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10-06-2015 03:31 PM

350 grit CBN wheel -- any thoughts? - 15 replies

I am considering the Wood Turners Wonders 350-grit wheel. It’d just be for resharpening, not shaping, so I figure why not? Sounds like it would save some steel at the very least. But I’ve never used a high-grit wheel like that before. Do they wear out faster, take too long to sharpen, work poorly for some tools (other than scraper...

08-26-2015 12:26 AM

Is there a lazy man's UV protected finish for maple? - 8 replies

I love the way maple looks when it’s freshly cut, but it seems that light makes its color dull or brown over time. Used to just finish with wax, but that obviously doesn’t do much to protect from light. I assume it’s light since the inside of a box stays white while the outside doesn’t. Now I like to use a friction polish...

08-20-2015 01:32 PM

What would this be? (another wood ID thread) - 16 replies

I got this from a local wood dealer. They call it “monkeywood” and say it’s from Peru. It was cheap. It’s not one I’m familiar with and the name doesn’t score any matches when I search for it. The face grain is kind of plain, as you can see, but the end grain makes for a neat bowl. The piece in the ...

07-09-2015 03:35 PM

Storage in attic -- humidity swings a problem? - 13 replies

I’ve been blessed (cursed) with about 1500 board feet of 4/4 walnut. It’s really beautiful wood, not graded but mostly clear with very little sapwood, etc. Mostly air dried to about 15% in the center, still needs a little drying. The boards are in 16, 14, and 12’ lengths. It’s just great! My problem is that I live in t...

06-24-2015 05:49 PM

Do I need the narrow miter slot on a router table? - 3 replies

I recently got a cast iron router table top with two miter slots running across the front. The large (3/4”) one is fine, but the narrow one has a casting defect with about 1” of the lip missing on both sides a few inches from the left end of the slot. I marked the approximate location of the defect on the attached image. I will g...

05-06-2015 05:30 PM

6.5" blade for ripping with a track saw? - 8 replies

I bit the bullet and ordered a track saw (I picked the DeWalt). One of the things I want to do with it is rip rough lumber which has been flat sawn with the bark left on both sides. But most folks seem to use 6.5” blades for finished cuts or framing. I don’t see any dedicated ripping blades in that size. Am I missing something, or...

03-02-2015 11:11 PM

Planer: Jet JWP-208HH vs Powermatic PM-15HH - 11 replies

I am wondering if anybody would offer some comments on the Jet 208HH. The reviewers on Amazon are very positive regarding the 208HH but otherwise there’s not a lot of info out there about it. It sure looks a lot like the PM 209HH other than a few small details. Then it’s only a couple hundred more than the PM-15HH for which there is...

02-24-2015 11:16 PM

Where do I get a replacement fan for a motor? - 12 replies

The bearings in my jointer’s motor (an old 2 HP Dayton) are shot, so I took it apart to replace them. The fan or impeller (whatever it is) on the back of the motor did not survive the disassembly (it was broken already, but it’s more broke now). It looks like it should be a pretty ordinary part, and I know I’ve seen similar ...


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