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07-09-2021 08:15 PM

Mounting hinges in very hard wood - 9 replies

I just completed a jewelry box with the Mexican hardwood jatoba. This is a very dense and hard wood and I broke off the first brass screw even though the drill bit for the hole was the right size with the threads just barely larger than the 3/32” drill bit. The way things are going, it looks like I’ll keep breaking the screws and hav...

05-17-2021 12:01 AM

horizontal boring on the lathe - 0 replies

I’m moving this topic to woodturning.

05-08-2021 07:33 PM

Jet 1442VS speed control - 5 replies

I disassembled the speed selector recently to address a problem I was having with it slipping from a low speed to a higher speed while turning. Before removing the handle, which is held on with a set screw forced against the flat area, I set it to the lowest speed.After reassembling it, the speed is very wrong. A tachometer test showed me that w...

02-22-2021 09:22 PM

Jet 1442VS speed selector damaged - 5 replies

The speed selector is damaged on the Jet lathe in the school for kids where I teach. When the speed is set to 850 rpm it will suddenly slip into a higher speed. On one section of the dial, a groove has been worn into the plate between the indexing holes. I can buy the whole speed selector assembly for $40 plus shipping but was wondering if anyon...

01-07-2020 02:49 AM

Looking for jointer guard - 24 replies

A few days ago I mounted a heavy, unbalanced bowl blank on my lathe and thinking I had set the speed to 250 rpms, fired her up and the thing went flying and destroyed my jointer guard. The speed was actually 1,200 and luckily I was out of the line of fire. My jointer is a Chinese copy of something, maybe a Delta. Can anyone tell from the pictur...

10-07-2019 07:31 PM

bench vise question - 11 replies

At a charity woodworking school where I teach, most of the workbenches have a 3/4” thick plywood bench top. I’m looking for vises that can be mounted on them, but we operate on a very small budget. If I attached a 2” thick strip of wood under the edge of the plywood, could I mount a vise like this one? https://www.amazon.com...

09-17-2019 05:58 PM

Jet drill press chuck key - 7 replies

The school shop where I teach has a Jet JDP-15MF drill press, but the chuck key is terrible. I don’t know if the original key was lost and they’re using a different key or if it’s the original key. I read a review of the machine on Amazon and the reviewer said the original key doesn’t fit properly. Has anyone had the same...

09-07-2019 12:47 AM

Handsaws for students - 7 replies

I teach woodturning at a non-profit school for young people here in Mexico. Our Mexican woodworking teacher has started teaching hand tool skills: dovetails, even hand-cut box joints, etc. Trouble is, the handsaws the students have been given to work with are terrible! I watched them not enjoying cross-cutting with dull and just plain bad, chea...

08-30-2019 10:19 PM

What tool is this? - 12 replies

At a woodworking school for kids where I’ll soon be teaching woodturning to beginners, I found this tool among the other turning tools, but I’ve never seen one before and don’t know if it’s even a turning tool. Can anyone enlighten me?

05-15-2019 04:06 PM

Replacement motor for old Craftsman table saw - 7 replies

After 34 years of heavy use, my Craftsman table saw motor finally died. I can’t find a replacement for the 113.12202 model. It’s a 1 hp capacitor start a.c. motor. I’d appreciate your ideas on how to get my table saw running again.

01-12-2019 10:12 PM

Tuba mouthpiece - 14 replies

I’ve had an unusual request to make some tuba mouthpieces out of cocobolo. To shape the inside of the mouthpiece correctly, I need to make a mold. What material could I use to make the mold? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-1td5f18QU at 1:07

10-06-2017 02:16 PM

Replacement velcro for sanding pads - 9 replies

Hello – I’m looking for an inexpensive way to replace worn out velcro on my back up pads. Would this velcro work? https://www.amazon.com/Approx-Adhestive-Strips-Sticky-Fastener/dp/B01AI28QFU/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1507235958&sr=8-21&keywords=velcroAny better ideas and would I need a special kind of glue to make them adhe...

08-03-2017 11:29 PM

sanding disk question - 4 replies

I’m getting ready to order some sanding disks from Vince but before I do, I want to make sure I can use them with my Velcro hook and loop back-up pad. The description of these disks is a little confusing. Paper backing with hook and loop sounds like a contradiction. Gold Max Discs offer a premium latex paper backing with Velcro Hook and...

06-05-2017 02:37 PM

Glue for laminated bowls - 8 replies

I’ve been turning 14” laminated bowls lately and can’t figure out why the blanks keep going out of true in the process. The wood I’m using for gluing up the laminates is bone dry tropical hardwoods, air-dried here in Mexico.On my first one I used Gorilla glue and sprayed too much water on the adjoining laminates and t...

04-18-2017 04:01 PM

steel for thin parting tool - 14 replies

I’m looking for some good steel for making a thin parting tool. The tool I made and have been using needs sharpening constantly. Metals Depot doesn’t appear to sell 1/16” steel bar. Any suggestions?

12-05-2016 04:59 AM

torx question - 5 replies

My 1617 Bosch router just stopped working (probably need to clean the switch) and am looking for the right torx screwdriver to remove the top. Is it a metric torx screwdriver? Any suggestions on the right set at Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=torx+screwdriver+set&sprefix=torx+sc...

07-30-2016 09:22 PM

Bandsaw woes - 9 replies

I’ve had my Shop Fox W1706 14” bandsaw for two years now and have changed blades before with no problems. But a few weeks ago my blades started breaking and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. A few weeks ago two blades snapped in quick succession, so when I mounted the third blade I checked everything carefully: the...

05-23-2016 03:55 PM

Music stand question - 5 replies

Hello all – I’m looking for a way to attach two 3/16” rods to hold sheet music on this music stand desk. What do you think of cable protective sleeves? Would they work? http://www.thejollydesign.com/#!Quality%20and%20design/zoom/c21j9/image_14ow http://www.amazon.com/Protective-Sleeve-Stainless-Marine-Grade-50/dp/B00IX4BJLO ...

04-13-2016 08:48 PM

Thompson Tools handle slipping - 2 replies

I love my Thompson 5/8” bowl gouge, but I’m having one problem: when using it to rough the outside of a large unbalanced bowl blank, the part of the handle that holds the tool keeps slipping loose from the handle from the vibration. When used with balanced blanks, this doesn’t happen. Has anyone here experienced this and if so,...

03-19-2016 07:49 PM

The Rockler steam bending kit, anyone? - 17 replies

Does anyone own this kit?http://www.rockler.com/steam-bending-kit-w-free-bentwood-carryall-plan-downloadIf so, can you please tell me the dimensions of the reservoir? I plan to be in the US soon (from my home in Mexico) and would like to know if the thing will fit in my suitcase.

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