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07-03-2010 11:24 PM

Benchtop Jointer - 6 replies

Hey guys, I’m debating whether to get the Jet 8” jointer/planer combo. I know the thing has it’s limits, but my space does too. I’ve tried to get a larger jointer used of craigslist, but no joy so far. Buying a full-sized new unit is out of the question, as I’d likely have to sell it when I move next, which may be l...

06-25-2010 04:31 PM

Wood choice for strength: building a camera crane. - 9 replies

Hey guys, my current side project is designing and building a low budget camera jib/crane. I’ll post pictures or drawings of what exactly I’m up to later, but I could use some input on lumber choice. The crane will have about a six foot span after it’s axis, which needs to stay fairly rigid with up to a 10 pound load on the end...

06-21-2010 07:25 PM

Craigslist Alert: Powermatic 100?? - Should I consider buying this thing? - 16 replies

Hey guys, just thought I’d point this out, sounds like a pretty good deal if you’re in the East Indiana area. Not sure I’m ready to buy a planer yet, I don’t know what to look for, and I’m quickly ending up with more tools than space anyway. The posting says Powermatic 12 inch planer, looks like you can make out ...

06-21-2010 08:25 AM

What to check when buying a used jointer - 4 replies

Hey guys, I just keep coming up with questions. I’m looking at a 6” Delta jointer sometime this week, and would like to know what to check for. I’m mechanically inclined, but I have absolutely no experience operating or maintaining a jointer. The guy is asking 75 for a older, belt driven floor model. Not sure exactly how old...

06-20-2010 08:38 PM

Cheap Miter Saw - 0 replies

Menards is currently offering an Altocraft 8.25inch miter saw for all of 39.96. (I believe it’s either a 30 or 40 dollar discount) I’m going to try watching craigslist for deals on a nicer model this week, but otherwise I think I’ll try this thing out. The Menards return policy is generous enough that there’s little risk....

06-18-2010 03:34 AM

New Makita Tools - 1 reply

I called up Makita earlier this week with questions about the adapter to mount their routers on guide rails; wanted to know what routers the adapter was compatible with. Anyway, the tech support guys passed it around, no one had dealt with it yet, so they turned to the engineering department, who apparently told them that while the adapter wi...

06-15-2010 10:19 PM

Portable work bench: MFT 800 vs homebuilt vs other? - 16 replies

I’m looking to do woodworking while traveling; mostly between my place and my parents, but I’ll probably be spending several weeks out at a vacation home in the middle of nowhere, and I’m looking to take some sort of workspace with me. Also, I’d like to place this thing in the back of a small hatchback, so dimensions are ...

05-21-2010 12:04 AM

Torsion Box Desktop: Mixed Materials? - 1 reply

I’m considering making the top of my new desk a torsion box. I think it will lend itself well to my plan for a modular design, and provide more stiffness than I’ll ever need. The desk surface is approximately 5’x2’, with probably a two inch filler. Just have a couple questions about using a torsion box: 1) If I use dif...

05-17-2010 11:07 PM

Thin shelves - 5 replies

I’m working on designing my new desk, borrowing the basic concept from this pottery barn unit I found online. I’m replacing one of the shelving units with a mail sorter design, dimensioned to let me store either individual papers or notebooks. I was planing on using hardboard for the shelves, but the project is rapidly moving ups...

05-17-2010 06:15 PM

Hardwood plywood in Fort Wayne, IN area - 7 replies

Any suggestions on where to get good quality plywood in the NE Indiana area? I’ve searched the forums, and found listed hardwood suppliers, but not much for plywood. There’s the place in Union City, but that’s a bit of a drive. One rule is I have to be able to get it cut; the largest panel I can carry is about 40×60 unf...

05-14-2010 07:25 AM

Corded drills; does which one matter? - 23 replies

My 14.4v Skil cordless drill is great, but runs out of juice too fast, and occasionally runs out of torque. So, time to get a corded; last time I was at my parents we couldn’t find their spare, so it’s shopping time. The question is; does it matter which drill you get? They all seem to be similar in power (I’m playing in the...

05-08-2010 06:20 PM

Shopping around - any camel farmers? - 1 reply

Just wondering if anyone else uses camelcamelcamel.com. It’s a site that tracks Amazon’s price, along with certain others if you choose, and alerts you when items you want are under the price you want. I haven’t bought from the price alerts yet, but it is really nice to pick something you want, set the price, and know you’...

05-06-2010 11:04 PM

Height-adjustable swivel casters. - 2 replies

Has anyone used height adjustable swivel casters, or know where to get them? I’d like to put my new desk on wheels, but the floor in my new place is pretty badly curved. My plan was to buy swivel casters with threaded spindles, and then mount them with the hardware for height-adjust feet. However, the supplies available at Woodcraft wou...

05-03-2010 12:47 AM

Kawasaki Power Tools - 10 replies

Has anyone tried any of the Kawasaki branded power tools? They’re actually manufactured/sold by AllTrade, the guys that make Snap-On. Local superstore has them on the first stage of clearance and I’m watching the prices. Online reviews are practically non-existent….

04-27-2010 05:05 AM

First Power saw: Radial vs Compound Miter vs Table vs Plunge? - 45 replies

Note: Title changed to match suggestions I’m considering getting a power saw to let me work more/faster. I’m a college student, and my woodworking projects could generally be described as cheap, ugly, and seriously overbuilt. Anyway, I’m debating the merits of an old radial arm saw vs a power miter saw. Total space is limite...


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