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207 days ago

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...

336 days ago

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...

478 days ago

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...

486 days ago

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...

492 days ago

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

505 days ago

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...

627 days ago

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

634 days ago

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 ...

756 days ago

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 ...

863 days ago

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...

1222 days ago

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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