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11-11-2014 03:48 PM

Building a Garage - 15 replies

Wife and I are looking at building a detached 2 car garage for my shop with an apartment above it. I have a few questions. 1. Anyone do this before if so can you share your thoughts2. How flat does the land need to be to pour a slab? Can thicker concrete make up for a difference in grade of say a foot or so?3. I am seeing cost all over the pl...

10-01-2014 07:15 PM

HOA Garage Shop Usage - 35 replies

Sadly every development in the Raleigh area has a HOA. They all have something in HOA agreement that states garage is only for parking cars. I drive around and see shops, storage and everything else besides cars parked in garages. Anyone ever have an issue from the HOA for having a shop in their garage?

08-26-2014 02:57 PM

Clean Air (Dust Collector, Air filter etc) - 11 replies

Please educate me on dust collectors and air filtration systems. Currently I have a 1HP dust collector connected to my unisaw. I don’t know what brand it is, I bought it off of Craigslist. it looks like a generic to the 1HP HF dust collector. It does not do a very good job, The air seams dusty when its on and there is dust left on the saw ...

06-09-2014 01:05 AM

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...

02-11-2014 12:53 AM

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...

02-04-2014 02:31 PM

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...

01-28-2014 02:22 PM

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 ...

10-22-2013 01:55 PM

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?

10-10-2013 06:39 PM

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...

10-08-2013 03:25 PM

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...

05-20-2013 02:19 PM

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 ...

12-24-2012 02:05 AM

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?

10-13-2012 11:37 PM

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

08-14-2012 01:17 PM

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 ...

08-01-2012 04:01 PM

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

07-16-2012 06:08 PM

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.

07-16-2012 03:39 PM

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

07-03-2012 01:17 PM

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...

02-17-2012 01:36 AM

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?

02-06-2012 10:48 PM

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?

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