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03-27-2015 01:35 AM

first set of parallel clamps - 50" or 40"? - 16 replies

they seem to be the same price at HD (and cheaper than the Rockler sales price). which size would you get? i know it depends upon what i plan to make, but who knows.

01-26-2015 12:58 AM

Bottom stretcher needed in this design? - 13 replies

I’m building the table in the attached FWW picture. There are 2 beefy stretchers at the top, and one smaller one at the bottom. Do you all think the bottom one is needed in this picture? hard for me to beleive that 2 stretchers that are wedged tenons will not be enough strength. I am leaning against it so as to avoid food bumping, b...

01-23-2015 08:16 PM

Cathedral grain pointing up or down on vertical pieces (e.g. trestle leg)? - 7 replies

I know this is a personal aesthetics question, but do people generally point the cathedral grain upwards or downwards? I’m building a trestle table base, and the legs will be 8” wide.

01-22-2015 09:48 PM

Desktop vs Floor standing Bandsaw - 3 replies

I’m pondering my first bandsaw purchase, and think i need some background. I’m starting with whether i need a floor standing, or desktop unit. what are the key drivers to choose one or the other? I have a basement shop. I’m only a hobbyist, but do like to buy quality tools.

01-18-2015 03:46 PM

15" wide face vice - one centered or two offset dog holes? - 8 replies

I’m finally ready to add dog holes to my bench. I’m planning the front row to be about 3” from the front of the bench. When putting them in front of the face vice, should I make 1 row (centered on the face vice) or 2 rows (toward either end of the vice) ?

01-12-2015 06:17 PM

Table overhang at end of testle - 5 replies

I have a 74” table top build and now moving on to the trestle base. The Maple top is 1.5” thick, and 36 wide. I’m trying to figure out what the max overhang could be for the end of the table. I have long legs so don’t want to hit the support under the table which argues for a large overhang. , I’m also 250l...

01-09-2015 02:52 AM

what is this metal stretcher hardware piece called? - 3 replies

I’m planning on making a bench similar to the picture, and am wondering where to find this type of hardware used in in the stretcher. Any suggestions, or at least what one calls that type of item, so i can search for it myself. t

01-05-2015 05:44 PM

how make sure the drill press is square to the table - 10 replies

anyone have a good quick way to ensure my drill press table (which is a simple homemade table) is 100% square to the drill bit? it is hard to measure against the drill.

12-09-2014 02:44 PM

Short vs long bench dogs? - 9 replies

I’m finally getting around to adding (round) dogs to my bench. I play to buy the aluminum dogs available from several mfg’s. I see that they sell short ones (2 3/8”) and long ones (4 3/8”). is there much of a difference in these? My bench is around 4.5” thick. Also plan to buy a set or two of the short plasti...

10-27-2014 02:54 PM

table saw alignment results - good or bad? - 2 replies

question on aligning the arbor on a table saw. with a dial caliper i’ve measured the variance 2 ways1 – measuring the distance from the mitre track to near saw blade tooth at the front of the table saw. then rotating the blade and moving the caliper to the back of the table saw, and measuring again to the same spot near the same saw ...

10-24-2014 03:03 AM

shaker panel glue order - 5 replies

I’ve got all the pieces cut for a series of 5 piece drawer fronts (rails, stiles, center panel). i am going to use pocket holes for the joinery. my question is in what order to do the joining? the center panel is plywood and relatively tight 1. fitting into the daddo grooves. my planned process is:2. drill pocket holes3. fit the rails/...

10-13-2014 04:42 PM

1/2" ply panel for false front drawer? - 1 reply

I’m currently making the false fronts for 4 dresser drawers, which will be painted. The opening dimension is 30” wide by 7.5” tall, and my rails are 1.5” thick and the stiles are 3” thick, both made with 3/4” maple. i’ve already routed a 1/4” groove on all rails and stiles, centered, and now need...

09-05-2014 08:50 PM

Shop Right rigid vacuum hose/handle? - 1 reply

Anybody have thoughts on using this Rockler product? Seems expensive, but otherwise looking for options for ‘the last mile’ to my dust collection system.

09-04-2014 03:29 AM

Trash can separator - modification for 2 input ports? - 2 replies

Hi. Wondering if anyone has modified a trash can separator lid to accommodate a 2nd input hose? I’m thinking of: A) cutting a new hole in the lid and gluing in a blast gate on top, and gluing in a 45 or 90 degree corner on the inside of the lid and B) cutting down the exiting input port on the outside of the lid (the one on the right...

09-02-2014 03:46 PM

scrap storage ideas? - 9 replies

How do people store their scrap? do you keeps some of it, all of it? expensive wood and cheap wood? is there a storage solution available – bin, shelf, box? drowning in it.

08-24-2014 05:01 PM

How to rub out Enduro Var gloss to semi gloss? - 1 reply

I’ve got 4 coats of Enduro on my table top, all Gloss. 2 questions:1) how to i rub down the top coat to get to a semi gloss finish? I have some good steel wool. I’ve never rubbed anything down.2) there are a couple of what look to be fairly good sized dust particles and also a big drip which sticks up. Is there a way to address t...

08-08-2014 09:59 PM

How much orange peel to sand out before next coat of Enduro? - 1 reply

I have applied my first ever coat of spray finish via the Earlux 5500 to a 6’x3’ table top. Enduro Var gloss. I now have orange peel after a complete dry. I have sanded this orange peel down a bit with 320 paper and wonder how far to go? In some spots, it seems i have gotten it completely smooth, but in most of the table, i have ...

07-23-2014 06:56 PM

Trestle table with stretcher at top only? - 1 reply

Thoughts on building a trestle table, but instead of having the stretcher run at foot level or even knee level, just having one positioned right below the top itself? the stretcher could be designed with a height more than adequate for keeping the table top itself from buckling but i’m not sure how to think about keeping the legs from spr...

07-18-2014 07:34 PM

wiping back dye stains after spraying? - 17 replies

Just curious how many people wipe back their stains after spraying dyes (TransTint in my case), rather than just spraying on and leaving as is? I have been doing some practice spraying before my first real attempt on my kitchen table top. at the start, i had the nozzle fairly tight so low fluid but had i had quite a few lap marks. The laps se...

07-05-2014 03:46 PM

Quantity of dye/solvant to use for 2 sides of a 6'x3' table - 3 replies

How much dye/solvant mix do folks generally mix up at a time for a piece about 6×3’? I have a transtint 2oz bottle which makes about 2 quarts of standard strength mix. However I’m going for a dark look on maple so will need probably double the concentration, so I have maybe 1 quart of solution available. I plan to finish th...

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