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|750 days ago||
Baby gate safety guidelines - 5 replies
I have been asked to build a pet gate to allow the cats the run of the house while keeping the dogs confined to one side.This is to replace a commercial metal gate they have in place. While this is specifically a PET gate—- and their are no babies in the household -I am concerned that funcitionally it is a baby gate – and there ma...
|805 days ago||
Muting grain on radiata pine - 8 replies
Building a credenza style flat screen tv table.Friend wants it stained dark (dark cherry/red mahagony etc) and wants the grain muted as much as possible -ie—- no light streaks.My fall back answer to this is a pre-stain conditioner followed by 3+ coats of Minwax oil stain.Just because that’s what I know.I figure there have to be other...
|896 days ago||
Gluing cedar boards - 7 replies
I need to make some roughly 4×6 cedar posts 10’ long. The wide face will be the front.So far no luck finding anything that dimiension so I am looking at gluing up three 1×6 boards.Have heard that cedar is finnicky about glue.Never tried it.Any recommendations as to the best glue to use or anything else I need to do or not do wou...
|953 days ago||
Had been looking at the Thein baffle and considering making one—then along came the Dust Right Vortex and my lazy side kicked in—Then while looking at the Vortex—I noticed Rockerl also had a kit with a lid and two hose connections – cheaper than the Vortex – simpler than the Thein.I will be using a standard size sho...
|1005 days ago||
Replacement for Craftsman 27683 - 9 replies
Bought this a couple of years ago.In very moderate use have already had to replace bearings once—and the are grinding again.Thinking it’s better just to replace the router. Use will be primarily table mounted.Plunge base would be an nice extra—but very secondary. Sears has some really good prices this weekend—but am...
|1236 days ago||
Tongue and Groove bit - 2 flute vs 3 flute - 4 replies
Looking at 1/2” shank 1/4” t&g bits.As a loyal Woodcraft customer – I was interested to see the WoodRiver Tongue and Groove bit (140802) on sale for $29.Others I had seen were $50+Made a special trip to pick one up. Thought I was getting a pretty good deal.Browsing the web, though I found a PorterCable (43499PC) at Sears an...
|1354 days ago||
I just went to mount some cabinet doors using self-closing hinges.These were 3/8” x 3/8” semi inset doors.I have not used self closing hinges in AGES—so I am first to admit there may be something obvious I am overlooking. No matter how tightly I screw the wing down—I have about a 1/8” gap between the back of the ...
|1369 days ago||
Imitation arch top raised panels -- best way? - 5 replies
They have:a 60’s vintage kitchen with typical plain/flat front semi-overlay cabinet doors.3/4” thick doors—3/8” x 3/8” overlay. They want:They want the LOOK of archtop raised panels but don’t want to go the cost of new doors. My thoughts:The two ways I know to mimic that look is by eitherRouting into the...
|1461 days ago||
Shop Vacs - Pleated Filters - Sawdust -- bad match - 30 replies
This may be a foolish question—on any number of levels but—-I use a couple of typical shop vacs to collect dust and to clean up during and after a project.The vac has a cylindrical pleated filter that does an excellent job of keeping dust from blowing back into the air.BUT—it also clogs up VERY quickly and I find myself alterna...
|1780 days ago||
DIY Router repair - 19 replies
PATIENT Craftsman 17542 1/2” router mounted in table. SYMPTOMSHas worked GREAT for over a year. Had not used it in a while.This weekend it sounded fine as it fired up – but I noticed what seemed like a strange ‘grinding’ sound when I turned it off.SO—I blew it out top and bottom even lifted it out of of the table...