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10-22-2014 11:37 PM

What to do with a sink cutout? - 28 replies

The counter top for our kitchen will be installed in a few weeks. I asked the template guy if he was going to cut the sink opening on site or at their shop. He said on site. I said I wanted the cutout. After all, I paid for it, right? OK, so what am I going to do with a piece of 3/4 inch thick quartz (Silestone)? The sink is 33 inches wide x ...

09-21-2014 04:43 AM

DeWalt DW734 Thickness Stop?? - 17 replies

Just wondering if anyone has figured out how to set a stop for repeatable planing operations? My planer has 3/4 and 1/2 inch stops. I need to mill some 5/8 inch stock for the drawers I am building. I took a glance at the turret. It appears to be similar to the turret on my router. I sure would like the capability to set it at other thicknesse...

07-17-2014 03:13 AM

How to Cut Dadoes for Drawer Bottoms on the Table Saw - 6 replies

No, this is not a question. It is simply a description of my efforts to make dadoes for drawer bottoms. I am building 14 drawers which will have 1/4 inch bottoms using birch plywood from the big box store. I can’t remember where I read about using circular saw blades, but that is what I did and the results were great. I bought a pair...

06-21-2014 06:48 PM

What is this? - 23 replies

I am accepting guesses from the peanut gallery. :-) I will post the answer later.Mike

06-16-2014 07:23 PM

Milling rough lumber today - 1 reply

I am in the process of making some raised panel doors, drawer fronts and drawers from rough poplar. The finished cabinets are going to be painted. Well, some of the boards are somewhat crooked. So I came up with this idea which lets me cut the 10 footers into manageable pieces of about 48 inches. I guess I have been living under a rock and...

06-13-2014 03:54 AM

Face Frames! - 7 replies

These might not look like much but soon, a pile of kitchen cabinets will magically appear. :-) Tomorrow I will start gluing up panels for raised panel doors and milling drawer stock. Kitchen island.

06-11-2014 06:35 PM

The Operating Room! - 3 replies

Want to get screwed? You have come to the right place. :-)Welcome to my operating room. I am set up and building face frames for some kitchen cabinets.

06-10-2014 02:13 PM

Planer Stand - 15 replies

I am rethinking the design of my planer stand. It is a flip top cart and works great. But, it takes up too much room in my small workshop. The footprint is 30×30 inches. Any reduction in size will be a big help. Currently, I don’t have a tool on the flip side. I had even thought about buying the Dewalt stand designed for my planer ...

06-10-2014 04:20 AM

Eight Inch Joiner Fever! - 14 replies

Today, for the first time, I wished I had an eight inch joiner instead of a six. Several of the 4/4 rough poplar boards I had bought to build cabinet face frames were 6 inches or wider. :-( I guess I will just have to get over it because I really don’t have the room for an eight incher. Sure would be nice though. To get around the 6 ...

06-08-2014 11:16 PM

Raised Platform for Routing - 0 replies

Just another lazy Sunday afternoon in the South. :-) I had a couple of pieces of 1/2 inch plywood laminated with Formica that I needed to trim. So, after looking at my mobile workstation, I decided to make a raised platform for it. I needed it to be raised so the 1 inch flush trim bit would clear the worktable. Not much engineering on this...

06-08-2014 01:05 AM

Bondo! - 19 replies

Well, there I was, using my router to make a template so I could rout the recess for my new router plate. I let it get away from me in one corner and messed it up. Three perfect corners and one bad one. :-( Recently, I had purchased a can of Bondo All Purpose Putty so this was a good opportunity to test it out. I am not a paint and body guy s...

06-05-2014 09:26 PM

Our little helper - 10 replies

Our grandaughter came to visit today. She wanted to help grandpaw, so we had her stain some maple , birch and poplar samples. Love this kid. She is pretty fast with the wiping rag. :-)

06-04-2014 03:19 AM

Bessey clamps marked down at Lowe's - 8 replies

Probably been mentioned before but I saw what I believe is all of the Bessey clamps are marked down. Example the 50 inch K Body was $26. Only one left and it was stripped of extras that normally come with it. I bought a pair of 24 inch F Style Tradesman clamps for $16 ea. I think they were $25 regular price.1/2 inch pipe clamps – $8.30 ea.

05-07-2014 12:06 AM

Shop Made Cabinet Jack - 5 replies

To help with the installation of some upper wall cabinets, I made a pair of cabinet jacks. Thanks MobilePaul for the suggestion. As you can see, they worked great. The cabinets were 36×42 made with 3/4 inch maple plywood and 1/2 inch maple backs. The jack looks a little flimsy just sitting there but when you put some weight on it, all i...

04-17-2014 03:25 AM

DIY Stop Block - 6 replies

I got myself in a bind today while cutting some boards to length. I had four to cut but they were longer than the Kreg Precision Trak I use on the miter saw station. So, I recycled the adjustable extension stop block I had used previously on my table saw cross cut sled. To make it useable, I added a piece that attaches to the track with a ...

04-07-2014 06:23 PM

Any hot rodders out there? - 13 replies

I had a chance to attend the Lone Star Round Up in Austin this past weekend. It was my first time to go to a big car show. All I can say is wow! Lots of people and many, many cars. Here is a link to a slideshow of the 160 pics I took. Now you can go to the car show and see it as I did! :-)And that was only part of the cars on display. Hope...

04-04-2014 05:35 PM

Question about sanding station - 14 replies

I hop to build a sanding station some time in the near future. It should be fairly simple with a 4 inch connection for my dust collector. I think it will be portable so I can clamp it to a work bench, then remove it later when it is not needed. For the work surface, I will either drill a bunch of holes or use pegboard and enlarge part of them...

04-03-2014 03:33 PM

Application Error! - 4 replies

I can’t access any of my blogs regardless if I am using my PC, iPad or smart phone. I get an application error every time.I sent an email via the Help line. I hope it can get resolved soon. never had any problem before last night.ThanksMike

03-29-2014 03:28 AM

Festool Prices going up? - 11 replies

My latest email from Rockler says to get ‘em now before the prices go up! I guess that is a good sales tactic. I know a lot of folks use Festool tools but they are not for me. There is no way I am going to pay three or four times the price of a tool vs other brands available. Maybe some day I will eat those words. :-) Note: I am reti...

03-14-2014 10:03 PM

Shop cart ideas needed - 6 replies

I am thinking about making a mobile cart that I can use to assemble base cabinets on and move them around, or maybe just simply turn it around. Cart might not be the right terminology. I have a Harbor Freight furniture dolly that I can use as the base. It is just four casters attached to four boards with a little carpet for protection. It ...

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