Questions And Answers

Q&A: Stain Your Shop Floor

It’s easier to work with than an oil-based floor paint and doesn’t give off dangerous fumes as does epoxy paint. Concrete stain won’t peel or chip off when you move your machines around because it penetrates the surface. Paint forms a film on top.

Q & A: Use a Router for Biscuit Joinery

Q: I would like to try biscuit joinery but I do not own a biscuit joiner. Is it feasible to use a router to make the slots? A: A router with a 5/32-in. slot cutter will work fine for making an occasional biscuit joint. You can alter the slot depth to accommodate No. 0,...

Q & A: Silencing a Squeaky Tablesaw

Q: My tablesaw screeches like nails on a chalkboard whenever I adjust the blade. WD-40 made the noise go away for a while, but now it’s back. What do I do? A: That sound can drive you crazy! It’s a clear sign that the gears under your saw are due for lubrication. The original...

Q & A: Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw

  Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw   Q: I’ve heard of a technique called friction-cutting that allows you to cut steel on a woodworking bandsaw. What is friction-cutting and does it really work?   A: Friction-cutting is used in industry for cutting iron-base metals, also called ferrous metals, such as steel. You can adopt...