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2 days ago

Buying a used band saw - 5 replies

I have an up coming project that would be easier done on a band saw. So I am in the process of looking for a used band saw. I have found a 12” Craftsman tilting head unit on Craigslist. I would like to know what I should check for when inspecting the unit. I know that many people do not like Craftsman machinery, but I don’t want to d...

10 days ago

Router table dust collection - 4 replies

I now have a router table mounted as an extension to my table saw. I also made a Shop Notes router lift that I mounted to that same router table. I have a router fence that has dust collection built into it so that part is not an issue. The issue is when I cut grooves or dados the dust collection from the fence cannot work, it needs to be from u...

21 days ago

Original INCRA Jig vs Woodstock dovetail jig - 3 replies

I am thinking about dipping my toe into the dovetail waters. This is just a hobby, and money is tight so I can’t afford a $300 jig. Both of the above jigs can be had for less than $100 retail or less used. My question is which do you prefer? The Incra Jig is more versatile but is probably slower and can only handle short (8” max) ...

63 days ago

Best lumber for a patio cart - 6 replies

I am thinking about building a patio cart similar to this. Woodsmith recommends using white oak. What is your opinion on using cedar as an alternative? Might stand up a bit better in the outdoor weather, however is much softer wood.

97 days ago

Experiences with shop built router lifts - 0 replies

I am going to make a table saw mounted router table. I purchased a router motor off of eBay and will need a router lift to complete the table. The most in-expensive commercial router lift is about $190 which is way above my budget. Si I started to look into shop built router lifts, in particular how the sliding rails are made. I have found the f...

182 days ago

Planer sled questions - 2 replies

I recently acquired a used thickness planer. I want to design and build a planer sled for it so that I can get flat faces on boards. I have several question concerning the design of the various sleds I have seen. The first question is how do the sleds deal with cupped boards. All of the designs I have seen have a straight support that fits un...

207 days ago

Benchtop joinery recommendation - 9 replies

I want to make a new top for my work bench. I have access to some pallet wood which has 4×4 members of yellow pine. I am looking at making the bench top about 2 to 2.5” thick. Over all dimensions of the top is about 24” deep and 60” long. I am looking at laminating the bench top ala butcher block with edge grain upwards...

211 days ago

McMaster-Carr drawer slides - 2 replies

Does anyone have any experience with the drawer slides McMaster-Carr sells? I need to order some hardware from them and noticed that they also have drawer slides at not too bad a price.

214 days ago

Recommendations on rip blade - 11 replies

My work is performing a multi year project which some of the material is shipped in on pallets. These pallets consist of 4×4’s and 2×6’s all southern yellow pine. Needles to say I am getting many of these used pallets. As a first project with them I would like to make a new bench top for my work bench. To make this bench to...

274 days ago

Patio cart finishing? - 2 replies

I am interested in building a patio cart similar to one that Woodsmith Shop has plans for in episode 610. They are recommending to use an oil finish (BLO, tung etc) and not to use a film type finish. What are your thoughts? As an alternative I am thinking about building this cart out of cypress which might not need finishing at all. I thin...

316 days ago

How to repair this bench - 7 replies

Attached is a photo of an old bench from Guatemala. It is probably 40 or 50 years old. As you can see one of the legs broke. I would suggestions as how to repair this leg. It does not have to look perfect.

326 days ago

Wind Spinner Design - 2 replies

I want to make a wind spinner similar to many as seen on this list. There seems to be two different approaches to the size or shape of the individual wood blocks used to build them. One type uses a square profile, usually 3/4” x 3/4”. The other type uses a flat rectangular shape usually 1/8” x 3/4”. My question is whic...

399 days ago

Wait time before turning a peiece over - 3 replies

I am starting to stain and finish an AV cabinet I have constructed out of red oak. I am using Minwax Wood Finish English Chestnut wood stain, and Minwax fast dry Poly for the clear coat. Many of the pieces will have to stained and protective coated on two sides so will have to be turned over to finish both sides. The question I have is how lo...

423 days ago

Finishing recommendations for a beginner - 14 replies

I am building a cabinet that will function as an AV Center. Most of the cabinet is Red Oak plywood, and the drawer boxes are Baltic Birch plywood. The fronts of the drawers and some of the stringers are solid Red Oak. I would like some recommendations on finishing. I would like to have a semi-gloss or a satin finish. Also the oak will have to be...

490 days ago

Material for TS crosscut sled - 7 replies

I would like some advice on material to use for a large crosscut sled on my table saw. I would like recommendations for the base and also for the fence. I do not have a joiner, so cutting absolute straight edges is somewhat difficult. Before building the sled I will be building a TS joiner/taper jig similar to this. I plan on making the jig a fu...

493 days ago

Idea for OEM miter gauges - 8 replies

I recently purchased a used Craftsman table saw which came with the OEM miter gauge. Like most OEM miter gauges, the miter bar was loose in the miter slot making the gauge some what less than accurate. I looked online and the starting price for a “precision” miter gauge is $65 outside of my budget right now. I then had an idea. I ...

506 days ago

Best table saw blade type for my useage - 10 replies

I am completing a restoration to a Craftsman contractor style table saw. I need to purchase a new blade for the saw and would like some recommendations on selecting a type of blade. The vast majority of my cuts will be in plywood, mostly Baltic birch or veneer grade. However I will be cutting some solid lumber both ripping and crosscut. I wou...

522 days ago

Used table saw check list - 12 replies

In the next month or so I will probably be purchasing a used table saw. I would like to generate a check list of things to look for when actually inspecting a prospective saw. At this point I would like the list to be brand generic. I have thought of the following points: 1. Check for blade runout. Maybe arbor related.2. Check blade alignment...

533 days ago

Recomendations on Joinery type for carcass - 12 replies

I am in the planning stages of a cabinet for my AV center. I will be using plywood for the cabinet carcass. I would like some recommendations on the type of joinery to be used to fasten the vertical panels to the base. In my design, I want a toe space on all three sides of the bottom of the cabinet, therefore the side panels will not go all of t...

596 days ago

Thoughts and recommedations on table saw extension table - 14 replies

I am new to this forum and would like to get some thoughts and advice on designing and building an extension table for my new table saw. Santa brought me a small bench type table saw for Christmas. I used it to make a tool hanging pegboard in the shop area of mu garage. This project started me thinking about how to improve the usability of this ...


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