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10-10-2014 10:32 PM

Combination Squares - quality brands? - 43 replies

So I have known for a while that I need a decent combination square. Right now all I have is a 4” try square (from Rockler I think) and a couple of 90 degree angles that I got from estate sales. I was watching a boxmaking DVD and the person was using a Starett brand combination square to check a 45 degree miter. I looked them up onlin...

08-30-2014 07:20 PM

Oscillating spindle sander suddenly oscillating less. - 14 replies

I have a secondhand Ryobi oscillating spindle sander, visible in the fifth photo on my workshop page . I was using it today and suddenly it went from its steady up-down oscillation to a kind of stumbling gait, going up fine but sticking and jerking on the way down. I turned it off and checked it for dust buildup, on the top anyway, and clear...

06-18-2014 06:54 PM

How to make box tops/bottoms? - 15 replies

I’m starting to make my first box joint box and realised that I have no idea how to make the top and bottom for it. I am making it with 1/4” thickness sides and 1/4” box joints. I had originally planned for 3/8” sides but after resawing the wood (another first!) one of the pieces was not quite thick enough for that. So...

06-12-2014 06:09 PM

Newbie question time: table saw inserts and cutting slots - 28 replies

I’ve got a Sawstop, though this is not specifically a sawstop question. I bought a set of Freud box joint cutter table saw blades – they are 8 inch blades and cut 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch grooves. I also bought a sawstop dado brake and a new insert, and a Freud 8 inch dado stack (SD208). I have never cut dadoes or box joints, asi...

05-02-2014 10:50 PM

Show me your corded/cordless tool storage - 25 replies

I want to make some kind of storage station for the collection of powered hand tools I have accumulated. Right now I think I have the following (I’m not in the shop right now): A circular sawa cordless drill (battery charges in situ, no separate charger at the moment)a corded drilla jigsaw(actually two jigsaws but one is an old rusty t...

05-01-2014 05:55 PM

Birch haul - project ideas? - 6 replies

We had to take two white birch trees down as the roots were causing damage to the utilities and sidewalks. They weren’t huge, but I’ve got a few sections that can be resawn and a LOT of thick branches, maybe 3 to 6 inches in diameter. Here’s a shot of part of the load: The larger pieces in the back will be resawn and a...

04-25-2014 03:03 PM

Tips for removing superglue from clothes? - 19 replies

Hey, at least I haven’t glued myself to anything yet… While repairing one of my son’s toys yesterday using a very cheap brand of superglue, it dribbled and I got a spot of it on my shirt. It’s a cheap shirt, but new and I’d rather not have it become shop clothing immediately. I tried scrubbing acetone on it w...

04-23-2014 03:29 PM

Book for trade: Box making projects for the scroll saw - 2 replies

Edit – sold, thanks for looking! I accidentally ended up with two copies of this book: Box-Making Projects for the Scroll Saw: 30 Woodworking Projects that are Surprisingly Easy to Make Is anyone interested in trading it for another book? I’d love a copy of the Pocket Hole Drilling Jig project book, if you happen to have on...

04-22-2014 11:21 PM

PC drill press table tweak ideas needed - 18 replies

I have this drill press: Photo: It has a fairly small table, and the grooves in it do not go all the way through the table, so it’s been difficult to find on-table clamps that will fit it. I’...

03-21-2014 08:51 PM

What age to start kids in the shop? - 42 replies

I wasn’t sure what forum to put this in, but I guess I want to share my skills, so this seemed appropriate. I have a son who turns two this weekend. He already putters around the shop with me, playing with HF spring clamps and banging PVC pipe drumsticks against “approved” surfaces (anything that won’t break or get de...

02-25-2014 07:32 PM

Finish for plywood beach toy? - 4 replies

I’m going to make some sand combs for some two year olds. Like these, more or less. I’m a finishing novice. Does anyone have suggestions for a finish that would achieve the following? The material will probably be 1/4” plywood. 1) Not sticky or tacky when applied to plywood by a novice 2) Gives a small/reasonabl...

11-06-2013 11:03 PM

Estate sale lumber - what is it? - 31 replies

I bought these two boards on Sunday at an estate sale…does anyone recognize the species? (They’re showing up huge; if you right click the images and view them separately you can get the whole width)

10-02-2013 11:19 PM

Table saw blades (sawstop, if it matters) - 27 replies

I want to take better care of my tablesaw blades. Until now I was actually using the stock one that came with my sawstop but I managed to trash it on plywood and laminate, so I have switched to a Freud blade that I bought at the same time as the saw. Lovely, cuts like butter. But it’s still my only blade. I imagine I should branch ou...

09-29-2013 06:28 PM

How to drill holes in rubber balls? - 32 replies

I have some dowels and small rubber balls that are destined to become drumsticks for my son. Does anyone have suggestions for a safe way to drill a hole about halfway through the center of a small rubber ball?

09-13-2013 05:55 PM

Dados for dummies: how to choose a set - 27 replies

I think it’s time to get into dados. I want to make boxes and box joints and I have learned how to make a jig for that but it looks like it’ll be a lot easier if I get a dado set. I have a Sawstop (yeah, yeah) so I will also have to get the new brake ($90) and lock down insert ($40). As you might guess I don’t want to spend...

09-13-2013 05:41 PM

Jigsaw or similar for cutting curves in box tops? - 9 replies

I want to get into making tone boxes aka tongue drums. I have a scroll saw but I see that a lot of people make the solid boxes and then cut the tongues out of the tops using a jigsaw. (Apparently the sound of the tones will change if you try to tune them off the box and then attach it after cutting.) I don’t have a jig saw. I wonder ...

07-20-2013 07:21 PM

What bug is this in my wood? - 21 replies

I just got out to the shop for the first time in at least a month. I have some housekeeping projects to do, so one of the first things I did was pick up a dry chunk of log that has been sitting near the garage door for, oh, over a year, with the intent of moving it farther into the shop. It had been standing on its end. I picked it up, and ...

07-04-2013 03:31 AM

Anyone need a Griz 10% code? (Taken!) - 4 replies

I got a Grizzly code by email today and I’m not going to use it. Someone want it? “JULY 4th – JULY 15th In celebration of Independence Day and to thank you for being a loyal customer, please enjoy this one time only 10% off coupon towards your entire next order. Offer valid July 4th – July 15th. Not valid with any...

06-27-2013 03:14 PM

Tell me about Kreg Pocket Hole Jiggery - 46 replies

I’ve heard of Kreg for a long time but know nothing about them. I also have no experience with cabinetry and very little with building furniture – just an entryway bench once in a class. I now want to make a Helping Tower for my son in the kitchen. I was reading one of many sites with DIY plans and it mentioned using a Kreg pock...

06-07-2013 05:32 PM

Start them early! - 14 replies

Ed got a new toy yesterday: Only a few short years before he can join me in the full-sized version!

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