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02-26-2015 06:09 PM

Joinery Tool Decision: Dowel, Mortise/Tenon or Router? Jessem, Mlcs etc - 2 replies

I havent dont any fancy joinery yet. I have a double kreg pocket hole and an Incra LS router table and positioner. Looking to get into joinery to make pieces without screws BUT I cant decide on what would be best and cost effective. Of course if $$ was no object I’d have a Festool Domino ordered. I was looking at the Porter Cable 557 bi...

02-25-2015 07:47 PM

Dowel Jig, Horizontal Router Mortiser/Tenon or Mortiser? - 2 replies

I want to start doing different joinery. Right now I just use the router table and nails with glue, not the best for structure needed items or hiding nails holes. I came across the Jessem Doweling Jig and cant decide on the 8350 or 8300 Paralign OR the Dowelmax. All are around the same $$ if include all the drill guides. I then discovered ...

01-29-2015 10:27 PM

Used SawStop 1.75hp w/30 Fence: Worth It? - 6 replies

I’ve been operating on a Bosch 4100 job site for a few years. Not making gnarly stuff yet. My dad job is education but I enjoy making things for my house and my niece and nephew. Finishing up a toy chest currently. The Bosch 4100 is nice but I find big pieces is tough because the distance to front of the blade is shallow. The fence suck...

01-21-2015 09:58 PM

Software to help design? Free Maybe? Bar Cart Idea - 6 replies

I downloaded Sketchup and it’s gonna require to time to figure out. I want to design a bar cart, have the idea in my head, and thought a software program would help in cut lists. I’ve seen plans online of cad drawings and such and really liked the idea. I can’t get sketchup to make a 3 level bar cart let alone have the...

01-13-2015 05:04 AM

How Should I Attach Posts? Pic Inside - 2 replies

I’m making a toy chest for my niece and nephew. At the same time I’m learning and playing with a router table I got a year ago. Decided I wanted to add 1.5”x1.5” on the corner like legs put sit flush. I notched them about 1/2×1/2 so when placed on the corners and a piece of 3/4” molding will be about 1/4...

01-05-2014 05:41 AM

Finger or Box Joint Help. Dont want to 45 Miter 1x3 wood - 7 replies

I’m building a fold out craft table for my niece. It’s 6” deep but the front will look like a standard chalk board when folder up. Instead of just making a standard 45 miter frame, I wanted to finger joint them somehow. The wood is solid maple 1×3. How could I do this? I’m drawing a blank. I have an Incra LS...

01-04-2014 12:24 AM

HVLP Do's and Donts with latex - Wagner CS 8000 - Kinda Newb - 1 reply

I have a Wagner CS 8000 HVLP. I’ve used it off and on but never for finishes that needed to be smooth and shiny…..until now. Luckily both projects were for my sister and the work looks great to her. I on the other hand want a glossy finish and have been getting very very tiny bump like wrinkle finish. I don’t know the tip I&...

12-30-2013 06:15 PM

Design Help - REAL Second Base Ottoman/End Table?? Commissioned Work - 0 replies

I post on a local forum small simple projects I do for my house and sister. Recent was a 7ft window cornice and now making a folding wall mount craft table. To be real, neither a great deal of intricacy. I member messaged me and wants to know if I can make either an Ottoman or an End Table that features a game used SF Giants 2nd Base, as in a...

10-31-2013 05:24 PM

Wooden Pull Toy, Help With Picture - 0 replies

My 1 year old nephew’s B-day is saturday. Not much they don’t have so I figured I’d making something like this below, a wooden pull toy. Seems easy enough. However, I want to make it from a picture of Sulley from Monsters Inc or Trex from Toy Story. I’m struggling to find a picture I can use. I have a projector tracer ...

10-20-2013 04:05 PM

FLute or no FLute? Window Wood Cornice - 5 replies

I’m building this 77” long window cornice for my sister. Of course she’s into the death decor and is going to paint it black, dont get me started. She also wanted it big. It’s about 10.5” with the cap. I have to cut the trim piece and figure out if I’m going to use a round over bit on the cap or something f...

09-11-2013 07:20 PM

Drilling Incra Plate for Router? - 3 replies

The Incra table I picked up came with two 1/4” Incra maglock plates. One was drilled for a Ryobi plunge and the other was factory drilled for a Dewalt. Neither work with my Bosch 1617. I lined up the baseplate of the bosch and there is plenty of real estate to drill the holes on 1st plate. Any tips on doing this? Read not to counters...

09-09-2013 05:16 AM

Wood Briefcase Plans? - 8 replies

I’m looking for fairly simple box joint and dovetail plans for a wood briefcase. I snagged an Incra LS system off craigslist and once I drill the holes in the router plate, that’s what I want to tackle. I havent come across complete plans, lots of pics. This will make me sound really dumb but I dont know how the top and bottoms...

09-01-2013 06:06 AM

Incra Twin Linear System - Worth $350? - 5 replies

I’m craving a router table. I think I’m convincing myself I have a lot of projects that would require one haha! I’ve missed out on 2 craigslist deals the past 6 months and am undecided about this current deal. Here’s a pic. The incra top, twin linear fence, stand, and blue dust box are included. No router, no life a...

08-14-2013 02:29 AM

Age, Value, Identity of Jessem Table? - 5 replies

Seller is asking $550 for this Jessem table with 3hp Porter Cable. I’m waiting on more pics and thought I’d ask around on a perceived value. I was going to offer $400 since I’m about 90 minutes away drive. What is the model of this table and lift? I cant tell from the pics. Looks like an older master excel system. ThanksR...

07-15-2013 07:17 PM

Help with planter boxes along fences - 8 replies

In the 1st photo below you can 2 fences but there’s another fence on the left with gate. I want to build planter boxes that butt against the fence. Havent figured out the height or width and thought I’d check in here for ideas. The 2nd photo shows whats left of a small deck that was there. It would be sweet to re-use as much of it...

05-14-2013 04:25 AM

Hanging 100lb Heavy Bag from Ceiling 4x6 Tips - 7 replies

I have a 4×6 running left and right in the attic above my garage and want to hand a 100lb heavy bag. Many use an eye bolt and go through the wood with a nut on top. I was trying to find an 10” eye bolt that was all threaded so I can put a nut and malleable washer on the top and bottom. Well finding an all threaded eye bolt is impos...

02-17-2013 06:35 AM

Murphy Bed Build. Use 20 year old Metal Frame? - 1 reply

I’ve been eyeing murphy beds for a while and really want to build one. Seen a few on Craigslist but the owners still want a lot. They arent cheap to build either unless you do the Moddi Bed Ikea plan or Lori plan which both run around $300. My question to you all… For $160 I can buy a full size 20 year Murphy Bed frame, inta...

02-07-2013 04:01 AM

Triton Rta300 with Stand -- Worth $45? - 0 replies

I thought building a router table would be fun but I keep scouring craigslist for tables just in case. Came across a Benchdog ProTop with a rolling base for $250, does seem like a deal to me. Then I came across a Triton RTA300 router top with RSA300 router stand for $45. All pieces included and assembled. I think it’s old but for $45...

02-01-2013 10:50 PM

Woodriver 7pc Forstner Set? Only $14!! - 11 replies

Woodriver Set Here Looking for a Forstner bit set. Saw Woodcraft is having a sale on this 7 piece set. It’s only $14. Seems like a good deal right? Bigest size is 1” so pretty limited. Wiser to spend more on a more expansive set? I’m just a hobby tinker-er so dont need anything Freud like. I did buy the $50 MLCS router bi...

01-24-2013 05:12 PM

Squaring Crosscut Sled & Making Hold Downs? - 16 replies

Anyone have tips on either? I just finished a crosscut sled for my Bosch 4100. I cant tell if its perfectly square thought. I’ve tried the 5 cut method BUT I don’t have any pieces of wood that are square to start out with. I used a square and it seems good but still cant tell for sure. Also, any idea on making hold down clamps ...

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