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10-21-2011 04:06 PM

Jointer issues - Technique or setup? - 4 replies

I was jointing some 8/4 hard maple last night and I have two questions: 1. I’m finding I really need to push the wood through, where I expected it to glide more. This occurred with softer woods too, like cherry and walnut. Is this indicative of needing to sharpen the blades? The jointer is new this year and should only have, maybe, ...

10-07-2011 04:54 PM

What are some good contrast woods for end-grain cutting boards? - 7 replies

I need to make, oh, a dozen or so end-grain boards for Xmas this year and although I know I will be using hard maple, I’m looking for other woods to use for contrast that are suitable for the task. I was thinking about Purpleheart but it’s not the cheapest stuff, and I don’t think Cherry or Walnut are particularly suitable f...

09-15-2011 05:38 PM

What to do with spare guide tubes? - 12 replies

So if anyone was following my new shop blog, I had an issue with the guide tube on my new Grizzly 0690 table saw, and had it replaced. However, I was sent an incorrect replacement first, so now I have two spare guide tubes. Grizzly told me not to bother returning them, so now I either have to dispose of them or find a use for them. I’...

08-31-2011 10:16 PM

What are your go-to setup and measurement tools? - 19 replies

I seem to be amassing a remarkable collection of squares, set up tools, measuring instruments and other little ‘shop helpers’ as I continue my woodworking journey. Sometimes, I’ll by a tool for a job only to find out it’s perfect for something else entirely, or I’ll find something different that does the job bett...

08-10-2011 03:46 PM

Show me what you've done with pallet wood! - 28 replies

I’m sitting on a few pallets from equipment deliveries, and I’d like to do something with the wood besides tossing it away, so… Show me what you have done with pallet wood! Inspire me!

07-13-2011 09:38 PM

Why is this so hard? Grizzly 0690/0691 vs 1023RL/1023RLX - 26 replies

I am ready to pull the trigger on a new saw. I really wanted to purchase a SawStop for the brake feature, but in Canada, it’s about a $1,800 premium over any of these Grizzly saws, and I just can’t stretch the budget that much. Locally I can also look at Steel City, Laguna and General but the price/value comparison against the Grizzl...

07-01-2011 07:55 PM

My new saw is binding and stalling cutting 3/4" ply. Ideas? - 65 replies

So my new saw (Ridgid 4512) has been running fine, took a while to heel the blade, etc, but I finally have cuts I’m happy with. I’ve put a new blade on (CMT 40T general purpose) and I’ve done maybe 20 linear feet of cutting in it? Maybe? Anyhow today I put in a new Leecraft ZCI, cut it, and then started doing some test cut...

06-26-2011 07:00 PM

I hate Boeshield T-9, need advice on rust issues... - 72 replies

My one and half week old contractor’s saw is already developing some rust on the surface of the table despite using T-9 on it. To be clear, after I set up the saw, I removed the Cosmoline with WD40 and disposable towels, made sure it was clean and then sprayed on the T-9. To get complete coverage it seemed like I would have to spray it ...

01-10-2011 05:24 PM

Next machine to add to my shop? - 19 replies

Good morning! After a year hiatus from woodworking (new baby = no garage time), I am planning to get back to it this spring, and I have a little bit of a post-holiday budget to work on my shop. Now, my shop is not ideal, it’s a on-insulated-not-quite-double garage with a car in it, so everything I have needs to be able to sit comfort...

10-01-2008 09:33 PM

Opinions on Delta 40-530C Scroll Saw? - 2 replies

I have an opportunity to purchase a 3 month old 40-530c Scroll Saw including ‘extra tips’ as the lady described it for $80 CDN. It seems like a good deal, but if I am going to want to replace the machine in a year I’m not sure it’s worth spending the money now. I can’t seem to find much in the way of reviews or ...

09-30-2008 07:00 PM

Explain what 4/4 means to a newbie? - 19 replies

For my clock project that I am blogging here, I bought a piece of 4/4×11” x 74” Tigerwood. I assumed that 4/4 was the equivalent of S4S, but I’m thinking I am wrong now. The fact that the wood is S4S probably helped to reinforce my incorrect assumption. So what does 4/4 or 8/4 mean? Thanks!

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