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|124 days ago||
Electrical Wiring in the shop - 35 replies
I got the subpanel added to the basement, but I was fairly confident in my ability to actually do the wiring myself. I went to homedepot to get the materials I needed, breakers, boxes conduit etc.. The person there, said that I needed 12/3 wire instead of 12/2 because I’m wiring into a subpanel. I hadn’t heard that, but alas that&...
|189 days ago||
Basement Workshop, Framing out the walls. - 16 replies
I am getting settled in my new house here and I plan to turn most of my basement into my workshop. I want to get a subpanel added, and do a lot of electrical work (add several 220v outlets etc..). I’m having a bit of difficulty figuring out if I want to frame out the basement walls or not. The walls are all concrete, and already have an...
|289 days ago||
2x2s for a basement workshop walls - 14 replies
I’ve been looking at houses with the intent of creating a basement workshop, in Missouri I’ve been told that non-loadbearing walls can use 2×2 studs instead of 2×4s. This would certainly cut costs, but I am not sure if for shops would the 2×2s be strong enough to mount cabinets or shelves, or even a lumber rack if I wa...
|296 days ago||
Salvaging wood from existing furniture - 28 replies
Day after day I see desks, dressers, tables, headboards and other furniture posted on Craigslist for free and I’ve wondered if some of the solid wood pieces (ie non veneered particle board) are worth picking up, disassembling and using the wood for other items. Has anyone done this am I out of my mind? -jeremy
|525 days ago||
Jet 16-32 Drum Sander Paper - 6 replies
When I purchased my drum sander it came with a free assortment of pre-cut sand paper. I went to change my sandpaper today and was getting frustrated that I can’t keep the sandpaper flat. After closer examination I noticed the taper cut on the sandpaper is not correct for the size of the drum. Am I the only one who noticed this? is this nor...
|595 days ago||
Getting Serious about Dust Collection - 30 replies
So I’m looking to improve my dust collection, I currently have a Jet DC-1100A .. which goes to a filter bag etc and I’m looking at a few options. My shop is my garage .. which is about a 16×25 usable space with 11’ ceilings. I would only have 1 tool running at a time and use blast gates to control airflow. I need to stay w...
|656 days ago||
Is it possible to get an extended drill press arbor? - 13 replies
I have a Powermatic drill press which I love, but the average table height for most drilling options is a little higher than I’d like. I did some research and found the arbor spec’s for my drill press and from what I could find is the arbor only comes in 1 length based on the taper sizes at least that’s what I found at mcmaster...
|665 days ago||
I think I'm a pocket hole snob. - 27 replies
They say the first part of recovering is admitting you have a problem. I always felt that using pocket hole screws just seemed crappy and half assed and the thought of it just made me cringe. But as I do more woodworking and especially shop improvement projects I’ve run into several instances where I thought to myself “Pocket hole...
|678 days ago||
Thien Baffle or Thien Tophat - 15 replies
I see a lot of comparisons of the thien baffle or tophat vs cyclones and other separators and I’ve pretty much convinced myself that a thien baffle or tophat would be the way to go. I just cleaned out my dust collector again today god I hate doing that. Whoever designed the bag/ring system on the Jet DC1100 needs to be fired. My big que...
|685 days ago||
I just bought an Incra Miter gauge because my miter gauge is “wobbly” in the miter slot and has not adjustments to make the miter bar fit better. So I had hoped that it’d be square right out the box, but no such luck. Not a big deal, I’m sure such an object bouncing around in shipping and so forth it would be unreasonable...
|686 days ago||
I went to harbor freight, looking at their extension cords, was going to get a few long ones to run around the edge of my garage to improve the electrical situation. I figured I could use the 20% off entire purchase coupon HF emailed me http://widgets.harborfreight.com/wswidgets/common/displayCoupon.do?week=1712&campaign=c&page=stepup.ht...
|697 days ago||
Flip Top Assembly Table - 0 replies
Inspired by a wood magazine design that I’ve seen built a few times on lumberjocks like this one by chippy I wanted to see if I could improve on the design for a good flip top assembly table. The table would use a torsion box, simillair to the wood whisperer torsion box assembly table, currernt design has a 5’’ by 3’6...
|723 days ago||
Building a Dust Collector Cabinet - 14 replies
I plan on building a Thein baffle system and adding a Wynn filter to my Jet DC1100 dust collector and while I do all of that I’m considering also building a noise canceling cabinet around the just collector to help with the noise level in my garage. Currently I put on ear protection whenever I turn on the DC because it is so loud and I ...
|760 days ago||
Freestanding Lumber Rack - 7 replies
A lot of lumber racks are mounted directly to walls that works great for those that have studded walls. I have cinder block walls in my garage and I’d prefer not to plow into them with a bunch of tapcons if I can help it. Currently my lumber rack is mounted to the wall it’s one of those portamate racks (really worth the 30$ I got it ...
|762 days ago||
Fixing my friend's table - 5 replies
My friend has asked me to make some replacement parts for her drop leaf table. Making replacements would be pretty easy it’s just some oak with a rabbet in it. The big question is if I can make a better piece that can hold more weight. Here is a picture of one of the broken sides, the split is pretty much with the grain as you would exp...
|797 days ago||
Chair for the Workshop - 9 replies
I’m thinking about visiting a couple local thrift stores in the area to look for an ugly but comfortable chair that I can keep in my garage to sit in when I need to take a break and rest my back. I wanted to know if there are any considerations I should keep in mind when looking for a chair for the shop. I already know I want a cheap on...
|837 days ago||
Lathe Chucks - 1 reply
I’m still starting out in wood turning, I don’t know a lot about lathe’s and lathe terminology but I’d like to get a bowl chuck to help turning bowls. I don’t know what type of lathe chuck to get, there are a lot of different ones, and different styles and I wanted to see what you guys recommend. The lathe I have...
|870 days ago||
Contractor Saw Cabinet - 3 replies
I’m about to embark on a great project of building an integrated cabinet for my new saw stop contractor saw. I really like the ones built by zzzzdoc and by tedth66 and I’d like to build something close but I’ve already run into my first hurdle. I’m starting with the base and I did some measurements and the total size ...