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05-22-2018 06:36 AM

First time with a dado set - 4 replies

Hi all, Just got my new Freud SD608 dado set installed and made some test cuts to get the width dialed in (literally. I really like this click wheel thing). I’ve got a bunch of 30” x 12” pieces of 1/2 plywood that I’m trying to cut dados in across the 12” dimension essentially for shelves to be fit and glued i...

03-29-2018 10:23 PM

How do I tackle complex shapes? - 4 replies

I’m currently building a cabinet with 7 drawers that have built-in dividers (special purpose, for holding collectible trading cards). The dividers are spaced pretty closely, only 2-3/4” between each. There are tons of inside corners. Example: I’m looking for a feasible way to apply finish to these parts that doesn’t...

03-20-2018 05:15 AM

Benchtop or mini-size wide-belt sander - 2 replies

I think my arms might fall off from sanding. I just finished sanding both sides of 60 pieces of cedar, 2.5” x 24”. Does anyone happen to know if there’s a benchtop or miniature version of a wide belt sander? I know that drum sanders exist and are pretty affordable and such, but changing out the paper on them seems like an en...

03-11-2018 10:25 PM

One-at-a-time drawers? - 23 replies

Sorry I don’t know how else to title this post. What I’m looking for is a mechanism, either commercial or something I can make, that will only allow one drawer to be pulled open at a time, from a cabinet. I’d like to build a cabinet for organizing a large collection of trading cards, which are extremely heavy when packed ...

02-15-2018 10:45 PM

Crazy idea??? - 13 replies

Hi all, I recently relocated my 16” Jointer/planer to be up against the wall of my shop. This means I can’t use the stock fence for the jointer because it requires 16” of clearance behind the machine for the fence to be pushed back all the way. Also, the fence system it came with was absolute junk and I could never rely o...

02-07-2018 07:18 PM

Pex for compressed air lines? Yes please! - 17 replies

Before anyone gets uppity: PEX is NOT PVC. “Plastic” isn’t a generic thing. There are different kinds of plastic. I think most of us are in the same boat: dragging cords and air hoses around the shop sucks and it’s a tripping hazard. I don’t have a huge shop, but with the compressor all the way in one corner, I d...

01-29-2018 05:53 PM

Really wide veneer cabinet / press - 5 replies

Hi all, I’m in the process of adding more organization to my shop and since veneering is one of my favorite things so far, I’ve decided that I need two things: 1) A place to store veneer safely. 2) A veneer press With that being said, I have a tiny shop and I don’t have space for a screw-clamp type veneer press. I h...

01-13-2018 05:51 AM

Water-based polyurethanes - 4 replies

Hi all, Due to the winter temps, I can’t ventilate my shop much unless I want to freeze to death, so I’m forced to use waterborne polyurethane instead of oil-based. I’m spraying Radiata pine plywood, with a Husky gravity feed HVLP conversion gun. The plywood is sanded to 320-grit with a random orbit sander. I experimented...

12-19-2017 07:31 PM

Shop Fox W1674 2HP shaper? - 12 replies

Hi all, I find myself needing a shaper and I browsed around on craigslist. I was ready to go pick up an unbranded taiwanese shaper mfg in 1985, for $200, when I found a Shop Fox W1674 for sale for $400. It appears to be in excellent shape, but only comes with the 1/2” spindle, not the 3/4” and I’ll have to buy the router bit...

12-15-2017 05:53 PM

Oops, I procrastinated! Suggestions for a finish process that can be ready in 2 days? - 8 replies

I’m participating in a small pop-up craft fair / vending event in a few days, and I procrastinated and don’t have some pieces ready yet. D’oh! I’ve got six book ends made from black walnut and cast iron, that need a clear finish that is completely cured within 48 hours. Suggestions?

12-05-2017 12:12 AM

Router Trammel ... Pinless? - 5 replies

Hi all, I’m getting around to building a Thien Baffle separator (attempting to, anyway). I found that I need to do a lot of circle cutting and decided to start building a router trammel. For this specific project I can get away with drilling a pin hole in the center of the pieces I’m working with. However, I’m curious to kno...

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...

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