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749 days ago

Best grease for lubing the TS? - 16 replies

What grease do you use when its time to re-grease your table saw gears? Also do you use a cleaner on the gears to get the old grease off??

769 days ago

How to apply poly on a breadboard top? - 6 replies

I have this coffee table top that I am going to brush or pad General Finish semi gloss top coat, a water based poly. Do I brush with the length of the table even though I would be cross grain on the breadboards? Or do I need to mask off the breadboard ends and do them separately with the grain on them and vs versa for the top going with th...

801 days ago

What 8" dado set to get? - 22 replies

I am looking for an 8” dado stack for my TS and was wondering what you guys might recommend? I bought an inexpensive CMT 12 tooth set at Lowe’s a week or so ago that was on clearance for $76, but when I got home and checked their website for reviews most said that their set had an oversized chipper that left a groove. I think I...

808 days ago

water based poly over shellac? - 10 replies

I use shellac a lot in my projects and was considering Arm a Seal water based poly as a topcoat for a project in the works. Would this product have a bad reaction with an undercoat of shellac?

826 days ago

Which miter gauge to get? - 30 replies

I have mostly used my miter saw for crosscutting, and the TS for ripping, but have recently been considering trying some miters and crosscuts on the TS. I have read good things about the Incra miter gauges, but was suprised to find that many have to shim there Incra1000SE, I think is the model I have been looking at, to get it square. I al...

849 days ago

Installed new saw this weekend - 9 replies

Ouch my aching knees. Spent yesterday assembling, leveling, adjusting.Put a blog on the arrival and assembly with some pics, but here is the latest addition to the shop.

1040 days ago

How do you mask your miter keys? - 11 replies

I have been building a few boxes for gifts with different joinery on several of them. When using mitered joints and installing a couple of miter keys for strength how do you mask them off when finishing so that you have a contrast between the keys and the box?

1097 days ago

What finish do you use for Mahogany? - 6 replies

I picked up some different woods for some boxes I am making for presents, and for the first time I got a little Mahogany. What a beautiful reddish color it has. It doesn’t look like you would need to do anything exotic to get it to finish out, but I am curious as to what you guys do to it in the finish stage?

1145 days ago

Finish for Butternut - 2 replies

I have some walnut and butternut that I am going to be using for some jewelry boxes. I have never used butternut before and was wondering what your favorite finish for it is?? I normally use an amber shellac for walnut and it turns out nice. For a contrast in woods if Butternut finishes out nice I thought I might use it on the drawer fr...

1354 days ago

Decided to get a dedicated router and table - 9 replies

As I attempt some more accurate and different types of wworking from what I have tackled in the past, I have been thinking a router table and dedicated router would offer a lot of capability. Looked at a lot of both, and finally decided to get these yesterday.Bosch 1617EVS w/ case, bases, and a key that will allow above table bit depth adjust...

1415 days ago

Hand plane diagonal or straight across grain to flatten a table top? - 20 replies

I am in glue up stage for a work table top, and I am sure it will need hopefully only a little work to get it flattened. I plan on using winding sticks or 4” level to mark high points. In the midst of a little spending spree for TS fence, card scapers, digital planer gauge, etc. I also ordered a new Woodriver #6 fore style plane to use ...

1423 days ago

Needing a tighter edge joint - 7 replies

I milled some 5/4 ash yesterday for a workbench top. I went to jointer for face plane and edge jointing, and then to table saw to trim opposing edge, and then to planer for dimensioning. I still have a final finishing pass on the planer to bring the boards as close as I can to uniform thickness, but when I laid the boards out side by side ...

1513 days ago

Can you plane a glued up joint? - 26 replies

I glued up two boards I jointed and have a slight difference in height in a section of the jointed and glued boards. Is it better to sand down the ridge section or can I run it back through the planer to even surfaces? Not sure if the dried glue causes any problems with the planer blades. The ridge height I discovered when I was wiping ...

1584 days ago

Height gear slipping on R4511 TS - 0 replies

I was installing a ZCI on my R4511 TS today and so lowered the blade completely, put the ZCI in and then clamped a board across the ZCI and raised the blade through it to full height. Lowered the blade completely and took off the ZCI to install the splitter. When I tried to raise the blade again it would not raise more than an inch and the ge...

1610 days ago

Dust collection for your miter saw - 11 replies

How do you handle dust collection for your miter saw? On my radial arm saw it was easy to mount a dust hood behind the saw and virtually catch all the dust. Not so, on my sliding miter saw. The miter saw seems to spray dust on both sides of the bevel gauge. I tried hooking my DC to the dust port on the saw and it works pretty well in slidi...

1625 days ago

Anyone have the Makita LS1016L SCMS? - 34 replies

I looked at this saw at Home Depot today but go sidetracked on another purchase. Anyone have this model saw and if so what are your likes and dislikes? I have pretty much narrowed down to the Makita LS1016L and the Dewalt 717. Both SCMS saws, and I favor a 10 inch over 12 for the work that I will use it for. For some reason that I can̵...

1625 days ago

Planer score!! - 15 replies

Was at the closest Home Depot to me today about 30 miles from the house looking at a Makita sliding miter, and walked around the aisle after a few minutes to make sure that they didn’t still carry the Dewalt 735 as I had been told. To my shock, cause this never happens to me, there was one on the floor marked down from $649 to $279!! ...

1661 days ago

3-5 hp cabinet saws - 23 replies

I’ve always had a 110v 1.5hp contractor saw and pretty much cut construction grade lumber, plywood, and only a few hardwood pieces for face frames. Last year I bought another saw to fill an immediate project need. It’s a Ridgid R4511, a better saw than my old sears, and easier to adjust with the cabinet mounted trunnions. As I ...

1821 days ago

Trunnion or table top adjustment? - 7 replies

I have the Ridgid R4511 granite top TS. I guess when I assembled the saw back in May I didn’t check my miter slot to blade squareness as close as I should have. I mostly rip cut on my TS. Anyway I noticed yesterday when cutting some ply at 24” that my fence scale measurement was off 1/16, where when I’m cutting at 6-8 inches...

1908 days ago

leveling extensions on R4511 - 7 replies

I am assembling a Ridgid R4511 granite top table saw and put on the right wing extension and it was sagging, so I put 2 layers of masking tape underneath the threaded rods that bolt the wing to the main table. It still sags about 1/16th, and I am thinking of building another layer or two on top of the tape already on there. The support rods t...


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