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04-01-2020 02:07 PM

Quarantine projects - 23 replies

Well with the vast majority of us in lock-up for a few weeks what projects are you getting done with all your extra free time? I moved back in August and really hadn’t had a whole lot of time in my shop since the move. So This weekend I finally got started. I spent the weekend cleaning and waxing all the cast iron tops on my big power t...

09-02-2019 02:35 PM

Show Me Your Cutoff Storage - 26 replies

I just moved to a new place a couple weeks back and need to figure out my storage for cutoffs. I had a slick built in setup in my old place and need to build a new storage setup. I’m looking for ideas so show me how you did it so I can shamelessly copy it.

01-03-2019 02:24 PM

Need some turning tools - 24 replies

So I went and ordered myself a lathe last night. I had been looking at the new Midi 1216 Laguna but buy the time I had it all in my cart with the stand and bed extender to do the 16” diameter turnings I was darn near the price of a full size one with the 10% discount they are running on them right now. So in 2-3 weeks I expect to see one o...

09-07-2018 05:06 PM

Lathe decisions - 14 replies

So I’m thinking about buying a lathe for my shop. I haven’t touched one since high school woodshop 25 years ago but I keep seeing all this cool stuff guys on youtube are making and I want to give it a try. I’ve been looking locally on Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace for a while now and what I’m seeing is either somebody&#...

08-10-2017 12:53 PM

Favorite Forstner bit? - 8 replies

So I have a bunch of 7/8” flat bottom holes I’m going to need to drill and I’m not entirely thrilled with my forstner bit selection. Part of my problem is I have a bench top drill press and I can’t quite slow the spindle speed down to where it really needs to be but I don’t have $600 laying around to get a decent dr...

07-26-2017 06:47 PM

Anybody Cut the Cord - 20 replies

So has anybody cut the cord here? No not the power tool cord but the cable cord. We’re looking at giving our cable provider the boot for everything but internet and streaming with either Sling or Playstation Vue and using an antenna to get the local stuff. Anybody else here took the plunge? If so what do you think?

03-20-2017 01:21 PM

Table Saw not turning on consistently - 4 replies

Ok I’m in need of somebody with some electrical knowledge. My Rigid R4512 table saw is starting to act up. When I flip the switch it’s not consistently turning on. I’m hoping it’s just the switch, since that’s $15 to replace, and not a motor. Any idea what to look for? I’ve got a multimeter and I’m not a...

04-25-2016 07:32 PM

Who's all going to the MWTCA meet in Humbolt IA sunday? - 1 reply

Just wondering if there will be any other LJ’s at the MWTCA meet in Iowa Sunday. This will be my first one and I’m looking forward to it. Could any of you regulars fill me in on the schedule (like when does it start/end)?

02-05-2016 03:12 AM

Bandsaw tire won't stay on - 13 replies

So I’m working on getting an old walker turner bandsaw back in service and I’ve got almost everything cleaned, lubed and lined up. Problem is that the bottom urethane tire won’t stay put it’s slipping off and causing my band is coming loose. It’s happened 3 times tonight. The tires are both brand new and the top one...

01-23-2016 11:24 PM

Removing a broken screw - 18 replies

Ok now I’m mad. I broke off 3 screws into a box project where the hinge was going to go. First I tried grinding it off flat and using an ez-out that didn’t work it just drifted off to the side every time. Next I tried one of those hollow drills that look like a tiny hole saw to drill around the screw. That worked on one screw but the...

07-15-2015 01:34 PM

Making your own dowel plate - 18 replies

Anybody ever tried making their own dowel plate? I’ve got some accent dowels I want to use to pin a couple mortise and tenon joints and don’t really want to drop $50 on a Lie-Nielson one. I snagged a piece of 1/4” cold rolled out of the scrap bin at work and figured I’d use that to start with. I’m guessing on top of...

03-16-2015 10:19 PM

14 inch bandsaw running speed? - 2 replies

I’m getting an old mid 50’s Rockwell 14” bandsaw without a motor on it. I found the manual for it but I don’t see anywhere in it what the motor size and or speed should be. I’m guessing I’ll want a 1 hp 1750 rpm motor but what should I use for sheaves to slow it down to the right speed? Anybody know what the w...

01-30-2015 03:23 PM

Converting a junk No 4 into a scrub plane? - 9 replies

Ok here’s an idea that’s a bit out there. I’d like to get a scrub plane because I’m planning on building a new workbench this spring and using old barn 6×6 timbers as a starting point for the top. So I’m thinking having a scrub plane to start flattening the top would be handy. Now I could go find an old one on ...

12-31-2014 09:33 PM

Rockford R6 Plane? - 2 replies

I just picked up a Rockford R6 plane today in really good shape. I’d like to learn more about them. Are there any good resources out there where I can read up on it and possibly date it?

12-22-2014 07:57 PM

Matching Stains - 1 reply

I’m building a hall tree for my house and I’d really like to figure out how to get the stain to match the mill work. I took a piece off that is getting replaced anyway to my local Sherwin Williams and they compared it to the Minwax display and said here you go. Me not really convinced by this bought one of those little sample sizes j...

06-13-2014 04:54 PM

Woodpeckers Flat Bars - 18 replies

Anybody else seen these flat bars Woodpeckers is peddling? Looks like a fancy overpriced set of clamping cauls. At first I thought they looked like a great idea but the more I stared a them the more I wondered why couldn’t you just buy a hunk of Unistrut and cut it to the length you want and be done...

05-27-2014 04:40 PM

Router Bit Selection? - 10 replies

I’m in the middle of making a few cutting boards and while that’s all well and good I’m having a terrible time getting the right bit for making the juice groove in it. I’d like to have a flat bottom groove and all of my straight bits burn the hell out of the groove. Would switching over to one of the spiral upcutting bits...

04-07-2014 03:59 PM

Trying to decide on a Jointer - 32 replies

I’m trying to research buying a jointer this summer. I’m sticking to the 6” ones because I just don’t have the room for an 8 inch one in my basement shop. (If I did my grandpa would find himself down an old yates american). Generally I work with old culled staves (2-4” w X 38-40” L). How big of a jointer can I...

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