Joshua Luther

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  1. Joshua Luther

    Band saw Restoration

    For anyone who is looking to restore a band saw or any other older power tool, hopefully this thread will help encourage or give us all an opportunity to share tips or advice from our own experiences. I'm going to try and document my band saw restoration as much as I can. The band saw that I'm restoring is a Sprunger band saw made back in the 50's. I believe it is closely related to the power Kraft brand and was manufactured and sold by or through Montgomery Ward. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I bought this saw used knowing that I was going to be doing a complete disassembly and restoring of it. But for $100 on Craigslist, I couldn't pass it up. I think I've spent more time tuning and fixing my tools than I have actually using them. But that's ok with me, because I'm on a limited budget and have saved a lot of money by doing it myself. Here is the picture from the from the original Craigslist posting. Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬
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    DIY Table Saw Fence?

    Here is a link to John Heisz' video. https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=tvhSlByDMjQ Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk
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    DIY Table Saw Fence?

    I made my own Table saw fence for my craftsman contractor saw. I made entirely it entirely out of wood. It locks down and stays where I put it. I first started by finding the dimensions of a biesemeyer fence and went from there. I made a video showing an overview of it on my YouTube channel, Luther ToolWorks. Here is the link to the video. I've been using it for a couple of years now. I used a vertical bed post as the main fence and other scrap wood I had in the shop to make the rest. People who have watched my video have asked for plans and a build video. I have been working on a sketch up drawing of it but since I don't see myself making another one in the near future, a build video isn't going to happen. I would point you to John Heisz. He has a website, www.ibuildit.ca as well as a YouTube channel. He built one very similar to mine and has plans with step by step instructions on how to make it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a good quality plywood for constructing it.
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    Problem with My Craftsman 10 inch contractor saw

    You probably have sawdust caked onto the threads of the tilt shaft. Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk
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    Mickey Coasters

    I'm not planning on doing an inlay nor round ears which is why I made a template of a Mickey coaster that I already have. I agree it would look silly with round ears. I will make a template then use a pattern bit or flush trim bit on the actual piece.
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    Mickey Coasters

    I'm planning on making a set of Mickey coasters for a good friend of mine who lost his wife unexpectedly last month. She was a huge Disney and Mickey Mouse fan. The idea will be to take this design and make them out of wood. Minus the myriad number of circles on these. I have a set of these exact coasters to go off of. Last night I took a piece of paper and did a crayon rubbing of the top of it so I can transfer it to wood. My idea is to use forstner bits for the Mickey head and glue a contrasting color of wood there. The Mickey will either be a complete insert or an inlay. Probably will be easier to make a complete Mickey insert. I also plan to enlarge the Mickey head a little bit as well. I'll be looking through my wood collection/pallet wood, to see if I have something that will work to keep grain continuity throughout all six coasters. I'll either make my own shop sawn veneer or buy some. It will all depend on what I have in the shop. I'll definitely be making a template first. I might also be investing in a pattern bit for my router. I am going to try and get them done for a Christmas gift but it won't be the end of the world if I don't. I'd love to hear any kind of feedback, tips or suggestions. What kind of finish should I apply to these? He's mostly a coffee drinker and I suppose they will see some use from cold drinks that will sweat and get them wet, so will I need to put something that will hold up to any water that will get on them?
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    Mickey Coasters

    The west system is too pricy for me.
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    Mickey Coasters

    So the epoxy doesn't separate from the wood?
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    Mickey Coasters

    I'm also looking at this epoxy system. http://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/310367197632
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    Mickey Coasters

    I'm wondering if this stuff will work. TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy (Pint) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0141F71II/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_btzywbGXCYY42
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    Mickey Coasters

    Where would I get an automotive pearl?
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    Mickey Coasters

    I agree with both these thoughts. Much quicker and it would be reversible where you could use both sides. Also would look cool with a black dye. A dyed epoxy would probably hide any air bubbles too. Any suggestions for a brand and type of epoxy? One that I could pick up in a store and not have to wait for it to be shipped to me?
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    Mickey Coasters

    I've also been thinking of using epoxy for the Mickey head.
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    My latest project-Sandbox

    http://youtu.be/Cv3wgT39zMY
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    Homemade Bench Vise

    Here is a link to my first Weebly blog post featuring my bench vise that I made a while ago and got a lot of use out of. http://jlwoodworking77.weebly.com/blog/bench-vise
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    My Woodworking Workbench

    So I wanted to show my workbench here that I just recently finished this week. The whole build took me longer than it should've just because of everything else going on in my life. Right when I was nearing the end of the build, I came down with pneumonia that really took the wind out of my sails. Literally. So I was really happy that I was able to get out into the shop over the weekend and finish it up. I am still in the process of flattening it with my Stanley Bedrock 605 and putting a finish on it. Also what finish would you guys recommend for this that isn't too expensive? Would BLO be ok for it? Anyway, here is the video that I made and posted to my YouTube channel. Hope you enjoy it! http://youtu.be/7qhjQrBAoIY
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    My Woodworking Workbench

    Cool. Thanks Eric!
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    My Woodworking Workbench

    Yeah. Me too. Thanks.
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    Screen Door

    Nice job. Looks really good. I'm wondering if it would be possible to make a replacement sliding screen door?
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    Bessey Clamp Sale!

    I just saw this sale pop up in my email the other day. Woodcraft has the Bessey F-style clamps on sale. http://m.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=Bessey%20F-%20Style%20Clamp&Featured=On%20Sale&utm_source=bm23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Image+-+http%3A%2F%2Fwww.woodcraft.com%2Fsearch2%2Fsearch.aspx%3Fquery%3DBessey%2520F-%2520Style%2520Clamp%26Featured%3DOn%2520Sale&utm_content=Floor+Mats+6-25-15&utm_campaign=06%2F25%2F2015 Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬
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    Magnetic Paddle Switch Failure?

    I have this magnetic switch on my 110v contractor table saw. I've had it on for roughly 9-10 months. Yesterday I was ripping a 2x4 and the saw turned off. It didn't trip a breaker and the motor didn't overheat. I've had issues before with the connectors coming loose on the switch so I checked them, replaced the connectors on all four wires and reconnected them to the switch. Prior to doing this I noticed that the saw would start but wouldn't stay switched on. I can hold the on button and it will continue to run. But as soon as I take my finger off the on switch, it turns off. It's like the off button is stuck or the magnetic part, don't know the technical terms, failed in the switch. As a side note, I never tried to run the saw while holding in the power switch. In the past whenever I'd plug the saw in, I'd hear a small click in the switch. I no longer hear this click when I plug it in, which leads me to believe that I need a new switch. I'm pretty confident that the motor is getting enough power because it starts right up quickly. I'm wondering if this switch failure timeframe is normal or if there's something that may have caused it to fail prematurely. Also, is there a sure fire way to check with a voltmeter if it is indeed a switch failure? Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬
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    Magnetic Paddle Switch Failure?

    I did check out grizzly's selection of switches and they are more than I want to spend for a switch able to handle 1 hp or more. Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬
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    Magnetic Paddle Switch Failure?

    I've decided to go with a mechanical switch. My saw is 1hp and I am not about to spend more on a switch than I did on my saw. Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬
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    Magnetic Paddle Switch Failure?

    Where then can I find a magnetic paddle switch that can handle a 3/4 hp motor? Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬
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    Magnetic Paddle Switch Failure?

    Yes. I realized there are two different switches. I had researched my switch and found a comparison on lumberjocks and posed my question there as well. I am going with the mechanical switch this time. The one that failed was a magnetic one. Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬