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05-02-2016 11:36 PM

Tall box grain direction - 6 replies

I’ve made several small keepsake boxes, I always run the grain around the box as is common. I had a request for a very tall box and I was thinking about running the grain vertically as it would be easier to find wood to fit. I was thinking this will cause the width/depth of the box to change with the seasons, but is there any other rea...

03-12-2016 03:56 AM

CNC Dust Collection - 3 replies

If I run a small dust collector (portable unit, 1hp) and step it down to a 2” hose into a cyclone, then onto the CNC, am I really going to lose a lot of suction? I have a large 2HP dust collector I could use, but I don’t have a cyclone with a 4” port, so my only option is to step down to a 2” hose, but if this isn’...

03-03-2016 12:06 AM

Collet wrench for spindle - 2 replies

I picked up a used CNC last week, and today I tried to change the bit in the spindle and discovered the crescent shape wrench that loosens the collet on the spindle doesn’t seem to fit. In order to buy a new wrench I need to know the size. Do I simply measure the diameter of the collet? Do the number of indentations on the side matter? ...

11-06-2015 06:06 PM

dust collector mod question - 2 replies

I’ve got a 2HP Craftex dust collector with a canister filter. It’s basically the same as the Grizzly of similar size. I’ve got a 4” line running through solid pipe to all my tools. This connects to the collector via a 3 way split into the machine. Before the split the machine has some metal which is I assume to stop l...

10-25-2015 07:43 PM

CAD software for Mac OSX - 17 replies

I’m interested in eventually getting a CNC. Likely a year away due to other projects/finances. I do woodworking professionally so this would be used in a low production environment. I’ve been trying out sketchup lately in order to be able to do some 3D modelling, but as I see myself going towards a CNC, I feel I might as well le...

09-05-2015 05:52 PM

Design, Custom work, and copyright... - 8 replies

I’ve been doing woodworking for a few years as my main occupation, not completely full time as I have a young child that still isn’t 100% at school each day. I decided to start at craft shows making smaller items and slowly work my way into furniture pieces. Well year 3 and I’m getting furniture commissions, but a common thre...

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? - 5 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?

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...

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