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11-28-2017 01:38 AM

VFD for Oliver 25C Lathe - 6 replies

I purchased an Oliver 25C Pattern Maker’s lathe some time ago and I want to install a VFD on the 3 phase motor mainly due to having only single phase in my shop, but I want the VFD for speed control, reverse, and other advantages, too. I know I could purchase a phase converter, but I would really like to control the lathe with a VFD. T...

03-01-2015 03:04 AM

Oliver 25-C Lathe - 3 replies

I just purchased a 1942 Oliver 25-C lathe which has been stored inside for 70+ years. It has a 24” swing across the bed and a 8’ bed. I have thoroughly searched the Internet, but can find only limited information on the 25-C. I’ve checked Chuck Hess’ site,, and, with little success of info...

01-18-2014 10:21 PM

Antique Look for Mahogany - 2 replies

Most woodworkers have seen professionals make a low boy or high boy from mahogany, if not in person, then through the Internet. I have always wanted to know how they get that antique look in their build. They have a way through stain, dyes, or something to get that 300 year old look. Any thoughts on how to get the antique look when using ma...

05-29-2013 02:36 AM

End Grain to End Grain Jointery - What is the best Glue to Use - 11 replies

I’m building a cradle and will be joining the vertical slats to the lower platform of the cradle. Most of the joinery at this location will be end grain (bottom of vertical slat) to long grain (platform), but due to the design of the platform, some of the vertical slats will be joined end grain (slat) to end grain (platform). I will be u...

04-15-2013 02:36 AM

Mortiser - Powermatic 719T or Grizzly G0448 - 1 reply

I would like to buy a floor mounted mortiser soon and I started looking at the Powermatic 719T and the Grizzly G0448. Both seem to be heavy duty machines, and the Grizzly comes with a 1.5 HP vs. the 1.0 HP on the Powermatic. The Grizzly will cost approximately $300 more to get it delivered, but I don’t know if it is worth the extra cost....

11-07-2012 11:35 PM

Finishing an End Grain Cutting Board - 17 replies

I realize the most popular product for finishing an end grain cutting board is food-safe mineral oil. I’ve been experimenting with sanding through the grits to seal the board before applying a generous amount of mineral oil to my boards. I’ve sanded my boards for a finish grit from 150 grit all the way to 4000 grit (100, 2000, and ...

07-20-2012 09:25 PM

Finishing Oak - 7 replies

I’ve recently refinished a large conference table with Original Waterlox. I love the finish, but on the darker sections of wood within the oak the table feels rough and not silky smooth like the lighter sections of the oak wood. I’ve read in past articles you can utilize some sort of wood or grain filler to fill the porous dark por...

05-08-2011 05:39 AM

Maintaining Machine Surfaces on Woodworking Tools - 14 replies

I have recently relocated my woodworking tools from storage to my new shop and have noticed the machined surfaces of my equipment have a light rust coat from being in storage. I plan to clean up these areas with WD-40 and fine sandpaper/steel wool, scotch brite, etc. Any suggestions on how to keep the machined surfaces on my equipment from rus...

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