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07-02-2022 08:37 PM

Machining complements woodworking - 4 replies

I have a complete woodworking shop. I also have a small metal working shop. Usually, people do either one or the other, but rarely both. I have found that metalworking has been a two-fold blessing. First, metalworking requires you to work accurately to thousands of an inch. That alone improves your woodworking accuracy. Secondly, there are tools...

07-01-2022 09:41 PM

Down sizing tools - 12 replies

Most woodworkers start small and upsize as their skill level improves or finances warrant it. I’m in the minority. I have a shop full of large power tools that have served me well over the years. Now at 87, I tend to do much smaller projects, so my large tools are getting to be too large to use. I have done my share of furniture making and...

04-29-2022 03:57 AM

Preventing rust - 22 replies

Some of my tools, especially precision tools like Starrett rules and squares have gotten some rust and corrosion from sweaty hands. What is a good way to keep them rust free without using oil that can get onto projects?

04-01-2022 04:25 AM

Milling thin wood on a saw - 13 replies

I build models and use very small and thin pieces of wood. I have a Jet 10” cabinet saw that works just fine. My question is: what is the thinnest you can safely cut wood with a circular saw? I work with wood that is 1/16” thick and even as thin as 1/32” thick. Wood dealers can supply wood that thick (thin) so how do they cut w...

02-06-2022 09:19 PM

Power tool safety - 39 replies

I’m sure this post will generate some negative responses. We have to take driver education courses to obtain a driver’s license. We take firearms safety courses for the same reason. Why then do we not have power tool safety courses before operating power tools? With all the injuries sustained by the improper use of a power tool, a sa...

02-02-2022 09:22 PM

New vs used tools - 18 replies

After 70+ years of working with wood and metal, I now have a lifetime’s worth of tools in my arsenal. When I started out, I bought new tools. Back then, most tools were made in the U.S of A and were of high quality. As the years passed, tool quality, both hand and power have declined in the U.S. with a few exceptions. Those exceptions also...

01-30-2022 07:11 PM

Milling thin wood - 27 replies

Not sure if this is the right forum to post this in, but here goes. I would like to cut some lumber into very thin strips, about 1/32” thick. What tool would be best to accomplish this? Table saw, surface planer, drum sander. I don’t have a drum sander. I was thinking of using the table saw and adjusting the fence so the thin piece I...

12-24-2021 07:20 PM

Merry Christmas - 3 replies

Despite the corona virus that has changed the way we interact with others, now going into the second year, I hope everyone will have a Merry Christmas and stay healthy. This virus gives us all an opportunity to spend more time in our shops, thus permitting less exposure to the virus. This can help to defeat the virus.

12-06-2021 07:45 PM

They don't make then like they used to - 46 replies

I can remember back 50+ years when a power tool, like a portable electric saw or drill would perform day in and day out without a whimper. That was when B&D and Skil tools were at their height. At some point, quality issues plagued those manufacturers. Today, if you want a tool that will do a good job, you have to pay big bucks. Sure you can...

12-05-2021 01:21 AM

Can you get a clean cut using a mid price saw and blade? - 17 replies

You need a “precision” ground blade to produce a “precision” cut free of swirl marks and tear outs. If you look at the metalworking area of cutting tools, you will find that metal cutting blades and bits are precision ground and will produce a precision finish. Wood cutting saw blades usually do not have that “precision” grind, at least not at t...

11-30-2021 10:25 PM

Craftsmanship, yesterday and today - 4 replies

I thought about choosing “woodworking skill share” as the place to post this but thought not because there are people with various levels of skill and this may not apply to them. I am addressing the “craftsman” or wannabe craftsman who makes his living from woodworking and strives for perfection or near perfection. I diff...

10-31-2021 01:09 AM

Movie title: The Man in the High Castle - 34 replies

I know this may not be the right place for this thread, but I just had to bring it up. This is a made for tv movie and I watched the first episode last night. I will not be watching any more of it because to tell the truth, it scared the s—t out of me. The story is the end of the world war II and the American public was told they had lost ...

10-16-2021 04:29 AM

Workbench sale - 1 reply

Have you seen the ad for the “Herdsman” 72” 18 drawer mobile workbench selling for $49.87, two for $97.99? This has got to be a scam, right!

10-11-2021 11:09 PM

Safe practices of professionals - 92 replies

Having read most of the posts regarding tool safety, especially table saw safety, It appears that I hear do’s and don’ts from the amateur woodworker, but not (to my knowledge) from professional woodworkers. I’ve seen professionals ignore the same safety precautions they dictate to the non-professionals. Is there something IR...

10-11-2021 10:50 PM

Covid 19 - 21 replies

I’m sure COVID19 has had an impact on every aspect of our lives from our relationships, our shopping, our work, even our hobbies. All the ships standing off the west coast has been due to lack of ship unloading personnel and truck drivers. Going through a food drive through now takes 5-10X longer due to worker shortage. Lack of delivery to super...

10-10-2021 06:24 PM

Are consumer tools getting better or worse - 14 replies

Go to Blogs page.

09-21-2021 05:23 AM

Drill bit for plywood - 23 replies

I need to drill 5/16 dia holes through 1/2” plywood. I need to drill the holes from the top only. I’ve tried regular twist drill bits, forstner bits, brad point bits and spade bits, but they all leave a jagged tear out at the exit of the hole. I need to route electric wires through the holes. This is for a model railroad platform. Fi...

09-18-2021 04:44 AM

Drilling holes in plywood - 33 replies

I am building a model railroad and need to drill holes through the plywood top for wires. I’ve tried straight twist bits, forstener bits, spade bits and brad point bits, but they all leave tear out on the exit side of the plywood. This interferes with wires and plugs being fed through the hole. Anyone know a bit that leaves a clean hole?I ...

09-03-2021 05:46 PM

Benchtop vs Floor Drill Press - 22 replies

I have owned my floor drill press for over 40 years and have utilized it’s floor to chuck distance maybe 2 or 3 times. When I read questions about whether to get a floor mounted or bench mounted drill press, I can see that the reason for a floor DP is to save bench space. A bench DP on it’s own bench will serve the space issue. I don...

08-28-2021 09:45 PM

God bless the wife - 2 replies

I’m sure many, including myself take our wives for granted. We depend on them to keep an orderly household, do the cooking, washing, running errands, doing the shopping and many other things. This frees up time for us husbands to pursue our own interests, like hunting, fishing, working on hobbies, etc. As such, we take for granted what our...

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