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01-14-2018 02:49 PM

5-Minute Epoxy as Finish? - 4 replies

I was completing a sugar bowl on my lathe and started to wonder whether 5-minute epoxy would be usable to finish the interior. I didn’t try it out, but thought that someone here might have. My thinking was that the epoxy could be wiped on the interior of what is, essentially, a small bowl, with the lathe running slowly. The epoxy is thic...

09-06-2017 05:21 PM

Lathe Choice - 31 replies

OK, I am looking for advice on a purchase I plan.I started turning in December, after purchasing a “midi” 12” capacity lathe, with a 3/4 HP motor. I have had a lot of fun with it, but have increasingly found the limited capacity and, especially, the low power to be quite annoying. I want to make a big jump up in what I can hand...

12-23-2015 11:32 PM

Laguna Fusion Saw - 8 replies

OK, I have happily used a Craftsman 113 saw I purchased new in 1989, but it has finally let me down. I am considering replacing it with a Laguna Tools Fusion Series 1-3/4HP Tablesaw I like that the trunnion is mounted to the frame, not the table top, so alignment is easier than on most contractor saws. The enclosed cabinet is appealing, too, si...

01-20-2014 04:12 AM

Band saw followup - 20 replies

A couple weeks ago I asked about a choice of band saws. I was looking at a Craftsman and a Harbor Freight 14” band saws. Several people urged me to look at other saws. I am happy to say they convinced me. Last week I drove three hours to the Bellingham, Wash., Grizzly showroom and bought one of their G0555 Anniversary Edition saws. It is f...

01-11-2014 08:51 PM

Assembling New Band Saw - 11 replies

I am picking up a new band saw this coming week. A Grizzly 14”, the G0555LANV anniversary edition. I have no one to help me assemble it when I get it home. My wife is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 lbs. She’s tough, but not that strong. I have no one else to help lift the saw onto the stand. Maybe I’ll be able to handle it, but I ...

01-03-2014 03:29 AM

Band saw decision - 43 replies

It has been a long time since I made a major tool purchase (I bought a planer 13 years ago). But I have some Christmas money and got a lucky run at a local casino. Anyway, I have $400 extra cash and am thinking I can finally get a band saw. The local Craig’s List (Seattle area) doesn’t have anything but old, yet over-priced, junk. I ...

12-04-2013 03:00 PM

Torsion hinges - 5 replies

I am building a toy box/blanket chest for my grand daughter. I ordered a set of torsion hinges from Rockler. The calculator indicated I needed a pair of 30 ft/pound hinges, so that is what I ordered. I received a pair of 60 ft/pound hinges. It is getting late to return and get he correct hinges in time for Christmas. I have no experience with th...

07-27-2013 12:18 AM

Bringing the best out of a bad plane - 17 replies

You can teach an old dog new tricks. A few months back I bought a pair of Stanley planes on Ebay. One was an old low-angle block plane that quickly became one of my absolute favorite tools. After spending some time putting on a good edge I could peel off translucent shavings with incredible ease. The other plane was a disappointment from t...


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