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08-04-2016 01:07 AM

Best way to determine the radius of an arc? - 20 replies

I have some objects that contain arcs that I would like to duplicate. Let me clarify, it is the arcs, the gentle, sweeping curves, that I would like to duplicate. My problem is that I don’t know of a way to determine the radius of the existing arc other than make a tracing then break out a compass and start guessing. So, is there som...

01-27-2016 10:26 PM

Any experience using smartphone inclinometer? - 20 replies

I was about to pull the trigger on a Wixey digital gauge when my grandson says, “I bet there is an app for that”. Sure enough, there are several free inclinometer apps in the android store. Anyone have any experience using them for setting tablesaw blade angles? Not sure how well they would work as my phone doesn’t have sh...

03-05-2015 11:23 PM

Outfeed table design--why not a grid? - 16 replies

I need to add an outfeed table to my R4512. Every outfeed table I have seen so far is usually a solid top with slots that act as extensions for the miter-gauge slots. My question is why not use a grid instead (think lattice work)? Seems like a grid would be lighter putting less stress on the back rail of the saw as well as less likely to ma...

02-12-2015 07:09 PM

Material question for new office/computer desk - 4 replies

Moved to new house, larger home office and I need new furniture. I’ve got a rough design in my head but need some help with material choice(s). The basic design of the desk will be a large U-shape following three walls. The actual desk-top will be supported in the back and sides by either OSB or MDF. These will be small sections so I...

01-20-2015 08:16 PM

Need a new table-saw and am so confused - 21 replies

Moved to a new home where I can finally set up a shop and still have room in the garage. Currently have a little Delta portable table saw that I bought about 10yrs ago. It did what I needed at the time but was never really “the” saw. I only paid about $75 for it after all. So here are my like to haves />1) Under $600 as I do ne...

09-24-2012 01:49 AM

Looking for a solution: "Pop-Up" panel in a motorhome. - 4 replies

We bought a very used motorhome last month. Had an old tube-TV mounted in the dash, in the front, over the “dog house” or engine cover. It didn’t work very well so out it went. I’m building an insert that will go in it and want to add a few things to make driving on the road a bit easier on me. One of those things t...

04-10-2012 10:08 PM

Thinking of building a Carlyle Lynch lathe (FWW #57) - 0 replies

I’ve been giving serious thought to building a lathe along the lines of Carlyle Lynch’s shown in FWW #57. It uses a lot of yellow-pine for the construction and that is not a problem for me. My issue is the headstock and tailstock spindles. I’m trying to understand what is needed. The description says 1” seamless met...

08-23-2011 10:41 PM

Hardwood dealer(s) in Houston ? - 2 replies

I am in the east Houston area this week (actually between Baytown and Beaumount) and would like to maybe locate some nice hardwood for a memorial urn. My google-fu is weak so I would appreciate any pointers, addresses, etc. I’m basically looking for flat lumber as opposed to turning blocks since I don’t have a lathe anymore. The...

07-07-2011 09:33 PM

Building Thickness sander - Drum Question - 16 replies

Building a thickness sander based on designs I’ve seen here and on the ‘net’. One thing I rarely, if ever, see mentioned is attachment of the wooddisk to the shaft. Some folks have said that the epoxy/glue they used to glue-up the drum was sufficient to hold to the shaft. Others don’t mention anything about it. I ha...

04-13-2011 06:34 PM

Cyclone sizing for bucket/shopvac system - 7 replies

I’ve got limited space in my shop, or rather garage, so a fixed cyclone dust collection system is not an option. Been researching what folks have been doing with a 5gal bucket, a shop vac and homemade cyclones and that looks like a very viable option for me. But what I’m seeing is a lot of differences in the actual length or size...

04-12-2011 05:34 PM

Router tables and dust collection - 11 replies

I need to redesign my router-table fence to accommodate some type of dust collection via shopvac. My table is similar to Norm/New Yankee design in that the router sits in its own space with a door to access. My question is this: Will hooking up my shopvac to the fence get enough dust or do I need to get a “Y” and hook up to the se...

04-04-2011 03:38 PM

Should I replace the breaker on Delta 36-540 table-saw? - 3 replies

Quite a while back I picked up a Delta table-saw, 36-540 for next to nothing (ok, stop laughing, it does what I need it to do most of the time.) Recently, the breaker that is part of the saw keeps tripping for what I think is no apparent reason. I’ve blown the dust out of the bottom on the saw, replaced the blade with a new Freud Diablo ...

03-14-2011 09:25 PM

Bet bit for use in a "router-planer" ? - 13 replies

My apologies if this has been covered before but my “search-fu” is weak…. Going to be needing to plane some boards down and don’t have a planer. BUT I do have a router (therefore I can do anything as someone wrote a while back). What’s the best bit for this? a dado bottom-cleaning bit, a bowl bit, plunge bit...

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