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  1. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    So, I working in the shop, setting up the bandsaw to break down a small tree trunk that I had just cut down. I had sent my son out on the riding mower to both mow and start picking up all of the leaves that have already started piling up in the yard. I had just finished aligning the blade, and...
  2. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I've been working with my hands, and my brain, since I was 14, and worked in several fields. Started carpentry in high school, rough for residential and commercial though I was trained in fine cabinet making. In my early twenties I worked in finish carpentry, fine cabinetry and high-end...
  3. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hi All: I'm in an insulated and enclosed 2 car garage (about 400 sq feet) with little air flow (for the insulation). I have a Shopfox 1HP DC that claims its 800CFM. I try my best to wear my respirator (I really do!) while cutting or sanding (I tend not to wear it with the chips of a...
  4. Blogs
    Cabinet... Learning Experience Well here they are, my first attempt at cabinets. I decided I needed additional storage and organization in my shop. So I started building these a few months ago, in between other goings ons. They are primarily built out of scrap and I used the Kreg Jig to join...
  5. Blogs
    Jigs and Fixtures Here is the first episode of Wood Wisdom (I say fifth because of the other videos but as you can see the title says #1 because of the new name). It is on Jigs that I have made for my shop and hopefully you can make some of these for your shop. If you have any questions message...
  6. Blogs
    Beginning this Blog I recently was referred to this site by Steve Good, who has a wonderful, comprehensive scroll saw forum and blog page. Although I have been doing woodworking for almost fifteen years, I have finally reached a point in my life where I am able to make it the main focus of my...
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  7. Blogs
    Rule #3, if your lathe has a safety shield and you can use it....DO!!! My wife, who loves me more than I deserve, let me get a new lathe a few months ago. A Powermatic 3520b. I love this lathe, especially better than the old Craftsman tube-types I had. Anyway, I've flung a few pieces of wood...
  8. Blogs
    How often do you clean your shop? Why should you take away from your precious woodworking time to clean the shop? The obvious answer is safety. Woodworking is much safer without a lot of clutter and piles of saw dust everywhere. There is another reason and in some ways it's just as important...
  9. Blogs
    Freak Accident The accident happened when I was nearly finished with a valance to hang over the patio doors and was drilling small holes through which I was threading gold cord. My old-age vision is rather poor so I had taken off my glasses and gotten my face really close to be able to see...
  10. Blogs
    You can win $1.5 million! A bit on woodworking safety. I've been meaning to talk about shop safety for a while. The recent news that a jury awarded a guy $1.5 million prompted me to do so. I feel that safety is not the ultimate goal in woodworking. Creating something out of wood is first. I...
  11. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    During this latest cold spell, I came home to a house that was just over 50 degrees. I had a clogged condenser pipe that triggered an automatic shutoff. I was able to take care of it myself and heard the general warnings about carbon monoxide and home repair on heating devices. I became very...
  12. Hand Tools
    I've been exploring and using hand planes more and more over the last two years but could use advice on cambering the blade. I utilize a granite stone, sandpaper, and the Veritas honing gauge to sharpen my blades…and this method does get them 'scary sharp'. I have 'rescued' an old #5 I want...
  13. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    I had one of those days where things just did not go right. Nothing major, just small irritating stuff and mishaps that was beginning to frustrate me. That is where one of my safety rules kick in. When you start being irritated, take the shop key lock up and find something else to do which does...
  14. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hi Folks, I have all the materials to get started on building a real dust collection system based on Phil Thein's design. I purchased a HF 2HP DC about 2 weeks ago. I am very pleased, I connected one port to the Table Saw (now Ridgid will be happy that it will not blow up) the other port to...
  15. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    OK, I wasn't going to post this, but rethought this and feel I should share this safety concern. Yesterday, I was resawing a 9in wide 8/4 piece of pine into 3/8in shelving. FWIW, it is typically 95-105F in the shop this time of year (South Texas) so I was wearing a pair of carpenter's shorts...
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    So I replaced the Arbor bearings today on my ridgid r4511 table saw. Considering I have never done anything like that everything went pretty well. The saw is much quite, vibration is almost gone, I think a new belt would help with that. Anyways put everything back together, squared the...
  17. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    Hello everyone, I am new to lumberjocks. I have been sitting on the sidelines watching for awhile and decided that it was time to jump into the mix. I have had a lot of fun looking at the amazing projects you all put together, and have really appreciated the knowledge you share on this site...
  18. Focus on the Workspace
    I was a big fan of Stumpy Nubs until I saw his latest video on dust collection. Now I'm a HUGE fan. I've been running my Penn dust collector for years with the original felt bags, and now Stumpy has explained how it's hurting, rather than helping, my health. MUST SEE ...
  19. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    Greetings All! I'm glad to finally be an official member after many months of snooping around on the site. I hate to start off with something so exciting, but here it goes… Preemptively, let me say that I realize that dust collection is a controversial and often beaten-to-death topic in the...
  20. Focus on the Workspace
    In case anyone needs a reminder to not wear long sleeves in the shop, last night I responded to a guy who was reminded of this. I wish I could have taken a photo of this! He was working in a local lumber place and his sleeve was pulled in by a sander, which was the planer style. It pulled is...
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