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598 days ago

Sizing when looking at plans. - 5 replies

So, something struck me when I was looking at a cutting list. If it is listed as needing a 2X2 of say, cedar. And I have some left over 2X4’s of cedar. Is the original listed as an actual 2X2 or 1.1/2X1.1/2? So, if I try to rip my 2X4 at exactly 2inches, will it be right? Or would I have to rip it at 1.1/2?

807 days ago

Plans, Plans, everywhere there's Plans. Blocking up the Internet... - 21 replies

So we have all seen the sites that tout the most plans, the cheapest. The question I pose is this, which is it? Or, without saying it depends on what I’m looking for. Just an overall opinion of the “best” is fine. Thanks.

892 days ago

Last coat on a coffee table - 5 replies

So, I refinished a coffee table for my wife. I am actually happy with the way the stain came out. What comes next? I don’t want to throw butcher block oil on it, but I want it to be food safe. So? Do I seal it? With what? Thanks.

979 days ago

An easy lathe problem that I need some help with. - 10 replies

I have been given the green light for a Xmas lathe. Yay. Now, this is my first one. I have used them before, in life and high school woodshop, so I am familiar with using them. But, I have a few questions. If I am working with a budget and this is my first one, what should I be looking at? I see the beds, and I always think “Well, MiniR...

1012 days ago

Looking for a piece of blackthorn branch, driftwood... - 5 replies

Oh that’s right, I will be hard pressed to find one just laying around, they aren’t native to Illinois. So guys, maybe some help? Or some help with this, where can you order scraps (branches) from? Menard’s doesn’t not have a special order section for branches

1060 days ago

Sand straight - 7 replies

We all know that jointing is a wonderful thing. But, lets say, you have some thin, small pieces. l am working with some panels that are about 2”x 3”x 1/4”. What is the best method for making these square using a sander? Is it just using a square and starting with the closest to perfect and then moving on? Sidenote-I actually do...

1267 days ago

A dust/air cleaner comparison question. - 11 replies

I have narrowed my search down to the following. Which is to say I wouldn’t mind spending the money for any of these. I was hoping to get some opinions if anybody (which I’m sure some of you do) about these. As far as size, they will all work for the space I have also. So it comes down to which are any good, and would even the cheap ...

1316 days ago

A Zero Clearance Insert issue I'm having for a Bosch 4100-09. - 10 replies

I have been working on making some of these and here is the problem. The left side of the insert has a ridge that has to be routed. And the far-side of the insert has two tabs that have to hook into the table itself. Both of these, however, are just the start. The other problem is the frame for anti-kickback, this creates an issue for just raisi...

1321 days ago

Alright LJs, I need to start a garage vs. basement shop debate. - 48 replies

To start, I live in Woodstock, Illinois. I have a two car garage and a full, unfinished basement. I have done some projects, but haven’t established my “home” for my shop. I need some help with narrowing down which one should be the better choice. If you can, add any missed points, or enhance any that are already said. So, my b...

1342 days ago

My Christmas present from my Father.. - 24 replies

What a great man he is. My first ever (owned) tablesaw, and I don’t think I could have done any better. I was looking at a Ryobi, my budget must be a tad slimmer than his.

1350 days ago

Help with Router Bits - 9 replies

Ok, I am trying to make some sense of this. What, in your opinion, is a really solid, well-priced brand for Router Bits? I have seen reviews of small sets, even reviews of just one bit. But I just need a little direction for brand. Bosch? Or, if its easy, what brand should one steer clear of? Thanks guys.

1368 days ago

Alright reliable workers of wood and opinions, I need your help. - 11 replies

Are these any good? Or, does the price justify the purchase? I have an Arrow for brads, and a decent stapler, but nothing for the larger nails. Any guidance about these 5? Thanks

1371 days ago

A question about the Ridgid JP0610 - 8 replies

I see lots of reviews for this piece from a year to (as recent as) 6 months ago. Everyone is posting that back then the price was around $300 at HD, yet, today its listed at $429. Could the price have gone up? Am I missing something? Thanks.

1380 days ago

I need help with a wood filler - 4 replies

I have a red wood next to a light wood. I have a gap that needs to be filled, I am thinking about favoring to the darker color. I have seen products like Timbermate™. I also will be apply an oil to this wood, not a stain. So your opinions, what is the best method to fill? Putty? Sawdust? Glue? And which of these is ok for an oil?

1413 days ago

A nail gun question - 6 replies

Ok, I already have a brad nail gun. But I still feel like I am missing something. I know there is no “all-purpose” nail gun. But, would a framing gun be the closest thing? Thanks for the help guys.

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