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04-08-2011 05:45 PM

Free 8" Delta Table Saw - upstate NY - 10 replies

This is a probably a long shot but I know there are a few LJ’s in the upstate NY area. I’ll post it here free to any LJ before I put it on Craigslist. I have a 1950’s Delta Milwaukee 8” Table Saw Model 34-500. (3/4HP 8.6A motor)It works but is in need of a bit of fine tuning (a new lock nut on the depth adjuster, a ne...

02-07-2011 06:13 PM

2010-2011 Season of Woodwright's Shop now online - 7 replies

PBS has just posted the current season of Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop online. They aren’t on the actual woodwright shop website yet, but for now you can see them here:

01-25-2011 10:55 PM

WetDry PSA Paper Source - 2 replies

My local auto store stopped carrying pressure sensitive adhesive backed rolls of 3M wet dry sandpaper. I use it primarily for lapping and sharpening. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good online source? I found this one this one

01-20-2011 10:03 PM

Struggling with handsaw crosscuts? - 6 replies

If you are into handsawing, or want to get into it, but are having trouble making accurate crosscuts, “Matt’s Saw Blog” recently posted a very nice set of tips as a recipe for better sawing that is worth reading. Some of the skills apply to other cuts too, but all apply to crosscuts.

11-12-2010 05:52 AM

Red Cedar causing rust? - 9 replies

Anyone ever heard of red cedar causing steel to rust? A few months back I built this saw rackand today I noticed one of my saws had rust on the blade in a line that was clearly from contact with the holder. I checked the others and found rust on two others in the same pattern. I built the saw holder form scraps, mainly pine but I also used ...

10-14-2010 08:36 PM

Shellac and humidity - 9 replies

I just read an article in the most recent Fine Woodworking (Dec 2010 No 215) on “Why Finish Wood.” (p78) The article itself had very little of anything great in it, mainly a little bit of compare and contrast between oil, shellac and poly… nothing ground breaking. There was a table in there though that surprised me. It was ...

09-03-2010 08:31 PM

For anyone contemplating doing without a table saw - 14 replies

I’ve been waffling for almost 2 years now between getting rid of my 1950’s vintage 8” Delta contractors saw. It is in bad shape, does not hold a setting, and either needs a lot of attention restoring it, or needs to be replaced. A third option I have considered is getting rid of it, and doing without one. If you have been ...

08-25-2010 11:10 PM

Lathe Skew Chisels - 13 replies

So I’ve just started turning using a bungee lathe. (here) and I am in the market for a skew chisel. I see I have three choices:1) A skew with flat surfaces on the metal leading up to the bevel2) A skew with oval surfaces leading up to the bevel3) A skew with a rounded bevel. I understand that the rounded bevel is less prone to digging ...

08-07-2010 09:20 PM

Lathe Tool Rest Height - 10 replies

This is a simple question that I’m sure is going to make a lot of lathe owners laugh. I am building a really simple spring lathe but one of the first things that will get located is the tool rest and it won’t be movable. So I need to know, what is the height of the tool rest supposed to be, relative to the axis of rotation? I re...

08-06-2010 09:29 PM

Saw Till / Rack Design ?? - 8 replies

I have enough hand saws where it is no longer convenient to simply hand each one on a nail. Hanging them like that just takes up too much room. So I am going to build a saw till. I’d like to build a nice one, but I am also trying to balance convenience of access. (I don’t want something that is going to be a hassle getting the sa...

08-06-2010 04:42 PM

Wood Properties, Grain ... for aspiring woodworkers - 1 reply

This post just appeared on Steve Branam’s Close Grain Blog and it does a great job of introducing the various properties of wood It covers the following wood topics nicely (even using icecream cones to show grain patterns): Wood Toxicity and Allergen SafetyHardwood and SoftwoodMoisture Content and MovementSapwood and HeartwoodGrainFlat...

07-29-2010 10:11 PM

Rockwell Bladerunner - interesting approach - 1 reply

I just saw this video from Rockwell on their new “Bladerunner” (keeping fingers crossed that the video will appear) It is essentially a handheld jigsaw/reciprocating saw mounted under a table. (I’ve seen a few do-it yourself versions of these before) but it is interesting because it has built in dust collection ports, abov...

07-14-2010 05:40 AM

Craigslist tool reader tip - 11 replies

Just read this tip and thought, “doh, why didn’t I think of that?” I use an RSS reader for reading blogs, why not use it for looking for tools over time on Craigslist. I can see how it would be really useful for being the early bird and grabbing the worm.

07-13-2010 05:24 AM

Shop lighting upgrades to LED? - 22 replies

Has anyone upgraded their shop lighting to LED yet? After a close call with a board that was too long and one of my 4ft fluorescent shop lights, it got me thinking about swapping them out for LED varieties. I found that there are some out there that allow you snip out / bypass the ballast and install them. They have the advantage of less ener...

06-22-2010 08:44 PM

Whittling for kids... crash course and subjects needed - 4 replies

In a few weeks my family and my brother’s family are going tent camping together. All together we’ve got 3 kids ages 1.5 to 6yrs. I ‘ve thought it would be fun to do a little whittling to give the kids some fun with nature. (I’d be doing the whittling and they’d be the recipients) I know how to whittle a whist...

06-16-2010 05:50 PM

Electric pin or brad nailer - 6 replies

I don’t have much need for a pin or brad nailer so I don’t have one and also have no compressor. But every once in a while it would be nice to have the speed to pin something in place without risk of damaging the wood too much. I’ve been wondering about this Stanley TRE650. It seems to be a step above the electric stapler/...

06-06-2010 05:32 AM

Home Depot has no Ridgid Table Saws? - 20 replies

After repairing my vintage Delta homecraft table saw for what I’ve vowed will be the last time, I went to the HomeDepot Website as I am trying to Decide between the portable Bosch and the Portable Ridgid and Home Depot no longer seems to have any Ridgid TableSaws for sale … only a couple of Dewalts and a couple Ryobi. Did I miss s...

04-12-2010 08:54 PM

Woodworking Classes and Spouse? - 12 replies

Every so often I get the idea that I’d like to go take a woodworking class for a few days and expand my skills. Then I get to thinking about what is my wife going to do while I’m off at class during the day. (a lot of these classes seem to be in fairly remote locations.) ..and coming up empty headed. So I put the idea on hold and ...

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