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171 days ago

Tips on protecting my table saw from rust - 21 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.

187 days ago

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, ...

191 days ago

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)?

195 days ago

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...

200 days ago

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...

206 days ago

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...

213 days ago

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 ...

219 days ago

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 ...

221 days ago

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...

234 days ago

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?

246 days ago

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...

252 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...

254 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...

263 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.

277 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...

279 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 ...

304 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...

331 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...

339 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...

341 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...

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