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11-10-2013 04:26 PM

Makita on the down slide - 21 replies

My old American-made belt sander finally gave up the ghost. It didn’t owe me anything. But, rather than buy a Chinese or Mexican Porter cable I decided to buy a Japanese belt sander. I chose the Makita 9404 4×24” for its low center of gravity and my recollections of Makita quality. Now its been a while since I bought a Ma...

03-02-2013 01:26 PM

Delta Machines - Belly Up? - 4 replies A chapter 7 filing, by Delta? Does anyone know anymore about this? Is this part of their transformation or the beginning of the end?

01-07-2013 05:15 AM

Using jointer to edge plywood - 16 replies

Used to be you could count on that nice straight factory edge to rip from. This seems more and more to becoming a thing of the past. The poplar plywood I just got from HD is nice for painted work and far better than their current cache of birch, but the factory edges were really off. Fortunately I discovered this soon enough into my project to...

11-04-2012 07:56 PM

Chisels - 14 replies

Two sets of quality chisels:1. Two Cherries bench chisels: A complete set of seven German-made Two Cherries bench chisels , 4ml, 9ml, 10ml, 12ml, 20ml, 24ml, 30ml. These are first quality chisels made in Remscheid, Germany. Solid hornbeam handles with steel hoops. Excellent condition. All chisels have been expertly hollow ground ...

10-16-2012 10:51 PM

Boston area Deal at Anderson Mquaid - 1 reply

For any LJs near Boston. I was at Anderson Mcquaid today – No its not a Norm sighting – Its a Dewalt sighting. They are selling one of their old really heavy duty Dewalt Radial arm saws. The guys tell me it runs and they just want it gone. They are asking $250.00 or best offer! Its a 3 phase so if your set up for three phase yo...

10-01-2012 03:34 AM

Don't touch! - 20 replies

My boys 12 and 17 yrs. both know to NEVER bring any of their little buddies into my shop. Maybe I should obey the same rule. Recently one of my little buddies was in the shop with me. A nice guy who dug up some discarded stainless linear rails and Thomson bearings for me that I subsequently turned into a nice xy table for a mortiser. He is...

04-11-2012 04:37 AM

Sliding Tablesaw for North America - 6 replies

In the general LJ interest: I’ve seen a number of posts lately about sliding table saws. Some of the draw backs mentioned were cost, lack of availability, oversize blades, oversize arbors, oversize footprints, three phase motors, and lack of dado capacity. Well I came across this General International Scoring Table Saw with Sliding T...

01-25-2012 08:32 AM

Birch edge banding - 1 reply

Anyone had this experience? I just went through a 250’ roll of birch iron-on edge banding purchased at Richelieu. I could not get even one 6’ piece splice free. I bought another 250’ roll this time from Rockler. It was even worse. There were splices 3” (inches) apart and areas devoid of glue on the back. What g...

12-25-2011 05:21 PM

Another informal Survey - Blade Guards - 57 replies

This is pretty straight forward. With all the talk on this forum about safety the old standby blade guard seems neglected. The simple question is – Do you use it? I confess I never did even before I had and SS. I have an SS and use the riving knife religiously, but the guard’s been gathering dust. I just reinstalled it. N...

06-27-2011 04:07 AM

Improving my crosscut sled - 0 replies

Well I’ve just finished working on improving my crosscut sled. It has two metal rails and is really accurate. It can cut a full 24” with real precision. But it did not have an integral stop system. I have a Brosset stop block on my miter saw table. It requires an 1.5” fence. Well my sled had a 1.5’ fence all it ne...

04-15-2011 02:10 PM

Craftex - Busy bee - 1 reply

OK, to me these look exactly like Grizzly with different paint and a bit higher price. What do you guys think? Could some of the delays with Griz we have heard on some posts lately be due to diversion of production to Busy Bee?

11-03-2010 12:18 AM

Grizzly G0490 question - 0 replies

Magnetic switch lights: There are two buttons involved: One big Red shut OFF button and a green ON button. When the jointer is completely shut off at the breaker there are of course no lights. When the juice is on the red light is lit. To turn my jointer on you twist the red knob which is lighted and it then goes out. At this stage the ...

10-13-2010 02:41 PM

Why Do Biscuits Hold - 20 replies

According to all woodworking wisdom, tenons set with their faces across end grain should fail. About five years ago I built a red oak platform bed with a hutch. The hutch (essentially a bookcase) has four 1×8” uprights and the top is attached exclusively with biscuits with their faces contacting only end grain in the top. Well they di...

03-13-2010 07:30 AM

Bulged bandsaw blades - 3 replies

I would appreciate opinions on BS blades. It seems that ALL 1/2” or 3/4” blades I get have a very pronounced bend at the weld. I have purchased Olsons and Timberwolves and both brands have this problem. If I set the thrust bearing to the proper distance on the main body of the blade the distinct bulge at the weld whacks the bearing. ...

02-27-2010 08:05 PM

Porter-Cable Plunge Base - Caveat Emptor - 1 reply

Dear Jocks, I recently Bought the 893pk router package from Porter-Cable. The plunge base had so much slop in the slide that it was a joke. I sent the following inquiry to Porter-Cable and was automatically redirected to the stock answer page. In the common interest I wish to share the following. To Porter Cable: I recently purchased th...

02-11-2010 04:49 AM

New - Stanley sweatheart - disappointing - 12 replies

I purchased the new version of the Stanley Sweetheart no. 4 plane. I regret to say that it was huge disappointment. Here’s how it was. The saddest thing about his plane is that Stanley really tried to get it right. Boy was I happy when I first got it home. I checked the sole against a machinist straight edge and square. It was dead flat an...

11-14-2009 10:22 PM

Jet 12" jointer Planer Combo - 1 reply

Can anyone who actually owns the jet 12” jointer/planer combo machine give me any feedback on it . Wmh Tool Group is having a major sale and I would love to hear from owners of this machine. Thanks

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