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07-03-2021 01:20 PM

Project Guides from Fine Woodworking - 2 replies

I don’t know how long these have existed but I saw them for the first time this morning. The Fine Woodworking magazine website has several Project Guides, which are curated collections of their articles and videos grouped together by subject. I’ve not explored them in depth yet but have seen that many of the articles are free to vi...

03-16-2021 12:22 AM

The Fenland Black Oak Project - 1 reply

An article about this project in the United Kingdom came through my news feed today. A black oak tree believed to be over 5,000 years old was discovered buried and well-preserved in a farmer’s field in 2012. They were able to excavate the tree from the field and mill into slabs more than 13 meters long. Those were dried and planed to 30...

10-09-2020 12:04 PM

Swap Saw is Back - 5 replies

I received an email yesterday from Paul Stone, the inventor of Swap Saw. He had shut his company down about two years ago but has reopened with a new design of the panel saw kit. They’re in pre-launch now and plan to begin shipping in mid-December. The pre-launch special is for $499 for the kit (you supply wood, the saw, door hinges and...

10-07-2020 12:37 AM

Floating Mullion Question - 5 replies

How much clearance should I leave between the top and bottom of a floating mullion and the maple face frame of a cabinet? I’ve never built a floating mullion before and don’t currently have a cabinet that includes one to check as a reference. Thank you in advance. Gary

08-02-2020 01:19 PM

New to Me Hand Plane Resource: A Plane life - 1 reply

I came across the website (1) and Facebook page (2) of A Plane Life written by Mark Webster in a post on Time Tested Tools (3) in my news feed this morning. I’ve not explored the site in great detail yet, but there looks to be much information of interest to those who like hand planes. The blog post (3) was a summary of the method this g...

01-19-2020 08:50 PM

Changing Planer Blades - 4 replies

If you’re changing the blades on your thickness planer and one of the blade holder screws happens to drop past the exposed blade through the planer, it seems to me like it would be a good idea NOT to lunge after it with your hand to try and grab the falling screw. And, in a COMPLETELY UNRELATED topic, it seems to me like a good idea to ...

11-29-2019 05:34 AM

Best Wood for an Outdoor Door Frame - 15 replies

Part of the bottom of the frame around the pre-hung door to my detached garage / wood shop broke off the other day from the wood rotting through. It was scheduled to rain heavily that afternoon so I built replacement parts out of hard maple I had on hand. I’m fairly certain that’s not the right material for the job as it was all ki...

07-17-2019 04:44 AM

It Turns Out... - 10 replies

That dust collectors work a lot better when you ACTUALLY TURN THEM ON. Sheesh, I’m an idiot sometimes. My jointer started chucking shavings at me this evening after I face and edge jointed several small boards. That’s when I discovered I had neglected to turn my dust collector on. It only took about five minutes to clean the join...

04-25-2019 06:13 AM

End Grain Door Frame Joinery - 6 replies

I am building a set of exterior storm doors that consist of a rail and stile frame with a curved top piece. One of the stiles needs to connect to the curved piece. See the attached image below. The joint in question is circled. It will be end grain on the stile and coming into the side of the curved piece at an angle to the grain. I plan ...

02-24-2019 09:33 PM

11% Rebate at Lowes through March 2 - 13 replies

I was at Lowes today and learned they are running their occasional 11% rebate, today through March 2. https://www.lowes.com/pdf/11percent.pdf?int_cmp=Home:A:NoDivision:Rebate:FW1_11_Rebate

06-19-2018 03:06 AM

Belt/Disc Sander Motor Question - 21 replies

I found a JET JSG-6DC combination belt/disc sander on Craigslist. It includes a 1.5 HP motor that is wired for 110 VAC power and requires a 30-amp circuit to run. The person selling it doesn’t have a suitable circuit in his house, so I am unable to test the sander. He says that he bought it at auction from his father’s workplace w...


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