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03-09-2011 11:55 PM

Help with Shop Design & Wiring: 13'x25' from the ground up - 14 replies

I’m in Northern California, in a small town on the south end of Sonoma’s Wine Country. Land and housing is expensive relative to everything else. We live in a 768 square foot house on a just over 4,000 square foot lot, and we never want to move again. I’ve been woodworking in the one car 1947 attached garage. It’s tin...

10-20-2010 01:26 AM

Fittings for attaching grab handles to walls - 9 replies

I’ve started on “the bathroom project”. I’ve told myself that I’m not undertaking any major new projects ‘til I get my new shop designed and built, but there are all of these several hour little projects that are so much fun I can’t put ‘em off and… One of those projects is replacing the c...

08-26-2010 12:16 AM

Fitting drawers: How to best prevent racking problems? - 7 replies

My kitchen cabinets have all used Blum slides. I built my partner a white oak desk extension thing that had a couple of drawers in it, and rather than using slides I ran a groove down the sides of the drawers, and mounted waxed wooden rails on the insides of the cabinet. When I did this, I thought I’d read somewhere to make the toleranc...

03-15-2010 12:55 AM

Darkening an already polyurethaned piece - 1 reply

My first pass at my kitchen cabinets didn’t match my doors, and since the doors were harder to build than the cabinets, I built replacements. The plan was to take the old cabinets and put them in my office, which is evolving in a fairly dark theme. Somewhere between cherry and mahogany color-wise. The original cabinets are maple, finis...

01-05-2010 10:18 PM

Router suggestions for a homebuilt CNC machine? - 11 replies

I’ve got a bucket of bearings on order to build myself a CNC machine. I have motors and controllers left over from previous projects, I figure something on the order of 3’ or 4’ by 1.5’ or 2’ with a simple worm-drive system should be a good point to learn from. I’m thinking linear bearings made from 608ZZs on ...

08-25-2008 06:22 PM

Short soft-close drawer slides, max width of drawer? - 8 replies

I’m doing up drawings for a bunch of kitchen cabinets, and given that we’ve got a small house with a small kitchen, a couple of those cabinets are going to be fairly shallow. For instance, I’m laying out a full wall cupboard that I’m wanting to make about 3 cans, or the width of a cereal box, deep. Because of hardware iss...

03-26-2008 01:34 AM

Storing Lumber: Unheated garage, or a shed outside? - 16 replies

I live just north of San Francisco, in northern California. My shop is in an unheated garage, shared with a washer and dryer. We have an open shed/awning in the back yard. We’ve been trolling Craigslist for deals, and currently have a couple of hundred board feet of maple and birch in the shop, and a similar amount of mahogany stored ab...

03-06-2008 12:59 AM

Ryobi 2HP router for $50: Good deal? - 9 replies

For handheld tools, I’m a Festool junkie, but between a Domino, a DeWalt 735 planer and a Leigh dovetail jig, I’ve spent my tool budget for the next few months. However… my (home made) router table router is currently running with an ancient single speed Craftsman with a 1/4” collet, my Festool router only goes to an 8...

12-21-2007 09:37 PM

Choosing a hardwood floor finish: Looking for help - 15 replies

We’re in escrow on a house here in Northern California, a cute little 1947 bungalow and you people who live in real estate markets with sane prices can snicker right now, just to get it out of your system. The original floors are hardwood, and they seem to be in decent shape, with half of them covered by carpet. So in the week between w...


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