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10-11-2018 11:03 PM

Hitachi P12RA jointer blades in bad shape - 4 replies

So about a year ago I found an old Hitachi P12RA jointer/planer combo at my local ReStore for probably more than it was worth, but I bought it anyway. I knew absolutely nothing about it, I wasn’t looking for one, it just was there and it begged me to bring it home. And being a sucker, I did. And honestly, for a couple of newbies who kno...

02-08-2018 09:10 PM

Stain over sanding sealer? - 18 replies

This is probably a very stupid question, and I’m afraid the answer is going to be no, but I have to ask anyway. Can I apply stain over the sanding sealer? I had decided originally that I kind of liked the natural color of the knotty alder we are using for an entertainment “shelving unit” thing. So I sanded it down, and then ...

01-18-2018 02:12 PM

Kreg plugs that best match knotty alder? - 14 replies

I’m making a project using knotty alder plywood+knotty alder 1×2s, and am planning to use kreg screws to join them together along with some glue. Problem is, I’d never heard of knotty alder before this project, and while it’s beautiful, I don’t see any specific plugs to use with it. Is there a “close enoughR...

01-11-2018 10:57 PM

Actuated dust extractors that will run my miter saw? - 3 replies

I’m looking into some sort of dust collection for the garage, but I keep running into issues—generally involving the power required to run certain tools. Here are my “must haves”.1. Compact—I have a two car garage, and it still needs to function as a garage once in a while.2. Inexpensive. I’m sure that $700...

12-19-2017 02:09 AM

Suggestions for using reclaimed cedar siding? - 2 replies

It came down pretty well, and I’m trying to figure out if there is something I can use it for. It never had anything on it (no old paint or sealant), so it’s ready for whatever. Is there anything in particular it would be good for? Each board is about 7’ long 1×12. I’d have to trim off the part that was nailed thr...

09-29-2017 09:54 PM

Table saw fence on a shoestring budget? - 12 replies

I have a Craftsman 113 model table saw. We burned the motor up on it a while back, but HF to the rescue with a new (and slightly bigger!) motor and one of those link belts and it runs like an absolute champ now. But…the cheap metal clamp end on the fence broke (it was broken before, but someone screwed it together) and it held for a while,...

08-29-2017 07:55 PM

What saw blades do I need?! - 5 replies

I did it…I spent an ungodly sum of money (for us, anyhow) on a Bosch 10” Glide miter saw. Our fixer upper needs LOTS of fixing up, and our little Craftsman sliding miter saw just wasn’t up to the job. Anyway, I used the blade that came with the Bosch to finish up the last few pieces of window trim, and didn’t like how it ...

03-14-2017 05:23 PM

Craftsman 113.12171 motor burned up, save it or replace it? - 34 replies

We inherited a fair number of tools from my husband’s aunt that had been sitting for years and years. One of them was a Craftsman 113.12171 contractor table saw. I’ve been told that belt driven saws are the best you can get, so we were hesitantly excited to bring this one home. We thought we checked it over carefully before we fired ...

06-11-2016 01:21 PM

Reddish color brad nails, where to buy? - 2 replies

A couple of years ago, we got an off-brand set of nail guns for Christmas from my father in law. It included a few different types of nails for the 3 guns, among which was a set of 1-3/8” brads with a reddish brown paint on the heads. I’ve since bought brown ones from Bostitch, and these are most definitely not the same color. The re...

05-26-2016 08:12 PM

Drawer won't close properly, what am I doing wrong? - 14 replies

We built a desk, and it has 5 drawers that seem to work perfectly, and 1 that won’t close unless you pick up slightly on the left side of the drawer above it. I tried to show a picture of the drawers all closed, and one where you can see how the middle one catches on the top one on the left side. Hopefully helpful details:The dr...


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