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1336 days ago

Plans for balancing wine bottle holder? - 5 replies

I’m looking for plans for a balancing wine bottle holder, like this one: A friend has mentioned that she would like one, and I think it would make a nice Xmas gift.

1352 days ago

Looking for etched mirror and mirror frame advice - 4 replies

I’m working on a Christmas gift for my father in law. He’s really into racing, specifically Chevy, so I thought it’d be cool if I etched the bowtie logo into a mirror and made a nice frame for it to hang in his shop. I’ve read about etching glass, apparently you just cover the glass with contact paper everywhere except ...

1361 days ago

Grizzly switch wiring questions - 5 replies

I recently ordered a Grizzly H8241 switch ( 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...

1383 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...

1408 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...

1422 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...

1423 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...

1429 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...

1439 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...

1442 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...

1444 days ago

Rail and stile router bit setup for cabinet doors - 9 replies

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...

1445 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...

1459 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: I have a Hitachi M12V and have read some reviews of people using it with this plate with good results. Co...

1459 days ago

How to align dial indicator with table saw miter slots? - 12 replies

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...

1463 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...

1471 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...

1479 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 ...

1490 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...

1499 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?

1499 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...

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