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07-08-2017 04:53 PM

Is all Baltic Birch the same? - 11 replies

Does anyone know if the Baltic Birch a big box store sells is the same as the Baltic Birch a lumber dealer sells? Usually sheet goods from a big box store are of lesser quality than higher end dealers but I’m wondering if all Baltic Birch plywood is the same or if there is a grading system like in other sheet goods. Bill

07-08-2017 04:41 PM

Kitchen drawer material question - 1 reply

I am in the process of building kitchen cabinets and am considering materials for the drawer bottoms. I am going to use 1/2” Baltic Birch for the drawer sides with Blum undermount slides. The width of the largest drawer is about 31”. Does anyone have suggestions for the drawer bottoms? A cabinet maker friend uses 1/4” balti...

03-15-2017 08:04 PM

Anybody use a Woodpecker's Gap Gauge? - 6 replies

A little while ago Woodpeckers had a gap gauge as a one time tool. I just received an email that they are offering it again along with a dado stack holder as a one time tool. The dado stack holder is just what I am looking for as I am tired of sticking my hand in the saw to adjust the thickness of a dado stack In the past I have always adjust...

03-02-2017 10:28 PM

mdf vs plywood for cabinet bases? - 19 replies

I am starting a kitchen project and am considering using mdf for the lower cabinet sides/top/bottom. These cabinets will be a frameless construction and will be composed entirely of drawers, no doors to look inside. They will be edged with 3/8” solid wood. I am aware of the problems with mdf (weight, dust, moisture) but I like its stabi...

06-09-2015 09:45 PM

Micro motor advice needed - 3 replies

I am in the market for a micro motor to be used primarily for carving details on woodturnings. The 2 that were recommended are the Mastercarver Micro-Pro Champion and the Ram 45,000 with 207A controller. I own a Foredom TXH unit but am looking for something with higher RPMs. When I spoke with a store owner he mentioned that the RAM tools are ...

11-15-2014 09:16 PM

Anybody use the Kelton multi-axis scraper? - 1 reply

I am looking to upgrade my current collection of scrapers. My current ones are craftsmen which don’t meet my needs anymore as I am looking for something heavier duty. During one of my searches I came across the multi-axis scraper and am wondering if anyone would be willing to share their opinions? The scraper seems very heavy duty as we...

09-07-2014 04:25 PM

Nova DVR XP or 2024? - 3 replies

I am going to purchase one of these lathes and am looking for any input into making the decision. Currently the 2024 costs about $1000 more than the xp. Granted the 2024 comes with the stand but I already have a stand I would use so that is not a major factor.A friend, who is a professional turner, recommended the XP to me but said that if you...

12-15-2013 04:10 PM

Shop foot ware recommendations - 41 replies

I recently retired and am now spending more time in the shop (concrete floor). Lately I have begun to notice knee issues and I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good shoes/sneakers for the shop? I am not interested in steel toe just comfort. I have been wearing your run of the mill cross training sneaker but that does not see...

08-08-2013 07:13 PM

Vega 2600 or Nova 2024 - can anyone provide insight? - 2 replies

I am considering purchasing a new lathe to be used primarily for bowls, hollow forms and platters. I have basically narrowed it down to either the Vega 2600 or Nova 2024 and would appreciate any advice about either. With the current price of a 3520b around $4000 I don’t know if spending the extra $1000 would be worth it. I don’t k...

03-19-2013 11:18 PM

Anybody use an incra Ts Ls on a Jet cabinet saw? - 0 replies

I am getting ready to move into a new shop space and since my table saw will be apart it might be time to upgrade the fence. I own a Jet cabinet saw and while I have been very happy with the saw I cannot say the same about the fence. It is an Xacta fence, probably first version. Anyway, I am considering purchasing a 52” incra Ts Ls. Si...

03-11-2013 03:06 PM

Are hollow core doors really flat? (Use for assembly table) - 9 replies

I am planning on building an assembly table that is adjustable (height). Someone recently recommended I go the hollow core route rather than building a torsion box. I am planning on the width being 36” or 38”. I would use the hollow core door as the core with either 1/2” or 3/4” mdf glued on top and bottom. Before I g...

03-05-2013 02:37 PM

Does anybody own a joint maker pro? - 1 reply

I have the opportunity to purchase a joint maker pro (1st edition) and am wondering if anyone has any experience with the saw? I can purchase it used for $600 and am wondering if this is a good price? Also, I noticed there is now a joint maker pro v2 – was something wrong with 1?Thanks in advance,Bill

02-21-2013 01:26 AM

Looking for advice for shop lighting - 30 replies

I am finally nearing the finish on my new workshop. The new space is 24’ x 40’ and I have allocated 3 15amp circuits for 3 rows of lighting mounted to the ceiling (9’ ceiling). My plan is to use florescent lighting. Here are my concerns:1. Is it better to use 3 rows of fixtures with 2 bulbs or to leave gaps and use 4 bulb (4...

10-21-2012 06:48 PM

Question for Foredom users - 10 replies

I am considering purchasing a Foredom TXH440 to use primarily for shaping furniture projects and am curious if it is possible to use inflatable ball and drum sanders with the 44T hand piece or if this is discouraged. Any advice would be appreciated.Thanks,Bill

10-14-2012 06:32 PM

Question for those of you who use the Veritas plow plane - 4 replies

I am considering purchasing the Veritas plow plane and am curious if those of you who own find you use it very often. Hand tools have a great deal of appeal due to the low noise level, no dust, etc. but do you find yourself preferring to use it for most of your “grooving” needs? My standard way of producing grooves has always been ...

06-14-2012 03:10 PM

Workshop Electrical Question - 18 replies

I am planning a new shop and am wondering if it’s better to run the electrical wiring in the standard fashion (in the walls) or to run it through conduit along the interior walls? Recently I was looking at a few shops for ideas and noticed individuals that ran the electrical through the conduit primarily in order to gain some flexibility ...

02-28-2012 07:31 PM

Shop heating question - 43 replies

I am considering building a separate shop building and initially am considering in floor radiant heat (concrete floor in MN). Another option would be electric, radiant ceiling panels and I am curious if anyone has any experience with this type of heating? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. In my current shop I have a ceiling mounted dir...

03-06-2011 10:05 PM

Anyone use a 1/2 sheet sander anymore? - 7 replies

Just curious what advantages there are to 1/2 sheet sanders. I am completely remodeling a house including making all the doors and cabinets and sanding is beginning to be a drag. Currently I am using 5” & 6” ROS and 1/4 sheet finishing sanders. After looking at the Bosch 1293D on Amazon I am wondering if it would speed up the ...

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