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01-18-2017 04:37 AM

Industrial bandsaw blade tensioning (pneumatics!) - 8 replies

Hi all, I’m finally getting back to my shopmade high-tech 19” bandsaw project. Specifically, I’m finalizing the pneumatic tensioning system and redesigning it a little. My original design used two 40mm bore cylinders to apply upward force to the upper wheel carriage assembly which would tension the blade. At 120 PSI, a 40...

01-13-2017 06:49 PM

Another "which jointer should I buy?" thread - 16 replies

Hi all, This year, I’m going to have some “extra” cash to throw around because my car will be fully paid off in a few months, I’ve knocked down a big chunk of my other debt, and I’m hoping to sell off a lot of computer junk and whatnot. Now the fun part. What to do with extra cash? Buy tools, of course! I mean...

01-08-2017 08:48 PM

Woodshop Electrical Requirements - Concurrently running tools - 24 replies

I’m currently planning out a new woodshop that will be approximately 14ft x 28ft. It’s attached to the house, but due to the distance from the house’s load center, I think it will be preferable to install a new small subpanel. With that, I’m trying to size the feeder for the sub. I realize it doesn’t make sense t...

01-04-2017 11:22 PM

Quad matched veneer table top - 2 replies

Hey all, Getting around to planning a few practical projects and one thing I’d like to do is build a new and more exciting coffee table to replace the boring one that I made a long time ago. I have a sizable stack of various pieces of figured veneer, but mostly rectangularly shaped rather than long and skinny. I was therefore conside...

12-28-2016 11:42 PM

Airless / HVLP sprayers for small projects - 2 replies

Hi all, I’m finding myself wishing more and more that I could spray finishes on my small projects instead of brushing. One thing that I’m concerned about is how much finish is wasted when cleaning out your spray equipment after a session. I might be only spraying 1 or 2 small boxes at a time, for example. I would hate to waste mul...

12-13-2016 07:50 PM

Help with inked/painted wood panels - 3 replies

Hello, Recently, my girlfriend has gotten me interested in branching out from straight woodworking into drawing and painting a bit. I’ve been doing some projects with India ink brushed onto figured veneered panels (curly maple, currently). I start with a substrate like 1/2” MDF or a decent plywood, glue a sheet of veneer to it, an...

12-04-2016 08:29 PM

How should I apply paper backing to raw veneer? - 5 replies

Hi all, I have a number of sheets of raw wood burl veneer, and an initial attempt to cut the veneer for inlay/marquetry resulted in a lot of frustration and loss of small details where the cuts were going across the grain. I did some reading and found that i should be using paper-backed veneer. What would be the best way to apply paper to ...

06-17-2016 10:10 PM

Wood rack at the Planer or Jointer - 5 replies

I’m just curious as to the solutions others have come up with for this problem: You’re standing in front of your jointer or planer. You have 26 pieces of wood that you need to process. They are sitting on the infeed table. You pick up your first piece, then take the other 25 off and set them…. where? I don’t have an...

06-02-2016 07:16 PM

Extending table saw miter slots into outfeed table - 7 replies

A while back I added an outfeed table to my Ridgid R4512 table saw, but neglected to route miter slots into it. I’m regretting that now, as every time I need to use my crosscut sled, I have to drop the outfeed table out of the way. When I route in miter slots into the outfeed table, is it important that they stay perfectly aligned with ...

05-31-2016 03:57 AM

Options for handling sheet goods in a tiny shop - 25 replies

Hey guys, I just had to break down two sheets of 1/2” ply for a shop project and realized, while I’m not in my shop working on stuff for 8 hours a day or anything, it is rather un-fun to deal with sheet goods. I have a 15×18 shop in my unfinished basement, with a door and stairs that lead to the outdoors. The ceiling height i...

05-29-2016 07:44 PM

Open-front crosscut sled? - 6 replies

I’ve been making do with a relatively small crosscut sled with a max capacity of about 18”, but frequently I find myself needing to true up edges of larger sheets. I could make a new sled out of a half-sheet of ply, but that would take a lot more space to store when I’m not using it, and I have a rather cramped shop. Has any...

05-13-2015 05:41 AM

Finally got a normal sized jointer! Craftsman 21706 - 8 replies

It’s not an Oliver but it’s a huge step up from the Grizzly benchtop jointer I was making do with. I found this for $150 on craigslist today, and I beat out 7 other people in getting to it first. Early bird gets the worm, or, the jointer in this case. It also came with a craftsman mobile base. According to the specs on Craftsman̵...

05-11-2015 11:11 PM

Western red cedar likes to dance - 3 replies

I was cleaning up around my miter saw and found this offcut from a cedar fence board purchased at home depot. It’s sat around a while in my dry shop and so this happened… for the record, I believe that the rest of that board got rejected too. I thought folks might find these photos entertaining :)

06-22-2014 11:52 PM

Hexagonal hollow chisel mortising bit? - 5 replies

I realize that there’s little utility in making a hexagonal mortise however I am trying to find out if there are hexagonal hollow chisel mortising bits out there that could be used for making drill bit holders and other holders for hex-shank pieces. My google-fu is failing me. Any ideas?

06-21-2014 11:12 PM

Hickory - Carbide tooling required? - 10 replies

I’m working with hickory for the first time and it seems that my shop is not appropriately equipped to work this species. I’ve got some 4/4 stuff, not sure of the exact species of hickory (I have read that there are quite a few subspecies with different properties), but it was quite cheap and I picked up this board when I was at the ...

06-21-2014 08:45 AM

Wooden Wheels - 3 replies

Continuing work on the shopmade bandsaw project, part “I lost count” of “to infinity, and beyond!”... I’ve gone through many designs in my head for making wheels, most involving a piece of plywood or MDF with a hole in the middle. This plan, while simple on the surface, starts to become more complicated as I have...

06-16-2014 07:23 AM

Drill press grinding noise? - 13 replies

I was doing some tuning to my drill press that I got last month on craigslist. It’s an ‘80s taiwan-made model by ‘Foremost Machinery’. The person I bought it from had used it exclusively for metalworking, I think. It’s a 16-speed model and he had it set at the slowest speed. When I went to adjust the speed, I fou...

06-07-2014 06:59 PM

Pipe clamps - Will I ever be satisfied? - 21 replies

This post might come off as something of a rant. But I imagine that I’m not the only one that is rather miffed at the lack of quality of the pipe clamps that are out there to buy. Originally, when I was getting my shop ‘set up’, I bought a couple Irwin 3/4 clamps at home depot, and some lengths of black iron pipe from the pl...

06-01-2014 07:15 AM

Best approach for bandsaw table surface - 6 replies

Hi folks, Some of you may have seen my blog post regarding my 20” bandsaw project. I’ve been tied up with some other stuff over the last week and have had only a few hours to put into it, but next week is full steam ahead. One of the design elements that I have not yet figured out is a pretty big part… the table surface. ...

05-20-2014 05:23 AM

Air-tensioned bandsaw? - 17 replies

Hi there, I’m looking to get some feedback on bandsaws tensioned with an air cylinder and a regulator vs. the traditional spring and screw mechanism on 99% of the bandsaws out there. I’m in the construction phase of a shop-made 20” bandsaw project, inspired by Matthias Wandel but the design is entirely my own. When I got to ...


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