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03-13-2015 02:36 AM

Laser Engraver - 3 replies

I have more and more clients asking about personalization in my products… I am really interested in buying a laser. My wife has a background in graphic design, but not the specific programs that go with an engraver… but needless to say I think she would have higher learning curve than others… Curious if others have gone ...

03-07-2015 04:26 PM

How to make this cut? - 6 replies

I am working on making a large number of boxes/cradles for a client… They want this oval shape in the picture… At first I cut a circle in the wood then just used table saw to get the straight lines…. that left a small cut mark on back thought where I started… This piece is really small only 3 inches by 4inches… W...

03-04-2015 04:25 PM

Method for cutting dado on edge of board... - 2 replies

I need to get very then dado on the edge of some 1/4 material. The dado will only be 1/8 thick. So it will be lip of board. I will just be using my standard kerf blade to make the waste cut. What is safest way to do this? Make the cut with blade on outside edge of board with other side riding fence? Or make sacrificial fence and run the non thru...

03-04-2015 03:32 AM

Brad Nailer vs. Pin Nailer on 1/4 material - 11 replies

I just got a request to make some small boxes for a client. He wants me to use 1/4 solid poplar or oak to make the boxes… He wants them really simple with just but joints and glues and nailed…. I have never worked with this thin of material with brad nailer… I had a lot of problem with the nails shoot out the sides or splitting...

10-02-2013 12:19 AM

Raise height of table saw work surface? - 6 replies

I am starting to design and hopefully build soon a new assembly table/outfeed table….. Right now my work bench is about 10 inches taller than my table saw. I have a jet table contractor saw, it is on a typical mobile base…. I am a big guy at 6’2 and hate working down to low. My table saw is fine at its height, but would pref...

09-30-2013 08:16 PM

Help with Air Filtration Unit - 4 replies

I am looking into buying an air filtration system. I don’t know much about the topic, and was hoping for some quick help. Quick background… I work out of a 20 by 24 two car garage. In the summer the main door is always open, but going into winter I work in there with it closed. I spend about 10 hours on the weekend out there and a...

04-16-2013 12:37 PM

Leveling Feet - 5 replies

I just built an outdoor cedar table and two benches to go along with it. The legs are all 4×4s….. I cut each leg exactly the same…. I know though there are tons of variables! I pocket holed the skirts to the legs, so I know some of the skirts could be just a cm high or such pulling that leg up by a hair…. The table i...

04-12-2013 12:44 AM

Drill and Driver Decision.... - 34 replies

With summer fast approaching, picnic table season for me, I figured I need to get another drill… Right now I have a Dewalt 18v cordless… I like it a lot, but am feeling limited with one drill with consistently changing from pre drill, counter sinking, to bit… I am a hobbyist like most of us, but in summer build probably 15-2...

03-28-2013 05:10 PM

Help With Treated Wood Table - 24 replies

Hello All- I just got an a custom order from a client… They want me to build a harvest table style, I am excited to build it… My big concern is using pressure treated wood on the top… I plan to use pocket holes for all the ...

03-05-2013 10:46 PM

Top Coat over BlO - 4 replies

Hi All! Thanks for taking a look in advance. Lately my favorite one two punch of finish has been boiled linseed oil and then waxing with orange oil and beeswax. I love the look and feel… Only problem is I am not sure how long term it will hold up… Already some of the things I have done with it is starting to dull its once shine...

03-03-2013 12:18 PM

Grizzly Bandsaw? In bandsaw market - 11 replies

Hello allo- I am not ready to get a new bandsaw now, but down the road I may be ready to buy a new one. I have had some used one and not being much of a mechanic I haven’t had good luck getting them to run the way they should. I am attracted to the grizzly saws. All of those in the t...

02-17-2013 08:56 PM

Help for a new turner! - 8 replies

My wife just bought me my first lathe for my birthday this past week. I got a HF mini lathe, I have already tuned several pens and it works great! Down the road I may upgrade if I get serious about turning. I have found the world of turning can be quite overwhelming with all the different chucks and accessories…. As far as I know my ...

01-28-2013 01:07 PM

Good Deal on Jointer? - 3 replies

Hello all, thanks for your help in advance! I finally was able to buy a planer over Christmas. I love it so far, but soon realized what I already had thought which was that a planer isn’t much good without a jointer! I had been flirting with buying a decent bench top jointer for budget and space reasons. So my search began on craigs...

06-15-2012 12:09 PM

Router Purchasing Help - 4 replies

I am ready to purchase a new router. I have been making do with a combo router and table I bought at Lowes which was their house brand Tradesman for now. I am ready to get rid of that and buy something new. I have an old craftsman fixed base router that I use from time to time, but want something new and more powerful. I definitely want a plung...

04-03-2012 03:27 AM

Species of lumber? - 9 replies

Hello all- I hope this topic is appropriate for lumber jocks. This weekend I picked up what I thought was an old library card catalog from an estate sale. It was sitting in a little shed behind the house and I couldn’t pass it up. (Hopefully restoring and putting in the house) Turns out it came out of the old main st hardware store that cl...

03-03-2012 12:07 PM

Dust Collector vs. Shop Vac? - 19 replies

I have been really bad about my dust collection, and I know this is something I shouldn’t ignore. I have been working in my shop, 1 side of garage with the door open. I do have a cheap shop vac but seldom hook it up. If I am doing any kind of sanding or routing, I wear a mask. My shop vac now doesn’t fit on most of my tools. I kno...

02-21-2012 03:20 AM

Router Template Help??? - 5 replies

Hello All! I am hoping for some advice for a novice woodworker. I have been making elevated dog bowl holders for a friends and a small craft shop. Across the front on a 1×4 i have been cutting out a bone with a jig saw/scroll saw. I hope to make many of these, and am wondering if I can make a router template to use to cut these out quick...

02-14-2012 10:52 PM

Can I reuse cedar siding? - 2 replies

This may be an obvious question, but I am just getting into the hobby and need some advice! My mother in law is having her entire outside of her house redone. They are in the process of tearing down over 1000 board feet of cedar siding. The siding is about 25 years old and has been painted every three to five years… With the cost of woo...

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