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11-07-2014 02:22 PM

Prototype for a Dust Collector Fill Monitor - 9 replies

Maybe I’m the only person that worries about this, but I hate when my dust bin overfills and next thing I know I get dust in my filter and have a mess. I looked for commercial versions, but the cheapest I found was from Oneida for close to $150. I decided to pick up an arduino (a microprocessor on a board with inputs/outputs and power bu...

11-04-2014 04:58 PM

Has anyone used carpet tiles for their workshop? - 16 replies

Working on a basement workshop and would love a bit of cushion under foot and not just hard cement. I was looking at carpet tiles like these: http://rockies.craigslist.org/mat/4666188136.html Does anyone have any experience with these in a workshop? Obviously would make it hard to sweep, but i dont mind vacuuming. Im worried how these w...

10-06-2014 03:56 PM

Unbiased cyclone dust collector reviews and comparisons? - 34 replies

Looking at upgrading the dust collection set up in a new shop, so thinking of getting a cyclone collector. Is there any source that actually compares these with some real world tests?

09-30-2014 12:57 AM

Any sparkies here familiar with NEC 2014? - 6 replies

Trying to figure out if i need AFCI breakers in a shop i am adding in the basement. From NEC 2014, they list where they need to go, but “workshop” is different from the explicit call outs, I’m not sure.

09-29-2014 11:31 PM

Carter and Sons Toolworks? - 3 replies

Has anyone else seen the “new” lathe tools and woodcraft made by Carter and Sons Toolworks? I dont know much about them, but they look well made, have a good heft to them, and are made in the US. They also come with a steep price tag.

09-21-2014 08:58 PM

Casters for the Jet 16-32 drum sander? - 2 replies

So still rolling my eyes at the price Jet is asking for the casters for this sander ($129!). What have others used for casters? Is it a half inch stem?

07-23-2014 09:11 PM

Free Standing Lumber Racks? - 12 replies

So moving to a new house in Denver where we have to float our basement walls. The old plan of hanging 500 board feet off the walls just wont work anymore so am looking at freestanding lumber racks. Does anyone have any suggestions for where to get premade ones at a decent price? Looking for something that will hold a few hundred board feet an...

06-09-2014 05:14 PM

FREE - Passion For Wood - Jointer and Planer Secrets - 1 reply

Well, almost free. If you’re in the Denver, CO area you can pick it up or else pay for shipping. I won this on a contest here on LJ’s and finally just watched it this weekend. I would say this is definitely for those who are very new to milling lumber or those looking for an insomnia cure (my review). Hopefully it will be of us...

06-06-2014 06:19 PM

Free - Big big arse root ball in Denver, CO - 21 replies

Found this root ball for free, sitting by the dumpster…not sure what species it is. Unfortunately I do not have a way to get it…it’s about 3’ tall and has to weigh a few hundred lbs. Thats a full sized 55gal trash can behind it.

05-28-2014 01:49 PM

Is it just me... - 27 replies

Or do more and more ads show up every day? Yesterday, this little floating box popped up at the bottom of my page. This morning, before I logged in, there was this terrible drop down ad that would expand up at the top making it impossible for me to click on other links. I’m all for the site making some $$$ off ads, but its getting a bit...

04-22-2014 01:25 PM

Need some ideas for toys to make on the lathe - 15 replies

I need a bit of creative help from all of you other wood turners out there. My son is turning 3 here shortly and for his first 2 birthdays I’ve made him a nice present made out of wood. Well unfortunately all of my woodworking gear is buried in a storage unit while we’re waiting for our home to be built…everything except the ...

04-16-2014 06:07 PM

Over priced lumber that you have no use for...but couldnt pass up? - 27 replies

I made some pens out of some old lumber my grandfather had laying in the garage and am planning on sending it to my uncle. I thought I would just stop by Rocket and buy a cheap little plastic sleeve to toss it in before throwing in the mail. Like many of you here, I suffer from an abnormal love of lumber, so thought I would just walk by thei...

03-26-2014 02:25 PM

Turning green/wet Lignum Vitae - 1 reply

I have a 3”x3” spindle of argentine lignum vitae that I want to toss on the lathe, but not quite sure how to work with it since it’s green. It’s wax coated, so still very wet, but do you need to worry about the drying/cracking like you do with other woods? From looking around, people say this wood seems to stay wet for ...

03-22-2014 11:05 PM

Where did you buy your PCS Sawstop? - 11 replies

So I’ve decided its time to make the plunge and get a sawstop. I have had 25 years of accident free table saw use, but the brake feature is very interesting to me, especially with wanting to get my son into the shop. I also took a part time job as a professor to pay for it, so have the extra money set aside now. I’m planning on ge...

12-13-2013 11:30 AM

Life's too short for cheap lathe tools - 6 replies

After sitting in storage for a while , I finally took a class on the lathe and got the confidence to get it out and start working. It’s definitely a different branch to the family woodworking family tree, but immensely fun and rewarding. Anyways, after talking with a few people locally here and looking at online reviews, I picked up the ...

12-12-2013 01:51 PM

Powered respirator options? - 3 replies

Interested in getting a powered respirator and wondered what the options were? All I am seeing out there is the trend unit and the smaller unit offered by rockler (which is not appealing as I have a beard and wear glasses).

12-05-2013 01:15 AM

Sawyers in the Denver Metro? - 5 replies

I just recently relocated to Denver from Minneapolis. In Minnesota, lumber and sawyers were plentiful….times were good, the shop was full. I knew I was in trouble on the drive into Denver and not seeing any trees! Anyone on these boards have a good contact for hardwood in the Denver area?

12-05-2013 01:10 AM

Jet "Red Assurance" - Experiences with Jet Customer Support? - 4 replies

Just curious what other’s experience is with Jet tech support. About a week ago, I called tech support. I sat on hold for 45 minutes. I had to head out, so left a voicemail as the friendly recording kept suggesting over and over during my 45 minute wait. I went to the mailbox, the message said I would get a call back within a day. a w...

11-30-2013 11:22 PM

12 hardwood pen blanks at for $3 at rockler? - 3 replies

Just curious, has anyone bought these before http://www.rockler.com/assorted-hardwood-pen-blanks-12-pack Worth the $3 or is it just junky ugly wood?

11-26-2013 01:43 AM

Question for pen turners - Are different companies bushings the same? - 7 replies

So I know both Rockler and Woodcraft use 10mm tubes for their “cuban” pens, does anyone know if the bearings are interchangeable? It would make life very easy, so I am guessing not.

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