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01-03-2019 02:33 AM

How to do cloud lifts on thick stock? - 9 replies

I’m about to start on a Greene and Greene inspired quilt rack. It has 2 long feet, a leg rising off the top of each foot with two stretchers going across, the top of which is a quilt bar. I’ll have 2 wings off the sides of each leg allowing for 2 more stretchers offset front and back for a total of 3 quilt bars. I have typical G...

12-28-2018 04:15 PM

About to buy a Shark Guard - questions - 18 replies

I have an old PM 63. I learned woodworking on this saw and have tuned it to cut precisely. No budget for a SawStop, but considering I’m at the highest risk of injury due to being a hobbyist / weekend warrior, I want to do something proactive on the safety front. I also have a newfound personal war on dust as this saw generates it in b...

12-20-2018 02:45 PM

crosscut sled, where have you been all my life? - 14 replies

Made this crappy crosscut sled because my miter gauge was giving me grief. Holy smokes, even this hack job made a huge improvement on my projects! Miter gauge was sloppy in the slot, which in combination with a dirty blade made for cuts with a dome as the gauge shifted in the slot, then burned on the back side of the blade. Used the 5-cut...

12-06-2018 05:25 PM

troubleshooting my new electric sub panel tripping breakers with TS - 100 replies

I saved my pennies and hired an electrician to install a 50A subpanel in my garage. It was put in Monday and I’ve taken the last couple nights to put the shop back together. Yesterday I fired up my heater, shop vac, and table saw at the same time just to test it out and everything seemed fine, except the shop vac bogged down a bit while ...

12-06-2018 02:52 PM

suggestions on bluetooth hearing protection - 15 replies

I’m looking for some bluetooth hearing protection for those long monotonous sanding sessions. Currently I’m using something like this neckband ear plug (mine are the cheap blue and orange ones from HD):

12-03-2018 08:48 PM

My most expensive "tool" yet - 8 replies

A 50A electrical subpanel with 2×20A branch circuits. Just shy of $1500 installed including local permits. I anticipate it will be worth every penny. Up until now, I’ve been running on a single 15A circuit in my garage that needs to cover a fridge and other misc plug loads in addition to my woodworking tools. I couldn’...

11-14-2018 01:49 AM

Table saw blade speed - a photographer's perspective - 19 replies

Just thought I’d share something cool I looked into this last week. I’m simply a woodworking hobbyist. I’m also a photography hobbyist. I’m currently in the middle of a weekly photography challenge, and last week’s topic was shooting in manual mode. Frankly I’m terrible at guessing exposure and I was missi...

11-14-2018 01:16 AM

PSA: protect your lungs - 3 replies

This isn’t an accident post, nor a “prolonged exposure” post. But I just wanted to raise some awareness of lung issues and stress you DON’T want any of them. I’m a lifelong asthmatic. My mom says I was born having an asthma attack… not sure if that was true or just illustrating a point, but I’ve str...

11-09-2018 06:44 PM

what flush trim bit for G&G templates? - 3 replies

I’m making a G&G piece with several templates and need the right router bit. The thickest piece is 1-3/4” thick, so I would need a sizeable flush trim bit to do it all in one pass. I could feasibly do a template bit (if my terminology is right) and get it 1/2 the size to do everything in 2 passes. The other pieces are between ...

10-14-2018 03:38 PM

How do YOU do roundovers in SketchUp? - 4 replies

I’m aware there are lots of ways to do this, but I’m struggling to find one that’s easy to use. Drawing them and extruding takes too long. I then used an extension called RoundCorner with Libfredo 6 library and it’s great/ easy to use, but it makes ploygons instead of true rounds which are hard to manipulate later, and ...

10-05-2018 04:16 PM

finishing small parts with water based poly and no sprayer - 3 replies

I think I know the answer to this, but I figured I’d ask here anyway. I have a bunch of small parts: I need these to match a desk surface I did with water-based polyurethane to avoid any ambering. If there is a well regarded wipe-on water-based poly, I have not heard of it. Obviously I could spray the water-based finish easily, b...

09-28-2018 02:28 PM

Need some help with Greene & Greene dimensioning - 8 replies

I’m designing a project as a special gift for my wife and I’ve pulled in several G&G elements to my custom design. I have something that looks pretty good on graph paper, but it is not to any scale. Now I’m trying to draw it in sketchup so I can print out actual dimensions to take to my workshop, and no matter what I do, ...

09-26-2018 01:21 AM

Looking for cheapest 1-1/4" standoff, brushed metal - 8 replies

I need 20 short rods or standoffs to hold some decorative pieces off of a wall-hung surface, making a floating illusion. I figured I’d get a brushed aluminum rod and cut 1-1/4” off , then drill a matching hole in the backer surface and the “floating” pieces and epoxy them in. Maybe I’m missing it but I can only fi...

09-14-2018 12:15 AM

Ridgid EB4424 - still the best oscillating edge/spindle sander for the buck? - 12 replies

It seems every project I do I have a need for an edge sander or a spindle sander and I always try to jerry rig something with a clamped-up belt sander or a wobbly drum sander chucked up in my hand drill, always leaving something to be desired in the final product. I’m just an amateur with a low budget, but I don’t want to buy junk e...

08-26-2018 06:20 PM

food storage containers - lid gaskets? - 6 replies

Trying to get my Christmas gift ideas lined up for this year so I’m not spending dangerous sleepless nights getting them done before the deadline again this year… I roast my own coffee beans and I had the thought I’d make everyone a pound of home-roasted coffee, and maybe a cool reusable container they could keep it in on their...

08-25-2018 07:00 PM

Racking my brain. Sliding shelf design... - 7 replies

I’m trying to design this printer stand that goes under a big desk wing. There’s a big photo printer up top and a regular ink jet printer in the middle. The remaining space below will house a drawer for various papers and ink storage. The whole thing is on fixed casters so it can be pulled out to use the big photo printer, and I w...

07-24-2018 04:16 PM

baby gate hardware? - 9 replies

First, here’s the design I’m looking at: Has anyone had success with any particular hinge/latch combos that you’d recommend? I know the sky’s the limit, but I just don’t know what’s out there, what an acceptable price would be, or what would work best. I can’t really use a typical deck gate ...

07-02-2018 09:10 PM

breadboard ends lessons learned - 31 replies

Made some breadboard ends for the first time on an outdoor table top and thought I’d share my lessons learned. Check out the project here: Lesson 1: Consider clamping your breadboard end when pounding through drawbored pins. I blew out the backside of one of mine, and of course I had glue on it,...

05-26-2018 10:49 PM

Thoughts on this old plane? (Cool story) - 11 replies

About 6 years ago my wife and I were renting a condo in a community of generally really nice people. Across the street from us was this really old couple, looked like upper 80s or 90s. They didn’t get out much but every once in a while you’d see them dutifuly getting the mail or taking out the trash. The guy moved really slow pull...

05-19-2018 07:27 PM

quick questions about using cedar indoors - 3 replies

I’m looking at making a piece of abstract wall art with some hard maple cut-offs and a big glued-up panel as a back to it. I think some kind of cedar, maybe red cedar with some sapwood, would look good with the hard maple pieces hanging in front of it. No? Here’s my questions: 1. If I put a water based poly on a cedar panel, wi...

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