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11-18-2020 11:57 PM

Bottom bandsaw wheel JWBS - 18 - 5 replies

I have a rare model of the jet jwbs -18” bandsaw. Made in Taiwan it has 1.5 hp instead of the usual 1.75 for this size/model. After my blade broke the other day resawing a 10’ 2×4 (very stupidly I was pushing it a little faster than the machine wanted to cut), I replaced with a new blade. I noticed no matter how much tension or tilt adju...

09-22-2020 03:22 PM

Wood species identification - 7 replies

I’m terrible at identifying wood species. I’m wondering what kind of wood this is. My tentative guess is western red cedar but some of the wood looks lighter in color so it’s throwing me off. Am I correct or is it another species ?

09-19-2020 04:16 PM

Anti rust for steel - 6 replies

After making a couple large steel handles for my shop’s new door I sprayed rustoleum’s rust inhibitor all over it and followed all the instructions. After 2 weeks it rained and there was high humidity. The handles started to produce rust all over them. Is there a better product for exterior anti rust applications for steel ?

08-20-2020 06:39 PM

6 foot cabinet doors - 6 replies

I need to make a cabinet that will sit on top of a long desk and will be 76” tall and 48” wide. This will make the doors almost 24” wide each. My main concerns are that a door (they want frameless, i.e. one solid panel) will bow even if it’s just slight. I’m not a big fan of mdf given its weight and tendency to lose grip of hinge screws over tim...

07-18-2020 03:46 AM

Best metal drill bits - 21 replies

Is there a consensus or agreed upon ‘worth it’ set of bits for drilling steel and/or hardened steel ? I’ve been woodworking for 7 years and now have my business up and running and am tired of constantly buying drill bits that claim their great for metal only to have them burn out after a job or 2. I’ve had Milwaukee cobalts, cle-line black and g...

07-16-2020 04:31 AM

Jessem lift ii threaded rod stuck - 5 replies

As I was lowering my jessem mast-r-lift ii 02120, the crank insert piece began rotating freely after the router dropped about an inch. As I kept cranking it the insert came out of the router plate. I watched a couple videos and looked up the manual but couldn’t find much. Has anyone else had this problem ?

06-06-2020 04:21 AM

Paint sprayer fail - 0 replies

I have a Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer that I almost exclusively use the detail nozzle on. No matter what I do I can’t seem to get a consistent good heavy spray going for any longer than 10 mins. Things I’ve tried : Thinning out with water and/or extender Adjusting the air to paint volume ratio Filtering paint through pantyhose Buying a ...

06-02-2020 06:21 AM

Fleas in the wood shop - 9 replies

Everything I’ve read on fleas says that they like to survive in crevices and dust, but not to worry! Just vacuum your hardwood floor crevices and mop then throw the vacuum bags away in a sealed bag. Bing bang boom! This of course doesn’t apply too well to a shop. Especially a wood shop. I have tons of lumber and scraps and probably vacuum my ...

05-12-2020 05:17 AM

Cabinet door edge profile - 8 replies

I’m making some cabinets for a buddy and am trying to figure out the best way to emulate this exact door edge profile. I’m thinking I’ll cut the initial bevel on the table saw but am wondering how to get that awkward round over and then the ridge on the face part. Any ideas or tips ? 2nd question- I’m painting these cabinets so I need to ...

05-01-2020 06:23 AM

A decent tap brand - 7 replies

Is there a better brand of tap recommendation than the ones at the big box stores ? I’ve had 2 go out on me today. I understand they have to be brittle since the metal has to be harder than steel to cut it but it seems a little egregious having 2 snap on me. I’m turning them super slow and straight down.

02-23-2020 08:18 PM

Fine fence working - 3 replies

I have to make 221’ of this style fence for a friend. My strategy to get this clean of a look with wood is I’m going to use 5/4 decking boards cut in half then rounded over. Then domino them into a 2×6 on the tops and bottoms them spray it all black. I’m wondering if there’s a faster or better way to do this. Even possibly buy pre-made pane...

01-28-2020 08:17 PM

Orbital sander upgrade - 6 replies

My dewalt orbital just went out after 6 years and I think I’m gonna upgrade now that I’m doing woodworking as my job. I’ve heard better things about the mirka mr-5 over the festool but I’m wondering if mirka allows the normal 5” diablo discs and in general is as good or better than the festool. Me no know.

12-08-2019 08:27 PM

Countersink in steel bit - 5 replies

I’m making some steel support straps for a chair design and using what was purported to be countersink bits good for steel but they give out after about 10 uses into my steel. Does anyone know of some good countersink bits that are specific to use on metal that won’t dull super fast as the ones I get from big box stores ? The irwins have been ta...

11-08-2019 07:05 PM

Bleaching wood - 6 replies

I’ve been on the hunt for pool strength hydrogen peroxide- basically it has to be above 30% according to my research. I’ve called every pool supply place in my major metropolitan area and no one carries the stuff anymore. On amazon I’ve found high percentage peroxide but it has other chemicals in it as well. Not being a chemistry expert I’m hesi...

09-29-2019 05:34 PM

Sawstop elevation bushing - 6 replies

I couldn’t raise or lower my saw stop blade today and while inspecting the elevation gears and piston I started adjusting the raise gear teeth closer to the raising piston gear. I then noticed the bushing at the top was popped out causing the motor to just hang forward. My fear is even if I get the bushing back in it’ll just pop out again when l...

09-25-2019 04:28 PM

Exterior support timbers - 13 replies

After about 10 years the giant (12” diameter) support cedar posts to my house have begun to decay at the bottoms. The builder planted them on top of the slab with some sort of construction adhesive and hopefully a rod or something set into the foundation. Not only do they support the roof and frame but also prevent lift from strong cross...

08-20-2019 10:25 PM

Router lift sticking - 12 replies

I use the jessem rout-r-lift II and it functioned smooth for a few months but now it’s always laborious to crank up and down. Basically after every other use I have to lift it out of the table, air hose off the pistons and lift threaded rod and coat them with white lithium grease. Is there something better for this or am I doing something wrong ?

08-15-2019 10:31 PM

Scratch in Arm R Seal surface - 7 replies

I attempted to sand out a scratch in a mesquite dining room table surface. It had gone down there through the finish into the wood. I sanded it out with 400 grit hoping I wouldn’t have to refinish the entire surface. When I reapplied the new arm r seal to the raw exposed wood it didn’t match the surrounding area despite being the exact finish I ...

07-25-2019 07:12 PM

Bent lamination spring steel - 3 replies

Is there a good resource for getting spring steel for bent lamination glue ups ? I’m making oak pieces bend into a 14” diameter. But I want it also for future bent jobs. I need something that’s 3” x 6’. I’m not sure of the thickness, maybe 1/16” ? I’ve looked on amazon and called all my metal distributors and no one sells it.

07-14-2019 03:52 AM

Steam bending wood - 3 replies

I have to bend oak to a 16” radius into a C shape for a coffee table base. I’m doing some research I saw that some guys were using a wallpaper steamer jig. This appeals to me because I don’t want to keep refilling propane tanks everything I want to bend a couple 1/4” rip cuts. I’m wondering what the efficacy of this is. Is it enough steam to get...

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