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10-05-2018 03:41 AM

dull planer blades and water based stain - 3 replies

Hi all, I have just discovered that dull planer blades will cause water based stains/finishes to raise the grain more than if the blades are sharp. I have been working on a project and the first part I used dull blades. The 2nd part I changed to brand new blades. Even after sanding all parts to the same smoothness the parts made with the d...

09-27-2018 03:42 PM

what to do with special wood - 5 replies

Hi all, Today i was resawing a really nasty chunk of wood. Any sane person would have tossed in the burner. No, not me. When I got in the middle I found this spectacular feathering. They are 8 1/4” X 3 1/8” Here are my questions. What is the best way to stabilize the cracks? Also they are about 11/32” thick. Should I a...

08-25-2018 01:40 AM

jointer troubles - 19 replies

Hi,I have a 6” Jet jointer with the helical head. I have had it for many years. I never have had any problems, it has been a wonderful machine. Just today I am having problems. It wont cut flat. The front of the board cuts deeper than the rear. After 3 passes I have a wedge shaped piece. i have to rotate the board 180 degrees on eac...

07-26-2018 03:52 PM

Bad blast gate design - 5 replies

I spent most of the morning struggling with my DIY dust collector. It is a 4” system made of parts from Menards. The problem is the blast gates. The gate slides in a body that is closed at the bottom. Sawdust collects in this closed end and wont let the gate close all the way. I sawed the end off and now the dust can fall out when you...

06-28-2018 12:28 AM

ultimate bandsaw log sled - 4 replies

Hi,I have come up with what I think is the best idea for a sled to cut logs into lumber on a bandsaw. It will only have 2 knobs to adjust. No screws, super easy to set up. I am in the process of building the prototype now. Would any one be interested in something like this? I dont have any idea as to price yet. It is going to be made of c...

02-04-2018 01:26 AM

HELICAL HEAD LEAVES A RIDGE - 6 replies

Hi,I have a Jet 6” jointer with a helical head. I recently rotated the cutters for the 1st time. Now I get a ridge when I joint something. It appears that some of the cutters are too low. It does it on the fence side. I have tried swapping cutters from other spots on the head and it still does it. It never did this before. It has be...

01-30-2018 05:02 AM

what to do with porous oak - 8 replies

Hi,I recently quarter sawed some red oak boards. The figuring is spectacular, but the pores are so big and deep I am afraid that they will obscure the figuring. Should I use a grain filler? I plan on using a water based stain (General Finishes medium brown). I dont know very much about difficult finishing. All I do is wipe on a stain when d...

12-10-2017 12:56 AM

ultra band saw sled - 6 replies

Hi all,Over the Thanksgiving weekend I scored a super nice Rikon band saw on Craigslist. I wanted it because of the 13” resaw height. I am resawing a white oak tree into quartersawn lumber for the clocks and lamps and other small things I make. I saw this sled on YouTube and thought the use of a clamp to be far better than screws. But...

11-04-2017 08:06 PM

router bit for shelf bracket - 3 replies

Hi,I am trying to make a simple wall shelf with wood brackets. A long time ago I did this and I had a router bit that would bore a small hole then make a hidden slot. You would put the screw in the wall and drop the bracket with this slot over the screw to hang the shelf on the wall. I havent been able to find this bit locally. And I dont ev...

07-30-2017 01:43 AM

wood bleach for spalted wood - 1 reply

Hi,I got a dead fall white oak from a neighbor for free. I have quarter sawed it into small lengths for making clocks and lamps and small projects. After drying in a solar kiln for 3 months I have some really nice lumber. But, some of it has a real dark blotchy coloring on it. It goes all the way through the wood. I have planed a few boards...

04-19-2017 02:35 AM

cut glass on my tablesaw - 7 replies

Hi,I have been having a miserable time cutting glass panes for my clocks. I could never get them square or straight. I have tried all kinds of straight edges and the results were all the same. Last weekend I built what I think is the ultimate glass scorer. I made a plywood thing that straddles the fence on my table saw. One side has the sc...

09-23-2016 03:18 AM

problem with delta planer - 4 replies

Hi,I just bought a used Delta 22-580 planer. It dont look as though it has been badly abused. The price was great. But there is a problem. It makes a wavy scalloped cut, not flat. Nothing visible, but you can easily feel it. The blades are new. It feeds just fine. I am thinking either a bent head or bad bearings. Any other ideas. I wa...

04-17-2016 12:50 AM

drum sander questions - 8 replies

I am thinking of investing in a drum sander. i primarily used quarter sawn oak. I have a lot of trouble with tearout on the planer. A friend suggested using a drum sander for thicknessing. I can get one side flat and smooth with my jointer with the carbide helical head. Will a drum sander flatten and thickness like a planer? Also, can you ...

06-03-2012 03:53 AM

what have I done wrong this time - 22 replies

I am trying to make a solid wood table top. It is made of six 5” wide boards. I did two, 3 board glue ups. these went together with no problems. The boards were all jointed perfectly, I didnt have to use any clamp pressure to get them to come together. I then tried to put the two 3 board units together. They seem to now have a convex...

01-18-2010 05:50 AM

So long Im done - 57 replies

I cant take the frustration any more. Ive been beating head against the wall with this woodworking BS for too many years now and have accomplishing nothing. The scrap man is coming tomorow to haul away all this junk. Now I will at least have my garage back.Bye

01-17-2010 06:44 AM

Pocket hole jig problems - 16 replies

I just got a Kreig pocket hole jig. I am trying to put together a frame with it. I cant get the 2 peices to come out flush on the face. I clamp them down flat and when I tighten the screw it pulls the one peice proud of the other by about 1/64. I have even put a shim under the one to compensate and it still ends up not flush. What am I doin...

01-13-2010 06:31 AM

I assume Im just stupid... - 8 replies

To me it seems as though tape measures are all printed backwards. I am right handed and cant even hold a pencil well with my left hand. So if I want to mark something I hold the pencil with my right hand and hold the tape measure with my left. When you do it that way you hook the tape on the right and pull it towards the left. So then you ha...

12-27-2009 12:20 AM

router table dimensions - 2 replies

Hi,I am thinking about building a router table. The base is going to be a bathroom vanity with laminate on top. What would be a good amount of fence travel? How close is the cross slot to the bit opening? And how much should there be from the bit to the front of the table?Thanks,Skidiot

12-23-2009 05:22 AM

Holy tearout batman!!! - 1 reply

Since I work with skids and found wood I seldom really know what kind of wood I am using. I am working on a simple bench for my sisters mudroom. It is going to be painted so I grabbed a large crate that has been hanging around too long. I thought it was willow or cottonwood since it is light weight and light in color. When I went to plane it...

11-22-2009 06:04 AM

what kind of wood is this? - 2 replies

Hi,I use a lot of skid wood and sometimes I see some really weird looking wood. I have some that is very hard heavy & tough. When planed smooth it has a plasticy feel to it. It is almost white in color and has no smell when cut. The grain in this stuff is incredible, a combination of burl and quartersawn oak. But the grain goes the whole...

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