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12-04-2019 04:04 PM

Vintage looking "light box" on home exterior? - 25 replies

This box, that appears to have a light in the center, is on the exterior wall of a mid-70s house on my street in Houston. It faces the street, and is mounted under the eaves of the one story exterior wall. None of us in the neighborhood, including the current owners of the home, know anything about it. It has the look of some type of emergen...

08-31-2019 02:38 AM

How to handle an fresh cut red oak cookie round? - 18 replies

I would sure appreciate reading some ideas of the various ways to handle getting this “cookie” ready for use as a top. Many thanks for whatever suggestions are offered. A neighbors old red oak had fallen into a death spiral, and needed to be taken down. I tipped the tree crew, and they cut me a cookie from the trunk. It average...

09-06-2018 12:53 AM

Base Stand or Cabinet Options for Scroll Saw - 7 replies

I am posting this to get some ideas about how others have their scroll saw set up and mounted, or maybe not mounted. I’ll provide a little background on why I am asking:- My scroll saw is an older Dewalt 788-type 1. When I bought it new, the standard, Dewalt tripod stand was included in the deal. - Now, after many years, I am doing some ...

05-07-2018 06:16 PM

Why further flatten the back of a chisel? - 13 replies

Every one always says you have to flatten the back of most new chisels when you get them. I look at the back of new chisels, like say the Stanley Sweetheart or some Narex offerings, and what I see is essentially a flat surface. I fully acknowledge that if you run one of these over a flattening, abrasive surface, you can see that there are pla...

04-01-2018 05:02 PM

Hanging Dust Collection Piping on a Drywall Ceiling? - 16 replies

I am nearing the install of some hard plastic piping for dust collection. To make it work well I will have some runs along the ceiling, as many folks already have. I would like to learn how some of you have chosen to hang such piping on a drywall ceiling, and how well you like it after a while. Comments and photos appreciated. I know ab...

03-21-2018 09:32 PM

My Approach to Cordless Tool Storage - 7 replies

I think there are many neat systems and fixtures already posted on LJ to address this topic. My own storage may or may not be complete, however it has reached a near-final point that has worked really well, for so long, that I never make any further changes. In that sense it is a finished project until further notice, so like almost everything ...

03-14-2018 06:10 PM

1/2-Sheet Sander? - 30 replies

I have a Ryobi Super Sander, that is super ancient, that uses 1/2 sheets. Happens to be a SU-6200, made in Japan. It is in poor condition, having been used extensively to sand the bottom of large sailboats, early in its life. And the rubber insulation on the cord is nearly all deteriorated and badly cracked. It runs, and the wires inside the c...

01-16-2018 04:19 PM

Seeking method to bore end grain hole in pine 4x4 - 23 replies

I want to bore a 2-1/8” hole into the center of the end of a pine 4×4. The piece of pine is only about 9 inches long, so I can easily set this up on my floor standing drill press. However, my new forstner bit of the correct diameter just almost will not cut into the stock. I had intended to make this hole about 2 inches deep, but...

07-10-2017 11:30 PM

Bandsaw blade to cut aluminum - 27 replies

I want to use an older Craftsman bandsaw to cut some aluminum. I would like to be able to cut 1/4” stock, but could live with thinner. I have the saw well set up and tuned and it works great for curvilinear cuts in wood. After a fair amount of searching, I can’t find any straight-forward answer to the question of what type of bla...

05-05-2017 03:16 PM

"WOOD" Magazine - On Dust Collector Filters ??? - 41 replies

I just got the July 2017 issue of WOOD. It has an interesting article comparing eight dust collectors. They are floor-standing models, ranging from $335 to $900 stated prices. They are typical single stage collectors from most of the major recognizable brands. Here is the surprise, and the question:The test results show that the six units wi...

03-03-2017 11:16 PM

Biscuit vs "Domino" Question? - 26 replies

I have had a biscuit jointer for years, and think it is a very good tool. It provides excellent joints for me, in numerous projects. My question is this: Why would I want to ditch my biscuits and that cutting tool to use the Domino system? What would I really gain? I will appreciate reading your input.

01-24-2017 11:57 PM

Sanding Belts - Storage Ideas Sought - 15 replies

I’m a little perplexed, trying got figure the best way to store some larger, longer, sanding belts for stationary sanding machines. I am referring to 1”x30” belts, and 6”x48” belts, although I also smaller belts for handheld belt sanders. When these large size belts are purchased, there are often as many as half...

01-15-2017 10:37 PM

$1,600 Bandsaw Budget - How would you spend it? - 40 replies

As my Dad would have phrased it, “I got some cash burning a hole in my pocket”. I want to upgrade my ~30 year old, 12” Craftsman bandsaw. The intended uses for the saw will be re-sawing as well as cutting curves. My budget has an upper level of $1,600 for the saw with fence. I know there will be added costs for tax, blades...

06-11-2016 07:37 PM

Tile Blade on a Miter Saw? - 14 replies

I have a “spare” miter saw, a 12” DeWalt. I have wondered: Is there is a blade I could put on it and use it to cut tile? This would not be intended for a lot of use, but maybe every once in a while. Or maybe this is a stupid idea, and a water-lubed tile saw is required for a decent cut.Thanks ```

06-05-2016 08:17 PM

Wooden Screw Clamps - any good way to store these?!? - 13 replies

I cannot figure out what to do to store these clamps: the wooden ones that have parallel thick wooden jaws, and two parallel hand screws. In any configuration of storage, they take up a lot of space. For years, I have had them piled in a large plastic bin, and that bin gets shoved around the shop floor to get them out of the way. If anyone...

04-21-2014 10:49 PM

Install of ready-made router table top as a table saw extension table? - 5 replies

I wonder if anyone has done this? My unisaw has the 52” extension, and i never use all that width anyway. I know I can install a router lift in the existing laminate covered extension (original equipment), with some added bracing to eliminate droop. I was thinking of somehow using a ready-made top, such as the ones offered by Rockler,...

03-11-2014 06:35 PM

Storage under Laguna 14 12 Bandsaw? - 1 reply

These saws have a base that is fully enclosed on each of the four sides. However, it is open on the bottom. As it is sold, there are no provisions in the design to use that space for any storage. It isn’t a huge deal one way or another, but I have wondered: Have any owners made any mods to the base panels allow access to that area, and added...

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