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|94 days ago||
SealCoat streaks - 7 replies
So I was sealing in some gel stain yesterday on red oak and I brushed on Zinsser SealCoat. The stuff dries extremely fast and as I was brushing it, it would dry in one spot before I could blend it. Today I see there is some overlap marks that stick up in some spots. What’s the best course of action now to even this out? I want to get the o...
|94 days ago||
Just got back from HD to pick up, oddly enough and totally unrelated, stirring sticks. I did my usual perusal down the tool aisles looking for that yellow tag and spotted one for $29. Looked up and it was the scroll saw but all out of stock. I had them check surrounding stores and one close by had 2 in stock so I went and picked it up. Now I&...
|122 days ago||
How do YOU finish rail and stile doors? - 10 replies
I’ve got four rail and stile, raised panel doors that I need to finish. The parts are all done except for sanding. None of them are put together, everything is piece by piece still, and I’m debating how I should finish them. For what it’s worth I’ll be applying a gel stain and top coating with enduro var poly (both from G...
|142 days ago||
Considering this AC/heater, thoughts? - 8 replies
It’s hot here in the Chicago area (and extremely humid) and I’ve been unable to get out into the garage to do much as a result. A friend just sent me a message that he has one of these and offered it to me free of charge: http://www.amazon.com/NewAir-AC12000H-Heat-Portable-Conditioner/dp/B003E40WCK My question is around safety ...
|153 days ago||
Wood ID - 4 replies
Happy 4th everyone! A friend’s dad cut down some trees in his backyard and was splitting them into firewood. I told him to send me a picture of it so he did and I’m wondering if someone can help me identify what wood this is and if it’d be worth trying to turn some of this into lumber? I know its not an ideal picture but it...
|155 days ago||
Harbor Freight 5 Speed Benchtop Wood Lathe Questions - 19 replies
Hey everyone,I’ve been considering doing some turning for a while now (just small stuff, pens, maybe a few bowls, some tool handles, etc) and with the 4th of July coming up, HF is having a 25% off one item sale. I’m thinking that item would be their 5 speed benchtop wood lathe (5 speed benchtop wood lathe). What are your thoughts/e...
|167 days ago||
Wood usage guide? - 9 replies
Hello fellow jocks,I’ve considered for a while now buying some lumber that is outside of what I’m accustomed to working with (read: exotics). Rather than jumping on here every time that I’m thinking about placing an order and polluting the forum with questions about certain woods, I was wondering if there is a guide available o...
|199 days ago||
Question regarding riveting - 20 replies
I bought a rivet gun from Harbor Freight and overall it seems to work well (it got good reviews on their site: http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-duty-17-1-2-half-inch-hand-riveter-with-collection-bottle-66422.html). I riveted some plastic from a pop bottle today to my separator trash can and the rivets came out well on the front but the back th...
|207 days ago||
Ridgid OSS stopping with mild pressure - 11 replies
I was using my ridgid oscillating spindle sander today for the first time using the spindles and I had the 1.5” on there. I was rounding off some 3/4” ply and I pushed it into the drum. To my surprise with what I consider relatively mild pressure the drum would come to a dead stop until I moved the piece back to take really light por...
|248 days ago||
Spray Finishing Woes - 4 replies
So, I have an Earlex 5500 and I’m spraying General Finished water based poly (gloss white). I’ve sprayed this before with what I thought was success but it was on a VERY small project. Well today I am spraying a much larger project and I’m spraying it in the basement. I put up some thin plastic paper on the walls and tarp on...
|250 days ago||
Pocket Hole joinery for drawer boxes - 25 replies
Hey everyone,Im working on my miter stand cabinet system and am designing the drawers. I was thinking about using 1/2” ply all around (including the bottoms) and 3/4” false front. For the joinery, I wanted to use pocket screws (the Kreg mini jig version for 1/2” ply) to connect the front and back to the sides, AS WELL AS usin...
|254 days ago||
Shop Cabinet Dimensions - 3 replies
So I went to design some shop cabinets yesterday in SketchUp and while I have all the construction in mind I realized I never really thought about dimensions. I’m going to be creating a bank of lowers for my miter saw station and uppers to store some stuff. It’s all going to be 3/4” ply construction except the bottom of the c...
|263 days ago||
Cost to add 220v circuit? - 27 replies
I’ve been pondering the idea of upgrading to a cabinet saw in my garage shop but I don’t have 220 in there. Just this past summer I had my panel changed and have room to add this. What can I expect from an electrician to give me as an estimate to add a 220 outlet to my panel which is in my garage which is where my shop is? The outlet...
|276 days ago||
Hey everyone, I’m in the planning stages for shop cabinetry/rolling cabinets/overall shop furniture and am thinking through the finishing process. Rockler is having a 25% off on finishes sale on March 16 and I’ve considered using the GF EV after some reading on the topic but have a few questions. 1) should I use this? I’ve r...
|310 days ago||
Home Depot SandePly - 29 replies
I hope I’m not opening a can of worms here but I am in the planning stages of redoing my garage shop after the wife has given the go ahead to use the whole garage. I am going to be making a good amount of shop cabinets (lowers to make a miter saw station, some corner lazy Susan thing, and uppers for storage) and have been deciding on the m...
|312 days ago||
Ridgid R4512 thin kerf riving knife? - 6 replies
I’ve been considering lately the use of TK blades in my 4512 as I’m starting to think some of the operations I’ve been doing with hardwood lately have caused it to bog down a bit with my normal blades. The one thing I can’t seem to find is a TK riving knife for this saw. I did find one that costs $32 shipped but was wonde...
|314 days ago||
Hitachi C12RSH Dust Port/Connection - 8 replies
So I went ahead and purchased the Hitachi C12RSH miter saw and like the saw so far. The one issue I am having is that the dust port that connects to the bag (which I’d rather use a shop vac for) is not allowing me to connect any of my vac accessories. For anyone that has this saw, how have you hooked up any sort of DC to this port? Is t...
|315 days ago||
Show me your band saw dust collection setup, please - 42 replies
Hey everyone,I recently purchased the Grizzly G0555LX and got a 3/4” BladeRunner blade (the equivalent of a WoodSlicer) from Iturra Design (why more people don’t talk about/buy from them is kind of perplexing but ill save that for another post). In any case, I was testing resawing on a 2×4 just for fun and man, dust everywhere....
|317 days ago||
Heated finish/glue cabinets? - 16 replies
Hey everyone,I live in the suburbs of Chicago and obviously our winters get pretty dang cold (8 degrees today). My shop is my attached garage and I’ve been looking for solutions to store my glues/finishes in there without any issue because i hate having to come inside, take off my dusty clothes, go downstairs through the house to the laun...
|318 days ago||
Well, the other night (Thursday) I was bored at like 12 AM before bed and popped open my iPad. I went on Craigslist as is pretty customary for me when I’m bored to peruse the local Tools section. I’ve been doing this for some time now and have had some pretty good finds but never that BIG score. I happened to come across a Perform...