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02-26-2011 12:22 AM

Advice on a plane to shape a bo/staff? - 7 replies

I have a five foot long, about 1.5 inch (estimated) square piece of cherry that I got from a school’s scrap pile recently. I’d like to round it off into a karate bo with dimensions 1 1/4” in the middle tapering to 3/4” at the ends. I own no planes or spokeshaves etc at this time and would like to rectify that. I have...

12-03-2010 12:10 AM

Christmas tree = reclaimed wood? - 7 replies

We’re about to get our Christmas tree, and it just occurred to me…would it be worth keeping the trunk afterward to use in woodworking after it dries? I know it’d be small but I tend to make small things. If so, is there any advice you can give about how to prepare/dry the trunk, and any preference for or against certain typ...

11-24-2010 09:10 PM

Will Tormek turning jigs work on the Grizzly wet grinder? - 1 reply

I have Grizzly’s wet grinder and although I got their jig set I am having a really hard time figuring out how to use them, and I am starting to consider Tormak jigs. I think I read somewhere that the Tormak jigs will work on the Grizzly unit but can anyone confirm that? Also, will the profiled leather honing wheel attach to the Grizzly...

11-02-2010 05:14 AM

Sharpening on a Grizzly slow grinder - advice? - 2 replies

The instructions that came with my grizzly slow grinder are pretty lousy, and I’ve never sharpened on a wheel before. Does anyone have any tips or know of good websites/books to help someone learn sharpening techniques? I have a bunch of lathe tools that need work. I am going to take the sharpening class at Woodcraft but they will only ...

10-20-2010 06:03 PM

Best bandsaw blades for puzzle boxes? - 7 replies

Hi all, I have a 14” Grizzly bandsaw and so far only have the stock “blade”. The length specs for this model are 92.5 to 93.5 inches. I want to get into making bandsaw boxes, puzzles and things like that, so I’ll need to make clean cuts and have a modicum of rotational ability. I want to order some new bandsaw bla...

10-17-2010 12:52 AM

Question: 13 Gal Harbor Freight dust collector (green) - 12 replies

I got the above dust collector (Central Machinery # 31810) as a stopgap while I figure out where my tools will live and what sort of dust system I will ultimately put in. Today was the first day I ran it attached to a machine, and I am having problems. I connected it via a 4” flexible hose to my G490X jointer. The collector didn’...

10-13-2010 12:31 AM

Reclaiming weathered wood - how successful is it? - 14 replies

Hi all, A guy just outside town has offered me some weathered wood that is on his property. I don’t know what condition it’s in. When he bought the property the prior owner left a boat frame he had been working on. He says it is probably teak and mahogany, and is several ribs and part of the bow of a decent sized boat. It ha...

10-08-2010 06:53 PM

How to clean packing grease off spiral cutterhead/table? - 16 replies

I just got a Grizzly jointer with a spiral cutterhead, and the cutter has a LOT of that thick packing grease on it. It’s hard to get off because every rag or paper towel I use gets caught on the cutter blades. How should I get it off? I assume I need to get all of it off before I run any wood across the machine… On a related no...

09-23-2010 12:31 AM

Choosing an 8" Jointer - seeking advice on options - 24 replies

I’m putting together my first real wood shop (previously it was a mini lathe and a scroll saw in the corner of a bedroom) and the time has come to select a jointer. There are so many options out there, and I’ve done a bunch of reading but I haven’t got the experience to know what the differences really mean. I want to get a...

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