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|12 hours ago||
Stupid move on the router table - 15 replies
You know, I’ve been so vigilant about table saw safety and I’ve decided that (one day) I will own a Saw Stop. Been really good about learning all I can on TS safety. So last night I use my router table that I haven’t used in a while and sure enough, I got hurt. Lots of mistakes in hindsight. It was one of those things w...
|13 days ago||
I’m looking at this dado set but I also hve been considering the Freud SBOX8. Is this the same manufacturer? Any opinions on the Diablo?
|25 days ago||
I’ve been using oil based polyurethane for a few years, simply because I started with it and never looked back. However, it definitely adds a little tint to light wood. I saw Minwax water-based polyurethane and polycrylic. I know that the polycrylic really doesn’t change the color of the wood (this is what I’ve read). Que...
|30 days ago||
PSA: Makita RT0700CX3 router kit deal - 0 replies
I recently grabbed the Makita RT0700C palm router/trimmer and it’s been an absolute dream to work with. I’ve been looking online and also called Makita to see if I could start getting some of the additional bases and a couple of guide bushings. The first thing I was looking at was the plunge base which was online for $99. Add that...
|33 days ago||
Through-bench router table - 3 replies
My new workspace is very small since we moved and I’m not ready to build a shed yet so I’m trying to use what I have. (aren’t we all) I had a metal router table that was very small and would sometimes mar my projects. Got to thinking of just drilling some holes in my bench. Seems to work well. I’ll be removing an ar...
|42 days ago||
Drill press question - 3 replies
Hey guys. I have my eye on a Reliant drill press. Anyone have info or opinions on this manufacturer? Thanks.
|56 days ago||
Educate me on Poplar - 25 replies
Hey all. I have a new pedlaboard customer who asked for Poplar as one of the options. He wants a moderate to light stain with a semigloss laquer finish. My question is regarding how Poplar might handle stain and/or laquer. I believe I read somewhere on LJ’s that Poplar has a tendency to oxidize?? or that it may not stain with predi...
|58 days ago||
Drying time - 2 replies
Hey LJ’s. Occasionally I come across a customer who is cutting up some trees and they’re nice enough to bring me some pieces. I recently got Sassafras but it was freshly cut so I’m not going to use it for a while. The other day I had someone come in with a really nice log of Red Oak. It’s about 20” tall and ...
|83 days ago||
Got me some Sassafras - 13 replies
I work at Home Depot tool rental as a second job at night. A lady and her daughter came in with issues they were having with one of our chainsaws so I swapped it out for her. Asked her what she was cutting and she said an old Sassafras tree that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Told her that I was into woodworking and she offered to bring me so...
|109 days ago||
New (vintage) table saw... huge blessing - 22 replies
I’ve been working with a Delta table saw for a while now and as my knowledge and skills have improved, I realized some of it’s shortcomings. Most evident is the fence which, no matter what I try, still isn’t as accurate as I’d like it on longer rips. Plus, man it’s noisy! So I went on Craigslist and did a littl...
|117 days ago||
Need to build a new workshop. - 14 replies
Hey LJ’s, We currently rent and I have a pretty good setup right now but unfortunately we have to move in October because the house we’re in is going to be sold. That said, the new place doesn’t have a garage or a shed. The owner is really cool and we were referred to him through our church. He’s ok with me construc...
|120 days ago||
Sharpening a 10" table saw blade - 14 replies
I have a Delta 10” table saw that my aunt gave me after my cousin passed away. It’s a good saw and the fence is accurate. I love the fact that I can use this saw as my cousin Neil was like a big brother to me all my life. I’m still using the original blade and it’s definitely past it’s prime. I’m conside...
|122 days ago||
Help with a purchase decision - 6 replies
Hey LJ’s, I’m looking to make a joinery decision. I currently butt joint my pedalboards using glue and finish nails. I like the way they come out except for the nail holes. I’m trying to decide on moving to either the Kreg R3 or the Rockler 45 Lock router bit. I almost always do a 1/4” round over on the edges (and m...
|128 days ago||
Router speed. Looking for answers - 3 replies
Hey LJ’s. I just picked up a Makita RT0700C hand held router and I had some questions. Up to now, I’ve been using a single speed Skil router that is mounted on a table. It’s a big ‘un and has worked ok for the time I’ve had it. I grabbed this Makita because I’m just sick of having to unmount the Skil e...
|130 days ago||
Need help with a certain cut - 16 replies
Hey guys. I’m trying to make the following, repeatable cut and I’m having some trouble with my jigsaw. The overall size of each cut is roughly 8”x1” with rounded ends. The jigsaw is giving me trouble making tight turns at the ends. I thought I could use a 1” drill bit to bore out each end and them meet the...
|133 days ago||
Dado blade recommendation - 28 replies
Hey guys and gals. I’m looking to grab a dado blade for my Delta 10” table saw. My goal is to start doing box joints. I’m going to build a jig (well, hopefully) so that I can get even cuts and hopefully make my work go faster. Any suggestions on something that isn’t going to break the bank but will still do the jo...
|139 days ago||
Finishing Santos Mahogany - 15 replies
I have a project I’m working on and need some advice. The wood is Santos Mahogany and it’s been a pleasure to work with. Routed and sanded beautifully. I actually like the way it looks unfinished but I think some kind of clear will really add some depth to the grain. Plus, I did some very thin clear pine inlays so the clear wil...
|139 days ago||
Looking for a scroll saw - 11 replies
Hey everybody. I’m in the market for a scroll saw. I’ve been looking at some of the offerings from Grizzly and it appears they have quality stuff within my price range ($200 and under). However, I thought I might reach out to the members here to get some other options. This will be my first scroll saw so I’m open to sug...
|217 days ago||
I need to make a square hole... - 19 replies
On my pedalboard builds I typically include an IEC plug for power. The dimensions are 1” x 3/4” I’ve labored through this many times with a drill, coping saw, chisel, dremel, etc. I’m thinking a mortise chisel bit might do the trick but I don’t have a drill press. Any suggestions? Thanks!
|217 days ago||
New guy from NJ. - 7 replies
Hey everybody. I just joined and I’m really looking forward to learning from the folks here. I’m a guitar player by trade (well, by hobby) and I’ve always been interested in wood working. Over the years I’ve built a couple of guitar speaker cabinets and now I’ve started a small business building pedal boards and ...