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01-10-2017 06:47 PM

A Tale of Two Tenons (or "Which One Will Be Stronger?") - 12 replies

I’m currently in the planning stages of building a fairly sizable work/storage table that needs to hold a lot of weight — 1,250 to 1,750 lbs., give or take, distributed mostly evenly over the 96” long by 24” wide counter-height top and bottom shelf. The legs — all 8 of them — will be 3” x 3.5” solid Ash. The skirts ...

01-14-2016 02:02 PM

What the heck is this tool actually called? - 11 replies

Per the title, what is this tool actually called? One of my friends had one he picked up for $20 somewhere, and he referred to it as The Angle Shaver Thingie. I just saw this one on Craigslist, and the guy is calling it a Bench Plane, which is another name for a hand plane, near as I can tell. So what is this thing called? Thanks in a...

01-30-2015 05:50 PM

Clamps on Sale at Menards - 3 replies

Got your attention? I noticed last night that the local Menards stores here in Lansing, MI has the IRWIN QUICK-GRIP XP600 Series One-Handed Bar Clamps/Spreaders on clearance. 12”, 24” and 36”. Possibly others. Turns out, the sale is at all stores. Amazon says the list price of the 12” is $40.23. They sell them for $...

05-12-2014 11:32 PM

Slatwall / Slat wall / Slat Board Clamp Rack - 3 replies

So, for those of you that have gone the slatwall (or whatever you want to call it) route for hanging stuff in your shop: what does your clamp rack solution look like? Pipe clamps, bar clamps, small clamps, large clamps—you have way, way, way more wall storage than the average Joe. How are you taking advantage of it in this regard? I ask because,...

05-09-2014 03:43 PM

Grizzly Handwheel Question - 5 replies

I’m planning on replacing the tilt and elevation handwheels on my Craftsman 113 series with some nice 5-inch ones from Grizzly. Only problem is, they sell the handwheel and the handle separately, and there’s no information on their website as to which of the two handles—the 3-1/4 inch or the 4-inch, each of which has a different shaf...

03-24-2014 05:29 PM

Looking for Suggestions on How to Create a Topographic End Grain "Cutting Board" - 9 replies

The title sounds a little weird. Let me try and explain with the aid of the SketchUp pictures below. Right. So, I have a project in mind where I’d like to take a bunch of small oak blocks (roughly 3/4” thick by 2” wide by between 3/4” and 2” long) and join them together similar to how you would an end grain cutting ...

04-29-2013 08:09 PM

ShopNotes Magazine - 5 replies

I hesitate to post this, as I’m not sure how legitimate it is, but here goes… The other day, I was hunting around for an issue of ShopNotes that has a simple plan for a jig used to cut splined miters. I knew I’d seen the issue, but I couldn’t remember if it was at the library (a great, free resource for various wood wo...

04-04-2013 05:23 PM

How long before I can start using this Ash? - 12 replies

Okay, so I guess this counts as something of a humble-brag, but over the coming months, I’m going to be getting my hands on quite a lot of Ash. I took down 8 trees last fall that were standing dead for several years, and moved about a dozen 10’ x 18–25” diameter logs to my girlfriend’s father, who has a saw mill he built ...

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