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10-19-2017 12:41 AM

HVLP Gun question - 1 reply

I am tearing down and rehabbing (to a degree) my Capspray gun that came with my Capspray CS9100 (most folks say it should be a Titan Maxum II, but I have my doubts). I am curious. What makes one HVLP gun better than another? The purple Harbor Freight gun is around $100 while the high end ones are $350+. What makes a high end gun a high end? ...

08-12-2017 12:45 AM

Lee Valley & Veritas opening distribution center in Reno, NV. Faster shipping! - 4 replies

I probably have spent over $1k at Lee Valley in the last 5 years. Always disfavored the length of shipping time. Thankfully, they will be operating a west coast distribution center to help alleviate that issue. Great! Also, it’s in the works to do Will Call (purchase online and pick up in person) if lucky enough to be in the area…...

07-21-2017 10:47 PM

Charring Basswood. And then, afterwards? - 11 replies

I am about ready to continue my plantation shutter project and pretty much decided to go with basswood with a single coat of shellac then charring both then scraping with a wire brush.But after I do that, what are the do’s and don’t following charring? I was thinking of putting couple coats of shellac and followed by a number of pol...

07-11-2017 12:32 AM

1/2 HP GE motor.... has a boo boo :( - 6 replies

Backdrop: I was planning to use my 15,000 BTU window A/C for my garage workshop. My main house A/C has a squeaky bearing so do not want to use it til I get A/C folks out here. I won auction lot of a 5,500 CFM evaporative cooler for $10 and was going to use that for house. Well, the evap cooler 1/2 HP motor is non functional :( This is the f...

07-08-2017 12:13 AM

slightly embarrassing :) anything LJ members can help with Home Refurb? - 11 replies

“HomeRefurbershome | projects | blog1 post in 1064 days12-08-2014 05:45 PMHello Everyone, My name is Philip; I am a new community manager joining the site and working alongside Cricket and Juan M.” And then followed by 186 spam bots :) ————————- Every so often, I like to cruise...

07-02-2017 06:39 PM

How to finish all 4 sides of work pieces? - 14 replies

How does one finish (shellac, stain, poly spray) all 4 sides of a piece in one setting? I’ve done window jambs & casings but didn’t have to worry about the underside so they laid flat while I worked on them. I have 16 28” long stiles & 16 10” rails plus the 50 or so 10” shutter louvers to work on by end of...

06-30-2017 12:16 AM

Snagged a Capspray CS9100 for $100. Opinions? - 1 reply

I won a lot at an online auction (I swore I would stop with the online auctions… but of course, always looking for quality HVLP, 20” bandsaws, and Performax drum sanders) of this Capsray CS9100 4 stage HVLP with hose & some gun for $!00. I currently have the Summit HVLP single stage HVLP with all plastic parts (was on sale for ...

06-13-2017 03:27 AM

Sanding: do you over dimension your wood to take sanding into account? - 31 replies

My blog entry of screwing up my plantation shutter frames: super cray science computer says to use 1 1/16” thick x 2” wide stiles. I dimensioned them exactly to that measurement. Then I took out my ROS and screwed up. Mistakes were made and learned. But now I wonder for my next batc...

06-01-2017 05:56 AM

My head is swimming from sandpaper research.... - 18 replies

The more I delve into finishing, the more I learn that there is A LOT more to learn. From my previous forums posts, I’m new to the finishing arena. Bought “Understanding Wood Finishing” by Bob Flexner, read it all in a 5 hour period, which really opened my eyes to the not often spoke of finishing complexities. About to subsc...

05-30-2017 12:43 AM

My table saw maintenance day - 7 replies

When I won my Powermatic 66 at a local auction for $150, it actually was by accident because I didn’t believe it would go for that price (in the lot were 2 new with coating still on teeth Woodworker II’s, Biesemeyer cut off and auxiliary fence, bleh bleh bleh) and …well, it did. That is how I came to have both a Unisaw & P...

05-29-2017 04:45 AM

My new DIY home made table saw blade & fence gauge - 0 replies

Awhile ago, I bought a do-hickey (mag pro?) for miter slot calibration of table saw & fence, with the use of a dial caliper. While it worked 100% for my Unisaw miter slots, it did not work for my bandsaw nor Powermatic 66 (the body of the dial caliper was in the way of the device clamping). Recently, after purchasing the SharkGuard, I noti...

05-26-2017 03:59 PM

Guessing how much poly is needed to be used upon a project before hand - 7 replies

I am spraying a project for the first time using my Summit HVLP system. I’m happy with it (for a beginner). I have so far sprayed 2 coats upon roughly 4 window jamb pieces of 5’x4” knotty alder boards. I’m nearly 1/2 out of my quart. Unsure if I am using “too” much or if this is about right for the amount...

05-19-2017 11:01 PM

Plantation Shutters - UV protection? - 4 replies

My current first experimental plantation shutter project is in a 5’x5’ window with a porch overhang so not too concerned about direct sunlight and UV rays. However, my rear patio sliding glass door “future” plantation shutter project will see the sun from noon til sunset, and I’m 5,000 feet in the air. I am concer...

05-18-2017 12:25 AM

Suppose I know a guy....(automatic blast gate related) - 11 replies

I did some phone work at a local business that does national sales of LED, wiring, solenoids, light bars for police cars and ambulances, and other industrial electrical control stuff. We talked about woodworking as a hobby and he showed me his 15’x15’ wood working shop in his warehouse for some of his business ventures relating to w...

05-07-2017 03:55 AM

Almost clicked on "place order" on Laguna 14/12.... - 5 replies

I need a resaw bandsaw. Currently, I have one of those 2001 year clone 14” 3/4 HP (doubt it’s a true 3/4 HP) bandsaws. Tuned up as best I could after watching Mr Snodgrass youtube video on bandsaw tuneups. The blade is the Timberwolf 3/4” 3TIP resawing blade. 12” length 3/4” wide basswood experiment. The result...

05-05-2017 09:23 PM

Where to find 2HP+ electric motors? - 13 replies

I definitely see future projects this year on both a home made DIY 24” wide drum sander and the Mathias 20” bandsaw, both would require 2HP+ I believe.. Even way down the road, my DIY lumber mill with a 10HP electric motor (didn’t catch if it was 3phase or single phase of the YouTube video of a guy doing a fantastic build). I...

04-30-2017 09:11 PM

Cat urine on wooden hand planes. Ug! - 31 replies

Ooops! Saturday I accidentally left back patio door open while in the garage. Later in the next day afternoon, noticed that dreaded cat urine smell coming from….somewhere (it’s been warm in Reno so left windows open all night). I have my workbench and handplanes in living room as I’ve been blowing up my 2 car garage woodshop...

04-28-2017 04:34 AM

Convert 4" planer port to a 6" port? - 14 replies

I have a 15” Jet planer with a 4” hood. I’ve been taking a look at converting the 4” hood to a 6”. Of course, Jet only offers 4”. And after researching, I see 99% modification to various sized planers with a 4” hood end result. I also have a 3HP Grizzly DC with 6” mains. I have been using the ...

04-25-2017 02:54 AM

Miter saw dust collection: underneath? - 4 replies

I am catching up on some needed dust collection through out my shop. One notorious mess-maker is my Bosch miter saw. It is sitting up on some blocks of wood to be aligned with my left/right fold out wings. Instead of a large project of a dust hood, I tried out to simply use my 6” flex. I did some trial runs and am very pleased with the...

04-22-2017 06:56 PM

Dust collection duct comparison: SDR vs Triplewall - 7 replies

While needed some edits to my 6”/4” HVAC dust collection ducting, I wanted to tryout PVC instead of metal ducting since this will be laid upon the floor where it would have a likelihood of being kicked or dented. So I went to my local water/irrigation distributor to pick up some green PVC sewer & drain (SDR35) pipe. After tellin...

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