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02-17-2019 05:48 PM

Mortising machine - 8 replies

I have a HF mortising machine that I bought several years ago and haven’t used much. I put it to work yesterday cutting 1/2” mortises in common pine for legs for a tool stand I’m building. Before cutting, I sharpened the bit and chisel with a diamond hone. They were both sharp. The mortises went well, but they were pretty ragge...

02-15-2019 08:14 PM

Which joint is stronger? - 22 replies

This is a simple M&T joint that is glued. I’m guessing that they are equal in strength. This joint would be typical for a stretcher between two legs.

02-15-2019 02:06 AM

Cheap Chinese tools - 12 replies

I was browsing over on Alababa for woodworking tools and came across a question that was asked by a potential customer. The question goes as follows: ” If I want cheaper quality, can you produce? A5.Yes, just send us your quality details, such as the material, what cheaper parts instead etc, we will do that as your request and calculate...

02-03-2019 08:56 PM

Company pricing - 6 replies

This is not about woodworking, but closely related as far as pricing is concerned. I saw an ad on TV by “copper chef” that offers their line of copper ware for $8.00. Sounded too good to be true, so I checked it out on line. The deal is you can buy a 6th copper ware item for $8.00, AFTER you but 5 items at their regular price ($19.95...

01-29-2019 10:51 PM

Cutting thin plywood - 45 replies

As a model train maker, I use a lot of aircraft plywood for the bodies. The plywood I use is 3 ply, 1/16” thick. Cutting it to size is no problem as I can cut it with a saw. Cutting window and door openings is a problem. I layout the openings accurately with a thin lead and cut the outline. Openings are around 1”x 1” up to arou...

01-27-2019 07:31 PM

Atlas machines - 9 replies

On this forum and others, I never hear of anyone with Atlas machines. They were a big manufacturer of high quality wood and metal working machines back in the 50’s and 60’s. Just out of curiosity, I wonder if any readers own or have owned Atlas machines? I don’t even see any for sale on CI or Ebay. I do know Atlas made metal la...

01-13-2019 04:30 PM

Lunchbox planer and plywood - 10 replies

I had two pieces of 1/2” plywood, approximately 6”x 9” that needed to be 0.359” thick. The only way I could accomplish that was to run them through my planer. I was apprehensive about it due to the adhesive in the plywood may damage the knives. The first piece went through without any issue. I still have to run the second...

12-26-2018 03:56 PM

New vs used tools - 26 replies

Anyone who has read some of my posts and replies, will know that I am an advocate for good used machines. I have bought new machines, but prefer to find a good used machine, especially one made here in the USA. There are those who prefer things brand spanking new, but may be sacrificing quality for “features”. Of course that is their...

12-15-2018 06:09 PM

Lessons learned - 8 replies

Having worked in the shipbuilding industry all my life, a topic that always came up after the completion of a ship was “lessons learned”. I’m sure this has come up in the military and other industries also. The purpose of lessons learned is to keep from making the same mistake on the next project. Lessons learned is a particula...

11-30-2018 06:23 PM

Spam - 4 replies

I love spam; not the type that you find on the internet, but the type that comes in a can. In the past, I have been bombarded by spam, with as many as 30 per day, every day. In just the past couple of days, my spam has dropped to maybe 3 per day. Not that I’m complaining, but something has happened that I can’t explain. Even the cont...

10-29-2018 02:34 PM

I'm looking for a material - 20 replies

Although this question is not about wood, I thought if anyone had an answer, it would be here. I’m looking for a plastic material with the following parameters: A plastic sheet/plate, 3/8” thick, black in color, hard , but easy to machine.

10-26-2018 04:20 PM

Today vs Yesteryear - 39 replies

Us old timers (I’m one of them) usually complain about the lack of talent among our youth and how traditional values have been lost; that all they want to do is play video games and talk on their cell phones. After being on this web site for many years, I can definitely say talent is not dead, but alive and well. I see projects on this sit...

10-12-2018 10:10 PM

Plywood; now and then - 20 replies

Plywood used to be manufactured to even fractional sizes, such as 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” etc. At some point, the face and back veneers got thinner and thinner making the present plywoods a 1/32” less making it 23/32” instead of 3/4”. The same went for all other sizes. Why didn’t they adjust the core veneers th...

10-06-2018 02:11 PM

How to use a marking gauge? - 27 replies

Can you educate me on how to use a marking gauge correctly There are MK’s with a nail like pin for scribing and one that has an exacto type blade. The problem I have is; when scribing with the grain, the scriber tends to follow the grain giving me a less than straight scribe. The same with cross grain; the scriber doesn’t want to sc...

10-01-2018 08:16 PM

Beware of Microsoft Scam - 4 replies

I received a phone call informing me I had a refund coming to me. I went along for a few minutes until I realized it was all a scam. The person on the phone (Indian accent naturally) told me I had $299 owed me due to an overcharge by Microsoft for security software that was tacked on to my MS account. I believe Microsoft does not contact people ...

09-29-2018 06:36 PM

Cabin Fever - 7 replies

No, I’m not talking about being confined to the cabin during Winter snow storms. I’m talking about being confined to my house because I can’t go to my shop. I can’t go to my shop because I am having back problems that affects my ability to walk safely. I have to use a cane and a walker to get around in the house. That is ...

09-29-2018 05:57 PM

The Worldwide Web - 35 replies

I just want to express my feelings about the world wide web. Although there is a lot that is wrong about the web, there is a lot more that is good. The web allows me to communicate with people anywhere in the world and speak about common interests, like woodworking, along with anything else of mutual interest.

09-29-2018 05:32 PM

Buying On Line - 70 replies

I have heard many complaints from people who buy on-line and were not happy with the outcome. This isn’t limited to major purchases such as machinery, but also to everyday things, like those “as seen on TV” items. I have been following all such complaints, mostly out of curiosity, but also so I personally don’t fall victi...

09-05-2018 12:54 AM

Sawhorse - 1 reply

Here is a saw horse design I plagiarized from Sunset magazine many years ago. I have made many of these in different sizes and heights. They are a bit more involved to build due to the canted legs and bevels involved. I wanted them to be strong, but light weight and that they are. The wide top is useful for setting a miter saw upon. I have stack...

09-02-2018 09:35 PM

Parts for the Biesemeyer fence - 2 replies

I looked on this site, https://www.toolpartsdirect.com/delta-1350492s-set-screw.html and was shocked. How can they charge $226 for a set screw that can be picked up at any big box store for pennies. I have to believe they made a typo on their pricing, but based on the prices for other fence parts, I’m not so sure. Most parts can be made by...

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