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46 days ago

Dust Collector Setup - 10 replies

My DC is very old, under powered and we are buying a new house. Needless to say I am going to CL it and get a new one. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help me out with. 1. Does anyone see any issue in building a “quiet closet” for the compressor and dust collector?2. What size tubes should I use3. Does it matter if I...

164 days ago

To store tools or not. - 14 replies

So we will be moving out and in to an apartment shortly while our new house is being built. I will not have a shop for at least 6 months. The questions is do I move my stuff twice or just sell it and replace once we move in to the new house? Mainly thinking of my Unisaw, Jet 16-32, and dust collector. Im worried that my stuff will get damaged (m...

170 days ago

What would you have done or not done to your shop, what are you happy that you did do - 61 replies

We are about to sit down with the builder and get a house built. The plan we selected has a garage that is 24X20. Deal with the wife was if she got a new house then I would get all of the garage, no cars allowed. My last shop I made a few mistakes that I can think of 1. Not enough outlets on the ceiling2. Wish I put in more dedicated 20A o...

177 days ago

Dust Collector not working well. - 6 replies

I have a 1HP HF dust collector hooked directly to my 3HP unisaw. Its not collecting dust very well. Whenever I make a cut there is lots of dust on the front of my shirt and pants. The bag fills up from time to time (have not been using the shop much lately) but I wonder what I should be looking for Holes/air leeks in the sawPerhaps the DC is ...

275 days ago

My table saw is tapering cuts. - 16 replies

My table saw is tapering cuts. It I cut something say 2 feet long it will be about 1/32 thinner at the end of the cut. Is this an alignment issue?

287 days ago

How much did you spend building your shop? - 31 replies

Well we are getting close to moving and I will have a blank slate to build a new shop. When I built my current shop I spent about $12K on it. The shop is 16X18. A good chunk of the cost (about $2500) was for the southern yellow pine clapboarding I had to use for the siding. I live in a historic zone and was required to use it. The next shop will...

289 days ago

Add on to shop or knock down and build new. - 3 replies

For those of you out there that have done this before I have a question. I have a shop that is detached and 12X16. I can live with the 16 but I would like to double the width and make it 24X16. Option 1 is to expand by building out the deck, taking the roof off, taking off the side wall expanding the front and back walls, building new side wa...

430 days ago

Unmotivated with small shop - 94 replies

I have stepped away from wood working for about a year now. I did a few projects durning that year but I think the reason why I have been staying away from it is because the shop it too small. I built what I could and expanding it is not really an option. I would love to get bak in to the shop and make some projects its just kinda cumbersome in ...

578 days ago

What is 3HP - 46 replies

What exactly does 3HP mean? I really doubt my 3HP shop vac motor could replace the motor on my 3HP unisaw. So what exactly is 3HP then?

649 days ago

High Gloss Finish - 6 replies

Can someone help me figure out how to do a high gloss finish like in the photo below. I have tried Laqur but it never comes out really as nice as in the photo in the link. I know Frensh Polish is a method but is there a better more efficient way to doing this? http://media.channelblade.com/boat_graphics/dealers/1265/digi45342067_l.jpg

709 days ago

Wood swelling - 3 replies

I know I should post pictures with this but I am at work and did not take any. I made a coffee table last year, The center is 3/4 lacewood then I wrapped it with ebony and Babinga mitering the corners. All of the corners appear to have pulled apart over night. There is like 1/16 gap in each one. So I have a few questions 1. Is there a way to ...

722 days ago

Craigslist Lumber Price - 5 replies

Is this guy even in the same universe or am I not understanding lumber prices? It just seams a bit high to me. http://raleigh.craigslist.org/mat/3163881496.html

738 days ago

Simple box joint jig for table saw. - 1 reply

Can someone point me in the correct direction for making a simple box joint jig for a tablesaw? I have been looking for one but am noticing that some people enjoy making the jug as much as they do the finished productt. I just want a simple jig, not a work of art.

738 days ago

Why do I need a bandsaw? - 36 replies

I have been wanting a bandsaw. There have been a few times that I have wanted to resaw something and cut curves but besides that what else can I do with one? I view it as a nice to have not a must have. Please share your thoughts with me on what else can be done with one and how you use yours. -AG

751 days ago

Back from a break - 2 replies

So I am back in the shop and back on the site from about a three month break. Anyone else ever shutdown the shop for a few months to take care of other things in their life? I have been working on my house so much I have not had time for woodworking in the past few months. I am looking forward to spending a weekend cleaning and orginizing my sho...

889 days ago

Patina Copper - 11 replies

I am making a table with a copper top. I would like to give the copper a green patina. I can find formulas on the internet where I need to buy this chemical and that chemical but can’t find anything good. Anyone have any suggestions on a kit that I can buy or a simple formula?

899 days ago

Darken Cherry - 17 replies

Any advice on how to darken cherry? I always see these nice red cherry projects. Do people use stain on it or is there some other method?

900 days ago

Best 45 on a table saw. - 12 replies

I have tried the stock miter gauges, I have tried to make my own jigs and my 45 cuts are always a bit off. It is driving me crazy so my question is what is the best method of cutting 45? I do have a CMS but I hate the thing, I like to use the table saw. Can you share what jig you are using or have made?

929 days ago

Outfeed table for unisaw - 3 replies

Anyone make an outfeed table for a unisaw? I tried looking through google but did not get any good ideas. I am open to suggestions if you have them. If you have made one your self and have photos I would love to see them.

937 days ago

Full kerf or thin on 3HP - 11 replies

I just bought a 3HP unisaw. I have a thin kerf and a full kerf WWII. Which one should I use? Does it matter?

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