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2344 days ago

Sharpen Router Bits? - 2 replies

Hey guys, I have been using my router to edge route some antler plaques I made from oak-veneered plywood. I made about 30 plaques, and I am beginning to think that my bit is getting dull. Thus, my questions: 1. How do I sharpen a router bit – is this even possible? (I sure hope so considering how expensive they are) 2. How ...

2432 days ago

Routing Like a Pro - 8 replies

I would like to learn how to route signs, letters, plaques with words, and the like. Maybe even learn how to do a fancy design or two. Can someone tell me how to begin learning this skill? I already have several routers, but have not used them for much beyond pattern routing. Where do I begin? Any good DVD’s or books you would recom...

2435 days ago

Finishing MDF Edges - 6 replies

I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on how to finish edges on plaques made from MDF. I had a CNC company route some oak veneered MDF sheets into plaques, on which I will be mounting antlers for customers. I have been using oak veneered plywood, but painting the edges is far too time consuming. I am attempting to make the switch ...

2437 days ago

Gravity Feed HVLP Spray Gun - 2 replies

Hey Guys Rockler has an HVLP 1.4 mm spray gun on sale and I have a question about it. What kind of compressor do you hook it to? It says it needs 15 to 50 PSI? Is this a rather small compressor? What would some of you recommend to meet this need? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

2449 days ago

Computer Design of Project - 6 replies

I am going to attempt to work with a local sign company to make veneered MDF plaques in an attempt to make some money “sweating for bucks.” I have a pattern made, which I have been using to make veneered plywood plaques, on which I am hanging anlters. In order to communicate with the sign maker, I will need a CAD drawing. I am ...

2450 days ago

Problem with Craftsman Drill Press - 11 replies

Hey guys, Yesterday I bought a Crafstman 12”drill press, model #113.213150 - used. Today I attempted to use it and encountered a problem, the arbor will NOT stay in? So, I grabbed the owner’s manual, which came with it, and followed the instructions. I was very surprised that the only way to hold it in was by pressing it down ...

2456 days ago

Jet Table Saw, what's it worth - 11 replies

Hey guys, I just came from a moving sale. The guy is selling all sorts of tools – basically his entire shop! Everything is only 5 or 6 years old and all appears to be in good shape. My question is this: He has a Jet Table Saw, only 6 years old, but I can’t tell what it is worth. It is a contractor saw, he believes, and it is m...

2467 days ago

Proper Screws for MDF - 34 replies

Some of you may have seen my posts about making some antler plaques. I have gone back and forth between using solid wood and using MDF. Well, after purchasing a jointer, borrowing a small planer, and attempting to do some ‘glue-ups’ this past weekend, I have changed my mind. I am now settled on using veneered MDF. I do look forwa...

2472 days ago

Craftsman Table Saw Fence - 2 replies

I have a 1989 Craftsman conrtactor’s style table saw – strike ONE. I purchased it from my dad a couple of years ago, and it is badly in need of a new fence -strike TWO. When I tried to purchase one from Sears Parts, they don’t have one. Ouch! – strike THREE and I’m out! Can anyone tell me where I might find a ...

2474 days ago

Making Picture Frames - 4 replies

I need to make 8×10 inch picture frames from scratch. They need to be made from the same material as the plaques on which they will be mounted, which is solid oak. I intend rip oak pieces on my tablesaw to 1” wide by 3/4” thick. I will remove the material needed for the glass and matting, and have done so already, but this is...

2476 days ago

Jointer Selection: Delta vs. Craftsman - 11 replies

Because of limited funds and space, I will be purchasing a benchtop jointer. I have been considering two models: The base-line Delta, retails for $220 and Craftsman’s base-line model, which retails for $250. I was ready to purchase the Delta, when I happened to be in Sears waiting for an eye doctor’s appointment and noticed they h...

2491 days ago

Working with MDF - 13 replies

I am working on the design for a project for which I think veneered MDF would work very well. However, I am concerned about the issues of breathing the “sawdust” created by MDF. For those of you who work with MDF, do you wear a respirator when cutting on a table saw or routing? I’m told it can be quite bad to breathe, but do...

2493 days ago

Plaque Board Width & Finishing - 3 replies

I have been considering maiking some antler mounting plaques out of MDF or veneered plywood. Some of you on this sight said it was a bad idea, and that I should glue up pieces and then make my plaques from that point. Well, I have decided you are right. I want to have a superior product when finished, and plywood just won’t cut it. I w...

2502 days ago

Router for all Jobs? - 21 replies

I am going to be purchasing a router soon. I have a cheap one, and want to get something versatile…I think. I saw on the New Yankee Workshop that Norm had a Porter Cable that could be interchanged with different casings, thus making it a “plunge” as well as a “regular” router. Then I got a video from the library,...

2509 days ago

Plaques from 3/4" Plywood - 13 replies

I am going to be making some plaques from a pattern I made using illustration board. I intend to trace the illustration board onto some kind of sheet good to act as my template. I am wondering if I should use 1/2” MDF, or if the 1/4” luan I already have will give me the edge I will need for tracing with a pencil? As for cutting ...

2516 days ago

Designing a Plaque - 8 replies

As part of a plan to make some plaques to mount my deer anlters, I was wondering if anyone could give me tips on just how I go about getting my plaque design from paper to wood? Actually, I need help getting them on paper too! I know what I want, and can sketch it on a piece of paper, but now it is time to make it the “actual size”...

2516 days ago

Plaques for Anlter Mounting - 12 replies

Having just set up shop, I would like to make some plaques on which to mount deer antlers myself and my sons have accumulated over the last several years (hunting is my second favorite thing to do). We have a 12, 11, two 8’s and a six point to mount. I never could see paying $300-$400 to mount a deer’s head, just way too much to spend on mountin...


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