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11-10-2017 09:07 PM

Finish for wood kitchen sink? - 22 replies

Hi all, I’m planning out a wooden sink + countertop for a new kitchen that I’d like to make out of white oak. I’m going to be ebonizing the white oak with iron acetate solution, and then putting a clear coat of some kind over it. The sink and countertop will be all laminated up together as one unit, similar to the way concre...

10-29-2017 02:58 AM

Edge-grain glue up from shorts? - 4 replies

Hi all I have some projects lined up where I’m going to be using some rather dodgy American Chestnut lumber that was stored poorly and thus has a lot of defects to cut around. I’m going to be using this for 1-3/4 or 2-1/4” thick table tops, made from strips ripped and then face glued together. However, because I have to cut ...

10-19-2017 08:17 PM

Fixed-width dado / slot cutting blades for table saw? - 18 replies

I don’t currently own a dado stack, but I was curious as to whether anyone made 8” or 10” table saw blades with wider carbide teeth, they could be sized to fit common thicknesses of plywood, for example. I’m aware that there are several moulding heads available with a 5/8” arbor bore designed to fit on table saws, b...

10-13-2017 07:27 PM

Finally got my Baileigh JP-1686 running! - 0 replies

Hi all, In March of this year, I bought a Baileigh JP-1686 jointer/planer hybrid machine with a 16” helical cutterhead. The machine came with a 3-phase 5.5HP motor and I tried (and failed) to build a phase converter to run it. I resorted to adding a VFD directly to the machine get the drive motor going. A whole slew of issues late...

10-09-2017 12:58 AM

Craigslist score - 7 replies

Hi guys. I just got home with a huge load of lumber. My van was at, or close to max weight capacity (3700lbs). It’s a mix of black walnut, a little english walnut, a lot of 4/4 white oak, some 4/4 cedar with live edges on both sides, some maple, and bits of other random stuff. Most of the black walnut is in large “timbers”...

09-29-2017 10:04 PM

Link Belts on a Drill Press - DO IT! - 44 replies

Hi all. I bought this drill press on craigslist a few years ago and it’s worked relatively well for me: It made some wierd grinding/squealing sounds at certain speeds. There was a small amount of runout but I attributed it to poor quality drill bits and never paid much attention other than that. I recently replaced the 1/2R...

09-28-2017 08:04 PM

Ipe in the Bathroom / Shower? - 10 replies

I understand that Ipe is a magical wood that is basically impervious to weather and rot. And so… I’m considering using it to make a frame for a glass shower enclosure. I looked at buying a framed kit but for custom sizes they are $800-1200 for what amounts to three pieces of 3/8” tempered glass, a hinge, and 20ft of aluminum...

09-22-2017 07:05 PM

Tool gloat! Delta X5 Unisaw! - 49 replies

A friend of mine works at a large shop/factory that was getting rid of six Delta Unisaws, as they had replaced everything with SawStops in an attempt to curb employee injuries. I got one for $700, it has a new 3HP single-phase motor (less than 6 months old), 52” beisemeyer fence, and over-arm dust collection / blade guard setup. It’s...

09-21-2017 06:15 PM

Dust collectors - buy & modify vs. build - 12 replies

Hey all, I know the topic of dust collection is a daily occurrence here, so my apologies for bringing it up again. I’ve determined that the only real place I can put a dust collector is outside my shop. Then I realized I’d need to either build a shed or something around it, to protect it from the elements, or buy one that is we...

09-19-2017 10:44 PM

Valuation of Ridgid R4512? - 7 replies

I am upgrading to a Delta Unisaw 3HP with 52” fence tomorrow and so my trusty Ridgid R4512 tablesaw will need to find a new owner. I don’t think my saw has the alignment issues that some complain about with this model, at least I have not noticed it. It’s in “good” condition. There are some spots on the table but no...

09-18-2017 10:47 PM

Maple door jambs? - 10 replies

I’m doing some remodeling work and picked up a beautiful commercial solid core maple door at a secondhand store for dirt cheap ($35 for 36×84 x 1-3/4”, with frosted glass single lite). I would like to make a jamb that matches and I’m not sure what the best way to construct this is. This is an interior door. I could star...

09-09-2017 05:21 AM

DC outside, but vent back inside? - 10 replies

I’m trying to maximize space in my small workshop and part of that means finding an out-of-the-way spot for the dust collector. I have an area with a low 6ft ceiling in one corner of the shop, and I was thinking about mounting the DC unit itself in the corner, and plumbing the ducting through the exterior wall to a chip separator (probably...

09-07-2017 10:28 PM

For sale: DeWalt DW735X planer, Craftsman 6-1/8" x 46" jointer, Ridgid 14" Abrasive Saw - 3 replies

All tools can be powered on and demonstrated. I am located in Portland, OR. 1. DeWalt DW735 / DW735X 13” thickness planer I finally have my Baileigh jointer/planer going, so I no longer need my dewalt benchtop planer. It’s in great condition, has probably been used less than 150 hours. This unit was the “X” kit, whi...

09-07-2017 02:19 AM

Keeping large exterior doors flat? - 6 replies

Wasn’t sure which forum to put this in, so apologies if this belongs elsewhere. I’m trying to figure out the correct or best way to design a pair of large hinged doors so that they will remain flat. The opening size is about 94” x 94”, so each door will be about 47” wide and 94” tall, and the doors will hav...

08-29-2017 02:14 AM

New Old Wood Acquisition Implement - 1 reply

Picked up my new buddy last week, via Craigslist. It’s a 1986 Grumman / Chevy P30 step van. Was a FedEx delivery van in it’s former life. Chevy smallblock 350 v8 gas engine, 310,000 miles, automatic transmission (not sure specs on trans), dually rear axe, all-aluminum Grumman body, roll-up rear door, 14ft clearance behind ...

08-02-2017 08:28 PM

Making your own finger-jointed stock? - 4 replies

Recently, I milled out some simple picture frame stock for framing my girlfriend’s artwork. I started with 8/4 poplar and painted the finished / milled profile with my HVLP gun. The frames turned out okay, and poplar is pretty forgiving, but I notice that commercially-available painted frames are made with edge-laminated finger-jointed cle...

07-19-2017 12:34 AM

Mirock's precision speed square - 2 replies

Just received my speed square from Mirock, I chose one with Imperial measurements and an Oak grip. I have not yet had a chance to use it but my first impression is that this is a tool that should be on EVERY workbench. The fit and finish is fantastic and I have no doubt that it will be a constant companion, and used for almost everything I build...

05-03-2017 04:24 AM

Lumber storage - 0 replies

Probably one of the more overly-discussed topics, but I thought I’d share my new lumber storage rack (one of two) in my brand new woodshop. I used some leftover 16ga steel U-channel, i believe it’s 1-1/2×1-1/2, welded it into a kind of T-shaped bracket, and fastened it to a beam. I know, using steel to build a rack to...

03-30-2017 06:19 PM

Phase converter help - 5 replies

Hi all, I’d like to get some real-world information on sizing a phase converter for my new 5.5hp jointer/planer machine. The standard sizing charts would recommend a 10HP phase converter to start a 5HP motor. A jointer is quite a soft thing to start up as far as I know. The only load on the motor is getting the cutterhead moving. ...

03-24-2017 07:29 PM

Spiral / Helical Cutterhead Inserts - 6 replies

Hi all, I recently bought a floor model jointer/planer with a helical insert type cutterhead. The machine is a Baileigh and the cutterhead says “Warrior Machinery Spiral Tech” on it. The cutters look pretty grungy and I haven’t actually gotten the machine wired up yet so I don’t know if they’re in good shape or n...

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