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03-13-2014 12:06 AM

Pocket Holes - What am I doing wrong? - 25 replies

I do not use pocket hole joinery very often. Most of the experience I have is using it in plywood box construction. I’m re-doing a kitchen for a condo. I thought that I’d give it a try on the face frames to save some time. I can’t seem to get any of the butt joints to come together in the same plane. I’ve tried various...

12-12-2013 07:26 PM

1 2 3 Blocks for woodworking - 13 replies

I was given a pair of 1 2 3 blocks from a machinist who recently completed an apprentice program where I work. He mentioned that the blocks were created to demonstrate his ability to properly machine hardened steel. They are very nicely made. I’ve checked them both with my most accurate square and rules, and they seem to be dead-on. Whe...

11-14-2013 02:19 AM

Narex Paring Chisels - 18 replies

I saw these paring chisels at Lee Valley for $109.00 Anyone using these? Any feedback would be appreciated. thanks

09-06-2013 02:24 AM

Finish for a cider press - 7 replies

I’m completing the construction of a cider press. I will be finishing the frame with a couple of coats of Spar Varnish. For the parts that will come in contact with food, I was thinking mineral oil and bees wax. Is there a better solution?

04-14-2013 09:20 PM

New Router Table Features - 8 replies

I’ve had a Rockler router table top for many years. It’s served me well. It’s mounted to a simple cabinet with storage for bits and accessories. The table is showing its wear, so I think time for a new table. I’m using a Triton router, seems to work very well in the table. I’d like to hear about features that you th...

08-14-2012 12:25 AM

Planing rough lumber - Planer found a bullet - 5 replies

While planing some rough stock (red oak) for my latest project I noticed one of the boards had a dark streak and thought that it was an interesting grain color, maybe left by some bugs that made the tree their home for a while. My last pass was very light, just creeping up on the 3/4” I wanted. I noticed a small shiny object as the board e...

07-25-2012 11:47 PM

Am I a tool snob? - 19 replies

My latest project is creating 3 shelving units. The edges needed a little treatment so a small 3/16 round over would get the job done. 15 shelves to route, easy-peasy. On the 14th shelf my trusty Bosch router developed a high pitch squeel; that metal on metal noise. Was hoping that it would be a simple brush replacement, but lots of life left in...

07-07-2012 10:26 PM

Rockwell Radial Arm Saw - Craig List find, your thoughts - 25 replies

Found this on Craigslist Going Sunday to see. The arm is unique, anyone have this model, your thoughts much appreciated

11-26-2011 08:12 PM

Plans for a baby's highchair - 0 replies

Soon to be Grandpa looking for baby highchair plans. Any pointers to free plans would be appreciated. Not a computer wiz, but a google search seems to come up with slim pickings. I’ve seen the Rockler plans, but Rocker’s site says it’s no longer available. Thanks, -nick

09-23-2008 03:47 AM

Last few months - a real bummer - 4 replies

Been having some medical issues over the last few months, been through 3 surgeries thus far, great success. I have a heart bypass surgery coming up, a lot of anxiety. Anyone out there been there, done that? At what point did you have enough energy to get back in the shop. I’ve been running out of gas early in the day, not doing much of any...

02-16-2008 06:49 PM

Shaper vs Router table - 12 replies

I’ve been using a router table for many years but have always hated the hassle of the bit changes and height adjustments. I’m currently using a Rockler table that is wearing out; the insert has some play from being removed/inserted so many times. I started looking at replacing the table with a router lift and new router so that I ...

12-14-2007 08:33 PM

Drum sander - advise - 9 replies

Happy Holidays to all! I’ve made a few boxes this year as gifts, mostly out of figured maple. I’ve ruined some nicely figured wood sending it through the planer. I do enjoy making these types of projects. I’m thinking about a drum sander. Not settled on brand, size, features. I’ve looked at a JET 10/20 and the Perfo...

05-12-2007 04:56 PM

Computer as a tool in the work shop - 18 replies

I’ve been toying around with the idea of a shop makeover. Mainly building new storage cabinets, totally redo the lighting, tape/plaster the sheetrock, and add some duct work for dust collection. If I go ahead with this, blog will follow. I’ve been playing with Schetchup, trying to workout some of the details of cabinets I want. I have a small...

04-05-2007 02:04 AM

Woodtek 8" Jointer - 7 replies

Hi Guy’s, I have a Woodtek 8” jointer, about 4 years old. I was putting some boards away this weekend, and dropped a board on the in feed table. At the time, I thought no harm done, but I just faced planed a board, and it’s slightly bowed. I’m guessing that the in feed table and out feed tables are no longer parallel, ...

03-16-2007 05:57 AM

Another lumber storage question - 12 replies

Hi All, I have a question about lumber storage. I usually purchase lumber in small quantities, under 100 bd/ft. I buy in the rough, as I really enjoy the prep process. I just purchased 500 bd/ft of white oak and hard maple for some home improvements. Should be here next week, I have a shed that I’ll use to store. It’s well ven...

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