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03-01-2016 05:14 PM

Sheet music storage - 24 replies

I’ve recently purchased a piano and a guitar, both of which I used to play and am now reviving with the express purpose of playing music in a hospice setting, to soothe the final days/weeks of people who are at the end stage of their lives. Repertoire is already piling up and I also still have a lot of books and loose leaf music from 20...

08-10-2015 05:25 PM

Makita 1216L troubles - 1 reply

Now that my woodworking is getting to a new skill level, I am noticing things that before were lost in the shuffle. Dead on accuracy is one of those issues. And this is where my Makita sliding miter saw is giving me a headache. I did some research online and it seems that the fence on these models is not adjustable enough to give it dead on rig...

08-04-2015 04:07 PM

How/Where do you store your jigs - 15 replies

As I am getting more serious about building jigs for tasks to be accomplished I am confronted with a growing pile of plywood implements that I have to dig through every time I need something. What do you all do to store these (sometimes big) jigs in a small shop? Ideas?

07-28-2015 01:48 PM

Delta Mortiser on CL or Shop Fox - 23 replies I’m pondering if I should make a move on this? He’s kinda close to me, and I have asked if I can come on Friday with a piece of wood and try it out. Is there anything specific that I should watch for? Is there anything missing from it, as far as you all can see from th...

07-21-2015 12:03 AM

Grizzly G0725 jointer - 10 replies

I came across this craigslist posting that is about 1 hr drive from me. I wonder if it is worth the effort to go get it. It is still available, and the guy is getting rid of his woodshop, and says that it is in good working order. He wants $140, is this a fair price? Here is a picture o...

07-15-2015 12:21 AM

Gateleg dropleaf table - 2 replies

I want to make a cutting table for my sewing room that is tall, so that I can stand while cutting and not ruin my back, and can be folded down when not used at full length. The idea is to have a middle part that has drawers that is about 26×33 and then two dropleaves at 24×33 each, supported by a gateleg that hinges from the side of th...

07-26-2014 03:46 PM

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...

07-14-2014 11:30 PM

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.

06-11-2014 05:34 PM

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 ...

10-19-2013 02:46 PM

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...

09-17-2013 01:57 PM

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...

09-10-2013 03:14 PM

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

09-09-2013 01:47 PM

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...

07-28-2010 09:38 PM

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...

07-16-2010 02:36 AM

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 ...

07-12-2010 03:58 PM

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...

07-12-2010 02:04 PM

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...

06-29-2010 06:18 PM

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...

05-29-2010 01:04 PM

table saw vs track/plunge saw - 34 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 ...

05-20-2010 03:31 AM

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...

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