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05-22-2022 04:37 PM

9mm roundover router bit with 1/4 shank? - 9 replies

I need to make a dowel just under 0.75” to fit into a 0.75” holdfast hole. A 9-mm roundover bit produces a dowel 0.709 inches in diameter, which is perfect for my holdfast holes. Does anyone make a 9-mm roundover bit with a 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch shank? (I’ve Googled, but had no success finding one.)

04-24-2022 01:49 AM

Screw sizes for making shop jigs - 18 replies

I get a little tired of having to run to the store to buy some screws in a particular size because I don’t have exactly what I need on hand. I know i could go out and buy every size, length, and type of screw, but that’s going to get pricey. For building shop gigs out of plywood, can you recommend a set of six or ten different ...

03-23-2022 10:39 PM

Brads for brad nailer? - 6 replies

I recently bought an air compressor and small brad nail gun to use for making jigs for woodworking. What lengths of brads should I buy, and what are some guidelines for using the right ones?

03-23-2022 04:56 PM

Replacement irons for old Stanley hand planes? - 7 replies

I have several vintage Stanley hand planes. I have taken the time to smooth the backs of the irons, but I’m wondering whether tiny amounts of pitting are preventing the irons from cutting as well as they could. (I can sharpen the irons well enough to shave hair.) Are modern replacement irons significantly better than the old irons? What...

03-23-2022 04:51 PM

Runners on crosscut sleds - 11 replies

Commercial runners for crosscut sleds are usually held in place by screws that pass through holes in the runners and into the underside of the sled. How well do the screws hold the runners in place? Can the runners easily be knocked out of alignment?

03-06-2022 07:31 PM

Coating on table saw sled affect crosscut sled alignment - 11 replies

I have a Ridgid jobsite table saw that has a gray coating on the table and in the miter slots. I built a crosscut sled that was aligned at first, but now has become misaligned because, I think, the miter slots have been reamed out by the runners. I also remember the runners initially having a gray residue on them. What can be done about this?...

02-04-2022 09:25 PM

Screw details for Bosch GKF125CE router - 1 reply

I have a Gfk125ce Bosch router that I want to use with a mini router table patterned after the one made by Patrick Sullivan in a YouTube video. The screws that hold the round, clear subbase to the base are very short and the heads are recessed so deeply into the subbase that there is only about 1/10” of thickness between the heads of th...

01-22-2021 04:34 PM

Compact router recommendation - 8 replies

In his video for making a router table (, Patrick Sullivan recommends the Dewalt 611 compact router. I’m having trouble finding that router at my local home centers. Can anyone recommend a similar compact corded router suitable for use in a router table?

09-09-2020 05:21 PM

Storing small things used for woodworking? - 27 replies

How do you store and organize the numerous small things you use for woodworking? I’m thinking in particular of things like pencils, erasers, chalk, marking knives, little files, drill bits, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.? Thanks.

08-20-2020 09:24 PM

Bit size with compact router? - 10 replies

How large a bit can be used with a compact router (1-1/4 hp) in a router table?

08-17-2020 10:49 PM

Storage of large planes in Zoltowski tool cabinet? - 3 replies

I like Jan Zoltkowski’s Quick to Build wall cabinet:

08-16-2020 11:49 PM

Tools on Hand Tool Wall? - 17 replies

I have an 8-foot workbench (leg vise on the left, end vise on the right) pushed up against a wall in my shop. I keep many of my tools on pegboard above my workbench. If you use a tool wall to organize your tools, where do you locate your tools relative to the left, middle, and right parts of your bench? For example, do you put chisels near th...

06-27-2020 04:16 PM

Jigsaw vs. small bandsaw? - 10 replies

Are there any advantages to a small bandsaw, like the ones you buy at the big box stores, versus a quality jigsaw?

04-14-2020 02:29 AM

Widths of Stanley 45 Cutters - 2 replies

I have a Stanley 45 with two boxes of cutters. I measured the widths of several of them and they differ by several percent from their nominal widths. For example, the 1/4” cutter is actually 0.263” (an error of 5.2%) and the 3/8” cutter is actually 0.392 (an error of 4.3%. Are these deviations common among cutters for Stanle...

04-08-2020 10:14 PM

Using a Paul Sellers shooting board? - 3 replies

Have you built and used a Paul Sellers-style shooting board? If so, how well does it hold up? Do the cross pieces become loose after a while? Do you recommend his shooting board over others?

04-02-2020 02:30 AM

Missing a locking clamp thing for my vise - 6 replies

I have an old metal bench vise that is missing a part. See that silver colored lever-arm that locks the vise to the base? It’s missing on this side: Anybody know where I can find a replacement? Thanks.

10-01-2019 04:41 PM

Benchtop bench vise: end or side? - 12 replies

On a benchtop bench, should the vise be located on the end or the side? How big should the top be?

02-10-2019 06:01 PM

Brush-able paint for restoring Stanley plane? - 1 reply

I have a Stanley no. 4 plane that I am restoring. I plan to use a spray-on engine paint for the body, but I don’t want to get spray paint inside some of the recessed areas of the frog. Can anyone recommend a paint that I can brush onto the frog? Thanks.

02-03-2019 09:15 PM

Do chisel backs really need to be flat? - 27 replies

Dovetails, mortise, tenons, grooves, dados, etc. are frequently shaped with the help of chisels. But all of the surfaces that are touched by chisels are eventually covered by other pieces of wood. So why are we told to give chisel backs a mirrorlike finish? I know that scratches on a chisel back can lead to imperfections on the wood surfaces,...

01-21-2019 02:13 AM

Using a Moxon Vise? - 5 replies

I’ve seen many articles and videos online about building a Moxon vise, but I’ve never seen an article about using one. It’s clear that one can slap a board in the vise and cut dovetails, but what else can the Moxon vise be used for?

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