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11-02-2010 03:42 AM

Tenon Saws - 3 replies

I have a need to cut tenons on the end of long stretchers for my next project, and my small tablesaw makes that operation somewhat un-wieldy for long pieces using my typical method of the dado blade. I’ve been wanting to try cutting by hand, so… good excuse to get a new tenon saw :)- LN makes a 14” with a 0.032” sawpla...

05-01-2010 02:41 PM

Dog Holes - where? - 4 replies

Putting the dog holes in my bench top today – what’s the best distance of the holes from the front edge of the benchtop? I’ve seen anything from 3 to 7” – what’s your preference? And what should I consider when deciding where to place mine?

12-24-2009 06:34 AM

Santa's helper - 1 reply

Does anyone else notice that their workbench seems to get appropriated for certain non-woodworking related activities around this time of year??

11-03-2009 03:25 AM

Electrical Mystery - 44 replies

Not exactly “Safefy in the Shop”, more like “Safety in the Home”, but here goes: We’re having some strange electrical things going on in our house. Power will shut off at random times on some of the circuits. When this happens, the breakers are not tripping at any point. After a random amount of time (30 minutes ...

10-16-2008 04:49 AM

My next saw? - 19 replies

We’re thinking of buying a house, and the owner still has a bunch of his tools in the shop. Since he’s already moved out to California, I was thinking of making him an offer on some of them, hoping to get a good deal. Below is his table saw setup. I guess the thing on the left is a sliding table attachment – don’t know...

09-26-2008 03:09 PM

Shop buidling estimates - 6 replies

I need a quick cost estimate for building a shop: For those of you who have built a shop, or have some construction experience, what would you estimate for the cost to build a 36×48 pole barn, including power, insulation, and concrete floor? I know it varies in different parts of the country, but I’m just trying to get a ballpark f...

09-09-2008 01:26 AM

LJ Locator - 6 replies

Along the lines of the LJ workshop map (which mine doesn’t show on, for some reason), I wonder if there is a way to locate or search for LJ’s near me, or in my home state? This virtual stuff is great, but I’d love to find some folks close to swap tips with, compare shops, maybe teach me how to sharpen and properly use a plan...

05-30-2008 12:08 AM

This wasn't supposed to happen... - 10 replies

I was routing mortises for some doors I was making for a shop cabinet (figured it was good practice). Using a spiral upcut bit, I plunge the ends, then route away the middle about a 1/4” at a time. Halfway through the first 1/4” cut, my bit snaps in half! Don’t think that’s supposed to happen! Guess it’s back...

04-22-2008 03:57 AM

WW Anonymous - 16 replies

I think I’m developing a problem: I think about WW all the time – I check the forums during lunch & breaks at work, and again before I go to bed. My reading material is almost entirely WW books & tool catalogues. I’ll spend 1/2 an hour in the shop just admiring a finish, and trying to figure out how to make it smooth...

04-02-2008 03:55 AM

DC Hoses - 10 replies

Okay, having ironed out some of the issues with the DC machinery, the next question is, what do I get for flex hoses where I need them? Jet 4” 10’ hose ($15 from Amazon?)Clear 10’ Hose from Rockler (on sale for $16)4” Flex drain pipe from Home Depot ($5 for 10’)Premium hose from Wynn Env ($40 for 10’) 4&...

03-29-2008 03:50 PM

Dust Collection Input - 21 replies

LOML walked into my shop the other day, looked at the cloud of dust floating around, and promptly gave approval for the purchase of a dust collection system – whoopee! I have a 10’x19’ shop in half of our garage… 110V only… basic tablesaw, jointer, planer, router table & CMS. I don’t ever run more than ...

03-08-2008 08:28 PM

Glue-up is done - now what? - 8 replies

Got my boards all jointed & paned… glued up a ~15” wide panel out of 3 boards… used homemade cauls top & bottom to keep it flat…. Still the joints are not perfectly smooth – less than a 1/32 off, but it’s there. How do I clean it up now to make it perfectly flat? Do I just go nuts with the ROS? S...

03-02-2008 05:27 AM

What do you do with shavings? - 31 replies

I had a fun time today prepping the lumber for my first all-solid-wood project – but I was amazed at how much shavings were produced from just 20 board feet. I filled 3 trash bags just today! What do you guys do with all this stuff? Just toss it out? Is there anything useful I can do with it?

02-17-2008 07:02 PM

Estimating BF for projects - 4 replies

If I have a project that needs “X” amount of board feet of lumber, how much extra should I estimate and purchase to include waste, cutoffs, screw-ups, and other things? An extra 10%, 20%, 30%? I’m sure it varies to some extent for each person, but considering I’m still relatively a beginner, what would you recommend...

02-10-2008 05:23 PM

Rip Blades - 7 replies

I’ve recently bought a jointer and planer, and now that I’m finally starting to mill my own lumber, I realize I need a dedicated Rip blade for my Ridgid 2400LS tablesaw. The Freud blades are within my price range – should I get the Thin Kerf Rip (LU87R010) or the Glue Line Rip (LM74R010)? - Thanks, Kevin

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