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|12 days ago||
Tip: magnets for keeping blast gates closed - 0 replies
I’m moving my dust collection line to the ceiling, and I wanted to mount my plastic blast gates upside-down to minimize the amount of dust that gets jammed into the bottom and prevents them from closing fully. The only problem is that the gates tended to fall into an open position. So I epoxied tiny rare earth magnets to the gate frame...
|16 days ago||
Wood ID help - looks like cedar, but HEAVY - 15 replies
I snagged this board for free from a pallet/scrap pile consisting mostly of SPF and cedar, some pressure-treated, but also a little bit of cherry, oak, etc. I have no idea what this is – it looks kind of like cedar, but it is really heavy/dense. I ripped one edge to show the grain but I haven’t planed/sanded it yet (I’m a lit...
|39 days ago||
Planer sled idea - 6 replies
I don’t have a jointer, so I need to make a face-jointing sled for my planer. Since this will be used regularly I’d like to make a dedicated, accurate and long-lasting jig (as opposed to just using hot glue for one-offs), but not something too complicated. I was thinking of building a 4’ long torsion box (for rigidity) and ...
|46 days ago||
Match for sweet gum? - 3 replies
I picked up some sweet gum in a stack of pallet wood and used it to make a play table for my two year old daughter: The problem is, I’ve run out of sweet gum and I need to make two chairs to go with the table. Apparently it’s not very easy to find sweet gum in Minnesota, so I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for a wood...
|51 days ago||
Recommend a HVLP sprayer? - 11 replies
I’ve applied all my finishes exclusively by hand, but I’d like to start using an HVLP sprayer for bigger projects. I only have a pancake P-C compressor, which I doubt can hold/move enough air for a compressor-based sprayer. Are there any good HVLP sprayers that don’t require a compressor for under $100? Thanks! Edit: this...
|80 days ago||
Table saw base cabinet construction - 3 replies
I’m going to be making a base for my R4512 similar to this – http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92257 – and I’d like to use up the piles of sheet goods I’ve got laying around. Overall dimensions are roughly 50” wide by 25” deep by 20” tall. I’m planning to make the bottom and the sides (incl...
|97 days ago||
Pallet wood ID? - 26 replies
I picked up a bunch of these boards for free from the pallet bin at Home Depot. I made a few rips to clean away the dirty and discolored surface; they have a greenish tint but seem denser/heavier than poplar (although I could be wrong). Any ideas what I might have found? Thanks!
|124 days ago||
Custom base for R4512 - 5 replies
I’d like to put my R4512 table saw on a custom base cabinet in order to maximize efficient use of space in my 11’x16’ shop. Ideally, the base would incorporate stands for two benchtop tools as well as storage compartments. These are my general specs so far: -4” dust collection at least as good as the OEM dust port;-S...
|125 days ago||
I’ve got some walnut and other slabs and boards that might be good candidates for resawing/bookmatching. Does anyone on LJ offer those services in the MSP area (and at what charge), or can anyone recommend a person/company that offers resawing services? Thanks!
|135 days ago||
Big wood score - help with identification? - 10 replies
I picked up about 25 boards the other day in a fantastic Craig’s List find. Problem is, I can’t ID wood to save my life. I’m hoping some more knowledgeable jocks can help? I believe that the haul may have included oak, cherry, walnut, sassafras, and maple – but I don’t know for sure. Fair warning, there are a ...
|136 days ago||
Christmas came early this year! Yesterday I picked up god knows how many board feet of roughsawn hardwood for $120. I found a very nice older gentleman who was starting to phase out his woodworking and wanted to unload a substantial lumber collection: 25+ boards, each 8’ long x 6”-18” wide x 1”-6” thick. The sta...
|139 days ago||
Good "assembly line" projects for holiday gifts? - 20 replies
I’m looking for ideas for projects I can make for holiday gifts for my and my wife’s extended family – probably 15 gifts, in all. Last year, I made picture frames and we gave them out with photos of our new baby, and they were very popular. I’m looking for other good ideas for gift projects that can capitalize on “...
|150 days ago||
Screwed up veneer, now what? Please help! - 5 replies
As I was making a sideboard, I realized that one of the boards I selected to use for the legs may be a different species than the rest of the cabinet (the right leg in the pictures below). Thinking it would be an easy fix, I ripped some 1/8” to 1/16” thick strips that match the rest of the cabinet to cover the faces of the...
|153 days ago||
Plans - end tables with storage drawers? - 2 replies
I’m trying to find some pictures/plans/ideas for building two or three end tables/side tables incorporating DVD storage drawers. I don’t know the official style of our current living room decor; I tend to think of it as “generically attractive and cost-effective Costco furniture.” For example, our entertainment cabinet ...
|158 days ago||
I recently came across this product, which looks like a great idea: http://microjig.com/products/grr-rip-block/index.shtml It’s a pushblock/push pad with rear cleats that stay down when pushing from the back end of the workpiece, but retract up when pushing in the middle of the workpiece. (I originally thought they were spring loade...
|166 days ago||
Ideas for sideboard based on unfinished cabinets? - 13 replies
I’m looking for designs for a dining room sideboard that uses two of these unfinished oak cabinets as a base: http://www.menards.com/main/unfinished-cabinets/quality-one-54-x-24-unfinished-oak-laundry-wall-cabinet/p-1319193-c-3632.htm We chose 24” tall wall cabinets because this sideboard needs to fit in our dining room under a...
|174 days ago||
Sound insulation for open-joist ceiling? - 23 replies
My shop is a 11’x17’ lower-level room in a split-entry house, directly under the kitchen. I finished the interior walls with two layers of drywall and Roxul insulation, which has provided good sound dampening in the adjacent downstairs rooms. Now, I’d like to try to do some soundproofing to muffle the noise upstairs but I h...
|181 days ago||
Sheet metal for router/OSS tables - 4 replies
I was wondering how much work it would be to put a sheet of magnetic metal over the aluminum tabletops of my Bosch router table and Ridgid oscillating sander. I have a variety of magnetic featherboards and the MagJig kit for homemade table saw jigs, and I’d love to be able to use them with my other benchtop tools – for safety on the...
|193 days ago||
The ADHDan workshop is (almost) complete! - 2 replies
Some of you may recall my series of (possibly annoying) posts asking for all sorts of advice getting my workshop set up in my new house. After a few months of work and organization, it’s almost done – at least for the short term. I do have some bigger long-term plans, but at least I have a fully operational battle station for the t...
|208 days ago||
Rewiring R4512 with new power cord? - 10 replies
So my shop electric work is finally complete. Including the two pre-existing circuits, I now have a 110v circuit for my dust collector, a 110v circuit for my benchtop tools, a 110v circuit for my overhead lights, a 110v circuit for other use, and a 220v circuit for my table saw. Now I’m faced with the task of converting my R4512 to 220...