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10-13-2008 05:13 AM

Daily Project Emails Feedback - 2 replies

I get the daily emails about “Woodworking Projects at”. I love seeing the newly posted items in an email each day. However, the email doesn’t state WHO posted the projects. Can that be added to the email, under the title of each posting?

09-14-2008 05:40 AM

"Stripped" pocket hole screws - 25 replies

On my current project, I’m using a lot of pocket hole joinery. After drilling the pocket holes, I did a dry fit (no glue) to see what everything would be like when finished. (It was almost perfectly square, which made me very happy.) One problem I ran into was over-tightening the pocket hole screws. I seem to have “stripped”...

09-14-2008 05:36 AM

Pre-finishing projects - 4 replies

I’m in the process of making a nice TV stand for my living room. I have made some good progress, but still have a ways to go. Before long, I will need to start deciding what I want to do about finishing the project. I was thinking about pre-finishing as much as possible before doing the final assembly & glue-up. Are there any gener...

08-14-2008 07:55 PM

Sorting of reviews - 2 replies

Just some simple feedback… I noticed that when viewing tool reviews, I can sort by “most recent”, “most viewed”, “most discussed” or “most favorited”. For reviews, I would rather sort by rating, highest to lowest.

08-07-2008 10:15 PM

Holding power of pocket hole joinery - 12 replies

I’m planning on doing a project that will involve using pocket hole joinery to connect a sheet of 3/4 Oak plywood to 1×4 Oak boards at the four corners of the sheet. In other words, the plywood shelf will be held up by 8 pocket hole screws, two at each corner. Does anybody have any guess as to how much weight a joint like that could...

07-04-2008 06:27 AM

Anti-kickback splitter for Delta left-tilt contractor's saw - 2 replies

I’m getting tired of installing and removing my table saw’s splitter/blade guard assembly every time I need to change from a through cut to a dado or groove cut. I have been doing rip work without the guard installed the last few times I used the saw, but I’m always concerned about kickback. I’m looking for a good split...

06-24-2008 04:21 AM

Frame and Plywood Panel: How to cut the panel grooves - 9 replies

I’m working on the design phase of a TV stand that will hopefully use frame and flat panels for the sides. I would like to join the rails and stiles using just pocket holes. I know I need to cut a 1/4” groove all around the inside of the frame, but how should I do that? Here are some thoughts I’ve been having. Please provid...

06-10-2008 07:17 PM

Predrilling When Using Pocket Hole Joinery - 10 replies

I think I’ll try using pocket hole joinery for one of my next projects. After looking at all of the various Kreg systems out there (and a few other brands) I still have one question. When drilling the pocket holes, do I also need to predrill in the adjoining board? Will the self tapping screws do all the work for me? I’m going to...

06-03-2008 05:46 AM

Designing from a photo, and running into questions - 6 replies

Our home is in serious need of a new TV stand. My wife is willing to let me try my hand at building one. We’ve narrowed down to a general style that we like. We’ve done this by simply finding photos of TV stands that we like. Now I have to figure out how to make what we see. Here are a few examples of ones we like:Option #1Opt...

06-02-2008 05:14 PM

Freud dado sets on sale at Amazon: 25% off - 5 replies

Just got an email from Amazon telling me about a sale on Freud dado sets. I have one (SD208) and love it. I know we are all trying to save money, so I couldn’t let this sale go unannounced. Don’t forget to buy you tools through the shop!

03-28-2008 02:11 AM

Jigsaws: Regular vs Barrel Grip - 16 replies

Does anybody have any pros and cons of the two styles of jigsaws. I was planning on buying a barrel grip jigsaw because I liked the idea of having my hand a little closer to the wood, for a little extra control. I was warned that the barrel grip ones can feel rather hot since your hand is wrapped around the motor. Are there any other things I...

02-21-2008 06:12 AM

Good drill bits for MDF? - 1 reply

I was looking at a Freud 1 3/8” forstner bit on Amazon and noticed an interesting review. The reviewer had nothing but good things to say about the bit, but then ended with a statement that made me question the purchase I was about to make. He said, “Also this is not the bit for man made materials ie MDF, plywood, chip board. I use...

02-21-2008 01:09 AM

25% of off Freud bits and blades at - 6 replies

Just got an email from Amazon. All Freud bits and blades are now 25% off. I’m always trying to save a buck. I thought you guys might appreciate this as well. Now it’s time to buy that dado I was looking at.

02-15-2008 03:44 AM

Amount of room for a drill press - 3 replies

When I finally get my drill press ordered and into my garage, how much room should I leave on each side for effective use? I know I probably shouldn’t shove this thing back into the corner, but I don’t know how much space is enough. If I leave 4 ft to each side of the center, will that do for most applications? Leaving even 2 feet...

02-03-2008 07:06 AM

Any good drill press recommendations? - 8 replies

I’m in the market for a good drill press for under $450. I’ve looked through the LJ tool reviews for them, but there are only two. Are there any specific brands to look for or to avoid? Any features I should really consider? I’ve never owned a drill press, so I’m not really sure what I’m doing when comparing one...

02-02-2008 10:07 PM

Drilling 35mm hinge cup holes w/o a drill press - 29 replies

I need to install some Blum hinges that require drilling a 35mm hole in some cabinet doors, but I don’t have a drill press. I’ve noticed that the warnings on most 35mm forstner bits say to only use the bit in a press or with a drill guide attached to a hand drill. I also don’t have a drill guide (and don’t want to buy o...

01-28-2008 07:11 PM

Free Shipping on Tools at Amazon - 4 replies

I just got an email from Amazon about free shipping on power tools, which are normally excluded due to weigth restrictions. Just wanted to let you all know. Of course, don’t forget to use the Amazon portal in order to help keep the site alive. Here’s the text of the message… Dear Customer,As someone wh...

12-15-2007 01:21 AM

New Rockler Crosscut Sled - 10 replies

I just got an email from Rockler, advertising their new crosscut sled. It looks nice, but I would like to here some first-hand reviews first. Has anybody seen one in person yet?

11-03-2007 11:47 PM

Feature Idea: Tool Maintenance Reminders - 14 replies

As I was outside putting a couple fresh coats of wax on my table saw, I thought to myself “It sure would be nice if would email me a reminder every X weeks to put was on my table saw or clean pitch off of my saw blades, etc”. It would be great if I could just specify a schedule and the text of the email I want to receive. I ...

09-26-2007 02:35 AM

Hardwood Plywood Grades - 10 replies

I’ve found a local hardwoods supplier that sells Ash, Birch, Oak, Walnut, Cherry, Maple, and Baltic Birch plywood. On the price listing, they list various plywood grades (or so I assume). I’m not familiar with the plywood grading system, so I was hoping you guys could explain this to me. Here are some example listings. (Also, per...

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