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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...

01-24-2017 08:41 PM

Overhead vs wall mounted electrical / pneumatic outlets - 21 replies

Hi all, Still in the planning phases of a new 14×28 workshop. I know that I’m going to want numerous electrical outlets and several places to hook up pneumatic tools. My current workshop is in my basement and I only have outlets overhead, attached to the ceiling joists. One thing I’m considering in the new shop is a similar s...

01-20-2017 01:16 AM

You can never have too many clamps - 8 replies

I clamped up this, sent a picture to a friend. He told me to use more clamps. Before: After: Did I do it right???

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 - 18 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...

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