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    Router Lesson Learned The Hard Way

    My router lift in my table is made of aluminum, as many (most?) are. When I changed bits without realizing it I rotated the steel wrench against the edge of the flat plate where the large round plate screws in. It created a tiny burr that wasn't visible. When I ran my round table top over the...
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    Air Powered Nailer Technique?

    I have the same problem every time I use a brad nailer powered by a 6 gal. compressor. Every time I make a piece some of the brads (nails) bend in their own direction and blow out the sides of the receiving boards, pine and plywood. It doesn't happen every nail, and it's not consistent as to...
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    Ambrosia Beetle Problem

    I recently made a bookshelf set out of ambrosia maple, and had an ~6' slab left over. I stacked and sticker it in my outside wood storage. Moved it today and discovered 20-25 little sawdust piles on the board underneath it. I inspected it and could see new beetle bore holes. I took it off...
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    Location Of Air Compressor

    Like most of us, I'm out of floor space in my 1 garage shop. I really want to get an air compressor system, and my choices are (1) get an undersized ~20 gal tank on wheels and locate it inside, or (2) get a stationary ~60 gal tank and locate outside and under a roof. #2 would be exposed to the...
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    Refinishing Teak

    I've got a chance to salvage/reclaim/rejuvenate two teak outdoor tables. They definitely show the effects of weather and neglect. Have you ever refinished teak in pretty bad condition? How involved is the process? Do you recommend a specific product or kit to do the job, and how much does it...
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    For Sale: Powermatic 66---$1200 (SOLD?) CL Ad deleted)

    Found this in Asheville CL. Sorry, I can't figure out how to copy and paste exact ad page. Go to CL, click tools, search for Powermatic 66. This older model is one of the best table saws you can buy short of a $3500 Saw Stop. You will be so impressed with how the 5hp motor cuts thicker...
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    Surfacing Strips For Bent Lamination

    I'm getting ready to cut 10 3.5" wide white oak strips for a glue-up lamination. They will make curved legs for a wall shelf box. My ?: Do I need to surface sand the laminations or can I go straight to glue-up after resawing the strips on my band saw. I get reasonably clean surfaces with the...
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    Getting Burn Marks From Table Saw

    I'm getting way too many burn marks on hardwoods--white oak, ash, walnut, and even 3/4" plywood from my table saw. I've got a Powermatic 66 with a 5 hp motor and use a Forrest Woodworker II blade. I have no idea why this is happening. My usual suspects are: I'm off on my feed speed. Do I...
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    Tuning Up A Plane Hack

    I had a reason to tune up 2 planes, and part of the project was leveling and polishing the soles. MAN, THAT IS WORK!! I spent hours on a small block plane just working the sole in the conventional way--progressive grits of sandpaper laid on a granite block. I literally worked until my hands...
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    Long Term Update On College

    I have been a member of NCWW for two years now, and it has become a valuable resource. I joined at the same time I moved to the mountains and established my company--Wiley's Woodworks. Shortly after I joined I mentioned that I was going to take a woodworking course, and several members asked...
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    Broken Stanley Block Plane

    I've got a Stanley low angle block plane that has a broken front toe plate. I believe it's a model # 65 because of it's size--6 1/4" sole, 7" oal including depth adjustment screw. The adjustable toe plate is supposed to have a threaded brass stud braised to it that is tightened by the front...
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    Overspray On Glasses Lenses

    Man, did I screw up. I sprayed 4 coats of an oil-based spar urethane on an outdoor garden bench. I used all the precautions, including a suction spray booth. I still got a very light overspray on my glasses. I can still see through the lenses, but it's like looking through a light fog...
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    ISO Plug Cutter Set

    I'm having a devil of a time finding a plug cutter set at a reasonable price that has good reviews. If you have had good success without having to resharpen every bit after you bought, let me know the brand and source. Thanks.
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    Busted Paint Sprayer Hose

    I picked up an old Sherwin Williams compressor with a 25' hose and one sprayer gun. Gun looks to be clean and usable. Now here's the funny part. My wife spotted the hose and had an instant use for it--an extension for her too short outdoor garden hose. Now I don't if the hose was defective...
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    Need Research Help

    I am enrolled in Haywood Community College's Master Crafts-Wood degree program and will graduate in June. Currently in our business class we are putting together a comprehensive, thorough business plan, suitable for presenting to lenders. Part of the plan is in-depth analysis of woodworking...
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    Brushless Motors

    When browsing for new tool purchases I am noticing more and more hand power tools using brushless motors, especially battery powered tools. I am convinced the brushless motors are worth the extra expense. What I'm not seeing is brushless motors in corded tools, whether they are hand held or...
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    Reclaiming Old Oak Office Chair

    I bought one of those old all oak office chairs on spec because I have the matching teacher's desk--the type that used to be made in prisons, and if you're my age was in every classroom at your elementary school. Both are solid oak, some quartersawn, and together look pretty good. The chair...
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    Sharpening Spokeshaves

    I'm unsuccessful at sharpening two spokeshaves. The blades are so short they don't fit in any plane or chisel sharpening jigs, and I'm not getting a clean hollow ground on a grinder with a tool rest. When I do it gets wiped out on a whet stone because the blade is so short when I try to polish...
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    Table Saw Blade Issues

    I'm having a devil of a time locating the exact 10" table saw blade I want. Searching Amazon, Klingspor, Rockler, Woodcraft just wore me out, so here are my specs. I'm hoping someone is using what I want. I want a combination type blade that cuts a flat kerf (I cut dovetails and box joints...
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    Two Problems With Performax 16-32 Plus Drum Sander

    I purchased an entire shop and was so pleased to acquire 3 pieces of machinery in particular: a 5 HP Powermatic table saw, a Laguna 16" band saw, and a Performax 16-32 drum sander. I used the Performax for the 1st time and had a serious problem with it that is not covered in the troubleshooting...

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