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1019 days ago

Flatness of double-layer MDF vs. torsion box - 5 replies

I’ve been building an assembly table that will hopefully be flatter than my workbench. I know sometimes we woodworkers have an obsession with “dead-flat” when it comes to assembly surfaces, which I don’t, but I do want to make sure the table provides a decently flat surface. Originally I was planning on a torsion box ...

1021 days ago

Small parts organization - 16 replies

So it dawned on me recently that I need proper organization and labeling of my screws, bolts, inserts, hardware, etc. that are floating around in various bins, bags, and boxes. How do you guys do it? I was considering a 60 drawer organizer for around $30…

1033 days ago

Collapsible assembly table - 0 replies

My workbench is my assembly table is my tablesaw’s outfeed table. This just doesn’t work, especially if I have more than one project going on. I recently had several projects going and did glue ups on a plywood sheet on sawhorses. This additional space was so helpful, but required one of our cars to be parked outside. Well, now th...

1036 days ago

Recommend a handsaw - 4 replies

LJs, I’d like to invest in a good to high-quality handsaw for all-purpose work. I know handsaws tend to be more specialized than that, but I’d like a saw that is good for cross-cutting small workpieces and perhaps other operations. I’m more of a power tool guy, but there are times when setting up a power tool doesn’...

1114 days ago

Show me your sled storage! - 4 replies

Crosscut sleds, small part miter sleds, this sled, that sled… How do you store your growing collection of tablesaw sleds??

1128 days ago

Creative woodworking - making for need vs. pleasure - 14 replies

When I see inspiring work, particularly furniture, I often think to myself “hey, I’d really like to try that” or “that would be amazing to execute!” Especially some of the more creative pieces that look like they belong in an art museum. But then reality hits and I remember that although I am fascinated by certa...

1136 days ago

How did you ever go so long without it? - 66 replies

What were the tools, accessories, techniques etc. that you waited to acquire or learn and once you finally got them, asked how you had ever done without? You know, the stuff you might obtain on a whim but end up using everyday…or the technique you put off learning and now it’s your new best friend. Let’s hear it!

1138 days ago

Cleaning router bits - 4 replies

Normally I use WD40 to get gunk off my router bits. In cases of extremely hard pitch build-up, I use Simple Green, but I don’t soak the bits. I’ve noticed that on my [unnamed brand] bits, the colored coating is separating and chipping off from the carbide where the two meet. This isn’t a problem on my other bits, but they ...

1145 days ago

Curved drawer fronts - 8 replies

LOML has requested a lingerie/jewelry armoire, and among her criteria for said “honey-do” are curved drawer fronts. I’ve never done any sort of wood-bending, but have always been looking forward to a project that would utilize it. From my understanding, the three major ways to go would be to either cut vertical kerfs on the...

1148 days ago

Wixey DRO on drum sander? - 4 replies

Not being able to find any used ones available in my area, I think I’m going to be breaking down and buying a new 16-32 drum sander during the current Jet sale. Having just installed a Wixey DRO on my planer and wondering how I ever did without it, I’m curious about installing one on my future drum sander. Have any of you done this...

1151 days ago

Infeed/outfeed extensions for router table - 1 reply

My router table is approximately 27” wide (by 40” long to accommodate an Incra positioner). I’d like to add removable extension leaves on the infeed and outfeed sides and am wondering about the best mechanism to do this. The edges of the table are 1.5” solid wood, 2” wide, to give you an idea of what is available ...

1157 days ago

Spinning around the idea of getting into turning - 17 replies

So I’ve been spinning (hehe) around the idea of getting into turning. I’ve long admired the bowls and hollow-form vessels I see people make (more than pens or chair spindles I’ll admit). I know that turning is a really fun and fulfilling past-time for those who enjoy it, and I’d like to learn and try my hand at it. It ...

1179 days ago

Chessboard help - 11 replies

I’m going to be starting my first chessboard and wondering the best way to go about it. I was planning on facegrain squares and a mitered frame around the squares, with a drawer unit underneath (which is mostly irrelevant for my question). The usual cutting board approach won’t work because I’d just be gluing endgrain, but ...

1301 days ago

Pest control (spiders) - 11 replies

My garage is exposed framing – plenty of nooks and crannies for spiders to make their webs. Lately I’ve been noticing an increasing number of new webs and live spiders, perhaps because whatever the previous owners treated the garage with is wearing off. I’m getting tired of vacuuming webs and having spiders go scurrying about...

1319 days ago

When you see other people's shops... - 61 replies

What do you “covet” most? When you look at photos (and Lord knows we all love seeing shop pics!), what makes you jealous (not in the bad way, but in the happy for them / wish I had that sort of way)? Is it the fancy tools? The stockpiles of lumber and sheet goods? The shop furniture and creative organization strategies? ...

1319 days ago

Is it just me, or is this kinda sexy? - 14 replies

Maybe it’s the techie in me, but this workbench gizmo kind of turns me on. lol It’s not a replacement by any means for your standard vises, but I’ve gotta say, it’s slick. Anyone have one or play with one? http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=66819&cat=1,41659

1332 days ago

Lyptus - 11 replies

I recently purchased and worked with lyptus for the first time. For those that don’t know, lyptus is a close-grained, hard (janka ~1700) species that is a cross between two types of Eucalyptus. It’s grown on plantations in Brazil, so it’s actually a sustainable resource compared to many of the exotics we woodworkers enjoy usi...

1335 days ago

HF 2hp DC - permanent ductwork - 21 replies

My plan has been to permanently plumb my HF 2HP DC with 4” PVC. This way I won’t have to drag the DC around my shop and will be able to put the DC in a place where it will generate the least amount of noise for my neighbors (attached houses). I finally read Bill Pentz’ site, which I had resisted for a long time because I kn...

1341 days ago

Air cleaner recommendations - 12 replies

I need to improve the overall air quality in my shop. Just wondering about air cleaner recommendations. I’m leaning towards the Jet AFS-1000B, but have heard it doesn’t take generic filters. Any other brands to consider? I’d like to keep the cost down – $300 is the absolute max. Thanks LJs!

1360 days ago

Looking for fireplace mantel plans and inspiration - 8 replies

Getting ready to redo the fireplace mantel and have been looking around for ideas and inspiration. It would be a wood mantel with a stone surround. Feel free to post any plans or links to mantels you’ve done, or any tips you found helpful. I understand the basics of how to construct one, just want to get some ideas before I start desi...

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