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69 days ago

Bosch glide saw versus Festool Kapex - 24 replies

I don’t own any Festools but I respect the brand and could probably choke down the price but I’m not entirely delighted by reviews which cite a requirement of Festool blades. Is the Bosch glide saw in the same league? I’m not sure I care about the variable speed of the Kapex and I have a miter angle finder. One thing the...

166 days ago

Plunge router questions - 9 replies

I have a couple of routers: Milwaukee 5625 (table mounted), 3 x Hitachi M12VC, and a 20 year old PC 690 dual base kit. Not one of those routers is underpowered for my needs. I have no need of removing massive material in one pass with a 3 1/2 inch panel bit. If I were doing it again, I’d go with a affordable Hitachi in my main router ta...

238 days ago

Best 6 1/2" circular saw blades? - 4 replies

I burned through the Milwaukee blade that came with my cordless circular saw pretty quickly. Now I’m running a 24T DeWalt blade and it seems a bit better. Prices seem to vary from $12~90 for blades of various brands. I’d like to make reasonably smooth cuts without blowing out the material too badly so I’m thinking 24T or m...

261 days ago

Felled basswood tree; how quickly do I have to mill it? - 2 replies

My parents had a large tree in their backyard. We are told it is basswood and that seems plausible but I’m not familiar enough with it to identify it with certainty. The tree was cut and I took the smallest section to my shop and milled it into appropriate sized pieces. I painted the ends and it has been drying in my basement for a fe...

318 days ago

Does anyone make a reciprocating saw blade longer than 12"? - 7 replies

I have a log that is larger than my resaw capacity. The log is 20” diameter and max resaw for me is 12” It’s heavy too. It is currently sitting on my parent’s lawn. If I could find a super long reciprocating saw blade, that might allow me to cut it up. It will take forever with my small chainsaw but I suppose I w...

387 days ago

Matching pre-finished birch? - 3 replies

I’d like to match the finish of prefinished birch ply. Edge banding comes unfinished, of course. The plywood came from Windsor Plywood in Western Canada. I don’t see any stain but I think the finish has a slight tint. Has anyone come up with a close match?

443 days ago

Dust collection quick disconnects? - 2 replies

I have a tiny shop. Most machines on wheels. 4” dust collector hoses. I’m looking for a solution that will allow me to connect the bandsaw/planer/belt sander/jointer/whatever to one dust collection hose. I just don’t have room for a lot of hose running around. I tried a search but found nothing relevant. That seems od...

455 days ago

Running a PM1300TX-CK with 110v - 9 replies

I picked up a Powermatic PM1300TX-CK a few weeks ago and I’ve come to discover it will not run on a 110v/15A circuit. Powermatic recommends 30A if run on 110v. If I had 30A, I should be able to drive a 3hp extractor. Has anyone successfully run this extractor on 110v/20A? My shop is wired with 12Ga wire so 20A would be relatively e...

495 days ago

Any opinions on the Grizzly T10025 knife sharpening jig? - 0 replies

I picked up one of these for my Grizzly T10010 sharpening system, thinking it would be sweet to be able to sharpen jointer and planer knives. Unfortunately, it arrived loose in it’s box with no packing material and with some surpisingly minor damage, although the damage is to the extrusions the bearings ride on so it will require some str...

498 days ago

Does anyone know when the Powermatic PM1300TX-CK sale ends? - 4 replies

I hope it runs to the end of March.

510 days ago

Gluing spruce butcher block to plywood - 1 reply

Last fall, I built a rolling cart that has a 2 inch thick butcher block spruce top that is glued to 1/2 inch plywood. It was all going terribly well until I noticed the butcher block portion of the top is now curling upwards and away from the plywood, destroying the plywood. I’m not sure why it’s delaminating. The spruce was sto...


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