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202 days ago

Wiring question - 8 replies

I’m setting up a new phase converter. I need to pull 2 live lines off it. One will be connected to a 3hpdust collector. The other will be switched around to differentmachines. The phase converter panel has one set of outputs. What’s the preferred way to pull these two lines off thatone set of outputs? Do I insert a pair...

208 days ago

Einstein's porch bench - 8 replies

I saw this picture and the design grabbed me. I’ve not seen thissort of proportion in a porch bench before and I like it. I thinkthe table is a separate thing. I like the generous spread ofthe bench arms, the cozy high back. Good stuff.

208 days ago

I think I need a cutoff cart - any good ones? - 2 replies

... saw this on my local CL, but too far to drive for somethinglike it. Any good ones or thoughts about good designsfor them?

209 days ago

I just gotta gloat - 37 replies

Acquired this day from a patternmaker shutting his business. Incredible array of tools in that shop… most of them already spoken for. It’s a 16” machine about 7’ long. 3 phase of course, and direct drive. I’ve been messing around with vintage machinery for about 15 years at this point. If you keep your eyes...

220 days ago

Somebody near Georgia might want to jump on this... - 1 reply

223 days ago

Parisian time capsule from 1942 - untouched apartment & furniture - 6 replies

224 days ago

Stuck magnetic contactor? - 2 replies

I’ll probably take this thing apart to see if it’s a moving parts problem. If anybody has any other suggestion I’d like to know. To answer the question of whether a 5hp rotary phase converterwill start a 7.5 hp wide belt sander…. the answer is yes, it willstart it. The motor is not starting consistently though. ...

227 days ago

Nice deal on a planer in OC - 10 replies

I recommend offering a little more than the seller is asking…put your offer in your email subject line – you may go to the front of the line.

229 days ago

repurposed fridge - 7 replies

233 days ago

Vertical clearance and raising table saw height - 15 replies

Anyone put a tablesaw up several inches? I’ve never tried it but I’m considering it so I can get the rightfence rail to clear over the iron work table on a weird Germanmachine I don’t use very often. I’m 6’1”. I have read about really tall people putting tablesaws and other machines up higher but I̵...

235 days ago

Bleaching walnut - 16 replies

I’ve ordered the material to do some bleaching to evenout the color on an already assembled walnut piece. Any suggestions on how to avoid lightening the lighterparts excessively while getting the darker parts lighterin an already assembled furniture piece (a chair in thiscase where some frame parts are a lot darker)? I’ve never...

242 days ago

Suggested process for spraying hardwood edges glued to melamin, pre-finished ply? - 6 replies

I edge plywood with 1/4” hardwood strips using a special press. Noproblem if the whole edged board can be trimmed and finished asone piece… but I don’t have the space to really do that kind offilm finishing on everyday casework. I prefer prefinished maple ply which is no problem to edge band with the press. The issue is h...

251 days ago

Pet safety in furniture design - 3 replies

This cat looks like she is having fun, but if she were to get her head throughthe hole and slip down, it could kill her. Something to consider.

251 days ago

Lee Valley now has 8mm router bits - 0 replies

I just discovered they have a wide selection of 8mm shank bits. ... only really a point of excitement for those of us using certain little German routers in N. America, but somethingI’m thrilled about personally.

266 days ago

Marking dark woods - what do you use? - 5 replies

I’m running out of the yellow pencil I’ve had for awhileand I’ll need to get something else to mark locationsout on dark woods. What do you use?

273 days ago

Free salvaged Corian St. Louis. - 0 replies

Too far for me…

275 days ago

Does acetone dissolve shellac? - 3 replies

Does acetone dissolve shellac? Not as a substitute for alcohol, I mean in as far as damaging shellac finishes.

278 days ago

Simplest planer leg tapering jig? - 14 replies

I need to plane a slight taper on a piece about 42” long. I generally overbuild jigs if left to my own devices so I wonderif anyone has a real simple jig idea for planer tapering.

281 days ago

Early Maloof rocker - 4 replies

I’m not a big Maloof fan, but it’s interesting to seean older piece before the iconic rocker emergedfrom his studio. I had his book at one point butdon’t recall many pictures of his older work in it.

286 days ago

anybody in Los Angeles want to make pistol grips? - 2 replies

A guy left a message inquiring. I don’t want to do it, but I’ll passyou his number if you want to look into it.

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