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09-21-2017 06:15 PM

Dust collectors - buy & modify vs. build - 4 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...

03-16-2017 07:43 PM

DIY dust collection pipe/tube options - 9 replies

I’m planning out dust collection for my new workshop and coming up on some obstacles that I think everyone runs into at some point. The local big box stores only sell schedule 40 PVC, not schedule 20, and only 4” in 10-ft lengths. As far as metal ducting goes, at least home depot only sells the thinner wall stuff that I’ve hear...

03-07-2017 08:25 PM

Recouping costs for hobbyist tool purchases...? - 22 replies

Hi all, I’m firmly in the “hobbyist” woodworker camp currently. I have not, to this point, sold anything for cash that I’ve made with my tools. I have done a ton of custom work on my house since I bought it 5 years ago, so I kind of justify spending money on tools by telling myself “well, at least you’re no...

02-26-2017 02:13 AM

Tool Gloat: Baileigh JP-1686 16" x 86" Jointer/Planer Combo w/ Spiral Cutterhead - 1 reply

Hi guys, Yesteday, my Baileigh jointer/planer was delivered by the freight company to the freight dock at my workplace. Today, I rented a vehicle to get it home. I had to take the fence off to reduce the height so it would fit in the van I rented, but once that was done, one of the guys got on a forklift and got it loaded up for me. I didn...

02-23-2017 07:54 PM

DIY Gantry crane for unloading tool - 24 replies

I find myself needing to unload a 1000lb+ tool from the bed of a pickup truck or a trailer in two days and I have two options: Try and build some kind of ramp and slide it out, or Build a gantry crane that can straddle the pickup/trailer, and use a harbor freight chain hoist to lift the tool out, drive the truck/trailer away, and then l...

02-20-2017 10:14 PM

Leaving crated tool outside briefly? - 8 replies

So my new 16” jointer/planer combo machine is supposed to be delivered this week, but I’m not as far along with my new shop build as I thought and I don’t have a good dry place for the new tool to go into right away. The new machine is supposed to ship in a wooden crate and is presumably wrapped in plastic inside the crate. ...

02-19-2017 01:55 AM

Moving tools around - 9 replies

First off, I hope that everyone is not as indecisive as I am. That being said, I’m sure that most of us will move or relocate tools and other items in our shop from time to time. I recently had a “duh” moment: pallet jacks. Why bother spending time and money on casters and mobile tool bases and all that stuff, when you...

02-05-2017 04:05 AM

New Tool Excitement - 15 replies

Ok, first off, I haven’t gotten my new tool yet. I’m in that phase where I’ve paid for it, and I’m waiting for a shipment tracking number, and pretty much the only thing I can think about all day is all the details about where I’m going to put it, how I’m going to hook it up, what kind of mobile base to bui...

01-31-2017 05:06 PM

Door threshold glue-up -- Am I making a big mistake? - 6 replies

I am doing some remodeling work on my house and I’ve changed a bathroom into an “open” design. It’s a little unconventional. The position of the door allows for the possibility of water to splash on the door threshold a bit. I decided to make the threshold from something incredibly rot resistant, so Ipe was a natural choi...

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