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07-03-2015 11:47 PM

Trailer purchase advice for wood transport - 27 replies

Hey Everyone, I’m in need of a way to bring more rough cut lumber and some sheet goods home on a regular basis. Likely once/month, so I don’t want to rent anything, but I also don’t want (or can afford) a truck as it wouldn’t be used enough. I can fit a lot of wood in my car but it makes a mess and it really sucks in ...

06-18-2015 09:42 PM

veneer without a vacuum press - 7 replies

I’ve been making canoe paddles lately with some intricate wood patterns. I’ve done it using solid wood, but there are a few patterns I’d like to try on the blade that would be easier if I simply put a veneer over the blade (think marquetry ). The blade is mostly flat with a slight convex shape to it. What’s the best wa...

06-15-2015 08:43 PM

King Industrial lathe comparison? - 4 replies

King Industrial has a new mini lathe they are selling. No reviews yet as its new this year, but it looks familiar so I assume it is the same as one or more import lathes that get a different coat of paint and a new logo and called by a different name. Has anyone used a similar looking 12×18 lathe before? http://www.kingcanada.com/Prod...

02-05-2015 11:34 PM

Wide belt sander advice - 5 replies

Anyone have experience with the General 15-030 wide belt sander? Maybe you’ et used a similar model by another manufacturer? I like the size and weight and with the number of boards I’ve been doing lately I’d really like to get away from using my ros (and the numb hands)

02-04-2015 09:51 PM

What is this bug in my Maple? - 9 replies

I was milling up some maple today and I noticed these funny tracks in some of the wood. I cleared them out with a pick and then noticed the holes on the other side of the board. The holes had some yellow around them, and I picked out the thing in the other picture. Any ideas what this is? Should I be worried about having this wood in my shop? ...

11-10-2014 02:51 PM

Craft Shows, Share you're Advice! - 51 replies

Hi Everyone, Since it is craft show season, I thought we could start a thread about craft show advice. We have people on this site who have done many shows, others only a few, and some who are just thinking about it. There are some great blog posts on this site with excellent advice, but I’d like to have a post where everyone can chim...

10-29-2014 02:52 PM

Need new ROS, low vibration preferred - 14 replies

My Dewalt ROS is starting to make some funny noises and the velcro pad is toast. I’m thinking of keeping it as a backup/rough work and buying something new for my finishing needs. I’m looking for something with lower vibration, good dust collection is always nice, and excellent quality. I’m leaning towards the Festool ETS ...

10-18-2014 07:46 PM

CNC Beginner, looking for info - 11 replies

I’m looking for good websites, forums, blogs, etc. to learn more about CNC. I’m interested in adding one to my shop but I’d like to learn more about what it entails, what software I need, what’s the best model, etc. I’ve read some of the shopbot which is helpful but I wouldn’t mind other perspectives too. ...

08-15-2014 12:53 AM

Table Saw Belts - 19 replies

I’ve got an old unisaw with three belts. It was sitting for a long time before I got it, and the belts are stretched so that when you turn the blade by hand, it always returns to the same place where the belts want it to go. I never thought this was an issue as I had good cuts with my full kerf Forrest blade (which is very dull). I go...

08-11-2014 01:53 PM

Freud 1080 blade issues - 5 replies

I’ve read countless good reviews about this blade, so when I saw one at a good price I picked it up the other day. I’ve been cross-cutting walnut on my sled this morning and it is possibly the worst cut I have ever had with a blade! Since this is a thin kerf blade do I need a stabilizer or stiffener? I can’t imagine othe...

05-20-2014 01:10 AM

Branding iron - electric or not? - 13 replies

I’m looking into getting a custom branding iron to put my logo on my work. Electric ones are more than double the price of the ones you heat up with a torch, but are obviously more convenient as you just plug them in. What’s the quality difference between these two? Are the non electric ones a big pain to get consistent and even...

03-26-2014 12:07 AM

Durable outdoor finish - 12 replies

I’ve been making birdhouses for the last 2 years, and I’ve tried various brands of spar varnish as well as one type of water based finish. All are meant for outdoor use, and all have worked well. My problem is the water based finish dries fast, and looks fine on lighter woods, but really doesn’t do much for walnut (which I am...

10-07-2013 10:52 PM

Craft Shows - Under $10 items? - 2 replies

Doing my first craft shows this year and am trying to cover all the price points. Any good recommendations for items that are easy enough to make that I can charge $10 or less? I have $25 items, $50 items, even $100 items, but I think it would be good to have something $10 or less as around my parts people don’t think twice about spendin...

09-16-2013 12:14 AM

Beisemeyer fence install - 3 replies

So I picked up a used beisemeyer fence, then it sat in my shop for a year until I found a used saw to put it on. The thing I have just realized is I only have a front rail, no back rail. Do I need a back rail? I am going to build an extension table which will have legs, so it will be well supported, and the fence doesn’t attach to the b...

09-05-2013 08:12 PM

very large box/finger joints??? - 4 replies

Hi Everyone, I’m making a large room divider, it’s a bit difficult to describe, but it’s made up of 13 boxes approx. 9×18” and 12” deep. The boxes have no sides, and are stacked to form the divider. I’d like to make the boxes using box/finger joints (not sure the correct term), but I’d like t...

08-18-2013 06:20 PM

Dust Collector piping - sono tube? - 3 replies

So I’m hooking up my new dust collector and after much reading it seems apparent that 6” pipe would be best. Local availability of heavy guage metal ducts seems non existent, as does pvc. So while at Home Depot the other day I noticed 6” Sono Tubes for about $8 each. I only need about 15 feet of pipe at the most, and they see...

08-15-2013 12:02 AM

Helical 13" or 3 blade 15"? - 5 replies

So my Rigid 13” planer bit the dust, repairs will cost more than a new one. I’d like to upgrade from this planer, and am currently debating whether I go with a 15” floor type planer, or a 13” helical lunchbox planer. I understand that helical cutterheads can give a much better finish, but is there anything a 15” m...

07-22-2013 01:30 AM

planer upgrade? - 8 replies

So I have a Ridgid 4330 planer which has served me well. The other day, I had a board shoot across the room and sparks fly out of the machine. After taking off the dust hood, it has become apparent that two bolts on one of the blades came a bit loose, enabling the blade to dig very deep into the wood (hence it shooting across the room). This ...

10-04-2012 06:29 PM

Stanley 75 bevel angle - 2 replies

I’ve inherited an old Stanley 75 plane, does anyone know what the bevel angle should be for sharpening? Thanks.

09-27-2012 09:27 PM

Aluminum bar clamps - 11 replies

Does anyone know where I could buy some aluminum bar clamps, 48” preferably? I’m in Ottawa Canada and would prefer to buy them from a local store but no one seems to sell them. leevalley used to sell them but not anymore. I bought a bunch several years ago from Totem, but they are only in Western Canada, and even though they are o...

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