Woodworking Tools Videos

Shop Made Disc Sander / Bench Top DIY Build

When I spotted the 2 electric motors at the garage sale, I passed over them at first. They were covered in dust, paint splatters and cobwebs and I doubted either worked. After a few minutes with no other finds, I was about to leave and asked the lady if the motors worked ... she did not know. I asked if I could plug them in, explaining that they might trip the electrical circuit, whereupon she said no, take them "as is" and gave me a lower price ... I told her that her price was too low, gave her more money and left with the 2 unknown condition motors ... neither of which I expected to work.

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When I got them home and plugged them in, to my delight, they both worked. I was amazed. They were both only one-third horsepower, which I thought would be a bit low for making a disc sander, but if I made the disc size smaller, it might work ... so I went ahead with the plan.

Upgrades to My Ridgid Oscillating Belt and Spindle Sander

One of the handiest tools I own is my Ridgid Oscillating Belt and Spindle Sander that was recommended to me by a friend, many years ago and it has given me years of good service, but as I use it I find it has a couple of items that could use some updating, and thanks to a suggestion from Bill in Wichita, I finally go around to making these changes.

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The first update was to that annoying, reverse thread knob on to of the oscillating mechanism that allows you to change and secure spindles and the belts ...

Why I Don't Sharpen My Own Table Saw Blades

There are many things in woodworking that I have experimented with or tried out, some worked and some did not. I always enjoy the challenges of learning new things and maybe even coming up with new processes and ways of working, but there is one thing that I have little interest in spending my time on and that is attempting to sharpen my own table saw or miter saw blades. 

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I purchase good quality saw blades for a reason, and that is to get good quality cuts in wood because when I do this so I don't have to spend my time fixing, repairing, and sanding out imperfections that lesser quality saw blades can create ...  

Wood Jointer Tips for Setting Up and Using a Jointer

Jointers can be one of the most frustrating tools to set up and to use, and sometimes it isn't even the machine, sometimes it's the wood that's the problem all along, but we blame it on the machine or how we set up the jointer. In this article, I will be talking about using the jointer, and referring back to an older video and article I made on setting jointer knives if that is the information you are looking for. Both of these articles and videos are important to understanding ... AND getting good results.

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The first thing to know, even before you start to set the knives, the in-feed, out-feed or the fence, is to MAKE SURE you have excellent quality measuring tools ...