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|251 days ago||
Oil and wax mixture - 5 replies
Hi folks, So, I made a cutting board and used Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner, bought at home depot. I really liked that finish, and it smelled good. This prompted me to wonder if I could use something similar on non food related items (furniture, boxes). The thing is, I love using the Watco natural danish oil, but I do not lik...
|269 days ago||
Drilling on lathe question - 17 replies
Hi folks, OK, so I have a small Harbor Freight lathe, the smallest one with the electronic variable speed control. I used it recently to turn the end caps for my workbench handle. That wood was hard. It was my first time ever using a lathe. Anyway, the knobs turned out acceptable in terms of turning despite this not being a fun experience ...
|314 days ago||
Barracuda chuck - 17 replies
Hi folks. I recently got a mini lathe from Harbor Freight. I think I want a 4-jaw chuck for it one of these days. After spending a bit of time looking, it seems that the Barracuda ones from PSI would work well. I am more specifically thinking about the 2000C. What do you guys think about it? The 500C is cheaper but given the difference, it...
|326 days ago||
Rabbet planes - 9 replies
Hi folks, I’m curious about how the average machine oriented woodworkers around here would rate the usefulness of planes such as rabbet (or rebate), like a #78, plough planes etc… While still using machines, TS or router, to cut your grooves and rabbets, do you still find yourself using hand planes, either to make them in the f...
|339 days ago||
Grizzly Jointer Plane - 13 replies
Hi folks, Does anyone have experience with the #7 jointer planes that Grizzly sells, in particular their “smoother” one with the corrugated sole? It seems to get decent reviews on Amazon. As I am working on a base for my workbench and will soon have some work holding capability and a good surface to work on, I’d like to g...
|343 days ago||
Workbench base advice - 2 replies
Hi folks, I just bought a used workbench top from another woodworker. It’s made of some kind of fir, flat, heavy, and pretty solid and came with a heavy duty vice, and unfortunately I wouldn’t have the time to make one myself with all the projects I have, so this should work well for me for quite a while, at least until I get arou...
|355 days ago||
Triton router dust collection - 9 replies
Hello, I have a Triton router mounted in a table, and a good 1.5hp Delta dust collector, connected to everything with a few hoses and blast gates. I connected to DC to the Triton router using a 4 to 2.5 inch reducer, and then another reducer for the size of the vacuum hose that goes into the router’s dust hood attachment. It seems to...
|355 days ago||
Question on HF lathe - 22 replies
Hi folks, There has been some talk about lathes and I’ve gone through the recent thread about the Rikon mini lathe. I would like to formulate my question a bit differently. I am thinking of buying the small benchtop HF lathe (8×12 VS). I am not “getting into” turning, as turning bowls and such things are not my inter...
|396 days ago||
Which stationary sanders - 5 replies
Hi folks, The next tools to get for me would be some sanding machines. I need a 1inch belt sander, a disc sander, and eventually will want to buy an oscillating spindle sander for curves. I am wondering, based on others’ experience, what would be the best combination in terms of cost and space. I can easily go to Harbor Freight...
|409 days ago||
Drill Press Runout - 3 replies
Hi folks, I have a Porter Cable 15” DP, the PCB660DP. On paper, it’s a great bargain for its capacity and price. I’ve been troubleshooting it because it’s had a good amount of rattle and vibration from the start. I’ve been checking runout, and I’m wondering how much runout is too much in theory. I&...
|444 days ago||
Removing Ridgid R4512 lift mechanism - 5 replies
Hi folks, For owners of the Ridgid R4512 table saws. Has anyone removed, or not installed the lift mechanism/wheel system? I’m not using it beyond the initial positioning of the saw, since my table saw is right next to a heavy router table and it will not be moving. I am thinking of removing the whole mechanism to facilitate access for ...
|461 days ago||
Cable raceways - 6 replies
Hi folks, What do you people do when you have power cables/extensions going across the floor of your workshop, let’s a couple cables going to a table saw or router table in the middle of the room? I’ve been looking for “raceways” but not seeing anything that would work well. They have one by Wiremold at HD it seems ...
|487 days ago||
Harbor Freight Jointer Fence - 5 replies
Hi folks, I recently bought the 6” jointer from Harbor Freight, on closeout with a 20% discount coupon. First of all, for anyone contemplating buying this tool to save some money….don’t. I’m serious. If you value your time and sanity, try to spend an extra 100 bucks, find a good used one etc. Now it may work very we...
|506 days ago||
Wiring for 220 - Ridgid TS and Rikon BS - 30 replies
Hi folks, Moved back from overseas and finally able to start setting up a workshop again, I recently bought a Ridgid R4512 table saw and a Rikon 10-325 band saw. I have a 220V plug in my garage that was previously used for an electric dryer. It’s on a 40 amp circuit with a 14-30R plug with 4 prongs. I wanted to wire both the table...
|1376 days ago||
Workbench - one piece top - 14 replies
Hello folks, One question about a workbench top. If you had the opportunity to buy a really large slab of wood (beech in this case, European), big enough to make a one-piece workbench top, would you use it? I am thinking mostly about possible expansion, warping etc. In other words, is it a good idea to make a workbench top out of one pi...
|1420 days ago||
Ikea oil - 5 replies
Hi everyone. I’m not sure this is the right forum for this… I was curious to know if anyone has tried the oil that Ikea is selling, called Behandla (for their kitchen tops). The reason I’m asking is that now back in France, I’ve discovered that Danish Oil (along with many other things, like good plywood) is a spe...