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|203 days ago||
Painting shop walls - 21 replies
Thanks to a lovely cascade of “well, if I’m gonna do that, then I may as well go ahead and….” I’ve ripped all the sheetrock off of a wall of my shop, and I’m replacing it with 1/2” OSB. I’m intending to paint it white, but I’m clueless with paint. It seems to me that laying each sheet on s...
|316 days ago||
TS Hunting - Unusual model no. - 20 replies
I’ve been trawling Craigslist for table saws and trying to keep an eye on discussions here to try to learn what’s a good buy and what’s a pass. This saw# just turned up, and I can’t seem to find any info on the 351.228021 model. The asking price is well out of my price range anyway, but I’m not sure how to consider ...
|331 days ago||
Transporting a Table Saw - 29 replies
So after months of wading through the Craigslist sea of mistreated Craftsmans and overpriced everything else, I finally spotted something that could actually be a deal that’s also in my price range. And that gets me thinking—if I catch a lucky score, how the heck do I get it home? I have a Ranger with a 4’x6’ bed—...
|374 days ago||
Plywood in the shop - 14 replies
I’m working on a router table out of 1/2” baltic birch ply, and the top will be formica’d, but I’m wondering about the longevity of the rest. I wasn’t particularly planning on finishing it, but that’s a lot of plywood edges exposed to the humidity of an un-climate-controlled shop for as many years as I can mak...
|391 days ago||
What is good enough on an old 8" table saw? - 15 replies
<edit>Sorry for the confusion: I never actually clarified that “square” below should have been “square to the miter slot”.</edit> I have an old Craftsman 8” saw that I never use because the fence is garbage, but a new saw just isn’t in the budget right now. I’m thinking about making a sled for i...
|391 days ago||
Craftsman Honing Attachment (parts thereof) - 0 replies
I inherited this thing years ago, before being truly bitten by the woodworking bug, and even replaced a broken gear to get it all up and running. Never having learned to use it, it ended up in storage through a few apartment moves, and I recently got it back. That same gear shattered the first time I turned it on, and now replacements are not av...
|401 days ago||
Remedial Finishing - 2 replies
I see articles and videos galore about choosing finishes and techniques for applying finish, but very little about the finishing process in general. I knocked out a quick little project in a few hours, and decided to try a wiping varnish finish on it, and I’m struggling to figure out how this is going to work with larger projects. ...
|410 days ago||
Router profile help - 5 replies
I’m pretty sure that what I know isn’t a tenth of what can be done with a router, so I’m asking the voice of experience: how does one cut an interior roundover? Like the inside curve on this button (but larger). I have a Big Box of Bargain Basement Bits with several sizes of roundover, but they all have bearings that would be i...
|429 days ago||
Impact Driver or no? - 31 replies
I bought a Hitachi 14.4V drill a few years back and loved it, but I think apartment life (i.e. sitting on a shelf unused) killed the batteries—it still works great when the battery is fresh off the charger…for a handful of screws/holes. Now that I have no short supply of home repair projects, as well as trying to set up a shop, havin...
|468 days ago||
Brainstorming on shop setup - 7 replies
I’m a novice trying to make shop out of one garage bay, and I’m trying to decide where to start. In addition to the standard 10’x20’ space, there’s a raised 6’x9 1/2’ area that houses the water heater and an old garage workbench. I already have half the rock off of this wall from installing the shop̵...
|574 days ago||
Router collet compatibility - 3 replies
How specialized are router collets? I’ve seen that lots of routers share baseplate layouts for compatibility, but I haven’t seen much mention of collets. I have a Ridgid 2 1/4 hp router, and it looks like the “Eliminator RC Quick Change Chuck” would be incredibly handy. It looks like there are four varieties available to ...
|663 days ago||
Getting Started Recommendations - 24 replies
I’ve been wanting to get started with a shop for a couple years now, but it just wasn’t worth dealing with in small apartments. Patience has paid off, though—the house I’m renting came with a 16×24 shop with a RAS built into a nice long bench. So now I need suggestions for what to put in the shop. I currently have...