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09-01-2017 09:10 PM

Gorgeous Crepe Myrtle Wood Chisel Handles - 4 replies

Two years ago, I posted my experience drying crape myrtle lumber I found on the curb. See my post for further details: Well, the wood has finally dried and I avoided serious checks or cracks. The few pieces that cracked through were already in the process of drying long before I could seal them. I must sa...

01-27-2017 04:12 AM

Repeated router kickback, Why? - 26 replies

I just finished creating a pattern and roughing out the shape on my bandsaw and all hell broke loose at the router table. The pattern was made from a 1/4” piece of plywood which was taped to a piece of red oak stock. The routing paths were all along the end grain. The router bit was a bottom and top bearing flesh trim bit with a 1/4...

05-02-2016 12:19 AM

Best way to laminate a workbench top with short stick? - 16 replies

Over the past couple of years, I have amassed a sizable pile of pallet stackers. Every time I’m at the Borg, I stop at the lumber department to see if they have any interesting culled lumber. Usually the offerings are scant, but I always manage to scrounge a few pallet stickers from the trash bin.They are usually Southern Yellow Pine and h...

01-03-2016 10:05 PM

Any issues with using a 1" wide blade on my 14-inch Craftsman Professional Bandsaw - 6 replies

I have a Craftsman Professional Band Saw (Model 224101) and I love it. It is practically the same as the Rikon 10-320. I just ordered a 1 inch wide blade with 10 TPI from Grizzly for the best cut quality when ripping aluminum and brass stock. The blade is 1 inch which exceeds the recommended 3/4” maximum blade width. I read somew...

08-25-2015 02:50 AM

Found Beutifully Figured Lumber being thrown away - 13 replies

This weekend I was driving through my residential neighborhood and saw something that made me hit the brakes and turn around. No it wasn’t a beautiful woman or a stack of benjamins, but it may have well been. It was a stack of logs neatly piled on the curbside next to large brown paper bags of clippings. I pulled up and started loading them into...

08-20-2015 08:08 PM

Need advice restoring a Stanley 45 to make it prettier. - 6 replies

This woodworking thing is taking a strange and frightening turn. I am now collecting hand planes. I have that terrifying thought of being like those orchid collectors who drained their life savings and remortgaged their homes to feed their habit. At first, I convinced myself to buy just a few cheapies necessary to get the job done, but now I f...

06-10-2015 06:06 AM

Is Bill Pentz dust collector safety exaggerated? - 63 replies

I’m considering building my own dust collector. I found several parts that I scavenged and one of them is a HVAC furnace blower from a neighbor who replaced their HVAC system. As I understand it, the RPMs are too low to create enough static pressure, so I will have to replace the motor with a higher speed AC motor. I have quite a collectio...

02-28-2015 06:37 PM

Why is my miter saw arcing at the dust port - 3 replies

Yesterday, I was cutting some compound miter joints on some MDF . I noticed that my Ryobi 7 1/4” miter saw was arcing between the dust port and the hose connection point. It happened somewhat regularly depending on how long it took to make the cut. The dust port appears to be made of cast aluminum. The saw only has a two prong plug and I ...

05-30-2014 07:25 PM

How do I properly setup a Stanley Model 12-960 Block Plane? - 5 replies

I was going through Lowes and picked up a Cheapo-Maximo block plane (Kobalt 6-1/4 in Block Plane) that is identical to the Stanley 6-1/4 (model 19-920). I strongly believe they both came out of the same factor with the only difference was the logo on the frog and color of the plane body. I’ve successfully tuned other several new hand plane...

04-13-2014 01:35 AM

How square is square? - 51 replies

I am putting together some shop cabinets and it’s been driving me crazy. As a new woodworker, I am having the time of my life reading about woodworking from the armchair, but when I go into the shop, it’s a different story. What I thought I knew, turns out to be not enough or just plain wrong. It has been a very frustrating experienc...

02-25-2014 06:01 PM

Be careful when sanding metal with belt sander - 8 replies

Just experienced a terrifying moment yesterday that I wanted to share with you. Before finishing up for the day, spend some time just hanging out at the shop for a few minutes to catch any potential dangers. In my case, I thought what I was doing was routine and ordinary, but it could have turned very bad and I consider myself fortunate. I pu...

01-30-2014 04:24 PM

Why isn't Hickory more Fashionable? - 21 replies

Being in the southern part of the US, I haven’t found many opportunities to use my fireplace. I had a bag of hickory firewood I purchased from the local supermarket that became bone-dry after sitting in my living room for a few years. I decided to run it through my bandsaw to see what kind of lumber it yielded, but I didn’t expect much. ...

01-18-2014 01:49 AM

Newbie needs help choosing between Craftsman Planer Models - 9 replies

I’m slowly building up my shop and in the market for a thickness planer. I’m a small garage shop hobbiest woodworker, but that doesn’t mean I take crap from my stock. I want them true and square. My wife got me a gift card from Sears, so it’s a great opportunity to buy a decent planer. I want the best bang for the buck, ...

12-11-2013 07:02 PM

Help me understand the Handplane - 20 replies

As a new woodworker, I am trying to learn as much as I can about hand planing as I don’t have the means right now for a jointer/planer. I’ve read as much as I can about hand planing and watched many hours of videos, but there’s still lots of unanswered questions. I have a few here and I hope it’s not too much for a single...

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