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|03-27-2015 02:07 PM||
My small shop is in the lower level of my house, underneath the kitchen. The ceiling is exposed joists. Currently, I’ve been hanging my bar clamps over my workbench with racks screwed to the joists, which you can kind of see in these pictures: It occurred to me that I could pack more clamps into the same amount of space if I h...
|03-18-2015 05:24 PM||
I really want to get a nice, compact handheld sprayer to use for finishing projects of varying sizes, short of what I’d use my Harbor Freight airless sprayer on (the Graco X-5 knockoff) – things like jewelry boxes, end tables, benches, desks, etc. Sometimes I paint my projects, but I finish the majority with lacquer, shellac, varnis...
|03-09-2015 03:18 PM||
In my 11×17 shop, I use a Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector with a good-enough Rockler separator attached to a 55 gallon drum. The entire thing is on a rolling cart nestled in the corner of my shop by my workbench. It only takes up about 2’x4’ of floor space, but with the size of my shop literally every square foot is importan...
|02-13-2015 03:23 PM||
My solution for benchtop tool dust collection - 3 replies
My shop is tiny – 11’x17’ – but I still manage to pack in a 2hp HF dust collector and a 12 gallon wet/dry vac, both hooked up to separators. Unfortunately, my setup does not lend itself well to collecting dust from handheld/workbench tools – such as sanders, routers, Kreg Jig, etc. Choking the vac down to 1.25R...
|02-03-2015 06:52 PM||
Help popping curly maple? (Chatoyance effect?) - 22 replies
I’m making a solid curly maple desk, and I’m wondering how best to pop the chatoyance – that shimmering, holographic quality you can get with curly woods. Currently I’ve given it two coats of transtint dye (sanding the first coat back to accentuate the contrast with the second coat) and then added two coats of BLO, letti...
|01-26-2015 05:38 PM||
Good DIY jigs for T-track table? - 0 replies
I broke down and picked up a Rockler T-track table on sale over the weekend. So far, it seems pretty rad – it’s plenty big with three horizontal and two vertical spans of T-track. I already have a number of basic vertical hold-downs for it – four of the curved aluminum Incra/Rockler style hold-downs, and four toggle clamps mo...
|01-15-2015 08:07 PM||
Question re: venting DC outside - 8 replies
I’ve got a Harbor Freight dust collector with a 50-gallon simple separator (just the basic Rockler kit). I’ve been thinking of venting it under my deck (outside the shop) rather than into the bag/filter, boring a hole in my cinder block wall and running out a PVC pipe with some sort of hood. Assuming I keep a window open to avoid p...
|01-14-2015 04:45 PM||
I’m building a frame-and-panel maple desk using curly maple for the desktop and panels, hard maple for the face frames, and curly maple for the trim elements. I made the base trim by ripping some 3” wide curly maple to about 1/4” thick, and then cutting a very slight bevel on it with the table saw (like you’d do for a ra...
|01-08-2015 07:14 PM||
I have a Grizzly 1023RL, with the tabletop from a Bosch RA1181 router table bolted in place of the right wing. This tabletop isn’t perfectly flat, and I was thinking about replacing it with the router table designed for the 1023RL – this one: http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Extension-Table-for-Table-Saw/H7507. Looking at t...
|01-06-2015 06:56 PM||
Fixing slop in stub tenon/rail and stile joint - 5 replies
I’m making a set of flat panels (maple frames with curly maple panels) and it looks like I miscut my stub tenons in the rails – some of them have as much as 1/16” slop, but only on one side. This means that when I fit the rails and stiles together and then force the tenon to the front of the groove, the pieces mate properly. ...
|01-05-2015 06:35 PM||
Craftsman 119.224000 bandsaw motor pulley problem - 23 replies
I picked up a Craftsman 12” bandsaw, model 119.224000, in excellent condition for $100. After installing a new Timber Wolf blade it was working great for a while, then suddenly it started making a racket and then froze up. I checked the bottom compartment and discovered that the pulley on the motor shaft had come loose and was rubbing/lo...
|12-16-2014 03:18 PM||
I have no idea what the build quality is like, but this caught my eye – a Toro(!) 8” table saw circa 1945, available for free in the Twin Cities. http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/zip/4807291292.html If anyone from LJ decides to pick this thing up, please let us know how it turns out!
|12-10-2014 05:25 PM||
I’ve got a Bosch RA1181 router table with stock aluminum mounting plate and I need to mount a Triton TRA001 3.25 hp router. The odd size of the Bosch plate looks like it would prohibit using a third-party plate, so I think I’ll have to drill out new holes since the TRA001 does not appear to be one of the many routers accommodated by...
|12-03-2014 07:29 PM||
Bosch 1617 height adjustment issue - 22 replies
I’m having a problem with the height adjustment on my table-mounted Bosch 1617. Once I have the base set in one of the three detents on the motor, the motor can slide freely up and down within a range of about an inch. But when I turn the microadjust knob, the motor doesn’t seem to raise or lower and I can’t figure out why. ...
|12-02-2014 08:14 PM||
Currently, I have a Bosch 1617 router mounted in a Bosch 1181 table attached to my table saw. I’m having issues with the microadjust mechanism on the fixed base and I’m thinking of upgrading to a lift, but I can’t really spend more than $200 on it. The Rockler aluminum router lift is on sale for $20 off – http://www.a...
|11-13-2014 03:14 PM||
I recently picked up a G1023 table saw, mounted my Bosch router table in the extension wing, and put it on a Shop Fox mobile base – http://www.grizzly.com/products/Universal-Mobile-Base/D3757. Here are some pictures: I want to add a folding outfeed table using these brackets, which I ordered back when I still had my R4512: http...
|11-03-2014 10:07 PM||
Where to buy/prices with reviews? - 3 replies
Would it be possible to add a field for reviews prompting reviewers to identify where they purchased a tool and/or what they paid for it? The reviews section is fantastic and I appreciate how much work users put into their reviews, but I find myself frequently toggling back and forth between the LJ reviews and a Google search to try to find/pri...
|10-30-2014 08:53 PM||
Band saw for resawing in $400 range? - 39 replies
Does anyone have recommendations for new or used band saws in the $400 price range capable of resawing 4” or wider hardwood? I’ve been looking at Twin Cities Craigslist, but I don’t really know anything about band saws and so I’m not sure what to be looking for. I’d primarily be using it to bookmatch maple, walnut...
|10-29-2014 07:34 PM||
I have this Bosch router table with an aluminum tabletop – http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1181-Benchtop-Router-Table/dp/B000H12DQ6/ – and, in general, I don’t have any major issues with it. But the tabletop miter channel doesn’t have a t-track (it’s just a straight groove), which makes it a bit of a hassle to use ho...
|10-28-2014 07:05 PM||
I’m kind of still deciding between two Grizzly table saws – the 690 vs. the 1023RLW – and I have a few questions about some differences between them. (I’m much more of a “learn by doing” type, so abstractly conceptualizing various mechanisms just by looking at the manuals is a little difficult for me.) Fir...