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09-01-2021 04:50 PM

A different dust collection question? - 14 replies

I have a very small shop 10’ X 16’. Space is always at a premium, even when I add on now that lumber has gone down, space will still be at a premium. Current setup is a large shop vac with a cyclone pre-filter. It works okay but I am wanting something better. Question: If I install a real dust collector can I use it to do things l...

08-19-2021 12:41 PM

Does this look like Mahogany? - 8 replies

I spotted a a wardrobe on the roadside that had the doors pulled off to make it lighter to carry I guess. The joinery was all hand cut & planed and I hated to break it down but I did. So is this Mahogany or something else? I am including photos that show the original finish and after planning. Note the final two that I wiped paint thinner on...

08-01-2021 10:34 AM

False starts on SawStop jobsite saw? - 3 replies

About every third time I pull the paddle the motor hums and starts to turn and stops. I have to turn off the power and turn back on, wait for the error check and then can start normally. I guess I should be looking at the lights to “decode” the error but being in a hurry just reach down to reset. Any ideas what could be going on?

07-29-2021 04:43 PM

Hand crafted furniture for sale at the Grove Park Inn, Ashville NC - 0 replies

I was meeting out of town family at the historic inn to share a meal and visit. They have many interesting shops and museums on site with no admission fees, lots to see. They have an antique car museum and a musical instrument shop but what I geeked out on is the Furniture Gallery Some awesome hand crafted furniture to feast your eyes on and ins...

07-29-2021 11:24 AM

Hand Plane abuse, I should go to jail - 22 replies

I have heard all the debate over laying hand planes down on their side or on their face. I am a lay it down however you like person. I have been working on a frame and panel door out of treated lumber and needed to plane a bit of some rails. It was late and set the plane down. The next afternoon, to my horror, this is what it looked like.So all...

07-14-2021 12:45 PM

First frame and panel exterior door - How to construct the panels? - 20 replies

Full disclosure I first posted this in another forum but never got any suggestions so I thought I would try here. Even though I had thought about using cedar but it was starting to make this to complicated. This is my first rail and style door and I am making it out of treated lumber for exterior access to crawl/basement space. I have milled ...

07-10-2021 08:35 PM

Nice find on the road (old furniture for scrap wood) - 3 replies

I was running home Friday and saw what I guess was a large wardrobe. I didn’t have much time before work but went and busted some panels out because I thought the city was going to collect it that day. I really was a nice piece, the panels were plane beveled on the none show side and a drawer was hand cut dovetails. I took a plane to one o...

06-19-2021 04:37 PM

Crawl space / basement access door ideas? - 14 replies

I have a door leading into my dug out basement that has been in need of replacement for years. It is about 4 1/2’ high and 32” wide. I will be installing a new frame made out of treated 2×6. I like to torture myself by picking joinery that I have never done before so I am looking for some ideas on style and wood to use. Not a bi...

05-23-2021 12:36 PM

Setting a fence post twice the hard way - 8 replies

I have A fence post the has a gate attached and was broken at ground level so I finally decided it was time to fix it. I moved over and dug a new hole with post hole digger. Not looking forward to moving a 60 lb bag of concrete around I spotted a bag of what I will call miracle goop that when mixed turns into a foam that fills the hole around th...

05-15-2021 12:26 PM

Attaching wood to old masonry - 21 replies

I have two projects coming up that require me to secure wood to the brick & mortar on my home. One project is a new frame for the access door under the house, the second is front porch hand rails. The problem is in a house that is over 100 years, the bricks and mortar tend to be a little crumbly. I am thinking about drilling holes that I can...

04-19-2021 05:44 PM

Time to reinvent the shop space - 6 replies

I looked at a house for sale that hit all the high points including a large horse barn with its own electrical service to be converted into a shop. But it would add an hour commute time and about twelve acres more yard than I want to deal with. Well it looks like I may be in my tiny 10’ x 16’ shop longer than I have planned so som...

04-06-2021 10:24 AM

Need help to attach Kreg bandsaw fence to older Rockwell 14" bandsaw - 9 replies

According to the Kreg documentation the Delta screws should be 1/4-20 to attach the fence. The threads are recessed in a larger hole so I can’t get a good visual on them but the 1/4-20 will start but quickly gets in a bind. I foced it enough to create a little damage to the thread so it feels like it is more about the thread count than the...

03-11-2021 05:53 PM

I think I am ready for a powered sharpening system, but which? - 56 replies

I know this can be a tiring subject and I did do some searching but could use some input. I started out with whetstones but grew tired of all the slop/slurry making a mess and it had to go. I moved to “scary Sharp” using PSA on float glass with six different grits and its cleaner but still a bit of a pain. I don’t like the fact...

03-01-2021 09:08 PM

Watco Danish Oil Natural finish is out of stock everywhere - 23 replies

I decided to use Danish oil on my completed workbench. I thought no big deal, I’ll just run to the BORG or Lowes and pick some up. Not so fast Home depot wants to charge me $79.00 to deliver a $9.00 can and Lowes says none within 100 miles with no delivery available. Amazon has it for $79.00 & $59.00. Move to the tinted stuff and it d...

02-02-2021 09:34 PM

Edge jointing two pine boards advice needed - 22 replies

I have done this on smaller boards but in this case I will have two boards 7’ lone 7” wide 7/8 thick. I will edge joint the boards and then glue. I have lots of F clamps, 4 to 6 pipe clamps and a couple of parallel clamps. Also have a variety of trigger handle clamps. I realize that thing get squishy and move when pressure is applied...

12-29-2020 04:48 PM

Time to select wood for leg vise chop and need help - 12 replies

I am waiting on a maple screw to arrive from Lake Erie tool works so that means I will need to get some wood for the leg vise chop. I am looking for some ideas to 1) make it strong and 2) maybe jazz it up a bit like gluing different woods together. 1st question is will laminating different woods together make it weaker?2nd question is if a so...

12-22-2020 08:57 PM

Holdfast not holding, I am stumped - 22 replies

I bought a pair of holdfasts of amazon from a guy who makes them. The would stick in my moxon vise but not my new bench top. The bench is a little over 4” thick. I decided to get a pair of Gramercy holdfast and have the same trouble. If I am able to get one seated the vibration of hitting the second will undo it. The only thing I can thin...

12-14-2020 04:28 PM

Best fix for a botched half blind dovetail joint - 8 replies

As I was trying to adjust this buy eye I got a little carried away and cut the mortise a bit too wide. I guess I need to do some probing to find out if is mostly at the top or pretty much al the way. The joint feels fairly snug but being a workbench leg I am worried it may fail with some pounding.So here are my choices so far that I have come up...

12-07-2020 03:02 PM

Starrett combo square - size? - 17 replies

I have decided to see if Santa will bring me a quality square this year. As I start looking there is a 6” and 12” version that are about the same cost. Right now I don’t think two of these are in the budget. The smaller will fit in an apron pocket better but I rarely wear my apron for some unknown reason. The larger will be ...

11-17-2020 04:08 PM

BLO question on almost finished workbench top - 11 replies

I have finished my top for now but intend on final flattening after letting the wood see if it wants to move while I build the legs and tray. Should I apply BLO now to help stabilize the top or wait. If I do apply now will it make the next flattening more difficult? Also would you do the bottom too? Thanks for any input.

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