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|21 days ago||
So I decided to “bust some myths” about finishing. Most notably that pure tung oil and boiled linseed oil based finishes pop grain better than anything else. Here is what I used (note Lacquer omitted – can’t spray inside and too cold outside). All the walnut has been sanded to 220 grit Zinsser Shellac (3lb cut right ou...
|35 days ago||
So, who's in Charlotte? - 2 replies
On thing I really like about living in New England is I have many lumber mills and Hardwood outlets within a 40 minute drive. I have access to just about any species I would want to work with quickly. My company has asked me to relocate to Charlotte, NC. We will likely be making the move in July. I travel there one week a month now. can someo...
|53 days ago||
Help me finish my cribbage board/box - 5 replies
I wanted to try something new/fun so I got the rockler cribbage board template. I am getting close to finishing up the construction. The board is actually a box so it will hold a few decks of cards and the pegs. My question is about the finish. It’s mostly walnut with bubinga splines and a cherry/purple heart bent lamination accent in t...
|76 days ago||
Dust collection observations - 4 replies
I started getting away from passive dust collection (dustpan and broom) and collecting dust at the tool. I’ve made a few tweaks here and there and wondering if anyone noticed anything similar: 1. A shop vac can’t keep up with a table saw. I think is is obvious but I jumped the gun on dust collection. A put the shroud on my R4512 a...
|121 days ago||
Broken tools, need some assistance - 11 replies
So last night was one of those nights I should have just went to bed. I “broke” two of my key tools. I’d like to get some advice. 1. The planer. I have an older craftsman planer. This thing is a champ. I bought it 7 years old and heavily used. I’ve also put it through hell. It really has no business turning on. There i...
|125 days ago||
Portable dust collector options - 23 replies
So the time has finally arrived for dust collection. I have done a lot of research and have narrowed down my options to the following and would like some feedback GoalsKeeping dust off the floor and keeping my tools clean. I spend more time cleaning the shop than I do woodworking. I’ve had enough. Keeping fine dust out of the air is not...
|188 days ago||
Splayed Miters? - 5 replies
I want to make another serving tray, but I want to use splayed miters. I can’t for the life of me figure out the math of how to get a proper splayed miter (rectangle) with a flat bottom. Any tips or places to look?
|211 days ago||
What am I doing wrong? - 17 replies
So I’ve had a scroll saw for about 8 months and I finally decided to give it a shot tonight. No matter what I do, I cannot follow a line. It seems when I put pressure on the blade, it wanders. I’ve tried speed, more tension (bad idea) less tension (bad idea) and different blades. I practiced on a piece of cherry – about 3/8 thi...
|212 days ago||
I picked up a few 10 foot x 8” pieces of select hard maple (for my wife) to make some cutting boards with. I sliced off a 3 foot section and sent it through the planer Yup, that sure is maple. But hang on a second, something doesn’t look quite right Surprise! Tiger maple. I stopped short with the planer as it was...
|232 days ago||
Where do you Southern NE guys get Walnut? - 11 replies
I was getting mine at the woodcraft in West Springfield, but they don’t have it anymore. I was paying about 6.00/bf for skip dressed 4/4 that I could get a clean 15/16’s out of. My only other option locally is CWG which is almost 10.00/bf and there stuff planes down to about 3/4. They have 1 common, but even with careful cutlines, I ...
|233 days ago||
Some people suck - 42 replies
When my daughter went down for a nap, my wife and I went into the garage to finish up some stuff we were working on. After a few minutes I notice my miter saw isn’t where it is supposed to be. that’s weird. My wife said she didn’t move it. Then she noticed my circular saw, gas string trimmer, 2 leaf blowers, and a ton of autom...
|258 days ago||
How do you handle cross cutting wide panels? - 15 replies
I am building a desk for my office. I got the top glued up and flattened on my new bench with my stanley #7. I am ready to trim the edges square. The top is 48” long and 30” wide. That poses a bit of a problem: Cross cut sled? NopeMiter gauge? barely, but not comfortably and there is no room for an auxiliary fence.CMS? Yeah rightC...
|335 days ago||
Speaker builders - question inside - 11 replies
I’m currently in the process of making my own sort of “wave radio”. It’s going to be a complete enclosure that I can play music through. I already have the design done (transmission line) and I have the amp. I have 2 infinity 6” subs i am going to downfire out of a sub-enclosure inside the “box” and exit...
|349 days ago||
Where can I get a 6" toolrest with a 1" post? - 23 replies
I got a new lathe by accident tonight. However it only came with a 12” toolrest. I need a 6”. The lathe has a 1” post and I am having a tough time finding a small toolrest. I know PSI sells adapters, but I’d rather not go that route if I don’t have to.
|361 days ago||
Another Table Saw Thread - 25 replies
I’ve finally realized the limitations of my R4512. I want to sell it while the used market is still good. I can easily sell it in my area with the ZCI’s and sleds I have for about 450. Unfortunately after being ripped off to the tune of about $40,000 in the past 18 months by my mother-in-law, our savings took a massive hit. There is ...
|363 days ago||
Lower bandsaw wheel very difficult to turn - 27 replies
I reasawed some butternut last night, came out awesome! My wife needed to trim some super long pieces off of a cutting board to plane it, but the table saw still had a rip blade on it. To save time, she just fired up the bandsaw. Well, not really. It wouldn’t turn on. It was laboring hard. I gave it a good cleaning, but I keep it clean any...
|367 days ago||
Sell or storage? - 48 replies
My wife and I made a decision a few years ago to move into my in-laws house and take over their mortgage. They moved into a small apartment. They have a very sizable tax lean on the house. The goal was they pay the tax lean off over a 4 year period, we buy the house for the remainder of the mortgage when paid off. Sweet deal right? If would have...
|372 days ago||
R4512 - Riving knife very loose - 6 replies
I noticed lately I have been having a really hard time clamping down my riving knife after blade changes. I took the back off the saw today to clean things out and noticed the riving knife armature is REALLY loose – I probably have a solid 3/4” play from left to right. Two questions - 1 – If anyone with an R4512 can take ...
|378 days ago||
Crappy joints on purpose - how to? - 22 replies
My wife wants a farmhouse style table for our dining room. I plan on making the table and benches out of walnut. The only thing I can’t really figure out is how to keep the laminated top looking like separate boards. Is this just stickered underneath like a picnic table with a tiny gap (dollar bill) between the boards? I was thinking of...
|380 days ago||
Looking for a GOOD 10" CMS (not a slider) - 18 replies
Now that my shop is cleaned out and getting organized, I am making careful use of space to increase productivity. I love cross cutting on a tablesaw. Some people think it’s a hassle, but my sled and my cross cut blade is my best bud in the shop. Capacity is not an issue. What is an issue is freaking miters. I cannot get a clean miter of...