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03-31-2020 06:38 PM

Parabola Routing Jig? - 19 replies

What I want to do is to be able to make a large wooden parabola for focusing sound. I picture starting with a glue-up of rings with a router that cuts a path through them to refine the shape. If you can read my MS Paint scribbling, something like this (cutaway side view): Now, if I wanted a circle, that would be relatively simple. All ...

11-24-2019 01:42 AM

Adding backsplash to workbench - 8 replies

Hey all, I have a workbench that sits against the wall. You know whenever that happens, every screw wants to roll off the back edge and down the hole. Therefore, I want to add a backsplash, but I was thinking that while I’m at it, it would be handy to built it out and have electrical outlets (who knows, perhaps even air) in there as...

08-11-2019 03:17 AM

Board color code? - 7 replies

Sorry if this is a newbie question, but the paint color they use on the ends of hardwood boards… is there some particular convention as to the colors used or some meaning behind a particular color?

07-21-2019 10:48 PM

DeWalt chop saw question - 1 reply

My chop saw started making the DeWalt death squeal, so I pulled it apart to replace the bearings just like this video: Problem is, replacing both end bearings doesn’t fix it for me. Now, I admit, I was using a 6202-Z that I happened to have on hand rather than the original 6202-LU. And th...

08-12-2018 04:02 AM

(Tube) lathe - 0 replies

“That’s not what he said! He distinctly said “to blave.” And, as we all know, “to blave” means “to bluff,” huh? So you’re probably playing cards, and he cheated…”—Miracle Max.Okay, so I had some oak sword handles I was doing for a guy and I needed a way to make them symmetri...

06-16-2018 02:52 AM

Mobile Workshop -- how to build slides?? - 3 replies

I want to create a mobile workshop, similar in some respects to the infamous Ron Paulk trailer, only inside-out. What I mean by that is you work outside. Along the sides of the trailer is a series of compartments that slide out from the sides, for instance, tablesaw slides out, chop saw, Rubbermaid tote containing parts… whatever. The...

05-27-2018 11:17 PM

Crosshatching jig? Ideas? - 11 replies

Hey all, I have a problem. My drill press vice jaws have a series of diagonal cross-hatches, which are worn out.I tried cutting them back in with a hacksaw blade, but I have a hard time keeping it from wandering and ruining the groove. Plus it’s tedious and my thumbs are getting pretty sore. What I really want to do is unscrew the ...

07-25-2017 07:50 PM

Trying to figure out a lumber cart. - 15 replies

I’ve been working on a design for a lumber cart to organize extra materials cluttering up the shop. The main design constraint is that I want it to be able to go outside, therefore I want it enclosed on all sides to help prevent rain damage and/or spiders. Here are some drawings: Size= 4’x10’ with a door on each end pl...

02-15-2017 05:56 PM

Feedback on workshop cabinet design - 2 replies

Hey all, I’m planning my next workshop makeover and I’m looking for feedback on my idea.. The concept is to move away from the typical massive all-in-one tablesaw station and towards modular roll-around cabinets similar to: ...

08-07-2016 04:38 AM

Tablesaw problem - 1 reply

I have an old Rockwell contractor’s saw that’s been finnaky since I bought it. Tonight I was cutting some 45 degree strips for french cleats, and I noticed the line cut line wandering. :(At first I thought my wood was warped or something until the blade disappeared. Turns out the height adjust is lowering by itself during the c...

09-18-2015 08:26 PM

Fixing bandsaw blades -- What am I doing wrong!?? - 5 replies

Hello all, I’ve seen some videos online where people make/fix their own bandsaw blades by silver soldering/brazing.(Examples: So I went ahead and ordered some silver solder (not the tin junk from the hw store, but the real, expensive silver-bearing...

04-18-2014 03:58 PM

Bandsaw blade jumping - 9 replies

My bandsaw has taken on a strange issue. As it runs, the blade periodically jumps forward in the direction of the teeth. I’d say about every half second or so. Apart from making a raket it also is really hard to cut with, and I’m concerned there are only about five teeth actually doing any cutting. What’s weird is I reall...

02-16-2014 03:42 PM

Rambone: Man vs Machine Showdown - 41 replies

In the ongoing struggle of “man vs machine”, there have been many milestones. Garry Kasparov vs Deep Blue, Sara Connors vs the T-1000, George Jestson vs “this crazy thing”, etc… But today another epic battle has been fought: Man vs Makerbot! The low-down is this: Jorg Sprav, of The Slingshot Channel fame, has rel...

01-29-2014 02:29 PM

What are the different styles? - 4 replies

Okay, I’m new to the whole “furniture styles” thing. You know, where a project says, “oh, this is a ‘shaker’ style” or “mission” or “arts and craftsman”... (I’m guessing that doesn’t mean made with Sears tools.) Heck, there’s even a list of tags at the bottom o...

01-20-2014 07:43 PM

Honeboy - a homemade chisel/plane honing guide - 0 replies

Yeah, I know these aren’t too expensive to buy, but this has a few improvements over the commercial models. I 3d printed it (obviously), but the design is based around a sliding dovetail so there’s no reason a person couldn’t create a wood variation of it instead. View/download the free design at:

11-21-2013 10:52 PM

Thoughts on cutting down tablesaw fence rails? - 4 replies

I’m currently restoring a heavy old Rockwell 10 tablesaw. The thing is my shop is very small and even now that its on wheels that ts is wanting to be in the way of everything. I realize most people who need to economize on space build a router table into the right side wing, but I was wondering about cutting it off entirely—both le...

04-16-2013 05:49 PM

Best ceiling options? - 7 replies

Hey all, This summer (Lord willing) I’ll be building my first dedicated workshop. Hurray! I was wondering about the best ceiling though. There will be a loft above. So the options would be to sheetrock and finish the thing or leave it open floor joists. Thus far I’ve always had finished garage ceilings, but growing up, my...

07-25-2012 05:08 PM

Latest project: Creating a woodworkers' marking knife by regrinding old razor blades - 2 replies

Sadly I couldn’t list this as a “project” because it’s not wood, but all metal. Still I hope somebody will find it useful! As with many of my projects I like to straddle the fence between “hey, that’s pretty clever”, and “WHAT? ARE YOU INSANE?!!” This time I’m playing with old ut...

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