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10-11-2019 12:16 AM

C-Clamps or F Clamps for face laminating Cauls - 23 replies

I need a sanity check. I’m making some nice oak cauls to last a while and got the oak from the BORG (long story—hardwood dealer is far away in Chicago and din’t want to make the drive in traffic for a small thing). 2x being even more pricey at the BORG, I opted to laminate it to size. I started by throwing down some 24 in...

08-17-2019 05:56 PM

Douglas Fir Table Splay angle - 3 replies

I’ve got less than a year left on a rental before my girlfriend and I buy, so I’m building a dining room table out of D Fir—both for the practice and for the lesser expense (and since I’ll be designing for a new space in a year when I can build it bigger, more permanent and out of a better wood. I designed the ...

07-30-2019 04:03 PM

Investing in new dust collector/air filtration - 21 replies

Hi All: I’m in an insulated and enclosed 2 car garage (about 400 sq feet) with little air flow (for the insulation). I have a Shopfox 1HP DC that claims its 800CFM. I try my best to wear my respirator (I really do!) while cutting or sanding (I tend not to wear it with the chips of a planer/jointer with DC on, though maybe should chan...

03-26-2019 01:20 AM

Table Saw Blade comes loose after using Incra Miter Express for a While - 12 replies

I’ve had this happen twice now. Both after prolonged 30 minute sessions. It wobbles a bit out of round, then the brake doesn’t engage, and it takes a while to slow down. It doesn’t visibly wobble UNTIL AFTER it starts powering down. Upon inspection the nut has come loose off the flange. I have a thin kerf 80T cutoff blade on...

02-05-2019 07:46 PM

How would you join this using pocket screws - 15 replies

I’m putting together a carcass for a cart, using milled 2×4s. Then I plan to just skin it with some brad-nailed on hardboard and call it a day. I wanted to make the frames and stringers using pocket-screws. I’m no stranger to some of the shifting that can happen with face frames, but what about doing these stringers, perpendicul...

01-24-2019 11:52 PM

Getting Robbed - 25 replies

Well. It happened. My shop was burglarized. Luckily, the thieves only made off with hand power tools and my Dewalt planer (read: things that can, in the same token, be replaced). I have some tips on securing your doors and windows if you want them (cameras are affordable and darn are they smart these days) but even the best laid plans to prevent...

01-10-2019 11:40 PM

DW735 Byrd Shelix Head introduces snipe. - 17 replies

Hi All: This has been rehashed on the non-OEM models, here and elsewhere, but I haven’t found a serviceable solution for an OEM cutterhead, so I again pose the question. I installed a Byrd OEM DW735 cutterhead on my planer and it has introduced both trailing and leading snipe about 3 inches (or, what I estimate the difference between...

11-27-2018 08:32 PM

Simple Question: Table Saw Stand - 4 replies

Hopefully this is a simple question, nay clarification. I’m apparently going through a dense period where I can’t think for myself. This comes from another thread: http://lumberjocks.com/Brad_Nailor/blog/11845 I have 4 different mobile base models but in a small, tight shop, the parallel parking of 2 fixed, 2 swivel casters is ...

10-07-2018 03:58 AM

Plywood for Mobile Base - 5 replies

Quick and, hopefully, painless question: For a 180 lb drill press—and just in general—is there an advantage to using a 3/4 hardwood plywood or a standard ACX sanded 3/4 piece of ply on the mobile base (it’s nested into a portamate)? For most shop cabinetry—is there similarly a real advantage for most use cases? I’...

09-26-2018 12:17 AM

Drill Press Swamp Search - 14 replies

Unlike the sexier—and more important to daily shop life in most cases—Drill Press shopping seems to be a meh just get one swamp and I’ve found nothing to hang my hat on it any thread. Has anything changed since the last of these? Uses: I’ve matured a bit as a woodworker and want to add a DP as a secondary performer. sm...

07-01-2018 10:07 PM

Worksharp rattling? Arbor runout? - 11 replies

Hi All: Worksharp is a popular sharpening tool. I primarily use stones, but wanted something that could flatgrind plane irons quicker than granite/AO paper manually. Anyway, unboxed the WS and I am hearing some slight rattling and appear to see some run-out. To what extent is this normal? I’ll take a video and post it. I’ll ...

06-02-2018 01:09 AM

Help. I have a bevel up jointer, smoother, and Jack but want to try BD - 16 replies

I started, like so many, on a powered path. But when I realized the way planes can augment machines, I began to transition to the cave. Soon I was chopping mortises instead of using the universal plunge guide jig I built. I was handsawing tenon’s and other joinery, trimming shoulders. Etc. I had evolved. The question: I have a low angle...

05-01-2018 04:19 PM

Jointing Laminated 2x Benchtop before or after glue up. - 7 replies

I’m building one of the many 2x SYP bench tops out there in the world and want to limit the amount of jointing I have to do after gluing up sections and the final consolidated top. I’ve seen a lot of examples of folks skip planing the pine, spring joining (essentially), and just laminating them without face (the part that’s ...

04-17-2018 07:26 PM

1 1/2 chisel for cheeks: japanese or western - 8 replies

I want to try my hand at paring tenon cheeks. I have a router plane I use sometimes, and a face float for refining but I feel like I can do it all by hand with a chisel easier—just pop and pare to the gauge to start. I feel it’d be faster and less hassle than grabbing the router plane. I also figure I’ll use it for larger morti...

03-11-2018 10:09 PM

If you're looking for SYP in Chicago, or N. Illinois (or S. Wisconsin, from what I can tell) - 4 replies

...then you’ve probably seen the older topics, all with suggestions on where to look for it. No one has written on it in a while so I thought I’d refresh and bring the knowledge base up to current. As of 2018, there are no big boxes, 84 Lumbers, local lumberyards, Owl Hardwoods, etc. that stock untreated SYP in Chicagoland. I had ...

02-17-2018 11:03 PM

Losing my mind. Handplaning: Problems Face Jointing a 2x4 - 6 replies

I’m practicing with a No. 62 LN BU Jack and 7 1/2 BU LN Jointer on truing some 2×4s before building a saw bench (in turn prep for a SYP bench). After taking down the high spots for any cup, twist, or bow with the jack and getting it reasonably ready, I’m having problems running the BU jointer with the grain in overlapping str...

12-07-2017 11:59 PM

A Case of the Scratches - 12 replies

Hi All: I have a clinical case of the scratches on my table saw top. As a newbie with OCD and that new-tool romanticism, I’ve fallen in the pitfall in freaking out over its my tool’s first battle wounds (a small staple holding a UPC code on the side of a panel of MDF that I didn’t notice). I’ve read enough from Lumberj...

08-05-2017 03:21 PM

36" Veritas or 50" AL Veritas Straigtedge - the Anal Woodworker - 11 replies

Hi All: Long time lurker, first time contributor. I’ve found LJ to be a wonderful resource as I’ve begun the woodworking journey. As my handle indicates, I’m relatively new to woodworking. I just recently moved into a single family home in Chicago with a 400 sq ft garage—quite the luxury in some parts—and mad...


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