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    Contractor saw alignment

    To make the starter kerf in the bottom of the throat plates, I had an 8.5" blade but it only cut a 7/64" kerf. A folded sticky note added enough wobble to widen the kerf to give clearance for a standard 1/8" kerf blade.
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    Contractor saw alignment

    Over time, the slots in my zero clearance inserts have widened quite a bit, and the re-alignment moved the blade left thus making the slots even wider. I restored them by gluing in some oak filler strips and then re-cutting the slots.
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    Contractor saw alignment

    On a too hot day recently I re-aligned my 20+ year old table saw. I haven't seen PALS mentioned recently and several new woodworkers have joined so I thought it was worth a mention. Aligning a contractor table saw requires moving the trunnion assembly (which is bolted underneath the top) in...
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    Planer/Jointer Tabletop Recommendations

    Lately, I have been using another approach to boards with wind (lengthwise twist). If you try to remove the high spots just with a jointer, sometimes you end up with a board too thin (DAMHIKT). If the board rocks side to side on a flat surface, use a pair of winding sticks to identify the...
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    Pistachio Pedestal

    Or a lathe if a round shape would be acceptable.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    Sliding leg vise doing its primary job.
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    Jet sander spindle

    Might try removing the 1” spindle and freezing it for several hours.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    A bit of serendipity today. The protective towel was slipping around while I was hand sanding some primed cabinet doors. Fortunately, there was help nearby.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    First task for the vise was holding my diamond sharpening plate holder. Now I can position the holder anywhere along a three foot section of my six foot workbench.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    A couple of years back I built a portable vise using just the small Benchcrafted criss-cross. This link may give you an idea or two. https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php?threads/portable-woodworking-vise.64539/
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    Using ball bearings is not an absolute requirement. Commercial X cross products like Benchcrafted are steel/iron sliding on steel. This design reflects my personal vise design preferences and this tommy bar can easily be spun with one finger at the tee. The SB204-12 self-aligning bearing in...
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    I can't seem to convince my CAD program to puke out a PDF. Can you handle a CAD file? If so, it will print full size on legal paper (8-1/2x14). I then glue it to the stock. Here is a JPEG:
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    A couple of pix of the X cross.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    The washer stack that I used to axially locate the cross was a major PITA. Today I replaced them with 3/4" wooden bushings (aka dowel with a drilled hole). This allows centering the cross arms before the glue sets. In the pic above the bushings have not been trimmed flush.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    Ingrained, I’ll guess. As the oldest of 7 kids growing up on a small family farm in rural NY one learned to make do with whatever you had.
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    Remember, this was stuff that I had and adapted the design to suit. 3/4“-5 Acme screw and brass nut from McMaster-Carr 3/4“ self-aligning bearing, R-12 and three R-6 radial bearings from The Big Bearing store Tommy bar tee is ordinary 1/2” x 3/4” x 3/4“ iron pipe tee with threads drilled out...
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    Sliding leg vise with X cross

    This photo shows the first leg vise that I made (in 2010) and the latest one. I considered a sliding leg vise when I made the bench (2010) but dropped the notion because the parallel guide would have interfered with storage. The X cross mechanism doesn't protrude under the bench solving that...
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    Source for maker's stamp?

    Some years ago (5-10) I made such a stamp in a class at Peter’s workshop. IIRC, it was through Roy Underhill’s school. Here is a contact link: https://www.peterrossblacksmith.com/contact
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    Plane adjustment for the aging eyes

    Like Jeff, I also use a small piece of wood. For a while, we had some doll house shingles lying around and they were perfect for the task.
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    Filling large knot holes and voids

    The first thing that comes to mind are Mohawk Epoxy Sticks which come in many colors. Just knead and press into the void. https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/m7431500/

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