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430 days ago

What material do you use for you jigs? - 22 replies

There are a lot of different kinds of materials you can use for you shop jigs. I like MDF, it’s flat and is really cheap, but I’ve heard it doesn’t hold fasteners well such as screws, or nails. Birch plywood seems to be the most popular, but it’s hard to find a piece that not warp, or has cracks in it. I have never used i...

634 days ago

Shop made workbench clamps. - 9 replies

I think it would be cool to make homemade workbench clamps. I was thinking about routing out a dado in my workbench so I can screw down a T-track. Then I could slide in a T-bolt, using the drill press I could cut out a hole in the base, the same size hole as my T-bolt, and use a wing nut to lock it down. I think that would work, it the clamp par...

644 days ago

What do you use? Wood runners, or aluminum runners? - 20 replies

On all of my sleds and TS jigs I cut my runners out of hardwood. My TS sled slides nicely but I wonder how aluminum runners slide? What do you use? Aluminum runners, or wood runners?

646 days ago

What blade is in your saws? - 62 replies

What TS blade is in your TS, In woodworking one of the main things your doing is cutting wood, your cutting the wood across the grain which is called a crosscut, a rip cut goes along the grain of the board. Down the road you’ll get into a lot of different kind of cut’s that require the right blade. Like a dado, you could just make...

651 days ago

Mounting a router to a insert plate question - 9 replies

If your going to mount your router to a insert plate, do you mount your router to the plate with the screws that were in your router base plate? Thanks!

656 days ago

A simple router table, - 21 replies

I have been spending a lot of time designing a router table, and I’m finally getting around to making one. I want something simple, but well built. A few drawers and a nice fence is all I want, maybe even a door that opens to get to the router. Leave me some ideas in the comments!

665 days ago

Mounting a drill, Homemade Spindle Sander - 7 replies

I’ve needed a spindle sander for a long time, they aren’t cheap though. So I’ve decided to make one, I’ve already made the table, and I’m working on mounting the drill underneath the top. It’s kinda like a router being mounted to a router table, only I’m mounting a drill. I’m having trouble mountin...

666 days ago

Clamp cart - 14 replies

I already have a clamp rack. The problem is that it’s not big enough to hold all of my clamps. So I was thinking about having a clamp cart, that rolls around anywhere in the shop. Any ideas?

670 days ago

Wooden Car ideas-Or a wooden toy - 11 replies

I’m working on some wooden toy cars for a friend, his birthday is coming up and I thought a car, or a wooden toy would be a good gift. Please share you’re toys that you’ve built in the comments! Thanks!

678 days ago

How do you control your dust in your shop? - 21 replies

Dust is a big thing in your shop. It is also very dangerous to have dust all over your shop. (WHERE A DUST MASK, AND DON’T BREATHE SAWDUST) Just wandering how you control you dust in your shop? What kind of Dust Collector do you have?

683 days ago

What was your tool bargain? - 56 replies

What was a tool that you got for a really good price? Mine was probably my PC 12’’ CMS, It was on sale at Lowes for $89.99! The retail for that CMS is $289! So just wandering, what was you tool bargain? AJ

683 days ago

How to get started in woodworking. - 9 replies

The problem with starting woodworkers, they don’t know what to buy. So I’ve come up with list of tools for beginning woodworkers. Getting into basic tools, A jigsaw is a great starter tool. They can do curved, and straight cuts. You can pick up a jigsaw for about $30.00-$120. A power drill is also a great tool, you really ne...

684 days ago

TS Sled vs. Miter Saw vs. RAS - 37 replies

I do most of my crosscuts on my TS with my sled, but miter saw’s make really nice cuts to. RAS are great too, but when you move the bevel on a RAS, it’s hard to get it back to 90 degrees. So out of the three, which one of these tools would you use for making cross cuts? TS, Miter Saw, Or RAS? AJ

685 days ago

Twisted boards! - 9 replies

Has this ever happened to you? I was buying some lumber yesterday, and I needed one 2+4. I probably went through 50 2+4 until I found one that was straight! That’s crazy! AJ

686 days ago

What's your favorite tool in your shop? - 54 replies

Out of all the tools in your shop, which one do you use the most, and what’s your favorite tool in your shop. My most used tool in my shop is probably my drill press, or bandsaw. My favorite tool in my shop is my 1950’s Dewalt jointer. It weighs about 400lb, and has a really nice fence.

688 days ago

What's your hardest project ever! - 27 replies

Woodworking is very fun, I enjoy it so much. But out of all the projects you’ve ever built, what was the most challenging project? AJ

690 days ago

What is your favorite wood? - 39 replies

There are a lot of different kinds of wood these days. I use the right wood for the job, but everyone should have a favorite wood. I like walnut, because it’s really tough wood. And when you cut it, you get this really nice smell. But I would like to learn about exotic wood. So leave a comment of you favorite wood. AJ

692 days ago

What Glue Do You Stick With? - 39 replies

If you want your projects to be strong, you have to use glue. There are lots of different kind of glue out there, just wondering what kind of glue do you guys use? I normally stick with whatever glue is the cheapest, but whats the best glue out there? Just wondering what glue you guys stick with? AJ

693 days ago

More Space! - 13 replies

My dad has decided to leave one of the cars out. So I can have more work space! It’s great, now, I just have to fill the shop with tools! Send me some comments of ideas for storage space, and making your shop more comfortable. Thanks,AJ

695 days ago

Keep the wood!!!! - 10 replies

A lot of people throw away wood, KEEP IT! I’ll show you how to turn a really rough board, Into a board that you can use for woodworking projects. I am renovating a bathroom, and I took out a bunch of 2+4 studs out. My dad said throw them away, but I just couldn’t do that, they were worth saving! He let me take them thankfully, I s...

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