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|186 days ago||
Advice/Tips on Moving a Shop Across the Country - 6 replies
In a few weeks I’ll be moving my family and my two-car garage woodshop from California to Maryland. We’re moving ourselves using ABF’s U-Pack. So I we get to do all the packing and loading, though we’ll have some help unloading. This weekend I’m going to start the process of packing up the shop. It’s not...
|223 days ago||
Opinions on Cheap Hinges - 12 replies
Well, after a few months off from the shop due to business travel, getting married, etc I finally got back in the shop this weekend and got some real work done. I started off making a few small boxes. They’re nothing special, just something to get the juices flowing again, but I certainly want to complete them. Especially since the wife ...
|472 days ago||
Help with Tearout on a Dovetail Jig - 5 replies
I recently purchased a Rockler Complete Dovetail Jig and though the jig itself is awesome, I’m having some issues with tearout. The tearout is on both the sides and bottom of the pins and tails. Now, I’m using cedar, which I’m sure is part of the problem since it’s so soft, however I’ve had some tearout on harde...
|671 days ago||
Help with Glass in Cabinet Doors - 1 reply
Well this weekend I finally started building the new kitchen cabinet doors and I’ve got a few quick questions about installing glass into the frame. For a little background the doors are shaker style cut with rail and stile bits. The top cabinet doors are going to have frosted glass instead of a panel in the center. On those I’v...
|708 days ago||
Newbie Letter Inaly Questions - 7 replies
I’m currently working on a small zebra wood/bubinga “palm” box for my niece. I really want to inlay a curly maple “Z” on the bubinga lid, her name is Zoey, but I’m a little unsure how to approach it. My original plan was to print a simple, straight lined “Z” on a piece of paper and trace it wit...
|719 days ago||
Kitchen Doors & Drawers Questions - 3 replies
In the next few weeks I will be refacing our kitchen with new doors and drawers. I plan on doing the doors shaker style using MLCS Katana rail and stile router bits. The drawer fronts will be solid wood, maybe with a bevel on the edges, and box jointed prefinished maple ply for the drawers themselves. All installed with Blum soft close Europe...
|804 days ago||
More Small Shop Dust Collection Questions - 8 replies
I know there are a ton of post on LJ’s about dust collection, I think I’ve read most of them over the last week, but I’m still have some questions. First, a little background. My shop is a two car garage with all the tools in horseshoe shape around the center. A workbench, miter saw station, fridge, W/D, sink, deep freez...
|807 days ago||
Link Belt Problems/Questions - 3 replies
I’m trying to replace the old belt on my Ridgid 3650 with a link belt I picked up a HF, but I can’t seem to get the thing to stay on. I looked at the Fenner Drives instructions so I know I have it facing the right direction and the length is the same as the factory belt I’m replacing. However, it comes off every time I turn t...
|809 days ago||
My First Tool Gloat: OSS, DC, SS, & BS - 4 replies
So, this afternoon a guy I work with saw a guy selling woodworking tools in the local classifieds. He showed me the ad and I gave the the guy a call to see if I could take a look. I ended up buying everything he was selling except a Grizzly Radial Drill Press, which I probably should have bought. Anyways, I got a Ridgid OSS/Belt Sander (The g...
|817 days ago||
Chisel Sharpening Questions - 10 replies
I finally decided to get serious about sharpening my tools, particularly my chisels. Last night I cut a couple through mortises for a bench I’m making out of redwood and I realized that I needed a sharp chisel to clean up the edges. I have a set of chisels from the borg that I thought were sharp until I tried cutting through the end grai...
|825 days ago||
Shopmade Air Cleaner: Ceiling or Floor? - 18 replies
I’m going to make myself an air cleaner for the shop soon, but I’m not sure if I want to mount it on the ceiling, or mount it a mobile base. I’m in a standard finished garage, so I’m afraid it may hang down too low if I place it on the ceiling, but I’m not sure how effective it will be on the floor. I can get a mi...
|831 days ago||
Beginner's Dust Collection Questions - 2 replies
All I’ve started woodworking about 18 months ago and it’s how I spend about 75% of my free time. I’m in the shop pretty much every day I’m tired of cleaning up saw dust. I’m thinking buying a DC unit, probably the HF 2HP unit everyone seems to love, but I have a few newbie questions first. For background inf...
|839 days ago||
Square a Table Saw Sled - 12 replies
I’ve made a few table saw sleds since I got into woodworking a little over a year ago, some worked better than others, but none of them worked great. My biggest fear, and least favorite part, of making a sled is getting it square to the blade. On my last sled, for cutting miter joints for boxes, I placed the sled on the runners as squa...
|843 days ago||
Cherry Smelling Cherry - 9 replies
I got a couple pieces of ~6/4 cherry from a friend over the Christmas holiday and when I went to cut a piece off with my miter saw the other night I got a nose full of cherry cough syrup smelling sawdust. I’ve worked with cherry before, but all of that was from Rockler or a lumber yard. None of it had this kind of smell. It really smell...
|846 days ago||
Removing Router Bit Cover? - 6 replies
I got a trim router for Christmas that came with a small flush trim bit that has some sort of plastic coating all over it. What’s the secret to getting this stuff off? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,David
|846 days ago||
Repairing a Tool's Power Cord - 14 replies
So, my six month old lab puppy decided my ROS cord would be a tasty snack. Thank goodness it wasn’t one of my nicer tools… I’ve repaired power cords before on items such as lamps, but I’m a little concerned about a power tool. Since there is just a six inch section chewed up, I thought of cutting back the cord and sp...
|874 days ago||
LumberJocks on my mind... - 5 replies
So, while driving back home this weekend from Christmas vacation we stopped at a Denny’s for a late dinner. Meredith ordered a club sandwich and I order the Lumberjack Slam, or so I thought. As I was wondering why the waitress looked at me funny when I placed my order, Meredith informed me that I had order a LumberJock Slam… I gue...
|902 days ago||
Box Hinges: Before or After Finish - 1 reply
What’s everyone’s opinion on when to route/cut the hinge mortises for small boxes? In the past, with cheap hinges, I’ve always done it before I applied the finish, but I was watching Doug Stowe’s DVD the other night, and he does it after he finishes the box. I’ve got a walnut and birdseye maple box I’m wor...
|917 days ago||
Couple Questions on Homemade Finishes - 6 replies
Finishing Gurus, Since I first started woodworking I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of “homemade” finishes. Last night I finally made my own “danish oil” by adding 1/3 poly, 1/3 BLO, and 1/3 mineral spirits. I put it on a few test pieces and so far it seems to work great. However, I have no idea what kin...
|922 days ago||
Klean-Strip "White" Mineral Spirits? - 6 replies
Out of curiosity, has anyone had any experience with Klean-Strip Green Odorless Mineral Spirits? http://www.homedepot.com/hd1/N-5yc1vZ1xgc/R-100677231/hd2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 I bought a gallon at HD since they were out of everything else. When I got it home and put some on a rag, I was surprised ...