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05-13-2016 08:02 PM

First frame and panel... kinda - 4 replies

I have a rather odd friend who has asked for a coffin shaped bookcase for cheap. The whole thing will be about 5’ tall. This will be the first project I’ve made for someone else, so I’m skipping my usual avoidance of plywood in the name of saving time and money. I have a good deal of experience with M&T construction but thi...

01-27-2016 05:59 PM

Best saw set for a champion tooth crosscut saw - 4 replies

I am looking for a saw set for my crosscut saw. Many I have seen seem to be intended for a given TPI range and the lowest I have seen is 4 TPI. Where would Champion tooth fall on the TPI scale and which saw set would be best?

01-24-2016 02:55 AM

Sharpen and tune crosscut saw - 7 replies

Thanks to the input from you guys I ended up getting a 48” “Warrented Superior”. From what I can tell its an M set but im not sure. Now I`m looking for the best way to tune and sharpen the thing. Any info will be helpful thanks.

01-20-2016 04:05 PM

Optimal crosscut saw length - 3 replies

I am looking at getting a crosscut saw to tide me over till I can get a good chainsaw capable of milling. I am looking at a few used ones and a few new ones. Trouble is the new ones seem to be limited to about 30”-32” while the used ones are close to 50”. A shorter saw would be easier to haul around but I’m wondering if i...

01-11-2016 02:29 AM

New handsaw worth the $$$? - 13 replies

Have been offered this guy for $50. I have been looking for a one man crosscut and don’t know too much about them. Is it worth it? 42”with some surface rust but the seller claims it can be sanded. Teeth are “well shaped and sharp”.

01-11-2016 01:33 AM

grinder bevel guide and tune up - 2 replies

I had been looking for a slow speed grinder when I found this in my moms garage. Now I’d like to find or make a bevel guide for it that will make it easier to put an even bevel on wider plane irons. I also need to find a new 6” wheel that will fit on a 5/8” x 1” spindle. Or figure out how to get this one back ...

12-29-2015 04:47 PM

Shop surge protection? - 13 replies

I just spoke to a friend who just had a lightning strike destroy a considerable number of appliances in her home. Of course this and an impending thunderstorm led me to run and unplug every power tool in my shop. Now I’m wondering if there is usually any kind of surge protection to protect against something like this from happening?

12-27-2015 12:30 AM

Uneven jointer cut - 12 replies

Just got a 6” delta jointer not long ago. I’ve set the out feed table to be about 0.002” lower than the blades per a tutorial on line but for some reason I am getting a much heavier cut at the start of my stroke than at the end. Any suggestions on whats happening here?

12-27-2015 12:23 AM

Planer magnetic switch broken - 38 replies

I have a 220V Sunhill 20” planer with a mag switch that has just stopped working. I’ve used a no contact voltage detector to verify that voltage is making it to the switch but not beyond it. Nothing happens when I hit the on button no click or anything. I have experience with electrical and electronics work but have no idea what I...

11-27-2015 03:40 AM

mobile base for a 900 lb planer - 16 replies

I have a 20” Sunhill planer that needs a mobile base. I had to borrow my friends engine hoist to unload the thing and will be borrowing it again to make room for a new (to me) delta 37-196 6” jointer. I have done some looking around and i`m having a hard time finding anything able to handle anything near that weight.

07-24-2015 04:51 PM

Milling bandsaw blade - 8 replies

I have a Laguna 14 12 and some smallish cherry and oak logs I want to mill with it. The whole thing has been on hold while I track down the right blade. I did some digging and was recommended a 3/4” 2 tpi Lenox Flexback. Trouble is the only place I can find it charges shipping that comes close to 50% of the cost of the blade. I know I shou...

03-19-2015 02:38 PM

HEAVY duty roller stands - 6 replies

I am about to start milling some cherry logs and need to come up with something to hold/catch the logs before and after they pass through my saw. I have looked at store bought roller stands and they either seem to be lacking in their weight capacity or they get to be too pricey since I’ll have to get several of them. I do have several roll...

03-18-2015 02:27 AM

1 3/4 hp band saw with carbide blade limitations? - 16 replies

I just came into possession of several large cherry logs. I would like to do as much milling as I can myself but I need a realistic idea of what to expect before investing in the process. I have a Laguan 14-12 which has a 1 3/4 hp motor, a 12” resaw capacity, and heavy 14” cast iron wheels. I’ve been able to resaw red oak up to...

12-29-2014 07:07 PM

Finishing with shellac - 7 replies

I am just getting started with finishing and wanted to try dyes along with the shellac flakes I’ve been testing for a few weeks. It would seem simplest to get an alcohol soluble dye and mix it in with my 1 lb cut shellac mixture, but I’ve been told the alcohol soluble dyes are prone to streaking and should be sprayed on. Considering ...

12-04-2014 04:31 PM

Hand saw TPI for joinery - 19 replies

I have one 14 TPI Veritas hand saw and I’ve used it just about every time I cut dovetails or M&T. I have noticed I have a hard time getting the saw to stay on a mark especially when just starting out. At first a attributed that to my inexperience but Lately I’ve been wondering if a higher TPI would make that easier. Is there a si...

11-28-2014 03:21 PM

Flattening stanley #7 - 12 replies

I`ve seen several turtorials on flattening planes but my 22” long #7 is being difficult. I have my eye on a 18” long granite surface plate and im wondering if that will be long enough to flatten my plane.

11-12-2014 10:09 PM

How much protection is needed? - 10 replies

I am new to finishing but have been doing a good bit of research recently. For whatever reason I prefer to start with the rawest materials I can get and do as much as I can myself. For example I just finished making my first batch of stain using walnut husks. I have read considerably about shellac and like the idea of buying the raw flakes and m...

11-10-2014 06:45 PM

Plane making "twisted" edges. - 15 replies

I have no jointer so my 1940’s Stanley #7 is used very regularly, which has been the case since I’ve gotten the thing a year or two ago. Not sure if something has happened to my plane or if I’ve just been paying closer attention to the squareness of the edges but recently it hasn’t been working and I can’t figure ou...

10-21-2014 05:53 PM

Making stain - 4 replies

I just came across a fairly simple video showing how to make a water based stain from walnut husks. The idea of making my own stain goes along perfectly with how painfully cheap I am so I thought I’d give it a try. However, while this just so happens to be the right season to find walnuts it also happens to be a terrible year for any nuts ...

09-17-2014 04:01 PM

Radial Arm saw - 19 replies

First some background… Currently I do not have a table saw. I have a Laguna 14 12 I do all my rip cuts on before smoothing with a hand plane and all my cross cuts are done on my 10” skil miter saw. My mother currently has a nice Jet sliding table cabinet saw that will probably be mine one day so I’m hesitant to invest in a tabl...

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