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1731 days ago

Hard maple vs soft - 5 replies

I understand that Hard and soft maple are very similar, with hard being a little denser. Is soft maple as pretty as hard maple? Can you really notice a difference? I’m talking about just basic maple, not curly or tiger, I’m looking for straight grain. I’m wondering if I can get away with using soft maple for my nightstand...

1732 days ago

Veneer and curly wood stability questions - 7 replies

I got around to laying out the pieces for the nightstansd I designed and am starting to work on: http://lumberjocks.com/Eric_S/blog/11826. I layed the pieces onto my cherry lumber, and heavy figured curly cherry 4/4 for the top/panels/and drawer fronts. But then I realized that this is probably a bad idea. Curly isn’t stable right? I ...

1750 days ago

Portable Dust Collection Enclosure for noise - 10 replies

I purchased the Delta 50-720CT a couple weeks ago. So far it has been working great, and handles everything I have been using. I roll it around and attach it to one tool at a time using Rocklers Dust Right system, which I strongly recommend if you are doing the same. Anyways, the noise doesn’t seem to be too terrible outside of my garag...

1771 days ago

Cheaper wood alternatives - 19 replies

I’m almost done with the Sketchup drawing for the nightstands I’m going to start in a few weeks now that my new Grizzly G0555 bandsaw and Delta Planer are on there way :) Anyways, my wife and I were hoping to use Cherry or Black Walnut for the bedroom furniture. However, after looking at wood prices it seems I can only find cherr...

1772 days ago

Clamp question - 29 replies

So I’m still setting up shop, but should be ready to start on my nightstands within a month…hopefully. I just finished adding some extra lighting to my garage, painted the ceiling white (unfinished drywall), and added extra outlets to the walls near my workbench and tools on a couple of new circuits. I’m also getting a Grizz...

1777 days ago

Amazing price on used DeWalt 735 for Sacramento,CA area - 1 reply

I found this on Ebay today while checking out thickness planers. Unfortunately its for local pickup only so I can’t get it. Otherwise I’d jump all over it. So I’m passing this on to anyone in the Sacramento,CA area looking for a great deal on what I’ve heard is an AMAZING planer. Bid is currently at $249 with 3 days r...

1780 days ago

Anyone use Rockler Wall Mount Dust Collector - 9 replies

My small garage shop currently only has a 16gal Rigid shop vac for dust collection (besides my half-mask P100 filter). This vac drives me nuts. Its power cord gets in the way of everything I do, and its the loudest thing I own, even more so than my table saw and router. Also, since its the old model, it doesn’t accept filter bags so the...

1781 days ago

Accounting for Wood movement in joinery - 9 replies

So I’m getting ready to start designing nightstands and since I’m new to woodworking I’m a little confused on wood movement in regards to joinery. I understand wood moves more across its width, and some species more than others. I also understand that quarter sawn is more stable than rift, and rift is more stable than flatsaw...

1808 days ago

Which Vise for Face Vise? - 6 replies

This may be a stupid question but its all new to me ;) I’m about to purchase a face vise for my newly built workbench (pics to come sometime in the next week or so) and I’m having difficulty deciding what type to get. I’m deciding between these two: 1) 9’’ Quick-Release Wood Vise: http://www.rockler.com/pro...

1815 days ago

Wood Prices - 12 replies

Hi All, Being new to woodworking is making it difficult to know if I am getting good deals or not on wood. I will be making my first purchases from a lumber yard sometime in the next month (VERY EXCITED), but right now I’m just trying to see who has the best prices in the area. I would rush out and buy wood right now but since I̵...

1819 days ago

Ok to route Plastic Laminate? - 8 replies

Hey guys, I’m about to build a simple router table. I want to glue a piece of plastic laminate to the top surface but I’m wondering if its safe to route through plastic laminate (for the router plate opening). Is this how its usually done? Will it ruin my bits? I’ve never dealt with cutting laminate before. Eric Seidel

1821 days ago

Grain Direction in Projects - 5 replies

I was wondering if their were best practices for grain direction in tables and legs and other projects. I’ve seen legs where the grain goes horizontally and others where its vertical. is this just a cosmetic choice or will it affect the sturdiness and structural integrity of a project? I know wood will expand and contract over its life ...

1821 days ago

Joint and Plane by hand or machine and how your neighbors feel about the noise - 21 replies

Hey Everyone, I’m new to woodworking and am tired of buying s4s ($$$) wood from lowes/homedepot…yuck! I want to joint/plane my own wood but I’m afraid that 1) I dont have enough room in my garage to fit a jointer and planer (or money for that matter) and 2) I would drive my neighbors nuts with the noise even if I did it dur...

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