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27 days ago

workbench top - 5 replies

I searched the forums a bit but could not find an answer to my question. I have made the plywood “rock-solid plywood workbench” from FWW. I have one 3/4 inch sheet of birch plywood for the top and want to add two more 3/4 inch layers. What is more solid?1. two layers of plywood, one layer of MDF?2. one layer of plywood, two laye...

39 days ago

How to dispose of paint thinner - 15 replies

Simple question that I do not know the answer to. How do you do it? Bring it to the dump to be collected, pour down the drain, dispose of in the woods when no one is looking? Appreciate the help. I have several jars with used thinner that are starting to accumulate.

72 days ago

Designing a workbench - 6 replies

Hi all, I am a new woodworker and have finally gotten my space in the garage (about 30×12 ft). it’s not big, but I don’t have (yet) many big machines, so I think it’ll do for the first few years. This space limitation also means I have to be modest in what I can do for a workbench. So here’s my question. I do ...

307 days ago

making notches in 2x6 with festool tracksaw - 17 replies

I have to make about 120 notches in 60 8 ft long 2×6 lumber to provide a frame for the insulation in my new polebuilding. The notches go around the poles and the 2×6 will be proud of the poles by 1.5 inch to be flush with the headers up top to eventually attach the osb to. So the material to be removed is 2”x2 1/8” from e...

339 days ago

Need help convincing County to get second electric meter - 36 replies

Hi Lumberjocks. I’m in the process of building a garage. I want this garage on a second electric meter so that my parkinglot doesn’t have to be torn up. However this is not a valid reason for the county. So I listed that I wanted to use part of the building for woodworking (which is true) and that I needed a bigger panel in the...

346 days ago

craigslist Delta Drill press $250 - worth it? - 5 replies

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/tls/4054074890.html

347 days ago

Another qestion on next powertool to get - 16 replies

hi all, i’ve been absent quite a while from these boards while we were building our house and the ensuing move and chaos. Now we are finally building a garage which will finally have a woodshop and I am taking stock of the tools I have acquired so far and what I might need to have a reasonably equipped shop. I have:1. the larger (75...

1486 days ago

what wood would be black bear resistant? - 48 replies

We’re moving to a mountain top in Maryland soon, and we have had bear sightings around the house (including paw marks on our freshly poured concrete porch). We also want to start composting but are afraid of attracting bears and creating a bigger problem. So I know that bears can tear through a lot of things easily. I wondered if ther...

1499 days ago

PC557 biscuit joiner kit - 6 replies

I bit the bullet today and got the PC 557 biscuit joiner. I haven’t tried it out yet, but have opened the package and tried turning all the knobs to see what they do, with the manual beside me. The knob that changes the cutting depth for the various sizes biscuit is really hard to turn. What can I do about that? Is it normal or should ...

1502 days ago

Festool question - 10 replies

I purchased the Festool C22 dust extractor last week and only got around to unpacking it now. I noticed that the plug at the end of the cord doesn’t fit a standard American socket. What gives? How am I supposed to operate this thing if I can’t plug it in? Anyone has had this too, and what did you do about it? Or have I been ship...

1502 days ago

what is stronger - biscuits, dowels or pocket screws? - 14 replies

We are moving to a new house and in the new living room we want to make an 18 foot wall of bookshelves (18’ long, 8’ high, and 9” deep – this will house about one third to half of our book collection). The idea is to make one strong permanent center case of 8’x26”x9” to give the assembly stability onto w...

1515 days ago

Drill press - 6 replies

Ok I know you guys love talking about your tools. So here’s your chance. I am in the market for a drill press. As you maybe know, I’m just starting out and as we are moving to our new house I’m thinking about must have tools in my new workshop. I have decided I need a drill press but the question is which one, and what featu...

1546 days ago

table saw vs track/plunge saw - 29 replies

I’m contemplating that I need something to cut larger pieces of wood that is a bit better than a handheld circular saw. I was at woodcraft yesterday and they have the festool plunge saw TS55 for sale at $450. So I was thinking whether this piece of equipment could replace a table saw. I have a dewalt circular saw and a shopmade masonite ...

1556 days ago

Is this table top possible? - 17 replies

I have another question if you all aren’t tired of me yet. I want to make a kitchen table and have come up with this design for the top. Question: would the movement of the wood ruin this in the long term? Or does the wood have enough room to move around if you just glue the boards together. I’m concerned about the different grain...

1560 days ago

wood id question - 5 replies

Here are two pics of logs that my neighbor identified as cherry. Anyone care to confirm this? The rest he thought was oak (not in the picture), which he was not particularly interested in. We still didn’t talk about sharing arrangements but I’m sure we can work something out.

1561 days ago

what router part is this? - 6 replies

Hi folks, i got my new milwaukee 5615-20 router a couple of weeks ago with a fixed base and a plunge base, 1.75 hp. I’ve used it and like it and also got a rockler benchtop router table for it. So in the big case that the router came with was this part, that I have no clue what it is for. It is not pictured or mentioned in the manua...

1569 days ago

Lyme Disease Awareness Month - 13 replies

Since my family has been affected by Lyme disease and May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, i would like to take this opportunity to get the word out. The ticks are out and active—check yourself, your loved ones, your pets after having been outdoors. My husband contracted lyme twice (once undetected, some 15 years ago, we think) and was r...

1570 days ago

Lots of down trees, neighbor with portable mill - 27 replies

I don’t quite know in which part of LJ to ask this question, so here goes, if it needs to be moved, mods, please be my guest. I am moving to a 14 acre mountain top, all wooded property in Maryland in a couple of weeks. My builder has been building our house for the last 6 months and it is near completion. In the process of building, o...

1572 days ago

what did I do wrong? - 19 replies

I just signed up for LJ but have been reading the forums for a while. I am just getting started with woodworking and my first project is to remodel a shed into a chicken coop. The first task, while I am waiting for delivery of the shed, was to make 4 windows with plexiglass to give the chickens some light and ventilation. I have a sliding co...


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