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10-04-2013 10:13 PM

Festool Domino vs Kreg Pocket Hole vs Incra Dovetail - 21 replies

Lots of different ways to make a joint. Which is best? The Festool Domino is very quick and quite expensive. It makes very fast mortises to use with Festool’s tendon inserts. It has very good registration and the joint is totally hidden. The Kreg tool is moderately fast and inexpensive. The joints are strong and secure. It requir...

09-20-2013 07:08 AM

Track Saws: Makita vs Festool - 32 replies

I saw a Festool demo today…and I’m thinking about biting the bullet on a track saw. After reading the reviews, I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to these two: the Makita SP6000J and the Festool TS 55 REQ. The Maikita has bee well reviewed and several people like it better than the Festool TS 55 they also own. The additional ...

07-26-2013 05:53 PM

What is the Best Guide to Cut 4x8 Sheets? - 42 replies

I see two options. On is a regular edge clamp in a 99in length. Sold by Rockler and Peachtree for about $114 plus shipping. I just got a free shipping coupon. The other “uses 50”-56 rails the connect together and use a sort of C-clamp like clamp. On sale at Woodcraft for about $68 plus shipping today and tomorrow.: It d...

07-19-2013 06:04 PM

Bookcase Design With Kreg Pocket Holes - 7 replies

My hand has been forced…two 25 year old cheap kd bookcases collapsed in the basement. I was thinking of just using the Arauco pine plywood, 23/32nds, from HD. Is sanded 220 on one-side, 150 on the other, generally looks good, and has a waterproof glue. From Chile, it has generally good reviews. At $35/sheet, it is 30% cheaper than Birch...

06-11-2013 12:32 AM

What Is the Best Way To Get a Heavy Tool on a Mobile Base - 26 replies

The drill press probably weighs close to 200#, the bandsaw close to 300#. They are in a basement, no engine hoists or blocks and tackle from the ceiling. How do you get them on the mobile bases without damaging them or damaging the mobile bases?

06-09-2013 10:58 PM

Assembling a Cyclone - 17 replies

I have the Penn State Cyclone…half in boxes, half out. It looks quite rugged. The motor/blower weighs a ton! (Actually 85lbs according to the box). The instructions call for the cyclone (maybe 50lbs) to be assembled inverted on top of the motor/blower, the the whole assembly inverted and lifted into place. That complete assembly would appe...

06-01-2013 07:47 PM

Do you have a electric power subpanel in your workshop? - 45 replies

My workshop is in the basement…just setting it up. Right now there are 3 220v tools (table saw, bandsaw, dust collector) and a few 110v tools (planer, drill press, miter saw, belt/disc sander, router table) plus hand tools (handheld router, drills, sanders, jig and circular saws). In the future I expect to add a 220v jointer. My plan w...

05-29-2013 08:41 PM

Everything Arriving Friday...and I'm Not Ready - 18 replies

I’ve been busy…very busy. However, I took advantage of various sales to get the equipment discussed in my earlier posts: the SawStop 3hp PCS, Rikon 18” 10-345, and Penn State Tempest S 2.5hp Cyclone. All arriving Friday. Well, the mobile base for the bandsaw, a ShopFox unit, arrived from Grizzly today. I’m going to ...

04-28-2013 02:17 AM

What would be the best mobile base for an 18" bandsaw? - 14 replies

I’d like something that puts the saw on the ground firmly and is easy to use. These caught my eye: This ShopFox for $55: And this Rockler for $63: And this one for $70: The Rockler uses 1.5” square hardwood and the reviews are that it is a PITA to assemble. The ShopFox uses less expensive plywood but raises...

04-18-2013 02:11 AM

Cambering Plane Blades - 6 replies

I’ve read that articles and seen videos that have suggested that all plane blades be cambered. Some have recommended making jigs just for that ( I’ve seen recommendations from cambering everything from a scrub plane to a smooth plane (

04-13-2013 08:15 AM

Bandsaw: 14" or 18" - 34 replies

First, I already belabored this topic to death: From that the Rikon appeared as a top value and performer in home workshop bandsaws. It still wasn’t on my shopping list until 2014. However, Woodcraft has a sale on the 14” and 18” Rikon saws now, and for an unrelated reason my table saw pur...

03-28-2013 02:37 PM

Do You Use a Bin Full Sensor on Your Cyclone Dust Collector? - 8 replies

My shopvac has an Oneida Dust Deputy cyclone in front of it and a HEPA filter inside. Last weekend I was vacuuming shavings from hand planing and overfilled the bucket. The result was shavings and other debris was vacuumed into the vacuum’s bucket and made a mess of the filter. Prior to that, the filter stayed nearly pristine indicating ev...

03-24-2013 10:01 AM

Best Stone for Removing Chips? - 7 replies

When removing metal after chip on plane is a 220 grit best? If so, is the best solution a water stone, diamond plate, or sandpaper? Wouldn’t a water stone still need a diamond plate or other mechanism for flattening? The diamond stone in the course grit isn’t that expensive and could also be used to flatten waters stones. At this ti...

03-05-2013 05:49 AM

Do You Lubricate Your Bandsaw Blades? - 28 replies

Timberwolf says: CHOOSING THE PROPER BAND SAW BLADE LUBRICATION NEVER USE WATER as a lubricant on band saw blades. Water is NOT a lubricant and is the WRONG thing to use for many reasons. 1. For the woodworker using 1″ and 1 1/4″ bands, not only is water unacceptable as a lubricant, but it also rusts the bands causing deep pitting, and ina...

03-02-2013 07:04 AM

Do You Wax Your Measuring Tools? - 3 replies

I received by Incra 12” t-rule today. The first thing I noticed were my fingerprints. Wanting a solution I used the Minwax wax I bought for my cast iron tools. It left the surface very smooth, slightly shinier and darker, and relatively resistant to my fingerprints. I was wondering if others do this and if it makes the tools easier t...

03-02-2013 05:19 AM

Band Saw Suggestions? - 67 replies

Note: while I want a band saw I really don’t have the time now to deal with it. However, two current sales plius the session at the Somerset Woodworking Show have peaked by interest. Right now the 14” Powermatic with riser is on sale for $1020. The Jet is on sale for $845, but the fence is optional. A Jet fence is $120, a Kreg fen...

03-01-2013 06:37 AM

Harbor Freight 2hp Router for Router Table? - 13 replies

Harbor Freight has a 2 hp fixed base router for $5, $40 with a 20% coupon. I currently have a Bosch 1617 EVS with several bases. However, I’m wondering if the Harbor Freight might be better for my router table. The Bosch has variable speed and a soft start. However, under the router table, especially inside a dust collection box, the ro...

02-20-2013 04:52 AM

Does Anyone Use A Mini-Mill as a Drill Press? - 10 replies

They are available from around $500 (Harbor Freight with 20% off). Don’t fear the HF name, the Sieg X2 is nearly an industry standard also sold by Grizzly. If anything, the HF unit is the better of the two. They have about the same swing, HP, and shaft speeds. But the mill also has precise adjustment on the bed. Optional turrets for the...

02-17-2013 06:48 PM

Which Planer? - 31 replies

In another thread, How Wide a Jointer? Otra Vez , it was determined I can get by without a jointer for the time being, but need a planer. The question is: which planer? Given budget restrictions I see three options: 1) A portable planer with knives. The Steel City and Ryobi (Home Depot house brand) models are both under $300 and well revie...

02-13-2013 07:11 AM

How Wide a Jointer? Otra Vez - 39 replies

Ok…this has been asked before. Let me set the stage. First, I have hoped to avoid the jointer and planer by getting S2S boards. However, I already have a few situations that isn’t always practical I’m also wondeiring how flat some of these boards are, especially if I get them from the lumber yard or big box store rather than...

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