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12-29-2020 04:48 PM

Time to select wood for leg vise chop and need help - 4 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.

11-16-2020 05:48 PM

Not to me but it happened. Off with some finger tips. - 25 replies

One of my employees called me last night to say that he will be out for awhile. He went through a litany of reasons why it happened. It was late and I was rushing to get done with poor lighting, I was distracted, my glasses were sliding down my nose etc. He was attempting to clean sawdust from the planer outfeed. I hate that this happened to him...

11-10-2020 05:59 PM

Just ordered a book - 1 reply

Just ordered “With Saw, Plane and Chisel: Building Historic American Furniture With Hand Tools” by Zachary Dillinger.I spotted it as I was doing my insomnia thing and started a free sample on a tablet. I have trouble with looking at detail on the tablet so I opted for the print version. Anybody here read this book? Your thoughts? ...

10-15-2020 04:25 PM

Router sled rails, what to use? - 2 replies

I am about to glue up my SYS laminated top to my Moravian bench. I had planed to do a mostly hand tool build but after I have used a jointer and planer to get all the boards square I am wanting to get this done quickly so I can start using he bench. I will however attempt the legs and tray going full hand tool though. I am opting to make a route...

09-21-2020 05:54 PM

I finally meet up with a possessed board - 4 replies

I was ripping down some SYP 2×10x8 for the top to my workbench build. All was going well and I was being careful to stay out of the kick back zone. I started on one ripping down the middle but at about 14” in the board compressed the riving knife to the point the board stopped moving. Rather than try brute force I stopped the saw and ...

09-13-2020 06:28 PM

Rockwell (Delta) 28-200 band saw help needed - 9 replies

I picked up a 14 band saw with a rusty table and that is fixed now. As I started tuning it up I found that the lower thrust barring was maxing out it’s travel distance before reaching the 3/16” blade. I tried adjusting the blade further back but never quite got there while the blade was a little right of center but had to stop adjust...

09-08-2020 08:22 PM

Rockwell 14" (CAT.28-200) Bandsaw. Upgrade guides? Riser? - 3 replies

So I am rehabbing this saw I picked up for $200. It has a new Delta motor on it but have not had it running to make a cut yet. I have de-rusted the table. Need to check the tires completely but they are okay looking. The guide blocks are metal ones so I will need to decide to keep or go ceramic, Cool or Carter. I know carter will be the more exp...

08-17-2020 04:07 PM

Marking & fitting dovetails, what do you use to identify tight spots? - 6 replies

After finally getting into a way to make dovetails work I started wondering about this. I was working with Padauk and Maple. As I was dialing in I noticed that the orange of the Padauk would mark the tight spots of the joint on the maple. So on woods without color what would you use to reveal tightness? On my last joint it took only a small pari...

08-02-2020 07:33 PM

Working with Spalted Maple - 10 replies

It is really only the second time I have bought some wood other than what the big box stores have. The first was to make the jaw of my Moxon Vise. Other than that all of my projects have been shop related for storage, flipkarts etc. They had some stuff that was 50% off at Woodcraft and I got a piece of spalted maple just because I liked the craz...

07-23-2020 03:55 PM

Shoulder plane options - 23 replies

I will get killed if I go out and buy a veritas or Lie Nielsen shoulder plane right now. I have been looking at some records on ebay but haven’t found a deal I like yet. Question: Has anybody tried any of the cheap wooden ones that I can find on amazon. I realize that they won’t be perfect and will likely need a lot of modificati...

06-16-2020 06:56 PM

Wood selection question for Moravian workbench build - 10 replies

This base is southern yellow pine with some red oak mixed in. The tool tray will also be SYP. I am trying to determine what I will use for the actual work surface. My possibilities that I have been mulling over are. A solid piece of oak – I would need something reclaimed so won’t warp or split. It would also need to be about 6R...

05-21-2020 05:11 PM

Table leg extension for a friend - 11 replies

The double screw thing is what the hardware store gave her to use so lets not waste time on that thingy. Background: I haven’t seen the setup but I think this is to fill a gap between two cabinets. The gap is not very great and was the result of not wanting to relocate a heat vent in the wall. The desire is to have a granite top with th...

05-14-2020 05:09 PM

No. 7 Jointer Plane - just started looking. - 10 replies

I just started looking for a jointer plane and of course seeking advice on price, condition and where to buy. Looking for a user and as long as it can do the job I don’t need a collector item. That said I do admire some of them as art. Amazon popped up a Grizzly for $100 but the first review remarked on the blade not holding an edge wel...

04-25-2020 01:31 PM

Router Plane - recommendation - 18 replies

After seeing one often in Bandits photos and watching Paul Sellers use one to even up a tenon I have decided I want one. If I buy new I am looking at I like the way the blade can be removed and attached to a jig for sharpening. At nearly $200 it is lik...

04-15-2020 02:43 PM

SawStop mobile base clearance - 7 replies

I have been taking my cheap Kobalt TS outside my small shop for longer cuts or rips so I thought the Sawstop jobsite was my only option. Since I don’t need to go to job sites someone suggested I get a saw stop with a mobile base. So here is the question, If I have a 3/4” drop from the shop floor to the future deck height is that too ...

04-01-2020 04:06 PM

Steve Ramsey opening up the Weekend Workshop again - 1 reply

I am not really a big fan of people setting arbitrary deadlines with countdown timers demanding my money prior to losing out on an opportunity. So I passed on this course. Well maybe he read my email. He is opening up this course to all without deadlines or time windows. It is on shop organization and storage. My question is has anyone tried thi...

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