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  1. I have a Kreg lift mounted in my router table and I am very pleased with the design and accuracy; however, the fine threads on the vertical adjustment screw get gummed up with fine sawdust. This requires periodic removal and cleaning. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to prevent this..?
  2. You’re right...it’s 3.25 hp. Hope I saved the receipt..!!
  3. I’m checking on that now.....I figure that I won’t be that lucky
  4. About 6 months ago I purchased a 3.5 hp PortAmate router motor for my router table. It has the gradual start function and also shuts down if I get too aggressive when hogging out material. Last week I was cutting a 1/2” groove in a piece of oak and after shutting down momentarily 2 or 3 times it quit and won’t run anymore (no reset button to be found). It gave off an odor so I’m confident that I cooked it. Does anyone know if it’s worth getting it repaired...?
  5. That’s an awesome job...!
  6. I’ve always wondered if seasonal wood movement in furniture would be lessened if both sides of the wood had some type of a wood sealer applied...(I’m assuming that if the wood were completely sealed it would not be effected by humidity changes)?
  7. I’ve used wood dyes on previous federal projects but I don’t like that I must apply dye before stringing because it limits how must I can sand the wood after stringing. For my next federal style project I’m planning to use epoxy instead of wood as the stringing material. Does anybody know if wood dye can be applied AFTER the epoxy stringing without coloring the epoxy..?
  8. My son just surprised me with some Leopardwood for Fathers Day. I just checked it out on the hardness scale and noticed that it’s harder than Hickory. Has anyone out there worked with it? Specifically, how difficult is it to hand/machine plane? Is the grain consistent? Are there wood finishes that work better than others?
  9. Who am I to question FWW but I’ll bet they didn’t compare PU with PVA on a bent lamination; no contest
  10. Chip, Look up Rob Millard on YouTube. He’s a great Federal woodworker and part of his video about making fan inlays is posted. You can purchase the full video for a nominal fee on his website. I use his techniques with a few modifications.
  11. I’ve been experimenting with using more Gorilla glue on some of my projects because it’s bonds so much stronger than yellow glue. I’ve heard all of the complaints about it ( foaming, messy, impossible to remove if I gets on wood surface etc); however, now that realize that these can happen I prepare ahead for them. I use newspaper to cover all the work surface, I selectively wet the areas that I want to glue ( water activates the glue), I apply the glue SPARINGLY, and I apply blue masking tape all around the joint. I’ve done some pretty radical bent laminations recently using this glue and haven’t noticed any creep afterwards. I’ve even used it on a long legged mortise and tenon federal table that I completed without any problems. I still mostly use yellow glue but I do think that there is a place in woodworking for Gorilla glue
  12. Definitely outta my pay grade..!
  13. Chip, It’s great to hear that us “Federalists (federal style woodworkers)” have another dedicated student of this style. No federal piece would be complete without the addition of an Oval Fan inlay (the holy grail of federal inlays; see below). I’ve made more than I care to count and I still don’t feel comfortable making them; however, if you would like a few tips on making them (learned from numerous screw ups) let me know I’d be happy to assist
  14. Chip, As someone who owns about every stringing and inlay tool ever made I think that I can make a few suggestions. When I’m doing straight line stringing I’ve learned to use a Dremel fitted with a good base and guide ( my favorite is the Veritas; it’s pricey). The biggest challenge is finding a bit that is the same diameter as the string thickness. I purchase my bits from Precision Tools. I use Latta’s radius cutter for curves; however, you gotta be careful because the blade on the cutter is pretty thick and creates a wide groove and can cause tear out. This is a problem if your string is thin.