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05-06-2015 03:03 PM

Not sure why I haven't considered this - 14 replies

Sometimes I scare myself… So I do a lot of projects with solid stock because the edges show and I don’t want to have plywood exposed. However, I’m thinking it probably isn’t too hard to just use plywood and make strips for the edge pieces. Plus I could mess around with different species for contrast and what not. ...

02-05-2015 03:30 PM

Guide bushings that get loose... remedy? - 6 replies

I’ve been using these HF brass guide bushings for a couple of projects and they’re great. They work beautifully when using spiral bits and a jig. However, I need to tighten the collet every so often, I assume because of the vibration of the router. I purchased additional base plates for my router so I pretty much have one dedi...

01-26-2015 09:30 PM

Help me with Johnson's Paste Wax - 8 replies

Hey guys. I bought a tin of Johnson’s Paste Wax a while back, really to use as a protectant for my table saw. So I’ finally started to use some very old mahogany that I saved from an old dresser that was being thrown out. The piece is made up of a bunch of glued boards and each board is probably about 4” in width. The t...

01-16-2015 02:52 PM

Finishing with poly and dyes - 18 replies

Hey all. I have a new build for a client and would like to get your take on it. It will be a guitar speaker cabinet that holds dual 12” speakers mounted horizontally. Typically with these guitar cabs, they have an open back design which allows the sound to project better. Here’s an example of what a cabinet looks like: ...

01-07-2015 01:06 AM

Spiral bit question - 14 replies

Hey guys. Been trying to figure out the best way to use my router for cutting shapes while using guide bushings. I made a simple rectangular template that will guide the router and I wanted to know if I should grab a straight bit or a spiral bit. If the latter, I know they have different types (up and down?). I have a Makita palm router...

02-06-2014 01:41 PM

Tips on protecting my table saw from rust - 27 replies

I have an old (1939) Craftsman / Atlas Press 8” table saw that I really love. Performs nicely although a bit underpowered. I have it in my new workshop and it’s been very wet here over the past few days so I noticed a bit of rust forming on the top. I was wondering how you folks protect the tops of your tables from rust. Thanks.

01-21-2014 02:35 PM

Suggestions for my workbench - 2 replies

I’m getting ready to start outfitting my new workshop and needed some suggestions for the work space. The overall dimensions of the room are 8×10. I was thinking about a table that is in the center of the room but I’m wondering if this will be too “in the way”. Maybe something with casters? For a small shop, ...

01-17-2014 03:48 PM

Am I doing this wrong? Plug cutter set - 13 replies

I went to one of my toy stores yesterday and picked up a cheap set of plug cutters (HF). Tried them out and they cut beautifully. However, it seems the plugs they create aren’t tight at all. I’m making holes with a forstner set and the plugs seem to be loose. Any suggestions (or should I just get a good set not from HF)?

01-13-2014 04:43 PM

Done... 1 1/4HP router mounted in my table - 0 replies

I had posted a question last week about using a 1 1/4HP router in a table. The router is a Makita RT0700 and is a great little tool. I’ve been using it mostly for roundovers and some dadoing but wanted to give it a shot mounted on a (homemade) router table. Measured out the approximate area I wanted to use. Put in a 1/2” straig...

01-08-2014 03:15 PM

1 1/4 HP router... do I even attempt this? - 13 replies

Hey all, I have a little Makita 1 1/4 HP router which performs well for trimming, roundovers and dado’s (with a few passes of course). I’m considering mounting this under my home made router table. I have a Skil 1810 under there now and it’s just not performing well at all. Very unstable even with things locked down and...

01-03-2014 02:25 AM

Ok someone explain this... router fence question - 16 replies

Hey guys. I think I have a mental block here or something. So I have a router table and a fence. I basically want to use a 1/4” straight bit so that I can use it as a kind of a joiner. (hoping I get the technical terms correct here). What I don’t understand is when the stock goes through the blade, it’s then thinner th...

12-26-2013 05:33 PM

Got an Incra I-Box... Any advice? - 3 replies

Mrs. Jofa got me an Incra I-Box for Christmas and now I’m set with the ability to do (easier) box joints. (I got the Diablo stacked dado last week). So, any suggestions or tips? One thing I realized is that last night I think I put some things on backwards for my saw. They talk about left and right tilting saws and honestly I’m ...

12-20-2013 07:04 PM

I officially hate Minwax Polycrylic - 31 replies

I’ve been using Minwax gloss polyurethane for a long time and the results have been great. However, I wanted to try water-based poly and gave Minwax Polycrylic a shot (mostly because I was trying to get a finish that wouldn’t tint the wood at all). The polycrylic is tougher to work with IMO. Seems that it doesn’t lay down ...

12-18-2013 02:25 PM

Stupid move on the router table - 28 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...

12-06-2013 12:49 AM

Diablo 8 in. x 12 Tooth Carbide Stacked Dado Saw Blade Set? - 9 replies

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?

11-23-2013 02:02 PM

Water-based polyurethane vs water based polycrylic - 6 replies

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...

11-18-2013 04:36 AM

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...

11-15-2013 04:28 PM

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...

11-06-2013 11:51 PM

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.

10-23-2013 10:26 PM

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...

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