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|934 days ago||
Grizzly switch wiring questions - 5 replies
I recently ordered a Grizzly H8241 switch (http://grizzly.com/products/110V-Paddle-On-Off-Switch/H8241) for my router table and it arrived yeseterday. I’m a bit confused about how to wire it in, though. There were no instructions in the box and they didn’t appear to have any online either. On the back of the switch, there are fo...
|956 days ago||
Building a simple podium... - 5 replies
My office is in need of a pretty simple podium that presenters can set their laptops on when doing Power Point presentations. Something like this is what I was thinking, but I can’t see paying almost $300 for something I think I could probably make in a weekend out of a single sheet of plywood. I looked through the projects but all the...
|981 days ago||
Making baseboard and crown molding - 8 replies
My sister just bought an older house that she’s remodeling before moving in. She replaced the flooring and drywall in a few rooms and asked me if I could make baseboard and crown molding for her. Two questions…first is it economically feasible for me to do so, or would it be cheaper to buy it from the Borg? The primary motivatio...
|995 days ago||
Mast-R-Lift leveling screws too tight? - 3 replies
I just received my new JessEm mast-r-lift yesterday and must say I’m pretty impressed with the quality and function. I did run in to a bit of a problem though. The leveling screws that thread into the top plate to level it with the table surface are REALLY tight and hard to screw in. There are 10 screws and I probably spent 30 minutes g...
|996 days ago||
What material for garage cabinets? - 12 replies
I know there are tons of posts on the subject, but none specifically addressing my question that I could find. I have a whole mess of 2×4 shelving in my garage, and feel the time has come to rip it out and build something better. I want to build some wall cabinets, but am stuck on trying to figure out what to build them out of. 3/4 bir...
|1002 days ago||
JessEm mast-r-lift and porter cable 7518 - 6 replies
Long story short, I just finished putting together a router table with a JessEm router plate and my Hitachi M12V. It works great, but after a week of using it, I’m already going insane over the amount of time it takes raise, lower and change bits by reaching under the table and manually adjusting. I couldn’t find any lifts I like...
|1012 days ago||
Routing dadoes for t track - 10 replies
Any tricks here? I picked up some Kreg t-track over the weekend to use for positioning my router table fence and used a straight bit along with straightedges to rout the dado for it. Since the router makes a dado with a round end, I tried using a chisel to square up the edges with less than stellar results. The end of the dado isn’t per...
|1015 days ago||
Router fence and lift recommendations - 4 replies
I’m most of the way through building my first router table and am at the point where I need a fence. I have a woodcraft that’s about an hour away and am planning on driving over tomorrow morning to take a look at what they have so I can get a feel for them before buying something. I see that they have the Kreg fence as well as so...
|1017 days ago||
I’m in the process of making my first cabinet doors for a project I’m working. I want to make raised panel doors. I have a 3 bit door set (rail, stile and raised panel), but am a little confused as to how to set them up. For the rail and stile bits, how do I determine the proper height? I assume there’s probably a standar...
|1018 days ago||
Air conditioning advice for garage workshop - 7 replies
Not sure what category this should go in, so I figured the lounge is a good place to start. I read over some of the other posts regarding A/C’ing a workshop but still have some questions. I live in Florida, and in the summer the temps are usually in the mid to high 90s, which makes working in the garage less than pleasant. For the pas...
|1032 days ago||
JessEm Rout-R-Plate - 11 replies
Working on putting together an entry level router table, and looking at the JessEm Rout-R-Plate: http://www.amazon.com/JessEm-03100-Rout-R-Plate-Router-Mounting/dp/B00092CPW0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1280259349&sr=8-3 I have a Hitachi M12V and have read some reviews of people using it with this plate with good results. Co...
|1032 days ago||
I have a dial indicator with a magnetic base, and am looking for the best way to accurately measure distance to the blade and fence from the miter slots. The magnetic base is no good because I have to move it from the front of the table to the back, and will never be able to get it in the same position. Most magazines articles that I’v...
|1036 days ago||
Best hose to use w/ PVC dust collector setup? - 4 replies
I’m in the process of setting up a PVC D/C system in my garage. I’ve got a HF dust collector, that has a 6” (I think) inlet that is immediately split to two 4” inlets. My table saw, jointer and planer are located right next to the DC and share one of the inlets, I just swap flex hoses as needed. The other inlet on th...
|1044 days ago||
Some questions about NYW Deluxe Router Table - 11 replies
I’m sure this has been covered, but I searched and only came up with one thread from a little over a year ago that didn’t answer the questions I have. Two primary questions are if you’ve built it using Norm’s plans, what was your total project cost, and how difficult was it? I’ve been going back and forth betwee...
|1052 days ago||
Chisel recommendation? - 10 replies
I know this has been beaten to death in the forums already, but I didn’t see any recent posts so thought maybe there might be some new developments. I need to get a set of chisels. I was recently working on a project that required me to mortise some hinges with a plunge router and an edge guide, and I turned to a chisel to square up the ...
|1062 days ago||
Buy 3/32 chipper separately? - 2 replies
I have a Diablo DD208 dado set, which I believe is the same as the Freud SD208, just specially branded for Home Depot. I’m getting tired of having to shim it so much when I dado for 23/32 plywood, so I was wondering if I could buy a 3/32 chipper for it? I know Freud makes a higher end set that comes with a 3/32 chipper so you don’t...
|1072 days ago||
Do HD/Lowes accept HF coupons? - 11 replies
I was just reading a tool review and someone had made a comment that Lowes and HD will honor Harbor Freight’s 20% off coupons. I know that Lowes and HD honor each other’s coupons, but never knew they’d honor HF. Is this true?
|1072 days ago||
Recommendations for father's day gift project? - 2 replies
I was hoping to build something for my dad for father’s day, but I sort of gave up on that idea because I didn’t have a jointer or planer. So fast forward to today and I found a great deal for both a planer and jointer on Craigslist and am picking them up after work. I’d like to make something for him just because I think i...
|1078 days ago||
Best way to quickly knock down heavy rust? - 9 replies
A friend of mine inherited an old cabinet saw that’s in good condition, except it looks like the previous owner hasn’t done any table maintenance in years. The table is almost black from a combination of rust and being generally dirty. I’ve tried scrubbing with a normal dish sponge, but at that rate I think it’d take me...
|1086 days ago||
Miter Saw & Radial Saw station design question - 3 replies
I just picked up a used RAS and want to build a ‘saw station’ workbench to hold it and my SCMS. My existing workbench measures 2’x8’ and is at one end of a 19’ wall, so I think I’ll build the new bench at the same height and have it occupy the remaining 11’ on that wall – this way I have a 19̵...