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  0 Thread: Aluminum Files
Post: RE: Aluminum Files

adamcherubini Wrote: (06-25-2022, 08:30 AM) -- Can someone answer why one would need high quality files for aluminum? Why not Mexican made Nicholsons? The problem with cheap files is that they dul...
Alan S Woodworking Hand Tools 20 1,181 06-25-2022, 11:21 AM
  0 Thread: Making Cauls for laminating plywood
Post: RE: Making Cauls for laminating plywood

The point of a curved caul is just to get clamping pressure in the middle. But you want to make sure it’s all flat, so you either need to carefully balance opposing cauls, or make sure one is much mo...
Alan S Woodworking 9 380 06-23-2022, 11:24 AM
  0 Thread: Making Cauls for laminating plywood
Post: RE: Making Cauls for laminating plywood

I’d also be pretty careful to find or s h i m a stable surface very flat to glue it on. Weights are good to hold it down flat, but you need a lot of weight. A vacuum bag under the weights may not ho...
Alan S Woodworking 9 380 06-20-2022, 12:11 PM
  0 Thread: Jointing thick boards
Post: RE: Jointing thick boards

Planing to a straight line I'll assume is not the problem. Then the challenge is to keep the two sides in register for squareness and to avoid twist. One approach is to start with winding sticks, and...
Alan S Woodworking 11 587 06-08-2022, 03:40 PM
  0 Thread: Electric hand planer ... which one ?
Post: RE: Electric hand planer ... which one ?

Based on the "Tips from a Shipwright" recommendation over the other brands (see youtube link above) I got the Ryobi, the only Ryobi tool I've ever bought. It works well, particularly with some of Sau...
Alan S Woodworking Power Tools 9 668 05-26-2022, 09:55 AM
  0 Thread: Cosman's AdjuSTAR - Improvement or Gimmick?
Post: RE: Cosman's AdjuSTAR - Improvement or Gimmick?

Mine seem to work pretty well without it, but I’ve had quite a while to get used to them. I never noticed difficulty in turning the knob, but turning it a small enough amount might have been easier t...
Alan S Woodworking Hand Tools 24 1,945 05-23-2022, 02:41 PM
  0 Thread: Using boiled linseed oil
Post: RE: Using boiled linseed oil

I would go with what John said to be sure of success.  I'm only bringing this up as a shot at something that might save a lot of work. Is it possible that simply applying a wiping varnish to the re...
Alan S Finishing 5 425 05-17-2022, 11:30 PM
  0 Thread: Amana
Post: RE: Amana

As mentioned above, some registrants were notified by email. Does anyone know whether those who weren’t had left any contact information? If they didn’t, what else should Benchcrafted have done besi...
Alan S Woodworking Hand Tools 31 2,898 05-03-2022, 12:54 PM
  0 Thread: Glue for veneer
Post: RE: Glue for veneer

Unibond 800 sounds good, and I’ll probably try it. I noticed that Google found quite a number of failed veneer bonds from people new to it in around 2012-2015 or so. Does anyone know of a bad batch,...
Alan S Woodworking 34 1,450 04-29-2022, 03:58 PM
  0 Thread: Amana
Post: RE: Amana

Yes, the guys at benchcrafted organize the Handworks shows. Remember they are free: you pay for your lodging, but not for all the other stuff, and your money doesn’t go to the organizers except indir...
Alan S Woodworking Hand Tools 31 2,898 04-28-2022, 08:46 PM
  0 Thread: forum category for professionals
Post: RE: forum category for professionals

I would expect that if there was a lot of discussion on a subject, that subject might become a candidate for a new category.
Alan S Woodworking 11 865 04-19-2022, 11:23 PM
  0 Thread: Installing a Shelix Head on a Delta 22-580 Planer - PIC HEAVY
Post: RE: Installing a Shelix Head on a Delta 22-580 Pla...

Tapper Wrote: (04-13-2022, 04:19 PM) -- Seeing no pics, just tiny squares??? Doug -- That's what can happen as a photo hosting site changes.  It's also the reason that earlier in this thread Cia...
Alan S Woodworking Power Tools 21 26,425 04-16-2022, 03:13 PM
  0 Thread: Identifying an Aluminum File
Post: RE: Identifying an Aluminum File

The Vixen file seems to be the thing I've thought of as designed for aluminum.  It has teeth like a float, but cut in a curve.  I have found they work well on wood in planemaking where you might use a...
Alan S Woodworking Hand Tools 4 515 04-04-2022, 02:46 PM
  0 Thread: Good Shop Vac Upgrade?
Post: RE: Good Shop Vac Upgrade?

I have a small cyclone similar to the dust deputy mounted above a 20 gal galvanized steel trashcan, connected to one of the larger Ridgid vacuums.  I have several plywood reinforcing rings around the ...
Alan S Woodworking Power Tools 9 849 03-17-2022, 05:55 PM
  0 Thread: Make Golden Mean calipers
Post: RE: Make Golden Mean calipers

The golden ratio shows up many places in math and nature: the ratio of adjacent Fibonacci numbers approach it for example. It does look good. People periodically point out that matches in art ar...
Alan S Woodworking Hand Tools 16 1,225 03-16-2022, 01:02 PM
  0 Thread: SawStop Firmware
Post: RE: SawStop Firmware

Updates are in the cartridges. That said, I have a prerelease version of the contractor saw, and still use the original standard and dado cartridges. I don't recall how old that is, but it's at leas...
Alan S Woodworking Power Tools 3 550 03-15-2022, 10:26 PM
  0 Thread: measure techniques
Post: RE: measure techniques

A pair of brass stair gauges designed to clamp to a square to mark an angle work well to clamp together a pair of rules for use in the same way as the Lee Valley tool.   If you have an old fashione...
Alan S Woodworking 7 679 03-07-2022, 09:35 AM
  0 Thread: resource for 'standards in cabinet/furniture design'
Post: RE: resource for 'standards in cabinet/furniture d...

The standard is "Human Dimension & Interior Space: A Source Book of Design Reference Standards" https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0823072711/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Alan S Woodworking 15 1,021 03-01-2022, 03:29 PM
  0 Thread: How To secure dust catcher liner?
Post: RE: How To secure dust catcher liner?

Don't put the liner in the bag, put the bag in the liner. Then use a clothespin or something to attach the bottom of the bag to the liner. This works to keep the bag from being sucked into the DC, a...
Alan S Woodworking 30 2,525 02-23-2022, 08:20 AM
  0 Thread: random orbital sander
Post: RE: random orbital sander

I don't know about those specific models, but one worthwhile feature some of the higher priced Bosch (and other) sanders have is low vibration. That can make a huge difference to the way you feel dur...
Alan S Woodworking Power Tools 32 2,397 02-17-2022, 10:52 AM

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