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08-01-2015 10:55 AM

drum sander- sand smart technology - 5 replies

I see numerous used older Performax or Jet drum sanders for sale on Craigslist for around $500. But these older models don’t have sand smart. With the Jet sale coming up next month, I can get a new drum sander with sand smart technology for around $1100. Is sand smart worth the extra $600 over buying used? Thanks for any info

07-29-2015 12:12 AM

prices for a new Jet 16-32 drum sander ? - 2 replies

Earlier I stated that I will be purchasing a used drum sander from Craigslist. Well….good news, my wife said, just go buy a new one instead! So now I am on the lookout for best prices on a new 16-32. Anybody know of any sales or upcoming sales on a NEW Jet 16-32 ?? Thanks again

07-27-2015 09:43 PM

Sanding end grain cutting boards - 7 replies

After several years making and sanding hundreds of cutting boards with ROS, I finally have the wife’s approval to buy a drum sander. I found a Performax 16-32 on Craigslist for $450 that I will be picking up Wednesday. Now the question for others that use a drum sander; what grit do you normally start off with? What do you finish wit...

07-22-2015 12:44 PM

Ryobi WDS1600 - 3 replies

Seller is asking $600. What is a realistic price for this? Looks like new, very little noticeable wear. I am need of a drum sander for my cutting boards, but $600 seemed a little steep. Thanks

01-07-2015 04:53 PM

end grain cutting board near steam ?? - 1 reply

I have a customer wanting me to make her an end grain cutting board for the top of her portable dishwasher. How will the board stand up against the heat and steam produced by the dishwasher? Thanks.

12-19-2014 03:45 PM

good problem to have - 4 replies

I was given hundreds of wood samples from a retired cabinetry salesman. These “tiles” are approximately 8×4 and come in just about every kind of wood and color known. I just didn’t know what to do with them. My wife suggested to make end tables and coffee tables with them. So, here is what I came up with. The ...

12-17-2014 10:58 PM

finishing help needed - 4 replies

I am finishing up a cherry coffee table. I have put 2 coats of poly on it. The can says to lightly sand with 200 grit after the 2 coats have dried. 200 grit seems to me like it would show scratches. I have also heard that i should use steel wool. What would be best? Thanks for any help

11-09-2014 04:05 PM

Butcher block counter top - 2 replies

I recently had a customer that requested an end grain cutting built into his kitchen counter top that he was remodeling. The outcome is a perfect fit. We didn’t mount the board which allows him to flip it over if needed, oil both sides and keep it clean. He now considers this the center piece of his kitchen. Oh and his wife loves it.

10-30-2014 05:25 PM

Antler pen blanks - 0 replies

My lathe broke last year and since then I have been selling off all of my pen making supplies. Today I came across these antler pen blanks, a few bottle stopper blanks and a bunch of misc. antler pieces. Some of the blanks have already been drilled. I was thinking of selling them on ebay, but wanted to give my fellow lumberjocks the opportunit...

10-15-2014 09:31 PM

finally did it- my router sled - 4 replies

I have been using a belt sander to finish end grain cutting boards with horrible results. I finally got around to building a router sled. Wow! what a difference. I finish with my ROS and get a perfect finish every time. I used 3 inch PVC pipe that I had laying around with 1 inch aluminum for the router track. Its not in the picture, but I ...

10-06-2014 10:52 PM

router sled for end grain cutting boards- question - 2 replies

I have decided it is time to take the time and make a router sled to fix some of the cutting board issues that I have been having. Just a few questions for those of you who use this technique on end grain: What is the best router bit to use? Once the board is flat, do you use a ROS and what grit do you typicallly start with? I am trying to g...

10-06-2014 12:08 PM

I need belt sander help - 7 replies

I started making end grain cutting boards. I am using a 3×21 belt sander with 80 grit paper to smooth the board and then a ROS starting with 80 grit and finishing at 220. The problem I am having is with the belt sander; The board is smooth but “wavy” and has sanding lines all over it and it is almost impossible to get these l...

09-26-2014 05:45 PM

Miter gauge question, Incra -VS- Osborne - 15 replies

I need a new miter gauge for my table saw [R4512]. I see Rockler has the Incra 1000HD on sale right now for $119. I believe normal price is $179, so thats a heck of deal. Now, I hear that the Osborne Miter Gauge could be better, and the every day price is $119. So my question, for $119 which way should I go? Thanks

05-24-2014 06:38 PM

what I accomplished yesterday / easy patio bench - 5 replies

My wife has been wanting some benches for the back patio. Found a simple plan to try. I think they turned out pretty good. 2 benches cost less than $50. Also finished an end table for a customer that wanted a bar top finish. First time trying this type of finish. Easy to do and Customer loved it.

04-08-2014 11:34 AM

New play room for Grandkids - 1 reply

The problem: what to do with all of the toys from the Grandkids? How about opening the wall under the stairwell? There is huge empty, unused space under most stairs. So, thats what we did. Click on the link below to see the process from beginning to end. Now we have plenty of space for the toys. ...

03-10-2014 12:47 PM

need help on a wood finish - 4 replies

I just received an order for 25 cheese boards for a small wine shop / cafe here in town. They also would like me to replace a few table tops. The manager would like a thick, durable, glass like finish for the table tops. He mentioned seeing a restaurant with tables with what appeared to be a thick resin like material for the finish. Can anyo...

01-13-2014 11:16 PM

Looking for a different source for cheese slicers - 0 replies

I have been researching where to find parts to make cheese cutter parts. I have found several people here get them from I ordered one just to check the quality. It seems to me that the chrome plating would peel off. Is there any other resources to get cheese cutters from? If not, can som...

12-11-2013 04:33 PM

Belt sander - cutting board question - 9 replies

When sanding end grain cutting boards, what size belt sander does everyone use? I dont have a drum sander and ROS takes way too long. Is a 3×18 good enough or should I get a 4×24? Also, my budget for this sander is about $200, what would be a good one for the money? Thanks

12-10-2013 09:46 PM

Selling off my Lathe and pen making supplies - 0 replies

I am getting out of the pen making hobby and selling off everything I have to make pens. Included in this sale is: 1 Delta Midi Lathe1 buffing wheelmore than 10 pen kits + extra tubes20+ bushings2 mandrelsdead and live centers1 3/4 roughing gouge2 carbide tipped mini tools100+ pen blanks, + a few bottle stopper blanks I am finding more to...

08-21-2013 04:46 PM

First attempt at a zig zag pattern end grain cuttingboard - 1 reply

I wanted to try something different. I see the zigzag pattern all the time and thought it’s my turn to give it a shot. Learned that it is really difficult to glue and clamp pieces on an angle. I’ll get better at it. Sorry for the bad pictures.

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