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09-05-2019 04:38 PM

New grinder wheels - 21 replies

Well rats! My dad’s 1950-ish Craftsman grinder just bit the dust. I was using the wire brush to clean some light rust off of a bolt, and a few sparks flew out and it just spun down. At 70 (-ish) years old, I guess it just had enough. I bought a Rikon 8” variable speed as a replacement, but I want to get new wheels for it. It ca...

05-23-2017 04:08 PM

Anyone work with granite? - 12 replies

I can get a nice 28×48 piece of counter granite for free. I think I will probably get it because if nothing else I can use it for a table top of some sort, or some other piece that doesn’t require any machining. But I was also thinking that it would make a very nice router table top. But to do that, it would obviously require some ...

04-18-2017 07:19 PM

Anyone turning Redwood? - 3 replies

I just had a redwood tree taken down because it was dying and I asked the tree dude to save me some of the pieces so I could try turning some. I have turned a little bit, but I am by no means an expert at it. I have turned a couple of small bowls, handles and knobs, etc. As a matter of fact, the very first piece of wood I put on a lathe was a...

03-02-2017 07:28 PM

A couple of questions regarding PM66 maintenance - 3 replies

I have been going through my PM66 giving it a good cleaning, and alignment. The process had me wondering . . . 1. How often do you (or should you) go through and make sure it is all still aligned? One obvious reply would be something like ” when your cuts start being a little off ” or so. But do any of you perform this regular...

02-22-2017 12:38 AM

What's the latest on table saw miter guages? - 16 replies

Hi all, I am considering the purchase of a new miter gauge for my PM66 table saw. I currently have an Osbourne EB3 that is just great . . . until . . . I have to move it to the other side of the blade. It’s a little bit of a hassle in that you almost have to dismantle the entire gauge to move it It isn’t really a huge deal, but...

01-04-2017 09:37 PM

Questions about spraying. - 3 replies

I have been doing a lot of reading about spraying different types of things and there is a lot of information out there. The problem is, a lot of it is contradictory. I have almost decided that a HVLP system is just not something that I should be spending $500 or $600 or $700 or more on. Especially after just spending almost $800 for a new De...

12-31-2016 01:31 AM

I would like to start spraying - 3 replies

I have a little bit of money burning in my pocket and I was thinking of spending it for an HVLP turbine system. I have done some looking around at prices and functionality, but I am having a hard time justifying the expenditure. Reason? I am just a hobbyist and don’t do more than one or two (maaaaaybe three) projects a year, and those ...

12-22-2016 10:51 PM

Sanding mats - 18 replies

I am referring to those rubber, or other material, mats used to put on your bench that keep workpieces that are being sanded from running all over the table top. All of my work surfaces are covered with Formica, and so far I have not found anything that works. I have tried several of those perforated rubber mats, solid rubber, fiber mats, and ...

12-22-2016 10:43 PM

Experience with ... Mineral Spirits?? - 7 replies

I was at my local Lowes picking up some supplies the other day, and the last thing on my list was mineral spirits. I picked up a gallon can and started for the registers when I noticed “Substitute” in small letters below the Mineral Spirits title. Mineral Spirits Substitute???? What the Heck? So I put the gallon can back and b...

12-07-2016 11:45 PM

I just received an unexpected Christmas Persent . . . - 3 replies

But I don’t know exactly what I got. I was in my garage shop trying to clean it back up again after a sanding session, and a neighbor walks up introduces himself. Exchanged a couple of pleasantries and then he asked me if I wanted the vice he had with him. That’s it in the pictures. I know it’s a vice, but other than tha...

12-02-2016 11:51 PM

Where do I get sanding sleeves for Delta 31-483? - 5 replies

I have recently purchased the Delta 31-483 spindle sander while it was on sale. I have it, and like it, but I would like to get some different grit sanding sleeves for it. Where is a good source where I can get them, and hopefully not have to pay for them by leaving them my first born. Thanks, Wayne

08-17-2016 07:54 PM

How do you keep bandsaw blades and bearings clean - 6 replies

I mostly use my bandsaw for cutting dried lumber, but sometimes I use it to prepare turning blanks from green wood. It is this use that gets my goat. The saw is equipped with bearing guides, but a much cheaper imitation of Carters that use only a single bearing on each side. I had to take down a small peach tree that had a trunk maybe 5R...

03-21-2016 09:15 PM

How square is "square" - 7 replies

I am rebuilding the router table fence I built for my homebuilt router table. I had to do this because I found out the hard way that the base platform for the fence had warped just a little and some frame-and-panel doors didn’t come out quite right. When dry fitting all of the pieces and clamping them together, they would not lay flat. I c...

02-07-2016 11:26 PM

LED shoplight wiring - 24 replies

I have been looking into LED shop lighting like many others. I am currently set up in a three-car garage (yup, all of it). I have very low ceilings due to there being two bedrooms over most of it. They are barely 8’ throughout most of it, but the big beams that support the two bedrooms come down to under 7’. Anyway, I currently...

02-02-2016 10:44 PM

How do I stain maple a dark brown? - 17 replies

I have been working on a project for a couple of months now. The hangup is trying to get a good consistent color that I accidentally came across. This project is a maple table/cabinet that is to go between two recliner chairs, and has storage and a charging compartment. Anyway, I initially wanted it to be black in color, but while fiddling a...


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