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04-28-2019 09:22 PM

New Woodworker II blade - oh, the difference - 1 reply

I bought a 10” Woodworker II 40 tooth blade maybe 10ish years ago. Thought about getting it sharpened, but never got around to it. It still cut very well, or so I thought. But I bought a new one and installed it and made my first cuts today. Holy Cow! It went through 2×12 pine and Oak like a hot life through butter. The difference between t...

03-31-2019 11:48 PM

Random Orbit Sander - need better dust control - 58 replies

For years I’ve been using Ridgid 5” ROS and finally wore out 3 of them. Bought some new Ridgids and the dust control, which wasn’t great on the old ones, is worse on the new ones. I can hook them up to a shop vac, and dust control is good, but handling is awkward. So, other than Festool, what are you guys happy with? I had a Bosch a few years...

08-09-2018 03:23 AM

Dewalt 735 - good gear - 13 replies

I just finished a nice freestanding two door cabinet for a younger sister. It’s a copy of one our grandparents had in a bathroom – towels, soap, shaving gear, etc. it’s a good sized cabinet, and I made it in Hard Maple, which I got in the rough. I milled a lot of Hard Maple, and that Dewalt never faltered. Blades didn’t notch either. Not t...

01-20-2018 01:25 AM

Need better paint - 4 replies

Now, before you folks go off on me for using paint on wood, let me ‘splain’. One of the things I enjoy doing is making sturdy wooden stools for little kids (and short women). The colors I generally use are a bright red, hunter green, royal blue, and maroon, and occasionally pink. The pink is a water base I have blended up. The others have always...

11-05-2017 01:37 AM

Which one of you guys messed with my 3/4 chisel? - 16 replies

I went to use one of my chisels, a Veritas PM-V11 3/4 inch, and the edge was totally messed up. Not just dull. Couldn’t have been my wife, and I wouldn’t have put it away in that shape. So, it had to be one of you guys. I’ve got the edge back like it should be. And since it probably wasn’t really you guys, it had to be me. odd.

08-21-2017 11:24 PM

Coffee table finish - 6 replies

I’m working up some shelves/coffee table parts for a friend for his college freshman daughter. It’s cherry plywood that I’ve cut to shape and trimmed the edges with solid cherry. Looking nice so far. I’m not building the table, or whatever it ’s all for. I’m just going to give the guy all the various board siz...

05-19-2017 07:37 PM

Rustoleum paint quality - 4 replies

For the last 40ish years, I’ve been making wooden stools for little kids (and short adults), and I usually use oil based Rustoleum paints and a good brush. Something about the paint has changed. It doesn’t cover as well, and it seems to sag too easily. My wife has noticed the same thing, so if I’m crazy, then we both are crazy....

03-05-2017 09:06 PM

Osage Orange available - 0 replies

Today was the day to repair fencing. I had several sections of barbed wire fence down due to trees falling on them. So, off I went with the big chainsaw and the repair gear, in the rain. The trees were, in all cases but one, old and rotten, but one of them was a big Osage Orange, main trunk diameter was about 12 inches. I’m in central Texa...

03-01-2017 12:50 AM

Sawblade sharpening - 7 replies

Have any of you fellows sent a Forrest sawblade back to them for sharpening? What was the turnaround time? Cost?

01-26-2017 01:27 AM

PM-V11 chisel steel - it is that good - 7 replies

After a full day of chopping dovetails and sharpening chisels, I am now convinced that the Veritas PM-V11 chisels hold an edge well past what my LN chisels can manage. And I was critical of the Pfiel steel, but I think the problem was more a poor sharpening job by me.

01-23-2017 08:36 PM

Dovetails and chisels - today - 7 replies

I’ve had some LN chisels for a few years. Since then I picked up a couple of PM-V11 chisels and a couple of Pfiel. And today was dovetail day – hand cut only. All chisels had a fresh and equally sharp edge. The Pfiel edge didn’t hold up that well, but I resharpened and will try it again tomorrow. The PM-V11 edge didn’t se...

01-09-2017 04:40 PM

Recommend Best scrollsaw - 3 replies

I have an old Ryobi scrollsaw, and it has done an ok job on what I needed it for. I’m planning to upgrade to something better, in the Dewalt/Delta cost range. What do you suggest, and why? Thanks, Kirk

12-06-2016 08:24 PM

Paint brushes - 2 replies

This morning I was reminded how much difference a good brush makes. I was struggling along with a cheap one, when the wife said “for Heaven’s sake, you have good brushes, so use them”. So I did. Wow! What a difference – in any way you could measure it. I’ve been using a lot of throw away brushes because I hate cl...

11-28-2016 08:58 PM

Disc sander - sandpaper replacement and glue removal - 13 replies

Just tore up my sandpaper disk on the 10 inch disc sander. It’s tough getting all the old glue off. What do you guys find works best? I’ve done the replacement before, but I didn’t get all the glue off. I have denatured OH and Mineral spirits.

11-27-2016 12:46 AM

Dead Rigid ROS - warranty? - 5 replies

One of my Rigid R2600 RO sanders just died ugly. I got years out of it, so no big complaints on my part. But, there’s supposed to be a lifetime service warranty on it. Any of ya’ll ever dealt with Rigid on that service warranty? Is it worth my even calling them?

10-05-2016 02:57 PM

Blotch reduction - 7 replies

I’m putting the final coats of Waterlox on that blanket chest/toy box that I made from Hard Maple. I stained that white blotch-prone wood a dark walnut with red undertones. Prior to using the water based dyes on the final product, I ran tests on a dozen or more chunks of scrap wood, with this type dye or that type surface stain, water and ...

09-14-2016 01:10 AM

Accidental scraper - 2 replies

I have a good supply of dedicated scrapers, but when I need to remove dried glue from glued up panels, I have a black plastic handled paint scraper that I normally use. If you don’t have one, I’m sure you seen them in the paint aisle at Lowes or HD, the scraper has a replaceable 4 edge cutter head. You use them till dull and then rem...

09-08-2016 09:35 PM

Dewalt 735 planer blades - 7 replies

I’m very fond of the Dewalt planer, but like a lot of Internet woodworking folk, I wish that the useful life of the blades could be better. They seem to nick too easy and too often. What I read about replacement blades suggests that Infinity makes replacement blades that hold up better. Do any of you have the Infinity blades? If so, are th...

08-23-2016 12:47 AM

LN 212 scraper plane - 2 replies

I needed a scraper today for some tangled grain in Hard Maple. My hand scrapers needed work and I remembered my little LN 212 scraper, so I used it. Worked great. I had almost forgotten I had it.

08-20-2016 04:36 PM

Dovetail glue-up - 9 replies

I’m making a nice toy box/blanket chest for my favorite niece. All corners of the box will be dovetailed. I’m using the PC 4212 Dovetail jig template as you would a Keller type dovetail jig. It works great and cuts the tightest fitting perfect dovetails I’ve ever produced – by hand or by jig. But…they are milled so ...

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