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01-10-2020 08:16 AM

Older Hegner Multimax - upgrade? - 8 replies

I’m curious to hear from anyone who does fretwork on an older Hegner that doesn’t have the quick tension release or quick-clamp. I recently picked up a 1991 Multimax 18 thinking it would be an upgrade to my Delta (40-601), but now I question that logic. Do you get used to the longish blade installation sequence and fiddly clamp arr...

12-27-2018 10:22 PM

Bowl direction for rootballs? - 19 replies

Anyone here who can give a little guidance for turning a rootball and suggest the best orientation to use? My FIL had a medium sized Red Cedar come down in his yard a few months ago, and said if I’d cut it up for disposal, I could have all I wanted. I wound up with some really nice pieces to turn, and also grabbed the rootball which was ...

05-28-2018 05:52 AM

Vega Pro Lathe Duplicator parts and info - 11 replies

Can anyone tell me what size and TPI the locking knob is for the depth rod (or whatever it’s called)? It’s the one that goes where the arrow is pointing in the photo below: Also, the duplicator I got can only use templates, as there is no way that I can see to mount a finished spindle for the stylus to follow – so IR...

06-15-2017 10:49 PM

Outside the box scroll saw projects - 18 replies

I love my scroll saw, and use it for all sorts of stuff. My primary passion is doing portraits, as they never cease to amaze me. I continue to be impressed at what can be done with just a simple piece of ply – and the hardest part (at least for me) is making the pattern so they appear semi-photorealistic, like this guy: But I alwa...

06-02-2017 04:14 AM

No-chuck lidded box - 11 replies

I’ve had a few people ask me about using threaded glue blocks for turning stuff like lidded boxes, so thought I’d show one method of doing it. Here is a basic 5 step tutorial showing how I made a couple from some spalted oak. Obviously, the first thing you need to do is make up a threaded glue block (as described in the woodturni...

03-23-2017 04:58 AM

Woodturning On The Cheap - Tips and Tricks - 36 replies

How many times have you all heard that the lathe is just the beginning in terms of costs associated with woodturning? Statements like this one from a recent thread: ”I recently picked up a [insert lathe model here]. As is well known that was the cheap part.” It’s repeated so often, that it is not even questioned by most, and...

10-24-2016 10:09 PM

Are any of these 10" blades any good? - 14 replies

I got a bonus with todays CL find that I wasn’t expecting. Along with a bunch of other stuff, these blades were included: 2 Oldham Plywood blades (slightly used but in great condition) one is marked #100-C-P Oldham 44 tooth combo blade (steel) #100-C-C.T. – new Craftsman 20 tooth carbide #720-32531 – new Craftsman K...

02-29-2016 07:28 PM

Powermatic 45 inquiry - 34 replies

Ok, this might be a trick question, but was wondering if anyone has experience with one of these lathes and an opinion on speed control… This is what I’m looking at: It’s a completely restored 1987 gap bed variable speed PM45 in perfect condition. While I love my little Delta, the lowest speed it can turn at is around ...

12-22-2015 03:40 PM

Happy Winter Solstice - 3 replies

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy winter solstice, which occurs today, December 22, 2015 @ 04:49 UTCMay everyone have a great holiday season and a wonderful new year. Cheers,Brad

03-20-2015 07:30 AM

Homemade welded mobile base - anyone? - 25 replies

I was wondering if anyone has welded up their own mobile base for a table saw, or really any heavy machine in your shop. I’ve got a ton of old bed frames out in the shed and would like to put some of them to good use! Would love to see what others have come up with so I can get some ideas on a design. Cheers,Brad

11-22-2014 08:08 AM

My Makita 2030 planer/jointer exploded! - 75 replies

But in a good way :) Cheers,Brad

11-12-2014 08:14 PM

Material for scroll saw portraits - 16 replies

I’ve read all over the place that the preferred wood for portrait work is 1/8” baltic birch. Problem is, that stuff seems pretty darn hard to find locally (1/4” is about as thin as I can find). I’ve done a couple of pieces using lauan found at the big box store, and they have turned out really well, so I’m wonderi...

07-03-2014 07:28 PM

Makita 2030 bellows alternative?!? - 12 replies

Makita says they are discontinued and no longer available.. the usual aftermarket parts suppliers (ereplacementparts, toolpartsdirect, mmtoolparts, etc..) can’t get them either and don’t have any in stock according to all the responses I’ve received from them. When they were available, they ware like a $5 part. So now IR...

06-23-2014 07:19 PM

Foot switch - Momentary or push on/push off? - 23 replies

I am looking at getting a foot switch for my SS, but am not sure what type would be best.. either the momentay type or the push on/push off version. Was wondering what preference others have and why? Cheers,Brad

06-21-2014 09:12 PM

Delta 40-601 SS rehab help - 129 replies

A couple of weekends ago at a yard sale, I ran across a Delta 40-601 18” scroll saw that I couldn’t resist taking home with me. It worked, but it couldn’t keep a constant speed and varied from dead slow to super fast. The PO told me that it had a bad speed sensor and had already yanked it out (it was sitting on top of the mac...

07-03-2012 02:11 AM

Is this LJ site advertisement woodworking related?!?!? - 28 replies

For a while now, one of the random ads that appear on this site seems a little out of place.. I understand the wood working related ones like the big Laguna one up top, or the various suppliers of woodworking accessories and such. But this one.. well.. now that I think about it, it might just have something to do with “wood” after ...

06-20-2012 08:18 AM

Wanted - Makita 2030 tensioner (or donor machine!) - 1 reply

Hello everyone! I’m in the process of restoring a Makita 2030 planer/jointer and there are some parts that I just can’t find.. the tensioner arm is my primary focus (Makita part number 163112-1) at the moment. Looking for this part or a donor machine that I can scavenge parts from. I’m in North Central Florida and am willin...

06-01-2012 05:45 PM

Sourcing obsolete Makita parts - 18 replies

Hoping someone here can help me out! I’m Looking for pointers to locate an obsolete part for the Makita 2030 planer I’m restoring.. specifically the chain tensioner which somehow went missing and was gone when I bought the machine. eReplacementParts had them listed as available, so I placed an order with them only to find out 3 wee...

05-20-2012 11:23 PM

Makita 2030 planer jointer help - 30 replies

I have a Makita 2030 planer/jointer that I’m going to do a full restoration on. I would typically seek assistance over at OWWM, but even the mention of an asian machine over there will get you tarred and feathered :) I’m hoping that I can get some guidance from some of the members here who have already gone down this road. In retu...

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