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This is a tutorial video that takes you through the paces of how to make a very strong and ergonomic slingshot out of steel parts. No welding equipment is needed, just a drill and some basic tools that are very common.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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George asks…

newbie woodworking guy needs help choosing a router?

hi all,

I’m getting into woodworking..thought it would be cool to get a router…not sure about some things..
1. what is a good brand?..what is pure junk?
2. how much house power do I need for the average guy doing weekend projects..does more HP equate being able to do harder woods or does it mean that job will go that much faster?
3.I seen routers range from 69 to 199 dollars at the home depot…not sure if I want to invest tons of $$$ right now..could I get by with the 69 $ one or would I just be throwing my money away in the future?

4. finally my friend suggested that I look at pawn shops..might be a deal..most sell tools etc..just curious if you’d purchase one from a pawn shop..or do you think by that time someone really used and abused the router..not worth my time looking..
sorta like buying someone’s used truck..one has no idea that they’ve been hauling or how they abused it etc..

thanks for your opinion

Leo

Dusty answers:

Unless I’m buying a tool that I know I will have a very limited use for, I subscribe to the “buy once, cry once” theory of tool buying. That means you spend the money once to buy a good tool rather than buying something cheap that you will hate every time you use it and will fail prematurely.
I agree with Keith regarding the good brands, and buying a model with both fixed and plunge bases. My specific recommendation would be for the Porter-Cable 690 Combo Kit. You can see it at http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10225.
It has both a fixed and a plunge base and the router is soft-start variable speed. Porter-Cable is nice because there are lots of available accessories. It comes with both 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets. If down the road you need to do template routing, you can get template guides to fit it with no problem.
The 690 is a 1 3/4 HP router, which is all you need for handheld routing. If you ever set yourself up with a serious router table, you’d probably want something in the 3+ HP range.

Carol asks…

Air compressor needed?

I allready have a huge tanked oil compressor in my shop for metalworking tools but want to get a small 2 – 4 gallon unit for the woodworking shop in the basement.

I have heard oiled units last longer so I want to try and stick with those if they have them for these smaller units.

Whats a good unit to get?

My price range: $60 – 150
Gallons needed: 2 – 4
Input voltage: 110/120 single phase
*If possable, an oil unit as they last longer

I normally would just go to harborfreight.com but I never trust anything from them that ill be using and want to last long…

I’ll be using this compressor to just blow sawdust off the woodworking tools and all every now and then and dont want a motor running all the time…Thats why I like the tank models.

*I may get a small nail gun for use on 1/2″ plywood that I use in the shop allot though so maby 4G is better.

Thanks
ADDED NOTE

for a nail gun, i was looking at homedepot.com item # BN125A
well thanks for the answers……………

I got some opinions from people who have used this comp. and its a great unit…nice price too

http://www.tptools.com/product.asp?base%5Fno=CH%2D2048&str%5Fbase%5Fno=CH%2D2048%2C&header%5Ftitle=Air+Compressors%2DUnder+5+HP+Electric&page%5Fname=prod%5Flist%5Fdisplay%2Easp&search%5Ftype=L2%7E328&size1=&size2=&gender=&ShowImages=yes&sq=0&cont=1&intPgNo=1&mscssid=VLNMP0ME1BUH9JGHVD47R5QWUGTP45H1

“I swear by Sears Craftsman.”

yea normally I love buying from them too but looking online their compressors are expensive….I’ll have to take a look in store tomorrow and see what they have availabe.

Im an electrician and get electrical strippers from them and so if I get mine dull or someone else blows them up I just bring them in for a new pair….its great.

I also have an 19.2V drill from them that i have another year on so if I break it they replace it free of charge as well….It’s the best drill I have ever used.

Dusty answers:

I swear by Sears Craftsman.

Daniel asks…

Can you reccommend a good bench grinder?

I am a home hobbyist, artist, and general do-it-yourself-er. I have a shop in my garage where I do metalworking, welding, woodworking, repair bicycles and work on my motorcycle and car. I want a high quality, relatively inexpensive, heavy duty bench grinder. I expect to use it for sharpening tools, chisels and blades and grinding small metal parts for welding and fabrication. I also want something well balanced with little wobble so I can hone my lathe gouges. I would like the unit to have either a flexible light or a wide lamp. I don;t need a stand, I can build that. My budget is around $50. I appreciate your thoughts.

JB
I am a home hobbyist, artist, and general do-it-yourself-er. I have a shop in my garage where I do metalworking, welding, woodworking, repair bicycles and work on my motorcycle and car. I want a high quality, relatively inexpensive, heavy duty bench grinder. I expect to use it for sharpening tools, chisels and blades and grinding small metal parts for welding and fabrication. I also want something well balanced with little wobble so I can hone my lathe gouges. I would like the unit to have either a flexible light or a wide lamp. I don;t need a stand, I can build that. My budget is around $50. I appreciate your thoughts.

JB

Adendum:

Everything suggested so far I already know. I know my options. I know where the flea markets and yard sales are. I want to know WHAT TO LOOK FOR when I get there. A crappy tool is still a crappy tool no matter what price I pay for it. I want details about specific models you have experience working with. Pros and cons. Prices. Craftsman tools suck.
Yeah, Craftsman is American made. So are DeWalt and Porter Cable. They both blow Craftsman out of the water in quality, versatility, design and durability.

I dont care whether it was manufactured in the USA, China, Canada, or Ecuador. All I care about is that it does the job I need it to without burning out.

Lathe gouges can only be honed on a bench grinder. The grinder must be balanced with zero wobble. I use a cup of water to prevent over heating and loss of temper.

I dont mind spending more than my $50 budget, if the tool will do what I need it to do and is durable. Just tell me which models to look for.

Thanks

JB
Adendum 2: NAMES! Brand names and model numbers. That’s all I want. What is beefy and quality? I don’t care about the price.

Dusty answers:

If you want the best grinder that would be the Tormek Grinder.
It has a water wheel that spins around 300 rpm and for honing it has a leather wheel.I personally use a two inch
strip belt sander to sharpen my lathe chisels. How ever I have
been turning for almost 40 years. Sharpening skills are
a learned skill that comes with lots of practice.The Tormek
sells for 399 and I have never ever seen it on sale anywhere
anytime.Tormek only makes one grinder as a matter of fact they only make one tool that I know of and that is the Tormek Grinder.

You can buy them at most quality woodworking stores it is
by far the best grinder on the market and built to last two life times. My buddy has one and he has managed to tear up
every tool he owns but the Tormek Grinder.I mean this guy is
so clumsy he has sanded thru the cord on my belt sander when I loaned it to him. He stepped on his slide compound
miter saw and broke it .He has cut the tip off one his fingers and he managed to cut the tip off one of his coworkers finger.Enough of him buy the Tormek and you will be happy you did it is one heck of a tool.

Michael asks…

Need help with Woodworking….what is the best way to carve/make straight engraved lines within would piece?

i dont want to cut through the wood…and i want to use something that has more control and percision than the dremel tool

Dusty answers:

You could try a marking gauge.

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www.theathomewelder.com Find out the 10 absolute must have hand tools you need to get started welding. Learn why you need these tools to start welding and where you can get the tools to get you welding fast and with very little or no money.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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www.theathomewelder.com Find out the 10 absolute must have hand tools you need to get started welding. Learn why you need these tools to start welding and where you can get the tools to get you welding fast and with very little or no money.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The “W” slingshot with the self centering grip and the low fork is probably the best slingshot design brought to you by The Slingshot Channel so far. Many people asked how to make it or where to buy it, but welding equipment is necessary, plus additional steel processing tools. Few people have access to these tools. So this video demonstrates how to make a “W” slingshot from wooden parts, with common tools and hardware store parts only! Come discuss this at the new uncensored slingshot forum, where a powerful slingshot is not frowned upon like elsewhere: www.slingshotforum.com!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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