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11-28-2016 12:59 AM

Amazon vs. CPOoutlets reviews... miter saws - 17 replies

Shopping for a miter saw and I notice the reviews on CPOoutlets are significantly higher for the same saw as compared to Amazon reviews. Based on CPO reviews there are many saws I would be excited about buying. Not so if I’m relying no Amazon. So what gives? Are the reviews on CPO more likely to be from pros? Or vise versa?

11-26-2016 11:36 PM

In the market for a new miter saw - some options - 6 replies

Been endlessly researching, reading reviews on Amazon. Seems the only 4+ star reviewed saws, with over 100 reviews, are several of the Dewalts and a few of the big boy 12” Bosch saws. My last saw was Hitachi C10 FSH, 10” dual bevel slider. I beat the hell out of it for 10 years. Love it and would buy it again in a second but it...

11-26-2016 12:12 AM

Help troubleshooting Hitachi Chop Saw - 9 replies

Hi Everyone. I have a Hitachi C10FSH (made in Japan) about 10 years old. Workhorse of a saw. Recently it was powering on intermittently, and then nothing. I metered power coming to the switch, so I replaced the switch. Still nothing. There looks to be only one other electrical “part” inside, picture attached. What is this, and ...

11-24-2016 02:21 AM

Square/Round Dog Holes (how about both!) - 4 replies

So, agonizing over this decision. Seems 90% or folks these days are going with round for ease of installation, compatibility with holdfasts, veritas fixtures, etc… Then all the old school guys say square, and every bench in the Landis Workbench book has square dogs. For me, I like the thought of making all my own square dogs with woo...

11-19-2016 10:51 PM

Chisel sharpening - edges are chipping - 3 replies

So I’ve just started using the Veritas MKII honing guide. I have some old Witherby chisels. Put a 25 degree “standard” angle bevel on the first one (pictured right) with a micro bevel, and then a 30 degree angle on the other chisel (left), with a micro bevel. Both came off my final stone sharper than I’ve ever hard the...

11-18-2016 10:26 PM

Hollow Chisel Mortiser Vs. Festool Domino XL - 19 replies

Hey Gang, This has probably been debated before. I’ve found some threads online and the consensus seems to be pretty well split. I wanted your feedback. I sold my Powermatic 10 mortiser (dedicated floor standing, heavy duty 3 phase) about a year ago. At the time I was pinched for floor space and had no immediate need for it. Now I re...

11-15-2016 10:39 PM

Wagon vise vs. tail vise - 20 replies

Hoping some of you can weigh in on the pros/cons of each and what you personally use and why. I prefer the looks of the traditional tail vise, and I like the open jaw it creates. But I’m wondering – can the throat of a wagon vise function like a moxon vise for dovetails? For clamping a board with the end grain facing up? Thanks

11-06-2016 05:48 PM

Classical Guitar Building Tools - putting together a list - 4 replies

Hey Gang, I’m in the process of slowly accumulating tools needed to build myself a classical guitar in the coming year. I have a power tool shop in my garage, large industrial machinery, but I am building a hand tool/bench room in the back of my house and have started getting some basics – mostly hand planes. I also am all set ...

11-05-2016 02:34 PM

Buying lumber sight unseen? - 8 replies

I want to build myself a hard Maple workbench. Local place charges $7.75/BF for 12/4 hard maple, which they call “select.” There is a wholesale plywood/lumber place that can get my 12/4” for $4.50/BF, but they call it “FAS/FAB.” Is it worth taking a chance in buying this for much less money? Thanks.

10-25-2016 11:29 PM

Sharpening (stones? Diamond Pads?) - 12 replies

Hey Gang, I’m starting to get a bit more serious with hand tools and looking into the sharpening options (mainly for chisels and plane irons), which make my head spin. I have an old 800/400 Japanese stone, can’t remember brand or where I got it. Requires soaking in water. I’ve hardly used it. Went to diamond pads, have...

09-22-2016 11:07 PM

Workbench Design - 9 replies

Hey Gang,I recently bought an old Yost patternmaker’s vise and I plan to build a workbench around it. My main question relates to benchtop thickness. How thick is thick enough?Is having a 2 3/4” thick top mostly just cachet over, say, a 1 1/2” top, assuming both are hard Maple? I will probably build a sort of “modi...

07-11-2016 12:44 AM

Building Radius Top Doors - 6 replies

Hey there gang, A customer wants radius top pocket doors, similar to something like this http://www.nicksbuilding.com/Images2/round_top_door_pics/Salzburg%206080%20WM.jpgbut a french door style, with 12-15 divided lights. I’ve built an eyebrow dormer and sash before, so I’m not super afraid of the curves here.But I’m wond...

07-01-2016 07:48 PM

Corner kitchen sink, cabinet - 13 replies

Hey all,I’m building a new kitchen for some neighbors. They want a corner sink. I have tried to talk them out of this to no success. I was able to talk them into making the cabinetry meet at a 90 degree inside corner, rather than a 45 degree leg, as the sink is two basins, each side of the corner. So my questions: (how best to con...

06-29-2016 04:42 PM

red birch vs. natural birch - 2 replies

Hi Gang, I’ve never worked with Birch before. I’m building a kitchen for someone and they have chosen a “natural Birch” from Walzcraft for doors and drawers/fronts. I am building the carcasses and wanted to also make the face frames, so that I could more accurately order doors/drawers. But I’ll have to matc...

04-12-2016 01:12 PM

Garden arbor - material and finish - 2 replies

I’ll be building a small garden arbor for a customer. Given the curved rafter design, it requires a 2X12. So I’d like to use conventional Doug Fir (select). I’ll hand pick every piece. No one stocks Cedar 2X12 and it’s literally 10 times the cost. I could get rough sawn Sapele/Mahog but that would be even more after my la...

03-12-2016 09:01 PM

Finishing cafe tables - 11 replies

It’s look like I will be commissioned to build (8) 24X30” wood tables for my local food co-op’s dining area. Exact design not yet determined, but probably Maple or Cherry, glued up, maybe 1 1/2” thick or so. I’m wondering what a good choice of finish might be for these. They will be see constant use and be cle...

03-12-2016 08:56 PM

Can wipe-on poly fake Waterlox? - 2 replies

Hey guys, I am working on my kitchen. I have all the base and upper cabinets done. They were finished with three coats of Waterlox (i think gloss). I only have the upper soffit frame and panel detail to finish building. I’m wondering if I could get away with wipe on poly, as it’s so much easier to use – quicker to dry, readi...

01-10-2016 08:03 PM

Choosing a shop heater - 20 replies

Hey all, I’ll soon be insulating my 20’x20’ shop with 3” rigid foam panels (about R20) in walls and ceiling. I am thinking of a ceiling hung Modine style propane heater because I don’t want to sacrifice floor space, and because they are readily available used. Only downside I can see is that propane is pricey....

12-29-2015 09:51 PM

Bench top - used? - 8 replies

Hi Gang, I’d like to build myself a woodworking bench soon. I plan on building a shaker style (cabinet) with drawers and doors underneath, and a leg vise and tail vise, with sliding dead man.. I think it would be nice to avoid milling lots of large, heavy maple for the top. I see many places online sell the tops at a reasonable cost....

12-18-2015 12:50 AM

Handcut dovetails frustration - 16 replies

Hey all, So, I find myself in a strange situation: I’ve cut 19 dovetailed drawers for my kitchen, a tool tote, numerous storage boxes, etc… All by hand, and with fairly nice results. It’s strange though. It seems like the very 1st drawer I ever made is tighter than the most recent, with a few exceptions. I don’t...

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