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09-28-2017 02:32 PM

Workbench against the wall vs. island assembly bench and mobile workstations - 22 replies

I have a new house that came with an unfinished basement where I am creating a 500 square foot dedicated shop (31X13 ft, plus an additional 10×7ft “el”). One end will be for sizing, jointing and planing. The other “detail” end will be routing, fitting, sanding, etc. You can see the plan on my workshop page. I&#...

04-10-2013 04:31 AM

Plunge base for PC 690LR Router - 3 replies

I recently purchased a Porter Cable 690LR fixed-base router on clearance. I may swap it for the Ryobi router I have in my router table, or use it as a hand-held. It looks like PC sells a plunge base (model #6931) for the this router, which I may get. I also noticed on Ebay that there is an older 6931 and a newer 6931 (Type II?). Does any...

10-11-2012 06:27 PM

TS Blade for cutting small pieces - 5 replies

I recently enjoyed completing a small keepsake box, but I’m wondering if there is a good blade for cutting the small pieces for the design on the top. I had good success with a crosscut sled that I built for this purpose, but when I cut the small pieces, small chips broke off from the trailing edge of the cut on occasion – not most ...

03-25-2012 06:02 PM

Considering purchase of an older Grizzly bandsaw - 1 reply

Someone local is offering what is described as a Grizzly 18 inch bandsaw from the late 1980s. The listing says it works fine, but is large and very heavy. The 2HP motor is wired for 220, but can be converted to 110. I am considering this saw for my first bandsaw. From the photos, it appears to have a heavy cast iron frame. Are these older...

01-24-2012 04:32 PM

Frame of Mind for Woodworking - 22 replies

I’m a self-taught novice when it comes to woodworking, but I’m getting the idea that if I’m patient with the wood, the wood is patient with me (usually, or maybe I’m not as patient at times as I think I am). I’ve recently had some leave time from work after my wife passed away in September. I found that putterin...

08-02-2011 06:29 PM

Rusty Hardware for Stacking Bookcase Restoration - 5 replies

Hi everyone,I am restoring/refinishing a stacking boocase (barrister’s bookcase or lawyer’s bookcase) that my inlaws had kept for years in a storage unit that was subject to Missouri summer heat and humidity and winter cold. The wooden parts cleaned up nicely with a finish restorer. Some parts are missing, but I have enough to ...

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