much, but what I was wondering is if there were a way to increase the “face” size, the clamping face of pipe clamps. I know, it would have been done, but the weight becomes an issue. Still, anyone out the...

12-10-2017 08:20 PM

Old Craftsman Router 315-25031 - 6 replies

Hey all, I found an old Craftsman router, part number 315-25031 at my dad’s house when he passed. It starts like a top, but the collet doesn’t seem to tighten around my 1/4 inch shank router bits. I would very much like to get this working in my stable of routers, but being as old as it is, I’m not sure who can look at it,...

10-15-2017 12:41 AM

Any Hand Plane Fettlers out Arizona way? - 7 replies

I am trying to get a Stanley #4 back to life and am running into some issues. I’ve watched all sorts of youtube videos, but now I would actually like to ask someone some questions, so… if there is anyone out Phoenix way that is proficient at tuning up a hand plane, I’d love to take a few of your minutes to learn more and fettl...

09-24-2017 12:30 AM

So work took me to Portland, Maine this week... - 1 reply

Had to be away from the family for work this weekend. One small consolation was that I am an hour and a half from You-Know-Who. Did I mention they are open on Saturdays through Christmas? For this Arizona kid, it was a big treat! The 10% off of in store purchases also ensured that this little number would follow me home! Thi...

09-09-2017 06:55 AM

So How Accurate is Acceptable on My CrossCut Sled? - 24 replies

So I recently put together a large crosscut sled (30” x 36”) for my table saw. I made a smaller one (24” x 18”) and find it indispensable for small work. I thought a large one would be a great addition. So I was trying to square it up tonight using the William Ng version of the five cut method. After my fourth run, ...

08-10-2017 05:27 PM

Wood River v3 Replacement Iron for my 5 1/2 - 9 replies

Oh Hand Tool Masters, I ask to learn from your great knowledge. While cleaning out the garage, I found an old type 12 Stanley Bailey 5 1/2. Everything was there and working… except the iron. I need a replacement. In researching, I found the WoodRiver v3 Replacement iron selling for $22.00. I understand it is a little thicker than th...

07-04-2017 09:48 PM

I have my RAS up and running, now about the blade... - 6 replies

All, I just rewired my 1993 Delta 33-890 RAS. It runs like a top. At two horsepower, it should be able to cut through most anything I would want to cut. Currently there is a 12” 80 tooth blade on and I wanted to upgrade. I know I need a negative hook angle, but I have a few questions: What is simply the best blade out there for a...

04-26-2017 08:48 PM

Craftsman Parks planer - How do I lubricate? - 0 replies

I just got my hands on a 1940’s era Craftsman (Parks) planer. I am excited to use it but I wanted to find out how to lubricate the gears? Should there be some type of grease or oil permanently in the gear case? If so, what type? What other else needs to be lubricated on this gem? Thanks!

04-26-2017 08:47 PM

Craftsman Parks planer - How do I lubricate? - 6 replies

I just got my hands on a 1940’s era Craftsman (Parks) planer. I am excited to use it but I wanted to find out how to lubricate the gears? Should there be some type of grease or oil permanently in the gear case? If so, what type? What other else needs to be lubricated on this gem? Thanks!

08-24-2016 03:11 PM

So I got an Email from Kristen Griest today - 11 replies

Well what do you know, Kristen found me on Lumberjocks. She is a “United State Army officer from the united state of America” Evidentally she has important things to discuss with me, but I shouldn’t reply on Lumberjocks, I should reply to her private mail. What do you think? Hot Date opportunity? Chance to help with...

06-12-2013 07:06 PM

How Tall Should a Drill Press Be? (I'm building a drill press stand) - 13 replies

So I am building a drill press stand and wanted to know what is most comfortable for all of you out there. I am 6 foot 6, so I’m a little taller than your average woodworker, but I don’t think that matters, Should the table of the drill press be up to my stomach? Lower chest? Is there a standard or should I just start testing for ...

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